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Community Service Opportunities & Reporting


Looking for opportunities to serve the community?  Check this page often for updates about community service and volunteer/philantrhopic events on-campus and in the local community.


Report your Community Service and Volunteer/Philanthropic Hours online!

Curious if your activity qualifies as community service or volunteerism/philanthropy? Click here to find out!


A community service certificate will be awarded for every 100 hours of community service you log with Student Life & Leadership (hours totaled on a semester basis).



How are our students giving back?

Here are the organizations that our students spent the most time helping in 2014:

American Cancer Society:

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:


Habitat for Humanity:

JDRF San Diego:

National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA):

Prevent Child Abuse America:

Relay for Life:

San Diego Food Bank:

San Diego River Park Foundation:

Urban Angels:


SDSU Students reported over 44,000 community service hours for the 2013 - 20124 academic year. Keep up the great work Aztecs!







Arts Alive SDSU

Arts Alive SDSU is an initiative on campus to make the arts a more visible and participatory aspect of campus life. Besides promoting the student-based arts events happening in the Theatre, Television & Film, Art + Design and Music & Dance schools, we also host live pop-up events at the Farmers Market on Thursdays, under the dome of the Love Library, and at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union building. Pop-ups are a chance to see, listen to, engage with, and be inspired by student and faculty artists on campus. Arts Alive SDSU is looking for volunteers to help staff pop-ups for the fall 2015 semester. This is an opportunity to interact with the artists and help spread the excitement about their work to others on campus. If you're interested in a creative and lively volunteer opportunity and have one hour to give each week, we would be delighted to hear from you! Contact Julie Kendig today at


Coaching Coprs

About: Coaching Corps is a group of motivated college students and community members who serve as volunteer coaches, mentors and role models in afterschool sports programs serving girls and boys who live some of our most under-resourced communities. We exist to ensure that for all kids, the opportunity to run, play, learn and be coached by a caring adult is a given – and not a luxury. We offer a full season of sports programs for kids who normally wouldn’t get them because of lack of volunteer coaches. We pair up with other Coaching Corps coaches and create teams, design drills, give high-fives and coach our kids through wins and losses on and off the field. If you look deeper, we are more than just coaches. We promote positive peer relationships, inspire leadership in kids and ensure the emotional and physical safety for each athlete.


Volunteer Needs: Serve as a volunteer youth sports coach for programs such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Girls on the Run and more! 22 programs in the community with over 25+ sports options!


Availability Needed:  Coaches coach 1 – 2 times a week for 2-4 hours depending on the program and their availability, for a 8-10 week season.


Sign up at or contact Emily Barnes at


Mingei International Museum


Contact: Erin McGinn – – 619.704.7519


Mission: Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum collects, conserves and exhibits arts of daily use – by anonymous craftsmen of ancient times, from traditional cultures of past and present and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum’s Founder, Martha Longenecker, was a professor of art at San Diego State University who studied the art of pottery-making in Japan. As an artist craftsman, she became acquainted with and learned from the founders and leaders of the Mingei Association of Japan, who inspired her to carry the vision of mingei to the U.S.A.


Volunteering is a fun and rewarding way to become part of Mingei International Museum. You can support Museum programs and activities by donating your time and talents, and enjoy enrichment meetings with guest speakers and opportunities to meet other volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and cultural experiences.


Elder Help

Volunteer Drivers


ElderHelp is actively recruiting for volunteer drivers! Help seniors get out and about to medical appointments or social activities while enjoying a friendly conversation. You pick and choose which rides fit into your schedule, so it iseasy and flexible! This is a great way to give back to your community and gain experience for your resume! Please note: Mileage reimbursement is available.


Process: Must be 18 years or older, attend an orientation, complete application with references, complete background check (DOJ & FBI), DMV check and personal interview.

Contact: Carrie McClellan at (619) 284-9281 Ext. 128 or




In Home Volunteers


ElderHelp is actively recruiting in-home volunteers! Often seniors need just a little help so they can continue living at home. Become a volunteer and make a difference in a senior’s life by simply helping with grocery shopping, providing a friendly visit, helping with yard maintenance or caring for a pet. Make a new friend and gain experience for your resume! Only 4 hours per month.


Process: Must be 18 years or older, attend an orientation, complete application with references, complete background check (DOJ & FBI), DMV check and personal interview.


Contact: Carrie McClellan at (619) 284-9281 Ext. 128 or



Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego

(619) 232-2781

The Japanese Friendship Garden is an expression of friendship between San Diego and its sister city Yokohama that binds the two cultures to create a unique experience for visitors from all over the world. Representing a new concept in the development of a Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Japanese Friendship Garden is well known for its unique setting, stone arrangement, koi pond, exhibition hall and ornamental tree collection. As a valued asset to Balboa Park, the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego is also an educational resource to the community, providing a variety of seminars, classes and workshops as well as accredited horticultural classes. The Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego is proud to present a remarkable exhibition of a private collection of Japanese artifacts from around the world.

The mission of the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego is to educate, engage, and inspire present and future generations of diverse backgrounds about Japanese culture and community legacy through exhibits, programs, and the preservation of a Japanese garden.
The Garden serves a diverse population of Balboa Park in San Diego, a hub of cultural institutions.


