18 Ways to Volunteer in 2018

San Francisco City Impact exists to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. For 34 years we have served the homeless, and at-risk children in the Tenderloin (inner city of SF). We mobilize over 10,000 volunteers a year through to intervene on behalf of others.

Here are 18 different ways you can get involved with City Impact and make a difference this year.

To volunteer, sign up at sfcityimpact.com/volunteer.

San Francisco City Academy

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1. SPONSOR A CHILD

You can empower, encourage and equip a child with education by sponsoring for $38/month. In a crowded and impoverished area like the Tenderloin, there are also 3,000 children. A child without support while experiencing trauma at an early age leads to addiction and isolation with every behavioral and learning disability symptom along the way. Your monthly $38 sponsorship provides more than a financial gift and supplies, YOU ARE THE GIFT to your child through letter correspondence, visitation, and prayer. You can show a child a brighter world than the darkness around them.

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2. MENTOR A CHILD

You can meet with a K-8 student on a regular basis to come alongside their goals, and be a powerful influence to inspire and encourage them. Through our mentorship program, many students have been inspired to apply to schools of their choice or pursue a dream. Mentors have great joys to invest deeply in their child.

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3. AIDE A CLASS

You can be an aide in a classroom to help provide stability for a K-8 class. Assist a teacher by visiting M-F, 8 AM to 3 PM on a regular basis to work with students and solve problems creatively. Responsibilities may include organizing books, reading with students, facilitating reading quizzes, organizing scores and reports, and managing a child’s behavior.

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4. SERVE LUNCH TO KIDS

You can help feed our hungry K-8 students and facilitate a clean and safe lunch period. Our K-8 school offers free lunch to our students every day. Prepare the food, help clean up and wipe down tables, serve plates to each student or help give drink refills.

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5. COOK MEALS FOR KIDS & THE HOMELESS

You can help cook lunch for over 100 K-8 students or 300 homeless.  Our commercial kitchen cooks over 150,000 meals for people in the community. Food is the language spoken to many people in the community and the heartbeat and driving force to many of our ministries and outreaches.

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6. ENGAGE KIDS WITH ART, MUSIC & GAMES

Engage with kids in a high energy and positive environment filled with arts and crafts, games, worship, and an encouraging message followed by lunch! Make every Saturday Super for our young kids! Super Saturday is one of City Impact's first programs started and is located at 230 Jones St on Saturdays at 10 AM. 

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7. LEAD OR ASSIST AT KIDS CHAPEL

Help share an encouraging and interactive message to our K-8 Students on Wednesday mornings! Equivalent to a youth message for ages 5-13. Assist in the background to provide a safe environment of worship and redirect a child to manage behavior.  

Adopt a Building

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8. DELIVER A MEAL TO SOMEONE WHO IS SHUT-IN

Adopt a Building is a long term volunteer opportunity to deliver meals and build relationships with people who are shut-in. This is a very relational and intentional ministry to people who may have no one else to care or look for them. Our vision is to adopt all 305 buildings with 30,000 residents in the inner city of San Francisco.

Health & Wellness Center

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9. VOLUNTEER AS A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL

Health professionals can volunteer at the clinic and provide specialized and urgent care to the homeless and low income residents. We serve over 2,000 patients each year. Our volunteer providers are encouraged to uncover the emotional root causes to many of our clients’ chronic diseases.

Rescue Mission

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10. FEED THE HOMELESS

Serve food to the homeless and hungry during the week. Come alongside indigenous leaders and School of Ministry students to serve others in the community. Our Rescue Mission welcomes people every day Monday through Friday and acts as respite home for many hurting people. 

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11. ASSIST IN SOCIAL WORK

You can help someone off the streets to get them housed. Impact someone by assisting in our Social Services department and coming alongside them every step of the way. Many of the homeless people are in need of education and advocacy on the resources available to them. Sometimes it’s not a matter of availability but of encouragement and walking through each process.

Thrift Store

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12. WORK IN THE THRIFT STORE

Help organize our stock or give direct customer service to others. The City Impact Thrift Store is one of the only thrift stores in the Tenderloin District. We not only serve as a low-income store to restore dignity to people in the community, we serve as a place of refuge for vulnerable women and men in need of help.

Administration

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13. PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY
 

Tell a story of City Impact and the Tenderloin through video and still images. Capture the work going on day to day. Help edit photos or footage remotely to develop new content. Photographers and Videographers are always needed throughout the year and especially at events.

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14. GRAPHIC DESIGN

Assist the communications & marketing team to share stories through digital avenues. Design content on Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects. Graphic designers can work remotely and share the message of City Impact and the Tenderloin to the world.

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15. TECH SUPPORT

Empower the administration team by addressing any technical issues or thinking creatively to improve technical systems in each building.

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16. CONSTRUCTION

This is another expanding year for building out ministry spaces. Help build new classrooms, apartments, and renovate buildings to help expand the growing reach of San Francisco City Impact.

