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 email@example.com so they can be entered into the service 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. To request a Service History Report, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name and SURF ID.
STREAMs of Fun & Learning, In the CommUNITY Project
The Service Learning & Volunteer Center is partnering with the Oceanside Public Library and the City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Community Centers: Balderrama Community Center, John Landes Community Center, Libby Lake Park, Crown Heights Community Resource Center, and the Civic Center Library on Coast Highway.
We’re calling this project STREAMs of Fun and Learning in the CommUNITY. This project runs from Monday, October 3-Friday, December 2, 2022.
Our Service Learning Student Advocates are each assigned to one of these sites and will lead child/youth friendly activities to engage parents and kids. These activities will include hands-on STEM, Art, Culture, and Literacy activities to promote next year’s annual STREAM Festival. We will also be sharing MiraCosta community college resources by connecting folks with our outreach team.
MiraCosta students can earn service learning or volunteer hours by creating a youth friendly project that aligns with our themes, or they can assist us with one of our STREAM projects.
One-Time Volunteer Opportunities
Brother Benno's Foundation welcomes students to volunteer with their thrift shop located at 3955 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Volunteers are needed to assist with multiple projects at the shop, including sorting donations, receiving donations, assisting customers, and cashiering. They also need assistance gathering donations and conducting fundraisers for necessary items. Please contact email@example.com for support on conducting a fundraiser or contact Helen Pasons at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about other ways you can support Brother Benno's.
Children’s Paradise has 6 locations for volunteer opportunities: Escondido, Escondido (Ash), Oceanside, Vale Terrace (Vista), Bobier (Vista), Melrose (Vista). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6am-6pm. All volunteers will support the classroom environment by assisting the Lead Teachers in activity implementation. Attire is casual wear and strap behind the heel (no flip flops). For questions, contact Jasmine Reaves at email@example.com or 760-407-8500 ext. 210. Visit our website for more information https://childrensparadise.com/.
Community HousingWorks is offering virtual volunteer opportunities (shifts are generally Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Volunteers are needed between the hours of 3 pm-6 pm, with the average session lasting 1 hour. Study Stars is an Expanded Learning Program, serving Community HousingWorks resident youth in K-5th grade. Study Stars focuses on working collaboratively with adult volunteers, resident teen leaders, and community partners in providing academic support, community building, enrichment opportunities, and building school connections for our young residents. Within the Study Stars program, volunteers lead virtual activities like reading/games, storytelling, homework tutoring, and community-building activities. Volunteers can work one-on-one or with small groups of students to ensure the kids remain on task and prioritize effectively. Volunteers also have resources at hand to help youth look up information and problem solve various difficulties. This opportunity is 100% virtual. The following information is required in order to begin volunteering at CHW: Complete Volunteer Application online, Background Check & Sign Volunteer Forms, and the cost to get the basic live scan is $17-$25 (but once it is cleared, CHW will reimburse the cost you are able to submit for reimbursement once you begin your service). Connect with staff and schedule Virtual Training! To learn more email firstname.lastname@example.org and to sign-up, go to https://chworks.org/volunteer
Destiny Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking Hospice Volunteers who are compassionate, caring people from all walks of life and ages who want to make a difference in the lives of terminally ill people and their families. It may be as simple as listening to their life stories, watching T.V. with them, reading to them, or possibly running errands for them. Your visit may give the patient’s caregiver time to get away for a few hours of shopping or personal time. Volunteers do NO hands-on patient care. You will receive training prior to being assigned to patients, and we will work around your schedule for your training, making it easy to accomplish. We have patients throughout the San Diego area. You would choose the areas you are comfortable driving to, and Destiny hospice will reimburse you for your mileage. Please call Susan Havsgaard for more information at 877.503.8415. See the volunteer flyer.
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 Chris Goering at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760.728.7608.
Helen Woodward Animal Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities at their center. Volunteers are asked to attend the November 19th orientation from 9am-11:30am. For more information and to sign-up, contact Mark Maxwell at MarkM@animalcenter.org or 858.756.4117. Volunteers can also visit their website at https://animalcenter.org/
Lived Experiences is seeking on-site volunteers each Monday of the month from 8am-10am/4pm-7pm to help. We need help picking fruit to helping us unload and distribute food. For more information, contact Oscar Ortega at email@example.com or 619.368.3790.
UURISE is seeking volunteers to assist with Office Admin Support, which includes filing, copying & scanning documents, and organizing physical files and creating ESPI binders. This is an in-person/on-site opportunity. We do not require a background check, but volunteers must complete the volunteer application and orientation. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Social Work, Pre-Law, Political Science, Human Development, and/or anyone who has a passion for Immigration Justice. To learn more, contact Gladys Guzman Guizar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760.477.7537. Apply to volunteer.
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.
Resources to seek service opportunities
- San Diego Food Bank is accepting volunteers on-site and in the community.
- Botanical Community Development Initiatives
- American Red Cross: Find out ways you can support or donate blood.
- MiraCosta College English Language Institute: College students are needed to interact with international students. College students must be willing to carry conversations in English and encourage international students to practice their English. This is a perfect service opportunity for students wanting to learn about other cultures. For questions, contact Zakia Farouq at email@example.com or 760-622-8770.