Available Volunteer Leader Opportunities

Email jessie@handsonsandiego.org if you are interested in leading a project(s) listed or would like more information on becoming a Volunteer Leader.

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ANIMALS: Ranch Work Day

Volunteers are needed to assist with ranch maintenance. Volunteers comfortable working with horses and other livestock, can clean corrals and pens. Other projects include tree trimming, weeding, raking up hay, painting, and assisting with simple repair and maintenance projects. A clean, safe ranch environment is critical to the health of their horses and other livestock. Your time and efforts will help ensure the highest quality of care for their ranch residents. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes, long pants, clothes that can get dirty, and a hat is recommended. One size fits most gloves will be available to borrow but feel free to bring your own. Bring: Sunscreen, snacks, and a reusable water bottle. ​Physical Ability: Being able to work outside in hot or cold weather, depending on the season. Projects involve walking, pushing a wheelbarrow, raking and using a shovel. Most tasks involve bending and repetitive motions. While volunteers will be able to work at their own pace, the work is moderately physical. ​Location: This project is located about 45 minutes east of downtown San Diego and parking is located on an unpaved road. ​Weather: This project may be canceled at last minute if rain makes the area unsafe for volunteer work. Volunteers will be notified by email or phone. Note: Please do not bring guests or pets with you to the ranch. Horses of Tir Na Nog is a non-smoking facility. About Horses of Tir Na Nog Horses of Tir Na Nog's goal is to create a safe haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. At Horses of Tir Na Nog, they help build connections between people and horses in the San Diego community, increasing awareness about responsible horse ownership and care through education.

Descanso, CA

12/21/19 9:00 AM + more

ECO: Food Cycle Team

Help run the Solana Center's Food Cycle Program, turning food waste into a high-quality soil supplement, and closing the loop of organic waste! Volunteers help process and tabulate incoming organic material, maintain compost piles, and prep buckets to be returned to program members for more collection. This project is great for those that are not sensitive to the "ick" factor and want to get VERY hands on with waste reduction! The Food Cycle Program is a co-op where San Diego County residents and small businesses preserve their organic waste using the Bokashi method and then deliver it to Solana Center to be turned into a nutritious soil amendment that is distributed back into the community. This process reduces tons of waste sent to the landfill, reduces methane pollution, and creates a healthy soil supplement for San Diego gardens! Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing that can get VERY dirty. Physical Ability: This activity can be quite physically intensive and pretty messy! Must be able to wield a pitchfork, push a wheel borrow, and lift buckets of up to 30 lbs. Some accommodations can be made, please ask. About the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation ​Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on Zero Waste, composting, and water conservation. They mobilize the local community through innovative outreach and provide consulting services to businesses and jurisdictions in order to address the region’s most pressing environmental issues and enact impactful change.

Encinitas, CA

12/14/19 9:00 AM + more

ECO: Garden Community Roots Farm

Activities will depend on what is happening at the farm seasonally and include prepping garden beds, harvesting produce, weeding, trimming shrubs, planting seeds, mulching, sorting seeds, watering plants, and installing irrigation. There are often build projects as well such as building garden beds, seedling tables, shaded awnings, creating community spaces, and much more. This is a great opportunity to be at the forefront of a locally grown, organic food movement that provides for food-insecure members of our community. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Be prepared to work outside. You must wear closed toe shoes. Dress in layers in weather appropriate attire that can get dirty. Bring: Water bottle with plenty of water - there is no drinking fountain on site. They will supply gloves, tools, sunscreen, and materials, but feel free to bring your own favorite tools or gloves as long as you understand you are responsible for keeping track of them. Physical Ability: They have a variety of activities for all skills and abilities. Please notify Bianca (volunteer@plantspeoplecommunity.org) if you may have specific needs and would like to make sure there are projects you can engage in. Waiver: Every volunteer is required to sign a waiver. Anyone under 18 must have waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian. Please also sign waivers for very young children attending with parents. Sign waiver here. ​Weather: Light rain will not cancel event. In the case of inclement weather, volunteers will be alerted via e-mail. About Botanical Community Development Initiatives Botanical Community Development Initiatives (BCDI) is working to improve lives by connect plants, people, and community. Community Roots Farm is a project of BCDI and is 1-acre urban farm located in an Oceanside neighborhood and grows food with community, for community. The sustainably-grown produce is served in meals to children in local state-funded preschools that are located in low socioeconomic neighborhoods where access to fresh food is lacking.

Oceanside, CA

12/11/19 10:00 AM + more

ENGAGE: Jam Sessions - Chula Vista

Be a mentor to 1-4 teen/young adults with special needs, such as autism, while they learn to play music. Volunteer mentors provide encouragement, model expected group behaviors, give compliments, give directions, and help their mentees build friendships and practice social skills. Mentors are important because they help the students with special needs gain social skills (e.g. learning how to make eye contact, have a conversation, have self control, etc.) that are essential to living a meaningful life in their community. No matter your level of musical experience, you'll have a great time shaking a shaker, playing a drum, signing along and much more. Before and after the group, volunteers assist with set up (unloading musical equipment, setting up chairs, music stands, music books, etc.), process with the volunteer team after (complete a journal entry about experience and rate mentee responses), and tear down (load equipment). Project Requirements & Important Notes Physical Ability: Ability to lift and move musical equipment, chairs, etc. (They are able to accommodate weight restrictions) Note: We need volunteers with a great attitude, who are patient and comfortable working with their mentees one-on-one. About Banding Together Founded in 2009, Banding Together’s mission is to bring music opportunities to individuals with special needs in our community. This is accomplished through key objectives that include providing: music therapy scholarships, free Jam Session programs, mentorships, and instruments.