Include Austism


Address: 625 Pennsylvania Ave. San Diego CA, 92103

Contact Information: Phone: 858-603-5022

Mission Statement: The mission of Include Autism is to empower individuals with autism by providing community access and meaningful skill-building programs, while engaging the community through outreach and education.​​​

By volunteering with Include Autism, they serve as a role model and mentor while offering friendship for our program participants all while gaining community service hours. A Peer Pal and Volunteer can obtain valuable experience and education about Autism Spectrum Disorders and see first hand how capable and important these individuals are in our community.


Home Start, Inc.

Home Start, Inc. provides services to children living in poverty who require immediate, comprehensive solutions to ensure their safety and healthy development. Our mission is to promote the safety and nurturance of children by fostering healthy families and communities.


  Home Start serves those most in need. To effectively prevent and treat child abuse, we address the conditions that put children in risky or abusive situations such as poverty, unsafe neighborhoods, lack of affordable housing and unemployment—while addressing individual self-sufficiency and emotional needs.


  We have multiple volunteer opportunities including administrative support, food distributions, and helping at the Home Start Thrift Boutique located on Adams Avenue. Individuals and groups welcome!


  For more information on Home Start or volunteer opportunities, please visit our website here or contact Kristina Lisica, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 619.692.0727 ext 103.


Organization Name: Noah Homes


Website Address:


Contact Info:      Brittany Furlong

                                (619) 660-6200 x 18


                                12526 Campo Rd.

                                Spring Valley, CA 91978


Description of Organization: Since 1983, our mission as a nonprofit has been to provide exceptional residential services and opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This now includes advocacy and community partnership. Our goal is to maximize each individual’s independence in a community environment that fosters dignity and respect, as well as personal and spiritual growth. Today, there are 70 men and women we like to call “the folks” celebrating life every day on these beautiful grounds. Eight homes each are named to reflect the strong Hispanic culture of San Diego, such as Casa de Flores and Casa de Felicidad. Noah Homes is an oasis of peace as well as a hub of activity, offering residents continues opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. The folks are our inspiration in action, helping us to understand how we can best support all people with developmental disabilities and their families.


Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego/Imperial Chapter

Companion Volunteer position

The mission at the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Companion Volunteers provide in-home breaks to caregivers in the form of social visits with their loved one who has Alzheimer's disease. Volunteers do not help with any physical or personal care.

Volunteers spend time with individuals who have dementia to provide:
-Companionship - encouraging reminiscing about the past or enjoying a movie together
-Socialization - engaging in activities such as games, listening to music or gardening
-Supervision - ensuring their safety while their caregiver is absent

Time requirement: Minimum 6 month commitment; approximately four (4) hours per week. We are currently looking for volunteers who have weekday availability and scheduling is flexible.

Qualifications: Must have excellent people skills, such as being caring and patient. Experience working with persons with dementia a plus, but not required. Training is provided.

For more information, email Adrianna McCollum at or apply online here.





PVA Cal-Diego Looking For Volunteers!


Our veterans are our heroes for life. After serving our country, serious injury to their spinal cord, whether incurred during their service or at home, shouldn’t stop our Veterans from living full, rewarding lives. At Paralyzed Veterans of America, Cal Diego Chapter, we strive to provide the path of adventure through adaptive sports with activities that include:



We NEED physically able volunteers to help our Veterans achieve their dreams and goals at events, as well as volunteers behind the scenes in our office to assist in mailings and database management.


Whether it’s a few hours once a month or a weekly commitment, PVA Cal-Diego has volunteer opportunities that will work with your schedule and talents while you have the opportunity of thanking a Veteran for their service.


Please feel free to contact me directly at (619) 808-4807 or via email


Founded in 1928 as the San Diego Historical Society, the San Diego History Center (SDHC) is one of the oldest and largest historical organizations in California. Located in Balboa Park, SDHC is an invaluable community resource which owns, preserves and makes available to the public: 45 million documents, 2.5 million photo images, 1,500 oral histories, 15,000 regional artifacts, a collection of paintings and sculpture by San Diego Artists and one of the largest collections of historic apparel on the West Coast. SDHC also operates the Junípero Serra Museum, an iconic and historic regional landmark located in Presidio Park.


Our mission and purpose is to tell the diverse story of our region – past, present, and future – educating and enriching our community, preserving our history and fostering civic pride.


Currently, while the History Center has several open volunteer opportunities (click here for a full listing)…I am most focused on recruiting for gallery guides and docents to work with our newest exhibition; Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss.  This colorful and fantastical exhibition immerses visitors in the world of Dr. Seuss, illuminating him as the world’s most beloved children’s author and an artist in his own right. The whimsical, fun-filled experience conveys the exuberance and creative genius in Dr. Seuss books and includes family-friendly activities inspired by his underlying themes: Literacy, the Environment, Community.   Also featured is original art, particularly inspired by San Diego locales, including rare early works, illustrations and new releases.


History Center Gallery Guides work throughout the Museum’s galleries to help visitors answer visitors questions about specific artifacts or exhibits as well as sharing basic information about the museum one on one with visitors. Docents do much of the same work but they are also tasked with leading guided tours through or across exhibitions.


Shifts are certainly flexible within our open hours (10am-5pm) every day of the week but we do ask that they work a minimum of two three(3) hr shifts a month.  Full training will be provided!


I hope this opportunity is something you find appropriate for you listings.  If you have any questions you may contact me directly   All volunteer inquiries should be addressed to Volunteer Manager at


Be part of something SPECIAL. 

