Calendar of Volunteer Events

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 September calendar of locations is available at the Service Learning Office.

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

Buena Vista Nature Garden Center meets Monday mornings (9:15-12:00). Perfect outdoor service project, wear jeans or shorts, but wear sun protection and closed toe shoes. Gloves and tools provided. The center is located at 2202 South Coast Highway in Oceanside. It's the last building in Oceanside as you cross the lagoon into Carlsbad. Contact Joan Bockman at joanbockman@sbcglobal.net.

Sunday, September 7: Helen Woodward Animal Shelter needs volunteers for their largest event of the year, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar. This is a family event that features a dog surfing competition, costume surfing contest for dogs and their humans, demonstrations, and crafts & activities for children. Volunteer times and duties vary. Contact Stephen Miller at (858) 756-4117 ext. 312 or stevem@animalcenter.org.

Saturday, September 13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm: The Joe & Mary Mottino Family YMCA is hosting their 3rd Annual Kids Need Heroes Gala. This event provides the Joe & Mary Mottino YMCA resources to provide vital programming to children and families in Oceanside, Camp Pendleton, Vista, Carlsbad, Fallbrook, and Bonsall. There are many opportunities to assist at the event with set up and break down, selling raffle tickets, and assisting with auction items. Sign up to volunteer at the event through Sarah Diaz Roth at sdroth@ymca.org or call (760) 758-0808 x14036.

September 18 - 21: Volunteers are at the heart of the La Costa Film Festival. You can add to the excitement of this event by joining a talented and committed group of film lovers and community supporters. There are opportunities for people who have tons of experience, as well as those who have never volunteered before. Volunteers must be 16 years or older. To sign up to volunteer, please visit http://lacostafilmfestival.org/volunteer/ and complete the Volunteer Application Form. Contact Mary Prudden at volunteer2014@lacostafilmfestival.org with any questions.

Saturday, October 4, 7:30-12:30: City of Carlsbad is hosting a childrens Super Heroes Obstacle Run at the Alga Norte Community Park. This is a children's event where they become heroes as they race and leap over hay bales, crash through cardboard boxes painted to look like bricks, protect the earth, and much, much, more. Volunteers will assist in setting and re-setting obstacles and helping the participants, kids. To learn more about this event or to register contact Natalie Alegre at natalie.alegre@carslbadca.gov or call 760-602-7511. To register for this event click here.

Sunday, October 26, 11:00am - 3:00pm: Helen Woodward Animal Shelter needs volunteers at their HOPE Telethon. The telethon will broadcast from the KPBS studios at San Diego State University and air live on KUSI. Viewership for last year's HOPE Telethon was nearly 40,000 homes throughout San Diego County. Volunteer times and duties vary. Contact Stephen Miller at (858) 756-4117 ext. 312 or stevem@animalcenter.org.

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. Various shifts are available throughout the day, from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Help is needed with registration, site setup, and expo setup. Contact Tommy Head at (760) 271-2662 or volunteer@bike-the-coast.com.

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. Various shifts are available throughout the day, from 5:00am to 6:00pm. Help is needed with registration, setup, traffic control, water/goodie bag handout, event breakdown, and more. Contact Tommy Head at (760) 271-2662 or volunteer@bike-the-coast.com.