Events Calendar

  • Saturday 5/6/23

    • May 6
      8:30AM – 3:00PM ET
      Angel Island State Park, Historic Immigration Station
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-06T08:30:00 2023-05-06T15:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, Tiburon - Angel Island Clean Up

      Join fellow Yale alumni for the tenth year at Angel Island State Park. Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station was the first stop for hundreds of thousands of immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean between 1910 and 1940. It is an important part of American and Asian American history, with incomparable vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Bay. Visit the website for more information about the history of this site through which thousands of Asian and other immigrants came to this country (please do not send questions to them).

      Volunteers will be working landscape to preserve this important historical site for future generations. Volunteers will also get a free guided tour of the site by Grant Din ‘79, volunteer with AISP and Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. Physical work will include beautification activities at the site (weeding, raking, cleaning, collecting trash). If you have favorite tools, please bring them, though the park has a large supply. Volunteers should be prepared to walk approximately 20 minutes (up incline) to work site.

      Project is limited to a maximum of 25 volunteers. This popular project fills up fast! Ferry passage and park entrance is free, but space is limited so early registration is highly encouraged. Please only sign up if you fully intend to participate! If you need to leave before the 5pm park boat, you may need to pay your own way.

      We expect that there will be a waiting list, so please notify us by phone or email as early as possible if (after registration) you are unable to attend. This would be greatly appreciated.

      Recommended parking is in the lot between Chase Bank and CVS and is $5 exact change (enter 1599 Tiburon Blvd. for the CVS address in your GPS). It's about a ten minute walk to the ferry dock, so plan accordingly.

      Please bring your lunch and water. The weather can start off foggy and end up sunny and warm, so wear layers.

      Contact: Grant Din '79

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  • Friday 5/12/23

    • May 12
      12:15PM – 2:30PM ET
      Project Open Hand
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-12T12:15:00 2023-05-12T14:30:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, San Francisco - Project Open Hand (FULL)

      *Please note: this project has reached volunteer capacity. Please consider registering for another project nearby.*

      Volunteer tasks include sorting and bagging food items and/or assembling meal packages for our clients. Please note that our volunteer opportunities often involve handling meat, nut, and dairy products. Children must be 15 years or older to participate in the kitchen.

      Please register by May 5th for this Friday service project. Arrive 15 minutes early (12:15 PM) for orientation. Parking is extremely tight. Public transit is highly recommended. POH is about a 10-minute flat walk from Civic Center BART and Muni Stations. 

      Shift: 12:30 - 2:30 PM
      Limited to 10 volunteers 

      Volunteer Waiver
      Please complete this one-time volunteer waiver prior to your arrival. If you are registering more than one volunteer, please complete the form for each member in your party.

      Dress Code

      • Closed-toed shoes, shirts with sleeves, full-length pants, and a hat to cover your hair (hairnets are available on-site)
      • A mask (without a valve) or face covering

      COVID-19 Guidelines

      • Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in-person to a Volunteer Coordinator on the day of your shift.
      • Check your health prior to arriving to your scheduled volunteer shift. If you feel sick, please stay home.
      • Practice proper social distancing and wear a mask or face covering at all times.
      • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when a wash station is not available. 

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Julie House '78 

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    • May 12
      6:00PM – 8:00PM ET
      Feeding San Diego Warehouse
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-12T18:00:00 2023-05-12T20:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, San Diego - Feeding San Diego

      We’re so happy to return to Feeding San Diego for YDOS23! Your support of Feeding San Diego on this year's Day of Service will help end hunger in San Diego County, and enables Feeding San Diego to serve over 40.3 million meals in the community annually. You are making an impact.

      We have reserved this time for up to 12 volunteers.

      All volunteers that are part of our group should sign up to participate by using the easy steps provided below. Each individual volunteer should complete this step themselves (or on behalf of a minor child) versus having one person do it for everyone.

      Easy Steps to Sign Up Online:

      1. Visit the Feeding San Diego registration site
      2. Complete the registration steps by completing the Golden volunteer account.
      3. Click the orange register button to confirm the event.
      4. You will automatically be registered with the group and added to the volunteer opportunity.

      Each volunteer will receive a confirmation email when signed up successfully.

      Before You Arrive, Don’t Forget!
      - All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes.
      - Volunteers must be six and older to volunteer.
      - Any volunteers not signed up online must bring a paper waiver, to include a parent or guardian signature if under 18 years.


