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Teens Volunteer Resources


Teen Volunteer Opportunities at your local library

Yes, we use teen volunteers during the summer. Teens are usually assigned to clerical tasks such as shelving, sorting, and emptying the bookdrop. Teens with special skills or interests may help with computer tutoring, teen programs, or the children's summer reading program. To apply, please ask for a volunteer application, which you can get at the circulation desk. Questions? For clerical work, contact the Circulation Supervisor, Paula Greer at If you are interested in computer tutoring or helping with teen programs or the children's summer reading program, contact Teen Services Representative Dan Hess at

Teen volunteers help shelve picture books, prepare mailings for Senior Services and the Library Foundation, process library materials such as paperbacks and magazines and other library duties at the Bookmobile office in Fremont. Contact Marta Navarrette at for more information.

Castro Valley
Yes, we use teen volunteers during the summer, and they help primarily with basic shelving tasks. Some volunteers may help with library programs and other special projects. To apply, please ask for a volunteer application, which you can get at the circulation desk. Questions? Please contact the Teen Services Representative, Nathan Silva at

Yes, teen volunteers help with special events. This year we have a Kids Library Camp, and Kid Power takes teens up to 9th grade. Details and applications will be posted online, under Centerville’s “Library Events” button, or just stop by the library. Centerville also has two year-round children’s reading programs (Oct – May with some breaks following Fremont School District’s calendar) that use many teen volunteers. The yearly recruitment is in September but applications are accepted anytime of the year for filling openings when a current volunteer can’t continue. The volunteers for these reading programs are required to commit at least 3 months and must have a B grade or higher in English. Parent’s permission is required. Questions? Contact Chien-Chun Chang at or Elizabeth Gamell at

We use teen volunteers throughout the year. Teens do a variety of tasks such as Homework Center, Teen Computer Tutoring, Teen Advisory Group and occasional special events such as booksale or Day on the Glen. Besides continuing our Teen Computer Tutoring, in the summer, we offer teens additional opportunity to help with general shelving or to assist us with our Children's Summer Reading Program by doing a variety of tasks. If you are interested, pick up an application at the Information Desk. For questions, contact our Teen Services Representative, Donna Leach at (925) 803-7272 or

The Fremont Library has several teen volunteer programs. We accept applications three times a year. We'll be taking applications for winter/spring positions from January 3 through January 18. Print out the overview guidelines/descriptions of the various positions, and the corresponding application. Applications must be turned in to the Fremont Main Library by January 18. The next time we'll be taking applications is for our summer session. Applications will be available on June 1st, and are due June 15. Contact Teen Librarian Beth Buchanan at with questions.

Many of our teen volunteers help with general shelving. We do have other options available, such as Kid Power volunteers, who help with the Children's Summer Reading Game and the Summer Reading Buddies Program. Some other programming help could also be needed in areas such as video gaming, computer instruction and some craft programs. Volunteers can come to the information desk to get an application. Contact our Children's Library Assistant, Mary Ayers at or Circulation Supervisor Brian Edwards at

San Lorenzo
We need teens for our Homework Central program to help K-8 students with their homework. Teens can also help with shelving and occasionally with other tasks. Stop by the library to apply. If you have questions, please contact the Teen Services Representative, Serenity Dean at 510-670-6283 or

Union City
We use quite a few teen volunteers. You need to come in and pick up the application at the Information Desk. After filling it out including parent permission, you'll need to come in for our 1 hour volunteer orientation. It happens every Thursday at 4 P.M. At the orientation you can check to see if there are any shifts available that you could work. Additional opportunities include assisting with the computer tutoring program, the after school Homework Center, and frequent special events set up and take down. You can contact either Sylvia Puertas-Galvez at or Mira Geroy at with any questions. We also use teens in the summer to help with our children's Summer Reading Game. Please contact either Children's Librarian, Pat Ryan at, or Dennis Finnegan at to find out more about this opportunity.


Other Teen Volunteer Opportunities

These websites will link you to organizations that are seeking volunteers. Most of these sites are searchable by your zip code. Not all volunteer opportunities are for teens, so check carefully with each organization.

Bay Area Volunteer Information Center
List of East Bay organizations that offer volunteer opportunities.

City of Fremont’s Official Website
The City of Fremont Recreation Services offers several ways for teens to volunteer and earn community service hours.

Hands On Bay Area
An affiliate of Hands On Network, for teens aged 16 and up.

VolunteerMatch, a service of the nonprofit organization ImpactOnline, is a database that lists thousands of one-time and longer term volunteer opportunities that are categorized by zip code, category, and date. There are three different pages to perform a search, each asking for slightly different information. One then signs up for email to receive messages of opportunities from selected organizations.

Volunteer Center
Official website of the Alameda County’s Volunteer Center. Click on Search for Opportunities to search by zip code. For a more detailed search, free signup is required.

Volunteer Solutions
This site is a matching service that helps connect individuals to volunteer opportunities in their community. You can search for opportunities based on your interests, skills, and geographic location.

Youth Service America
Scroll down to the Get Involved box and enter your zip code.