Rescue Mission

19 Ways to Get Involved in 2019

2019 marks the 35th year of San Francisco City Impact serving to intervene on behalf of others.

In 1984, Roger Huang witnessed a young boy getting beat up and responded with fifty sandwiches to serve the homeless, and at-risk children in the Tenderloin (inner city of SF). We mobilize over 8,000 volunteers a year through to intervene on behalf of others.

Here are 19 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 AN INNER CITY CHILD

The Tenderloin is home to 3,000 inner-city children, and in a district ridden with drugs, alcohol, and brokenness. You can choose one child to help empower, encourage, and equip with education by sponsoring for $38/month.

When you sponsor a child for $38/month, you provide more than their education, and supplies—YOU ARE THE GIFT to your child. You can help open a child’s eyes to a greater world through letter correspondence, visitation, and prayer.

2. MENTOR A CHILD

A mentor can greatly impact anyone’s life. You can mentor a child in the toughest district in San Francisco, and help them reach new goals.

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 walk through up and downs with their child.

3. AIDE A CLASSROOM

Whatever our students are feeling when they walk into the classroom, our teachers are there to receive them. Students are coming from all different situations, including the 40% of the Tenderloin District that lives in single mother homes. The classrooms are safe places for students to learn, and express themselves.

Classroom aids help provide stability for a K-8th-grade class. Responsibilities may include organizing books, reading with students, facilitating reading quizzes, organizing scores and reports, and managing a child’s behavior.

4. Child THERAPY

34% of our students are in need of specialized therapy. This number can only increase as more testing can be done for some students. We are looking for Occupational Therapists, Speech & Language Therapists, or Marriage and Family Therapists.

5. SERVE LUNCH TO STUDENTS

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.

6. COOK MEALS FOR THE HOMELESS AND INNER CITY KIDS

Cook with love! Help cook a full hearty meal for about 80 K-8 students, and 300 people who are 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.

7. ENGAGE WITH INNER CITY KIDS OVER ARTS, MUSIC & GAMES

Super Saturday is a weekly 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.

8. LEAD OR ASSIST AT KIDS CHAPEL

Wednesday Chapel is a favorite time of the week for many of our students. 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.  

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

Adopt a Building’s mission is to intervene through building relationships that will lead people to life transformation. Come alongside a long term ministry 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

Health & Wellness

10. 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

Rescue Mission

11. FEED THE HOMELESS

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

12. ASSIST IN SOCIAL WORK

At City Impact we really can about changing one life at a time. The processes of walking through homelessness to housing can be taxing, frustration, and lonely at times. Assisting in our Social Services department and coming alongside someone every step of the way. Many people who are homeless jump from different organizations with resources available to them, but don’t have a consistent point of contact. Sometimes a bit of encouragement and walking through each process will help champion the process.

13. ORGANIZE OUR FOOD BANK

As an active food bank get used, and a rebranded Thrift Store is on the way, help on the ground is needed to organize our storage. The City Impact Thrift Store closed down this Fall, but a new rebranded store will come this Spring focusing on women and children’s clothing. Our Thrift Store served as a place of refuge for vulnerable women in need of help, and this will only hyperfocus on those in need as well as provide funds for our Therapy Program.

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14. PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER

The Tenderloin and City Impact has a story behind every closed door. We believe the Tenderloin is home to the most resilient people in the world. Help share someone’s story. Capture the ongoing work 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.

15. GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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

16. TECH SUPPORT

Empower the administration team by bolstering any tech specs in the office or solving technical issues in each building.

17. CONSTRUCTION

Last year was a critical year for construction and repair. Over 35 rooms were renovated including our Rescue Mission. Our buildings are always in need of improvements. Help lay flooring or simple restoration projects to help expand the growing reach of City Impact.

18. VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR COMPANY

City Impact hosted over 60 companies in 2018! We had an amazing impact and are looking to do it again in 2019! Host 5-25 team members at our K-8 School, Rescue Mission, or deliver meals to those shut-in. Plan a larger group up to 500 to serve through City Impact across our departments.

School of Ministry

School of Ministry

19. HELP DEEP CLEAN OUR FACILITIES

There’s nothing that says humility like scrubbing toilets or deep cleaning bathrooms. Truly serve like Jesus when no one is watching and help clean floors in much need of a deep clean. 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.

2018 Year End Recap

What an amazing year it has been! We are so thankful for the most amazing volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who intervened on behalf of others in 2018! It is because of our amazing City Impact Family that we can continue changing one life at a time. Check out the video recap below:

Rex's Story | Addiction in the Tenderloin (inner city of San Francisco)

Gearing up for the Holidays we can find ourselves overwhelmed by our schedules. In the inner city of San Francisco, someone like Rex is just hanging on by a thread. After years of addiction he now faced the operation table. At the hospital before right before his surgery, there was only one thing to do—pray. Rex realized when we open our eyes to God’s love, we can discover his heart is to be with us.

It takes time, energy and resources to intervene in someone’s life. In the inner city we want to empower others and see them set free. Like Rex, sometimes it takes years of consistency and a miracle. Rex was in and out of City Impact for decades, but until his encounter with God he claims, “I was a terror to City Impact!”

Now Rex volunteers every day and helps with security, bible studies, services and church gatherings throughout the week!




Bobby's Story

When you face an obstacle or hurdle that stands in the way of your destiny, you can either see them as an excuse, or a tool to learn and rise above. Bobby is someone who is well familiar with both. Bobby became addicted to meth in his 20's, later began hearing voices after using speed amphetamine, contracted HIV after using a needle that was tampered with, and was diagnosed with ataxia, a crippling disease. 

Bobby has lived with limitations and the excuses became so common to him:

"...But I hear the voices...." 

"...I just don't want to be a burden to anyone...."

It was when Bobby stopped at the Rescue Mission he first heard the gospel. I thought it was "cool" as many other attributes of a God that would chase after him. 

Bobby's wonder of who God is has grown tremendously after being a vital member within a community that loves him and surrounds him with support. 

What formerly shrouded Bobby's mind with doubt, accusations and fear has now turned into laughter, joy and a wonder of God.  

No longer can you hear a resounding series of excuses but laughs and an exclaiming, "praise Jesus!" 

Thank you to all the volunteers, supporters and donors that drive this ministry and intervene on behalf of someone like Bobby!

"Jesus, was in my heart as well, and he knows my heart. That's why I am slowly but surely figuring out my destiny in life." says Bobby. "I'm more clear minded now, I'm not out of control, I'm not making a mess anymore, and I appreciate that, the LORD's gift, he's given me." 

Bobby is one of the many that have been served through Adopt a Building and our Rescue Mission

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

Rescue Mission

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.

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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.