Organizations at Work

There are organizations throughout the East Bay that put Mercy into motion.If you've been inspired by Mercy you've encountered, share God's Mercy with others by participating in some of the Works of Mercy at these local organizations.

This list has been compiled by  The Catholic Voice and The Office of Young Adults.

Organization Contact Information Donation Needs  Volunteers needed for...
Abode Services
Helps individuals and families without a home by delivering services and helping them move into homes
588 Brown Rd., Fremont

510-252-0910, ext. 804
Financial donation, Clothing, Food, Furniture, other household Items
  • preparing meals
  • tutoring and leading children's activities
  • light cleaning and maintenance
  • office and front desk support
  • help at special events
  • and more

Apply online

Alameda County Community Food Bank
Distributes food through food pantries, soup kitchens, and community agencies
7900 Edgewater Dr., Oakland

Monetary donations; non-perishable food times
  • Weekday Food Sorting
  • Weekend Food sorting
  • Emergency Food Helpline
  • General Office Help
  • Hosts for Virtual Food Drives
  • Organizers for Food Drives

Sign up online

Bay Area Crisis Nursery
Short-term residential care for children to give parents time to solve crises, such as homelessness, domestic violence, mental or physical illness, etc.
1506 Mendocino Dr., Concord


Monetary donations, Clothing (sizes 2T - 14), Hair items, diapers, unopened forumla, non-perishable food items, toiletries, housekeeping items

Detailed list of accepted donations
  • Spanish Translators
  • Childcare Volunteers
  • Event help

Learn how to sign up

Birthright of Concord
Nonprofit crisis pregnancy center offering free, confidential, non-judgmental service to pregnant woman
3106 Clayton Rd., Concord

Monetary donation, maternity clothes, diapers Learn how to sign up
Birthright of San Lorenzo
Nonprofit crisis pregnancy center offering free, confidential, non-judgmental service to pregnant woman
1048 Grant Ave., San Lorenzo

Monetary donation, diapers, baby clothes
  • Telephone Client Advocate
  • Maternity Clothing Coordinator
  • Baby Layettes Organizer
  • Grant Writer
  • Advertisement/Publicity
  • Newsletter Assembly
  • Office Supply Organizer
  • Coin Counters
  • Speakers
  • Cleaning
  • Photographers

Learn how to sign up

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing
Provides permanent solutions to local homelessness while supporting the stabilization and development of self-sufficiency  in families who encounter homelessness
399 Taylor Blvd., #115, Pleasant Hill

Monetary donation, apartment furnishing, auction items
  • Homework Club Volunteers
  • Social Event volunteers
  • Cooks
  • Inventory Coordinator
  • Movers
  • Apartment set-up
  • Outreach

Learn how to sign up

Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality
Helps Catholics deepen their spiritual life as they give their time and talent to serve those in need
65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 101, San Rafael

Monetary Donation Learn how to apply
Covenant House of California
Outreach to at-risk homeless youth living on the streets
200 Harrison St., Oakland

New or gently used clothing, new shoes, pre-packaged snack foods, hygine prducts, blankets, twin-sized bedding, new undergrarments, new hats and
  • Workshop presenters
  • Mentors
  • Tutors

Learn how to apply

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Offers sanctuary, solidarity, and support to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, explotation and other expressions of violence
2362 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Monetary Donations, Amazonsmile
  • Intakes  and filling out paperwork
  • Translating documents
  • Answering phones, running errands, etc.
  • Fundraising and outreach projects
  • Translators
  • Writing articles for the newsletter
  • Accompanying and advocating clients during interviews
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Teaching basic US Civics
  • Partnering with refugee families
  • Selling crafts

Learn how to sign up

FESCO "The Family Shelter"
Two-year program providing housing subsidies and support services to families
21455 Birch St., Box 5, Hayward

Monetary donation, furnishings, clothing, hygiene products, office supplies, food donations

Detailed list of accepted donations
  • Office volunteers
  • Life skills instructors
  • Cooking
  • Gardening & landscaping
  • Organizing and overseeing evening art projects
  • Organizing and overseeing holiday or birthday party

Learn how to sign up

Fred Finch Youth Center
Provides care and services to vulnerable children and their families, addressing mental health challenges and the impact that results from multi-generational poverty
3800 Coolidge Ave., Oakland

2523 El Portal Dr., Suite 201, San Pablo

510-482-2244, ext. 5239
Monetary donation, stocks, gift cards ($25 increments)

Learn how to sign up

A Friendly Manor/Place
Provides day shelter and other services for women in need
2298 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Clothing and giftsets for women
  • Serving weekday lunches
  • Women volunteers
Gabriel Project of the Diocese of Oakland 
Brings the love of Christ to women in difficult and crisis pregnancies
Monetary donations, maternity and baby items
  • Parish Coordinators
  • Spanish translators
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Baby-sitting
  • Transportation
  • Knitting and crocheting baby clothes
  • Helping with parish baby showers
  • professional counseling