      Contact: Megan Schirmacher '93

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  • Saturday 5/13/23

    • May 13
      8:30AM – 12:00PM ET
      Los Angeles Elementary Schools
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T08:30:00 2023-05-13T12:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, Los Angeles - Reading to Kids

      Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization that works with the Los Angeles School District in 8 schools to inspire a love of reading for K-5 students. On the 2nd Saturday of each month, students participate in reading clubs with a monthly theme.

      • Volunteers are paired together to read a designated book and then do arts & crafts (materials are supplied).
      • Volunteers will be provided with training that morning; each grade has a Grade Level Coordinator who will provide additional tips and information.
      • No preparation is necessary; a tip sheet with suggested (not mandatory) discussion questions, vocabulary, and arts & crafts is provided.  

      Minimum Age: 18

      Once you register, you can pick any school you like. After you pick a school there is a drop down menu to select "Yale University" in the group section.

      Meet other Reading to Kids volunteers after the Clubs at El Cholo Restaurant, 1121 S. Western Ave.

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Karen Green '78

    • May 13
      9:00AM – 12:00PM ET
      Tiscornia Park
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T09:00:00 2023-05-13T12:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, Sacramento - American River Parkway Foundation, River Cleanup

      The American River Parkway is 4,800 acres of public land along 23 miles of river! With over 40 species of fish, hundreds of plant species, and 220 species of mammals, the American River Parkway is an important natural oasis in our growing metropolitan area. We will be doing a river cleanup and removing litter and debris at a site on the parkway.

      Event Details: Join fellow Yalies at the River District for a Clean-Up on the Parkway! Participate in citizen science by helping us document the biodiversity of our parks using iNaturalist. During the last 30 minutes of the clean-up, use your smartphone to take pictures and add them to our project. Remember to download the iNaturalist app and create an account before you join the clean-up.

      • Please arrive by 9:00am to sign in and receive a safety briefing. Volunteers will head out to clean by 9:10am.
      • ARPF provides trash bags, gloves, water, and a light snack.

      Where to meet: Meet at Tiscornia Park
      What to wear: sturdy/comfortable closed-toe shoes, hat, long pants, long-sleeves, gloves, sunscreen, & bug spray.
      What to bring: Water! Take breaks & learn the signs of heat exhaustion.

      Volunteers 17 and under must bring a Youth Waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers 15 and under must be accompanied at all times by a parent or legal guardian.

      Volunteers 18 and over must bring a completed and signed 2023 Waiver.

      More information

      Please register on Yale Day of Service site AND then the  ARPF site 

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Julia Lauper '06

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    • May 13
      9:00AM – 12:00PM ET
      Sacred Heart Community Service
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T09:00:00 2023-05-13T12:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, San Jose - Sacred Heart Community Service

      Sacred Heart Community Service's (SHCC) mission is to build a community free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action. We provide essential services, work together to improve our lives, organize for justice, and inspire our community to love, serve, and share.

      We will be helping SHCC organize for the upcoming week by accepting donations, sorting items, and sorting produce and other foods into boxes.

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Gaurav Khanna '94 

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    • May 13
      9:45AM – 12:00PM ET
      The Gardens at Lake Merritt
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T09:45:00 2023-05-13T12:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, Oakland - The Gardens at Lake Merritt

      The Gardens at Lake Merritt, a seven-acre collection of themed gardens, is conveniently located in the heart of Oakland at Lakeside Park, our nation’s first wildlife refuge.  Established more than a half-century ago, the Gardens serve as a source of great regional pride, a cultural and educational center and a place to enjoy tranquility in the heart of the city. The Gardens are poised to serve as an example of the highest standards of horticulture and historic preservation while providing enriching public programs.

      Our group will  have some planting to do as well as mulching and composting in many areas of the gardens. No experience necessary. We will email you a waiver to fill out and bring with you.

      Open to ALL AGES, with parental supervision. 

      What to Bring:
      Masks are recommended and we ask you bring your own work gloves. If you have hand tools, you can bring them, or use ours. 

      Also bring drinking water and if it’s sunny a hat is helpful. It can get hot in some of the sunnier areas.

      Enter at the open gate a bit past the Garden Center at 666 Bellevue. If you are driving in, tell them you are volunteering in the gardens so you don't need to pay to park.

