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Volunteering With Your Family

We love helping families volunteer together! To do this, you'll need to create a Family Team. This feature is for families living in the same household. 

Step 1: Create and activate your account with HandsOn San Diego

To sign up for any projects on our site, one family member (over the age of 18) must first be registered with HandsOn San Diego. Create an account or log in at the top right of this page if you have already registered.

Step 2: Create a family team

After you've completed the registration process and activated your account, go to the My Profile tab and click My Teams.

From there, click on the Create New Team button. Enter your Family Team Name (it MUST contain the word "Family") and your family's members' contact information. 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)

The age of the volunteer must be included if the team member is a minor (we strongly suggest you include it for everyone).

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 and email address 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. They will be invited to create their own individual account within our system so that they can receive confirmation emails, project reminders, and have their service hours recorded.

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

Step 3: Assign roles

Assign a member of your family as the team captain by checking the box next to their name in the Team Captain column. The team captain is the member who will oversee the team's coordination and participation in the projects. They will have the access to sign up members of their team for projects. It is best not to have more than two captains.

Step 4: Find volunteer opportunities

Use our search feature or browse our volunteer 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.

We recommend entering the age of the youngest child that will be attending in the "Age of Volunteer" field when searching. 

Step 5: Sign up with 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). 

Step 6: Select which members will attend the project

Select your family team then check the boxes next to the names of your team members that will be attending the project. Every person who plans to attend the project, including YOUTH, must be signed up for the project.

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