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 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.

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.

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.

September 17 & 18, 5:15-7:30: San Marcos Elementary School will host an open house and is in need of volunteers who are bilingual (English/Spanish). Please contact Ana Serrano at (760) 521-5295 or email isaiah43_19@cox.net.

September 18, 2:00-5:00: Sustainable Surplus, an organization that prevents waste from entering landfills by re-purposing surplus supplies back into our community, needs volunteers to help sort and separate donated items (office supplies, furniture, and equipment). The group will meet at 760 Shadowridge Dr., Vista, in the GE Water Building. Students will help sort through boxes of donated office supplies and sort them onto tables/shelves in preparation for an upcoming event for teachers and nonprofit leaders. Contact Sandy Atkinson at info@sustainablesurplus.org.

September 25, 3:30-5:30: Sustainable Surplus hosts a Bring Your Own Box supplies distribution event. Teachers and non-profit leaders are invited to come to the warehouse and fill an empty box with free office supplies. Students help check in attendees, help guide attendees in the warehouse, oversee them, and load their cars/trucks with supplies. Contact Sandy Atkinson at info@sustainablesurplus.org.

September 27, 12:00-4:00: The San Diego Heritage Museum is hosting their 6th Annual Lima Bean Faire & Cook-off! They are always looking for help with any number of things. They can use help with set up and tear down. They can also use help with serving some of the dishes that will be in the cook-off, and even help with showing people around the museum. If interested, contact Barbara Grice at (760) 632-9711 or barb@sdheritage.org.

Saturday, October 4, 5:00am - 9:00am: The City of Carlsbad is hosting a children's Super Heroes Obstacle Run at the Alga Norte Community Park. Help will be needed to get all of the obstacles in place for this crazy version of a pint-sized obstacle course. Volunteer super heroes are needed to get it all set up in time. Contact Natalie Alegre at natalie.alegre@carlsbadca.gov or call 760-602-7511. To register for this event click here.

Saturday, October 4, 7:30am - 12:30pm: The 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 more. Volunteers will be resetting obstacles and assisting those who need a little help on their way to becoming super heroes. Contact Natalie Alegre at natalie.alegre@carlsbadca.gov or call 760-602-7511. To register for this event click here.

Saturday, October 4: Volunteers Needed for Surf Museum Fundraiser at Springhill Suites Marriott, 110 N. Myers, Oceanside CA. Volunteers are needed for three different shifts. First shift 12:00-3:30 pm,  4 volunteers are needed to set-up tables, chairs, small stage, place table cloths and decorating dining tables. No dress code specific, jeans or shorts okay, wear closed toe shoes. Volunteers should report to Louise Balma. Second shift, 5:30-9:30, three volunteers are needed to work as elevator monitors, allowing guest to access upstairs Terrace. Dress code is dark slacks and shirt or blouse, Surf Museum T-shirt will be provided to wear. Volunteers will report to Vallie Gilley. Third shift 9:00-10:00 pm, four volunteers are needed to break down event tables, chairs, stage, linens, and decorations and stack them for pick-up. Dress code is dark slacks and shirt or blouse. Volunteers will report to Vallie Gilley. If interested in any of these three opportunities please contact Louise Balma at louisebalma@sbcglobal.net or call (760) 505-4421.

Saturday, October 18, 7:30-12:00: MAAC Project Head Start Parent Involvement will host a Family Fishing Day at Lake Dixon. Volunteers are needed to help families learn how to hook the fishing poles, show families where they can fish, and supervise the children (making sure the kids don't jump in the water). They are expecting 130-250 families. Lunch will be provided to volunteers. Contact Rebecca Kirkpatrick at rkirkpatrick@maacproject.org or call 760-471-4210.

Saturday, October 18, 6:30am - 1:30pm: Support Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) by joining their biggest event of the year - Walk Like MADD in San Diego. 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, October 18, 8:00am - 6:15pm: Casa de Amparo is hosting Slater's 50/50 Brew Fest in San Marcos. Four shifts are available: 8am - 11am Set-Up, 10:45am - 2:15pm Registration, 10:45am - 4:15pm Security (must be at least 21 years old), and 3:45pm - 6:15pm Break-Down. Training will be provided on the day of the event. Contact Celeste Lampro at (760) 566-3553 or clampro@casadeamparo.org.

Friday, October 24, 5:00pm - 9:00pm: Pilgrim Children's Center needs volunteers for their Fall Festival. Help with setting up the venue, serving food, managing activity, assisting with clean-up, and helping teachers manage the event. No fingerprint or TB testing required. Contact Dominique Gary at (760) 729-4464 or pilgrimchildctr@sbcglobal.net.

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. 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, 9am - 2pm: 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.

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, 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.

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.