Volunteer Opportunities

MVLA SLOBs offers many volunteer opportunities to its members:

  • Calendar of Events: New and upcoming volunteer opportunities shown in the calendar with detailed contact information for members to sign up
  • Donation Opportunities: A list of opportunities for members to donate to various causes
  • Special Events: From time to time there are multi-day special events that are not fully listed on the Calendar of Events because members need to use the registration link to choose from available dates/times
  • On-going Volunteer Opportunities with No Fixed Dates: Below is a list of on-going opportunities are not listed on the Calendar of Events because they do not occur on fixed dates
  • Philanthropies: A list of local philanthropies that we partner with


Donation Opportunities


 Special Events

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY of Los Altos: Quarterly Book Sale

Wednesday, May 2 – Sunday, May 6

Friends of the Library of Los Altos is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization of book lovers and community members having a good time raising funds in support of the Los Altos Library collections, facilities and programs.

Through quarterly book sales, in-library sale shelves, Amazon online sales, and cafe in the main library, Friends contributes over $100,000 each year to support our Los Altos and Woodland Branch Libraries.

EVENT: Quarterly Book Sale
INVITEES:  Boys and parents welcome.
DATES/TIME:   Wednesday, May 2 – Sunday, May 6

Set-up:  Set up tables and arrange books.
Sales:  Greet customers, restock displays, manage cash register
Clean-up:  Clean-up at end of each day

  • Wed., May 2:  1:00pm – Set-up MPR
  • Wed., May 2:  1:30pm – Set-up Children’s Room
  • Fri., May 4:   10:00 am – Set-up Hillview Hall
  • Fri., May 4:  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Sales
  • Sat., May 5:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sales
  • Sat., May 5:  12:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Sales
  • Sat., May 5:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Sales and Clean-up
  • Sun., May 6:  11:45 am – 3:00 pm – Sales
  • Sun., May 6:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Clean-up

LOCATION:  Los Altos Main Library
ADDRESS: 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022
SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONSEmail volunteers@losaltoslibraryfriends.org.
HOURS CREDIT: Hours worked


 On-Going Volunteer Opportunities with No Fixed Dates

PALO ALTO LIBRARY: Various opportunities

Various dates and times

Friends of the Palo Alto Library (FOPAL) need help to manage their vast collection of books, CDs, and DVDs. FOPAL processes 40,000+ books per month and the dollars collected from a monthly book sales are donated back to the libraries to fund adult and early child literary, summer reading program and year round special interest activities. Volunteer opportunities include sorting new donations, pricing and shelving books, picking up donations and moving boxes of books, staffing the Mitchell Park Bookstore, special interest projects and events. Many opportunities are offered with flexible hours and days.

INVITEES: Boys and parents (Boys 12-13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent)
DATES: Ongoing, including book sales prep every second Sat and Sun of the month
TIME: Flexible depending on job
LOCATION:  Cubberley Community Center (please see map on FOPAL website for parking and sale location)
ADDRESS: 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS:  Email Janette Herceg of FOPAL.
HOURS CREDIT: Hours worked

READING PARTNERS: Help a Child Learn to Read
45 minutes after school, once weekly

Reading Partners recruits and supports volunteers to work one-on- one with children at under-resourced schools who are struggling to read. Volunteers are trained to follow a structured, research-based curriculum. Volunteers undergo a 2-hour orientation session and then commit to working with a child for 45 minutes once weekly for one semester.

EVENT:  Tutoring a child who is struggling to learn to read
INVITEES:  must be 14 yrs or older
DATES: Monday through Thursday
TIME: 45 min session, during or after school, until 5 pm
LOCATION:  Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040
SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS: register and fill out application here: https://svvol18.my-trs.com/select_registrant_types. For more info, visit http://readingpartners.org
CONTACT: Rennea Philips, rennea.phillips@readingpartners.org
HOURS CREDIT: 1 hour weekly

THERE WITH CARE: Volunteer in the Warehouse or Make Care Packages

There With Care provides support to families with children in the critical phase of a medical crisis. Volunteers sort supplies, rotate inventory, organize food, etc. in the warehouse and/or make care packages for families in need. There With Care loves to have families volunteer! No volunteer training is required to work in the warehouse or make care packages.

EVENT: There With Care – Volunteering
INVITEES:  All boys & parents
DATES: Warehouse volunteering: weekdays between 9:00am-2:00pm, Care packages: anytime
TIME: Various times
LOCATION: There With Care
ADDRESS2682 Middlefield Rd. Suite H, Redwood City, CA 94063
SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS: Email There With Care Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer.bayarea@therewithcare.org
HOURS CREDIT:  Hours worked

THERE WITH CARE: Attend a Training and Help with Family Deliveries

There With Care provides support to families with children in the critical phase of a medical crisis. Become a trained volunteer and make needed item deliveries to families at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and local homes. Family delivery volunteers must attend a 1.5 hour training at our warehouse (kids do not need to attend). Kids of any age, however, are welcome on deliveries with a trained parent!

EVENT: There With Care-Attend a Training and Help with Family Deliveries
INVITEES:  All boys & parents
DATES: Training Dates: http://www.bayarea.therewithcare.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/calendar/
TIME: Various times
LOCATION: There With Care
ADDRESS2682 Middlefield Rd. Suite H, Redwood City, CA 94063
SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS: Email There With Care Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer.bayarea@therewithcare.org or sign up online using above link
HOURS CREDIT:  Hours worked

EHP – Ecumenical Hunger Program

Volunteer help is needed in our food pantry to sort, stack, prepare and distribute emergency food boxes to families in need.  We also need help in the community closet to help sort and organize and maintain gently used clothing and household goods. Other volunteer help might include: gardening help, campus maintenance, data input and special project assistance. Volunteers may work the entire day, an entire shift or volunteers may choose to work a portion of a shift if needed. Volunteer reservations are required at our campus. Volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. You may also wish to dress in layers and bring a snack.

EVENT: Volunteer Help

INVITEES: Boys and/or parents

DATES: Monday – Saturday

LOCATION: Ecumenical Hunger Program

ADDRESS: 2411 Pulgas Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

TIME: Monday to Friday 9:30am – 12:00pm; Monday to Friday 1:00pm-4:30pm; Wednesday 1:00pm-6:00pm; 3rd Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm

SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS: Please sign up for the hours you’d like to work by contacting Charlotte Brown by email @ outreach@ehpcares.org; Phone: (650) 323-7781, extension 3000

HOURS CREDIT: Hours worked