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    

50 Volunteers needed for the Encuentros Leadership Conference!!!

Saturday, March 2, from 9:00am-2:00pm: Encuentros Leadership Conference. We are in need of 50 volunteers to help with the Encuentros Leadership Conference. The conference will be held on the MiraCosta College Campus (1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056). There will be a Volunteer Preparation Day where all volunteers are encouraged to attend on Saturday, February 23, 9:30am-11:30am. Volunteers will be assigned to duties on a first-come basis. The volunteer duties include: Assist with student and sponsor/exhibitor registration area, Assist with talent and crowd control and entertainment stage, Serve as runners in areas of exhibit area, registration and opening/closing stage, Event set-up and event closing, set-up workshops and collect evaluation forms, Greet students and presenters at the registration, exhibit and workshop sessions. For any questions, please contact the Service Learning & Volunteer Center at servicelearning@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6616. To register to volunteer for the Encuentros Leadership Conference, click here.

Join us as a volunteer for the MiraCosta Cares Farmers Market!

The Spring 2019 Farmers Market Dates are down below:

Volunteers are needed to help set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, provide food to clients, take down, etc. There are 3 shifts available: 11:30-3:30pm, 2:30-6:30pm, and 11:30-6:30pm. For more information, contact (760) 795-6616 or servicelearning@miracosta.edu. To register to volunteer for a Spring 2019 Farmers Market, click here.

Friday, February 15, 8:00am-3:30pm: Project LIKE - In celebration of Black History Month, Project LIKE will host its 3rd Annual Global Literacy Fair at Del Rio Elementary in Oceanside. The fair will feature Project LIKE Literacy Leaders reading books with youth about prominent Black figures in history and then engaging them in creative literacy activities. In terms of support for the fair, Project LIKE needs 30 dedicated volunteers to serve as Literacy Leaders. Experience to be gained: Project LIKE Literacy Leaders will gain education field experience with an emphasis on literacy. Service learning students will also develop leadership skills as they work collaboratively with youth, teachers, and other Literacy Leaders. Additional experience to be gained may include the following: development of oral/written communication and critical thinking/problem solving skills, knowledge of classroom technology implementation, diversity/inclusion/social justice work, opportunities for creativity/innovation, and lesson plan implementation. For more information, contact Edwina Williams at projectlike365@gmail.com.

Monday, February 18-Wednesday, February 20, 8:45am-12:15pm: Studio ACE – Art Campus. Volunteers are needed to the art teacher with art camp for ages 7-12. Volunteers can also include prep work at ACE prior to camp. The location for this opportunity is 3861 Mission Avenue, #B3, Oceanside For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Wednesday, February 20, flexible up to 15 hours: Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County – Operation Bigs Market Research. BBBS Operation Bigs Program is looking for a volunteer to conduct market research within the community to identify strategic partnering opportunities for volunteer recruitment. Volunteers are asked to conduct internet Research of local organizations in accordance with specified parameters. Volunteers will work remotely. To sign-up to volunteer, email OpBigs@sdbigs.org. For more information, contact Megan Hartwell at 858-746-9173 or meganh@sdbigs.org.

Saturday, March 2, 2:30pm-6:00pm: Helen Woodward Animal Center - Doogie Gras 5K Set-Up. Our Doggie Gras event needs a lot of help with our Set up and Vendor Assistance! Volunteers are needed to help our vendors move boxes and other items from their cars to their booths. This is a great opportunity for groups! This event will be located at the Embarcadero Marina North. For more information, please contact Laurie Doyle at 858-756-4117 or Lauried@animalcenter.org.

Friday, March 1, 4:30pm-9:00pm: Studio ACE – Oceanside Art Walks. Studio ACE participates in the Art Walks providing a free art projects for kids and families. Volunteers would help with set-up, clean-up, and helping the families with art projects. It is always fun! The Artwalk is hosted at various locations in downtown Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Saturday, March 2, 9:00am-2:00pm: MiraCosta College – Encuentros Leadership Conference. We are in need of 50 volunteers to help with the Encuentros Leadership Conference. The conference will be held on the MiraCosta College Campus (1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside, CA 92056). **There will be a Volunteer Preparation Day where all volunteers are encouraged to attend on Saturday, February 23, 9:30am-11:30am.** Volunteers will be assigned to duties on a first-come basis. The volunteer duties include: Assist with student and sponsor/exhibitor registration area, Assist with talent and crowd control and entertainment stage, Serve as runners in areas of exhibit area, registration and opening/closing stage, Event set-up and event closing, set-up workshops and collect evaluation forms, Greet students and presenters at the registration, exhibit and workshop sessions. For any questions, please contact the Service Learning & Volunteer Center at servicelearning@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6616.

Monday, March 11, 3:00pm-4:00pm: Big Brothers Big Sister – Operation Bigs. We are looking for volunteers Monday through Thursday to plan their own activity and share it with our Bigs and Littles (magic tricks, yoga, painting, etc.). The location is 141 Santa Rosa Dr., Oceanside, CA 92058. For more information, contact Sebastian Ortega 760-498-4462 or sebastiano@sdbigs.org.

Saturday, March 16, 10:00am-2:00pm: Pride by the Beach – Pride Phone Bank. Come visit and tour the North County LGBTRQ Resource Center, learn more about Pride by the Beach held on October 12, 2019. Sign up to work your service hours for the semester with Pride and learn what those duties entail. Practice phone and communications skills by phoning or emailing business partners or sing up to work events like the Drag Show, Queer Variety Show, Dining Out for Life and San Diego Pride. Total hours can be up to 30, but a minimum of 10. The location for this opportunity is 3220 Mission Ave Oceanside, CA 90258. For more information, contact Lisa Nava at 760-213-1267 or lisa@pridebythebeach.org.

