Join a group of volunteers in service and reflection around a single issue that is facing our community. TeamWorks fuses volunteer service projects, community issue education and team-building activities to produce a unique, team-based service learning program.

A team of 8-12 TeamWorks volunteers participate in a kickoff event followed by a round of meaningful service projects and structured reflection sessions. TeamWorks volunteers build strong relationships with their fellow team members as they learn about community issues and how they together can address the underlying problems of social issues.

In order to be considered, volunteers must ...

  • be 18 or older.

  • be motivated to learn more about the issues and agencies involved. 

  • be willing and able to interact as a team.

  • be willing to share their thoughts and experiences with their team.

  • submit an application.

TeamWorks is back at HandsOn Bay Area! We are looking to you, our valued volunteers, to join this series.

TeamWorks Summer 2014: Poverty, Inequality, and Technology in Silicon Valley

Series Overview

The local economy of the Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area have thrived tremendously in recent years. However, the economic boom has also led to an increasingly widened income gap that has created new challenges for our residents in need.  With an estimated 7,000-15,000 homeless individuals, San Francisco has the highest per capita homelessness rate among all major American cities. The challenge is even greater when we consider that there are over 35,000 homeless residents in the larger Bay Area.

Join this TeamWorks series for a valuable opportunity to make an impact in our community and gain an in-depth understanding of the issues behind this challenge. You will also acquire new leadership skills through interactive exercises with our partnering agencies. We look forward to working with you to make a difference in our community!

1. Kick-Off: Sacred Heart Community Services - Comparative Neighborhood Walk: Wednesday, July 23; 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. / 1381 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95110

Sacred Heart is a leading provider of services to the working poor in Santa Clara County. The agency's strategy combines essential services with programs that foster self-sufficiency and outreach to inspire the community to get involved through donations and volunteerism. During our first event, you’ll get to meet your fellow volunteers as we split into groups and walk around different neighborhoods in the area. We will come back together for a conversation about the strengths and struggles of low-income neighborhoods, facilitated by our hosts at Sacred Heart. We will also distribute optional related reading material if you want to delve deeper into our theme.  

2. Volunteer Project 1: Downtown Streets Team - Apply-A-Thon for job seekers: Tuesday, July 29; 4 - 7 p.m. / 1671 The Alameda #306, San Jose, CA 95126

Downtown Streets Team is ending homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women. Through their award winning Work-First Model, the Downtown Streets Team  provides homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. You’ll work one-on-one with individuals who need help with job applications. You don’t have to be an expert! The general computer, word processing, internet research, and email etiquette you take for granted will greatly help Downtown Streets Team’s clients.

3. Presentation and Discussion: HandUp - A Tech Startup with a Social Mission: Monday, August 4; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. / 875 Howard St 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

HandUp is a tech startup with a social mission that empowers homeless members with the ability to share their personal stories through their user profiles. Through a crowd-funding platform, the greater community is able to donate directly to help HandUP's members gain access to basic needs like food, clothing, and medical care.  Join Rose Broome, Co-Founder & CEO of HandUP, for an intimate discussion about how the power of technology can be used to create social change. Learn about how you can take the initiative to create a social enterprise for social impact in your own community.

4. Volunteer Project 2: InnVision Shelter Network - Family Fun Night at Haven: Monday, August 11; 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. / 260 Van Buren Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025 

InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN) is one of the largest and most effective providers of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. InnVision serves thousands of homeless clients annually through its “Beyond the Bed” service model – a proven methodology that delivers a 90% effectiveness rate in successfully returning program graduates to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.  For this event, our TeamWorks group will host a Family Fun Night for the families who live at the Haven Family House shelter. We will help with snacks and play games for the evening.

5. Film Screening and Closing Celebration: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - “Inequality for All” documentary: Wednesday, August 20; 6 - 8 p.m. / 1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose CA 95126 

For our final event, we will watch the 2013 documentary “Inequality for All” that examines income inequality in the U.S. The film was directed by Jacob Kornbluth and features UC Berkeley professor, author, former Secretary of Labor, and economics expert Robert Reich. At the heart of the film is a simple proposition: What is a good society and what role does the widening income gap play in the deterioration of the nation's economic health? We’ll have a final reflective discussion afterward to wrap up the series.

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Past Series

  • Fall 2013: Kickoff: Children & Youth Education in the Peninsula

  • Summer 2010: Habitat Restoration East Bay

  • Spring 2010: Habitat Restoration SF

  • Summer 2009 : Eco-Activism

  • Fall 2008 : Disaster Response Silicon Valley

  • Fall 2008 : Youth and Education Silicon Valley

  • Spring 2008 : Disability in San Francisco

  • Summer 2007: Immigration on the Peninsula

  • Summer 2007: Immigration in the East Bay

  • Spring 2007: Urban Environment in Silicon Valley

  • Spring 2007: Urban Farming and Food Access in the East Bay