Our neighbors need us more than ever!
Our annual Day of Service is a powerful statement to our under-served neighbors that we see them, we care about them, and God loves them. That message will never change, even in the midst of a pandemic. So, our Day of Service spirit will be as strong as ever this year, even as we offer a variety of options for you to select based on your comfort level with social distancing measures.
We’ll miss picnics and playing with kids, but many onsite work projects will still take place, mostly at outdoor locations, instituting all appropriate safety measures, including smaller groups, multiple shifts, and protective gear. Anyone who prefers to serve from home can select from several options listed below.
The first way we can serve our community on Day of Service is to ensure that we are not in any way contributing to the spread of COVID-19 to our most vulnerable neighbors. We ask all participants to please review and observe these restrictions and protocols in order to protect yourself, other volunteers, our affiliate staff and clients, as well as the larger San Diego community.
If you are in a vulnerable group because of age, health condition, or at-risk family members, please skip down to our At Home Service Opportunities and select a safer way to serve.
Onsite Service Opportunities
Alabaster Jar Project — Help beautify the grounds of the Alabaster Jar Project resource center where trafficking survivors receive services to aid their recovery. Adults only. Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm.
A Step Beyond – (Project Full) We’re going to celebrate summer with the A Step Beyond families, even with social distancing. Help prepare picnic baskets for families, along with food items and school supplies. Distribute the baskets to families as they come to pick them up. Time: 9am – 11am.
Bread of Life – Bread of Life Rescue Mission serve people experiencing homelessness in North County by offering food, clothing, discipleship, rehabilitation, and vocational training resources. You will help sort clothing donations and organize them for display at the Restore Thrift Store that benefits Bread of Life Rescue Mission. There’s also an option to help work on landscaping projects outside the mission. Time: 9am-12pm
Community Resource Center – (Project full) Community Resource Center resale stores help fund a domestic violence shelter in North County, and provide an economical alternative for lower income people to purchase clothing and other items. With all the extra donations following COVID-19, there’s a greater need for cleaning, sorting, and organizing, which you’ll be helping with in the Encinitas resale store. Time: 10:30am-1:30pm
Generate Hope Southbay — Help beautify and protect this safe house for survivors of human trafficking by working around the house and in the garden. Adults only. Time: 9am – 12pm
Ladle Fellowship — Accompany a medical team at an outreach to people experiencing homelessness. You’ll be distributing breakfast and supplies to encourage people while they receive care from the medical team. Families welcome. Time: 7:15am-11am
Monarch School — (Registration Closed) Teams will spread out throughout the campus to help prepare the school garden for the kids’ return, clean the kitchen classroom, and organize clothing donations. Time: 9am-12pm.
Location: Barrio Logan
Ocean Knoll Elementary School Garden Day – Help spruce up the garden that teaches kids about healthy nutrition at a local elementary school. Kids of all ages are welcome to accompany their families. Two shifts: 9am-11am and 10am-12pm
Refuge for Women Outdoor Project – (Project Full) Refuge for Women provides specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. This new home will open later this year. You can help prepare it to welcome new residents by working on the landscape to clean up and beautify the space. Three shifts: 8am-11:30am and 9:30am-1pm and 12pm – 3:30pm
San Diego Refugee Tutoring– (Project Full) We’re going to celebrate summer with the San Diego Refugee Tutoring students, even with social distancing. Help prepare a picnic basket filled with games and crafts along with lunch. Optional activity: decorate your car and join a parade delivering baskets to families. Time: 9am – 10am; parade at 11am
Location: City Heights
San Diego Rescue Mission– It’s time to prepare the Rescue Mission for more students! We’ll be cleaning empty rooms, preparing them for men ready to change their lives. This will involve sweeping, mopping, disinfecting, wiping down surfaces and leaving encouraging welcome messages for all the incoming students!. Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: East Village/Downtown
Solutions for Change – We’re going to celebrate summer with the Solutions for Change families, even with social distancing. Help prepare picnic baskets for families, along with food items and school supplies. Distribute the baskets to families as they come to pick them up. Time 9am – 11am
Urban Life Farm – Transforming vacant plots of land into vibrant urban farms, UrbanLife Farms employs high school youth to run farms, offering workforce development, food systems experience, and nutritional education. You’ll prepare the farm by weed-wacking, turning beds, reseeding beds, and harvesting. Two shifts: 8am – 10:00am and 9:30am-11:30am
Location: City Heights
Walker Elementary School – (Registration Closed) Of the more than 400 students at Walker Elementary School, nearly half are emerging bi-lingual, 80% receive free or reduced lunch, and 20% don’t have stable housing. To help support this school, volunteers will work outside on various projects, including painting classroom doors, leveling books for the guided reading rooms, and improvements to staff lounge. Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Mira Mesa
Hope for San Diego Pickup and Delivery – (Registration Full) Volunteers will help with supply pick-up on July 11 from 9am-11am and supply drop-off on July 18 from 12pm-2pm at three locations. Help distribute t-shirts and supplies for project leaders, and collect food and gift donations. Based on your preferences, we’ll assign you to a shift and location.
At Home Service Opportunities
No-Sew Fleece Blankets – (Registration Closed) We will provide the fleece and instructions for you to prepare easy-to-assemble blankets. Pick up the materials July 11 and return the finished blanket July 18th to a central location. We’ll distribute these blankets to kids at our affiliates who need some extra comfort during this season of uncertainty and change.
Help the Helpers Gift Baskets – Our nonprofit partners have been working overtime for their clients during this season of crisis. Social workers, case managers, development directors, educators, and administrators could use some encouragement to bolster their endurance for continued service. We will provide you one name and a list of potential small gifts for you to purchase. You’ll put together a basket with a personalized card and return to a central location. Click here for more information and instructions.
One of our affiliate staff members told us, “Caring for our caregivers is so valuable. I have personally seen and experienced how much a care package or card of encouragement can positively impact our staff.”
Care Kit Assembly – We will provide a list of hygiene and snack items for you to package into gallon size plastic bags for distribution to people experiencing homelessness. Plan to gather with your family or a small group to collect and assemble items, then drop them off at a central location on July 18th. We will distribute to our affiliates who are ensuring those at risk are staying safe, clean, and healthy through COVID-19. We are also accepting donations of full-size hygiene products through our Amazon wishlist.