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Volunteer Leaders

We aim to provide a Volunteer Leader for each of HandsOn San Diego's projects. Volunteer Leaders are dedicated volunteers who combine their passion for a cause with their leadership skills. They manage volunteers at projects and act as a liaison between HandsOn San Diego and our project partners. Volunteer Leaders instill a sense of community at our projects that inspires volunteers to keep coming back. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Act as a liaison between HandsOn San Diego and our project partners. 
  • Respond to volunteer and HandsOn San Diego inquiries in a timely manner. 
  • Record attendance and impact measurements for each project within 48 hours.
  • Follow our guidelines and checklists for Volunteer Leaders.
  • Ensure that the project begins, runs, and ends smoothly for all.
  • Positively represent HandsOn San Diego.
  • Commit to leading at least one project per month/quarter for a minimum of 6-12 months. 

Time Commitment: About 4 hours per month per project.


  • Opportunities to enhance leadership skills (organization, management, communication, resourcefulness), including supplemental professional development opportunities. 
  • ​Meet like-minded people who share your passion to serve the community. 
  • Enhance your résumé and expand your network. 
  • Increase your impact as a volunteer by leading others. 

How to Become a Volunteer Leader:

  1. Attend at least 2-3 different HandsOn San Diego projects.
  2. Apply using our Volunteer Leader & Action Team Member Interest Form.
  3. We will follow-up after your application with an email. 
  4. Attend a training. You can sign up here or schedule one by emailing
  5. Pick a project that aligns with your passions here
  6. Complete and pass a background check online with Sterling Volunteers (typically costs $17). Once the background check is completed, Sterling Volunteers allows volunteers to share their check with other organizations that use their service.
  7. Complete online training (20 min) for using our volunteer management software.

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