Volunteering In-Person


If you're comfortable, healthy, and not in an at-risk group, there are local organizations with urgent volunteer needs that could use your help. Please review our safety guidelines before attending projects in-person. Here are the projects you can sign up with through HandsOn San Diego: 

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Bring live music to seniors during COVID! Serving Seniors is... Learn More

Courtyard Concerts San Diego, CA. 92101 Ongoing

Heaven's Windows' Food Distribution Program is located in th... Learn More

FOOD: Food Distribution Program Spring Valley, CA. 91978 2 spots available on 5/11/21 7:00 AM 6 hours 5 more times available

Volunteers in Porchlight Community Services' pantry will hel... Learn More

FOOD: Pantry Prep San Diego, CA. 92123 2 spots available on 4/15/21 10:00 AM 4 hours 13 more times available

Heaven's Windows is a sponsor of the Summer Food Service Pro... Learn More

FOOD: Child Nutrition Program Spring Valley, CA. 91978 1 spot available on 4/13/21 9:00 AM 4 hours 34 more times available

Heaven's Windows' Child Nutrition Program provides nutrition... Learn More

FOOD: Child Meal Distribution in Spring Valley Spring Valley, CA. 91977 1 spot available on 4/12/21 1:45 PM 1.25 hours 34 more times available

Heaven's Windows' Child Nutrition Program provides nutrition... Learn More

FOOD: Child Meal Distribution in San Diego San Diego, CA. 92139 1 spot available on 4/12/21 2:45 PM 0.75 hour 33 more times available

There are 4,000+ unsheltered homeless individuals on the str... Learn More

FOOD: Lucky Duck Meals for the Unsheltered Homeless Program in Miramar San Diego, CA. 92121 6 spots available on 4/12/21 7:30 AM 1.25 hours 21 more times available

There are 4,000+ unsheltered homeless individuals on the str... Learn More

FOOD: Lucky Duck Meals for the Unsheltered Homeless Program in Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA. 91910 4 spots available on 4/12/21 7:30 AM 1.25 hours 21 more times available

Help distribute food and water to about 75 unsheltered homel... Learn More

FOOD: Lucky Duck Meal Distribution San Diego, CA. 92113 3 spots available on 4/12/21 8:15 AM 1 hour 21 more times available

Paving Great Futures and I Am My Brother's Keeper (IAMBK) ha... Learn More

FOOD: IAMBK & Paving Great Futures Food Distribution San Diego, CA. 92114 5 spots available on 4/13/21 11:30 AM 4.5 hours 6 more times available

More Than Apples helps rescue food destined for the landfill... Learn More

FOOD: Food Sorting Escondido, CA. 92026 9 spots available on 4/14/21 3:00 PM 3 hours 34 more times available

Volunteers will assist in the process of preparing food dona... Learn More

FOOD: Community Food Distribution Spring Valley, CA. 91977 12 spots available on 4/27/21 7:30 AM 4 hours 1 more time available

Help distribute food to families in need. Super Pantries are... Learn More

FOOD: City Heights Super Pantry San Diego, CA. 92105 5 spots available on 4/16/21 12:00 PM 3 hours 6 more times available

Support MAAC's monthly assembly line style food distribution... Learn More

FOOD: Chula Vista Food Distribution Chula Vista, CA. 91911 20 spots available on 5/12/21 7:00 AM 4 hours

Often the best way to learn is by doing. Get a taste of the ... Learn More

ECO: Farm at Wild Willow San Diego, CA. 92154 1 spot available on 4/12/21 9:30 AM 3 hours 13 more times available

Grandma LuLu’s Table was formed as a creative solution to th... Learn More

FOOD: Mobile Breakfast Distribution Spring Valley, CA. 91977 0 spots available on 4/24/21 7:30 AM 3 hours Waitlist available

Together we can get through this pandemic! The Arc of San D... Learn More

HELP OUT: PPE Distribution to the Arc's Clients San Diego, CA. 92123 6 spots available on 4/13/21 8:00 AM 4 hours 1 more time available

