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
Friday, September 7th from 6:15pm-10:10pm the Oceanside Museum of Art is hosting Music at the Museum. These free concerts for First Friday Art Walk are a ton of fun! They need greeters, security, and bartenders. For more information and to sign-up, please contact Kelly Whitson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 22, (various shifts throughout festival) from 10am-8pm, the Norway Hall Foundation is hosting the Viking Festival and they are in need of volunteers! The Viking Festival is a cultural event focused on all things Viking. This grand event presents two outdoor stages with multiple bands, two outdoor beer gardens (with crafts beers and meads), weapons range (with axe & spear throwing and archery), competitions, historical re-enactment villages and encampments, vendors, KidZone, battle field, ethnic foods, Heritage Hall, hundreds of Vikings, and more. Volunteers are needed for grounds maintenance. Grounds Maintenance is responsible for keeping the grounds beautiful and includes table busing, recycling & trash collection, maintaining restrooms, and other tasks as guided by grounds maintenance manager. Grounds Maintenance shifts are Saturday - 09:30am - 1:30pm (12 needed), 1pm - 5pm (12 needed), 4:30pm - 8:30pm (12 needed). Shift availability is first come first serve, but we may be able to find a place for you based on your availability. Although this request is specific for grounds maintenance volunteers, there are numerous other opportunities to help. Please visit www.vistavikingfestival.com and click on the volunteer link at the bottom of the page. Come and meet new friends, have some fun, and explore your inner viking. For more information, please contact Spencer Sommer at email@example.com or 619-804-6278 OR Jason Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-793-9070.
Sunday, September 23, (various shifts throughout festival) from 10am-6pm, the Norway Hall Foundation is hosting the Viking Festival and they are in need of volunteers! The Viking Festival is a cultural event focused on all things Viking. This grand event presents two outdoor stages with multiple bands, two outdoor beer gardens (with crafts beers and meads), weapons range (with axe & spear throwing and archery), competitions, historical re-enactment villages and encampments, vendors, KidZone, battle field, ethnic foods, Heritage Hall, hundreds of Vikings, and more. Volunteers are needed for grounds maintenance. Grounds Maintenance is responsible for keeping the grounds beautiful and includes table busing, recycling & trash collection, maintaining restrooms, and other tasks as guided by grounds maintenance manager. Grounds Maintenance shifts are Sunday - 09:30am - 1:30pm (12 needed), 1pm - 5pm (12 needed), 4:30pm - 7:30pm (12 needed). Shift availability is first come first serve, but we may be able to find a place for you based on your availability. Although this request is specific for grounds maintenance volunteers, there are numerous other opportunities to help. Please visit www.vistavikingfestival.com and click on the volunteer link at the bottom of the page. Come and meet new friends, have some fun, and explore your inner viking. For more information, please contact Spencer Sommer at email@example.com or 619-804-6278 OR Jason Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-793-9070.
Wednesday, October 10 - Sunday, October 14 (hours vary), the San Diego Film Foundation is hosting The San Diego Film Festival and they are in need of volunteers! During the 5-day event, audiences will experience 100-plus films, red carpets, industry panels, celebrity tributes and more! They are looking for hundreds of talented, enthusiastic, and dedicated volunteers to plan, promote, and produce events and support the festival year-round.Volunteer areas include graphic design, community outreach, social media, marketing, theater operations, event staff, videography, photography and more! To sign-up, go to sdfilmfest.com/volunteer. For more information and questions, please contact email@example.com
Saturday, October 13, from 7:00am-7:00pm (time shifts vary), the North County LGBTQ Resource Center is hosting Pride by the Beach. It is a fun and safe volunteer experience held in downtown Oceanside by the Civic Center. The center engages between 60 to 80 volunteers in different capacities (Ambassadors, customer services, stage, marketing etc). For this event, volunteers will need to attend a 1 hour orientation two weeks prior to the event. For more information and to sign-up, please contact Max Disposti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.