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God has always called His people to be a blessing to the world. This missionary calling comes to life right here at home in San Francisco as we learn to love and serve our neighbors.

Volunteer with a Partner Organization
Below, you can learn about volunteer opportunities with our Local Ministry Partners.

Local Ministry Classifieds
In addition to the below opportunities, organizations occasionally post long-term, short-term, or one-off volunteer opportunities in our Local Ministry Classifieds. If you’d like to volunteer or if you need volunteers for something,
click here.

Support Our Missionaries
Below, you can read about Local and Global Missionaries to whom our church offers partial support. If you’d like to support them in prayer or financially, feel free to reach out to them. To help us invest wisely, we have a Mission Team that carefully and prayerfully oversees our mission budget and determines financial support. They utilize a set of Support Criteria, based on our vision for supporting healthy and effective long-term ministry. If you have any questions or would like to contact the team, please do so here.

Our Local Ministry Partners

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Because Justice Matters

Because Justice Matters is building pathways to brighter futures for women and girls in urban communities.
Volunteer Opportunities:  Nail Day, Dance Classes, Mother’s Ministry, ESL Childcare. To request more info, please fill out this form.

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YWAM

YWAM San Francisco is a local branch of Youth With a Mission based in the heart of the Tenderloin, where it specializes in organizing and equipping volunteers for a variety of urban ministries, especially discipleship with the homeless and marginalized.
Volunteer Opportunities: Thursday Food Pantry, Friday Hot Chocolate Ministry, Kitchen, Maintenance, and Drop-in Center

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New Door Ventures

New Door Ventures helps at-risk youth get ready for work and life by providing meaningful paid jobs, training in work and life skills, individualized case management, and educational support.
Volunteer Opportunities: Skill-Building Workshops, Career Panels, Mock Interviews, and Resume Workshops

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Young Life

Young Life San Francisco is a local branch of the national organization focused on building loving relationships with kids.
Volunteer Opportunities: Become a Young Life Leader for: Middle School, High School, College, Special Needs or Teen Moms, or Join the Board

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City Hope

City Hope partners with county jail and City Team San Francisco (a men’s recovery ministry in SoMa) to provide long-term mentorship and support for those struggling with drug addiction and repeat incarceration, seeking to change lives through persistent relationship.
Volunteer Opportunities: Monday Game Nights, Tuesday Grocery Delivery, Wednesday Movie Nights, Monthly Community Breakfast, County Jail Fellowship, County Jail Mentorship.

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San Francisco City Academy

San Francisco City Impact exists to intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco. City Impact’s most strategic ministry is SF City Academy.
Volunteer Opportunities: Lunch Program, PE Program, Library Program, and Math Program

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Mission Graduates

Mission Graduates seeks to equip K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District to graduate and succeed in college.
Volunteer Opportunities: After School Programs, Writing Partners, Math Coaches, Career Mentors, College Research Coaches, Subject Tutors, Latina Tech Mentorship, ESL and Language Exchange, Development Task Force, Communications Task Force, and Internships

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Old Skool Cafe

Located in the Bayview District of San Francisco, Old Skool Cafe operates a full-service supper club where at-risk young adults literally run the operation. Every aspect of Old Skool Cafe’s program is intentionally designed to provide solid alternatives to a life of crime and poverty.
Volunteer Opportunities: Bartender, Restaurant Front of House support/trainer, Entertainment (age 22 and under), Marketing, Life Skills Speaker (Time Management/Communication/Personal Finance), Life Coach, Office Admin, and “Champion” (Host Happy Hour/Church Liaison/Corporate Ambassador)

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Freedom House

Freedom House is a Christ-centered ministry with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Volunteer Opportunities: Shelter, Advocates, Professional Skills/Pro-Bono Services, such as: Dermatologists, Trauma-Informed Therapists and Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses, HIV/STI Counselors, Dentists and Orthodontists, Physical Trainers, CPR & First Aid Trainers, Professional Translators, Interpreters (Especially: Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese), Grant-writers, Media-Relations Specialist, Graphic designers, and Printers for brochures, flyers and reports. Also internships.

