Approved Service Learning Sites

American Red Cross
Contact Person: Jacquie Dutchover ( )
Contact Phone: (858) 232-0427
Address: 8745 Aero Drive, Suite 101 San Diego CA 92123
Volunteer Needs: One pint of blood can save up to three lives and you can be part of that process by being a registration table host to greet and educate the donors as they arrive. ARC Blood Services holds two to five blood drives a day somewhere in San Diego County, from the border to Temecula, everywhere you can imagine, schools, malls, military bases, and local businesses. Registration volunteers are needed to help check in donors. Drives last 6 hours long and volunteers can stay for the entire day or half of the day, hours are 7:30-7:00. Having a volunteer at the registration table is often the difference between our blood drives making goal or not. Bilingual volunteers are always needed especially in the North County. A volunteer application and online background check is required free of charge. Minimum age is 16.

Cottonwood Creek Conservancy
Contact Person: Brad Roth (
Contact Phone: (760) 436-2632
Address: 1507 Rubenstein Ave. Cardiff by the Sea CA 92007
Volunteer Needs: Maintenance of native habitat, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, litter clean up. *Must be able to do physical work on uneven terrain. Every third Saturday of the month (except December) 8:30-12:30.

Fraternity House Inc.
Contact Person: Marie Jones-Kirk (
Contact Phone: (760) 736-0292 x102
Address: 20702 Elfin Forest Rd. Escondido CA 92029
Volunteer Needs: Fraternity House (Escondido)and Michaelle House (Vista) are residential homes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteer needs include: visiting with residents, playing games, assisting with resident activities / outings. Assist with household tasks, yard work, cooking, baking, and tutoring for residents who are studying for the GED.  *TB test is mandatory, volunteer application, and orientation session

Fresh Start
Contact Person: Suzy Lee (
Contact Phone: (760) 448-2021
Address: 2011 Palomar Airport RD Carlsbad CA 92011
Volunteer Needs: This organization provides free surgery for children with physical deformities. Help is needed with administrative/clerical work and possibly a surgery weekend. Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, some Saturdays and Sundays 6:00am-5:00pm. All volunteers must complete an application.

G.G Glenner Center
Contact Person: Uriel Perez (
Contact Phone: (760) 635-1895
Address: 335 Saxony Road Encinitas CA 92024
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers can help with activities and exercises, arts and crafts, or can come share their musical talents. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00.

Ivey Ranch Park Association
Contact Person: Volunteer Coordinator (Pending) (
Contact Phone: (760) 722-4839
Address: 110 Rancho Del Oro Oceanside CA 92057
Volunteer Needs: This organization provides services to the special needs and able-bodied community. Help is needed with children's activities including: games, songs, arts and crafts, stories and snack. Volunteers are also needed to help with the equestrian program: work directly with riding instructor and special needs rider, help with grooming and turn-outs of horses, maintain stables and tack. Office tasks are also available: routine office work, special assignments, paperwork, data entry, event planning and phone calls. All students working in the children's program must obtain TB test clearance within the last year. Minimum time commitment is 10 hours. Children's activities: Monday- Friday 2:00-6:30 pm, Saturday 9:00-5:00pm. Equestrian program: Tuesday &Thursday 9:00-11:00am and afternoon hours, Wednesday & Friday afternoon hours, and Saturday 7:30am-12:00pm.

La Colonia de Eden Gardens
Contact Person: Pat Caughey (
Contact Phone: (619) 232-4004
Address: 1111 Santa Rufina Court Solana Beach CA 92075
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed for the community garden, Saturday work schedule is 8:00-2:00.

MiraCosta College Community Learning Center
Contact Person: Krista Warren (
Contact Phone: (760) 214-1200
Address: 1831 Mission Ave. Room 121 Oceanside CA 92054
Volunteer Needs: Service learning students are needed to assist learners with developmental disabilities in the classroom at the MiraCosta College Community Learning Center located on Mission Avenue in Oceanside. We especially need help in the computer lab on Mondays and Tuesdays at noon. Hours are Monday-Thursday 12:00-2:30.

