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
Walker Elementary School Food Distribution (Mira Mesa) – NEW TIME
Walker Elementary is in need of volunteers again. Meet on Thursday, November 5th from 2:15 to 5:00 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.
Leave It To Us – Fee Free Shopping for Seniors (Varies)
The San Diego chapter of Leave It To Us was started by a group of undergrads at San Diego State University to provide senior citizens eligibility to pay for groceries, have them purchased by a volunteer, and then have them delivered without any additional fees. We have had volunteers endorse this new organization and if you want to get involved, email [email protected] and indicate that you are interested in becoming a volunteer.
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 are looking for tutors (virtual or in-person), monitors, and educational advocates for their new learning center. Click here for more info and this link will bring you to their site to sign up.
Care Communities for Foster Families & Kinship Care (Varies)
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.
San Diego Refugee Tutoring (Virtual)
SDRT launched its school year of tutoring on last week. They are looking for new and committed tutors to help support their kids. Follow the link here to sign up for an orientation.
Quick video of SDRT during the start of the pandemic
How Hope for San Diego’s latest grants served SDRT
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.
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.
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.
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.