USA Cares is a nonprofit organization helping Military Families with emergency financial assistance in the form of grants NOT loans. 

Preventing evictions, utilities from being turned off and putting food on the table for our nation’s HEROES and their families! If you would like to volunteer and be part of something special... contact Kelly @

Or, by phone @ 702-308-4687.  

USA Cares... making a difference in the lives of military families, right here in San Diego.



HandsOn San Diego

HandsOn San Diego creates opportunities for people to volunteer and lead in their communities. We strive to provide volunteers with a high-quality experience that fuels further action, and we envision a day when everyone is inspired and equipped to be the change they wish to see in the world.

HandsOn San Diego works with local nonprofits, schools and parks to identify group volunteer projects. These projects may be ongoing or one-time. We recruit volunteers and match each project with a trained Team Leader with the goal that everyone involved has a positive experience.


The American Diabetes Association-San Diego

We are currently looking for volunteers both in office and out on the field. In office would require some clerical work like stuffing envelopes, filing, scanning, etc. Out of office would be our health fairs. As a nonprofit we get a lot of requests on a daily basis to attend community events that create and promote awareness. Unfortunately, we more often than not have to decline our attendance due to our small number of available volunteers. Some health fairs are during the week while others are on the weekends so some flexibility would be required and transportation is a must.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Diana Felix
Specialist, Administrative Support
American Diabetes Association
(619)234-9897 Ext.7519


River Park's Water & Weeds Team

Are you are a student who needs hours as a school requirement ?

Don't let the clock run out....consider joining the River Park’s Water & Weeds Team!

This team meets every Thursday and Fridays from 8am to 11:30am. Rack up some hours quickly while helping the environment and learning about native plants.  To be considered for this program, contact Cindy Collins to learn more.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  1. Follow direction and safety guidelines.
  2. Arrive on time because the team goes into the field as a group.
  3. Wear out-door work shoes and cloths. Hats and sunblock are recommended.
  4. Bring a minimum of 32oz of water to participate.

Volunteer Requirements:

  1. Must sign a wavier of liability, if under 18 years old a parent or guardian must co-sign.
  2. Able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and along natural terrain.
  3. Ability to carry 40lbs and use basic tools provided.


Reality Changers - College Town IMPACT Team Tutor/Mentor
Volunteer Opportunity description
Reality Changers is a non-profit organization in the City Heights area of San Diego that aims to transform lives, schools, and communities by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become first generation college students. Our organization has been recognized by United States Secretary of Education as a "model for the country," and graduates of Reality Changers program have gone on to universities such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Duke, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSD, and more!

We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors for inner-city youth (8th-11th grade) who desire to be the first generation in their families to go to college.
We are looking for volunteers who are:

Volunteers choose one program night from 6:00-9:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday,Wednesday, or Thursdays and are expected to tutor one night a week for the duration of the academic school year (through May 2016).

We also offer a North County program in Solana Beach on Monday evenings only (120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075). The program content and volunteer roles are the same.
Typical Reality Changers' Program Schedule:

6:00pm-6:30pm - Hot Words (Communication/Public Speaking skills, SAT Practice)

6:30pm-7:00pm - Dinner (provided by students' families)

7:00pm-7:30pm - Lesson given by Chief Inspiration Officer or Guest Speaker

7:30pm-9:00pm - Tutoring in small groups

Tutor training and dinner are included! Background check required for all volunteers.
How to apply?
Volunteer applications are available on our website at:

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Alice Chen at: alice@realitychangers.orgor call 619-516-2222 for more information.


Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center –Cooking and Gardening with Kids!

Looking for a volunteer opportunity that’s FUN and EDUCATIONAL? 

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is an organic garden and instructional kitchen that uses hands-on cooking, gardening, and science education to teach students and families about nutrition and environmental stewardship. We provide free classes, field trips, and community events to children and adults from National City and around San Diego County.

We are seeking outgoing and passionate individuals to join our team. Volunteers work directly with elementary school students during lessons, either teaching or supporting Olivewood staff. Internships available.

Also, we like to give our volunteers FREE ORGANIC PRODUCE!

Volunteers are able to schedule 3-hour shifts according to their schedules (most opportunities are on weekdays between 8:30 and 2).

If you would like to donate your time to this opportunity, please contact Ally Welborn at To learn more, please visit


Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County – Volunteer mentors needed!



Bigs (mentor) meet with their Littles (mentee) on a one-to-one basis at schools in City Heights and Normal Heights to play sports, board games, or share mutual interests. Matches meet at the same time each week at a local elementary school.

Bigs in Schools focuses on building friendships, and through those friendships, stronger

literacy and social skills are developed. This is not a tutoring program, but rather a

chance to build a friendship in a fun environment, while reinforcing the importance of

learning. Learn more at

Volunteer Details: Must be at least 18 years old, have a valid social security number and be able to commit for at least a year.

Date: Ongoing

Time: 1 hour / week; 1 year commitment

If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Micaela Ortiz at 858.536.4900 x213 or via email at



Lakeside's River Park Conservancy - Water the Natives!


Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy is non-profit organization restoring and preserving the San Diego River.  This sensitive habitat use to be the site of extensive sand mining but now that time has come to an end.

With the help of many volunteers we have brought the River back to life again as a natural riparian habitat and have built a trail and wildlife observation deck. 

