Urgent Needs

You can offer hope!

The current crisis has only applied more pressure to an already fragile situation for many of our under-served neighbors living in poverty. Please join us by safely volunteering to give them hope during this tumultuous time.


Opportunities to Serve Now

*We will update this page regularly, so check back for the latest needs, or sign up for our Urgent Needs Newsletter to receive notice of new volunteer opportunities as they arise. 

Walker Elementary Food Distribution (Mira Mesa)

Our next day for distributing food to the Walker Elementary community is October 2nd from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Please let us know if you can volunteer during that time (or part of the time) to sort, bag, and distribute groceries and food to families in need. Email us at [email protected] for more information.

 San Diego Refugee Tutoring (Virtual)

SDRT is launching its school year of tutoring on September 29th. They are looking for new and committed tutors to help support their kids. Follow the link below to sign up for an orientation.

Thursday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m
Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m

Volunteer Registration


Quick video of SDRT during the start of the pandemic

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St. Luke’s Food Distribution (North Park)

St. Luke’s Church is looking for additional help at their weekly food distribution. This takes place from 9:00 to 11:00 am each Thursday.

Reach out to [email protected] or (619) 379-5324 for more information.

The Lucky Duck Foundation (Miramar & Chula Vista) 

There are 4,000+ unsheltered homeless individuals on the streets with scarce access to food and water. This initiative provides food and water to outreach workers who distribute it to unsheltered individuals to provide nourishment and water and to ultimately help end their homelessness.

Miramar Option

Chula Vista Option

San Diego Rescue Mission (Downtown) 

The San Diego Rescue Mission is looking for volunteers to help serve meals to their students. Times and dates will vary. If interested, please let us know to sign up.

The Rescue Mission wants all new students in the Mission Academy (12 month residential recovery and rehabilitation program), to receive a new Bible when they arrive so they can encounter God in a personal way. Here’s the Study Bibles wish list if you’d like to donate one.

Showers of Blessings (Encinitas)

Showers of Blessings is an organized group that serves the homeless community with a hot shower and a hot meal. In the past, most of their volunteers have been older so they are looking for some younger and caring volunteers to get this back up and running.  Sign up here.

Bridge Builders Network (Varies)

The Bridge Builders Network, whose mission is to promote bridge-building efforts through education and service at the intersection of culture and faith. They have created a comprehensive list of volunteer needs including, online tutoring, coaching, social media consulting, and a variety of other needs. Please click here for more information.

Ladle Fellowship (At-Home)

Ladle Fellowship is looking for more masks to give to their homeless clients and friends. If you have masks, are making masks, or want to help in some way with these, please let us know.

San Diego Food Bank (Varies)

The San Diego Food Bank has created for 2020 34 new “super pantries” for larger distributions of food as demands have continued to increase. Please consider registering as a volunteer and then going to a shift at a location near you: 

Interfaith Community Services (Varies)

Interfaith offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in North County.

Deliver Meals to Seniors (Varies)

Jewish Family Services urgently needs volunteers to deliver meals to seniors across San Diego County. You can make a real impact by becoming part of our Project 19 team as a volunteer driver. There are two four-hour daily shifts that run from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Each route averages 16 stops, and you must have your own vehicle to transport the meals. Additionally, volunteers must be 25 years or older to participate.

To learn more or sign up, click here.

Donate Blood with the San Diego Blood Bank (Varies)

To see locations and make an appointment, visit their website or call (619) 400-8251.



Thank you for serving our most vulnerable neighbors!