Available Team Leader Opportunities

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

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Biztown Buddies

The McGrath Family JA BizTown is a 10,000 sq. foot mini-city in which kids discover how the "real world" works. Each day, about 150 5th graders become JA BizTown "citizens," where they work in one of 21 businesses, make personal financial decisions as well as for their business, hold business meetings, pay taxes and donate to charity. Volunteers will be stationed in each shop; helping the students carry-on the day, stay on task and keep track of time (breaks etc.). The time commitment includes a one-hour training during the morning of the students JA BizTown scheduled date. You can watch the Biztown Volunteer Orientation video to better prepare for your visit. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Volunteers should wear casual attire, closed-toe and comfortable shoes. Bring: Please bring a lunch. Snacks are available for sale in the lobby cash only. About Junior Achievement of San Diego Since 1950, Junior Achievement of San Diego County has provided life-changing programs to more than 954,000 youth—in the classroom and after school—to foster an understanding of how the “real world” works. To ensure youth are prepared for their future, JA teaches them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage money.

San Diego, CA

2/25/19 7:30 AM

Canine Companions: Campus Cleanup

Canine Companions for Independence needs help cleaning their vans and around their campus to ensure a positive and clean environment for their graduate teams and dogs. Volunteers will be cleaning the vans used to transport their dogs for training. This will include sanitizing and vacuuming the crates in the vans. Other activities may include cleaning the dog crates, light gardening and clean up around the campus. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed toe shoes and comfortable attire Bring: A reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat. Note: There will be no direct contact with the service animals. About Canine Companions for Independence 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.

Oceanside, CA

2/22/19 9:00 AM +more

Community Cooking Days

Community Cooking Days volunteers help Kitchens for Good prep for their hunger relief meal productions. Working under the direction of their Lead Cook, volunteers chop produce and package meals. Volunteers play a pivotal role in providing hundreds of meals to local elementary school students on a daily basis. The meals volunteers prepare are provided to partner nonprofits like Jewish Family Service, Just In Time, Heavens Windows and others who deliver these ready-to-eat wholesome meals to homebound seniors, young people in foster care, and after-school centers serving at-risk youth. For some in our community, this balanced meal is the only food they may eat that day. Volunteer activities may include: food prep (gleaning, slicing, dicing, saucing, zesting) cooking, meal assembly, packaging, cleaning, wiping down tables, mopping, washing dishes, and sweeping. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe, no-slip shoes, t-shirts/sleeved shirts, and long-pants are required. Long hair must be tied up in a ponytail. All jewelry must be taken off prior to the session (watches, rings, etc.). Gloves, hairnets, and aprons are provided. Physical Ability: Volunteers will be standing for 2-3 hours, bending, and lifting up to 2 pounds. About Kitchens for Good Kitchens for Good aims to break the cycles of food waste, poverty and hunger through innovative programs in workforce training, healthy food production, and social enterprise.

San Diego, CA

2/27/19 5:00 PM +more

ENGAGE: Jam Sessions - Carlsbad

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.

Carlsbad, CA

3/27/19 6:00 PM

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

3/7/19 6:00 PM +more

ENGAGE: Jam Sessions - El Cajon

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.

El Cajon, CA

2/28/19 6:00 PM +more

ENGAGE: Jam Sessions - Point Loma

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.

San Diego, CA

3/13/19 6:00 PM +more

Encinitas Beach Cleanup

Join fellow volunteers in the fun-filled atmosphere of cleaning the beach! You will help Surfrider Foundation preserve one of San Diego's greatest treasures - its coastline. The Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter and San Diego Coastkeeper coordinate public beach cleanups several times each month. Please check-in with the HandsOn San Diego Team Leader when you arrive. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Please wear comfortable clothes, closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Bring: A reusable water bottle and help us Rise Above Plastics by bringing your own reusable supplies and reducing your plastic footprint! Reusable bags, buckets, gloves and grabbers will be available for those who do not have their own supplies. About Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

Encinitas, CA

3/16/19 9:00 AM

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

3/12/19 9:00 AM

Fun with Finance!

Share your personal finance experience with a group of high school students that have been taught a curriculum on budgeting that culminates into a tablet based/experiential session at the Junior Achievement facility. The students are assigned a profile which includes details about their family, job, and background. They will then create and adhere to a personal financial budget for the duration of the day, learning how to make the best choices with the hand that they’ve been dealt/chosen. Students will learn how to make critical life choices (applying for a mortgage, buying a car, securing insurance etc.) based on their profiles that they are assigned. You'll be trained on using the tablets for the simulation during the first hour of your shift. You'll then be assigned a group of 10-20 students to work with; answering simple life questions on budgeting and guiding their students through the simulation experience. Additional skills or a speciality in finance is not needed, just the patience to work with a group of students and the willingness to engage and share your own life experiences as they relates to budgeting and finances. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Volunteers must set an example to the students and wear business casual clothing. Bring: Bring your own snacks and lunch, there are vending machines available. Note: This project is ideal for adults 25+ who have experience and are comfortable discussing their own personal budgeting. About Junior Achievement of San Diego We teach kids how to get a job, start a business, and how to manage money. Our mission is to empower young people to own their economic success. For more info, check out the the Finance Park Complete Brochure.

