Volunteer Opportunities


We have volunteer opportunities year-round for adults 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 12-18, 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)


Volunteer Application Form


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 from October through December, due to our busy holiday season.)

Student Volunteers

(Ages 12-18 and in Middle/Jr./High School)

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


Student Volunteer Application Form


Community service opportunities for students 12-18 years of age are available during the summer months of June, July and August. Applications for Summer 2022 are now being accepted.  Please return completed applications by Monday, June 6, 2022.

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 Assistant Aurilla Stevson at (310) 396-6468, ext. 332 for more information about drives and potential group opportunities.



 Our Food Pantry provides low-income households with supplemental groceries up to once per week.

Food Pantry

Location SJC Main Campus

204 Hampton Drive, Venice, 90291

Tuesday and/or Thursday 9:30-12 12:00pm-3:00pm &
Thurs: 8:00am-11:00am

Volunteer duties: assisting Food Pantry staff with assembling grocery bags for clients, grocery delivery drivers, stocking shelves with donations as needed, and helping to keep the Food Pantry clean and organized.

Bilingual abilities in Spanish or Russian are very helpful.

Weekly commitment is preferred. Availability may be impacted by COVID-19

Food Pantry Grocery Delivery

Location: SJC Main Campus

204 Hampton Drive, Venice 90291

Tuesday and/or Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm

Volunteer duties: Pick up groceries from our Food Pantry on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings and deliver to clients’ doorsteps.

Requirements: Must have valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proof of insurance to participate.

Weekly commitment is preferred.

Our Café serves freshly made, hot meals to men and women who are homeless in a restaurant-style setting. Volunteers should be prepared to remain for an entire shift.

Bread & Roses Café

Location: 663 Rose Avenue, Venice 90291

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-1:00pm

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

Weekly commitment is preferred. Changing COVID-19 protocols may affect availability.

Our Homeless Service Center connects homeless individuals with mental health services, housing, case management, and basic resources. We provide showers, mailboxes, device charging and assistance with registering to receive hot meals at Bread & Roses Cafe.

Homeless Service Center Mail Service

Location:  404 Lincoln Blvd, Venice 90291

Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm

Volunteer duties: Pick up mail from our Hampton location and transport to our Homeless Services Center (HSC) to sort, alphabetize and stamp mail for clients to pick up.

Requirements: Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, proof of insurance, able to stand for long periods, alphabetize mail, and greet clients.

Weekly commitment is preferred.

Homeless Service Center Voicemail

Location: Virtual/Remote

**Schedule varies

This is a virtual volunteer opportunity where volunteers can assist from their own homes.

Volunteer duties: Listen to recorded voicemails and return calls and/or route to correct departments (both inside and outside SJC) as needed. Volunteers are provided training to accurately route callers.

Requirements: Attend HSC Voicemail training and watch training video prior to starting.

Bread and Roses volunteers

Special Events

(Times and Days Vary)


Email To Volunteer


“Voices of Hope” Auctions Gala Duties: assist by soliciting auction items, gift certificates and ads for the program journal. Other Special Events are held at various times of the year; please inquire for current opportunities: volunteer@stjosephctr.org

Annual Holiday Opportunities: Share The Season, Thanksgiving Basket Distribution (November), and Holiday Parties for clients (December). Ideal for individuals and groups of up to 10 volunteers.


Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12 pm – 1:00 pm (tutoring)

Friday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (speakers)


Email Codetalk


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

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


Check out our Amazon In-Kind Wishlist below and send items directly to St. Joseph Center to support our neighbors in need.


Items Needed for Homeless Clients

  • Body Wash
  • Chapstick
  • Combs & Brushes
  • Conditioner
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Hand Lotion
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Pet Food (for cats and dogs)
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Razors
  • Reading Glasses

  • Wipes
  • Reusable Water Bottles
  • Schampoo
  • Socks & Underwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweatshirts
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Towels
  • T-Shirts
  • Women’s Undergarments
  • Portable Chargers
  • Trash Bags

Food Items Needed for Housed Clients

**Please do not include items that have expired or items in glass containers
  • Ensure Nutrition Drink for Seniors
  • Baby Formula (powdered)
  • Baby/Toddler Food -All ages and flavors, pouches preferred – Glass jars are okay for this item only
  • Breakfast Cereal and/or Oatmeal
  • Canned Meats, Soup and Broth

  • Canned Vegetables
  • Fresh Produce
  • Pasta, Crackers, Cereal, Beans & rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Snacks for Children – Crackers, Teething Biscuits, Cookies, Raisins & 100% Dried Fruit Snacks

Non-Food Items Needed for Housed Clients

  • Adult Diapers (Depends)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Diapers & Pull-Ups – (esp. sizes 4-6)
  • Paper Grocery Bags with handles

  • Pet Food (for cats & dogs)
  • Plastic Produce Bags
  • Reusable Grocery Bags
  • School supplies – Three-ring binders, Backpacks, etc


See In-Kind Wishlist


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