Several of California’s threatened and endangered birds such as the least Bell’s vireo and the Gnatcatcher have moved back into this restored area of willow forest, bulrush and sage.

Consider helping our local environment and learn about our native plants and animals by volunteering once or on a regular basis. 

Group project for clubs, fraternities, sororities, and organizations available on request.

Both community service hours and court ordered hours can be verified. 

Volunteer Detail

1.     Follow direction and safety guidelines.
2.     Arrive on time because the team goes into the field as a group.
3.     Wear out-door work shoes and cloths.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended. 
4.     Bring a minimum of 32oz of water to participate. 
1.     Must sign a wavier of liability, if under 18 years old a parent or guardian must co-sign.
2.     Able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and along natural terrain.
3.     Ability to carry 40lbs and use basic tools provided.


Date(s):  Thursday through Friday, on-going…help once or on a regular basis

Time: *Can list various shifts*

8am to 11:30am Monday - Friday

If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Cindy Collins at 619-443-4770 or email her at



STAMP (Student Tutoring and Mentoring Program)  

STAMP is a volunteer based program that will allow the tutors to engage with students to develop life long skills, develop confidence, and improve learning. In turn, tutors will gain volunteer hours and experience. To fulfill these objectives, volunteers will: Provide help in various core subjects such as in Mathematics, Sciences, History and English to improve their performance, improve test scores, aid in homework, and build confidence.  

Requirements: 6 month commitment, 2.5 GPA, Commit 4 hours a week.

For more information, please contact


Lakeside's River Park Conservancy - River Hikers


Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy is a non-profit environmental organization working to restore and preserve the San Diego River. 

Through illegal trash dumping and camping and storm drain pollution the health of the River needs your help!   Joining our biologist on a riverbed hikes or clean-up events.   

You will make a difference by finding and reporting and/or removing trash from the and the sensitive habitat that is home to several of California’s threatened and endangered birds such as the least Bell’s vireo and the Gnatcatcher. 

You will also be helping the and community that lives, works or plays near the riverbed by making it cleaner and safer.

The River Park’s biologist leads these event and you will also have the chance to learn about our local environment, native plants and animals by volunteering once or on a regular basis. 

Group project for clubs, fraternities, sororities, and organizations available on request.

Both community service hours and court ordered hours can be verified. 

Volunteer Detail

1.     Follow direction and safety guidelines.
2.     Arrive on time because the team goes into the field as a group.
3.     Wear out-door work shoes and cloths.  Hats and sunscreen are recommended. 
4.     Bring a minimum of 32oz of water to participate. 
1.     Must sign a wavier of liability, if under 18 years old a parent or guardian must co-sign.
2.     Able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and along natural terrain.
3.     Ability to carry 40lbs and use basic tools provided.


Date(s): Sundays and Mondays, on-going…help once or on a regular basis…or sign your group up for a private riverbed clean-up event date/time TBD.

Time: *Can list various shifts*

8am to 10am on Sundays

10am to noon on Mondays

If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Cindy Collins at 619-443-4770 or email her at



American Cancer Society - Phone Bank


The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. We serve those who are diagnosed with cancer, supporters, families and caregivers, and survivors of cancer.

This opportunity is specifically related to Proposition 29, the California Cancer Research Act. We are looking for Fraternities and Sororities who would be interested in coming to participate in voter outreach through phone banking. We provide refreshments, a brief training on the computer system utilized, games/challenges and prizes. Shifts are available Monday-Wednesday 5:30-8:30pm and Sundays during the day. All shifts are held at our office: 2655 Camino del Rio North, Suite 100, San Diego 92108. We can handle a maximum of 20 volunteers at a time.

Volunteer Details

Date: Monday - Wednesday, Sunday

Time: Various Shifts


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Megan Johnson at



Challenge Ranch - General Ranch Work


Challenge Ranch is a ten acre, twenty-five horse ranch in Dehesa Valley. We are a 501©(3) non-profit corp. for under privileged/disadvantaged children. The ranch is open six days a week, year round.

Volunteer tasks include: Moving hay, fencing, ditch clearning, barn (kid's barn) maintenance, weeding, tree trimming, painting, etc.


For more information, please visit



The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)


The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports active duty and retired Navy and Marine personnel and their families, in time of need. Last year, we provided more than $48 million of assistance to over 96,000 sailors. We are able to do this through the help of volunteers.  Volunteer opportunities include: Caseworkers, Client Services Assistants, Thrift Shop help, Hospital Visitations and Administration.


Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing 
Time: Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm


Contact: Sara Griffin ( and Terri Seat ( The NMCRS office is located in Bldg. 270, 3115 Dolphin Alley, on the Naval Base San Diego. You can telephone us at 619-238-1060.



Mama's Kitchen - Meal Delivery


At Mama’s Kitchen we believe that every person is entitled to the basic necessity of life – nutritious food.  As a volunteer driven nonprofit organization, we prepare and deliver food to men, women and children who are affected by AIDS or cancer.

Our volunteers deliver meals to our clients in their homes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week between 3 and 6pm using their own vehicles, gas and insurance.  Many of our volunteers choose to deliver meals to the same neighborhood on the same day each week while others prefer to deliver in response to our weekly email identifying our specific needs for the following week.  New volunteers are required to attend a one hour volunteer orientation session.  Orientation dates and times are listed at


Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing 
Time: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3-6pm


If you would like to donate your time to this mission, please contact Bill Patten at  



2-1-1 San Diego - Research and Data


2-1-1 San Diego is a resource and information hub that connects people with community, health and disaster services through a free, 24/7 stigma-free confidential phone service and searchable online database. 2-1-1 serves the entire population of the County.

