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Volunteer Lee Gallery, with letters from Gratis Books recipients

Volunteers are essential to our work. Last year alone we had 233 volunteers contribute over 15,900 hours on projects including translations, mobile apps, impact analysis, the HealthWiki, marketing, and social media. Get to know our volunteers!

If you’re looking for a fun way to get involved, we have volunteer opportunities ranging from researching topics for new books to expanding our digital reach to packing books to send around the world. We are also open to your ideas for how you can contribute! You’ll gain valuable experience with a non-profit publisher working for social justice. Most volunteers must be able to work in our Berkeley, CA office. E-mail for more information. 


Google AdWords Volunteer

We are seeking a volunteer to work with staff on increasing our reach using Google AdWords. With resources in over 80 languages on topics ranging from disability health to workers’ safety, we hope to expand our scope to reach even more of the people who need our accessible health resources. 

Primary responsibilities

  • Audit our existing AdWords structures
  • Expand our AdWords using new keywords compatible with both our printed materials and online resources
  • Document our impact
  • Expand and improve our scope and reach


  • Strong interest in global health
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest or experience in quantitative research
  • Experience with Google AdWords
  • This is an unpaid, volunteer position. 

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and short cover letter to with the subject line: Google AdWords Volunteer. Position will remain open until filled.

Bookpacking/Shipping Volunteer

We’re looking for a book packer to help us with shipping books, once a week, on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays (your choice). The shifts are flexible, starting at any time between 11am and 1pm, and working for about two hours. You must be able to stand for two hours, and lift boxes of books which can weigh up to 30 pounds. Attention to detail is of primary importance. We’ll train you in safe lifting, how to pack books, and how to use our shipping computer. We’re looking for people who can make a commitment of at least four months. If interested, please call Kiriyo Spooner at 510-845- 4507, or email her at

Foundations Development Volunteer

We are seeking a volunteer to assist with identifying new funding sources. Hesperian continues to expand our collection of books and resources so that our clear health resources cover more topics and are available in additional formats. To fund these efforts we are seeking new grants from foundations.

We are looking for a volunteer who can research potential funders, compile and organize funding research, and assist with writing letters of inquiry to reach out to these funders. The position will also include some data entry and other tasks as agreed on in advance. Our ideal volunteer is comfortable doing internet research and has an interest in global health. Previous experience in development or fundraising is a great asset also, but not required.

The position offers a chance to develop skills and knowledge related to public health, development, non-profit management, and global issues. Hours and specific tasks are flexible but we hope to find someone who would like to volunteer for more than a month.

If you are interested in joining our team, please send a resume and short cover letter to with the subject line: Foundations Development Volunteer. Position will remain open until filled.