Biology 101L: General Biology Laboratory

The following organizations have been approved for Biology 101.

American Red Cross

Contact Person: Jacquie Dutchover ( )
Contact Phone: (858) 232-0427
Address: 4229 Ponderosa Ave Suite CSan DiegoCA92123
Volunteer Needs: One pint of blood can save up to three lives and you can be part of that process by being a registration table host to greet and educate the donors as they arrive. ARC Blood Services holds three to six blood drives a day somewhere in San Diego County, from the border to Temecula, everywhere you can imagine, schools, malls, military bases, and local businesses. Registration volunteers are needed to help check in donors. Drives last 6 hours long and volunteers can stay for the entire day or half of the day, hours are 7:30-7:00. Having a volunteer at the registration table is often the difference between our blood drives making goal or not. Bilingual volunteers are always needed especially in the North County. A volunteer application and online background check is required free of charge. Minimum age is 16.

Arc of San Diego

Contact Person: Cara Jenkins (
Contact Phone: (619) 685-1175 ext. 254
Address: 3030 Market StreetSan DiegoCA 92102
Volunteer Needs: The Arc of San Diego is the largest, most comprehensive provider of services for individuals with disabilities in San Diego County. Volunteers are needed to assist the PALS department with recreation activities Friday evening - Sunday. Activities range from rock climbing, dances, cooking classes, kayaking, movies, Padres games and more! Join the fun and gain practical experience working with teens and adults with intellectual and development disabilities today! The Arc requires fingerprints, TB test, background check, drug test, and physical at no cost to you.

Buena Vista Pre-Kindergarten Program

Contact Person: Debbie Basom (
Contact Phone: (760) 331-5073
Address: 1330 Buena Vista WayCarlsbadCA 92008
Volunteer Needs: Assist in special needs preschool class. Monday-Thursday 8:00-11:00 and 12:00-3:00. Opportunity to work with speech therapist, adaptive PE teacher, and OT. *TB test required

Cottonwood Creek Conservancy

Contact Person: Brad Roth (
Contact Phone: (760) 436-2632
Address: 1507 Rubenstein Ave.Cardiff by the SeaCA92007
Volunteer Needs: Maintenance of native habitat, invasive plant removal, planting native plants, litter clean up. *Must be able to do physical work on uneven terrain. Every second Saturday of the month 8:30-12:30.

Fraternity House Incorporated

Contact Person: Nicole Whadford (
Contact Phone: (760) 736-0292 x102
Address: 20702 Elfin Forest Rd.EscondidoCA92029
Volunteer Needs: Fraternity House (Escondido)and Michaelle House (Vista) are residential homes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteer needs include: visiting with residents, playing games, assisting with resident activities / outings.Assist with household tasks, yard work, cooking, baking, and tutoring for residents who are studying for the GED. *TB test is mandatory, volunteer application, and orientation session

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Contact Person: Suzy Lee (
Contact Phone: (760) 448-2021
Address: 2011 Palomar Airport RdCarlsbadCA92011
Volunteer Needs: This organization provides free surgery for children with physical deformities. Help is needed with administrative/clerical work and possibly a surgery weekend. Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, some Saturdays and Sundays 6:00am-5:00pm. All volunteers must complete an application.

Ivey Ranch Park Association

Contact Person: Gina Lorenz (
Contact Phone: (760) 722-4839
Address: 110 Rancho Del OroOceansideCA92057
Volunteer Needs: This organization provides services to the special needs and able-bodied community. Help is needed with children's activities including: games, songs, arts and crafts, stories and snack. Volunteers are also needed to help with the equestrian program: work directly with riding instructor and special needs rider, help with grooming and turn-outs of horses, maintain stables and tack. Office tasks are also available: routine office work, special assignments, paperwork, data entry, event planning and phone calls. All students working in the children's program must obtain TB test clearance within the last year. Minimum time commitment is 10 hours. Children's activities: Monday- Friday 2:00-6:30 pm, Saturday 9:00-5:00pm. Equestrian program: Tuesday &Thursday 9:00-11:00am and afternoon hours, Wednesday & Friday afternoon hours, and Saturday 7:30am-12:00pm.

La Colonia de Eden Gardens

Contact Person: Manny Aguilar (
Contact Phone: 619-672-5872
Address: 1111 Santa Rufina CourtSolana BeachCA92075
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed for the community garden, Saturday work schedule is 8:00-2:00.

MADD San Diego County

Contact Person: Alicia Vicencio (
Contact Phone: (858) 564-0780 x3031
Address: 10731 Treena Street, Suite 100San DiegoCA92131
Volunteer Needs: Numerous volunteer opportunities are available: Victim Impact Panel, Speakers Bureau, Public Awareness Booths, Youth in Action, Law Enforcement Recognition Luncheon, Golf Outing, Walk Like MADD and Tie one on for Safety Campaign. Volunteer job descriptions for each of these areas are available in the Service Learning Office. Application and training required. Must not be involved in current DUI offense. Hours are based on student's interest and MADD projects available.

North County Adult Day Health Center

Website: None Listed
Contact Person: Rick Gilbert or Renee Wilburn (
Contact Phone: (760) 758-2210
Address: 1221 W. Vista WayVistaCA92084
Volunteer Needs: Help with activities, interact with participants, help with arts & crafts, food service, and exercise room. Minimum of 8 hours per semester. Hours are Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Fri. 9:30-2:00. *TB test required.