The Research and Data Center is responsible for data entry, collecting information about community programs and services, and building and maintaining professional working relationships with agencies and community groups


Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing, 3 month commitment
Time: 2-4 hours per week


If you would like to donate your time or more information, please contact Jocelyn Garcia at or (858) 300-1207.



ElderHelp - Help Maintain a Seniors Independence at Home!


ElderHelp is a non-profit organization helping seniors maintain independence and continue living in their own homes with dignity. Volunteers are a vital component to the organization and help our seniors by providing socialization to reduce isolation and helping with tasks such as: grocery shopping, transportation, light housekeeping, organizing, budgeting, yard maintenance and minor home repairs.

Volunteers either have the opportunity to be matched up one on one with a senior, building a relationship while providing ongoing assistance or meet many new seniors by providing transportation to help them get out and about to medical appointments or social visits.


Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing - Bi-weekly or weekly visits with seniors to help with ongoing tasks, or pick and choose which rides you would like to give each month that fit into your schedule.

Time: Flexible, based on volunteer’s availability.



If you would like to donate your time to this organization and opportunity, please contact Carrie McClellan at (619) 284-9281 Ext. 128 or via email at:



Special Olympics San Diego County - Volunteer Coach/Intern


Special Olympics provide sports training and competition opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  We rely on volunteers to serve as head/assistant coaches at our practices, assist with fundraisers and office work, volunteer at our competitions as well as many other opportunities.  If you have a skill/talent, we can find a way to plug you in at Special Olympics.

Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing

Time: Times vary and can be flexible


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Regional Sports Manager, Kelcie Kopf at or 619-283-6100.


North County Community Services - Volunteer


North County Community Services operates North County's Food Bank, seven preschools for income qualified families, and a garden program to grow food for our preschools. Our preschools are in Oceanside, Vista, and Escondido. North County’s Food Bank is located in San Marcos. We have volunteer opportunities in all of these programs and the administrative office. Preschool volunteers may assist in our kitchens preparing meals, in the classroom attending children, or maintaining preschool gardens. Office volunteers may assist with copying, filing, data entry, and other office tasks. Garden volunteers help planting, harvesting, weeding, and watering.

Volunteer Details

volunteers must have a current TB test and be able to pass a background check. All volunteer opportunities need to be scheduled ahead of time, no drop-ins.

Date: Ongoing

Time: Times vary


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Abby Weglarz at 760-471-5483 or



Excellence and Justice in Education Academies (EJEA) - Mentors


Excellence and Justice in Education Academies (EJEA) are independent charter schools in the city of El Cajon that are providing high quality educational instruction, academic enrichment services, a nurturing learning environment, and a supportive community to children so they can gain skills, tools, motivation, and self-confidence needed to be the first in their families to graduate from high school, attend college, and pursue their dreams.

Our Vision for Students:

• Literacy in multiple languages

• High test scores

• College ready students

• Close the achievement gap

• Ethical service to the community

• Opportunity and choice in life

• Empowered actors for social justice


Requirement for Mentors:

1. Proof of TB test.
2. Volunteer at least 3 hours per month.
3. Be enrolled in a college/university.
4. Have two referenced that will recommend you as a mentor.
5. Copy of class schedule.
6. Be open to phone calls for checking in with mentees at least 2 times a month.
7. Be able to commit to full school year.
8. Make at least one home visit.
9. Check in with school counselor.


If you would like to become a mentor, please contact Patricia Castaneda at




Community Housing Works - Running Readers


Community Housing Works is a San Diego based non-profit that helps people and neighborhoods move up in the world by providing a full range of housing options combined with training and educational support. Our Running Readers program is a reading enhancement program designed to ignite a passion for reading in students Kindergarten through third grade.

We ask volunteers to make a three month commitment of 1hour a week between 3-6pm at any of our nine Learning Center locations: City Heights, Shelltown (National City), Poway, Escondido, Lakeside, Fallbrook, Carlsbad, Vista, or Oceanside.  This would be a great opportunity for students who are also taking education or child development classes- particularly if courses require service hours. 


If you would like more information about Community Housing Works and our Running Readers program, visit


Re Spectrum Community


Re Spectrum Community is a 501c3 Non-Profit operating in San Diego developed to assist and guide families in creating change, both within their immediate families and among the autism community, through therapeutic support and community activities for the whole family. Re Spectrum Community is dedicated to achieving social justice, by way of ReAbling a community of people that may have been rendered disabled, disordered, disconnected or disassociated from their larger communities because of a label or due to a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Re Spectrum Community offers ReCreation programs throughout San Diego which combine ABA methodologies and basic skills training to assist ALL children and members of the family in ReCreating an active, responsible lifestyle. ReCreate opportunities for success, enjoyment & social interaction!


For more information or to donate your time to this opportunity, please contact Morgan Shea at


Helen Woodward Animal Center


Located in San Diego, Helen Woodward Animal Center is a unique, private, non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. For more than 30 years, our no-kill Center has provided humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people.

We have events all through out the year where we offer Community Service and Volunteer opportunities to students.


