Listings (V - Z)

Vegan Action - (national)

A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping animals, the environment, and people by educating the public about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle and encouraging the spread of vegan options through our public outreach campaigns.    


Vegan Outreach (VO) –  (national) 

A nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our illustrated booklets (click titles to view PDFs): Why Vegan?, Even If You Like Meat, and Compassionate Choices, along with our follow-up Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating. As a Vegan Outreach activist, anyone, anywhere, in any situation can be the best possible spokesperson for the animals.    




VegNews  - (media, office is located in San Francisco)

The premier vegan lifestyle magazine, VegNews serves up the latest in meat-free news, food, travel, politics, and buzz.   



VegSF – (SF Bay Area) 

With more than 20 vegetarian restaurants and countless more that cater to vegetarian and vegan customers, it's easy to find delicious and healthy food made without meat or animal products. Whether you live in the Bay Area or are just visiting, browse through this website and savor the delicious possibilities! It's never been easier to enjoy delicious vegetarian and vegan cuisine!     




The Volunteer Center of the East Bay – (focused on SF East Bay, office in Walnut Creek, CA)    

A nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting volunteerism in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Our primary goal is to expand service to meet the needs of our local communities. We have 600 nonprofit and public partners that rely on us to recruit the volunteers they need to fulfill 1,200+ volunteer opportunities. Every year over 15,000 people answer the call and connect with volunteer opportunities through our services.    

Address: 700 Ygnacio Valley Road #140, Walnut Creek CA 94596    

Tel: (925) 472-5760



VolunteerMatch – (national, office in San Francisco, CA)  

Strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 81,000 nonprofit organizations.

Address: 717 California Street, Second Floor, San Francisco CA 94108  

Tel: (415) 241-6868      




West Berkeley Alliance for Clean Air and Safe Jobs – (West Berkeley, CA)    

A network of neighbors; businesses; and environmental, social justice, and children’s organizations allied to preserve safe jobs while preventing noxious pollution. Presently, the Alliance is focused on identifying and eliminating the hazardous and nuisance emissions from Pacific Steel Casting Company in West Berkeley.    




Wild Oakland – (Oakland, CA)

An organization dedicated to providing free environmental education to busy urbanites.  In a world where over half the population now lives in cities, many people have very limited knowledge of nature, either of its systems or the flora and fauna that share space with them. Our talks are geared towards adults and teens, but we encourage parents to bring their young children even if some information may be over their heads.  Kids are a great source of curiosity, and often ask questions that adults haven’t even considered! We are a 100% Do-It-Yourself volunteer organization, from the Executive Director to the guiding committee to the walk leaders. Our ultimate objective is to foster “biophilia,” the instinctive attraction all humans have to living systems. We hope our programs will inspire awareness of wild places all around us.



WildAid (San Francisco Office) 

Mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes by reducing demand through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth over $10 billion (USD) per year and has drastically reduced many wildlife populations around the world. Just like the drug trade, law and enforcement efforts have not been able to resolve the problem. WildAid is the only organization focused on reducing the demand for these products, with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too.    

Address: 744 Montgomery Street, Suite 300, San Francisco CA 94111    

Tel: (415) 834-3174       



WildCare – (San Rafael, CA location serving urban wildlife in region)   

We're located in downtown San Rafael, California — Marin County's largest city — making us a truly urban wildlife rehabilitation center. Marin has grown a lot since our inception in 1974, and as the county stretched into the wild places that surrounded it, people and wildlife found themselves calling the same place home. We work to make sure all species can coexist-- not just by treating sick or injured animals (over 3,000 of them a year), but also by teaching people how to live peacefully with wildlife and by advocating for better protection of wildlife and our remaining open spaces.    

Address: 76 Albert Park Lane, San Rafael CA 94901  

Tel: (415) 456-7283      




Wildlife Alliance – (international)

Founded in 1995 originally as the Global Survival Network, Wildlife Alliance is an international non-profit organization with current in-country programs in Cambodia and completed projects in Thailand, Myanmar, India, Ecuador and Russia. Wildlife Alliance is committed to protecting wild animals in wild places. We work to save some of the world's most threatened species by (1) combating poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, (2) providing direct protection to habitats where they live, (3) rescuing and caring for animal victims of trafficking, (4) providing alternative livelihoods to poor poachers and loggers and (5) bringing environmental education to rural communities.

Address: offices in US, Cambodia and Australia. US office is at 1441 Broadway, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018

Tel: (646) 569-5860





Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) – (office in Los Altos, CA)    

Mission is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. Learn more about our unique approach to saving wildlife, or learn more about the conservationists we support and how we provide support.    

Address: 209 Mississippi Street, Los Altos CA 94107   

Tel: (415) 202-6380       




Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – (international)

Working for the protection of animals and wildlife, it supports zoos and aquariums while promoting environmental education and conservation of wild populations and their habitats. They also offer educational resources and a wide variety of conservation programs. Their efforts focus on a select group of animals including bears, big cats, elephants, great apes, hoofed mammals, cetaceans, and carnivores. Their conservation projects stretch around the globe and are at work in regions including Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America and throughout the words Oceans.

Address: Offices all over the world. Three US offices in DC, MT and at 300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York 10460

Tel: (718) 220-5100



Wildlife of the San Francisco Bay Area – (informational website)

The Bay Area is a prime destination for discovering the wonderful and wild world of California wildlife. From the cool, blue depths of San Francisco Bay, to the sage-covered hills of Mount Diablo, the Bay area offers a multitude of species - mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. There is a great variety of natural places with varying habitats for the nature lover to explore. This website will help you discover what there is to see, where to see it, and most importantly how to go about it. With detailed checklists for mammals, birds and other animals, identification resources and extensive guides to viewing locations, provides a unique, yet comprehensive portal to the world of Bay Area wildlife watching.



World Animal Protection – (international)

Fired up? Ready for change? Then help move the world – support our current campaigns to stop animal cruelty and suffering today. Throughout our history, our supporters have campaigned to make life better for animals – persuading governments, international bodies, companies, communities and individuals to get serious about protecting animals. Thanks to our supporters, we’ve made life better for billions of animals. We’ve stopped animal cruelty around the world. And we continue to speak up and speak out every day – with support from people like you, who know that change is always possible.

Address: offices are located all over the world. U.S. office is at Nelson Tower Building, 450 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10123

Tel: NY office tel is (646) 783-2200

Email: US office email is

Web: Website Link



World Wildlife Fund (WWF)  - (international)

Our new strategy puts people at the center and organizes our work around six key areas: forests, marine, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate. By linking these six areas in an integrated approach, we can better leverage our unique assets and direct all our resources to protecting vulnerable places, species and communities worldwide.

Address: 1250 24th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037

Tel: (800) 960-0993 



The Xerxes Society for Invertebrate Conservation – (international)

A nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Bees are a particular focus. Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs. Invertebrates build the stunning coral reefs of our oceans; they are essential to the reproduction of most flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and nuts; and they are food for birds, fish, and other animals. The Society uses advocacy, education, and applied research to defend invertebrates.

Address: 628 NE Broadway, Ste 200, Portland OR 97232

Tel: (855) 232-6639



Yards to Gardens – (national) 

Grew out of a realization of the tremendous potential in the vast amounts of space that we use for growing grass. Take a walk or bike through the neighborhoods around you. Imagine what these spaces would look and feel like if, instead of grass lining the sidewalks and blanketing yard after yard, there were a colorful patchwork of flowers and food bearing plants covering the urban landscape. Now imagine that each of these spaces is a collaboration, a cooperative arrangement between land owners and gardeners to create food, color, and a stronger fiber within the community.