Service Learning

The list below represents a sampling of some community partners that Chabot faculty and students have worked with in past service-learning projects. It <> necessarily up-to-date, nor is it to be taken as a specific endorsement of any particular partnership.

Faculty or students interested in developing a service-learning opportunity with one of these (or any other) organization should carefully research the agency, develop a relationship with a supervisor there, and work out a project that benefits both the organization and the Chabot student volunteering there.

Please refer to the links under Faculty Information and Student Forms on this website for further information on the service-learning concept, developing effective partnerships, TB and fingerprinting clearance, assessment, and risk management.


Alameda Point Collaborative

667 W. Ranger Ave.
Alameda, CA94501
(510) 898-7845
Primary Contact Name: Aimee DeLaFiganiere, Community Relations Assistant
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 898-7845
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Doug Biggs
Secondary Contact Phone: (510) 898-7849
Secondary Contact Email:
Category: Poverty And Homelessness

Homework Tutor-Mentors for school-age children who come from formerly homeless families. The APC provides housing and assistance for families coping with poverty and homelessness. In order for Homework Tutor/Mentors to truly be able to build positive relationships with students, APC requires that Tutor/Mentors commit to 4 consecutive months or one school semester. Tutor/Mentors ideally work to at least two sessions per week of at least one hour per session, or some other consistent schedule. Homework Tutor/Mentors volunteer in the Homework Room at APC.

Hours: Tutoring days and times: - Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 3:30pm to 8:00 pm. Peak hours: 3:30pm to 6:00pm. - Wednesday: 2:00pm to 8:00pm. Peak hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
Clearance: Background checks will be run on all homework help and tutor applicants
Orientation: All tutors will receive an orientation before they begin their service. The Lead Tutor will also be available for ongoing training and support.

Anthony Ochoa Middle School

2121 Depot Road
Hayward, CA94545

Primary Contact Name: Ann Denson (English Instructor)
Primary Contact Phone:
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Margaret Lewis (Math Instructor)
Secondary Contact Phone:
Secondary Contact Email:
Category: Education

Ongoing and short-term volunteering to tutor writing and reading and/or math skills, design and lead fun reading and writing and/or math activities in middle school classrooms.

Hours: School hours and after-school hours
Clearance: TB (available on campus), fingerprinting, and set procedures; site coordinator will assist with fingerprinting procedures. Forms to be given to Mrs. Connors (Anthony Ochoa Middle School Administration)
Orientation: English or Math instructor for briefing

Boys And Girls’ Club Of San Leandro

401 Marina Blvd.
San Leandro, CA94577
(510) 483-5581
Primary Contact Name: Rodrigo Ramos (volunteer coordinator)
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 483-5581
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Sandra Skaug
Secondary Contact Phone: (510) 483-5581
Secondary Contact Email:
Category: After-school Programs

Volunteers to work with kids in the community garden project, lead healthy cooking classes, help with homework, organize sports activities, help with computer use, or other assistance for this busy after-school program for youth. Opportunities are both at the main site and/or at several school sites.

Hours: Weekdays at after-school hours.
Clearance: Obtain TB test and fingerprinting before volunteer position begins.
Orientation: Arrange for an orientation as soon as you contact your supervisor.

Building Futures With Women And Children

1395 Bancroft Avenue
San Leandro, CA94577
(510) 357-0205
Primary Contact Name: Khlood Salah (Program coordinator)
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 357-0205
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Poverty And Homelessness

Volunteers to provide aid to residents in an emergency shelter for women and children. The location to either site, in Alameda or San Leandro, is disclosed to students on an individual basis. Most volunteers will assist in general children's programming, such as baking cookies, beading projects, and t-shirt decorating, among others. Volunteers can also, with arrangement, provide after-school tutoring, serve dinner to residents, or work on special weekend projects.

Hours: Shifts are available from Sunday to Thursday, mostly evening hours. Students will individually arrange their schedule with the site.
Clearance: A completed and approved volunteer application, background check, and confidentiality agreement is required before starting service. Please download the volunteer application at and send to Klood Salah, program coordinator.
Orientation: Site supervisor will arrange orientation after application is completed and received. The mandatory confidentiality agreement is completed at this time.

California School For The Deaf

39350 Gallaudet Drive
Fremont, CA94538
(510) 794-3666
Category: Education

Volunteers to provide support in a K-12, hearing-impaired youth educational community. Examples of existing volunteer opportunities include volunteering in the classroom, in offices, in the Student Health Center, and in the cottages in the evenings, helping students with homework and their evening/night preparations. Volunteer opportunities determined in part by the volunteer's age, interest, and ability to sign.