San Diego, CA

2/27/19 7:45 AM

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

2/27/19 10:00 AM +more

Get Active with The Arc in Chula Vista

Offered for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Our Place Wellness Program expands on offerings of adaptive yoga, fitness and Zumba classes to include music & art therapies and nutrition training. All classes are led by certified professionals. As a volunteer, you will assist these instructors to ensure all students are having a fun and safe time! We need volunteers with a great attitude, who are patient and comfortable working with their students one-on-one. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Wear workout friendly attire with closed-toe shoes. Bring: Reusable water bottle. About The Arc of San Diego The Arc of San Diego supports and empowers people with disabilities to achieve their life goals.

Chula Vista, CA

2/23/19 8:30 AM +more

Get Active with The Arc in Kearny Mesa

Offered for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Our Place Wellness Program expands on offerings of adaptive yoga, fitness and Zumba classes to include music & art therapies and nutrition training. All classes are led by certified professionals. As a volunteer, you will assist these instructors to ensure all students are having a fun and safe time! We need volunteers with a great attitude, who are patient and comfortable working with their students one-on-one. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Wear workout friendly attire with closed-toe shoes. Bring: Reusable water bottle. About The Arc of San Diego The Arc of San Diego supports and empowers people with disabilities to achieve their life goals.

San Diego, CA

2/23/19 8:30 AM +more

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

3/5/19 10:00 AM +more

North Park Food Distribution

Kickstart your weekend by helping with the setup, breakdown, cleanup and actual distribution of food to the community. Each Friday evening New Vision Christian Fellowship serves food for free to the general public and needs volunteers to assist them with this worthy cause, and to help them better serve the community at large. Volunteer activities include: sorting, separating, and bagging up food (fruits, vegetables, bread, pastry and other edible items), helping pass out food to the line, and assisting with breakdown and cleanup of the Fellowship Hall after the distribution has ended. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes are required. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing that may get dirty. Physical Ability: Volunteerwork may entail bending, light lifting (up to 20 pounds), standing (up to an hour), and interacting with hundreds of people. Weather: The food distribution will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather, barring extreme weather or enviromental conditions unlikely in our region. Religious Observance: New Vision is a Southern Baptist Christian Fellowship organization. A brief prayer service will be observed at 4:30PM, volunteers may choose to participate or opt out as desired. ​Note: All new volunteers are required to watch a 15 minute orientation video at the beginning of their shift. About New Vision Christian Fellowship We are a group of believers who long to express their love to God and to others. We've come to realize that we are broken people who have been restored by the healer’s hand. We acknowledge that we don’t know it all, but know the one who does. We invite others who have been broken to join us on a journey where we can discover the healers hand together and restore us back to a right relationship with Him and each other.

San Diego, CA

2/22/19 2:45 PM +more

North Park Food Distribution Set-up

Help with the set-up of a weekly food distribution in North Park to low income community members. Each Friday evening New Vision Christian Fellowship serves food for free to the general public and needs volunteers to assist them with this worthy cause, and to help them better serve the community at large. Volunteer activities include: processing food for distribution, setting up the serving area, breaking down and stacking cardboard, and sorting out food unfit for consumption. Let the Team Leader know if you are comfortable using a pallet jack to move larger items. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes are required. Wear comfortable loose-fitting clothing that may get dirty. Physical Ability: Volunteerwork may entail bending, light lifting (up to 20 pounds), standing (up to an hour), and interacting with hundreds of people. Weather: The food distribution will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather, barring extreme weather or enviromental conditions unlikely in our region. Religious Observance: New Vision is a Southern Baptist Christian Fellowship organization. Volunteers may choose to participate or opt out as desired in any prayer services that are observed. ​Note: All new volunteers are required to watch a 15 minute orientation video at the beginning of their shift. About New Vision Christian Fellowship We are a group of believers who long to express their love to God and to others. We've come to realize that we are broken people who have been restored by the healer’s hand. We acknowledge that we don’t know it all, but know the one who does. We invite others who have been broken to join us on a journey where we can discover the healers hand together and restore us back to a right relationship with Him and each other.

San Diego, CA

2/22/19 10:00 AM +more

SORT: Feeding San Diego

Join Feeding San Diego and the 14,000 individuals who dedicate their time to help feed more than 485,000 children, families and seniors in need every year. Volunteers help with a variety of projects, including sorting, cleaning, bagging and boxing food. As a volunteer, you will be supporting the more than 63,000 people each week who receive food from Feeding San Diego. Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Casual clothing that can get dirty and closed-toe shoes. Wearing layers or bringing a jacket or sweater is recommended, as the distribution center is warm during the summer and cool during the winter About Feeding San Diego Feeding San Diego is committed to a culture of responsibility and dignity and to leading their local community in the fight against hunger by efficiently providing access to food and nutritious meals. Feeding San Diego builds local and national partnerships with purpose.

San Diego, CA

3/9/19 1:00 PM

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

3/12/19 2:00 PM +more

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

3/20/19 9:00 AM

Worm Wranglin'! - a compost critter round up

The Solana Center's resident worms help them teach San Diegans about the beauty of Vermicomposting (composting with worms). They act as a demonstration site and nursery for raising and distributing worms to homes around the County. Help care for these amazing compost critters and promote sustainability in our community! Volunteers help care for their worm nursery and demonstration site by separating worms from worm castings, feeding worms, and building new worm beds. This activity is great for kids! Project Requirements & Important Notes Attire: Closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. ​Physical Ability: Not afraid of worms! Accommodations can be made for all other physical needs, just let the leader know. ​Weather: Not canceled for light rain. If heavy storms are in forecast you will be notified of cancellation by email and phone the night before (by 5pm). For not predicted heavy storms, cancellations will be notified ASAP. 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

3/16/19 10:00 AM