Giving your time and energy to GLIDE programs is a great way to help those in need while forging personal connections within our community.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Join our community of volunteers and make a difference in your city.

Breakfast: 7:00 – 9:00 am
Prep: 9:00 – 11:30 am
Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Dinner: 3:00 – 5:30 pm

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Bagged Lunches:
9:00 – 11:00 am
Saturday & Sunday

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Other opportunities as needed for special projects in Fund Development, Church and Harm Reduction.

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By the Numbers


New Volunteers Each Year


Repeat and Long-Term Volunteers


Shifts Daily for Meals Program

Contact the Volunteer Department

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Community Engagement and Volunteer Team at volteam@glide.org or (415) 674-6000 with any questions.

Who We Serve

GLIDE is the leading social service organization, a social justice movement and spiritual community, dedicated to strengthening and transforming lives. GLIDE welcomes all in need of care and community. Our Daily Free Meals program serves a diverse cross-section of homeless and insecurely housed individuals and families as well as low-income working people, and senior citizens and differently abled folks on small fixed incomes. In addition to our cafeteria-style main dining room, GLIDE offers a separate smaller dining room for families, elderly guests and those with mobility challenges, where volunteers and staff can serve them at their table.

Serve a Meal

Come volunteer with our Daily Free Meals program for a truly transformative experience. We need 85 volunteers every day to fill the breakfast, prep, lunch, and dinner shifts. Your support allows us to serve approximately 2,000 meals per day to the community members who rely on our Meals program. Volunteers assist with everything from serving food to bussing tables. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and make some beautiful human connections! Click “Volunteer Now” to sign up for an open shift!

Already signed up? Meet at 330 Ellis Street in the Creative Space (just off the lobby to the right) for your orientation.

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Corporate & Community Groups

Is your organization looking to come volunteer at GLIDE? Reach out to John Carpentier, Corporate Engagement Lead at jcarpentier@glide.org or (415) 674-6001 to set up your group's volunteer experience.

Additional Opportunities

There are always more ways to help. Opportunities include working with our permanent staff in:

  • HIV/Hep C Harm Reduction

  • Sunday Celebrations

  • On-call & Longterm Volunteering

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Volunteers Making a Difference

"As a person of faith, I think that this work is needed no matter where you live but especially in this part of San Francisco and I can’t imagine the scores of people that wouldn’t be able to eat on a daily basis if this program didn’t exist. I’m here a few times a month."


"My experience with GLIDE since coming to San Francisco has been eye-opening. Getting the chance to see this side of the world has been really eye-opening, on both sides of the fence. Being able to help people that are in the situation that I used to be in is real liberating in a way. When I first came to San Francisco my partner and I were both IV drug users and we were coming to GLIDE for supplies. Since we were getting supplies and services from GLIDE we decided that’s where we would start volunteering. We started volunteering our time and got more and more involved. And now here we are."

Zachary and Elena

"I guess I just decided to invest here. I would say that that connection, that mind-blowing experience the first time that I went to a service…out of all the places in the city that are meaningful and rewarding places to volunteer, I just felt a kinship here with the community. That’s why I am spending my time here."


Profiles in Volunteering

A look at some of the ways individuals make a huge difference by volunteering at GLIDE.

Jan 28, 2020

Go Nancy Goh!

Nancy Goh is among GLIDE’s most dedicated volunteers, a loving soul and an inspiring member of this community. Not only is she a regular in GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program, but she has incorporated raising awareness and support for GLIDE into her passion for running. Below, Nancy reflects on the reciprocal nature of volunteering and the

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Jan 12, 2019
Celebrating Jonathan Leong

A dedicated volunteer whose legacy lives on through his bequest to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program Longtime volunteer Jonathan Leong passed away on October 19, 2017, leaving a very generous bequest to GLIDE’s Daily Free Meals program. Just days after creating his living trust, he told his sister Bonnie, “A person dies. A great charity

Oct 07, 2019
“Keeping It Going”

Edna Webster Coleman’s remarkable life in the struggle for social justice GLIDE’s Annual Fund manager Hallie Brignall spoke recently with Edna Webster, a longtime GLIDE community member and Bay Area educator and activist who has designated a portion of her estate for GLIDE and its work on behalf of the community. In the following account,

We have made changes to how you can volunteer at GLIDE while staying safe as a part of our COVID-19 response. Please contact us directly to discuss your volunteer interests and availability, and together we will get it done! Contact: volteam@glide.org or (415) 674-6081. Talk to you soon!