Hours: Individually arranged between the student and the site.
Clearance: Obtain an application packet from your instructor or from the Chabot Service-Learning Coordinator. Complete the application and mail it in to Marci Wolfangle-Baer. TB testing and fingerprinting is required, and potential volunteers may not start any service until they are cleared. Fingerprinting must be done at the site, after the site receives the student's TB results (TB test may be done at Chabot at no cost to the student). As the processing time is dependent on the DoJ and may take from days to weeks, the site recommends that the applicant begin this process as early as possible.
Orientation: Individually arranged between the student and the site. Please contact Marci Wolfangle-Baer by dialing 1-866-327-8877 to speak to an interpreter, then give them Marci's phone line: 510-794-7709.

Child Assault Prevention (CAP)

21455 Birch Street suite 101
Hayward, CA94541
(510) 583-0414
Primary Contact Name: Linda Caraballo (volunteer coordinator)
Primary Contact Phone:
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Norma Rodriguez (program director)
Secondary Contact Phone:
Secondary Contact Email:
Category: Youth Programs

Long-term volunteers to be trained to go into schools and teach children self-protective strategies. Training provided.

Hours: Hours are flexible and during school hours.
Clearance: Need to obtain TB test and fingerprinting (talk to supervisor about this; usually they use the fingerprinting service at the Alameda County Office of Education, 313 West Winton Ave, Hayward, CA 94544-1198, tel 670-7711).
Orientation: Arrange for an orientation as soon as you contact your supervisor.

Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Center

9500 Thornton Ave
Newark, CA94560
(510) 792-4275 x43
Primary Contact Name: Tia
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 792-4275 x36
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Laurie
Secondary Contact Phone: (510) 792-4275 x41
Secondary Contact Email:
Category: Environmental Services

Volunteers to help with environmental education for the public as well as daily activities at the Center. Volunteers will also assist, with training and supervision, animal care and rehabilitation, cleaning, and feeding.

Hours: Shifts run from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM and 1:30 to 5:00 PM.
Clearance: Contact site for clearance information.
Orientation: Contact Tia or Laurie for information on orientation and training.

Driftwood Convalescent Home

19700 Hesperian Avenue
Hayward, CA94541

Primary Contact Name: Dionne Rise-Hale (Activities Director)
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 785-2880 x31
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Senior Citizens

Short and long-term volunteers to participate in a variety of activities with elderly and disabled residents, working with and assisting residents individually or in groups. Activities include reading, watching movies, playing games, and room visiting residents on a consistent basis. Unique projects are also welcomed, examples include gardening, presenting musical talent or pet animals, book club, or recording a resident’s life story for an oral history project, or any idea approved by a supervisor.

Hours: Flexible weekday hours between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Clearance: TB testing and completion of volunteer paperwork prior to starting duties.
Orientation: Contact Activities Director for information on orientation. May be held in a group setting.

Girls, Inc.

2551 Bancroft Ave.
San Leandro, CA94577
Primary Contact Name: Nicki Guard (Volunteer Manager)
Primary Contact Phone: 510-357-5515 x220
Primary Contact Email:
Category: After-school Programs

Need short-term or semester long volunteers in after-school programs for girls, such as WOW (Watch out World) for 3rd-5th grade girls, or Girl-Start for 1st-3rd grade girls. Volunteers assist in a range of activities, including games, homework help, sports, and creative projects.

Hours: Generally after-school hours; 3:30-5:00 Mondays through Thursdays
Clearance: Fingerprinting required; information provided at mandatory orientation
Orientation: Volunteers must attend 2-hour volunteer orientation, 6-8 PM on a specific date (usually the first Thursday of every month); contact supervisor for more details

Habitat For Humanity

locations vary
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Primary Contact Name: Maya, Matt, or JP (volunteer coordinators)
Primary Contact Phone: 510-251-6304
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Poverty And Homelessness

Volunteers construct affordable housing for formerly-homeless and low-income families. Volunteers do all aspects of construction, directed by site leaders. No experience neccessary.

