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Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network
SIREN’s mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Silicon Valley through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy and naturalization services. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
1415 Koll Circle, Suite 108
San Jose, CA 95112
P: (408) 453-3003
Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA)
AIWA works with women workers employed in the garment, hotel, restaurant, electronics assembly and other low-wage industries in Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Clara County’s “Silicon Valley.” AIWA seeks to empower women through education, leadership development and collective action, so that they can fight for dignity and justice in their working and living conditions.
310 8th Street #301
Oakland, CA 94607
P: (510) 268-0192
F: (510) 268-0194
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.
P: (510) 465-1984
The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America.
1210 South Bascom Ave., Suite 227
San Jose, CA 95128
P: (408) 277-0255
LGBTQ Rights & Support
LGBTQ Youth Space
The LGBTQ Youth Space is a Program of Family & Children Services. We are a community drop-in center and mental health program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25 who live in Santa Clara County.
M-F 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
452 South First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
P: (408) 343-7940
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
PO Box 70976
Oakland, CA 94612-0976
P: (510) 587-9696
The Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center
Our mission is to provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, a dedicated and caring staff, a corps of volunteers, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our broad-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender constituency.
938 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
P: (408) 293-3040
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
We proudly advocate for reproductive freedom to ensure that our voices are heard at every level, from city halls to the halls of Congress.
1691 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
P: (408) 287-7532
National Women's Law Center (NWLC)
The Center has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. We champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement. Our staff are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for the most vulnerable women.
National Organization for Women (NOW)
NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice America uses the political process to guarantee every person the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, raising healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.
Race & Religion
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
1313 North Milpitas Blvd Suite #175
Milpitas, CA 95132
P: (408) 295-3394
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Our mission is to improve the health, mental health and well-being of individuals, families and the Asian community by:
Providing an array of high quality health and human services.
Sharing expertise about the Asian community’s needs and best service delivery practices.
Providing Asian leadership in advocating on key health
2400 Moorpark Ave. Suite 300
San Jose, CA 95128
F: (408) 975-2745
749 Story Rd. Suite 50
San Jose, CA 95122
P: (669) 800-6991
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
3000 Scott Blvd., Suite 101
Santa Clara, CA 95054
P: (408) 9860-9874
F: (408) 986-9875
The National Council of La Raza
Since 1968, the National Council of La Raza has remained a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos. This is the community we serve through our research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts, as well as in our programs work in communities nationwide.
Health & Safety
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence promotes the collective voice of a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals, working to eliminate all forms of domestic violence. As an advocate for social change, we advance our mission by shaping public policy, increasing community awareness, and strengthening our members’ capacity to work toward our common goal of advancing the safety and healing of victims, survivors and their families.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE), in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Bill Wilson Center
Bill Wilson Center provides services to more than 5,100 children, youth, young adults and families in Santa Clara County through our various programs. Additionally, we reach more than 32,000 clients through our Street Outreach and crisis line programs. Bill Wilson Center programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy.
3490 The Alameda
Santa Clara, CA 95050
P: (408) 243-0222
BWC Drop-In Center
693 South 2nd Street
San Jose, CA 95112
P: (408) 925-0233
The Health Trust
The Health Trust believes that advancing wellness in Silicon Valley requires the involvement of the whole community. Whether you are a student seeking an internship or fulfilling a community service requirement, a retiree, a working professional, or someone in job transition, The Health Trust offers a volunteer opportunity to fit your interest and availability.
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – San Jose
San Jose, CA 95126
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
P: (415) 621-2493
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
815 Eddy Street
San Francisco CA 94109
P: (415) 436-9333
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA)
Our mission is to raise funds for the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), increase awareness of its programs and services, and to work to reduce the companion animal overpopulation problem. Our goal is to ensure the well-being of animals through education, outreach, and fund raising. We also aim to establish programs which will support SVACA and benefit the animals in its care. We aim to help SVACA find loving families for every adoptable companion animal, assist with financial support for ill and injured animals, and work to reduce the companion animal overpopulation problem in our area. We are always looking for volunteers!
3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054
P: (408) 421-2556
NextGen Climate acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.
Save the Redwoods League
The mission of Save the Redwoods League is to protect and restore redwood forests and connect people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.
111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
P: (415) 362-2352, (888) 836-0005
F: (415) 362-7017
The Sierra Club is America’s oldest and largest environmental organization. The San Francisco Bay Chapter’s top priorities are protecting critical habitat and open space, promoting clean renewable energy, and working directly in elections to pass environmental ballot measures and elect environmental leaders. The Sierra Club is a grassroots organization, and is built upon a lot of people doing just a little bit each for their community. Become one of those people and help protect our planet!
2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite I
Berkeley, CA 94702-2000
P: (510) 848-0800
The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations
The Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Our purpose is to create a healthy community, environment, and economy through bicycling for people who live, work, or play in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. We envision a community that values, includes, and encourages bicycling for all purposes for all people.
96 N. Third Street, Suite 375
PO Box 1927
San Jose, CA 95109
P: (408) 287-7259
Village Harvest is a nonprofit volunteer organization in the greater San Francisco Bay Area which harvests fruit from backyards and small orchards, then passes it along to local food agencies to feed the hungry. We also provide education on fruit tree care, harvesting, and food preservation.
P. O. Box 9231
San Jose, CA 95157
(888) FRUIT 411 (888-378-4841)