Volunteer Opportunities

Produce Mondays

Help us distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to our family and senior clients every Monday. Shifts are 7:30 - 11:00am, 11:00am - 2:00pm, and 2:00 - 5:00pm.

Sunnyvale Elks packing and distributing fruits and vegetables on “Produce Monday.” L to R: Carol Barnhart, Pat & Sarg Sargent, Carmela Castagnola, Alan Aana

Breads and Pastries

Volunteers are needed in the evenings to glean breads and pastries from local businesses. We also need volunteers to bag and distribute the breads and pastries on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 11:30am.

SCS Auxilliary

If you like to create handicrafts, knit, crochet, or quilt, come join our Auxiliary. It meets on Thursdays, and the quilters meet on Tuesdays. In the fall, the Auxiliary hosts a boutique with all proceeds benefitting the Community Christmas Center.

L to R: Helen Christenson, Edith Bokelman, Sue Barbieri show some of the items available at the Auxiliary’s annual boutique.

Bag People of SCS

Each month, bags of food are packed for distribution to hundreds of low-income families and seniors. This bag packing project requires 20-25 volunteers for 2-3 hours. The specific time for packing is determined by the availability of the volunteers.
Hundreds of volunteers from corporate, church, and youth groups bag up to 1,600 bags of groceries a month for families and seniors.

Lobby Administrators

Volunteers greet clients and donors, give information about SCS programs and appropriate referrals for clients, register families for food and Community Christmas Center programs, and perform basic office duties. Our “lobby admins” work one morning or one afternoon a week.

Hotel Collectors

Collect hotel/motel toiletries while traveling or on vacation. We distribute hygiene kits of toothpaste, shampoo, soaps, lotions, and disposable razors to low-income and homeless clients.

Community Christmas Center

The Community Christmas Center affords families the dignity of selecting a two-week supply of food, new gifts for infants through teens, and a gift for every household (towels, blankets, basic kitchen items). Over 600 volunteers move tons of food and supplies, sort food and toys, stock shelves, escort clients, accept and pick up donations, and staff the reception area.

Food/Gift Drives

Churches, schools, youth groups, civic organizations, and other groups conduct food and gift drives for SCS throughout the year, saving SCS the cost of purchasing these items.

High School Volunteers

High School volunteers are invited to sign up for after school service hours or over school breaks. The tasks for our high school volunteers vary greatly from day to day, they include warehouse maintenance, double bagging brown bags for our food distributions, and sorting canned goods. High School volunteers must be 14 years old to work independently; under 14 must be accompanied by a parent.

Visit the SCS Wish List page for more creative ideas on how you can help.

How to Volunteer

All volunteer hours need to be scheduled in advance. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the appropriate volunteer coordinator below:

Volunteer Coordinator
Terry Chavez, Volunteer Manager
408.738.4321 ext. 211

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