HYA is always looking for volunteers! If you are interested in giving your time, please contact David Gonzales at David[at]homelessyouthalliance.org.
Some examples of volunteer activities include:
COMMUNITY PARK CLEAN-UPS
On the last Friday of every month, HYA staff and volunteers walk the streets of Haight Ashbury, the east end of Golden Gate and Panhandle Parks, and surrounding neighborhoods, properly disposing of trash, recyclables and syringes. Before every session, the Beautification Crew is thoroughly trained on safety protocol, including how to properly dispose of syringes and respond to accidental needle sticks.
There are all sorts of goods and supplies HYA supplies to our participants, such as:
Outdoor gear (warm/rainproof clothing, sleeping bags, tents, tarps, etc.)
Clothing and shoes
Medical supplies (crutches, wheelchairs, etc.)
Pet stuff (dog food, flea treatment, collars and leashes, etc.)
There are a lot of people in the Bay Area who own these things and don’t use them, and sometimes those people give them away for free. A FreeCycler for HYA would regularly check online community boards, such as Craigslist, Bay Area Freecycle, etc. for postings for any of these items, then pick them up and bring them to HYA, where we can connect those supplies with kids who need them. This is an easy way to get involved from home!
NEEDLE EXCHANGE HELPER
Currently, we are not accepting new volunteers for our Needle Exchange nights; if you are interested in participating in the future, contact us!
Of course, there are many, many ways to donate your time, especially if you have special skills or experience. Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering and we can work out the best way for you to get involved!