Community members from across the Bay Area contribute their time and talent at Girls Inc. to make the world better for girls— whether they’re helping a third-grade girl practice her reading, showing a middle school girl around their company, or speaking to a group of high school girls about potential career paths.

Individual Volunteering

Individual volunteers make a difference and have fun by working directly with girls in our afterschool programs in Oakland. To provide girls with consistent support, we request that our volunteers commit to a minimum of two hours per week, for at least four months.

Types of volunteer activities

Tutoring & Homework Help

Homework helpers and one-on-one tutors are needed to provide girls with academic assistance throughout the school year. Volunteers working with kindergarten through fifth grade students focus mostly on literacy and helping girls achieve grade-level reading.

Health & Fitness Program Assistance

Volunteers are needed to help girls learn fundamentals of sports, new fitness skills, and a love of being active. Volunteers may assist program staff with small group sports activities, as well as nutrition and cooking lessons.

Most activities are held at local public schools or at Girls Inc.’s Simpson Center for Girls, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. To learn about upcoming short-term projects and single-event opportunities, sign up for the Girls Inc. Volunteer Newsletter.

Become a Volunteer


1. Complete an Application

Complete online application form.


2. Attend a Volunteer Orientation.

We hold monthly orientations throughout the school year at our Simpson Center for Girls at 510 16th St. in Oakland. You will receive information about upcoming orientations after completing your application. 


3. Clear a Background Check and TB Test.

A background fingerprint check and Tuberculosis test are required for all volunteers who work with children on an ongoing basis. Fingerprinting and screening services are available at many locations throughout the Bay Area.