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@redcorss.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.

The Education Center aboard Camp Pendleton is in need a volunteer who can help with translating Spanish to English conversations, question and answers for struggling students. Contact Lynette at lynette.brauer@usmc.mil.

Friday, October 31, 8:00am - 8:00pm: Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast is one of the popular sporting events that takes place in Oceanside and they are looking for volunteers. Multiple 4-hour shifts are available throughout the day, from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Help is needed with registration, site setup, and expo setup. All volunteers receive a crew T-shift, food, and a beverage. Contact Tommy Head at 760-271-2662 or volunteer@bike-the-coast.com.

Friday, October 31, 9:00am - 2:00pm: Casa de Amparo needs volunteers to help set-up their Crystal Ball Gala event. Two shifts are available: 9am - 11:30am and 11:30am - 2pm. Contact Celeste Lampro at 760-566-3553 or clampro@casadeamparo.org.

Friday, October 31, 9:00am - 2:00pm: ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITY! The MiraCosta College Horticulture Department needs help completing their Demonstration Garden. Bring a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and sturdy shoes. Please plan to stay for at least 2 hours. Contact Jennifer Gerson at miracostagarden@gmail.com.

Friday, October 31, 3:30pm - 7pm: North County Lifeline is looking for volunteers to help with the Bike the Coast event. Contact Melissa Alcazar at malcazar@nclifeline.org.

Saturday, November 1, 5:00am - 6:00pm: Bike the Coast-Taste the Coast is one of the popular sporting events that takes place in Oceanside and they are looking for volunteers. Multiple 4-hour shifts are available throughout the day, from 5:30am to 5:00pm in Oceanside, and from 7:00am to 4:00pm in Encinitas and Sorrento Valley. Help is needed with registration, setup, traffic control, water/goodie bag handout, event breakdown, and more. All volunteers receive a crew T-shirt, food, and a beverage. Contact Tommy Head at 760-271-2662 or volunteer@bike-the-coast.com.

Saturday, November 1, 6:30am - 1:30pm: Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) by joining their biggest event of the year - Walk Like MADD in San Marcos. They are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, registration, cheer on walkers along the walk route, and clean-up. Contact Alicia Vicencio at 858-564-0780 x6664 or alicia.vicencio@madd.org.

Saturday, November 1, 9:00am - 2:00pm: ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITY! The MiraCosta College Horticulture Department needs help completing their Demonstration Garden. Bring a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and sturdy shoes. Please plan to stay for at least 2 hours. Contact Jennifer Gerson at miracostagarden@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 1, 1:30pm - 6pm: North County Lifeline is looking for volunteers to help with the Bike the Coast event. Help is needed with merchandise sales, handing out goodie bags, and breakdown. Contact Melissa Alcazar at malcazar@nclifeline.org.

Saturday, November 1, 4:30pm - 11:30pm. The Crystal Ball Gala is Casa de Amparo's largest fund-raising event of the year. This event takes place at the Del Mar Country Club. Volunteers will assist with check-in, promote auction items, sell opportunity tickets, and more. All of the proceeds of this event will go to benefit Casa de Amparo. Dinner will be provided to those volunteers during the event support. Two shifts are available: 4:30pm - 10:30pm Event Support, and 8:00pm - 11:30pm Break down. Contact Celeste Lampro at 760-566-3553 or clampro@casadeamparo.org.

Tuesday, November 4, 10:00am - 12:30pm: Casa de Amparo needs help cleaning up at their Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos. Contact Celeste Lampro at 760-566-3553 or clampro@casadeamparo.org.

Saturday, November 15, 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.

November 26 & 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 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.

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.

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.