Someone with cancer needs you...can you be there for them?



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


730 Polk Street
3rd floor
San Francisco
United States


"The Women's Cancer Program staff and my volunteer emotionally gave me a desire to live and fight for my life. The people of Shanti were an example that even through emotional struggle, I can also be an asset to society." - Women's Cancer Program Client

Since 1974, Shanti's peer support volunteers have been providing emotional and practical support people who are living with a life threatening illness as well as LGBT isolated seniors and adults with disablities, much like you would support a friend or family member in need. If you would like to tangibly enhance the life of someone who needs it the most, we encourage you to contact us and learn more about this truly unique opportunity. As a peer support volunteer, you will:

- Go through the internationally-recognized Shanti Model of Peer Support training

- Be matched 1 on 1 with a client to whom you will provide companionship, a non-judgmental ear and light practical assistance

- Join a community of thoughtful, supportive volunteers and staff

You can make an invaluable difference in the life of someone who needs it the most, and have your life changed in the process.

Shanti has several volunteer trainings each year, and the next training will be held on the following dates:

November Training:

Friday, November 2nd from 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00-6:00 pm

Sunday, November 4th from 10:00-6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 7th from 6:00-9:00 pm

If you are interested in becoming a Shanti volunteer, start by filling out an application here:

Shanti was founded in 1974. Since its inception, Shanti has trained more than 18,000 individuals in the Bay Area and 600 organizations around the world in compassionately providing emotional and practical support to clients grappling with life-threatening illnesses & disabilities, social isolation and poverty. Recognized as the first community-based AIDS Organization in the world, Shanti serves over 2,000 of San Francisco's most vulnerable residents.


  • Training Provided

How To Apply

If you are interested in attending the next training or have any questions, please contact Shanti's Volunteer Services at 415-674-4751 or email