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Alpha Pregnancy Center

Alpha Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered organization located in the Outer Mission District that economically, emotionally, and spiritually empowers women and families facing unplanned pregnancy.
Volunteer Opportunities: Translating (mostly Spanish and Chinese), Childcare, Assist in the Office, Client Services, Lafayette Delivery Team, Mom to Mom Mentors, Other Opportunities, Volunteer Training

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Open Door Legal

Pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation, Open Door Legal provides legal counsel to low and moderate income residents of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood and beyond.
Volunteer Opportunities: For New Lawyers, Law Grads, Experienced Lawyers, Non-Legal Professionals — Pro-bono help on marketing, communications, human resources, accountants and financial evaluators.

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HOPE International

The mission of HOPE International is to invest in the dreams of the poor as we proclaim and live the Gospel in the world’s underserved communities. HOPE seeks to accomplish this mission by providing discipleship, training, savings, and small loans in 17 countries around the world, countries like Rwanda and India. Among HOPE’s core values is the belief that all made in the image of God and all are built for dignified work, not handouts. Locally, HOPE seeks to engage communities in issues of global poverty and invite their participation in this work.

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The Chalmers Center

The Chalmers Center seeks to train local churches to teach and care for economically disadvantaged communities. As an organization, it believes that Jesus Christ is making all things new — including our finances! Chalmers equips churches with resources and tools to walk alongside the poor while modeling Jesus’ compassion and power to overcome the spiritual, emotional, and material bonds of poverty.

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Schools for Justice

The mission of Schools for Justice Foundation is to provide educational opportunities and loving childcare to the community of New Georgia, Liberia. Schools for Justice assists disadvantaged and marginalized youth and adults by fully funding an adult night school program and an orphanage serving 31 children. SFJ works alongside Liberian partners, equipping and empowering them to build a brighter future for their country in the aftermath of a devastating civil war.

OUR MISSIONARIES

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Ruthie Kim

Ruthie Kim has been working in San Francisco’s inner city Tenderloin district as part of YWAM since 1999. Ruthie has broad experience working with women facing sexual exploitation, domestic violence, drug addiction and chronic homelessness. Ruthie founded Because Justice Matters in 2008, with a focus on reaching some of San Francisco’s most needy populations of women through outreach and spiritual support services. Ruthie is married to Brian and they have two boys. They love SF and are deeply committed to raising their family here. To learn more about Ruthie’s ministry and how to support her, please email her.

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Daniel Lai

Daniel has been on staff with Young Life since 1999 and with Young Life San Francisco since 2014.  He and his family (wife Becky and sons Drew and Henry) love being SF residents and Christ’s representatives in the City’s public schools. Having grown up in the Bay Area as a fan of the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers, Daniel coaches high school football and basketball as ways to combine his two passions: sports and youth ministry. His dream is that every teenager in San Francisco would have the opportunity to meet Jesus, and he’s passionate about connecting people at Reality SF and other churches to students in our local schools. To learn how to support Daniel’s ministry, please email him.

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Alexius Baker

Alexius moved to San Francisco from San Diego to pursue a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising at San Francisco State University. Unexpectedly during her freshman year, she encountered Jesus Christ for the first time through a Cru staff member. For the next four years, Alexius grew deeper in her relationship with God and discovered a passion for empowering and discipling women. She also cultivated a heart for seeing renewal in the city of San Francisco through transformation in individual lives. Alexius lived out all of these passions as a student with Cru at SF State, and now she continues to do so as Cru Staff. Besides grabbing coffee with students, she enjoys karaoke, R&B oldies, dance parties, ice cream, and beaches. To learn more about Alexius’ ministry and to support her, please click here.

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Sylvia Kamande

Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Sylvia Kamande previously served with YWAM for 6 years (mostly in Chile). In 2016, She began serving with Because Justice Matters in the Tenderloin to pursue her passion of helping break the cycle of fear, violence, and hopelessness which many women and girls experience in San Francisco. Sylvia believes that as they continue to see themselves as image-bearers of Christ, these women and girls will discover that they are powerful beyond measure. She is currently part of the team pioneering the Mother’s Wellness program at BJM. To learn how to support Sylvia’s ministry, please email her.

