Calendar of Volunteer Events

Join the MiraCosta College Community and discover the power of service!

"Let's come together to create a wave or generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world." - GivingTuesday Website

Download a digital volunteer booklet to record your hours of service. Students are encouraged to submit their volunteer hours to servicelearning@miracosta.edu so they can be entered into the database. By entering their hours into the volunteer database, students can be provided with a Service History Report that can be used for applying to scholarships, transfer applications, etc.

Volunteer Opportunities during COVID-19 Pandemic

We recognize that during COVID-19 shelter-in-place period our community is limiting the number of volunteers who can physically assist them. Here are a few ideas to help you stay connected through virtual and physical acts of service to your local community.

Looking for ways to serve where you are without leaving your home? Here are a few ideas and opportunities to connect with your community, share your passion for service and show your appreciation for our essential workers. Express your gratitude through words, videos or images and send them to us. Here's the criteria:

  • 1. Mention that you are a MiraCosta Student and how this situation has affected your service experience.
  • 2. Express your gratitude to one of the following groups:
    • a. Farm Workers
      b. Retail Workers
      c. Nurses/Doctors (Medical Professionals)
      d. Truck Drivers, Delivery Personnel and Warehouse Workers
      e. Custodial and Sanitary Staff
      f. Education Professionals
      g. City and Government Officials
      h. Military Community Write, record, or draw your reflection of gratitude
  • 3. Write, record, or draw your reflection of gratitude
  • 4. If you send us the content we'll post it for you, or feel free to post and tag us on our social media!
  • Each submission will enter you in an opportunity drawing for one of 5 grocery or restaurant gift cards.

Additional ways to serve your community

Here are other ideas and ways to promote a culture of service. You can still be socially connected while staying physically distant from our community partners--be an advocate or speak up on behalf of your favorite non-profit during this difficult season we are all experiencing.

  • Share with us how you're giving back. Tag us at @mcc_servicelearning and use the hashtag #MiraCostaSpartansGiveback
  • Create a supply drive for one of the many MiraCosta Community Partners, take a look at the list of approved sites for ideas, or feel free to reach out to any of the Service Learning & Volunteer Center Staff.
  • We realize that as college students you might not be in a position to give financially, but your voice is just as important. Highlight your favorite organization on your social media pages, and share their fundraising opportunities and remember that - no amount is too little and nonprofits need our support.
  • Write a positive online review to a local restaurant that is still open for curb side services or deliveries.
  • Combat loneliness by reaching out to a classmate, peer, neighbor, relative, seniors, or veterans.

Participate or promote GivingTuesday which takes place on Tuesday, May 5.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 - in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020. #GivingTuesday - is an emergency response to the unprecendented need caused by COVID-19.

May 6-12 is National Nurses Week
In honor of this special week, post a message of appreciation on social media and tag @mcc_servicelearning or send us your post at servicelearning@miracosta.edu and we can post your message for you!

Resources to seek service opportunities:

  • The Rock Church has a few on-site volunteer opportunities, and they are welcoming our MiraCosta students. Check out their website for opportunities that range from assembling medical equipment and masks, to food distributions. For more information go to https://www.sdrock.com/ministries/disaster/volunteer/
  • Idealist: https://www.idealist.org/en/volunteer?actionType=VOLOP&q=&searchMode=true
  • San Diego Food Bank is accepting volunteers on-site and in the community. For more information go to https://sandiegofoodbank.org/volunteer/
  • Botanical Community Development Initiatives: https://www.plantspeoplecommunity.org/volunteer-1
  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is seeking volunteers with graphic design experience to help update their flyers, creating new virtual opportunities, etc. They also need volunteers to work on trails and in the garden. For more information, email samantha@aguahedionda.org or go to https://www.aguahedionda.org/volunteer.
  • Oceanside Museum of Art is leading a Pom-Pom Community Art Installation. Colorful pom-poms of all sizes, created by community members, will be joined by artist Katie Ruiz into a full-scale installation across the OMA facade to celebrate diversity and inclusion during June's Pride month. For more information, contact Adam at adam@oma-online.org.
  • Junior Achievement (JA): Adulting isn't easy, don't you wish you would have learned better financial literacy when you were young? Here's your opportunity! All training provided, register for 3 quick 10 minute workshops to learn how to start your virtual volunteering with JA. Register now, training is around the corner! View the volunteer opportunities below and register for a 30 minute virtual volunteer training, where we will provide you with everything you need to successfully support our students in online learning:
    • Share your JA story - Record a 3-5 minute video of yourself answering questions provided for you that will inspire young adults to prepare for successful futures!
    • Teach JA curriculum - Use the curriculum provided to record a 5-10 minute video of yourself teaching JA More Than Money to 3rd-6th grade students!
    • Be a JA Finance Park Subject Matter Expert - Record a 5-10 minute video of yourself teaching a financial topic of your choice!
    • For more information, please contact Hanna Jensen at hjensen@jasandiego.org.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking Volunteers for Local Political Campaign! Our progressive, local campaign is looking for the following volunteer positions: Field Director: Responsible for creating a campaign strategy and plan to reach voters through multiple technologies including direct voter contact and on-line outreach. Must be highly organized, capable of motivating others and manage large quantities of data. Social Media and Technology Director: Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the campaign’s on-line presence including databases, web site, social media accounts and backend IT infrastructure. Must have deep knowledge of social media platforms, ad buys, database creation and be able to work in a rapid-paced environment. Researcher and Voter Analytics Manager: Responsible for researching issues and developing key talking points. Works with other staff to identify and target issues-based voters in district. Must have excellent research skills, critical thinker, attention to detail and enthusiastic about changing hearts and minds on issues that matter. Gain experience, build your resume, put your talents to work, have fun and make an impact!  Service hours provided. If interested or if you have any questions, contact info@lelaforcarlsbad.com. For more information on the campaign, visit www.lelaforcarlsbad.com or text/call 760-348-8411.

