14 Ways to Give Back to San Francisco This Holiday Season
San Francisco is a city with a history of welcoming all people, and its residents remain dedicated to supporting each other through charitable endeavors. Here are a few local San Francisco charities that you can help make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to 18 with their writing skills, as well as providing enrichment for the teachers who help them succeed.
Academy of Friends
Dedicated to supporting a variety of HIV/AIDS-related programs, including treatment and prevention, the Academy of Friends has been raising money with its annual Academy Awards Night Gala for more than 30 years.
California State Parks Foundation
CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and advocating for California’s 280 magnificent state parks—a number of which can be enjoyed by visitors to the Bay Area.
CounterPULSE provides resources for emerging artists while creating a forum for work that celebrates diversity of race, class, cultural heritage, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
This group provides up to 3,000 meals a day for those in need in San Francisco. Their mission is to alleviate hunger, prevent waste, and foster community.
Glide’s mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
Larkin Street Youth Services
By nurturing potential, promoting dignity and supporting bold steps, Larkin Street Youth Services inspires youth to move beyond the street through a continuum of services.
Lava Mae’s mission is to deliver dignity and unlock opportunity for those experiencing homelessness, one mobile shower at a time.
La Casa de las Madres
La Casa de las Madres responds to calls for help from domestic violence victims of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The organization gives survivors the tools to transform their lives and seeks to prevent future violence by educating the community.
Mental Health Association of San Francisco
This organization not only advances the mental health of the people of San Francisco, but also leads the global community in advocacy, education and research that promotes recovery and wellness.
Oasis for Girls
Their mission is to help girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities in San Francisco cultivate the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to build strong futures.
Project Homeless Connect
Founded in San Francisco in 2004 and now emulated in 170 cities across the globe, Project Homeless Connect works to connect those experiencing homelessness with the resources they need to move forward.
Rocket Dog Rescue
This volunteer-based organization saves homeless and abandoned dogs across the Bay Area from neglect, abuse or euthanasia by fostering them in homes where they can be socialized, vaccinated and treated for any ailments.
For more than six decades, St. Anthony's has served San Francisco's population living in poverty. Every day, with dignity and respect, they offer thousands of the most vulnerable among us the basics we all need to feel human: a hot meal, fresh clothing and an opportunity to connect with the world around us.
Have another cause that’s close to your heart? Check out HandsOn Bay Area, which connects volunteers to local organizations that share their values and goals.