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A list of volunteer opportunities to help you connect and give back in the Stanford community and greater Bay Area.

We support and encourage you to contribute your talents to serve others through charitable or volunteer efforts. These are some of the groups that offer information and opportunities for involvement both on and off campus. 


Food Pantry Pop-up

In partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Stanford R&DE hosts monthly pop-up food pantries for undergraduate and graduate students and their affiliates who need additional food support. Each student household is eligible to receive produce, dairy, meat or poultry, and non-perishable items at no cost. The pop-up events have included seasonally appropriate stone fruits, apples, squash, and greens, plus chicken, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cereal, and peanut butter among other food items.

Learn more about how you can participate


COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities: 

View Stanford BeWell article: Helping those in need during COVID-19


Volunteering during work hours/on work days

Some volunteer opportunities may have events or activities that occur on your normally scheduled work day or during your normally scheduled work hours. 

  • Volunteer opportunities for community organizations would require use of accrued leave time for the work hours you are volunteering. 
  • Volunteer opportunities for Stanford organizations or Stanford-sponsored events should be discussed with your manager and local human resources office. 

Please discuss your volunteer intentions with your manager, as you would for any activity that causes you to be absent when you are scheduled to be working.

*This list is provided as a service only. We do not endorse any of these references. These resources are not exhaustive but a sample of local and national resources aimed at harnessing the power of volunteering.