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Jason & Justine Martinez

Jason & Justine have been missionaries with YWAM since 2006. Each year, Jason leads a Discipleship Training School, a 6-month missions training program, in which students are mentored through weekly learning alongside continual ministry involvement both in San Francisco and in Italy. Students spend three months in SF, learning from a variety of teachers and working with initiatives of YWAMSF, then three months overseas, where they are plunged into full-time ministry. Justine is on the administrative team for Because Justice Matters, which seeks to connect women and children in the Tenderloin to a supportive, Christ-centered community.  They currently reside in the Sunset with their kids, Eloise & Giovanni. To learn how to support their ministry, please email them.

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Malia McKinney

Malia McKinney was raised in the Bay Area and is an active member of Reality SF. What began as a two-month, volunteer commitment with Because Justice Matters grew into her full-time mission: to share God’s unconditional love with women forsaken and marginalized by tough life circumstances such as homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence. But in a context filled with poverty and lack, Malia consistently sees God prove that He is “more than enough.” Malia and her husband David have five children and three grandkids (with more on the way). They are also city leaders for Immanuel Practicum, a prayer ministry encouraging greater intimacy with Jesus. You can support Malia in her ministry here.

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Joanna Clark

Joanna is a Westmont College alumn and resident/exlplorer of San Francisco. She loves being outside, talking with people, doing art, playing games, and swinging on swing sets. Joanna works with high schoolers through Young Life San Francisco and loves how they ask real questions about life, pretend like they know everything, and are down for pretty much anything. She believes it is such an amazing experience to step into the life of a teenager and love them with the knowledge that Jesus loved her first and is the reason she is here at all. She’d love to get to know you too! To learn how to support Joanna’s ministry, please email her.

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Heiko Timm

Heiko is originally from Berlin, Germany, and has been serving with YWAM San Francisco since January 2014. As the Outreach Department Director, he hosts short-term outreaches for groups from all around the world who want to serve and learn about the SF Tenderloin and homelessness. This youth program is called Mission Adventures, and it trains and teaches junior high and high school students in how to share the love of Jesus with others. The students take what they learn in the Tenderloin and other parts of SF and and apply it in their own home community. Heiko loves many things, but his top four are Jesus, friends, coffee, and discipleship. His heart’s desire is for the youth of America to know they have a purpose and a voice to change their surroundings one day at a time with and for Jesus. You can follow Heiko’s blog that shares all about his life and adventures as a missionary in the USA.

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Mateo and Gabby Alzate have been with YWAM since 2010. Ever since they were serving in different YWAM Disciple Training Schools in different locations, God had been working in their hearts to root them both in San Francisco as long-term missionaries. They got married in April 2017. Gabby joined staff with Because Justice Matters in 2012, launching programs for young girls in the Tenderloin. When Mateo came to YWAM San Francisco in 2017, he began a complementary ministry working with young boys in the families which Gabby and BJM had been ministering to for years. Together, Gabby and Mateo work to help prevent cycles of violence and challenges many children and youth face when growing up in urban communities. They believe God is reviving hope and bringing lasting transformation in the lives of the next generation. To learn more about the Alzates’ ministry and how to support them, please email them.

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Steve & Kayla Binnquist

Steve first moved to San Francisco in May of 2004 to work with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) San Francisco. Kayla started working with YWAM in 2010, and she and Steve married in 2013. In January of 2017, Steve and Kayla began to lead Restoration Initiatives, a ministry dedicated to restoring, empowering, and serving residents of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. They currently lead Bible studies and offer showers, bathrooms, and haircuts in the community. Steve and Kayla are working towards developing life and job skills training in the community as well. They welcomed their son Oliver in 2015, who spends his time making the world a better place through laughter and funny noises. To learn how to support the Binnquists’ ministry, please email them.

