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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Words Alive has recently recieved several large donations of... Learn More

SORT: Prep Children's Books For Distribution San Diego, CA. 92109 5 spots available on 11/10/20 9:00 AM 3 hours 9 more times available

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

FOOD: Food Sorting Escondido, CA. 92026 10 spots available on 11/4/20 3:00 PM 3 hours 44 more times available

Help Auntie Helen's transform the exterior of their thrift s... Learn More

HELP OUT: Brighten Up Auntie Helen's San Diego, CA. 92104 8 spots available on 11/1/20 9:00 AM 5 hours

Auntie Helen's serves individuals with low incomes or with u... Learn More

SORT: Organize Thrift Store Donations San Diego, CA. 92104 3 spots available on 10/30/20 10:00 AM 2.5 hours 144 more times available

‚Äč PATH clients come to the clothing closet with their cas... Learn More

SORT: Clothing Closet San Diego, CA. 92101 4 spots available on 11/2/20 10:00 AM 2 hours 3 more times available

Help serve the 150 or so men, women, and children living in ... Learn More

FOOD: Serve a Hot Meal at the San Diego Rescue Mission San Diego, CA. 92101 0 spots available on 11/1/20 3:45 PM 1.5 hours Waitlist available

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

FOOD: Pantry Prep San Diego, CA. 92123 1 spot available on 11/5/20 10:00 AM 4.5 hours 14 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 2 spots available on 10/30/20 7:30 AM 1.25 hours 26 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 5 spots available on 10/30/20 7:45 AM 1.5 hours 26 more times available

Community Roots Farm grows a variety of vegetables, herbs an... Learn More

ECO: Farming with Community Roots Oceanside, CA. 92057 4 spots available on 11/15/20 9:30 AM 2 hours 8 more times available

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 10/31/20 9:30 AM 3 hours 17 more times available

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

FOOD: Lucky Duck Meal Distribution San Diego, CA. 92101 6 spots available on 10/30/20 8:30 AM 1 hour 26 more times available

Help sort, pack, and/or distribute bags during South Bay Com... Learn More

FOOD: South Bay Food Distribution Chula Vista, CA. 91945 Ongoing

STEP needs your help in their warehouse! They will be prepar... Learn More

FOOD: Thanksgiving Food Distribution Prep San Diego, CA. 92131 2 spots available on 11/10/20 9:00 AM 4 hours

You can directly support members of the military and their f... Learn More

SORT: Warehouse Warriors San Diego, CA. 92131 3 spots available on 11/19/20 9:00 AM 3 hours

STEP is looking for volunteers to assist with their incoming... Learn More

FOOD: Thanksgiving Food Drive Help San Diego, CA. 92131 2 spots available on 11/4/20 9:00 AM 4 hours

Botanical Community Development Initiatives has received a g... Learn More

ECO: Propagation and Potting Help Oceanside, CA. 92057 5 spots available on 11/4/20 2:00 PM 2 hours

Porchlight Community Services is seeking an ongoing voluntee... Learn More

HELP OUT: Office Admin San Diego, CA. 92123 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

Maintaining good hygiene is the first step towards a healthy... 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

There are countless ways volunteers support USO San Diego! W... Learn More

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

The Fallbrook Food Pantry (FFP) is currently operating an Em... Learn More

FOOD: Fallbrook Food Distribution Fallbrook, CA. 92028 Ongoing

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

Help combat food insecurity in your community as a Volunteer... Learn More

FOOD: Volunteer Driver (Various Locations) San Diego, CA. 92105 Ongoing

Volunteer to drive Catholic Charities' refrigerated vehicle ... Learn More

FOOD: Food Rescue Program Volunteer Driver San Diego, CA. 92117 Ongoing

In partnership with the City of National City, Catholic Char... Learn More

FOOD: National City Food Distribution National City, CA. 91950 Ongoing

In response to the growing need for food assistance in San D... Learn More

FOOD: Meal Prep for Good San Diego, CA. 92114 Ongoing

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

TECH: Computer Refurbisher San Diego, CA. 92121 Ongoing

Helping Hands Community connects those who must shelter in p... Learn More


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.

  • San Diego Unified School District

    • Help keep the children of San Diego well nourished while schools are closed. Volunteers will be bagging and distributing meals for children and families. 

  • 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