Put your compassion, skills, and interests into action and service as a Shanti Volunteer.

Shanti offers individuals meaningful opportunities to volunteer directly with our clients as Peer Support Volunteers and PAWS Pet Assistance Volunteers. We also provide other ways for volunteers to support our organization and our clients.

Peer Support Volunteers

Peer Support Volunteers provide our clients with emotional support (supportive listening, conversation, companionship) and practical assistance (light housekeeping, errands, laundry, cooking, pet care) on a weekly basis for a minimum of six months. Peer Support Volunteers get paired one-on-one with Shanti clients in the following programs:

  • HIV Programs
  • LGBTQ+ Aging & Abilities Support Network
  • Women’s Cancer Program

Before being matched with a client, each volunteer must attend one of our Peer Support trainings, takes place over an entire weekend. If you are interested, please complete an volunteer application. Age requirement: 18+.

PAWS Food Bank Volunteers

You can help out in our Pet Food & Supply Bank! Opportunities include:

Boxing Volunteers (2 – 4pm Fridays) help pack up delivery clients’ orders, bag up supplies, and occasionally unload pallets. Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Delivery Team (10am – 12pm Saturdays) distribute monthly pet food and supplies to 5-8 clients within a neighborhood of San Francisco. Drivers and at least one rider sign up together. Delivery as a team is easier when navigating and parking on city streets and is recommended. Drivers or Riders who sign up alone will be paired with another volunteer if possible. Car required.

Delivery Solo (10am – 12pm Saturdays) distribute monthly pet food and supplies to 5-8 clients within a neigbhorhood of San Francisco. Car required.

Onsite Volunteers (10:30am – 12:30pm Saturdays) help distribute pick-up orders to clients at the garage door. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.

Age Requirements: Delivery volunteers must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult guardian. Boxing volunteers must be age 14+

Sign-up is easy! Visit: https://www.shanti.org/pawsvolunteers

PAWS Pet Assistance Volunteers

Volunteers assist clients in our PAWS Program by caring for their pets through supportive pet care services. These services include:

  • Dog-walking
  • In-home cat care
  • Foster care
  • Transports to and from the veterinarian
  • Specialized animal care (nail clipping, bathing, subcutaneous fluids)
  • Veterinarian and Vet Tech volunteering

If you are interested in becoming a PAWS Pet Assistance Volunteer, please complete the PAWS volunteer application. Age requirement: 18+.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Shanti offers other ways for you to get involved including:

  • Client Wellness Workshops, Classes and Services (Daytime or evening): volunteers plan and implement educational, cultural, or recreational activities (Tai Chi, writing, art, etc.) or offer a service (haircuts, massage, nutrition, resume writing, etc.).
  • Direct Service Field Work/Internships: Quality supervision and meaningful experiences for students in need of practicum or internship experiences across Shanti programs.
  • Administrative Support in our offices
  • Group volunteering, including PAWS holiday stocking preparation

Volunteer opportunities are offered for English or non-English speakers. For more information, contact Volunteer Services by email.

Upcoming Peer Support Volunteer Trainings

The following training is currently scheduled to be in-person at Shanti’s Mission location at 3170 23rd Street, San Francisco.

October 2023 Training
+ Friday, October 13th
6pm – 8:30 pm
+ Saturday, October 14th
10 am – 6 pm
+ Sunday, October 15th
10:30 am – 6:30 pm

December 2023 Training
+ Friday, December 11st
6pm – 8:30 pm
+ Saturday, December 2nd
10 am – 6 pm
+ Sunday, December 3rd
10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Because we will have guest panelists who are immune-compromised, we will require proof of  full vaccination from participants to join these trainings. We will also ask that masks be worn during our guest panel.

Interested in attending? Complete a volunteer application.