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.

Our Next TeamWorks Series

Kickoff: Children & Youth Education in the Peninsula: Saturday October 12th, 10am - 12pm - Location Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City

Marine Science Institute provides much of the Science education that Bay Area school children receive through field trips, classroom programs and teacher resources. Visit their waterfront site and learn more about the important work they are doing to meet the increased demand of school classes for hands-on, discovery-based marine education. You will also take time to get to know your fellow team members and discuss key issues facing youth education in the Peninsula. Reading material for the series will be distributed.

Volunteer Project: Project READ - Library Project: Monday October 21st, 6pm-9:15pm - Location: 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City

Project READ’s adult and youth programs are committed to the literacy needs of Redwood City’s most underserved neighborhoods and schools. One in five adults in Redwood City reads below an 8th grade level and more than 38% of school-aged children fail to complete the 12th grade. Visit Project READ and learn how they are working to change these odds while working on various volunteer projects at their Redwood City Main Library location. Team members will gather afterward for a short discussion.

Volunteer Project: Family Connections - Fall Carnival: Saturday October 26th, 9:30am - 1:45 p.m. Location: 1070 Beech Street, East Palo Alto

Family Connections is a tuition-free parent participation program for low income families, educating over 400 individuals each year at three sites in San Mateo County. Parents participate in preschool classes with their children and stay involved in their education as a result. Learn about the great work that Family Connections does, while helping to make their Fall Carnival fundraiser a success. Volunteers will interact with families and parents while helping with set-up, games, face-painting, food and clean-up. After the project team members will convene for a short reflection.

Volunteer Project: El Crystal Elementary School - Mural: Saturday November 2nd, 9:30am - 1:45 p.m. Location: 201 Balboa Way, San Bruno 

El Crystal Elementary school is a designated STEM Magnet School whose mission is to provide students with 21st Century learning that develops creative thinkers, collaborative learners, effective communicators, and productive members of a global society. Volunteers will help to enliven an area of the school campus by painting a mural that is designed by the students (no artistic experience necessary.) While working, there will be a chance to learn more about the school and the project will be followed by a guided discussion.

Film: American Teacher: Thursday November 7th, 7pm-9pm San Mateo County Location TBD

Profiling four extraordinary teachers from diverse parts of the country, this documentary feature examines the struggles of an underpaid profession. Educators weigh in on how the American school system might be radically transformed. Viewing will be followed by group discussion.

Volunteer Project and Closing Celebration: Collective Roots - School Garden Community Workday: Saturday November 16,  9am - 1pm Location:  East Palo Alto Charter School - 1286 Runnymede St

Collective Roots promotes health, education and the environment through garden based learning. We will learn about their many school-based programs and then work alongside parents to help maintain the on-campus organic garden. Afterward we will gather as a group for a final discussion about the TeamWorks projects, reading material and last thoughts regarding issues facing Children and Youth Education in the Peninsula.


For this exciting new series we will focus on issues that affect children and youth education in San Mateo County. We will learn about the challenges that local schools and nonprofit organizations currently face and what is being done to solve these problems. Most importantly, we will be part of the solution by serving these organizations with our time and energy! This series will also include discussions about reading material and at least one documentary film that we’ll watch together.

Most events and projects will occur on weekends with some weekday evening meetings. Volunteers are expected to attend all events and meetings but are given the flexibility to miss no more than two sessions.

There is a $25 registration fee to participate in TeamWorks ($50 for non-members). Fee waivers are available for anybody unable to pay the registration fee. The $50 registration fee for non-members includes lifetime membership to HOBA's Community Calendar volunteer program. This series is being presented through the generous support of Philanthropic Ventures.

Past Series

  • 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