40 Days of Service

40 Days of Service

Take a step out of your comfort zone by caring for your under-served neighbors!

Lent is a season of preparation for Easter. Beginning with Ash Wednesday, the ancient Church incorporated 40 days of practices that reminded them that the light of Christ’s resurrection was only possible through the darkness of the self-sacrifice.

One of these Lenten practices was acts of service and giving on behalf of the poor. In serving others, we die to ourselves in small ways that mirror Christ’s death on our behalf. And as we serve together, we remember that we don’t exist only for ourselves, but for the good of those around us.

Check out the opportunities below as ways to engage with your city and under-served neighbors as you prepare your own heart for the celebration of Easter.


Download our 40 Days of Prayer Calendar

Opportunities to Serve

Showers of Blessing

Saturday, February 29 from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Encinitas
Help provide a clean start to the weekend for the homeless in the Encinitas area. Join the Showers of Blessing team by signing up to help in such roles as hospitality, intake, shower cleaners, shower monitors, clothing table, and more. Kids 12 and up welcome.

Sign up for Showers of Blessing

San Diego Rescue Mission

Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Downtown
Get to know more about the work of San Diego Rescue Mission by serving at their facility. This will be a work day to create a space well-suited for the healing of the formerly homeless guests of the mission.

Sign up for San Diego Rescue Mission

Walker Elementary

Saturday, March 14 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Mira Mesa
Help beautify the Walker Elementary campus – where our weekly tutoring program Walker Buddies is held. Kids under 16 welcome with parental supervision.

Sign up for Walker Elementary

Refuge for Women

Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – San Marcos
Serve a new organization to San Diego, Refuge for Women, by preparing their property for sex trafficking survivors.

Sign up for Refuge for Women

Alabaster Jar Project

Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Escondido
Come alongside the work of Alabaster Jar Project as they care for survivors of sex trafficking by taking care of their property. Kids welcome with parental supervision.

Sign up for Alabaster Jar Project

Generate Hope

Saturday, April 4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – South Bay
Help care for survivors of sex trafficking by caring for the place they call home with Generate Hope. Adults only please.

Sign up for Generate Hope

My First Home

Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Mission Valley
Come alongside a young adult coming out of the foster care system and moving into independence. Help them shop and prepare for their first home through Just In Time for Foster Youth.

Sign up for My First Home

Solutions for Change

Sunday, March 8 or April 12 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Vista
Care for families transitioning out of homelessness at Solutions for Change by providing dinner for those in their Intake Access Center. Kids welcome!

Sign up for Solutions for Change

Browse all opportunities on our volunteer portal

Thank you for helping the under-served in our city!