Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to give back to Swords to Plowshares and the veterans we serve. From assisting at events, to providing skills-based pro bono services, to specialized trades work, we are looking for individuals who are interested in donating their time and resources for specific needs we have while serving our veterans.

For Legal Pro Bono opportunities, please visit our Pro Bono page.

Corporate volunteer groups are encouraged to volunteer at Swords to Plowshares! These groups have assisted with a variety of activities, such as beautification projects at housing sites, food service, and hygiene kit assembly for our homeless clients. For many companies, logging these volunteer hours can lead to a cash donation to Swords!

Ongoing group volunteer opportunities

  • Breakfast service at the Veterans Academy in the Presidio. A group of volunteers will be preparing, serving, and cleaning up a continental breakfast for veteran residents. This is a two-hour commitment for each volunteer shift.
  • Lunch service at the Frontline Drop-In Center. Two volunteers will prepare, serve, and clean up a hot lunch for veteran clients in the Drop-In Center. This is a two-hour commitment for each volunteer shift.
  • Salesforce database work. We utilize Salesforce for Nonprofits to track supporter information. A volunteer group of Salesforce certified administrators will help us on a quarterly basis to clean up data, implement new features, and train staff on best practices. This is a quarterly, half day commitment for each volunteer group.
  • Beautification projects. Our seven supportive housing sites occasionally need a little TLC! Volunteer groups will help us clean the spaces, assemble furniture, paint, and complete small handyman-type activities. This is a three-hour commitment for each volunteer group.
  • Annual events such as the Veterans Day Dinner and Veteran Holiday Luncheons require a group to help set up, staff, serve meals, and break down the events. These can be three- to six-hour time commitments, depending on the event.

To inquire about availability in the volunteer activities listed above, please contact Amanda Allen at [email protected].

In-kind services are also appreciated at Swords. These activities include, but are not limited to, skilled trade services such as haircuts, chiropractic services, massage, or minor construction activities to assist in rehab of our supportive housing sites.


Note: Due to HIPAA privacy and confidentiality constraints, we do not have general volunteer activities available directly engaging with our clients. If you are looking for clinical or supervision hours for a master’s degree or licensure, please contact the specific unit you are interested in working with.