For more information or to donate your time to this opportunity, please contact Laurie Doyle at


Alliance for African Assistance - One-Time Projects


For over 20 years, Alliance for African Assistance has worked to provide assistance here in the United States and abroad, to refugees, internally displaced persons, immigrants, those seeking asylum, victims of torture and war, distressed women and children and altogether those suffering from economical hardship.

Today we remain dedicated to providing social, cultural, and educational support to all refugees in the resettlement process. Such assistance includes preparing host families; securing safe and affordable housing, help with rent and transportation, health screenings, enrolling children in school, English language classes and translation services, and job assistance and training. We have successfully resettled more than 8,000 refugees from Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ethiopia, Liberia, Eritrea, Vietnam, Iran, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq, and Russia.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

Toys for Tots Every Year, the Alliance for African Assistance partners with Toys for Tots to give Refugee children Christmas presents. In order to make this event happen, the Alliance calls on volunteers to exercise their creativity by wrapping gifts for 70 newly resettled kids. 3-4 hours/ once in December

Basics Drive Often, when Refugees arrive to their new places of living, they lack essential supplies, such as toiletries and basic food items. AAA invites volunteers to run Basics Drives to accumulate these necessary items and aid the road to self sufficiency. These Drives can be one-time events or week-long competitions. All products must be newly purchased and sealed properly. Open to volunteer availability.


Mailing Party Twice a year, AAA sends out a comprehensive newsletter, recounting the year’s events and updating recipients on new developments. Due to the high volume of those on our mailing list, volunteers aid in folding, stamping, and sorting envelopes to prepare them for sending. 2-3 hours/once

World Refugee Day The Alliance is hosting its annual World Refugee Day event where refugees and community members of San Diego convene to recognize the challenges and milestones involved in resettling. Volunteers will be called upon to help with event planning, ticket sales, and day-of duties. Dependent on volunteer/ at least 3 month commitment desired


Thank-a-thon In the coming months AAA will be hosting a Thank-a-thon in which we will be personally calling donors and thanking them for their wonderful contributions. Without them our work would not be possible and we want to make sure they are aware of how grateful we are. Come help us thank our generous donors! 2-3 hours/once

Volunteer Details: Various dates and times


For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator at



(California Democratic Party) – (Volunteer)

San DiegoSan Diego’s 52nd Congressional District has some of the most highly targeted and closley watched races in the country, earning attention from national media outlets like the The New York Times and the Washington Post. Be on the front lines of some of the hottest campaigns to hit Southern California.

Are you interested in politics?

Would you like to learn what it takes to elect top-tier candidates to office?

Than this volunteer opportunity is for you!


Volunteer Details

-Get an in-depth educational view of statewide and nationally top-targeted races.

-Connect with voters and talk to the public about the issues that matter to you.

-Attend special events.

-Add a powerful and rare skill set to your “resume”.

-Create and train communication, and the power of persuasion skills.


Flexible scheduling around school and work


We would love for you to join our team and keep California, and Congress, on track please contact Sean at or call 562.213.6466



Sharp Grossmont Hospital


Sharp Grossmont Hospital volunteers work in departments throughout the hospital and share their skills to help the hospital fulfill its mission of excellence in patient care and customer service.

All college student applicants must meet the following criteria:

College Volunteer expected commitment:

Volunteer a minimum of 2 shifts per month; each shift is 4 hours

Date: Ongoing

Time: Monday-Friday, 8am – 12pm OR 12pm to 4pm


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Volunteer Services Department at:



Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

Pre-nursing and Patient Care Volunteers, Hospitality Volunteers, Retail Volunteers


The Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Auxiliary has actively provided volunteer service to the hospital for more than 40 years.  With more than 300 men, women and student volunteers, the Auxiliary contributes 50,000 hours of service to the hospital and surrounding community each year.

Volunteer Details

College Student Volunteers interested in volunteering at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center must:


-Applications available September 1 – October 15 for our winter session which runs from January to June

Time: Shifts are typically 3 hours and once a week. 


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at Sharp Chula Vista at / 619-502-3606 / 619-502-6606.



Mainly Mozart - Spotlight Concert Season


Mainly Mozart is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s music lovers by connecting them to the music of Mozart and the Masters.  Concerts are offered in several locations in San Diego County and opportunities to attend at low or no cost are offered to performing arts students in these areas.

Mainly Mozart is looking for volunteers for many of the Spotlight 2012 concerts. Please visit (  for additional information about Mainly Mozart and the concert season. 

Date: Fridays and Saturdays, now through June 23rd.


Interested volunteers can e-mail Constance at  ( or call  (619-239-0100 ext. 310).



San Diego Center for the Blind


The San Diego Center for the Blind provides services for those that are blind or visually impaired, helping them gain independence and self-reliance through the various programs and courses offered.  Some of the courses available to clients are: Transitional Counseling, Kitchen Skills, ESL, and Orientation & Mobility, among many others.

Volunteer Details: Volunteers are needed in all areas

Date: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Loretta Moore at 619-583-1542 or



United Way of San Diego County - Bring a Smile To a Child


Become one of 10,000 locals to volunteer as readers, tutors and mentors for San Diego kids. Your volunteer pledge will benefit children all over San Diego County. Whether it's a year-round mentoring, 30 minutes reading to a 2nd grader or tutoring a teen, your support will get kids reading, get them learning and prepare them for successful futures.

