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2017 Annual Report

In Numbers

Volunteers in Action

Hours Served

Schools, Parks and
Nonprofits Served

Team Leaders Trained

Projects Completed


Individuals Received Donations

Books Unpacked &

Individuals Served or Engaged

Pounds of Food Sorted



Craft Items Created or Constructed

Our Journey

In Their Own Words

Partnering with HandsOn San Diego at the San Diego Rescue Mission was so easy. It's fantastic having HandsOn help us on Sunday afternoons. Sundays are a time when regular Rescue Mission volunteers don't want to come in and volunteer. Knowing Sunday dinner is covered all year is amazing. Some HandsOn volunteers come back over and over again, there are great Team Leaders, and we get to introduce new volunteers to the Rescue Mission.

Deborah Krakauer
Volunteer Coordinator at the San Diego Rescue Mission












I became a Team Leader because I recognized the importance of volunteers to an organization. However, I also recognized how much more work goes into that, being the liaison between the project and the organization, making sure things run smoothly, and making sure the volunteers have somebody they can contact once they're at the project. There's only so much the organization can do but they need eyes and ears in the field during a project and I see the importance of that. I was going to be at the project anyway so I decided I might as well be a Team Leader.

Nancy Trejo
HandsOn San Diego Team Leader













What motivates me to volunteer is kind of selfish - because you feel good when you're there. You feel good helping. I remember one of my first HandsOn San Diego opportunities with Father Joe's - they're really grateful because these are people who are invisble on the street and you're talking to them. Seems like they get more out of that interaction than the plate they have in front of them.

Christopher Weston
HandsOn San Diego Volunteer











A Special Thanks To Our 2017 Partners

211 San Diego • Baja Dog Rescue • Canine Companions for Independence • Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego • Challenge Ranch, Inc. • Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego • City of San Diego, Park & Rec, Open Space Division • City of San Diego Park and Recreation • Dress for Success San Diego • Growing Minds Early Education Programs • Habitat for Humanity • Hollenbeck Middle School • Hugs & Bags, A Love Movement • Include Autism • Jewish Family Service of San Diego • Junior Achievement of San Diego • Kitchens for Good • Operation Courage is Beautiful • San Diego Book Project • San Diego Food Bank • San Diego Mid-City English Church of the Nazarene • San Diego Rescue Mission • St. Vincent de Paul Village • Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter • The San Diego River Park Foundation • Tree San Diego • Veterans Association of North County • Veterans Village of San Diego • Youth Tennis San Diego

Our Beginnings

Our Historical Impact (Nov. 2013 - Dec. 2017)

Volunteers in Action

Hours Served

Schools, Parks and
Nonprofits Served

Team Leaders Trained

Projects Completed


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