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, 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 annually in order to provide a continuum of appropriate, ongoing, comprehensive services to our clients.


If you are interesting in becoming a volunteer, please review the list of Volunteer Opportunities below and then fill out a Volunteer Application Form. Opportunties for community members who are interested in becoming regular,ongoing volunteers are always available. Please submit your application as described below.

STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: If you are a student under 18 years of age and would like to apply to volunteer and/or complete community service hours required by your school during the summer, please fill out the Student Volunteer Application Form and return to it Christine O’Rourke, Volunteer Services Manager, at or by fax at 310-399-3040 by June 1, 2015. Please make sure that you fill out the application in its entirety. Also, please note that we are unable to guarantee placement at St. Joseph Center 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.

Download and print the application PDF. After you have filled it out, please fax, email, or mail your completed form to the attention of Volunteer Services:

Fax: 310-399-3040

E-Mail Address:

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

After you send in your application, we will contact you set up an interview.

If you have questions about our volunteer application process or our volunteer opportunities, please call Volunteer Services at 310-396-6468 ext. 326.




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: 9:30am-12:30p;Tues & Fri: 12:30pm-3:30pm

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.