Date: Ongoing

Time: 2 hours / week; 6 month commitment for many opportunities

Volunteer Details: Must be at least 18 years old


 If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (858) 636-4111, email or visit



Burn Institute - Smoke Alarm Installations


The Burn Institute is the local nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties through fire and burn prevention education, burn care research and treatment and burn survivor support services.

This is an ongoing project that is a FREE service for Senior Citizens 62 years and older. We provide the smoke alarms, batteries, tools, step-ladder and a route that is mapped out of homes that have requested this service. We determine the number of homes to service on a single day by the number of volunteers that sign up. We have an orientation and a simple how-to demonstration then volunteers partner-up and one volunteer needs to drive their car for each route assigned.   Usually 4-8 homes on each route.

Example: 10 volunteers= five routes= twenty-five homes

Volunteer Details: Courteous and friendly volunteers wanted. In return you help reach the community and keep seniors safe in their homes with lifesaving working smoke alarms.

Date: Every Saturday

Time: 8am - 2pm


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Kathleen Frampton at



Foster Youth Mentor Program - Mentor


The Foster Youth Mentor Program provides mentors to youth ages 6-18 in the San Diego County Foster Care system. These children are in foster care for a variety of reasons, including abuse and neglect. Because of the disruption in their lives and the loss of support networks, foster youth need caring, supportive adults to guide and role model them. A volunteer mentor can be a significant help for a foster youth by being a consistent person in the child’s life.

Volunteer Details: Must be at least 18 years old with clean criminal background and driving record.

Date: Ongoing

Time: 2 hours / week; 1 year commitment


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact the FYMP Line at (619) 767-5211.



The San Diego River Park Foundation


The San Diego River Park Foundation works to restore the San Diego back to a healthy waterway and creating the San Diego River Park and Trail System. We  have a great variety of volunteer opportunities and host up to 12 events each month including river cleanups, community park and gardens programs, water quality monitoring and community based habitat restoration activities. All tools and supplies are provided. Service hours can be verified. Groups of all sizes welcomed with RSVP.

Volunteer Details

Date:  Every Weekend and the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each  month

Time: 9am - 12pm


For a complete list of ways to for you to get involved visit If you would like to donate your time to one of these events, please contact Richard Dhu-- 619.297.7380



Pro Kids - Tutoring


Pro Kids is a nonprofit in San Diego that seeks to challenge and empower underserved youth to excel in life by promoting character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf. 

Pro Kids is in search of dedicated and committed volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of underrepresented youth in the City Heights community by tutoring students ages 7-17. Volunteers not only play a vital role in helping students improve academically, but also serve as role models and mentors, and facilitate educational games and activities with students.

Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing

Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:00pm - 5:00pm;

Wednesday from 1:30pm - 5:00pm


If you would like to donate your time to this organization, please contact Felipe Salazar at (619) 582-7884 x 118 or at





We are a 501(c)(3) public benefit non-profit California Corporation, dedicated to providing music, math,  science education and  a community choir for the children and youth of southeast San Diego and surrounding areas.

The SDYAMA Choir is composed up of young men and women ages 5-17 years. They perform regularly around the San Diego area. As a part of the choir, each member is required to take music lessons in addition to singing in the choir.

The SDYAMA program includes both math and science tutoring to further prepare the young men and women for higher learning and personal enrichment.


Office work, translates all media, orientate Hispanic students for class, phone calls to Hispanic speaking students, and tutor Hispanic students in music lessons.

Date: Ongoing

Time: Tuesday - Saturday (flixible)


If you would like to donate your time to support our music program, please contact (George, Robbie Hill or Renea Flenoid) at 619-264-2220 / 619-246-7144 or



SAY San Diego / After School Volunteer


SAY San Diego is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the positive development of young people, their families and communities in San Diego County.  SAY’s primary services include: delinquency prevention and juvenile diversion, extended day before and after school programs, family support and development, health promotion, community development and collaboration, school readiness and support, child abuse prevention, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse prevention, and mental health.

Want to have a blast while making a difference? Volunteer with SAY's After School Program today! Volunteers are needed to help with homework time, arts and crafts projects, and activities and recreation. Sharing an interest or talent of your own is also appreciated! Our after school programs operate at various elementary and middle schools throughout San Diego. A 4 month commitment is needed. This is a wonderfully rewarding opportunity!

Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing, 4 month commitment

Time: Flexible


Event Date: September 17th

Location: Liberty Station, Point Loma



10:30am-12:30pm - VEHICLE LOAD ASSISTANTS - Arrive at SAY (Aero Drive)& help load vehicle(s), follow to Liberty Station help unload & setup (2 vols needed)


12:30-4pm               - GAME AND OTHER SET UP - Unload games from vehicles, set up game, registration and other booths as needed. (8 vols needed)


3pm-5:30pm           - REGISTRATION/CHECK IN - Check In Guests and Players (6 vols)


3pm-7:00pm           - SCORE KEEPERS AND SCORE RUNNERS - Keep score at game stations. 3 vols will take to score board area at the end of each round of play. (39 vols)


3:00-7:30pm           - BOOTH ASSISTANTS - help staff different booths such as food, sponsor, water/coffee, and sponsor booth. (6 – 10 vols)


3:30-7pm                  - TALLY SCORES - Tally scores and place totals next to team names. (3 vols)


7pm-8pm                 - CLEAN UP – Volunteers may opt to stay 30 minutes to an hour to help clean up

If you would like to donate your time to this event, please contact Marion Liszkowski, the volunteer coordinator, at or at 858-565-4148 ext. 261.



