Calendar of Volunteer Events

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Visit the Service Learning and Volunteer Center to learn more about the Volunteer Program and pick up a time card to record your hours of service.

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Saturday, December 8, 8:00am-11:00am and 11:00am-2:00pm: Women's Resource Center. WRC is hosting Sprit of Giving, which is an event where families come to pick out gifts for their children and have them gift wrapped. Children also get to visit with Santa and pick out gifts for parents. Volunteers are needed for gift wrapping, children's activities, food service, helping kids pick out gifts for parents, helping Santa, etc. The location for this event is 1963 Apple Street, Oceanside. To volunteer, please click here to fill out the application. For more information, contact Andrea Cason at (760) 547-8817 or

Monday, March 18-Tuesday, April 30, 9:00am-12:30pm: The Flower Fields Education Program. Volunteers are needed to assist with children education tours, teaching recycling and vermicomposting to children, and teaching the Water Program: Peak (training is provided by Sempra/SDG&E). Training will take place in January. The location is 7220 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92011. To volunteer, register here. For more information, contact Joni Miringoff at (760) 930-9123 ext. 118 or

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad Village welcomes volunteers on Monday through Friday, from 2:30pm-6:00pm. The program is free and kids can take advantage of community service opportunities, a free snack, workshops, and free tutoring from volunteers. In the past our volunteers have done one hour per week, though some do every other week or once a month and we are flexible with that as well. If anyone was interested in coming multiple times per week we would be more than happy to have them! We need more volunteers to tutor students in specific subjects, but we also have a need for general homework help. We are open to any subject for our volunteers to tutor, but some specific requests we’ve gotten are Spanish, European History, Algebra 1, Biology, Writing and Essay editing. Once we have some more volunteers, we will attempt to match the volunteers to students at specific times for certain subjects to ensure every hour is helpful and used efficiently. We can offer volunteer credits or community service credits if needed. Any student interested would need to fill out a volunteer form and background check, which I will provide through email directly to the students. For more information, please contact Alyssa Trujillo at (760) 729-0207 or

Brother Benno's Foundation welcomes students to volunteer at their thrift shop located at 3955 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Their hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-6pm (Last Saturday of each month they close at 5pm).Volunteers are needed to assist with multiple projects at the shop, including sorting donations, receiving donations, assisting customers, and cashiering. They also need assistance in the "man cave" area for testing and replacing batteries. Before volunteering, students must take a tour of the center at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside. Please call Denise at (760) 439-1244 x104 to schedule a tour or come the first Saturday of the month at 9am. After the tour call the thrift shop at (760) 967-7505 and ask to speak with a manager or leave a message with the hours you'd like to come in. Closed-toed shoes and proper attire are required.

Casa de Amistad is looking for volunteers to act as a mentor and help with homework, reading, and being a positive role model for underserved students in grades K-12. Mentors are needed on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:15-5:45pm and 6:00-7:30pm. Fingerprinting is required. For more information, or to sign-up, contact Melissa Salvatore Farrell at or call (858) 356-4297.

EcoLIFE Conservation is looking for volunteers to help plant and harvest produce for people in need at their solar powered ECO-Ranch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am-12:30pm. For more information, contact Kait Cole at

Fallbrook Food Pantry welcomes volunteers on Monday - Fridays from 8:30-12:30pm & 10:00-1:00pm, and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00pm to help sort and distribute. The last Wednesday of each month, FFP offers a special off-site produce distribution in the community. Volunteers are needed to assist at the distribution from 8:00-10:00am & 10:30-12:30pm at the pantry. FFP also needs volunteers during Senior Distribution days, the first is held the Wednesday of the third full week each month from 1:00-3:00pm and the fourth Monday of each month from 1:00-2:00pm. For more information, contact Jennifer Vetch at or call (760) 728-7608.

