Volunteer Marin

Founded in 1965 as the Volunteer Bureau, CVNL has been building the capacity of volunteers and nonprofits for more than 50 years. We’re passionate about providing easy to access to meaningful volunteer opportunities for individuals, families, groups, and businesses. Today, we continue to adapt and evolve — leveraging powerful tools and technologies to make it easier for both volunteers to engage and organizations to post opportunities.

Our capabilities and reach have grown progressively throughout our history — expanding to Napa in July 2014. We offer executive search and consulting services, membership benefits, volunteer management training and leadership programs. Volunteer Services remains at the heart of what we do — connecting nonprofits with people who can help.


Our new Volunteer Portal is open 24/7 for everyone in Marin and Napa
It’s ready to engage with now. It’s made to be fast and easy to use — responsive and optimized to work on virtually any device you choose. It’s a powerful tool to connect nonprofits and volunteers directly to the causes they care about. Every day, new organizations are joining the community. We’ve reached out to thousands of volunteers connected with CVNL in Marin and Napa to update their profiles where they’ll select their causes and give back. Agencies and volunteers, you’re invited to explore and experience it. 







Volunteer with CVNL!
Intern opportunities. Days of Service events. Disaster response. Be a part of our volunteer community throughout the year. Learn more.

Recognize volunteers at CVNL’s Heart of Marin™ Awards event — January 7, 2016
CVNL’s annual Heart of Marin Awards honor outstanding Marin nonprofits and the committed individuals who serve them. It is the largest event of its kind — where more 800 people come together to show their appreciation for nominees and award-winners. One of the eight nomination categories is Youth Volunteer of the Year. Up to five exceptional youth are recognized and awarded $1,000 each for their work serving a Marin nonprofit, education or faith-based organization. Other volunteerism awards include Volunteer of the Year and Excellence in Board Leadership. Nominations for 2015 candidates open up in September 2015 for the Heart of Marin Awards event on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Honoring volunteers every week…
CVNL and the Marin IJ have partnered for years to highlight the amazing work volunteers in Marin are engaged in. To have your superstar volunteers featured in the Marin IJ’s “Volunteer of the Week” story, submit your candidates and high quality photo to us via email: mcruz@cvnl.org.

Flexible Volunteer Projects (FLEX) in Marin
CVNL’s Flexible Volunteer Program is a calendar of group-friendly, volunteer projects managed in partnership with local nonprofits and our Project Leaders in Marin. Since 2011, FLEX has engaged 5,000+ volunteers in Marin City, Novato, San Rafael, Ross, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Fairfax, San Anselmo and dozens of other locations throughout Marin County. Learn more.

Corporate Projects
Nonprofits depend on corporate support to provide volunteers, board members, and off-set their limited budgets. Studies suggest that one of the top 10 drivers of employee engagement is the company’s reputation for social responsibility. Learn more about how our Corporate Projects can help inspire your employees and enable your business to give back more easily.

Save the date! The stage is set for the 2016 County of Marin Volunteer Fair: April 2, 2016 at The Buck Institute
Hundreds of passionate volunteers turned out for the 1st annual Marin County Volunteer Fair on April 11, 2015. CVNL, Department of Health and Human Services, The County of Marin, and The Buck Institute for Research on Aging partnered to bring the first volunteer-focused event of its kind to Marin. “We have to do this again next year” was the universal comment from everyone who participated. Mark your calendar for the 2016 event.

Assessment, consulting, training, and Service Enterprise Initiative (SEI)
Volunteer leadership and management is a hallmark of CVNL — guiding people and organizations to maximize volunteerism to have greater impact in service of their missions. The Consulting Services team at CVNL is experienced and capable of helping build volunteer capacity with custom-designed programs. CVNL is a SEI-certified and trains nonprofits in both Marin and Napa to become Service Enterprise-Certified. Discover more about Consulting Services and SEI.

Verified Volunteers
Providing a safe environment for nonprofits, clients and volunteers is important for everyone. One of the ways to help insure a safer place is by running compliant background checks. Typical background screening processes are costly and time consuming for both the volunteer and for the organization. CVNL’s partnership with Verified Volunteers makes the background screening process faster and more user-friendly for nonprofits and their volunteers through a streamlined platform. Learn more.

Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)
We’re a go-to for volunteering when a disaster is declared in Marin and Napa Counties. CVNL EVCs along with the Red Cross, Food Bank, Salvation Army, County of Marin, County of Napa, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other partners in Marin and Napa are activated. We all know each other and collaborate to respond to the most urgent needs. Learn more.