MiraCosta Community Learning Center
Contact Person: Leslie Mangini (
Contact Phone: (760) 433-7873
Address: Community Center: 1831 Mission Avenue Oceanside CA 92054
Volunteer Needs: Service learning students are needed to assist with Effective Life Skills Class, a course for students with developmental disabilities, meets at the Community Learning Center located on Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Some students read and write others do not, but we especially need help in the computer lab on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are Monday-Thursday 12:35-3:00.

North County Adult Day Health Center
Contact Person: Rick Gilbert or Renee Wilburn
Contact Phone: (760) 758-2210
Address: 1221 W. Vista WY Vista CA 92084
Volunteer Needs: Help with activities, interact with participants, help with arts & crafts, food service, and exercise room. Minimum of 8 hours per semester. Hours are Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Fri. 9:30-2:00. *TB test required.

North County Community Services
Contact Person: Abby Weglarz, Paul Hammans (
Contact Phone: (760) 471-5483 or (760) 761-1140
Address: 1557 Grand Ave., Ste. C San Marcos CA 92078
Volunteer Needs: Multiple sites in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido, the addresses will be disclosed after you have contacted the volunteer coordinator. Volunteer Needs: North County Community Services operates North County’s Food Bank and a garden program to grow food for our preschools. 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. Preschool 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.See North County's Food Bank listing for more information about this program.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society
Contact Person: Mary Pilon (
Contact Phone: (760) 753-6413
Volunteer Needs: Volunteer jobs available: animal companions (dogs, cats, and rabbits), thrift shop helpers, front desk greeters, data entry, and special events. Volunteers are required to serve 6 hours/month, and would prefer to have a six month commitment. Hours: Monday-Sunday 9:30-5:00 and 11:00-3:00.

REINS - Therapeutic Riding Program
Contact Person: Chris Merry (
Contact Phone: (760) 731-9168
Address: 4461 S. Mission RD Fallbrook CA 92028
Volunteer Needs: Assist with lessons for the disabled, leading horses, side walking with disabled riders, helping with ranch chores. Monday- Friday 8:30-12:00 or 1:00-5:00. Saturdays 8:30-12:00 or 12:30-4:00. 10 hours minimum.

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
Contact Person: Joel Kramer (
Contact Phone: (760) 436-3944 x709
Address: P.O. Box 230634 Encinitas CA 92023
Volunteer Needs: Help conserve the pristine San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve through habitat restoration, scientific monitoring, and environmental education. Long-term internships are available for committed volunteers. Visit the SELC website to RSVP for a volunteer event, submit an application for an internship or learn more about the wildlife of the Reserve. Keep it wild!

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Contact Person: Liz Mendelson (
Contact Phone: (760) 436-7986 x215
Address: 137 N. El Camino Real Encinitas CA 92024
Volunteer Needs: Assist with compost bins used for demonstrations and assist with tending the garden. No prior composting or gardening knowledge necessary. Volunteers work closely with a master composter. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-4:00 PM.

St. Mary's Star of the Sea School
Contact Person: Debbie Shapiro (
Contact Phone: (760) 722-7475
Address: 515 Wisconsin Avenue Oceanside CA 92054
Volunteer Needs: Help with school garden. The garden consists of plants that are all native to the area.

Zoofari, Inc./Wild Wonders, Inc.
Contact Person: Jackie Navarro (
Contact Phone: (760) 630-9230
Address: P.O. Box 2771 Carlsbad CA 92008
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed to serve as Keeper Aides Mon.-Sun. 8am-12pm. Gain experience with exotic animals at a local non-profit conservation and education facility through duties such as assisting staff with general husbandry (cleaning cages and distributing diets), socializing animals, and occasional education programs and events. Must be in good physical condition (able to lift 50 pounds) and able to commit to 4 shifts per month. Volunteers are also needed to help with marketing and development needs. Duties would include implementing the organization's business plan while following the institutional mission, database entry (excel, access). All volunteers must pay a $25.00 orientation fee.