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    

MiraCosta Make A Difference Day! - Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26

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Join your fellow MiraCostan Spartans as we serve our community. We provide the projects, you pick the date, time, and service opportunity, and we send you a reminder--it's that simple. Invite a friend, join as a group or come alone and meet other Spartans! There is power in the numbers, so be one of the 100 MiraCosta Spartans Making a Difference and wear your MiraCosta gear, show your spirit! Volunteers are welcome to sign-up for more than one volunteer project! 


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Volunteer with the MiraCosta Cares Farmers Market during the following dates: Friday, August 23, Thursday, September 12, Wednesday, September 25, Thursday, October 17, Tuesday, November 19, Friday, November 22, and Tuesday, December 3. Volunteers are needed to help create a market-like free fresh produce and food access space that is welcoming for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Tasks include set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, provide food to clients, take down, etc. There are 3 shifts available: 1:00pm-3:30pm, 3:00pm-5:30pm, and 1:00pm-5:30pm. REGISTER HERE.

Volunteer with the Mobile Food Pantry on the Oceanside Campus on the 4th Tuesday of each month! The Mobile Food Pantry dates are September 24, October 22, November 26, December 4, January 28, February 25, March 24, and April 28. The Mobile Food Pantry on the Oceanside Campus is 1 of 3 opportunities for MiraCosta students to receive free produce. There is also a Nutritionist on site to provide information. Volunteers are needed to help create a market-like free fresh produce and food access space that is welcoming for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Tasks include set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, provide food to clients, take down, etc. The volunteer shifts is 12pm-3pm. This Mobile Food Pantry is located on the Oceanside Campus (1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056) near the Library Circle Hub next to the Administration Building. To volunteer, please REGISTER HERE.

Volunteer with the Mobile Food Pantry on the Community Learning Center Campus on the 2nd Monday of each month! The Mobile Food Pantry dates are September 9, October 16, November 12, December 9, February 10, March 9, April 13, and May 11. The Mobile Food Pantry on the Community Learning Center Campus is 1 of 3 opportunities for MiraCosta students to receive free produce. There is also a Nutritionist on site to provide information. Volunteers are needed to help create a market-like free fresh produce and food access space that is welcoming for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Tasks include set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, provide food to clients, take down, etc. The volunteer shifts is 12pm-3pm. This Mobile Food Pantry is located on the Community Learning Center Campus (1831 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058) in Parking Lot 2 across from Building C. To volunteer, please REGISTER HERE.

Saturday, October 19, 6pm-10pm: North County African America Women’s Association – Gentlemen’s Gourmet Annual Scholarship Fundraiser. The NCAAWA Gentlemen’s Gourmet are requesting your participating as Community Service Volunteers. This opportunity will provide community service credit hours and valuable networking. This fundraiser continues to benefit the educational pursuits of graduating high school seniors and women to receive vocational and technical education or attend the higher educational institution of their choice. To date, we have presented approximately $230,000 in scholarships. The shifts and tasks are as follows: (Shift One: 3:00pm-6:30pm/Tasks: assist chefs, assist with silent auction, escorting judges and guests to their seats or stations, and labeling food sampling cups), (Shift Two: 6:30pm-8:30pm/Tasks: assisting checks, assist with silent auction, clearing tables and busing tables as needed), (Shift Three: 8:30pm-10:30pm/Tasks: assist with silent auction, clearing tables and busing tables as needed, and takedown). Volunteers are asked to wear a white-collar shirt and black pants; no tennis shoes. For more information and to sign-up, contact Deborah Matthews at 760-453-5347 or debbie@ncaawa.org.

Saturday, October 19, 8:30am-12:00pm: City of Vista – Arbor Day. Arbor Day invited the community to help plant trees. This event will located at Brengle Terrace Park on 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista, CA 92084. Volunteers are asked to bring a shovel and gloves. Volunteers are also encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. For questions and to RSVP, call or text 760-519-8761 or email lvelarde@wcainc.com.

