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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FOOD: Food Sorting

More Than Apples helps rescue food destined for the landfill to fight food insecurity in North County families. At their weekly food distribution, volunteers sort and divide large amounts of food into individual boxes available to families for a small donation. Volunteer tasks will include helping load 2 large trucks with food, sorting through all produce to identify any spoiled product, unloading all cold product indoors, and dividing all the food up into the amount of boxes we distribute (about 170 each week). Before COVID-19 hit, MTA served about 75 families weekly, now the size of their operation has doubled. They need more hands to get food into the homes that need it. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes and face masks are required. Wear clothes that can get dirty and sun protection (sunscreen/hat). Bring: Resusable water bottle Physical Requirements: Must be able to bend and lift up to 50 pounds. Can NOT be sick or have been around anyone sick in the last 7 days. Note: Volunteers are not allowed to take photos at this project. About More Than Apples More Than Apples serves to reduce hunger/food insecurity and waste by redistributing consumable goods, providing education aimed at reduction of waste and creating a community in which consciousness, courtesy, and communal good are the core tenets.

Escondido, CA

7/9/20 8:00 AM + more

FOOD: Pantry Prep

Volunteers in Porchlight Community Services' pantry will help set up for their drive-thru food distribution, pack grab n' go boxes, and help distribute food into their clients' cars. Porchlight Community Services rescues food from going to waste and offers healthy options for low-income families with strict food restrictions and allergies that are not usually available at food pantries. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Physical Requirements: Bending, lifting, carry up to 20lbs. Restroom access is only available via stairs. ‚ÄčNote: Signing up as a team has been disabled for this project. Last minute team cancellations for a shift this small can be extremely detrimental to Porchlight being able to distribute food to families in need. Please sign up individually or email info@handsonsandiego.org to sign up with your child. About Porchlight Community Services The mission of the Porchlight Cooperative is to relieve hunger, eliminate waste and increase the self-sufficiency of individuals.

San Diego, CA

8/6/20 10:30 AM + 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 Notes COVID-19 Guidelines: You will be required to have a mask on and wash your hands before entering the building (at handwashing stations provided). Each volunteer will also undergo a temperature scan and answer a few questions about whether or not you have been near anyone exposed to COVID or have any symptoms. If you are experiencing ANY of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, please stay home. Everyone in the building is wearing a face mask, sanitation and cleaning policies are being closely followed, and hand sanitizers are everywhere. The Rescue Mission has had no cases of illness in the building and intend to keep it that way. 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

7/4/20 3:45 PM + more