Volunteer Hub​

Connect, Engage, and Transform within Sacramento’s Homelessness Response System​

Sacramento Steps Forward currently provides capacity building support to community partners engaged in direct homeless assistance. These partners are actively seeking individual or group volunteers to assist with organizational needs and special projects.

Get Involved

Sign up now and be part of the movement to create positive change around Sacramento homelessness! You will receive the latest updates and opportunities to get involved when you join our network. If you have reservations about working directly with people experiencing homelessness, there are many additional volunteer needs.

Join Our Network

Individual Volunteers

We work with our large network of community partners to identify volunteer needs and gaps and match them with individual volunteers. If you are an individual seeking volunteer opportunities, please complete the form below. 

Join Our Volunteer Network

Agencies Seeking Volunteers

If you are an agency seeking volunteer support for homelessness response work, we'd also like to collaborate with you to identify cross-community volunteer needs and gaps. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief volunteer form below.

Submit Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Newsletter

Not sure how you want to be involved but want to stay up-to-date with volunteer resources and upcoming opportunities? Sign up for our volunteer newsletter! Emails will share relevant, local updates in the homelessness response volunteer world.

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Sacramento Volunteer Opportunities

Use the link below to access a list of various agencies throughout the Sacramento region offering volunteer opportunities. You can find both CoC partners on this list and various other organizations that are serving people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable communities.

Current Opportunities

Updates + Articles

Stepping In: Volunteers Impacting Our Community

Together, let’s celebrate service by highlighting individuals leaving their positive influence in Sacramento through community service. In this new blog series, we discuss impactful contributors within these different volunteer spaces, volunteer engagement best practices, and how the rest of our community can “step in” alongside them. Please contact Sarah Schwartz, SSF Volunteer Coordinator, at sschwartz@sacstepsforward.org if you’re interested in collaborating with us on a future blog post or would like to nominate someone for a volunteer profile. Learn more!  

Initiatives + Testimonials

Point-In-Time Count

This biennial event is a communitywide effort to count how many people are living in places not meant for human habitation in any given night. Hundreds of volunteers are deployed in teams to count in pre-identified areas to count unsheltered individuals. Volunteers are also needed to assist with event set up, registration, clean up, and more. 

2024 PIT Count

Disaster Preparedness

In the face of emergencies, SSF has actively contributed to disaster preparedness by distributing over 200 kits to unsheltered individuals from 2023 to 2024. These efforts, supported by a network of volunteers and professionals, underline SSF’s commitment to equipping vulnerable communities with essential resources for crisis resilience.

Weather and Disaster Resources

COVID-19 Response

During the COVID-19 pandemic, SSF mobilized an extensive volunteer network to promote vaccination among the homeless, successfully administering 4,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses between 2021 and 2023. This initiative reflects SSF’s dedication to public health and its role in safeguarding marginalized populations against the pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources

Discover the impact of volunteering through our volunteers’ inspiring accounts of their meaningful experiences and motivations. Join us in creating positive change and be a part of our volunteer community. 

“I wanted to contribute to gathering data regarding the current homeless population to assist organizations that are addressing the problem of homelessness.”
“I applied to assist our community in striving for a complete, accurate, real-time count to work to prevent and end homelessness. We may not have total accuracy, but we sought to locate as many as possible, like a HOMELESS CENSUS COUNT. We know many people are suffering, and our work cannot stop until we make every effort to provide people with a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home.”
“I work with [Homeless Assistance Resource Team] in Citrus Heights at the intake center and wanted to do more.”
“I wanted to connect with my unhoused neighbors, help local leaders better understand their needs, and convey care to those struggling.”
“It’s important to gather this information to ensure those on the street get the adequate attention they need holding electeds accountable.”
“Personally, [I try] to find ways to give back to the community either through volunteering or donating so [the PIT] was an opportunity to give back.”
“I want to gain a better understanding on the experiences of unhoused individuals and find ways to help tend to their needs.”
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Please email info@sacstepsforward.org with any questions. We sincerely appreciate your time and support!