Below is a comprehensive list of our volunteer organizations. If you'd like more information on an organization or its volunteer positions, please contact us. Click here to return to the list of volunteer opportunities organized by category.
Note: Many of our sites have adjusted their volunteer opportunities due to COVID-19. All sites that are operating are taking the necessary precautions to promote health and safety.
Alpine Community Center
Alzheimer's San Diego
American Red Cross of San Diego & Imperial Counties
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Carlsbad Police Department
California Highway Patrol - EL CAJON, OCEANSIDE & SAN DIEGO
Chula Vista Garden Club
Chula Vista Police Department
Coronado Police Department
El Cajon Police Department
ElderHelp of San Diego
Escondido Police Department
Foundation For SeniorCare
George L. Stevens Senior Center (4th District)
Home Start, Inc.
International Rescue Committee
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) and San Diego Center for Jewish Culture (CJC)
Living Coast Discovery Center
Meals on Wheels
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society San Diego
Paternal Opportunities Programs & Services
Resounding Joy Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Canyonlands
San Diego County Library
San Diego Oasis
San Marcos Senior Activity Center
San Pasqual Academy
San Diego County Sheriff's Department
San Diego Police Department
Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
Senior Gleaners of San Diego County
Southern Caregiver Resource Center
St. Madeleine Sophie's Center
The Children's Initiative
Trauma Intervention Programs of
Trauma Intervention Programs (TIP) of San Diego, Inc., is a non-profit volunteer-based program developed to provide support and assistance to those traumatically affected in emergency situations. When a trauma occurs, partnering agencies such as law enforcement, fire, and hospital personnel request a TIP volunteer to be with survivors to provide much needed emotional and practical support immediately following the crisis. TIP works closely with partnering agencies to provide a different dynamic to the emergency response system to meet the emotional needs of surviving victims. Training is 3 months with a one year commitment.
Traveling Stories empowers children to achieve their dreams. Whether that dream be earning a new basketball or being the first in their family to go to college, Traveling Stories helps children develop the confidence and life skills they need to succeed!
Traveling Stories is proud to introduce its newest program: the Virtual StoryTent. Developed in response to Covid-19, the Virtual StoryTent matches children ages 5-7 (kindergarten-second grade) with reading mentors for weekly, one-on-one StoryTent sessions using Google Meets. During sessions, children read and chat about books with their mentor. For every book read, children earn Virtual Book Bucks, which may be redeemed for prizes through Traveling Stories' new online prize store.
The program duration is six weeks with one 30-45 minute session each week. There is no charge to participate. Parents may re-enroll their children in the program.
USS Midway Museum
Voted #1 visitor destination in San Diego, this aircraft carrier tells the story of ‘the city at sea’. Volunteers are essential to the everyday operation of the museum, a dynamic "crew" that shares in the passion of having fun, while building a greater sense of community. Veterans and civilians encouraged to apply. Monthly commitment for at least 4-6 months required. Come Live the Adventure!
Words Alive connects children, teens, and families with the power of reading. Our mission is to open opportunities for life success by inspiring a commitment to reading. We envision a world where everyone is connected to the power of reading and the innumerable ways that it enriches our lives. We also know that empowering experiences turn individuals into agents of change and advocates for their own education, and that when everyone can read, whole communities thrive. At Words Alive, we believe that the world we envision is made possible through the simple, essential, and effective act of reading together.
No experience necessary! Training is provided.