Volunteer With Your Family

We love helping families volunteer together! To do this, you'll need to register using the team functionality.

Creating a Family Team

Step 1: Create and activate your account with HandsOn SanDiego
To sign up for any projects on our site, one family member (over the age of 13) must first be registered with HandsOn San Diego and active your account by paying the $50 family activation fee. Click Register to create an account or Login at the top right of the page if you already have an account.

Step 2: Create a family team
After you've completed the registration process and activated your account, visit the My Account section of our site, and follow the Create a New Team link on the left of the page. Enter in your Family Team Name (It MUST CONTAIN the word "Family"), description, privacy, affiliation (if applicable), and your family's names, email addresses (if they have one), phone numbers and ages.


By creating a team, you are automatically a member of that team.

Each person on the team must have either:
1) a unique email address OR
2) a phone number (phone number does NOT need to be unique)
3) age must be included if the team member is a minor (we'd strongly suggest you put it in for all people)

Please note that if you are adding children to your team that are under the age of 13 you must use a parent or guardian's phone number for their contact information. Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act we are unable to create unique accounts with email addresses for children under the age of 13. 



It's best to include an email address for all family members over the age of 13 (if they have one) so that they can verify their team membership, and create their own individual account within our system so that they can receive confirmation emails, reminders from the system, and have their hours tallied.

If a member of your family does not have an email (or they are under 13) then it is your responsibility for getting the project information to them as they will not receive any communication from HandsOn.

Step 3: Assign roles
Assign a member of your family as the team captain - the member who will oversee the team's coordination and participation. It is best not to have more than two captains.

Captains cannot register people on their team for a project without also registering themselves.

Step 4: Find Volunteer Opportunities
Use our search feature or browse our Opportunity Calendar to find a project that has the appropriate number of spaces and age requirements available for your team. You can sign up some OR all members of your team for each project you are interested in.

Step 5: Express Interest / Sign Up As a Team


At the bottom of the project screen, click "Sign up with a team" to indicate you will be signing up as a member of your family team (and not just as an individual). Depending upon the type of project you select, you will be given the choice at the opportunity to:

Sign Up As a Team: Usually this is a HandsOn managed project or a special event (unless otherwise noted in the description). After clicking, the next page will let you choose which members you want to sign up. Each member will be automatically signed up for that project and those you put email addresses in for will receive a confirmation e-mail containing all of the information you will need. Be sure to only sign up members of your team who have said they will attend the project.

Express Interest As a Team: This is a referral project, thus the community organization is managing this project directly or it is an ongoing need. After clicking, the next page will let you choose which members you want to bring. Once you submit, this will notify the agency contact of your team's interest and they will contact you to schedule you to serve.

Step 6. Select which members will attend the project

Every person who plans to attend the project, including YOUTH, must be signed up for the project.

For more help with creating a team/volunteering with your family, watch this video: