Volunteer Opportunities at a Glance
Most volunteering opportunities will require additional trainings that can range from administrative skills to sensitivity and cultural competency trainings.
Please note that where it states “Specific Opportunities” means that each bullet point is a separate opportunity, one person does not need to have all of the skills mentioned in the section to take part in the program. Additionally, where it is stated “Specific Duties” are descriptions of the tasks associated with the volunteer position.
The Center is seeking a few enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers with office skills to help the Center staff keep our files and records up to date. This volunteer opportunity requires additional training that we provide on how to work with different databases, formats, etc. and really lends itself to people who are meticulous, detail-oriented and tech savvy. These opportunities are versatile and can vary from weekly, monthly, seasonal, or one-time commitments that completely depends on the volunteers’ availability.
Assist with mailings
Assist Center staff with special projects
The Center houses several computers with internet access that are free to the public, but require wonderful volunteers to manage and keep the facility open. The David Bohnett Cyber Center is looking for personable, computer-savvy people to help give free/inexpensive computer access to members of the public! We provide all of the necessary training and this is a great opportunity for those who want to have an ongoing relationship with the Center. The Cyber Center is all volunteer run!
Sign visitors in and out
Manage the cash box
Assist visitors in the use of computers for checking e-mail, composing and printing documents and surfing the internet.
In our programming we work with volunteers who have event planning experience in supporting some of our annual and ongoing events. These events can range from intimate to larger scale events, some duties include outreaching to silent auction participants, booking locations, performers, vendors, creating media for the events, etc. This opportunity is great for people who are comfortable with and excel in working logistics and are able to commit to working on a project from start to finish.
Soiree Planning Committee (tentative, seasonal)
Every month we produce or participate in a variety of events both at The Center and away that need volunteer support. Center events include fundraisers, community dialogues, press conferences, and celebrations. Outside events are, for the most part, supported by volunteers but not necessarily organized by The Center; these include outreach at street fairs, collecting donations, organizing The Center’s Pride contingent. These opportunities are great for folks who have a sporadic schedule, but still want to get involved. They may also offer volunteer-exclusive privileges that depends on the organizers of the event.
Greeters, ushers, ticket takers, registration
Help collect donations at entry gates
Information and Referral Assistants
Our Information & Referral assistants or Front Desk is completely volunteer run! This is really the heart of our Volunteer Program where you will become a pro in navigating the different resources the Bay Area offers to folks. This opportunity is embedded into everything we do here at the Center from greeting Center visitors, responding to questions about local LGBT resources and programs, and giving referrals to folks about different resources available in their interests/needs. No prior experience is necessary and we provide all the training and guidance required to effectively fulfill this vital role here at the Center. This is an ongoing opportunity that is ideal for people with set schedules or that want to learn and engage with a variety of organizations all around the Bay Area.
Answer the telephone and direct callers appropriately
Greet visitors as they enter The Center
Maintain and update Center information tables, bulletin boards, and publication tables
Answer basic questions posed by Center visitors, refer all other questions to staff
Facilitate communication between visitors, staff members, volunteers, and Center tenants
Assist staff with updating the Information & Referral database
Part of the Center’s direct programming involves working with different people whom are looking for work, entering the workforce, or require assistance in specific work-related issues. We are looking for people with experience in the various aspects of job seeking and job maintenance. These opportunities range from seasonal, ongoing or one-time. If you love working with people on one on one basis and want to make a direct, visible difference in someone’s life, these opportunities may be a good fit for you.
Assist jobseekers in resume creation, building, editing
Folks with experience in the hiring process (Recruiters, Hiring Managers, HR Personnel)
Folks familiar with and comfortable in networking techniques
For general information on The Center’s Volunteer Program, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415.865.5627.
Thank you for your interest!