Calendar of Volunteer Events

Operation Hope opens its doors November 1. They are a cold-weather homeless shelter for single women and families with children. Volunteers are needed to help with reception desk, homework tutoring, make a craft, hang out with kids (playing indoors and outdoors, reading or just listening to them.) Various shifts are available--weekdays and weekends. For more information contact Rose at 760-583-0678 or email volunteer@operationhopeshelter.org. The shelter is located at 859 Vista Way, Vista, CA.

American Red Cross has various service learning and volunteer opportunities in North County to assist with blood drives. Interested volunteers should contact Jacquie Dutchover at jacquie.dutchover@redcross.org. The calendar of locations is available at the Service Learning and Volunteer Center.

Angel’s Depot needs volunteers to help sort and pack food. For exact dates and times, contact Andrew Holmes at volunteer4us@theangelsdepot.org or call 760-599-7093.

The Oceanside Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist with their Basic Computer Classes, offered to the public. Volunteers will assist with pre-designed computer courses, during one-hour classes, twice per week on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or once per week on Saturday mornings; these are six week courses. This is a wonderful service opportunity for a tech savvy student or someone looking to become a teacher. Contact Cheri Noel at 760-435-5564 or email cnoel@ci.oceanside.ca.us.

November 25-27: Make a difference in your community and have some fun by volunteering at the 2014 Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot. Shifts are available on Tuesday, November 25; Wednesday, November 26; and Thanksgiving morning, November 27. All volunteer will receive a volunteer shirt and credit hours, if necessary. All shifts on Thanksgiving are done by 11am. Move your feet before you eat and sign up today! http://www.osideturkeytrot.com/volunteer.html

Tuesday, December 2, 9:00am - 2:00pm: Every year Casa de Amparo opens a holiday donation center where people can drop off gifts for Casa Kids. Volunteers will set up boxes, wrap windows with gift wrap, and help to decorate the donation center. Two shifts are available: 9:00am - 11:30am and 11:30am - 2:00pm. Contact Celeste Lampro at 760-566-3553 or clampro@casadeamparo.org.

Thursday, December 4, 3:30pm - 5:30pm: Sustainable Surplus needs help sorting donated office supplies for their upcoming BYOB event. BYOB is a fun-filled event where teachers and nonprofit workers are invited to come to the warehouse with an empty box and fill it with free office supplies. The warehouse is located at 760 Shadowridge Dr, Vista, CA. Contact Sandy at info@sustainablesurplus.org. Please enter VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

Saturday, December 6, 11:00am - 11:00pm: The City of Carlsbad needs volunteers for its annual Holiday at the Rancho event at Leo Carrillo Ranch. Help get everything ready for this great family event with snow, pony rides, cookie decorating, and photos with Santa. Help is then needed to help to tear it all down. Various shifts available. Contact Natalie Alegre at 760-602-7511 or natalie.alegre@carlsbadca.gov.

Thursday, December 11, 3:30pm - 5:30pm: Sustainable Surplus needs help at their BYOB event. BYOB is a fun-filled event where teachers and nonprofit workers are invited to come to the warehouse with an empty box and fill it with free office supplies. The warehouse is located at 760 Shadowridge Dr, Vista, CA. Contact Sandy at info@sustainablesurplus.org. Please type VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

Saturday, December 13: The Womens Resource Center will host their annual Spirit of Giving event. This event supports close to 100 families by providing them with a Christmas dinner and holiday gifts. Volunteers are needed to help with these event. If interested please e-mail Arnita Moore at arnita.moore@wrcsd.org. The deadline to sign-up to volunteer is November 21--only serious inquiries please.

Friday, December 19: Fresh Start Surgical Gifts needs volunteers for their 23rd Annual Red Nose Run. Come celebrate the coming Holidays at the Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. The festivities get started with a 5K run/walk on the beach followed by refreshments, auctions, and raffles. Contact Dayna Hardtman at 760-448-2021 or dayna@freshstart.org.

Saturday, December 20, 9:00am - 12:00pm: The San Elijo Lagoon Platoon has a habitat restoration volunteer opportunity at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Contact Nick Regoli at 760-436-3944 x709 or nick@sanelijo.org.

Saturday, January 17, 9:00am - 12:00pm: The San Elijo Lagoon Platoon has a habitat restoration volunteer opportunity at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Contact Nick Regoli at 760-436-3944 x709 or nick@sanelijo.org.

Sunday, January 18: Fresh Start Surgical Gifts needs volunteers for the Carlsbad Tri-City Medical Center Marathon. Help at the Fresh Start water station as well as course assistance. Contact Dayna Hardtman at 760-448-2021 or dayna@freshstart.org.