Garrison Elementary School is looking for volunteers to help with their afterschool Drama Club on Fridays from 3:45pm-5:15pm. Volunteers are needed to help with group activities related to acting, music and dance. Garrison Elementary is located at 333 Garrison St, Oceanside, CA 92054. For more information, please contact Michael Rael at 760-901-7640 or Delia Goodwin at (760) 901-7672.

Inter Tribal Sports is looking for volunteers for their headquarters in Temecula, CA. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. To sign-up, email

Junior Achievement is currently seeking volunteers to teach financial literacy curriculum to students in the Oceanside Unified School District. traditional programming will have volunteers go into classrooms once a week for about an hour and teach one session at a time until all sessions are completed, usually 5-7 weeks depending on how many sessions are in a particular curriculum. Opportunities are available at Chavez Middle School, King Middle School and Lincoln Middle School, at various times Tuesday - Friday from 7:30am-2:15pm. Please contact Laura Bagheri at to volunteer or for more information.

Las Valientes is currently looking for volunteers to do fundraisers and grant writing for corporate and foundation grants. For more information, contact Ana Maria Serrano at or call (760) 439-1133

MAAC Head Start Island Club is currently seeking regular volunteers to help with afternoon class support. Are you currently studying behavior management? Then you may want to consider this opportunity. Hours are available Monday-Wednesday, 12:30pm-4pm. Current immunizations and TB test required. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact M'Linda Rosol at

Maryland Elementary School is seeking tutors for their after school reading program. They are especially interested in connecting with students who are pursuing early childhood education and child development. To sign-up, or for more information, contact Sue Bentley at

Operation HOPE-Vista is currently seeking volunteers to assist with childcare in our shelter for homeless families. Volunteers can help kids with homework, play games, lead arts & crafts, help manage the Front Desk, assist with facility maintenance, landscaping, provide a meal for the 40-60 residents, read a story with the little ones, sort clothing, or just sit, listen and be kind to our residents. Weekday shifts are primarily from 3pm–6pm and 6pm–9pm. Weekend shifts are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-9pm. These are just some of our set opportunities, but we offer several flexible volunteer opportunities that cater to your availability, and you can even schedule your own shifts! Sign Up Here(

San Dieguito Heritage Museum is look for several long-term volunteers! Options for volunteer positions include School Tour Instructor (teach one or more of the 3 sections; Local History with museum tour, Pioneering skills: Butter Making & Bartening, and Local Native American History with storytelling & sand painting), Docent (full museum ground & history tour), School Tour Director (oversee, schedule, and staff School Tour Program), Volunteer Coordinator (receive requests to and from volunteers for all museum needs and functions), Data Entry Specialist (special skills and and training in logging artifact accessions, monitoring and communicating with museum donors, and membershop), and Event promotion-fundraising (media liason, graphic art production, theme & activity creation & implementation, event planning & coordination, and ensure consistency of all event promotional information). For more information, contact Cathryn Beeks at or call (760) 632-9711.

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities is looking for volunteers. Tasks include: arts & crafts, playing board games, assisting with special events, & helping the residents with a new art computer program. Locations are in Encinitas & Rancho Bernardo. To sign-up, email

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is looking for volunteers for their Build and Beautify initiative. This occurs every second Tuesday of the month, from 9am - 11am. Solana Center invites volunteers to come get involved with their Zero Waste programs from their home base. Activities vary, and may include playing in our demonstration worm bins, gardening, building compost tools, beautifying our grounds with your own artistic contributions, and more. Sign up or get more info at Contact Jackie at or (760) 436-7986.

Solutions for Change is in need of childcare volunteers! Volunteers are needed on Mondays, 6-8pm (Sign up HERE),Thursdays, 6-8pm (Sign up HERE) and Saturday, 9am-12pm (Sign up Here). Your help enables residents to work on changing their own life patterns and permanently ending the churn of family homelessness.

Vista Unified School District is looking for AVID tutors to facilitate tutorial groups for 7th and 8th graders. Shifts are available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12:30pm. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Monique Seabrook at