Chula Vista, CA

12/12/19 6:00 PM + more

FOOD: Serve a Hot Meal at the San Diego Rescue Mission

Help serve the 150 or so men, women, and children living in the building in a year-long recovery program. You will be serving food, not cooking, or cleaning up. Volunteers serve hot meals, salad, bread, and dessert. The residents at the San Diego Rescue Mission are participating in 12-month long programs to transform their lives and work toward self-sufficiency. Project Requirements & Important Information Attire: Dress in pants, no sleeveless outfits and closed toe shoes are a must! Tying up long hair is recommended, volunteers will be provided with a hairnet. Religious Observance: Any prayer or religious observance during the project is optional, volunteers are welcome to opt out. Note: Photos of clients are not allowed. The San Diego Rescue Mission cannot accept donations of home baked treats/outside food. This project may end early depending on the number of residents who attend the meal service. About the San Diego Rescue Mission San Diego Rescue Mission is a non-profit homeless shelter and recovery center serving thousands of homeless, hungry, and low income men, women, and children in San Diego since 1955.

San Diego, CA

12/15/19 3:45 PM + more

FOOD: Serve a Meal at Father Joe's

Help combat hunger among our homeless neighbors! Father Joe’s Villages staff and volunteers offer more than 1 million meals each year in their dining rooms and the Franklin Antonio Public Lunch Line. Come join Father Joe’s Villages kitchen crew as they help prepare and serve meals to the men, women and children that live on the streets of our community. Volunteers will be in the kitchen preparing food, serving food 'cafeteria style' and helping in the dining area. As a result, neighbors can focus less on hunger and more on building a brighter future. Project Requirements & Important Notes First Time Volunteers: Please print and sign the following documents: Volunteer Agreement Parent Authorization Form (for minors only) Food Handler Teach and Test Attire: No tank tops, shorts, or open-toe shoes are allowed. If you do not follow this dress code you will not be able to volunteer. When You Arrive: Underground parking is available. Enter from 16th Street. You will have to buzz in and tell security that you are volunteering to serve lunch/dinner. Park and go upstairs to the lobby. Exit the lobby building and go left along the sidewalk and straight through the entrance to the courtyard. ​We will be in the PMC Kitchen (not the family kitchen) which is the last building on the right side as you walk through the courtyard/blacktop area. It is building number 16 and has entrances on either side of the security booth. You'll enter a smaller courtyard and the door to the kitchen will be on the left. Our Team Leader will be inside to check you in. About Father Joe's Villages As San Diego’s largest homeless services provider, Father Joe’s Villages offers a wide variety of housing and services at several locations. They provide housing, rental assistance, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training, mental health, addiction treatment and child development in an internationally modeled “one-stop-shop” approach.

San Diego, CA

1/6/20 4:15 PM + more

FOOD: Vista Food Distribution

Catholic Charities Vista Food Resource Center needs help with a food delivery on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. 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. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: This is an indoor and outdoor event in the North County Inland region, so make sure to wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes, a hat, and must wear closed-toe shoes. Bring: Sunscreen and plenty of water. Physical Ability: Most volunteers will need to be able to stand for 2 hours, bend, and lift 15-25 lbs repeatedly. About Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego Catholic Charities Diocese of San Diego is a ministry of the local church based on the person of Jesus, dedicated to caring for the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized.

Vista, CA

12/18/19 9:00 AM + more

SORT: Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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! You will be given a brief orientation, tour and tasks/projects to work on. Please arrive on time. You are welcome to work past your shift if you are able and willing to do so. Project Requirements & Important Notes Signing up: ALL VOLUNTEERS will also need to sign up through San Diego Habitat’s online system in addition to the HandsOn system. This helps them track volunteer hours to report for grants and also allows them to track their waivers. To do this, go to http://vhub.at/handsonsd. Court-Ordered Volunteers: San Diego Habitat for Humanity accepts, on a limited basis, volunteers who are required by a court to complete community service hours. They cannot accept volunteers who have a past or current conviction of a violent or menacing nature, conviction of an offense of a sexual nature, or conviction of theft or burglary. Minors: Volunteers aged 14-17 must have a San Diego Habitat waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Volunteers aged 14-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the duration of the volunteer shift. Bring: Plenty of water and a sack lunch or snacks. About San Diego Habitat for Humanity The San Diego Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement discount stores with a simple premise: by selling new and gently used donated goods, we can fund the construction of new Habitat homes in San Diego County.

San Diego, CA

1/21/20 10:00 AM + more

SORT: Warehouse Warriors

You can directly support members of the military and their families by volunteering in the STEP warehouse. The STEP warehouse is a storefront of new and gently used items donated by the Southern California community. The warehouse is open to all eligible clients to browse and take what they need: clothes, bedding, home goods, and critical baby items - diapers, wipes, car seats (new), etc. The warehouse is designed to support their mission of building financial self-sufficiency and reducing financial hardship by increasing financial literacy, and alleviate some monthly expenses. Volunteers will be taking inventory of items in the warehouse, sorting new donations, and may be asked to help with cleaning. You'll be helping military families easily find the items they need most. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Comfortable clothing you don't mind getting dirty, dress in layers. Bring: Reusable water bottle. Physical Ability: Volunteers should be comfortable with bending, standing, and able to lift up to 20 lbs. About Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) STEP assists junior active duty enlisted members and recently discharged enlisted Veterans and their families in Southern California facing financial crisis achieve long-term financial self-sufficiency through counseling, education and grants to alleviate critical near term obligations.​

San Diego, CA

1/14/20 2:00 PM + more