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Volunteer Opportunities

Santana High School does not require volunteer hours for graduation. There are however, some classes that require community service. For those of you who want to "give back" to your school or community, there are a number of resources available to you. We do not endorse the following agencies or websites; the information is provided for reference only. Students and their families should thoroughly investigate any volunteer organization before joining.

Online Calendar Makes it Easy 
to Find Volunteer Opportunities
 
HandsOn San Diego and Kids Korps USA have recently merged! Together, these nonprofits produce an online calendar of one-time volunteer projects for teens, adults, families, and groups. This makes finding opportunities for community service and signing up a breeze. Service hour certification is provided by volunteer team leaders, who coordinate each event. 

The winter holidays are a wonderful time to volunteer and give back to the community. Click these links to see the full project calendar or to search opportunities

 

www.volunteersandiego.com
or call (858) 656-4131
www.volunteermatch.org

www.servenet.org


San Diego Volunteer Opportunities:


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
American Cancer Society - San Diego, CA is located in San Diego, California, and offers 2 opportunities to serve your community. 
www.volunteermatch.org
www.cancer.org

AMERICAN RED CROSS
San Diego - Imperial County Chapter
3650 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103-4220
E-mail: \n info@sdarc.org 
Phone: 619-542-7400
www.sdarc.org

Red Cross youth (15-18 years) and young adult (19-24 years) volunteers make a difference everyday. Young people have enthusiasm and talent to offer. We can help them develop leadership skills and channel these qualities. Youth volunteers are actively involved in their communities. Start a Red Cross club in your school or become involved in some of the areas listed above. Leadership Development Camps are offered during the spring and summer. Training necessary.

ANIMAL SHELTERS

SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY 
The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA 5500 Gaines Street 
San Diego, CA 92110 
619.299.7012 
www.sdhumane.org

Note on Youth Volunteers:
Minors must be a minimum of 14 years old to volunteer. All youth volunteers must have reliable transportation and a parent or guardians consent to volunteer. Minors 14 - 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times and can only assist with our rabbits & guinea pigs. Minors 16-17 years old may volunteer alone and can assist in departments that do not specify a minimum age requirement. Minor volunteers must meet the commitment requirement for the department they are volunteering in. Community service volunteers (over age 13) are selected on an as-needed basis. 
Please call the Volunteer Director at 619-243-3406 for further information. 

Education: Minors may volunteer to assist with Pet Pals events and Animal Adventure Camp. Community Programs interview required. For more information on program qualifications, please call Youth Education at (619) 299-7012 ext.2251. 

BIRCH AQAURIUM
aquarium.ucsd.edu

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and able to commit to working a minimum of four shifts per month for a period of at least six months. We are open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week, and most shifts are 9:00am-1:00pm or 1:00pm-5:00pm. Please note that all volunteer and internship positions at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps are unpaid. Contact the volunteer department at (858)822-4934 or E-mail: \n volunteers@siomail.ucsd.edu 

BEACH CLEAN UP
Through outreach, community involvement and example, I Love A Clean San Diego leads and educates our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment.
www.ilacsd.org
Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Leone
Phone: (619) 291-0103 ext.3003
E-mail: \n volunteers@ilacsd.org 

REGENCY PARK LA MESA RETIREMENT RESIDENCE
5740 Lake Murray Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Activities Director, Darcy Grundy
(619) 464-6801

EL CAJON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
168 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
www.downtownelcajon.com
(619) 401-8858
* Must be at least 14 years of age and have parent permission if younger than 18.
* Must attend volunteer interview/orientation.
* Must review and sign volunteer code of conduct and waiver.