Southern Sudanese Community of San Diego


Southern Sudanese Community is non-profit organization with 501c3 service refugee and immigrant from South Sudan as well as other refugee in area of health , Employment, Education that include after school program tutoring, ESL for adult, and others. Currently we look for volunteers in the following areas in Grant writer, fundraising and marketing, and volunteer coordinator.

We looking for volunteers to help do fundraising for the programs in the community activities

Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing

Time: Flexible


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please visit our website at .



STAR / PAL - Tutoring


STAR/PAL (Sports Training, Academics, Recreation /Police Athletic League) is a nonprofit organization that offers free educational, athletic, and recreational programs which focus on promoting youth safety, positive life choices, and academic success. STAR/PAL program directors are officers from the San Diego Police & County Probation Departments. These dedicated officers coordinate unique programs for underserved youth, with the assistance of additional law enforcement and community volunteers.

STAR/PAL is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a youth. By being a positive role model and helping students reach academic success through tutoring you can make that difference.

Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing

Time: Monday- Thursday 2:30pm- 6:30pm


If you would like to donate your time to this organization, please contact Aalke Heuvelman at 619-533-5794 or



USS Midway Museum


The Museum is a non-profit organization founded to provide a world class historical, technological, educational, and entertainment facility devoted to America’s rich naval aviation heritage. It plays host to thousands of visitors a day, many of them from the surrounding community. After it was first launched and commissioned in 1945, the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV-41) navigated the globe in the service of freedom for 47 years until it was decommissioned at San Diego in 1992 and retired to Bremerton, Washington. 

In 1993, efforts were begun to achieve the vision of Alan Uke to see the USS Midway serving again – this time as a museum. That dream was realized 11 years later when the USS Midway was towed back to San Diego and officially opened on June 7, 2004. Midway volunteers are an integral part of the effort to fulfill the mission of the museum.

Volunteer Details

Ship’s Restoration:  Revitalizing selected areas of the Midway and transforming compartments and work spaces to authentic representations of “the way life was” aboard Midway are the responsibilities of Ship Restoration.  Each area is researched to achieve authenticity and is revitalized accordingly. The museum’s restoration volunteer force provides much of this effort, beginning with dirty clean-ups and ending in authentic area restorations and realistic reproductions.

Transcriber:  Working with the ship’s historian, in the exhibits department, transcribers watch oral history videos (mostly WWII vets interviews) and transcribe the dialogue into a word document on the computer.  Completed files will be a valuable resource for researchers and reference, and possible exhibit content.

Exhibit Maintainers:  Maintain existing exhibits with specialty techniques and fine detail.  Candidates will have good manual dexterity, an ability to climb ship’s ladders and  an eye for detail.

Date: Daily

Time: Various shifts


If you would like to donate your time to this event, please visit the museum website at to download and complete an application. For more information, please contact Laurie Switzer at (619) 398-8222.



Voices for Children - Court Appointed Special Advocates - CASAs


Voices for Children advocates for foster youth through a network of trained volunteers who are empowered by the court to become experts about their case children. By developing a one-on-one relationship with their appointed child they are able to understand their concerns and fears, and in many instances they are the only stable and consistent adult presence in the life of a foster child. Much more than just a mentor, volunteers also make recommendations to the court on the best course of action for the child.

CASAs visit their case child about twice a month and monitor how they are doing in their placement, in school and find out what the child needs.  They also gather information from professionals assigned to the case, such as social workers and attorneys.  CASAs bring information to the judge on hearing days (about every 6 months) and recommend what they feel is best for the child.

Volunteers must be at least 21, have a valid CADL and be able to pass a background check.

Volunteer Details

Date: Ongoing

Time: 15 hours a month for a minimum of 18 months.


Information Sessions are held monthly.  Go to for details and to submit an application. Call 858-598-2235 or e-mail to become a child advocate today.




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SDSU Student Organizations

Many student organizations are created solely for the purpose of community service. With over 150 different groups to choose, you are bound to find something related to your interests. Making friends while serving the community has never been easier!

Aztec Career Connection

Long-term service opportunities by local businesses and organizations are often posted on the SDSU Career Service Website Aztec Career Connections. Under the job postings tab, search position type: Volunteer.

Associated Students Programs

The purpose of this program is to increase awareness among SDSU students of the relationship between student behavior and the quality of life on campus and in the neighborhoods surrounding the SDSU campus. Interested in doing a clean-up right next to campus? Contact GNP for guidance and complimentary bags.


KPBS is always looking for volunteers to take calls during on-air membership pledge campaigns, but also occasionally use volunteers for outreach initiatives, special events and other activities.

College Councils

SDSU’s seven academic colleges have a student run governing body that meets throughout the semester and provide an opportunity for involvement in student advocacy as well as extracurricular activities and programs, including community service.


Off-Campus Service Opportunities


The non-profit community organizations listed below offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Please note that the links provided take you to the community organization’s respective website that is not affiliated with SDSU. We are not endorsing these websites, the community organization they represent, or any views expressed within, but simply provide the links as a courtesy for students interested in finding community service and volunteer work.

If you would like to identify your non profit community organization as offering community service/volunteering opportunities, please e-mail the organization’s name, website address, contact information, and a description of your organization (including mission and populations served) to All requests are subject to review and approval prior to posting.



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