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United Communities = Strong Communities

The San Diego community is beautiful, diverse, and is at its finest when all its citizens are engaged AND equal. As such, HandsOn San Diego stands in solidarity with everyone out there defiantly, confidently, proudly proclaiming that all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) matter.

HandsOn San Diego’s mission is to strengthen communities through volunteer action. We believe that when individuals are actively engaged, communities are stronger.  Yet, we, as an organization, acknowledge that we have more to do to ensure that our practices are aligned with a statement of solidarity. We can and must do better. 

We are committing ourselves to righting our wrongs and actively engaging in promoting a just and equal community inside our organization and in all that we do externally. We are committed to diversifying our staff, volunteer base, and advisory board. We vow to hold each other accountable and to promote anti-racist work, ideas, and action. We will continue to partner with organizations that support and are led by BIPOC.

Thank you for your continued support of and engagement with HandsOn San Diego.

Local Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) San Diego & Imperial Counties

Local NAACP Branches

Local Chapters of Showing Up for Racial Justice

San Diegans for Justice

List of Black-Led Grassroots and/or Volunteer Organizations

Volunteer Opportunities at Organizations Working in Anti-Racism/BIPOC-led Organizations

  • ACLU San Diego & Imperial Counties

    • The mission of ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties is to protect and expand fairness, equity and freedom through community engagement, building power, policy advocacy, and impact litigation. Sign up to volunteer here

  • Common Ground Theatre

    • Common Ground Theatre’s mission is “to produce classics and new works by and about people of African descent that entertain, educate, and connect with audiences of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds.” As the premier San Diego Black theatre, our aim is to produce high quality theatrical productions that provide a “common ground” for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to participate, interact, connect and share their love of theatre. To learn more about how to volunteer, call (619) 272-3209.

  • Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance

    • Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance (MoGo) is currently in need of volunteers with legal experience or expertise to support community members with their matters, and volunteers to do internet research, data entry, and/or video transcription. Sign up here.

  • North County African American Women's Association

    • North County African American Women's Association (NCAAWA) loves to have your support in so many ways. Time, talent and treasure are always appreciated and we can always use more of those. Complete our Time & Talents form to contribute to NCAAWA or consider making a donation.

  • North San Diego County NAACP

    • Volunteers are the essential life blood of the North San Diego County NAACP! We're continually looking for individuals who want to make a difference. If you're one of these individuals, complete the NSDC NAACP Volunteer form to join us!

  • San Diego Chapter of the Black American Political Association of California 

    • San Diego Chapter of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC SD) is a visionary movement that works to ensure the Black community in San Diego County remains a relevant economic, social, and political force in Southern California. BAPAC SD is operated by volunteers and they're always looking for more to join. To get involved, email

  • WorldBeat Cultural Center

    • As a non-profit multi-cultural arts organization we are dedicated to promoting, presenting and preserving the African Diaspora and Indigenous cultures of the world through Music, Art, Dance, Multi-Media Arts, Education, and STEAM Research. Volunteers play an integral part in the success of our events and programs, without their help and dedication we wouldn’t be where we are today. To find out more about volunteer opportunities email 

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