Public health officials issued a "stay-at-home" order to be in effect until May 3 or further. We've closed our office at 1035 Market Street and only offering essential services at Strut and the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center. Learn more.



We aim to connect the unique talents of our community to our programs and services to minimize the impact of HIV, to build healthy futures, and to inspire hope and action.


**San Francisco AIDS Foundation is deeply committed to preserving the health and wellbeing of our community. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco. Following current guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) as of 3/11/20, we are no longer accepting sign ups for the Tuesday evening event. Please check back next week for updates.**

Learn about harm reduction, support our Syringe Access Services program and help end the HIV epidemic by joining our weekly volunteer group, held every Tuesday evening from 6 pm – 8 pm. There’s no special training or orientation — simply sign up, show up and volunteer. Come once or as often as you’d like. Space is limited; please sign up in advance.


We also offer specific volunteer opportunities with two of our teams. Volunteers at Strut, our health and wellness center in the Castro, support community events, provide guidance to clients, and more. Volunteers with our Syringe Access Services team provide non-judgmental, community-based harm reductions services at the Harm Reduction Center and our mobile syringe & health service sites in San Francisco.

Strut Syringe Access Services
This was the single best volunteering experience I've ever had in SF. The facilitator was highly informed and a great educator… I could not recommend more highly. I felt that my time made a difference and I walked away from volunteering as a better and more informed person.
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Each month, we share upcoming opportunities for service in our volunteer newsletter. Subscribers are the first to learn of service needs for events such as Santa Skivvies Run or AIDS/LifeCycle Orientation Day, and for new ongoing positions that support our programs and services. We never share your email address and you can opt-out any time.

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Group Volunteering

We welcome corporate, civic and student groups to volunteer for a customized group experience that includes a presentation about the services we provide to the community and a chance to ask questions about our work, harm reduction and HIV. Volunteer groups typically last two to three hours, and involve creating harm reduction supplies for our Syringe Access Services, supporting AIDS/LifeCycle or supporting other projects that promote sexual health and wellness.

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Volunteer with Syringe Access Services

Support the work of our syringe access sites by volunteering at our Harm Reduction Center and mobile sites as a volunteer with Syringe Access Services.

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Volunteer at Strut

Join us in promoting sexual health and wellness in the Castro through longer term volunteer opportunities with our clinical services and event planning teams.


Our Volunteer Services Team

Jody Schaffer, MS

Director, Volunteer Services

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Jody Schaffer, MS

Director, Volunteer Services

Jody Schaffer, MS is responsible for volunteer operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation including engagement, development and management of volunteers serving in all areas of the Foundation. In collaboration with a team of volunteer leaders, she establishes policies, processes and strategies for meeting our mission and goals through volunteer engagement. Jody cultivates corporate volunteer partnerships that enhance services to clients, help meet fundraising goals and educates the wider San Francisco community about the Foundation’s work.

Jody's early career as a social worker in Chicago’s inner-city shaped her passion for social justice and improving the health of people in her community. Following that experience, she began a 20-year tenure at Adventist Midwest Health, first growing a teen volunteer program, then leading front-line staff in a busy emergency room, and ultimately building and managing a successful volunteer program for a newly built hospital. Outside of work, you are likely to find her on a hiking trail, at a local museum or exploring her new love, California.

Ashley Zimmer

Manager, Volunteer & Peer Services - SAS