On January 1, 2017 Circles for Change will be known as Partners for Change.

This national program provides mentors (Allies) to individuals in poverty seeking to change their lives by achieving financial self-sufficiency.  After completing a 14-20 week life skills course, participants are expected to contribute to the community completing the circle with action.  The Circle meets regularly to build friendships (Wednesdays, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM), where a meal, adult learning and child care are provided.

The program is seeking volunteer Allies to befriend a family or individual in financial poverty.  Training support is offered through Ally Support Sessions and collaboration with others in Networx and access to Circles for Change staff.  Other ways to serve include: meal preparation help, tutors, childcare providers, and others with life skills to share.  To learn more about becoming an Ally or to refer individuals to this program contact the Circle for Change Director.

Where: 4743 East Avenue, Livermore

Phone: (925) 583-1635


Posted: 02/17/2016

Partner with Dublin’s Continuation High School in this program to prepare seniors for success in professional careers and higher education. Ways you can help:
1) Come share your work experience, expertise in resume preparation or job search skills with the students

2) Help teach students interviewing skills through mock interviews.

3) help connect your employer to provide a 3-month corporate internship

4) Devote an hour a week or every 2 weeks to encourage an at risk teen in Dublin; take him/her to lunch or an afternoon snack.

Where: 6901 York Dr., Dublin

Contact: email Valley High Counselor, Liz Buckley or call (925) 829-4322 x7907 or email course teacher, Laurie Erceg  or call  her at (510) 305-5111 to discuss how you can be part of equipping these students for success!


Posted: 02/12/2016

The City of Pleasanton offers a variety of ways you can lend a helping hand to make a difference in your community.  From becoming a junior lifeguard to serving lunch to seniors, there is an opportunity for everyone to share their time with others.  No matter your age of level of experience, you too can make a positive impact on another person's life through your dedicated times.  For more information about current volunteer opportunities at  the following  Pleasanton locations: Aquatics, Alviso Adobe, Firehouse Arts Center, Senior Center, Sports (Ken Mercer Sports Park) go to:

Contact:  www.volunteermark.com/pleasanton

Phone:  (925) 931-5340, Community Services Office

Posted: 02/01/2016

Interested in becoming an Army Volunteer?    The ACS Volunteer Program offers valuable opportunities to gain experience and directly impact change within Army Community Service programs.  Available volunteer opportunities for ACS and other installation activities may be found by visiting the website listed below.  All volunteers must be registered in the Volunteer Management Information System, accessible through this site.

Website:   www.MyArmyOneSource.com

More information:  Call ACS at (925) 875-4678 or (925) 875-4422

Posted: 12/23/2015

This network of support services helps community members improve wellness in their lives.  Big Heart Wellness Center offers services through a Food Pantry, Interfaith Sharing, Inc., Nutrition Support through Alameda County Community Food Bank, (ACCFB), Legal Aid, through Bay Area Legal Aid, (BALA), Mental Health, through National Alliance on Mental Health, (NAMI) and through the Big Heart Garden at St. Bartholomew's .

Center lists the following ways you can help: Supply Donations of Food or Clothing &  Volunteer Hours (community service options available).

Contact: Coordinator at (925) 447-3289 or email Coordinator

Posted: 12/08/2015

Women with a compassionate heart are needed to take calls one day a week from their homes to screen potential residents for Shepherd’s Gate and give information on community resources.  Training will be provided.

Contact: Becky Nohr for more information.


Posted: 10/06/2015

You can meet someone’s need by donating a bicycle you or a family member no longer uses to the Del Valle High School Bicycle Repair Class! Students earn credit while repairing and tuning up the donated bicycles.  Then the bikes are available for donation to those in need in the Tri-Valley.

Contact: email Paul Gresecchi  at Del Valle High or call (925) 216-5203.

Posted: 09/02/2015

Valley Children's Museum mission is to spark the adventure of life-long learning for children and their grown-ups by providing opportunities for educational play for children, families and school groups through fun, interactive exhibits and programs.  This unique community resource provides an enriching atmosphere in which to explore a multitude of cultures and  learn about the world in a creative, noncommercial environment.

The group is looking for volunteers to be part of the California Mission Experience Program that is offered as a field trip for 4th grade students studying California Missions.  Training is provided and opportunities vary.  Volunteers are needed to update mailing lists, serve as docents, or hosts to students, teachers  and chaperones at the field trips themselves. Thorough training is provided.

Where:  Valley Children's Museum, Emerald Glen Park, Dublin

When:  Volunteer your time to the extent your schedule permits

Contact: Email  Volunteer Coordinator, Linda
Website:  www.valleychildrensmuseum.org

Posted: 08/11/2015

3-4 hours per week of assistance needed.   Will pay $10.00  per hour and involves emptying the dishwasher, folding clothes, etc.  If interested please phone.

Where:  Pleasanton residential location.

Contact:  Vera Anne  at (925) 485-0445.

Posted: 06/29/2015

Kitchen helpers, servers and food donations are needed for this breakfast, held every Sunday morning to serve the homeless and low income in our community (usually between 50-60 people).  Building relationships with our guests is one of our goals and we try to join them at the tables and eat alongside them.  The food is all donated by our group of volunteers - our menus come out on Wednesdays via www.signupgenius.com. (This is an online program that lists the food needed for this weeks menu, and allows people to signup for portions of the required food).  If you are interested in helping, I can add you to our breakfast list and you will get one message per week with the published menu and you can then see the food and help needs for that particular week.

When: Sunday mornings - cooking & prep work starting at 8:00, serving at 9:30 & clean-up (usually done by 10:30)

Where: Discovery Church, 5860 Las Positas Rd., Livermore

Contact: email Ken Rush or call him at  925-784-5642

Posted: 05/21/2015