FOCAS
Friends of County Animal Shelters--San Diego is a volunteer, non-profit organization formed to provide shelter to animals: North (Carlsbad), South (Bonita), and Central San Diego.
Phone (619) 685-3536 
www.focas-sandiego.org 

FOOD BANK
www.sandiegofoodbank.org
Volunteer Coordinator: \n tbrown@sandiegofoodbank.org 

GIRL SCOUTS
Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, Inc. 
1231 Upas Street 
San Diego, CA 92103 
619.298.8391 or 800.643.4798.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 
www.habitatsdiego.org
10222 San Diego Mission Road
San Diego CA 92108
(619) 283-4663 

Building for the future through Habitat for Humanity, young people have the opportunity to put faith into action, to partner with a diverse group of people, and to make a positive impact in their communities. We strongly encourage youth groups to participate in making a difference!

Youth under 16
Children under age 16 are not allowed on construction sites. However, participating in awareness activities and fundraising is a great way for young people to get involved with Habitat. Coins for Habitat, building playhouses for fundraisers, starting school chapters of Habitat and promoting the Aluminum Cans Build Habitat Homes program are just a few of the many opportunities.

Youth ages 16 and older
Volunteers 16 and older are welcome at construction sites. It is up to the house leaders for a given house project to decide what duties youth volunteers may do at a work site. This decision will be made for each house and could vary from week to week. Generally, activities can include all phases of construction except those activities involving power tools and heavy machinery.

Volunteers aged 16 and 17 who are present on the job site must have a release signed by a parent or guardian allowing permission to volunteer on a construction site. Only individuals over age 18 are permitted to do actual construction, but 16 and 17-year-olds may help on-site with painting and cleanup duties. To ensure proper supervision, there will be a minimum of one adult for every two volunteers under the age of 18. Again, it is highly recommended that a parent or guardian accompany their child to the work site. 

HOSPITALS

ALVARADO HOSPITAL
6645 Alvarado Road
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 229-4619

CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
www.chsd.org
(858) 966-4021

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL
www.sharp.com
Volunteer Information 
619-644-4059 
619-644-4175 (Junior Volunteers)

LA MESA COMMUNITY SERVICES
4975 Memorial Drive
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 667-1333
Contact: Michele Greenberg-McClung
\n mgreenberg-mcclung@ci.la-mesa.ca.us 

LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE
Enjoy a hometown parade along La Mesa Blvd. on June 4, 2005. Parade begins at 10:00 am. Call the Parade Hotline at (619) 667-1172 to volunteer.

LIBRARIES
www.sdcl.org
(click on branch listings)

LA MESA BRANCH 
8055 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 469-2151


EL CAJON BRANCH 
201 E. Douglas
El Cajon, CA 92020
Handicap accessible
(619) 588-3718

LEMON GROVE BRANCH 
8073 Broadway
Lemon Grove, CA 91945
Handicap accessible
(619) 463-9819

SPRING VALLEY BRANCH 
836 Kempton Street
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Handicap accessible
(619) 463-3006

MARCH OF DIMES
San Diego-Imperial Division 
9325 Sky Park Court, Suite 250 
San Diego,CA 92123-4383 
(858) 576-1211 
sandiego.modimes.org

MEALS ON WHEELS
www.meals-on-wheels.org
2254 San Diego Ave. Suite 200, San Diego, Ca. 92110

MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK
Visitor Center Director & Volunteer Opportunities
David Lee
(619) 668-3278
\n dlee@mtrp.org 

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION 
8840 Complex Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
Coordinators: Linda or Julie
(760) 448-8400 
www.mfpacific.org
READ - San Diego is a literacy program for families with children under 5 years of age. Various programs available in English and Spanish. Teens ages 13 and up will volunteer with the Childrens Literacy program. 18 years and up will assist with the Adult Literacy program. 
(619) 527-5475 
E-mail: \n readstaff@sandiego.gov 

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE 
3101 Berger Avenue
San Diego, California 92123 
Contact: Gabi
(858) 292-7413 
E-mail: \n grivers@rmhcsd.org 

SALVATION ARMY
6737 University Ave., San Diego, Ca. 
(619) 269-1498

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center(RJKCCC) is a 12-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
www.svdpv.org
General Information: (619) 645-6411
Volunteer Coordinator: (619) 687-1073 
E-mail: \n volunteer@neighbor.org
Victory 2006
(619)279-7298
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