For many of us, summer in San Francisco is a much needed excuse to recharge our (renewable, solar-powered) batteries, escape the fog, and spend time with family. Once you’ve done all that, though, summer in San Francisco is also a great opportunity to reconnect with the City we call home. As things slow down at work (and even if they don’t), why not take the summer to explore new volunteer opportunities? sf.citi highlights five ways your company and employees can volunteer and support the vibrant heart of San Francisco—our young people—this summer. Take a look below.
Take on a summer intern through Opportunities for All
A lot of sf.citi members have already taken on summer interns through Mayor London Breed’s Opportunities for All initiative. If, however, you’re only now realizing you could use some extra help, you can still sign up for Opportunities for All. Not only will you provide valuable career mentorship to San Franciscan youth and young adults, you will have the support you need to get all of your work done and enjoy your summer. Sign up for Opportunities for All on their website.
Donate clothes to Larkin Street Youth Services
Represented on sf.citi’s One City Forum Board, Larkin Street Youth Services is San Francisco’s largest nonprofit provider for young people. Offering housing, education and employment training, and health and wellness support, Larkin Street has helped more than 75,000 young people rebuild their lives. This summer, donate to the Larkin Street Engagement and Community Center clothing closet, which provides free professional and casual clothing for young people experiencing homelessness. Groups are invited to bring gently-used clothing to donate, host a clothing drive, or just come and organize what’s on site. Learn more on the Larkin Street Youth Services website.
Contribute to Supervisor Brown’s summer book drive with Facebook
Young people of color want to read books with protagonists and/or authors who look like them and share their experiences. To prepare youth for back to school, sf.citi member Facebook teamed up District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown to collect 1,000 books for Collective Impact, a nonprofit supporting over 400 low-income youth in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood. You too can contribute by purchasing books from a curated Amazon gift registry and dropping them off at 181 Fremont Street, 7th Floor Lobby, San Francisco, CA, 94105 or mailing them to Collective Impact at 1050 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Adopt a school through Circle the Schools
sf.citi’s corporate volunteer program with the San Francisco Education Fund and the San Francisco Unified School District, Circle the Schools, is recruiting for the 2019-2020 school year. Circle the Schools partners San Francisco businesses with one or more SFUSD schools, where employees can volunteer throughout the year. Learn all about Circle the Schools and how to sign up on our web page.
Join Tipping Point’s “All In” campaign for solutions to homelessness
sf.citi and many of our members have joined All In, a campaign by Tipping Point to advance solutions to homelessness in San Francisco. Tipping Point has already committed $100 million towards addressing long-term homelessness, and is now building widespread support for homes and services in neighborhoods throughout the City. Sign the pledge to go “All In.”
Whether big or small, contributions to any of the above programs and volunteer opportunities, help grow and strengthen San Francisco as a City and community. Have you or your company already done some good this summer in San Francisco? Let us know so we can share your story in future sf.citi blogs and newsletters.