Monday October 21 – Friday October 25 (time shift varies; will need support leading up to the event the week and day of, during the event, and clean up after the event): North County Lifeline – Community Impact Awards. The Community Impact Awards will be taking place on October 24 from 4pm-7pm. Volunteers are needed for preparation, decorating, set up, and clean up for the Community Impact Awards. Help will be needed leading up to the event to make DIY decorations, and decorate Sage Room, and parts of the Vista Campus. The day of the event, volunteers are needed to help set up, check-in attendees, and clean up after the event. The following are the daily shifts available: Monday 9am-12pm, Tuesday 9am-12pm, Wednesday 9am-12:30pm & 12:30pm-4pm, Thursday 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, & 6pm-9pm, and Friday 7:30am-10am & 10am-12:30pm. The event location is 200 Michigan Ave., Vista, CA 92084. Volunteer registration link (if available) is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044bafaa28a0fc1-community2. For more information, contact Meghan Mattioli and Anabel Melo at (760) 842-6273 or volunteer@nclifeline.org.

Friday, October 25, 6:00pm-10:00pm: MiraCosta College International Club - Halloween Party 2019. Volunteers duties include prop makers, set-up/clean-up crew. haunted house security, scare actors, make-up artists, photographers, and food & beverage handlers. Volunteers shifts will be anywhere between 9am-11:30pm, depending on volunteer position. Location is MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive. Volunteers can CLICK HERE to sign-up to help. For more information, contact Sara Rose Fausto at 310-357-1785, sararoserfausto@hotmail.com, or miracostainternationalclub@gmail.com.

Saturday, November 2, 8:00am-1:30pm: Community of Practice – How to Bring the Indoors to the Outdoors. There are two parts to this event. The first is a workshop given for the community. Local preschool teachers will be invited to learn about hands-on activities for their Outdoor Classroom. In addition, there will be a family event from 11:30-1:00pm. Families will be invited to see and experience the Outdoor Classrooms across the Center. Volunteers will help with Outdoor Classroom set up and take down, refreshments, guiding participants, activity replenishment, and clean up. Volunteers should wear clothing for the outdoors, a hat, and bring a water bottle. There are 3 shifts students can choose from: 8:00am-11:00am, 10:30am-1:30pm or 8:00am-1:30pm. Students can either a 3 hour shift of the all day shift.The deadline to sign up is October 29. There is an orientation for this event on October 25 from 2:00pm-3:00pm (a make-up orientation date on Oct. 30 from 2:00-3:00pm). For more information and to sign-up, please contact Yi-Cheng Hu at  ychu@miracosta.edu or 760-795-6656.

Saturday, November 2, 3pm-11pm: North County Lifeline - Annual Día de los Muertos at Crown Heights. Let us celebrate! All are welcome to join us in remembering and honoring our loved ones in celebration of life. Food, games, live music, face painting, and arts and crafts provided. This event will bring the community together and encourage a safe space in an at-risk neighborhood. It will allow people to celebrate Día de los Muertos and go out at night, but stay safe. Volunteers will be assisting in vending booths, games, and activities in addition to set up and cleanup of the festival. We are looking specifically for artsy people who can do skull face painting. This is a family-friendly volunteering opportunity! (Up to 30 volunteers; times TBD; shifts available) (Oceanside, CA). Volunteer shifts are 3pm-7pm & 7pm-11pm. The location for this event will be in Oceanside (specific address to be shared later). Volunteer registration link (if available): https://www.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=3192309. For more information, contact Meghan Mattioli and Anabel Melo at (760) 842-6273 or volunteer@nclifeline.org.

Saturday, November 9 (various time shifts): Casa de Amparo's 21th annual Crystal Ball Gala. This event will take place at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Volunteer tasks include assisting with set up, break down, selling opportunity tickets, and more! All proceeds for this event go to support our Casa Kids and programs. Click Here to login to the Volunteer Information Center and sign up for opportunities.

Thursday, November 28, 4:00am-1:00pm (shorter shifts available): Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation – O’side Turkey Trot. The O’side Turkey Trot is an annual fundraiser for local schools and non-profits. We have a list of opportunities that volunteers can choose. Volunteers can complete the volunteer form at www.osideturkeytrot.com/get-involved/volunteer/. For more information, please contact Colleen Soto at 760-213-5141 or info@kinaneevents.com.

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.

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.

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.