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Non-Library Volunteer Opportunities

There are valuable opportunities outside the library. Here is a list of web links to local, regional and national and international organizations that also need volunteers.

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Other Ways to Volunteer

These websites will link you to organizations that are seeking volunteers. Most of these sites are searchable by your zip code. Not all volunteer opportunities are for teens, so check carefully with each organization.

  • Bay Area Volunteer Information Center
    List of East Bay organizations that offer volunteer opportunities.

  • City of Fremont’s Official Website
    The City of Fremont Recreation Services offers several ways for teens to volunteer and earn community service hours.

  • Hands On Bay Area
    An affiliate of Hands On Network, for teens aged 16 and up.

  • Volunteer Center
    Official website of the Alameda County’s Volunteer Center. Click on Search for Opportunities to search by zip code. For a more detailed search, free signup is required.
  • Volunteer Solutions
    This site is a matching service that helps connect individuals to volunteer opportunities in their community. You can search for opportunities based on your interests, skills, and geographic location.
  • VolunteerMatch
    VolunteerMatch, a service of the nonprofit organization ImpactOnline, is a database that lists thousands of one-time and longer term volunteer opportunities that are categorized by zip code, category, and date. There are three different pages to perform a search, each asking for slightly different information. One then signs up for email to receive messages of opportunities from selected organizations.
  • Youth Service America
    Scroll down to the "Get Involved" box and put in your zip code.

Volunteers are Needed

There are many ways you can get involved to help the library provide the best possible collections and services. Some of the options provide a means for giving financial support to assist the library in meeting its goals. Other options offer ways you can serve your community by giving of your time and talents. 

Use the tabs above to find volunteer information.

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The services of Alameda County Library are augmented by the contributions of many volunteers who give generously of their time to help in the branch libraries and in our outreach programs.

Volunteers with Senior Services take books and other materials to shut-ins who are unable to visit the library. Volunteers with the Fremont Main Library's Booklegger program visit K-8 classes in Fremont with intriguing stories from books to introduce children to the pleasure of reading.

Every month there are between 200 and 250 volunteers helping in Alameda County Library branches. Volunteers assist in a variety of support activities including preparing uncataloged paperback books for circulation, putting books in order on the shelves, checking-in and labeling new telephone directories, reshelving certain materials or working on special projects.

Some branches have volunteer Internet docents who help users learn to use a Web browser and explore Internet resources. If you are interested in serving as an Internet docent contact your local branch library for information.

Many volunteers are retired or working adults. Student volunteers must be enrolled in high school. Most projects require a minimum commitment of 2 to 4 hours per week for six months. Shorter projects are designed for student community service hours.

During the summer, many of the branches have Kid Power Volunteer programs in which children in grades 6-8 help with the summer reading activities. (For this opportunity, contact your local branch for more information.)

To volunteer at any of the Alameda County Library locations please contact a branch library directly.




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