Frequently Asked Questions

► I'd love to volunteer! How do I get started?
► How much time do I have to commit each month?
► I am a court-ordered volunteer. How do I find appropriate volunteer opportunities and verify my hours?
► How do I remove myself from a project so that others can take my place?
► I have been waitlisted for a project. Now what?
► How do I become a Team Leader?
► What's unique about HandsOn San Diego's volunteer program?
► Tell me more about the Kids Korps and HandsOn San Diego partnership.
► What happened to Volunteer San Diego (VSD)? Is HandsOn San Diego connected to VSD in any way?
► How is HandsOn San Diego sustainable?
► Who are the organizations HandsOn San Diego supports?
► I work for a nonprofit and am interested in partnering with HandsOn San Diego, how do I get started?

For New Volunteers

► I'd love to volunteer! How do I get started?

We'd love to have you! How you get started depends on your age.

If you're over 18, create a HandsOn San Diego account, take our online orientation and you're ready to sign up and go! We ask a one-time, tax-deductible $25 activation fee for full access to our Project Calendar, which you can pay online at the end of your orientation. If you would prefer to pay by check or cash, please click here to let us know.

If you are 13 to 17 years old, create an account and pay the $25 LIFETIME activation fee to gain full access to all of the San Diego volunteer opportunities  on our Project Calendar. Every project has a volunteer minimum age listed so make sure you're old enough to attend before you sign up. If you are not able to sign up due to the minimum age requirement with or without a parent, please have your parent create a family team to sign you up together.

Are you a family looking to volunteer? Click here to see how you can register your family together.

If you would like to request a fee waiver, email info@handsonsandiego.org for a fee waiver.

How to register on this site and manage your volunteer account:


Get started and become a member here.
 

► How much time do I have to commit each month?

It's entirely up to you!
Our goal is to make volunteering in San Diego easy for everyone. We offer volunteer opportunities with varying commitment levels - you can volunteer as much or as little as you like based on your interest and availability.

► I am a court-ordered volunteer. How do I find appropriate volunteer opportunities and verify my hours?

Please visit our Court-Order Volunteers resource page here for more information. 

For Current Volunteers

► How do I remove myself from a project so that others can take my place?

If you need to remove yourself from a project, please log in, go to the "My Account" tab, find the project under the "Upcoming Opportunities" section, and click "Remove Me."

► I have been waitlisted for a project. Now what?

When (and if) a space opens up, you will be notified via e-mail. Open spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis so if you are still available and interested for the volunteer opportunity, make sure you login, return to the sign-in page and claim one of the open spaces.

► How do I become a Team Leader?

Team Leaders are the backbone of HandsOn San Diego. When you serve as a Team Leader, you’ll partner with a great local community organization and guide other volunteers through recurring, high-impact volunteer projects. We ask that Team Leaders attend at least 2 HandsOn projects before attending the Team Leader training. Learn more on the Team Leader page and get signed up for the next Team Leader training!

About HandsOn San Diego

► What's unique about HandsOn San Diego's volunteer program?

  • We've done the legwork for you by finding and scheduling high-impact volunteer projects at nonprofits, parks and schools that need your help.
  • You can choose from many projects each month! (We do ask that you only sign up for those projects you intend on attending. Our projects are in high-demand!)
  • HandsOn San Diego projects occur on weekday evenings and weekends to fit in around your busy schedule.
  • You won't be on your own. Our projects are group-based, so you'll be working alongside other volunteers from HandsOn San Diego.
  • Every HandsOn San Diego project will be led by a trained Team Leader, who will serve as your contact in case you have questions before, during and after your project.
  • Aside from a brief online orientation, you do not need to attend any in-person training or orientation before you get started.

► Tell me more about the Kids Korps and HandsOn San Diego partnership.

Kids Korps USA is proud to partner with HandsOn San Diego, representing its youth division. Through this partnership, young people will continue to serve their community in special ways. Children have more to give than many realize – their talents, their time, and most of all their hearts. Through our youth volunteer program, your kids make a significant difference in the lives of others, and though these activities, they grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Read more about Kids Korps here.

► What happened to Volunteer San Diego (VSD)? Is HandsOn San Diego connected to VSD in any way?

Volunteer San Diego closed its doors in October of 2011. HandsOn San Diego is not a new Volunteer San Diego; however, current board members of HandsOn San Diego have worked and volunteered with Volunteer San Diego in the past. We bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to the organization. Our project calendar is similar to a previous program of VSD.

► How is HandsOn San Diego sustainable?

HandsOn San Diego is currently a 100% volunteer-powered organization with funding from private donors, grants and sponsorships.

We ask all our HandsOn San Diego volunteers for a one-time $25 activation fee (a tax-deductible donation) to gain full access to the many projects on our calendar. Anyone may request a fee waiver by emailing info@handsonsandiego.org.

► Who are the organizations HandsOn San Diego supports?

HandsOn San Diego partners with local nonprofits, schools and parks across San Diego County to set up group-based service projects for volunteers that may meet an ongoing need of an organization or its clients, or they may be one-time transformations of facilities or green spaces.

Find out more about our partner organizations, their missions, and ways to volunteer with them here!

► I work for a nonprofit and am interested in partnering with HandsOn San Diego, how do I get started?

Learn more about partnerships with HandsOn San Diego here