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 get paired one-on-one with Shanti clients who may be women with cancer, people living with HIV, Hepatitis C, adults with disabilities, or LGBTQ seniors. 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. 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 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
  • Pet food distribution through our onsite food bank
  • Pet food preparation and delivery to home bound clients

If you are interested in becoming a PAWS Pet Support Volunteer, please complete the PAWS volunteer application. Age requirement: 16+.

Additional Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Shanti offers other ways for you to get involved including:

  • HIV Services Drop-In Center or Activities Desk
  • 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.).
  • Social 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
  • Pro-bono Skills-based Support (such as photography/videography, technical assistance)

Volunteer opportunities are offered for English or non-English speakers. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at (415) 674-4751 or by email.

Next Peer Support Volunteer Training

The Spring training is scheduled to be in-person at the PAWS office, and we will require proof of full vaccination.

August 2022 Training (tentative schedule)

  • Friday, August 26th 6 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday, August 27th 10 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday, August 28th 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

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

Interested in attending? Complete a volunteer application.