Support veterans in receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. A... Learn More

As part of the San Diego Rapid Relief Network (SDRRN), Jewis... Learn More

URGENT: Migrant Shelter Courier San Diego, CA. 92110 Ongoing

Welcome Solutions for Change's newest families during their ... Learn More

FOOD: Provide and Serve Dinner Vista, CA. 92084 Ongoing

Pro Kids has served over 60,000 free meals since last March ... Learn More

FOOD: Pro Kids Food Distribution San Diego, CA. 92105 Ongoing

Auntie Helen's needs an individual(s) to pick up food donati... Learn More

FOOD: Food Donation Pick Up & Drop Off San Diego, CA. 92104 Ongoing

Looking good is the first step towards feeling good and incr... Learn More

HELP OUT: Personal Care Center San Diego, CA. 92101 Ongoing

Father Joe's Villages needs volunteers to assist with distri... Learn More

FOOD: Food Distribution/Warehouse Assistance San Diego, CA. 92102 Ongoing

Join PATH San Diego and Urban Angels to help serve healthy a... Learn More

Every night at four secured lots, Jewish Family Service oper... Learn More

Project 19 Home Delivered Meals is a food delivery program e... Learn More

FOOD: Project 19 Home Delivered Meals San Diego, CA. 92123 Ongoing

Kitchens for Good believes that all food has power and that ... Learn More

FOOD: Meal Prep for Good San Diego, CA. 92123 Ongoing

Computers 2 Kids needs help refurbishing their donated compu... Learn More

TECH: Computer Refurbisher San Diego, CA. 92121 Ongoing


These organizations are providing essential services and could use your support. You will need to sign up with them directly:

Food Distribution/Delivery

  • ElderHelp of San Diego

    • Get started by attending an online orientation so you can support seniors with deliveries of groceries and other essential items, and/or providing medically necessary transportation.

  • Father Joe's Villages

    • Volunteers are needed weekdays, 7:30am - 3:30pm to help put together food packages to-go (drive-thru style). Create an account and sign up for a shift here

  • Interfaith Community Services

    • Volunteers are needed to assemble sack lunches, help at their drive-up food distribution, repackage bulk items, deliver meals, and more.   

  • It's All About the Kids Foundation

    • IAATK relies on individuals and volunteer groups to help us distribute food to hundreds of families each Thursday. Anyone who is 11 years of age and older is welcome to volunteer.

  • Mama's Kitchen

    • Fill out an application and attend an orientation to stage and/or deliver meals to our neighbors struggling with AIDS or cancer who are too sick to shop and cook for themselves.

  • Salvation Army San Diego

    • The Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to assist with the urgent need to sort food and distribute to people in our community who are in crisis. They have locations in El Cajon, Downtown San Diego, Clairemont, and Chula Vista.

  • Serving Seniors

    • Help with delivering meals to seniors or preparing/distributing meals for pick-up to homeless seniors. 

  • Wesley Community Services Center

    • Wesley Community Services Center is hosting food distributions Monday - Friday, 11:00am - 3:00pm. They use masks, gloves, and practice social distancing, and only a few volunteers interact with the public. If you can volunteer call Cheryl at (619) 972-8267.

Serving/Cooking Meals

  • Father Joe's Villages

    • Father Joe's Villages serves three meals daily out of two kitchens on-site to individuals and families who are homeless. Shifts take place daily: breakfast 5:50am - 8:00am, lunch 10:30am - 12:30pm, and dinner 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Create an account and sign up for a shift here

  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego

    • Volunteers are needed to prepare home-delivered meals for older adults in the JFS Loonin Family Kitchen. As community need grows, they have increased their production of nutritious, home-delivered meals from 400 to 1,600 a day. Commercial Kitchen experience is a plus but not mandatory to volunteer.

Assembling Items to Distribute