Hours: Most construction shifts are all-day shifts (8:30 AM- 4:30 PM), but half-day shifts can be arranged.
Clearance: None required
Orientation: Orientations are held at the Community Reformed Church in East Oakland, 457 Capistrano Dr, from 10-11 AM every Saturday. Sign up by going to the Habitat website at, or by calling the volunteer coordinator. Orientation not neccessary for short-term (1 or 2-day) volunteers. A brief information session about the mission and purpose of Habitat for Humanity precedes each day of building.

Hayward Main Public Library

835 C Street
Hayward, CA

Primary Contact Name: Lindsey Vien, Volunteer Coordinator
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 510-881-7535
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Cynthia Breeden-Johnson
Secondary Contact Phone: 881-7912
Secondary Contact Email:
Category: After-school Programs

Homework help program: Volunteer in after-school programs with elementary, middle school or high school students. Students need help with homework, especially English and math. Both long-term and short-term volunteers needed. Contact Lindsay Vien. Literacy Plus: work one-on-one with adult learners on English literacy. Varied hours. Contact Cindy Breeden.

Hours: After-school hours (3-5) M-Th for Homework help; Varied hours for Literacy Plus.
Clearance: Fingerprinting required for Homework help. Ask site supervisor for details.
Orientation: Call either Cindy Breeden or Lindsay Vien (see above) depending on the project you wish to participate in. They will set up an application and interview appointment with you.

Kaiser Hospital Oakland

280 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA94611

Primary Contact Name: Raina
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 784-4946
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Health

Short or long-term volunteers to greet and orient visitors, and other tasks in assisting the functioning of the hospital.

Hours: Individually arranged.
Clearance: Contact Raina for clearance requirements.
Orientation: Training will be provided. Students contact Raina to arrange an orientation.

Lake Merritt Institute

568 Bellevue Avenue
Oakland, CA94610

Primary Contact Name: Dr, Dick Baily
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 238-2290
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Environmental Services

Short to long-term volunteers to participate in groups picking up garbage at Lake Merritt on a regular basis. Volunteers may also participate at a special Saturday session that consist of 45 minute discussion on the ecology of Lake Merritt and a 2 1/2 hour clean-up session afterwards.

Hours: Regular clean-up sessions: 10:00 AM Tuesdays and 10:30 AM Saturdays
Clearance: Individually arranged.
Orientation: To be arranged between the instructor and the organization.

Marine Mammal Center

1065 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA94965

Category: Environmental Services

The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization in Marin Count (in the Marin Headlands) dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured, sick and orphaned marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, and otters. Animal care crews assist with pen cleaning, laundry, dishes, weighing, charting, making formula, assisting with medical procedures and feeding. Commitment is for a minimum of six months, one day or night a week (the same day or night every week) for an 8 to 12 hour shift.

Hours: Once you have attended an orientation, you will be trained at New Volunteer Training classes. See website for more information at
Clearance: Tetanus shot required before direct contact with animals. More information available at the Volunteer Orientation
Orientation: All new volunteers are required to attend an orientation before volunteering at The Center. You may attend a 1-1/2-hour Saturday orientation or a weekday evening orientation. Weekday evening orientations for Marin Headlands volunteers will be held from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in The Marine Mammal Center Education Building. Saturday orientations will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Bay Model in Sausalito. See the Marine Mammal Center Website for more information on upcoming orientations and for directions.

Marymount Villa Retirement Center

345 Davis Street
San Leandro, CA94577
(510) 895-5007
Primary Contact Name: Lydia--volunteer coord.
Primary Contact Phone:
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Senior Citizens

Short and long-term volunteers to interact with residents within an elderly retirement community. Duties include providing individual assistance to residents during a group game activity, such as reading and hearing aid, resident visits on a consistent basis in common areas, assisting in decoration for holiday activities, or sitting at the front desk to receive phone calls and guests when it is necessary. Unique projects are welcomed, examples such as story telling, an oral history project, building flower boxes friendly to elderly and disabled residents, or any idea approved by a supervisor.

Hours: Individually arranged between the student and the supervisor. Volunteers are needed any time between 10:30-5:00 every day, including weekends.
Clearance: Completed volunteer application. TB test and clearance. Arrange for TB test free of charge through Chabot's Student Health Center.
Orientation: Individually arranged between the student and the supervisor; ask for volunteer information.

Masonic Home Union City

34400 Mission Boulevard
Union City, CA94587
Primary Contact Name: Carlene Voss
Primary Contact Phone:
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Senior Citizens

Masonic Home is a residential center for the elderly. This campus offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, secure Alzheimer's/Dementia care and hospice to approximately 300 residents.

