Volunteer Opportunities Supporting Migrant Children and Families at the Border


There is a growing number of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with local agencies in San Diego County to care for them until they are placed with a family member or sponsor. 

This is resource page with ways you can volunteer to support agencies caring for the migrant families and children.

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In-kind Donation Needs

  • South Bay Community Services

    • South Bay Community Services is helping provide social services to unaccompanied children and youth seeking temporary shelter at the San Diego Convention Center. They're requesting donations of new bedding, clothing, stuffed animals, and more. 

  • Casa Familiar

    • Casa Familiar is helping with provide services to unaccompanied children and youth seeking temporary shelter at the San Diego Convention Center. Donation drop-offs at their office in San Ysidro must be scheduled in advance as they are currently working remotely. Contact Programs Director Mirna Cruz at mirnac@casafamiliar.org or 619-428-1115 to coordinate a drop-off. 

    • All items must be in new condition:

      • Stuffed animals 

      • Spanish & English books for ages 4 to 17 

      • Notebooks/journals 

      • Coloring books 

      • Crayons 

      • Markers 

      • Pencils 

      • Construction paper 

      • Games appropriate for ages 4 to 17 

        • Board games

        • Toys

      • Soccer balls 

      • Educational learning games 

      • Flashcards: Alphabet-Spanish & English, Numbers-Spanish & English, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Colors-Spanish & English 

      • Clothes: 

        • Sweatpants: sizes XS & S for boys and girls 

        • Sports bras: sizes XS & S 

        • Underwear: sizes XS-M for boys XS-L for girls 

        • Socks: sizes XS & S for boys and girls 

      • Shoes & sandals:  

        • Sizes 7T, 8T & 2Y for boys 

        • Sizes 7-9 women shoe size