The Acosta for Carlsbad City Council 2020 campaign seeks student volunteers to help the community elect Teresa Acosta to the Carlsbad City Council. This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to enter a career in government or public policy and make a positive impact in the community. Students will learn about local government issues and gain experience in political campaigns, building a skill set in community outreach, grass-roots organizing, event coordination, precinct walking, and phone banking. Based on skill level, interests, and campaign needs, time may be spent: coordinating, attending, and assisting at events, working with other volunteers to set up systems, training new volunteers, conducting research, managing social media, speaking directly by phone and in person with supporters and voters, and staffing the Candidate. Students will have the opportunity to learn how a political campaign operates, meet government leaders, and gain valuable first-hand campaign experience. Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm. The location for this opportunity varies, but usually centers around Carlsbad. For more information and to sign-up for this opportunity, contact Jan Rodriguez at 760-213-3900 or janinsd@yahoo.com

Buena Vista Elementary School is seeking MiraCosta students interested in volunteering in our school library. We need books cleaned, repaired and shelved. This opportunity is offered Monday-Friday anytime between 9am and 3:30pm. Once students are trained, they are welcome to assist anytime they are available. This would be an ongoing need. For more information, please contact Marjorie Giordani at mgiordani@carlsbadusd.net.

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.

Community HousingWorks is looking for volunteers to support the Math and Reading skills development of student residents at the Learning Center in Community HousingWorks. Volunteers are needed to provide homework, reading assistance and teach students various arts and enrichment activities to K- 5th grade kids. The volunteer is required to complete a background screen and online application. Hours available are Monday- Friday between 3pm-6pm. Volunteers must be able to get to one of our locations in Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, or Fallbrook. For more information, or to sign-upplease contact Tannia Montesinos at 6197951188or volunteer@chworks.org

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.

Girl Scouts San Diego is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills and interest in volunteering in an office space a few hours a week. The staff at will provide you with an eye opening view of what happens behind the scenes of America's premier leadership organization for girls! Enjoy an atmosphere of smiles and a flexible schedule as you gain valuable work experience. Engage with a very ambitious and motivational team and gain new knowledge while supporting a national nonprofit that has been supporting girls and young women for over 100 years. Be part of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Also, the outdoor team needs help entering survey data into Qualtrics. Qualtrics is a survey data system that we use here at GSSD. The data that needs to be entered are surveys that were done by girls who went to camp this past summer. It is so important to us that we ask the girls what they liked about camp, what they didn’t like about camp, what their favorite part of camp was, etc. Every year we use this data to improve our Day and Resident Camps. For example, this past summer we offered Girl Scout Olympics camp because we got feedback that girls were looking for a more sports oriented camp. Again, thank you for your time helping us out on this project! The work you do will help improve camp in 2020! Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application when they arrive. They will also need to complete a background check prior to volunteering.   The location is 1231 Upas Street, San Diego, CA 92103. For more information, contact Loretta Turner at lturner@sdgirlscouts.org or 619-610-0728.

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.

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.

Museum of Making Music is looking for a volunteer for their front desk reception area to assist throughout the summer season with a start date of May 30. They would like the volunteer to cover their reception front desk Monday through Friday from 12pm-1pm. The volunteer would answer the phones and direct guests of the Museum. The volunteer coordinators must talk to the volunteer prior to their volunteering. The volunteer is also required to complete a background screen. For more information, please contact Bill Kilpatrick or Melissa Mowry at 760-438-5819 or 760-304-5718. They can also be reached through email at billk@namm.org or melissam@namm.org.

Operation HOPE-North County is currently seeking volunteers to assist with their children's programming. OHNC is a shelter for families with children and single women experiencing homelessness.. 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).

The Heritage Ranch 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.

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.