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

Weekly Classroom Literacy Volunteer

Classroom volunteers work at one of our Oakland elementary school sites (K-5th grade) in the after-school hours and focus mostly on literacy and helping girls achieve grade-level reading.

Weekly Middle School Volunteer

Volunteers working with our middle school girls (grades 6-8) work at one of our Oakland middle school sites or in downtown Oakland at our headquarters, the Simpson Center for Girls.

Weekly Academic Tutor Volunteer

Volunteer academic tutors work one-on-one with students in the 8th-12th grades at the Simpson Center for Girls in downtown Oakland. While students need assistance in many subjects, we have the highest need for tutors who specialize in various levels of math and science.

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.