Hours: Flexible daytime hours to be arranged with site coordinator
Clearance: TB Test necessary before beginning; can be obtained for free at the Chabot Student Health Center (your instructor will schedule a time for you). Fingerprinting required; the Masonic Center provides it for free with a committment of 40 hours of volunteering.You must fill out a Masonic Home application and send it in to initiate the fingerprinting process.
Orientation: Specially scheduled Chabot student orientations to be arranged each semester with site coordinator.

Project EAT

Alameda County Office of Education
Hayward, CA
(510) 723-3900x30147
Primary Contact Name: Debra Israel
Primary Contact Phone: same as above
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Nutrition

Volunteers to participate in a community nutrition program, by working in an organic garden or in healthy cooking and nutrition classes at various local schools, or at a nutrition information stand at a school’s farmers market. Fall volunteers participate through the planning phases of the project and spring volunteers participate in the activity phase.

Hours: Individually arranged.
Clearance: TB (available on campus)and fingerprinting; site coordinator will assist in fingerprinting procedures.
Orientation: To be arranged between the instructor and the organization.

Redwood Convalescent Hospital

22103 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA94546
Primary Contact Name: Paula Machi (Activities director)
Primary Contact Phone: 510-537-8848
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Senior Citizens

Assist with and/or lead a wide range of activities for elderly and disabled residents. Activities may include visiting and reading with patients, organizing with games or other activities, assisting patients in groups or individually.

Hours: Flexible daytime weekday hours, between 8 AM- 4 PM.
Clearance: TB test required. May be obtained at the Chabot Student Health Center, free of charge.
Orientation: Contact Activities Director to set up an orientation

Sulphur Creek Nature Center

1801 D Street
Hayward, CA94541

Primary Contact Name: Gracie
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 881-6747
Primary Contact Email:
Category: Environmental Services

Long-term volunteers to care for animals, providing wildlife rehabilitation and assist in cleaning and feeding. Volunteers must commit to 3-4 hours per week, and 1 year of service (past the duration of the semester). Prospective volunteers should contact the site to confirm if the site is in need of volunteers.

Hours: Shifts take place at 8:30 pm to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Clearance: Individually arranged. A volunteer form from the site must be completed and approve.
Orientation: Training and supervision provided. Contact Gracie to arrange an orientation.

Sun Gallery

Hayward, CA94541
(510) 581-4050
Primary Contact Name: Christine
Primary Contact Phone: same as above
Primary Contact Email:
Secondary Contact Name: Valerie
Secondary Contact Phone: same as above
Secondary Contact Email: same as above
Category: Arts

Sun Gallery is a nonprofit art gallery in Hayward. It offers regular exhibits, art education programs, and other art-related activities to the public. Volunteers are needed to assist with a wide range of gallery activities depending on interests and abilities.

Hours: Gallery open hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; volunteers hours are flexible and not necessarily during open hours.
Clearance: No TB or fingerprinting necessary
Orientation: Contact Christine to set up an interview and fill out an application.

Union City Public Library

34007 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, CA94587

Primary Contact Name: Catherine Swenson (Homework Program Coordinator)
Primary Contact Phone: (510) 745-1464
Primary Contact Email:
Category: After-school Programs

Long and short-term volunteers to help children with reading and homework activities after school.

Hours: Weekday, after-school hours. Volunteers will have to create a schedule before service begins and attend to it consistently until committed hours are fulfilled.
Clearance: Individually arranged.
Orientation: Volunteers are to come during an after-school homework session and meet the coordinators.

Youth Enrichment Program

26601 Calaroga Ave (Southgate Elementary School)
Hayward, CA94545

Primary Contact Name: Mary Kerr (site coordinator)
Primary Contact Phone: 510-773-0879
Primary Contact Email:
Category: After-school Programs

Volunteers to be structured activity coordinators for children in an after-school program. The site is located just two blocks from Chabot at Southgate Elementary School.

Hours: After-school hours, individually scheduled between the student and the site. Students must contribute a total of 40 hours or more.
Clearance: TB test and fingerprinting required. TB tests can be obtained for free at the Chabot Student Health Center (ask your instructor); students should fill out a "Volunteer Hayward" form and send it in to initiate the free fingerprinting process through Volunteer Hayward. Ask your instructor for the forms.
Orientation: Contact Mary Kerr for individual orientation. Ask your instructor for this semester's orientation date.