About Volunteer Services

Kimochi offers opportunities for individuals to put compassion, expertise and interests into action to provide a continuum of care for our seniors. From as little as one hour to a few hours a day, your volunteer support makes a huge difference.

There are many ways in which you can volunteer:

Nutrition Program — Times vary depending on need, Monday through Friday

  • Food Preparation: Assist kitchen staff in the preparation of meals including both the weekday congregate meals program and home-delivered meals

  • Weekday Meals: On-site assistance in serving meals, bussing and re-setting of dining room for as many as 400 seniors daily

  • Home Delivered Meals: We deliver an average of 120 meals daily to home-bound seniors and we have many delivery routes that involve walking or driving. Volunteers can walk and deliver, or accompany and assist the Home Delivered Meal Drivers in providing much needed meals 5 days a week

Kimochi Home San Francisco and Kimochi San Mateo — Volunteers are needed Monday-Sunday year-round, between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm (Kimochi Home San Francisco volunteer needs tend to be focused Monday-Friday; weekends for Kimochi San Mateo)

  • Escorts: Escort our seniors on daily walks or on an outing

  • Receptionists: Answer phones and greet our seniors and guests

  • Activities: Assist seniors in group activities from bingo, games to arts & crafts, calligraphy

  • Projects: Available on a case-by-case basis from gardening (planting, weeding and pruning) to office assistance (clerical, etc.)

Social Services — Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday year-round, between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm, 4 hours minimum per week. 6-month minimum commitment.

  • Escorts: Escort seniors to their appointments (dental, medical)

  • Friendly Visitors: Visit and provide companionship to seniors who are isolated at home or at a nursing home on a regular basis

Kimochi Lounge — Volunteers are needed Tuesday-Saturday year round, between the hours of 11:00AM to 3:00PM. Bilingual Japanese helpful.

  • Greet visitors.

  • Assist guests with Japanese books, DVDs and videos rental.

  • Label and organize arts and crafts displays, informational materials, Japanese books, DVDs and videos.

  • Help keep the Kimochi Lounge clean and organized.

Special Events — Special event volunteers lend a helping hand at Kimochi fundraisers and other outreach events. Plus, it is a great way to meet other volunteers and work together!

To apply for volunteer opportunities, we appreciate your completion and submission of the Kimochi Volunteer Form. Staff will follow-up with you once your application is reviewed.


Why I’m a Kimochi Volunteer


Rona Macias
Kimochi Nutrition Center Volunteer
“I have been volunteering at the Nutrition Center for a little over a year now. I worked in a bakery before, so I am very comfortable working in the kitchen as a prep cook. I look forward to coming here to volunteer every day because the environment is so positive. People are happy to come here and it is the highlight of my day. I wished I found it sooner. Seniors not only get the nutrition they need from the meals served here, but the Nutrition Center is also a way for them to socialize and talk to their friends.”


Leona Nakagawa
Ceramics Instructor Volunteer
Leona started volunteering at the agency in 1985. She established the Kimochi ceramics class with her father, Roy Abbey, who faithfully taught ceramics for 32 years. Leona continues to hold classes twice a week at the Senior Center. Leona and her family are a wonderful example of intergenerational volunteerism – the Abbey and Nakagawa families have carried on this tradition for four generations. Leona feels the most rewarding part of her service is the bond she has with her students. “Many have


Andrew Moriguchi
Student & Kimochi Volunteer
“The initial reason I wanted to volunteer at Kimochi was because my father recommended it to me (Andrew’s father is Kimochi board member, Mark Moriguchi). I thought it was an environment that would be a good fit for me because I enjoy taking care of elderly people and kids -- and many elderly speak Japanese, a language that I am fluent in. The first time I volunteered, I was nervous and didn't have the courage to talk with them, but eventually I got comfortable and I had fun communicating with the seniors, learning about their lives. I was also able to connect with the other volunteers who were around the same age as me or older. The experience at Kimochi helped me learn that caring for others is important and that giving a hand to others is the easiest way to connect with people.


Thank You to Our Agency Sponsors

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For more information, please call us at (415) 931-2294 or email kimochikai@kimochi-inc.org.