San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, steep hills, dense fog, cable cars and great weather. This densely populated city is full of exciting culture and things to do. Volunteers live in an apartment located in the Richmond District steps away from Golden Gate Park. They utilize public transportation to access their ministries and the downtown area. Service sites are located in Oakland, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the USA known for its tech startups; the Tenderloin with a rich history of diversity and social awareness; and the Mission District, San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood home to the largest concentration of murals and the best restaurants and art galleries in the city!
Number of Volunteers: 5
Service Site Descriptions
Faithful Fools Street Ministry
Mission: To acknowledge each human’s incredible worth by being aware of our own judgments. Faithful Fools reaches people by shattering myths about those living in poverty through the arts, education, advocacy, and accompaniment.
The Faithful Fools Street Ministry was founded in 1998 as an educational and charitable organization. The Faithful Fools was created to establish a community of people who address the policies, attitudes and lack of knowledge that perpetuate homelessness and poverty not just locally in San Francisco, but nationally and globally. Faithful Fools establishes relationships with people who are homeless or living in poverty, as well as those with homes and economic wealth. Through the arts, education, advocacy and accompaniment, they work to build community by breaking through boundaries that separate people. These boundaries include economic power, religious beliefs, class, race, gender, ethnicity, and mental illness. A volunteer will serve as a member of the hospitality team, support the Street Ministry Retreats, accompany individuals who seek housing and supportive services, and help organize major events at the center.
Skills: Social Work, Low-Income and Homeless Outreach, Street Ministry and Hospitality, Retreat and Event Organizing
Mercy Retirement and Care Center
Mission: To express our faith heritage, by committing to serve and enrich the holistic wellness of older adults and those who care for them through education, innovation and a network of professionals, care communities, and partners.
Mercy Retirement and Care Center (MRCC) is located in Oakland, California. MRCC offers personalized residential and clinical senior care services, including assisted living, memory and dementia care, and skilled nursing care. Seniors in the retirement community live at the highest level of independence possible. The supportive living community enables them to grow and strengthen and live happier and healthier lives. A volunteer is needed to work with the Mercy Brown Bag program to sort and distribute wholesome bags of groceries to seniors living on fixed incomes 3 days a week around the Oakland area. The volunteer will also work with the Life Enrichment program to participate and lead activities for the residents and provide one on one visits with isolated senior citizens.
St. Peter’s School
Mission: To prepare students to be intelligent and responsible Christian adults who are successful in high school, college, and beyond.
St. Peter’s Elementary School is a Catholic School founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1878. Since its foundation, St. Peter’s continues to serve all economic levels of the community providing a rich academic curriculum. St. Peter’s School, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, has an enrollment of 300 students in classes K through eight. About 95% of the students come from Hispanic families. Two volunteers are needed.
One volunteer will work as an elementary co-teacher and campus ministry programs assistant, helping teachers, administering STAR testing and serving as the point person for the USF tutoring program. A second volunteer is needed as an academic and school programming aide, providing support for administration staff, maintaining the alumni database, translating, and also supporting all elementary teachers by helping prepare and teach the FOSS Science Program. In addition, both volunteers will also work with administrators and Sisters of Mercy at the school to plan various school activities, celebrations, and assemblies; plus assist with campus ministry and will assist with a summer program during the months of June and July.
The Healing WELL
Mission: To offer calm in the storms of poverty and prejudice, mental illness, substance abuse and addiction.
The Healing WELL offers a safe and loving community where people build relationships and learn skills so they can cope with the challenges and stress in their lives and step forward into brighter futures. Through courses like Meditation, Yoga, Storytelling, and Poetry, as well as daily 12-Step Substance Abuse Support Groups, participants recover and grow. With increased self-esteem and stronger relationships with other people and the broader neighborhood, participants experience greater stability and wellness in their lives. Joining with other community partners in the impoverished but richly diverse Tenderloin District, Healing WELL dedicates itself to building community, healing wounds, and promoting justice. A volunteer is needed to join the Healing WELL team in creating a beautiful, warm, and nurturing space where participants can experience the healing power of mindfulness and acquire tools for growth. The volunteer will help arrange and engage in regular programming, provide accompaniment to people with varying skills and communication abilities, and help participants find resources to enhance their healing and wellbeing.