San Luis Obispo County has more volunteer opportunities than one little paper can possibly quantify. But if you're new to this whole giving of yourself to benefit others thing, here's a small fraction of the organizations that could use a little bit of your time (and probably your money, too).
CASA of San Luis Obispo County
Court-Appointed Special Advocates for children. "CASA volunteers are everyday people appointed by a judge to speak up for abused and neglected children."
75 Higuera St., suite 180, SLO
Boys & Girls Club
"This mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
1830 19th St., Oceano
600 26th St., Paso Robles
5850 Rosario Ave., Atascadero
United Way of San Luis Obispo
Mission: "To foster structural change by addressing root causes in order to safeguard the future of our community."
1288 Morro St., SLO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County
"Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever."
142 Cross St., suite 140, SLO
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County
"Our mission is to work with a network of community partners to alleviate hunger in San Luis Obispo County and build a healthier community."
1180 Kendall Road, SLO
Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County
Mission: "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo County brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope."
189 Cross St., SLO
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
"At Hospice of SLO County we believe that no one should have to face serious illness, dying, death, or grief by themselves."
1304 Pacific St., SLO
Wilshire Community Services
"Our vision is to provide patients and their families with comprehensive, compassionate care that relieves undue suffering and pain from the moment of their diagnosis."
277 South St., suite R, SLO
Woods Humane Society
Mission: "To serve, protect, and shelter homeless companion animals. To place animals into humane environments. To promote responsible pet ownership, provide humane education, and reduce animal overpopulation. To celebrate the human-animal bond."
875 Oklahoma Ave., SLO
Senior Volunteer Services Central Coast
"We promote volunteer opportunities for mature adults both as a way to sustain the health and vitality of this growing population and the utilize the experience, knowledge, and expertise of this valuable human resource to serve local community needs."
660 Pismo St., SLO
Family Care Network Inc.
"The Family Care Network Inc. is a not-for-profit community-based organization serving children, youth, and families impacted by trauma in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties."
1255 Kendall Road, SLO
Peoples' Self-Help Housing
"Peoples' Self-Help Housing is a national award-winning nonprofit organization that creates affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs on California's Central Coast."
3533 Empleo St., SLO
Mission: "Transform the lives of sexual and intimate partner violence survovors, their families, and the community through services and education that promote safety, healing, and empowerment."
51 Zaca Lane, suite 100, SLO
1030 Vine St., Paso Robles
Feline Network of the Central Coast
"We rescue cats and kittens who are lost or who have been abandoned by their owners. They have no one else to care for them unless we intervene."
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County
"Through voluntary and collaborative measures, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County works to permanently protect and enhance lands having important scenic, agricultural, habitat, and cultural values for the benefit of people and wildlife."
1137 Pacific St., suite A, SLO
Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo
"Our mission is to promote resilient ecosystems and healthy lifestyles in San Luis Obispo County."
1124 Nipomo St., suite A, SLO
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County
"The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County is committed to eliminating the causes of poverty by empowering low-income individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through a wide array of community-based collaborations and programs."
1030 Southwood Drive, SLO
Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Central Coast
"Through education, support, recreation, advocacy, and partnerships, we promote the well-being of our LGBT community."
1060 Palm St., SLO
Meals that Connect
"Nourishing SLO County seniors with more than just meals."
2180 Johnson Ave., SLO
We know there are more nonprofit organizations with volunteer opportunities than can possibly fit this page. Send your information towith the subject line "Volunteers."