“I can already feel the impact art making has on the kids, and see engagement, smiles and pride on their faces.”

Sonja L., DrawBridge Facilitator




At DrawBridge we support the children we serve with caring, creative, and committed facilitators and volunteers. Working with an extremely stressed population can be challenging, both emotionally and intellectually. We offer training and support to all of our volunteers and facilitators, allowing them to explore the issues that arise as a result of working with children who are underserved or experiencing homelessness. Our art group volunteers work right alongside the group facilitators, giving children extra individual attention, and helping to create a safe, playful, and nurturing place for them to express themselves.

About the Program

Generally, we ask that you be at least 18 years old and willing to commit to 6 months of service. It is helpful if you have some experience working with children. Volunteers are matched to art groups depending on schedule, location and the needs of our groups. Most of our weekly groups occur for 2 hours on weekday evenings. To learn more about our art groups, please visit Our Art Programs. We do have teen volunteers, who must have written parental permission: see attached (PDF form).

Volunteer Training

If you are interested in joining our program, the first step is to complete our Volunteer Application and email it to  sarah@drawbridge.org.

After reading through all of the materials offered on this site, if you have additional questions, we are happy to talk to you. Please email us or call 415-446-8166 to talk to the Program Manager.



At DrawBridge, we employ caring, committed, creative and fun-loving individuals as Art Group Facilitators. They lead each expressive art group and interact with the kids, supporting and encouraging their creativity. They guide and support our volunteers. DrawBridge Facilitators set the tone for the group, creating a safe, nonjudgmental environment where kids can feel free to express themselves without fear. They are the soul of the organization, and they are amazing.

If you’d like to find out more about what our facilitators do, please take a look at our Art Group Facilitator Job Description.

If you are interested in being an Art Group Facilitator and don’t have experience, we recommend that you begin by becoming a volunteer to gain experience with our program.We often hire current volunteers who are interested in stepping into the role of art group facilitator.



Serving on the Board of Directors of DrawBridge is a fun, fulfilling and challenging role. Every Board member plays a vital part in the health, efficacy and longevity of the organization. Board members each bring a special skill (or skills) to the table, as well as the willingness to participate in meetings and events, recruit donations and other support, and pitch in with projects as needed. The Board works cohesively and respects all voices, opinions and suggestions. We are a team.

If you are interested in joining our Board, we are happy to discuss this with you. Please review the Board Member Responsibility sheet, and contact us if you have any questions. Then fill out the Board Member Application and send it along to us. Board candidates are interviewed and asked to attend at least one DrawBridge art group, to see firsthand the children we serve and how the program works.



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