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17. VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR COMPANY

Volunteer with your company at City Impact to make a greater impact in 2018! Host 5-25 team members at our K-8 School, or Rescue Mission. Plan a larger group up to 500 to serve through City Impact across our 11 ministries including meal deliveries, building parties, thrift store, health and wellness, and more! Companies like Google, Facebook, San Francisco 49ers, Salesforce, San Francisco Giants, Genentech and Thrivent Financial have made a difference at City Impact.

School of Ministry

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18. HELP DEEP CLEAN OUR FACILITIES
 

Help clean our spaces that host over 10,000 people a year and require ongoing maintenance. Be a servant leader by cleaning a bathroom, hallway, stairwell or classroom. One of our core values is Humility: We are not above the people we serve; we are not above mopping floors.

TO VOLUNTEER, EMAIL VOLUNTEERCENTER@SFCITYIMPACT.COM, OR sign up at sfcityimpact.com/volunteer.

2017 Year End Snapshot

We are so grateful for everyone a part of 2017! We thank God for another year at City Impact! We started 33 years ago to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. Check out the recap video below of a snapshot of the year. 

Each New Year's Even we enter in the new year with thanksgiving and prayer to God. Please send in any prayer requests for the new year that we can be praying for you!

Ike's Story

As Ike walked the streets of the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco) as a young boy, he witnessed the drugs, liquor stores, and homelessness on the street blocks. Like the 3,000 children that populate the Tenderloin District, Ike had been exposed to the stark reality of a community ridden with trauma, addiction and isolation. 

In a community with one of the largest income gaps with the average income in San Francisco, ($15,405 Tenderloin to $92,094 in San Francisco), also is the most dense area for children. Two out of five children in the Tenderloin come from single parent homes compared to less than 1 of 10 in San Francisco. 

How can we stand by to let the next generation be under resourced, unequipped and unempowered? 

If we don't go, who will? 

At City Impact, we exist to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. Ou K-8 School, San Francisco City Academy, empowers urban children through education.

Would you consider sponsoring or mentoring a child today? Learn more through the link below: 

Christmas Day Outreach 2017

Thank You to everyone who joined us for our Christmas Day Outreach! We had around 300 volunteers who prepped and served meals or threw a Christmas Party for kids in the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco). 

Walking through the Tenderloin, it is not typically a place to expect people to come in on Christmas morning. However, we believe the people in the Tenderloin are full of potential, especially the 3,000 children that live in this district and make it the most dense area for children in San Francisco. One of our core values is FAMILY: Take time to include and invest in people, and City Impact has been throwing holiday outreaches for close to 33 years and will continue to do so for 33 more years. 

This was our first year we brought together kids and families of our K-8 School, San Francisco City Academy at a non-school related event. Families sat together, ate brunch, and enjoyed each others company as we gathered together as one big family and community. This brunch was only made possible through partnership from local organizations, volunteers and our Child Sponsors. Our supporters helped provide a safe, clean, and dignifying space for families on Christmas morning. Most of our City Academy families have no plans or resources to create this kind of environment in their own homes on Christmas. A breakfast buffet was set up and tables with various Christmas activities such as card making and gingerbread house building. A showing of A Charlie Brown Christmas was played and gifts were passed out for the entire family.

Some of our other outreaches included:

  • Meal Prep -  preparing 1,000 meals to be served 
  • Meal Delivery - delivering meals to shut-in residents
  • Building Parties - inviting shut-in residents into community meals
  • Rescue Mission Cafe - sit down meals for the homeless
  • Kids Christmas Party - an annual community event inviting children all over the Tenderloin for games, a Christmas message and gifts

Thanks again to all the families and guests who joined us for the day. Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors for making this day possible! 

To become a weekly volunteer, sign up at sfcityimpact.com/volunteer

City Academy Christmas Recital 2017

On Thursday, December 14, we hosted our City Academy Annual Christmas Recital. Our City Academy students performed 14 different acts in front of family, friends, volunteers, sponsors, and City Impact staff. Performances included: All I want for Christmas is You, Mistletoe by Justin Bieber, Jingle Bells, Noel, and more! Students danced, sang, and even performed comedic acts! Family, fun, and holiday cheer filled our sanctuary at 230 Jones as our students performed and displayed their talents!

Thank you to all our guests and attendees for the day. Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, and teachers for empowering our students! 

Enjoy the recap videos below!

City Impact wishes you a Merry Christmas! 

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU BY MARIAH CAREY

 

INCREÍBLE BY MIEL SAN MARCOS KIDS

HAWAII CHRISTMAS HULA

IN THE RIVER BY JESUS CULTURE (DRUMS)

SANTA CLAUSE IS COMING TO TOWN

JINGLE BELLS REMIX

CHRISTMAS STANDUP COMEDY

JOY TO THE WORLD

JINGLE BELLS

CHRISTMAS RAP

NOEL

MISTLETOE BY JUSTIN BIEBER

SILENT NIGHT (INTERPRETIVE DANCE)

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS