Let’s do this together.

Volunteers are always welcome!

Make a big difference

You can make a big difference in the life of a Bay Area child – it’s easy!

Join Tandem™ by participating in – or hosting! – one of our extremely popular volunteer opportunities. We offer ways for individuals, as well as groups, to give back. Get a group of friends or coworkers together and build better futures for Bay Area families! Our group opportunities are fun and family-friendly; activities range from adapting books for children with special needs to making character blocks that children will use to practice vocabulary and storytelling in the classroom. We’ll even come to your home or community venue!

You can also host a book drive at your school, workplace, or just among your friends. We provide links to online wish-lists of books that reinforce specific early literacy skills so it’s just point, click, pay and the books are delivered directly to our office. Zero hassle, big impact!

Contact Lucas Poynter to explore these and other ways to get involved.

Some of our best volunteer opportunities have come from potential volunteers – we welcome your ideas for other ways to engage! Here’s a few creative examples…

“This was a total win-win for everybody. I’ve had experience with hosting events, but this event was different. Everyone can go out and meet up with friends, but when you get an excuse to go out and meet your friends for a good cause—knowing you’re making a difference—gives you that good feeling. We really used our network and our community to start this idea of giving back and having fun while doing it.”

Sam, along with his friend Shannon, organized a special Happy Hour event for their friends that resulted in raising over $1000 to support Tandem programming.

Sam Arabian


“As a room parent, I try to do something that hasn’t been done. Our school had not done this kind of a project, and the parents were excited to try something different! Our book drive helped build a culture of giving back.”

Cristina organized a school-wide book drive, sponsored by her son’s fifth grade class, to donate to Tandem.

Cristina Warner

Our Lady of Grace School, Castro Valley

“Having done a lot of reading about the critical time in children’s lives before they are born and right after they’re born really impacted me. Here’s the power of connection! It’s about bonding with your kids, it’s about giving your kids something…that really lasts more than the five minutes you spend reading. It lasts for years to come.”

Renee supported Tandem by accepting donations at her baby shower, transforming a classic baby shower guessing game into an opportunity to introduce their friends to Tandem’s work in the community. Her efforts not only raised money, she also introduced 30 new donors to the Tandem mission.



Let's do this together.

Find free tools, resources, and opportunities. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Together, we can make a difference.