North County Community Services

Contact Person: Abby Weglarz (
Contact Phone: (760) 471-5483
Address: Various locations in North County
Volunteer Needs: North County Community Services operates North County’s Food Bank, six preschools for income qualified families, and a garden program to grow food for our preschools. We have volunteer opportunities in all of these programs and the administrative office. Preschool volunteers may assist in our kitchens preparing meals, in the classroom attending children, or maintaining preschool gardens. Office volunteers may assist with copying, filing, data entry, and other office tasks. Garden volunteers help planting, harvesting, weeding, and watering. Preschool volunteers must have a current TB test and be able to pass a background check. All volunteer opportunities need to be scheduled ahead of time, no drop-ins.See North County's Food Bank listing for more information about this program.

Oak Crest Middle School

Contact Person: Molly Ravenscroft (
Contact Phone: 760-753-6241 x3307.
Address: 675 Balour DrEncinitasCA92024
Volunteer Needs: Classroom assistance is needed during the day Mon-Fri 7:35-2:15. Math tutors are also needed for after school tutoring. If interested, first contact classified personnel office at (760) 753-6491, students must pay for their own fingerprinting costs.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Contact Person: Mary Pilon (
Contact Phone: (760) 753-6413
Address: 389 Requeza St.EncinitasCA92024
Volunteer Needs: Assistance is needed with the RCHS Community Pet Food Bank. The Food Bank is open on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9:00am-11:00am. Pet food and supplies are distributed to people in need. Students must attend an orientation and are asked to complete a minimum of 15-20 hours.

REINS - Therapeutic Riding Program

Contact Person: Maggie Schuur (
Contact Phone: (760) 731-9168
Address: 4461 S. Mission RoadFallbrookCA92028
Volunteer Needs: Assist with lessons for the disabled, leading horses, side walking with disabled riders, helping with ranch chores. Monday- Friday 8:30-12:00 or 1:00-5:00. Saturdays 8:30-12:00 or 12:30-4:00. 10 hours minimum.

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Contact Person: Nick Regoli (
Contact Phone: (760) 436-3944 x709
Address: P.O. Box 230634EncinitasCA92023
Volunteer Needs: Help conserve the pristine San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve through habitat restoration, scientific monitoring, and environmental education. Long-term internships are available for committed volunteers. Visit the SELC website to RSVP for a volunteer event, submit an application for an internship or learn more about the wildlife of the Reserve. Keep it wild!

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities

Contact Person: Jenell Coker (
Contact Phone: (760) 632-3704
Address: 211 Saxony RoadEncinitasCA92024
Volunteer Needs: Seacrest Village Retirement Communities is a vibrant not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) senior housing and healthcare organization with communities in both Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo, California. Known for our caring and nurturing environment, SVRC has been serving the ever-growing San Diego community in the Jewish tradition since 1944. We use volunteers in a variety of ways. We offer four levels of care where volunteers can help with visits, computers, outings, memory care, clerical work, classes and more. Students must agree to serve a minimum of 20 hours and attend an orientation and interview. Typically students are scheduled one day each week for two hours for the duration of their service learning class. Day time volunteer availability is required. Please call the volunteer coordinator directly at 760-632-3704 for more information. Due to the population this organization serves, they can only accept students who are fluent English speakers.

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Contact Person: Andrea Loyko (
Contact Phone: (760) 436-7986
Address: 137 N. El Camino RealEncinitasCA92024
Volunteer Needs: Assist with compost bins used for demonstrations and assist with tending the garden. No prior composting or gardening knowledge necessary. Volunteers work closely with a master composter. Hours are Tuesday's and Thursday's with various shifts available between 9:00-4:00 PM.

Special Olympics

Contact Person: Allie Margis (
Contact Phone: (619) 283-6100
Address: 10977 San Diego Mission RoadSan DiegoCA92108
Volunteer Needs: Assistance is needed on event and competition days, trainings for seasonal sports, office support. Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00. Saturday 8:00-4:00 (events and competitions).

The Glenner Memory Care Centers

Contact Person: Uriel Perez (
Contact Phone: (760) 635-1895
Address: 335 Saxony RoadEncinitasCA92024
Volunteer Needs: We service a senior population with memory impairments, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Our adult day care center is activity-focused, and volunteers help our participants with their exercises, arts & crafts or to share their musical talents. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00.

Vista Community Clinic

Contact Person: Julissa (
Contact Phone: (760) 631-5000 x8109
Address: 465 La Tortuga Drive, Suite 210VistaCA92081
Volunteer Needs: The only volunteer position at this time is clerical assistance. Students must commit to a minimum of 48 hours. Occasionally other opportunities may be available.

Wild Wonders, Inc.

Contact Person: Jackie Navarro (
Contact Phone: (760) 630-9230
Address: P.O. Box 2771CarlsbadCA92008
Volunteer Needs: Volunteers are needed to serve as Keeper Aides Mon.-Sun. 8am-12pm. Gain experience with exotic animals at a local non-profit conservation and education facility through duties such as assisting staff with general husbandry (cleaning cages and distributing diets), socializing animals, and occasional education programs and events. Must be in good physical condition (able to lift 50 pounds) and able to commit to 4 shifts per month. Volunteers are also needed to help with marketing and development needs. Duties would include implementing the organization's business plan while following the institutional mission, database entry (excel, access). All volunteers must pay a $25.00 orientation fee.