Please note that during the holiday season recruitment for new volunteers is suspended. We will resume recruitment of new volunteers in January 2017.

St. Joseph 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.


Thank you for your interest in helping St. Joseph Center!

  • We have volunteer opportunities year round for adult volunteers ages 18 years and older; please reivew 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 and fill out our Volunteer Application Form. Please be as specific as possible with regard to your program preferences and time availability. Email your application to, fax it to 310-399-3040, or mail a hard copy to the address below. 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 13-18 and in Middle/Jr./High School)

Opportunities for students 13-18 years old are available primarily during the summer months of June, July and August due to overlap between school hours and our hours of operation. If you would like to apply to volunteer and/or complete community service hours required by your school, please note that we are no longer accepting applications for the 2015/2016 academic year. If you are interested in volunteering during the 2016/2017 academic year, however, please feel free to fill out our Student Volunteer Application Form and submit it by June 1, 2017 via email, fax (310-399-3040) or by mailing a hard copy to the address below. Please fill out the application in its entirety and be as specific as possible with regard to your program preferences, time availability, and number of hours you are required to volunteer. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee placement due to the high volume of applications we receive. Priority is given to students who have volunteered previously with St. Joseph Center and new applicants are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please note that we are unable to accommodate student volunteers under the age of 13.

Group 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 Services Manager Christine O’Rourke at (310) 396-6468, ext. 326 for more information about drives and potential group opportunities.


E-Mail Address:

Mailing Address: Christine O'Rourke, Volunteer Services Manager
                           St. Joseph Center
                           204 Hampton Drive
                           Venice, CA 90291-8633.




Early Learning Center Monday through Friday - 9:00am-5:00pm

This program is a childcare center that has two classrooms: a toddler classroom for children 18 months - 2½ years of age, and a preschool classroom for children 2½ to 5 years of age.
Duties include assisting in the classroom with arts & crafts projects, snacks, reading, and outside play; and helping teachers with other tasks.

Must be age 18 years of age or older and be able to commit a minimum of four hours per week for a minimum period of three months.
Minors wishing to volunteer at ELC must provide the Center with a letter from their school stating that they are required to complete community service hours.Volunteers of all ages are required to obtain an up-to-date TB clearance signed by their physician. Adults over the age of 18 are also required to obtain a fingerprint clearance.


Homeless Service Center: Monday through Friday - 8:00am-12:00pm

This program connects homeless people with services, housing and case management.
Duties include: assisting homeless clients with making appointments for services (laundry, showers, meals, etc.), checking the mailboxes and phone messages for clients.
Ideal for consistent volunteers who can commit to one morning per week and for students during summer.


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: 9:00am-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.

Code Talk: 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 1pm; 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.