Saturday, March 16, 7:30am-1:00pm: Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation - Tip Top Run Leprechaun Dash & Bash. This event celebrates the eradication of Caulerpa taxifolia in the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and helps to raise friends, funds, and awareness about this amazing resource. Two unique courses have one of a kind views of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Pacific Ocean. This is a fun run/walk, but it is not a chip race. During the finish line celebration, runners join the Leprechaun Bash with live music, games and activities for the whole family, a beer garden and lunch from the run’s namesake Tip Top Meats. Lunch includes award winning corned bratwurst sandwiches, fruit, and much more. The event location is 1580 Cannon Rd. Volunteers are needed for guiding runners, holding signs, pressing traffic light buttons, handing out water, set-up, and tear down. For more information, contact Samantha Richter at samantha@aguahedionda.org or (760) 710-9177.

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. For more information, contact Joni Miringoff at (760) 930-9123 ext. 118 or joni@carltas.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm: Vista Community Clinic/North Coastal Prevention Coalition - Town Hall- Alcohol Public Health Underage Drinking Forum. Engage in a forum for youth focusing on underage drinking prevention with speakers from diverse communities. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this forum and help other youth recognize the benefits of putting their health first. The event location is 303 Main St, Vista, CA 92084. For more information, contact Melissa Campbell at Melissa.M.Campbell@vcc.org or (760) 631-5000 X7103.                 

Saturday, March 23, 8:45am-3:15pm: Studio ACE – AlleyWay Market. Studio Ace is participating in their Art Fair. We are looking for volunteers to help with our two booths: one is providing a free art project for kids and the second is in helping to sell our merchandise as a fundraising tool. Volunteer does not need to be there the entire day but can choose agreed upon hours. The location is Upcycle Home and Garden Store at 603 Garrison St., Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Sunday, March 31, 1:00pm-5:00pm: Gods Heart Ministry (Las Valientes) - Legal Clinic. Volunteers must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Volunteers are needed to interpret for Attorneys. Other duties as needed. The location for this opportunity is 1330 E Vista Way #7. For more information, contact Ana Serrano at anaserrano@lasvalientes.org or (760) 521-5295.                

Friday, April 5, 4:30pm-9:00pm: Studio ACE – Oceanside Art Walks. Studio ACE participates in the Art Walks providing a free art projects for kids and families. Volunteers would help with set-up, clean-up, and helping the families with art projects. It is always fun! The Artwalk is hosted at various locations in downtown Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Monday, April 8-Thursday, April 11, 8:45am-12:15pm: Studio ACE – Art Campus. Volunteers are needed to the art teacher with art camp for ages 7-12. Volunteers can also include prep work at ACE prior to camp. The location for this opportunity is 3861 Mission Avenue, #B3, Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Saturday, April 13, from 1:00pm-4:00pm: Studio ACE – STREAM Festival. Volunteers are needed to help with our booth during the STREAM Festival. The location is MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Dr., Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Friday, May 3, 4:30pm-9:00pm: Studio ACE – Oceanside Art Walks. Studio ACE participates in the Art Walks providing a free art projects for kids and families. Volunteers would help with set-up, clean-up, and helping the families with art projects. It is always fun! The Artwalk is hosted at various locations in downtown Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Friday, June 7, 4:30pm-9:00pm: Studio ACE – Oceanside Art Walks. Studio ACE participates in the Art Walks providing a free art projects for kids and families. Volunteers would help with set-up, clean-up, and helping the families with art projects. It is always fun! The Artwalk is hosted at various locations in downtown Oceanside. For more information, contact Julia Fister at 760-730-5203 or julia@studioace.org.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

American Red Cross is looking for a volunteer engagement team. Support Red Cross in its mission to alleviate human suffering by creating a quality experience for volunteers in the organization. Tasks include working with a fun team of Engagement Specialists, get to know other Red Cross volunteers and their experience, solicit and analyze feedback about the volunteer experience, plan social events and create ways for volunteers to realize their maximum impact. This opportunity is located at 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123. Volunteers are needed Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, Saturdays 9am-2pm, or virtual from home doing administrative tasks. To apply for volunteer opportunities, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer. For more information, contact Kaley Hearnsberger at (619) 455-9513 or kaley.hearnsberger@redcross.org.                                                                                         

American Red Cross is looking for a volunteer recruiter. The role of volunteer recruiter is to help bring in new volunteers to the organization, match a person's skill set and interests with opportunities at the Red Cross, present volunteer opportunities to the community, share volunteer opportunities on social media or within your network of outreach, and connect with strategic partners across the count. This opportunity is located at 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123. Volunteers are needed Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, virtually on weekends or evenings, or during Special Events. To apply for this volunteer opportunity, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer. For more information, contact Kaley Hearnsberger at (619) 455-9513 or kaley.hearnsberger@redcross.org.       

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 atrujillo@bgccarlsbad.org.

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 volunteer@casadeamistad.org 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 kcole@ecolifeconservation.org.

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 info@fallbrookfoodpantry.org 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 info@intertribalsports.org.

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 lbagheri@jasandiego.org 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 anaserrano@lasvalientes.org 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 mrosol@maacproject.org.

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 shbentley639@gmail.com.

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(https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=1114627114&OR=1).

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 volunteer@sdheritage.org 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 sseltser@seacrestvillage.org.

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 solanacenter.org/volunteer-opportunities. Contact Jackie at volunteer@solanacenter.org 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 moniqueseabrook@vistausd.org.