Get Involved: Top Volunteer Opportunities This November

Volunteer Marin, Top Volunteer Opportunities This November, Marin Magazine


For more than 60 years, Guide Dogs for the Blind has trained exceptional dogs to assist vision- impaired individuals, with all services offered free of charge. It relies solely on private and corporate donations for support, as it receives no government funding.


The PNOC Foundation supports a network of specialists qualified to treat pediatric brain tumors at 18 leading hospitals across the country. Donate directly or start a fundraising campaign of your own.


Gilead House, providing housing and stability to Marin-based homeless single mothers and their children, has an ongoing need for financial support including gift cards, cleaning products and office supplies.


NAMI Marin offers educational classes, support groups, informational meetings and a help line to support families navigating mental health resources.


Founded by Marin resident Julie Castro Abrams, How Women Lead promotes female leadership and a deeper involvement for women in Bay Area–based boards.


Raising the Bar, a grassroots program started in Marin to promote a no-alcohol-or-substances policy at youth-focused events, is recruiting parents, organizations and communities across the county to join its movement and model healthy choices.


The SMART Program’s vision to end the cycle of poverty by providing students and families with financial, academic, social and emotional support begins with volunteers who tutor and mentor young people, paving the way to higher learning.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, with chapters in all 50 states including the Bay Area, holds a series of community and campus walks each year to benefit the organization.



Donna Glass

A freelance writer in Marin who writes about family, kids and parenting, Glass is the mother to one son, one dog and a hamster named Miss Geri. When she’s not writing, trekking up steep hills in Marin or driving her kid to sports practice, she and her family spend time in their tiny cabin in Lake Tahoe. She avidly supports the California Academy of Sciences, a world class science museum and research institution, and the Institute on Aging which provides much needed services to Bay Area seniors and disabled adults. Glass is obsessed with baking the perfect loaf of banana bread, something she makes so often she no longer needs to look at a recipe card.