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.

With the rapidly changing landscape of the pandemic, urgent needs from our affiliates arise that we want to communicate to volunteers who are ready to serve. Please sign up and you’ll receive emails regularly (about twice a month) with updates on how you can care for our under-served neighbors right now.

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Opportunities to Serve Now

Updated 6/18/2021

Hope for San Diego

We are collecting backpacks for children in elementary school in an effort to give each student at Casa de Amistad and A Step Beyond a new bag filled with school supplies. Please consider purchasing a backpack or two. More details to come soon on when and where you can drop them off.

Bread of Life (Oceanside) – Regular Helpers

Bread of Life, who have been serving families and others in need of food every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, have an urgent need for regular helpers. They currently are short-staffed, so even if you can only help a few times or want to check it out, let us know.

The hours are generally 9:00 am – Noon & they need volunteers willing and able to pack boxes with food for distribution as well as stock shelves with incoming items from store donors.  They also need a couple of volunteers who are able to lift boxes weighing approximately 30 to 50 lbs & carry them to guests’ vehicles as the need arises.

If you are able to help out on a regular basis, please apply here (through the San Diego Rescue Mission website) & indicate you are interested in North County service.

Jewish Family Services (Downtown) – One-time signups

Migrant shelter for incoming asylum seekers (families and individuals who have received qualifications and shown proof that they have been persecuted and are now awaiting an official trial). They are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

On-Call Airport/Greyhound Guide
On-Call Medical Advocate
Shelter Courier (Contactless) – Delivering essential goods to asylum-seekers in hotels.

Interested? Email [email protected] to get the step-by-step instructions.

Care Communities for Foster Families & Kinship Care (Varies) – 8 to 12-week commitment

Our foster family agencies and organizations are expecting a rise in the need for foster families. We are working with Restoration 225 to provide care communities around foster and kinship care families all across San Diego County. Want to learn more? Reach out to us at [email protected] and we will connect you to an upcoming info session.

English Friends with Bridge Builders Network – 6-week commitment

The Bridge Builders Network, whose mission is to promote bridge-building efforts through education and service at the intersection of culture and faith. They are looking for tutors. Learn more and sign up here.

The Lucky Duck Foundation (Miramar & Chula Vista) – One-time signups

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.

Sign up on one of their many shifts here

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.

Interfaith Community Services (Varies)

Interfaith offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in North County.

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: 

Thank you for serving our most vulnerable neighbors!