Hands of Hope


Hope for San Diego’s annual day of service, Hands of Hope, enables us to pool our collective volunteer power to make a big difference in one day for the poor and marginalized of San Diego. But, it’s also a great first step for you to find an ongoing way to serve our community. Please join us on July 8th to offer hope to those experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, survivors of trafficking, or refugees and immigrants.

After your project, please join us at Chick Fil A Encinitas for a Spirit Day lunch. Bring your flyer and 20 percent of proceeds will benefit Hope for San Diego!

Hands of Hope Projects

Urban Life Farm
Gardening in the Urban Farm
9am-12pm in City Heights
Volunteers will be working on basic farm tasks, such as weeding, planting, harvesting, and garden bed prep.
*Please bring gardening tools and supplies if possible – shovels, rakes, trowels, gloves, etc.
Children 6+ welcome
Project is full

Solutions for Change
Renovating a Home
9am-12pm in Fallbrook
Volunteers will help renovate a home – painting inside and outside. tearing out flooring, washing windows, and pressure washing to prepare for a formerly homeless family’s arrival.
Children 12+ welcome
Project is full

Casa De Amistad
Preparing for School Year Tutoring
9am-12pm in Solana Beach
Work with students who are part of the Study Companions Program to organize school supplies for the new academic year for this after-school tutoring program.
Children 10 + welcome
Project is full

Ocean Knoll Elementary School
Prepare and Plant Garden Beds
9am-12pm in Encinitas
Prepare and plant several raised beds of vegetables to be grown and donated to Saint Andrews food pantry that Ocean Knoll students will harvest in the fall and deliver to the pantry. We’ll also be painting signs for the garden beds.
All ages welcome
Project is full. 

A Step Beyond
Family Picnic
10am-1pm in Escondido
Help organize family picnic and interact with families who participate in the Step Beyond dance and academic mentoring program.
All ages welcome

Refugee Outreach
Soccer Scrimmage and Lunch
9am-12pm in City Heights
Friendly soccer scrimmage with refugee kids (boys ages 11+) with an authentic Syrian lunch.
All ages welcome
Project is full

San Diego Refugee Tutoring
Family Picnic
9am-12pm in City Heights
Help organize a picnic and enjoy the morning with refugee families.
All ages welcome
Project is full

Migrant Workers Outreach
Lunch Prep and Distribution
7:30am-10:30am in Solana Beach
Make lunches for migrant workers, then travel throughout North County to distribute lunches and pray for workers.
All ages welcome
Project is full 

Solutions for Change
Prepare and Serve Dinner
5:30pm-7pm in Vista
Prepare and serve dinner for residents of Intake and Access Center (short-term shelter for families impacted by homelessness).
All ages welcome
Project is full

Generate Hope
Painting/Updating Classroom
9am-12pm in Bonita
Volunteers will help with painting, decluttering, and staging the classroom space at Generate Hope.
Children 12+ welcome

Alabaster Jar
Landscaping and Maintenance Projects
9am-12pm in Escondido
Volunteers will help with landscaping, house projects, and general maintenance needs.
All ages welcome
Project is full

Bread of Life Rescue Mission
Organize Food Pantry
9am-12pm in Oceanside
Volunteers will organize food donations and pantry. *Please bring non-perishable food items to donate.
All ages welcome
Project is full 

Just in Time for Foster Youth
First Home Shopping Day
9am-12pm in Mission Valley
Volunteers will help young adults who were formerly part of the foster care system shop from donated items for their first apartment. Shoppers, organizers, and drivers are needed to assist.
Project is full

Hands of Hope T-Shirts

Hands of Hope t-shirts are available for $10 each or maximum $30 per family (2 adults & kids). Order a t-shirt online below, or stop by the Hope for San Diego table on Sunday mornings at Redeemer Church.


If you have any questions about Hands of Hope, please contact volunteer@hopeforsd.org.

Sign Up to Serve at Hands of Hope on July 8

  • Hands of Hope T-Shirts

    Hands of Hope T-shirts are available for $10 each or maximum $30 per family (2 adults and kids). Pre-ordered t-shirts can be picked up on Sunday morning at Redeemer or on July 8th at your project location. Youth Sizes: YS, YM, YL, YXL Adult Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL
  • Price: $10.00 Quantity:
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  • Hands of Hope Donation

    During Hands of Hope, volunteers from Hope for San Diego help our affiliates with many projects they otherwise wouldn't have the time or money to implement. Help us provide the materials and supplies needed to pay for these projects.

For ongoing volunteer activities, please visit our volunteer page.