Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

We're excited to see that you'd like to give back during the holiday season!

It is also a busy time for volunteer projects, so register early as spots fill up quickly this time of the year. Below is a list of holiday-oriented volunteer opportunities throughout San Diego County. 

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HandsOn Holiday Projects

Opportunities in the Community:

Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5K
Hosted by: Father Joe's Villages
Tuesday November 24th
Shifts: 10:00am-2:00pm or 2:00pm-6:00pm
Downtown San Diego
San Diego’s original and longest-standing Thanksgiving Day turkey trot may look a bit different this year as a virtual event, but its critical mission remains the same: To provide crucial funds to feed the homeless through Father Joe’s Villages’ meal program. Volunteers are needed to help at the run's packet pick-up. All volunteers must create an account on the Father Joe's Villages volunteer platform and then sign up for their shifts.

Wreaths Across America
Hosted by:
Wreaths Across America
Saturday December 19th

Wreaths Across America will be at Miramar National Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. 

Is your organization hosting a service opportunity for the holidays and would like it listed? Contact us at

Adopt a Family Programs

These are organizations that host programs that match their clients with generous donors who would like to give to families in need during the holidays. This is a list of opportunities for donors. 

Holiday Adopt-a-Family
Hosted by:
Interfaith Community Services
Sign up Deadline: November 6th
Drop Off Date: December 4th-6th
Every year the most conscientious, productive individuals and families Interfaith serves are nominated by staff for the Holiday Adopt-a-Family program. The individuals and families are then anonymously matched with generous adopters who fulfill their wishes for the holiday season and provide them with a feeling of comfort, support, and community.

Sharing the Joy
Hosted by:
STEP (Support the Enlisted Project)
Sign up Deadline: TBA
Drop Off Date: December 1-9
We are looking for individuals, companies, religious establishments, other non-profit organizations to help: Adopt service members and their families, host toy drives, and provide volunteers to help distribute gifts at our office this holiday season.