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Udom Setthaya

Originally from Thailand, Udom Setthaya followed God’s call to serve in vocational ministry right after graduating from university. In 2007, he started serving with YWAM Thailand as a volunteer translator for visiting missionary teams and also as a staffer for prison DTS (Discipleship Training School). He then served with YWAM in South Africa and Mozambique through healthcare in 2013. Currently, Udom serves with YWAM San Francisco through Restoration Initiatives Ministry, which serves, restores, empowers, and disciples residents in the Tenderloin. To learn more about Udom’s ministry and supporting him, click here.

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As a middle school and high school student, Alexandria had a number of amazing mentors and leaders who walked with her through life and faith. And it was the loving example of these leaders that first sparked her desire to work with students, which she has done with Fellowship of Christians in Universities & Schools (or FOCUS) for the better part of a decade. After serving with FOCUS in New York City for seven years, Alexandria felt God calling her to San Francisco, where she is now the San Francisco Area Director for FOCUS. It is her great joy to share the Gospel and the hope of Jesus with private and independent school students in our city through small-group breakfast meetings, mentorships, and summer programs. You can learn more about supporting her ministry here or email her.

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Chops Ezung

Chopathung, or Chops, is originally from the Northeast part of India called Nagaland. He has been in missions with YWAM for 9 years, and has specifically been serving with YWAM San Francisco since 2012. At a drop-in center in the Tenderloin, Chops ministers to people facing homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness through sharing the Gospel and also providing free haircuts. He has given over 2,500 free haircuts to people, empowering many to find employment, enter rehab, and secure housing. If you’d like learn how to support Chops’ ministry, please email him.

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Kelsey Verrill

Kelsey was born in Norman, Oklahoma, where she learned the art of belly laughing and brewing coffee. Shortly after encountering Jesus for the first time in 2012, Kelsey’s love for the nations and God’s people was stirred. She moved to San Francisco in October 2016, where she has been working as a missionary with YWAM SF in the Discipleship Training School, which is a 6-month missions training program involving weekly lectures, mentorship, and both local and overseas outreach. She is also the Food Pantry Coordinator and oversees a weekly program that provides food for over 300 households in the Tenderloin. If you’d like learn how to support Kelsey’s ministry, please email her.

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Tinita Weekes

Tinita was called to work in the inner cities of America over 7 years ago. She left her beloved England, where she was born and raised, and moved to the U.S. to pursue that calling. Tinita has been working with YWAM San Francisco ever since. She works with a team called Restoration Initiatives, ministering amongst the poor, marginalized, and broken on the streets of the Tenderloin — and she loves it! Through a drop-in center and a year-long Christian discipleship community called 360, Tinita responds to the practical, emotional, and spiritual needs of homeless, the addicted, and dealers on the streets. To learn how to support her ministry, please email her.

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Brooke & Karen Butler

Brooke and Karen Butler served with Cru at Stanford University for 10 years. Then in January of 1994, they arrived in Croatia with their two children during the Yugoslav Civil War. The Butlers served 17 years as the Cru National Team Leaders for Croatia and Bosnia, and during this time, God graciously blessed them with two more children and a ministry team of over 40 staff. In 2014, they began their third and current chapter in ministry at UC Berkeley with Athletes in Action, where they love ministering to college students because of their zeal and potential to impact their teams and world for Christ. You find learn more about the Butlers on their website and donate to their ministry here.

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Jonathan Newman

Jonathan graduated from Cal Poly SLO, where God used experiences and involvement with Cru to show him that at the heart of the good news of Jesus is the solution to every human problem. After graduating, Jonathan interned with Cru in East Asia and at Cal Poly before joining staff with Berkeley Cru. He feels a great sense of awe and privilege in getting to live in the Bay Area and connect diverse and talented students to the heart of God. Jonathan enjoys reading, nature walks, social commentary, spontaneous dancing, learning about other cultures, and spending quality time adventuring with friends. You can sign up for his newsletter here.

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Monica Finnigan

Monica serves as a Local Team Leader with Athletes in Action in the San Francisco Peninsula and at Stanford University. While Monica was a student-athlete in synchronized swimming at Ohio State University, God used her sport and a teammate to transform her life with the Gospel. She enjoys equipping cultural influencers to love Jesus with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength as they steward their intellectual and athletic capacities for the Kingdom of God. Monica is passionate about leading her team to launch spiritual movements in athletic departments across San Francisco that impact the campus, city, and world with the Gospel. You can support Monica’s ministry here.

