Get Involved: Volunteer!


a volunteer at Family House


special talent volunteers at Family House


work day volunteer group at Family House

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Family House! Volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of our mission by assisting our staff in providing a safe and comfortable home for families in crisis. There are a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer at Family House depending on your interests and availability. We work with each volunteer to make sure your time is used efficiently and productively. We have been fortunate to work with an abundance of hardworking San Francisco corporate, church, school, independent groups, and individuals.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please complete the application form. We will contact you as soon as possible to set up an interview and discuss your areas of interest. If you have questions, you can contact Karen Banks, Director of Volunteer Programs at (415) 514-6663 or

Volunteer Opportunities

New Opportunities at the Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House

  • Our new location at the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay is more than twice the size of our old locations! This means that we need more volunteers than ever before, with new shifts specific to the new house, such as reception and concierge positions. Please click here to read about those opportunities, as well as other new volunteer positions. Email Karen Banks, Director of Volunteer Programs at to sign up for a shift at the new Nancy & Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay.

Volunteer Information Video

  • Watch the Volunteer Information video that explains why volunteers make a difference in our community, what opportunities exist, and what is involved in signing up to volunteer at Family House.

House Support Volunteers 

  • Volunteers select a day of the week, morning or afternoon shift. These positions include working off a checklist to ensure that the house is well-stocked and tidy, disinfecting and organizing communal areas, sorting donations, and office support. One of the most important things we can do to support our families is to ensure a fully-stocked, clean, and safe environment.

Direct Service and Special Talent Volunteers 

  • On a monthly basis, volunteers will host an activity such as: arts and crafts, family dinner, board games, bingo, yoga etc. We have some very special volunteers that come frequently to entertain the families: David Magidson as "Boswick the Clown", Bobby "The Bunny" Thomas, Clown Zero, 4Paws and SPCA Therapy Dogs, and Yoga with Raissa Bump. In addition, we have our handy-man, Lon Main, and our wonderful gardener extraordinaire, Caryn Peirce that assist around the house. You may have a special talent that we would love for you to share with our families.

Corporate Volunteers 

  • Corporate on-site projects include prepping and painting bedrooms, bathrooms, and common areas, deep-cleaning communal spaces, gardening, and other "done in a day" projects. Corporate teams can also host activities for the families, such as a BBQ or Holiday activity. Off-site projects consist of assembling care packages, organizing a donation drive, or preparing meals for our families. This kind of help is invaluable to us and can strengthen the corporate relationship in the community.

Community Group Volunteers 

Student Volunteers 

Saturday Volunteer Day 

  • Every second Saturday of the month, we host a Saturday Volunteer Day, which is a perfect opportunity for volunteers with limited schedules to work in a group setting on projects around the house. Project may include, but are not limited to, organizing and disinfecting communal areas, sorting donations, tending gardens, and hosting activities for our families. Be sure to dress comfortably and wear clothing that can get dirty. Please email Karen Banks, Director of Volunteer Programs at to sign up.

Young Professionals Advisory Council 

  • Family House serves as a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing physical comfort and emotional support, free from financial concerns. The Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) supports the Family House mission through social media and fundraising events. Click here to learn more about YPAC and get involved. Follow the Family House YPAC Facebook page to keep up to date on upcoming events.

Summer Volunteer Program 

Hands On Bay Area 

  • Many groups have found their way to us through Hands on Bay Area. HOBA is a network that connects volunteers to different opportunities throughout the Bay Area. You can try out different projects that work with your busy schedule.

Family House thanks all of the volunteers who offer their love, time, and talent to our families! Please complete the application form or contact Karen Banks, Director of Volunteer Programs at (415) 514-6663 or for more information!