Sign up here

Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP) 
Multiple initiatives including food pantries, rape crisis centers, farmers markets, and economic development agencies
165 22nd Ave., Richmond

510-233-2141, ext. 306

Monetary donation, iGive search program, furnishings, toiletries, Books, Bus and BART tickets,

Detailed list of accepted donations
  • Meal preparation
  • Child Program Volunteers

Learn more about programs

Ignatian Spirituality Project
Offers men and women who are homeless and in recovery from addiction the opportunity to change their lives
Monetary Donations

Learn how to donate
  • Retreats
  • Event Follow up
  • Fundraising

Ask how to get involved

Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County
Provides community based food programs and partner services that focus on basic
835 Ferry St., Martinez

Monetary donations, food donations, Safeway gift cards, automobiles
  • Food servers
  • Food preparation
  • Food pick-up and delivery

Learn how to apply

Mercy Brown Bag Program
Provides bags of nutritious groceries to needy seniors twice monthly
3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland

510-534-8540, ext. 369
Monetary donations, large-sized paper or plastic bags, produce bags, ziploc bags,
  • Volunteers for bag deliveries
Monument Crisis Center of Contra Costa County
Assists and stabilizes the low-income community with groceries, resources, adult educational an dhealth wellness workshops
1990 Market St., Concord

925-825-7751, ext. 105
Monetary donations, food donations, diapers, gift cards for grocery stores, sleeping bags
  • Food distribution
  • Food Program Intake
  • Workshop organization and facilitation
  • English as a second language tutors
  • Career resource guides
  • Administrative work
  • Event facilitation

Learn how to sign up

Multicultural Institute
Transitions immigrants from poverty and isolation to prosperity and participation
1920 7th St., Berkeley

Monetary donations
  • Meal Preparation
  • Legal Help
  • Tutoring

Sign up here

Next Step Learning Center
Older youth and adult literacy high school equivalency preparation and college transition program operated by the Sisters of the Holy Names
2222 Curtis St., Oakland

Monetary donations for literacy books, bus passes, and examination fees
  • Tutors

Sign up here

Nights on the Streets--Catholic Worker 
Hospitality to the homeless and needy in local communities by providing food, clothing, shelter, counseling, and referral
PO Box 13468, Berkeley

Monetary donation, sleeping bags
  • Food servers
Oakland Catholic Worker 
Hospitality house for Latin American immigrants and refugees
4848 International Blvd., Oakland

Monetary donations, food donations, cleaning supplies, gift cards, blankets

Detailed list of accepted donations
  • Meal preparation
  • Meal servers
  • Building maintenance and repair
  • Grocery distribution
  • English as a Second Language
  • Tutoring

Learn how to sign up

Oakland Elizabeth House
Transitional program for women with children who need to transition into safe, permanent housing and obtain improved employment
6423 Colby St., Oakland

510-658-1380, ext. 203
Monetary donations, gift cards, rain gear, food items, cleaning supplies, baby items, furniture, appliances, children and family movie and event tickets, household items, office supplies, music sheets, used cars

Detailed list of accepted donations
  • Tutoring
  • Childcare
  • Mentoring
  • Babysitting
  • Fieldtrips
  • Office Support
  • House upkeep

Learn how to apply

St. Mary's Center
Helps at-risk seniors and preschoolers in
925 Brockhurst St., Oakland

510-923-9600, ext. 222
Financial donations
  • Meal servers
  • Reception desk assistance
  • Gardening
  • Kitchen assistance
  • Preschool assistance

Learn how to volunteer

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Alameda County
Network of Catholic-church based service to the poor
2272 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Monetary donations, children's toys and gifts 
  • Dining room
  • Help Desk
  • Job Club
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Store assistance

Apply to volunteer

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Contra Costa County
Network of Catholic-church based service to the poor
Monetary donations, clothing, furniture, household items
  • Thrift Stores
  • RotaCare Pittsburg Clinic
  • Dining Room
  • Workforce Development Program
  • Clerical Work

Learn how to apply

St. Vincent de Paul Center for Men
Drop-in center for men offering showers, haircuts, laundry facilities, mailbox service, and support services
2272 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Monetary donations, disposable shaving razors, bars of soap, shampoo, mouthwash, dental floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, socks, t-shirts, underwear, phone cards
St. Vincent de Paul Visitation Center for Women and Children
Drop-in center for women and children offering showers, laundry facilities, clothing, diapers, and formula for infants, and peer support
2272 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Monetary donation, children's clothes, toys, travel and full-size shampoo and conditioner, razors, lotion, bars of soap, mouthwash, dental floss, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, deodorant, socks, underwear
St. Vincent de Paul Retail Stores
Revenue generated from sales helps support human services programs and job training programs for St. Vincent de Paul
510-638-7600 Gently used or new furniture, household items, clothing
Tri-City Volunteers
Food bank and thrift stores
37350 Joseph St., Fremont

Monetary donation, food, clothing, furniture, vehicles

Detailed list of accepted donations

  • Grocery Card Preparation
  • Clothing sorting and display

Learn how to sign up