Volunteer Overview

Volunteer with WVCS!
If you want to make a difference in your community, meet new people, gain new skills and work experience, and be part of a fantastic team, consider lending a hand at West Valley Community Services (WVCS).

Every year, WVCS services over 8,000 clients in the west valley, but we couldn`t do it without the dedication of our more than 730 volunteers.

So, come out and give us a try! WVCS volunteers are all ages and from every walk of life - from students to grandparents, from new immigrants to individuals with special needs. You can give as little or as much time as you want, and our volunteer program will match your skills and interests to a role that`s just right for you. Here`s a sample of what volunteers are involved with at WVCS:

  • Sorting food and serving clients in our food pantry
  • Helping to check-in clients at our front desk
  • Picking up donations of food from partner grocery stores
  • Providing administrative or IT support
  • Serving as an interpreter for clients during case management sessions 
  • Supporting fundraising and community events

How to Volunteer

If you're an individual...
The first step in the process is attending a Volunteer Orientation. No appointments are needed to come to the orientation. At orientation you will learn about WVCS programs and services, volunteer opportunities, and fill out a volunteer application that will help us schedule a shift with you. 

Volunteer Program Policy

  • WVCS does not accept walk-in volunteers.
  • All potential on-going volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation. Attending an orientation does not guarantee a volunteer placement.
  • All new volunteers are placed as shifts and opportunities become available.
  • For all operational volunteer positions (food pantry or front desk), a commitment of 1 shift per week for at minimum 8 consecutive shifts. Volunteers are welcome to volunteer longer if their schedule permits.
  • Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer with WVCS, and must enjoy working with all types of people, show a genuine concern for WVCS, and a willingness to work hard and pitch in wherever needed.
  • Volunteers who are 17 years old or younger will need a Parent Consent form signed by their parent/guardian, but will not need to volunteer with a parent.
  • Exceptions to the age requirement policy will only be made for any Service Learning Programs WVCS currently has in place or will put in place as a partnership with local schools; where the school is the liaison to WVCS for their students of ages 15 years of age or younger.

Orientation Schedule:
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 10:00 AM
Volunteer orientations are held at the WVCS office.

Upcoming Orientation Dates:

September 2016
Tuesday, September 6th @ 5pm
Wednesday, September 14th @ 10am
Tuesday, Septermber 20th @ 5pm
Wednesday, September 28th @ 10am

Please make sure that you arrive on time to Orientation. Any prospective volunteers arriving more than ten minutes late will be kindly invited to attend another Volunteer Orientation to ensure that important information is not missed

If you have a group...
We have plenty of ways your group can help! You'll need to contact the Volunteer Office to start the process. Please keep in mind that we can accommodate groups no larger than 10 people without special planning and we require chaperones for youth groups.

For more information, contact the volunteer office at (408) 255-8033 ext. 303 or email volunteer@wvcommunityservices.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are constantly looking for volunteers and encourage those of you who are interested in giving back to the community to consider a donation of time. The following are some of our open and/or ongoing volunteer positions: