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.
Alzheimer's San Diego
American Red Cross of San Diego & Imperial Counties
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
George L. Stevens Senior Center (4th District)
Home Start, Inc.
International Rescue Committee
Jewish Family Service
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
Resounding Joy Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Canyonlands
San Diego County Library
San Diego Oasis
Oasis is opening a new location at Rancho Bernardo in June 2023 and are looking for the right person to fill a volunteer position in the front office.
Front Office Volunteer
Whether it is checking existing members in for their classes, enrolling them for future classes, or creating a profile for a new member, out Front Desk Volunteers are always happy to assist. As the face of our locations, our volunteers greet each visitor with a warm welcome and make sure they have all the information they need for their classes. With our information updating continuously to provide out members with the most current programming, our volunteers are amazing examples of lifelong learning.
San Marcos Senior Activity Center
San Diego County Sheriff's 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!
• Help ensure the safety and enjoyment of over a million guests annually exploring Midway from around the world
• Patrol all areas of the ship during daytime museum hours as well as at special events and military ceremonies
• Provide basic first aid for guests and Midway team members (training provided)
• Respond to all emergency situations, medical or other
• Monitor entrances/exits and help guests (from toddlers to veterans) enter and leave Midway safely
• Monitor the loading zone and parking areas to ensure the safety of our employees, volunteers, and guests on and around Navy Pier
• All safety volunteers are required to be familiar with the Safety Team Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Emergency Action Plan, including the locations of the First Aid Kits and AEDs
Knot Team/Customer Service
Job Description: We are looking for volunteers to accept museum donations in exchange for handcrafted, nautical items. Must be capable of basic math to make change for cash payments at our ‘Knot table’. This very popular ‘exhibit’ allows guests to acquire a memento of their visit in exchange for a suggested donation; these donations provide scholarships for local kids pursuing higher education. In 2022, the team is expected to exceed 1 million dollars in donations. Volunteers may also conduct knot demos or produce knotted items (training provided).
• Strong interpersonal skills
• ability to make change when handling money
• Willingness to learn basic understanding of the museum’s layout and history.
Commitment: 10 hours per month. Morning shifts are 8:30am – 1pm and afternoon shifts are 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm on weekends and holidays.
Docent (Tour Guide)
Job Description: This position interfaces with the public and provides a personal touch to Midway’s self-guided audio tour of the museum. Being a docent is probably one of the most rewarding experiences a volunteer can encounter as they witness positive reactions from visitors to informative, yet individually embellished (as appropriate) presentations.
Minimum Requirements: Strong interpersonal skills with a background in public speaking and/or education and the ability to communicate information clearly and concisely. Personal traits of timeliness, reliability and diplomacy are expected. Prior military service is a plus, but not essential. Prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, able to climb ship’s ladders and stand/walk for periods of up to 4 hours.
Training Provided: The docent training course is 8 consecutive Mondays (6 hours each session), plus an additional morning each week for OJT training on either a Tuesday or Thursday 8:00-12:00 (or other days by request) using a standardized outline covering all aspects of ship familiarization, exhibits, history, and interpersonal skills.
Duties: As a docent graduate, you will give brief talks to groups at various venues throughout the ship. All activities are under the direction of the Docent Director, and daily operations are delegated to a Docent of the Watch (DOW), who makes daily watch assignments.
Commitment: After completion of the above requirements and receiving a “yellow hat,” a minimum of 20 hours per month is required. Scheduling is flexible with shifts available 7 days a week; watches (shifts) are 4 hours each in the AM or PM with occasional frequent opportunities to assist at special evening events.
Aircraft Restoration/ Airwing:
Job Description: Assist in maintaining and potentially restoring historic aircraft. Corrosion control (cleaning) is the task at hand for newbies or those without prior experience in restoration or metal work. A rewarding experience! Training in maintenance is provided. Experienced aircraft metal workers, painters, bodyworkers, and novices with mechanical aptitude are ideal participants, where additional duties may include fabrication, installation, and repair of aircraft components. All volunteers must complete an initial orientation with the Airwing department. For more info see https://airwing.midway.org/
Minimum Requirements: Moderate physical demands. Requires the ability to climb on stands, ladders, and aircraft as well as lifting to 20 pounds.
Training Provided: All volunteers must complete an initial orientation with the Airwing department. Duties: Washing aircraft. May evolve to include fabrication, installation, and repair of aircraft components, depending on skill and aptitude.
Commitment: A commitment of at least 10 hours per month is necessary to start and stay current; Work hours are: 7:00 A.M. – NOON on Tuesday, Fridays and/or Saturdays.
The Exhibits Department volunteers assist with the design and installation of new exhibits and fine tuning of pre- existing exhibits.
Candidates will have basic skills in using hand tools, painting, cleaning, restoration, and minor lifting to perform basic maintenance tasks involving museum exhibits. Eye for detail and craftsmanship preferred. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 lbs., climb ship’s ladders, climb short step ladders, and be able to get down on their knees and get back up without assistance.
Training Provided: Training is primarily on the job with direction from key members of the team.
Commitment: A minimum of 8 hours per month (preferably 4 hours per week) on a flexible schedule on Tuesday and Thursday only.
Choose the dropdown for "Exhibits."
Provides general support to the Midway Museum Event team, specifically the Event managers in preparation for and during private events (mostly evening events). Tasks will vary from one event to another but may include any of the following:
Time commitment: 1 event/week (2 hour minimum) or 8-16 hours/month.
Choose "admin" from the preferred department dropdown.
Choose "other" from the skills list and type "interest in events."
Like to Sew?
The USS MIDWAY Museum Airwing has an urgent need for volunteers with sewing experience to assist in the production of various upholstered items for aircraft and other museum displays. Items include cushions and equipment covers. Projects serve various department needs throughout the museum. The onboard workspace includes industrial equipment with professional grade sewing machines.
10-20 hours per month of availability is requested. Preferred workdays are Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays. However, flexible hours with a schedule to suit the applicant's availability could be arranged. Volunteers must be able to climb ship's ladders and lift a minimum of 20 pounds. Former or existing seamstresses or tailors are encouraged to apply.
Choose "Airwing" from the dropdown for preferred department.
On the skills list, choose other and type in "sewing"
"It's hard to explain, but the satisfaction I receive from volunteering on the Midway is infinitely
more rewarding than any amount of money could provide."
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.