National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. This signature week is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.

Get involved:

Seed to Preschool Neighborhood Farm
Hosted by: HandsOn San Diego & Botanical Community Development Initiatives
9:00am - 12:00pm
Help grow food for preschools! When you volunteer at the Seed to Preschool Neighborhood Farm, the fresh fruits and vegetables you help grow go directly into the lunches and snacks at their preschools for low income families. They grow over 5000 lbs of food every year! Gardening is healthy for you, and improves the health of your community!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Hosted by: HandsOn San Diego & Habitat for Humanity
10:00am - 2:00pm
Kearny Mesa

The ReStore offers many volunteer opportunities for individuals who are able to help in a variety of roles and for any length of time. Duties include sorting donations, organizing inventory, stocking shelves, helping customers, light construction, or finding creative ways to use donated products. They'll find the task that is perfect for you!

Vista Food Distribution
Hosted by: HandsOn San Diego & Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego
10:00am - 12:00pm
Catholic Charities Vista Food Resource Center needs help with a food delivery on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Working together to enhance the dignity, equity, and impact of the emergency food assistance network. Volunteers for this project will help the Food Resource Center team prepare for the distribution of USDA commodities. 

San Diego Food Bank
Hosted by: HandsOn San Diego & San Diego Food Bank
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sorrento Valley
The San Diego Food Bank feeds, on average, 320,000 people per month, and we rely entirely on our volunteers to inspect, sort, and package tons of food for distribution every day. Join us as we sort and package food to be distributed to the homeless, homebound, seniors, and others.

Biztown Buddies
Hosted by: HandsOn San Diego & Junior Achievement
7:30am - 1:30pm
Mission Valley

The McGrath Family JA BizTown is a 10,000 sq. foot mini-city in which kids discover how the "real world" works. Volunteers will be stationed in each shop; helping the students carry-on the day, stay on task and keep track of time (breaks etc.)


Canine Companions: Campus Cleanup
Hosted by: HandsOn San Diego & Canine Companions for Independence
9:00am - 11:00am
Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient. Their organization needs help with cleaning their vans and around their campus to ensure a positive and clean environment for their graduate teams and dogs.

Youth Tennis Project
Hosted by:
HandsOn San Diego & Youth Tennis San Diego
8:45am - 12:00pm
Point Loma

Come join us for the morning session of the Afterschool Tennis Field Day! Players will include our Afterschool Tennis participants.  Volunteers will make sure that players rotate smoothly from court to court participating in a variety of drills and games. Tennis experience is not required.


Tecolote Canyon Preservation Crew
Hosted by:
HandsOn San Diego & City of San Diego Park and Recreation
9:00am - 11:00am
Linda Vista

Enjoy our Canyon as you remove weeds, do a little watering and a little pruning! While removing invasive species, you can learn all about San Diego's native plants and ecosystem.


Water Trees and Beautify Logan Heights
Hosted by:
HandsOn San Diego & Tree San Diego
9:30am - 11:30am & 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Logan Heights

CAL FIRE, the State Forestry Department, gave Tree San Diego a grant to plant trees. They planted 600 trees in Logan Heights and northwest Chula Vista. These trees need to be watered once each week for the next three years, as well as some weeding and mulching.
Volunteers will carry buckets of water from a truck to pour on the trees. There may also be some weeding of the tree basins.


Hiking Trails Restoration Team
Hosted by:
HandsOn San Diego & San Diego River Park Foundation
10:00am - 2:00pm

This is your chance to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors while working with like-minded folks to care for our open spaces and improving local recreation opportunities. Volunteers will help to enhance hiking options at Eagle Peak Ranch through a fun and rewarding trail maintenance project. Tasks will include brush removal, trail leveling, and erosion control. 


Serve a Meal at Father Joe's
Hosted by:
HandsOn San Diego & St. Vincent de Paul Village
10:15am - 1:15pm

Come join the kitchen crew as we help prepare and serve meals to the men, women, and children that live on the streets of San Diego. Some volunteers will be in the kitchen preparing food, and others will be helping to serve the food 'cafeteria style'. This project is very rewarding and a great experience.


Canine Companions: Graduation Campus Cleanup
Hosted by:
HandsOn San Diego & Canine Companions for Independence
10:30am - 2:30pm

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. They need assistance in cleaning up the campus to prepare for service dog tests. Volunteers will help in campus cleanup projects indoors and outdoors and cleaning and preparing the dorm rooms and surrounding area for Team training that starts the following day.