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Laina Humbles

San Francisco first captured Laina’s heart when she participated in a Reality SF prayer tour as a senior in high school. She moved to the city from Ventura, California, in August of 2015, and she is now a part of Because Justice Matters. She teaches English as a second language, serves as BJM’s Volunteer Coordinator, and teaches dance to young girls in the Tenderloin.  Laina loves a good cup of coffee, telling stories, and being at the beach whenever she can. If you’d like to learn how to support Laina’s ministry, please email her.

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Melissa Weinisch

God has long been growing in Melissa a heart to see children understand the Gospel. As a second-generation Jewish believer, she understands the complexity of navigating Jewish identity and an identity rooted in Jesus. She is the West Coast Director of Children and Youth Ministry for Jews for Jesus. She works with Jewish believing children through discipleship and year-round camp programs, affirming who they are as Jewish people and encouraging them in their walk with Jesus. You can visit Melissa’s website and support her ministry here.

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Caleb Alldrin

When Caleb came to San Francisco to study Cinema at SFSU, God changed his heart to love the city and desire to see college students become lifelong followers of Jesus. He hopes to use his passion for film to bring the body of Christ together and reach out with the Gospel. Caleb feels so privileged and excited to make disciples of college students while on staff with Cru. In his free time, Caleb enjoys longboarding, board games, and rock jumping. You can support his ministry here.

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Sameh Azab

Sameh, originally from Egypt, has spent over a decade training and serving missionaries and working among Muslims in the Middle East, Africa, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Though born in a Christian home, he did not truly receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior until he was 21. In his ministry, Sameh has at times experienced a great deal of persecution, including being incarcerated and tortured twice for sharing the Gospel. After many years serving with YWAM, he now works stateside as the San Francisco Area Coordinator for Crescent Project, whose mission is to inspire, equip, and serve the Church to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Glory of God. You can watch Sameh share his story with Reality SF here. And you can support his ministry through Crescent Project here.

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Patreeya Prasertvit

Patreeya considers herself a “Cajun Asian” because she spent her childhood in both Thailand and Louisiana. Having grown up in a predominantly Buddhist home, her experience with Cru in college transformed the way she experienced God. Patreeya’s desire to disciple and train women to live out the Gospel led her to join staff with Cru in 2012 — despite her preschool aspirations of becoming the next Britney Spears. After moving to Berkeley in the winter of 2014, she was quickly won over by the people, the culture, and — let’s be honest — the food of the Bay Area. You can visit her blog or support her ministry here.

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Kathryn Waidley

Kathryn has always loved stories of adventure with characters that are more than what meets the eye. More than anything, she loves that she gets to know Jesus and be a part of the grit, beauty, and reality of God’s story. She feels deeply privileged to be in a city with so many stories to hear and characters to love; where she gets to be on college campuses and come alongside what God is doing in the lives of students everyday for her job with City Cru. Furthermore, Kathryn never backs down from a Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter trivia challenge. You support her ministry here.

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Celeste & Alper Vural

Alper and Celeste are both recent Cal Berkeley grads and were heavily involved with Cru; it’s where Alper as a freshman came to faith in Jesus and where Celeste’s faith grew exponentially thanks to older women who invested in her. They both now serve as interns with Berkeley Cru and are privileged to be back with their fellow Golden Bears discipling and sharing the Gospel with students. You can support their ministry here.

 

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Kjaere Friestad

Kjaere (or KJ) has been part of the Reality Family of Churches since the very beginning. She moved to San Francisco to help with the RSF church plant and to work in the city. In 2013, KJ went on a 2-week missions trip to South Africa and saw an opportunity to use the knowledge, gifts, and ministry she had been developing on a more long-term mission there. She is now there on mission as an extension of Reality SF, creating better healthcare options for children in the poorest areas of South Africa. KJ works with community doctors to offer free or discounted medical care to children with extreme needs; she also helps educate parents about handling health issues through the medical system in South Africa. You can learn more about her work here.

 

“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

Colossians 2:17

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