      The closest BART stop is 19th St Oakland. There is also AC Transit (Bus Service) on Grand Avenue.

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Paul Chapman '70 

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    • May 13
      10:00AM – 1:00PM ET
      Glide Foundation
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T10:00:00 2023-05-13T13:00:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, San Francisco - Prepare Lunch at Glide Foundation - CLOSED

      *This project site is closed. Please consider participating in another service project*

      Your presence at Glide sends a powerful message to the hungry persons who eat with our Daily Free Meals Program it says that you care and that they are worthy of your time and energy. The diverse group of people who regularly utilize our Meals Program include those who are homeless or insecurely housed, those whose lives have been impacted by substance use and/or mental illness, elders, and low-income families or individuals. 

      Serving a meal in the Daily Free Meals Program can be a transformative experience. The shift starts with clamshell prep at 10:30am, and lunch is served to the community from 12pm to 1pm. Volunteers assist with everything from plating food and sanitizing the workspace, to handing out boxed meals, silverware and drinks. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves, break a sweat, and make some beautiful human connections!

      Glide is located at 330 Ellis St, on the corner of Ellis & Taylor. We are a short walk from the Powell MUNI/BART Stations 

      Meals Team Staff and Glide Safety Monitors (in bright yellow jackets) will be present to answer your questions and provide safety to clients, staff, and volunteers. The most important thing you and your group will do is to serve as a friendly and warm presence for our clients. The work is simple (plating food, greeting guests, making bag lunches, chopping vegetables), but the value is far greater!  

      Volunteers ages 13+ are welcome.

      What to Bring/Wear:
      We ask that you bring as few personal items with you as possible. You will be able to keep small items on/near you during your service. 

      Please wear comfortable clothing. Each volunteer is required to wear closed-toe shoes and shirts with long or short sleeves (No tank tops please!). During your volunteer service you will also be wearing a hair net (or hat if you bring one with you), plastic apron, plastic gloves and a face mask. GLIDE is asking all staff and volunteers to wear kn95 masks or triple layer surgical masks only. Cloth masks and other face coverings are only accepted if layered with one of the aforementioned mask types. These types of masks will be provided to volunteers onsite should you not have access at home. 

      COVID Requirements:
      All volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please ensure that all members of your group plan to bring COVID19 vaccination verification with them. CA digital vaccination QR code, paper CDC card or photo of your CDC card is acceptable. Everyone must also bring a form of photo identification. This will be verified during check-in.

      Upon Arrival: GLIDE Staff will be available to greet you at the front desk of our Ellis Street Entrance under the orange awnings. Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before the start of your volunteer service; you will be COVID symptom and temperature checked before you are escorted downstairs to the main dining room. 

      Orientation: CEV will hold 1 hour, virtual volunteer orientations. You must complete a Volunteer Orientation before you resume volunteer activities during the COVID19 pandemic.  After you register, we will facilitate these orientations.   

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Vidur Sehgal '10 

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    • May 13
      11:00AM – 1:30PM ET
      San Francisco Marin Food Bank, Illinois Warehouse
      Add to Calendar 2023-05-13T11:00:00 2023-05-13T13:30:00 America/New_York Yale Day of Service: CA, San Francisco - Marin Food Bank, Illinois Warehouse - CLOSED

      *Registration for this event is closed. Please consider participating in another Service Project.*

      The mission of the San Francisco-Marin (SF-M) Food Bank is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. They address hunger head-on from their food pantry network and home-delivered groceries to CalFresh (food stamp) enrollment. Every week, over 53,000 households count on the SF-M Food Bank for food assistance. 60% of what they distribute is fresh fruit and vegetables.

      Help build grocery bags for home delivery in their new, temporary location, the Illinois Warehouse.

      What to Wear/Bring:
      - Closed-toe shoes are required at all volunteer projects.
      - We recommend volunteers not wear jewelry. If worn, all items must be covered by the provided gloves and/or hairnets.
      - We suggest dressing in casual and clean layers, as the temperature in the warehouse is often cool.
      - Masks are strongly recommended when volunteering with the Food Bank

      This opportunity is wheelchair accessible. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers must be 11+ years old.
      Orientation and training are included in each shift

      Who's Coming?

      Contact: Sarah Williams '15 MFA

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