Since 1974, Shanti's Peer Support Volunteers have been offering up their time to provide practical and emotional support to our clients living with life threatening illnesses. The Volunteers of the Peer Support Program spend time with clients who are living with breast cancer or HIV/AIDS and make it possible for them to continue to live independently. This may include doing chores, running errands, or providing companionship. It’s a mix of practical and emotional support.

For this program, we ask for a commitment of 2 to 6 hours a week for at least 6 months. We also ask all volunteers to attend a support group once a month. The 2-6 hours can be done according to volunteer’s schedules—a lot of our volunteers visit their clients on weekends or evenings—so it’s definitely flexible.

If you decide to enroll in the Peer Support Program there is a mandatory volunteer training. Each interested volunteer must attend ALL of the training dates listed below…

    Friday, January 27th

                6 - 9:30pm
    Saturday, January 28th
               9am - 5:30pm
    Sunday, January 29th
                9am - 5:30pm
    Wednesday, February 1st
                 6 - 9:30pm

The purpose of this training is to prepare volunteers to work with individuals living with a life-threatening illness. The training will supply information about breast cancer and HIV/AIDS as well as teach communication and listening skills through a variety of interactive exercises.

Pet Food Bank Delivery Drivers Needed

The Food Bank provides PAWS clients with a supplemental allotment of pet food, litter and a variety of pet supplies (e.g., toys, treats, collars, leashes, carriers/crates, etc.) every month. This basic but essential service can often mean the difference between our clients meeting their own nutritional needs and sacrificing their needs to feed their animal companions, or being able to keep their pets in their lives at all.

Many of our clients are unable to come to the Pet Food Bank, located at the PAWS office, due to their disability. We rely on the generosity and commitment of volunteers to deliver food and supplies to all of our homebound clients. Can you spare 3 hours on a Saturday morning to help keep these critter companions fed?


Food Bank Driver

Nature of the Position

  • Working with a volunteer Rider, deliver bags of pet food to 8-10 clients
  • Rider reads map and navigates driver to clients’ homes.
  • If a volunteer would like to be paired with a friend, spouse, partner, family member, etc., he/she can notify PAWS Staff.


  • Minimum age of 18
  • Must have your own vehicle, current driver’s license, and proof of insurance. Vehicle must have sufficient space for one passenger and up to 20 grocery bags of pet food and supplies.
  • Able to lift up to 15 lbs. to assist with loading vehicle
  • Comfortable driving to any/all neighborhoods in SF

Food Bank Rider

Nature of the Position:

  • Working with a volunteer Driver to deliver bags of pet food and supplies to 8-10 clients throughout SF
  • Rider is responsible for navigation (with map & directions provided) and carrying food and supplies into clients’ homes


  • Must be at least 18 years old, or 13 years or older when accompanied by parent or guardian
  • Complete an orientation
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 40 lbs
  • Must be able to walk up and down stairs and/or use elevators
  • Comfortable going into clients’ homes in various neighborhoods and types of housing/buildings/residences
  • Comfortable engaging with clients and, possibly, their pets

WHEN: Saturdays 10AM - 1PM. Volunteers can elect to be on on-call status or commit to one Saturday per month.

WHERE: Starting at the PAWS office in the Mission District and going to clients’ homes in various neighborhoods in SF.

HOW: For more information or to apply, please contact the Volunteer Services Manager at

Other ways to support the PAWS Pet Food Bank?
Donate much needed items* including: dry & canned cat food (especially Fancy Feast), dry & canned dog food (especially Cesar’s), treats (especially cat treats), poop bags, clumping cat litter, leashes, toys and clothing (especially for small dogs.)
*We accept food in its original packaging that has not passed its expiration or 'Best by’ date, and new or clean, gently used clothing and supplies.