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Volunteer Lee Gallery, with letters from Gratis Books recipients

Volunteers are essential to our work. Last year alone we had 114 volunteers contribute over 5,000 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 [email protected] for more information.

Perks of being a Hesperian volunteer:

  • Work for social justice in a community of progressive individuals
  • Exposure to the inner workings of community-health nonprofit publisher
  • Learn how to maintain our website and be a part of a team keeping things spiffy
  • Rewarding, casual environment and great people
  • Close proximity to UC Berkeley located in downtown Berkeley


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Office Support Volunteer 

We are seeking a detail-oriented, globally-minded, progressive thinker with some free time! The last months of the calendar year are very busy and we would love extra help in our Berkeley office. 

Your tasks may include: general clerical assistance, data entry, preparing for mailings, sorting documents, filing. This position requires in-person presence in our Berkeley office. As with all our staff, you must be vaccinated and wear a mask. We ask for a minimum commitment of 5 hours/week.  Contact us at [email protected].

Foundations Research Volunteer

We are seeking a volunteer to assist with identifying new funding sources. Hesperian continues to expand our print and online resources to cover new topics and produce them in additional languages and formats. To fund these efforts, we seek funding 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 upon in advance. Our ideal volunteer is comfortable doing internet research and has an interest in global health. Previous experience in development or fundraising is appreciated, but not required.

The remote or in-office 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.

Contact us at [email protected].

If you or someone you know would be interested in other volunteering opportunities at Hesperian that are not listed above, please email us at [email protected].