Thank you for your interest in helping St. Joseph Center! The Center is fortunate to have a highly qualified management team, a committed Board of Directors, and a loyal corps of more than 400 volunteers annually, who assist in service delivery, administration, and fundraising capacities at our service sites in Venice, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles. In addition, the Center works with more than 150 community organizations and government agencies each year to provide a continuum of appropriate, ongoing, comprehensive services to our clients.


We have volunteer opportunities year round for adult volunteers ages 18 years and older; please review the list below to see how you would like to help. We ask for a minimum commitment of three months and most volunteers work one or two days per week for two to five hours per day.

For students ages 13-18, our volunteer opportunities are primarily during the summer months of June, July and August due to overlap between school hours and our hours of operation.

Adult Volunteers (18 and over)

Please review the list of Volunteer Opportunities below, fill out our Volunteer Application Form, and submit it via email, fax, or mail (contact information below). Please be as specific as possible with regard to your program preferences and time availability. We will confirm receipt of your application and then contact you when we have openings that match your interests and availability. Please note recruitment for new volunteers is generally on hold during the busy holiday season (October through December). Active recruitment resumes in January.

Student Volunteers (ages 12-18 and in Middle/Jr./High School)

Community Service opportunities for students 12-18 years of age are available during the summer months of June, July and August. We have now filled all the Summer 2018 positions available for students.  Please visit our site next spring to sign up for new opportunities.

For groups who want to support St. Joseph Center, we always welcome donation drives, especially for items noted on our Wishlist page, which are always in high demand at our Homeless Service Center and/or Food Pantry. Occasionally we may also have opportunities for small groups of five to ten to volunteer together onsite. Please contact Volunteer Relations Manager Shelly Aydin at (310) 396-6468, ext. 326 for more information about drives and potential group opportunities.

E-Mail Address:
Fax: 310-399-3040
Mailing Address: Shelly Aydin, Volunteer Relations Manager
St. Joseph Center
204 Hampton Drive
Venice, CA 90291-8633.

Volunteer Opportunities


Early Learning Center (Volunteer Shifts: 9:00am – 1:00pm and 1:00pm – 5:00pm, M-F)

Our Early Learning Center is a preschool for children 18 months to five years of age.

Volunteer duties include: assisting teachers with arts and crafts projects and assisting in guiding students to various activities, i.e. snacks, lunches, outdoor play, etc.

All volunteers are required to obtain a negative TB test administered by a physician. For adults volunteering more than 28 hours per week a fingerprint clearance is also required.


Homeless Service Center (Volunteer Shift:  8:00am – 12:00pm, M-F)

Our Homeless Service Center connects homeless individuals and families with services, housing and case management. We provide laundry facilities, showers, mail boxes and assistance with registering to receive hot meals at Bread & Roses Cafe.

Volunteer duties include: Assisting homeless clients with making appointments for services (laundry, showers, meals, etc.), sorting mail, and providing other assistance as needed.

Requirements include being able to stand for long periods of time, alphabetize mail, greet clients, etc


Bread & Roses Café: Monday through Friday – 8:30am-1:00pm

This program serves nutritious, hot meals to the men, women and children who are homeless in a restaurant-style setting. Volunteers should be prepared to remain for the entire morning shift.

Duties include: setting tables, preparing beverages, fruit and bread for the meal, greeting and serving guests, and preparing for the next serving time.

Ideal for consistent weekly volunteers, groups of up to four people, and for students during summer.

Food Pantry: Mon, Wed, Thur: 9:30am-12:30p;Tues & Fri: 12:30pm-3:30pm

This program provides low-income households with supplemental groceries up to once per week.

Duties include assisting Food Pantry clients in selecting their groceries, checking clients in at the front desk, assisting clients in transporting groceries to their cars, and helping to keep the Food Pantry clean and organized.

Bilingual abilities in Spanish or Russian are very helpful.

Ideal for weekly volunteers, groups of up to 4 people, and for students age 12 and older during summer.

Senior Services: Tuesday – Thursday: 9am-4:30pm; Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm

This program provides services to homeless and homebound elderly individuals including case management, home visits and groceries.

Duties include: delivering groceries and visiting with 2-3 elderly homebound clients in their homes.

Duties for long-term volunteers (committing 2-3 hours weekly) will work with staff to locate opportunities can help with finding housing or job assistance for clients.

Codetalk: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12pm-1:00pm (tutoring); Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm (speakers)

This program provides low-income women with computer coding skills that will help them become employed in the tech sector.

Duties include: assisting students as a web development tutor Mon., Tues., Thur., or Fri., from noon to 1 pm; serving as a guest speaker on a designated Friday. For more information about guest speaking opportunities please email

Ideal for tech professionals and individuals with well-developed coding skills.

Monetary Advisory Program (MAP): Monday – Friday: 9:00am-4:00pm

This program serves homeless and at-risk mentally ill adults with case management, money management and finding/maintaining housing.

Duties include: administrative tasks, filing bank records and checks, and helping with general office needs.

Ideal for detail-oriented volunteers who can commit 4 to 8 hours per week.

Veterans Representative Payee Program (VRPP): Monday – Friday: 9:00am- 4:00 pm

This program serves homeless and at-risk veterans with case management, money management and housing assistance.

Duties include: administrative tasks, filing bank records and checks, and helping with general office needs.

Ideal for detail-oriented volunteers who can commit 4 to 8 hours per week.

Please Note: Located in West Los Angeles at the V.A. Medical Center in Westwood.

Administrative Support: Monday – Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Volunteers will help in various St. Joseph Center departments with duties such as filing, making copies or helping with large mailings.

“Voices of Hope” Gala and other Special Events: These events are held at various times of the year

“Voices of Hope” Dinner Dance and Auctions Gala Duties: assist by soliciting auction items, gift certificates and ads for the program journal.

Annual Holiday Opportunities: Thanksgiving Basket Distribution (November), Adopt-A-Family Program and Holiday Parties for clients (December).

Ideal for individuals and groups of up to 10 volunteers.