Volunteer Opportunities - Older Adults

Aging & Independence Services

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

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Volunteers, age 50+, engage in community activities and give back to the community in significant ways. They receive assistance to find the volunteer activity that best meets their goals in volunteering. Volunteer positions are available throughout the County in many areas, such as museums, parks, law enforcement and human services.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Armida Martinez
(858) 505-6448
armida.martinez@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Long Term Care Ombudsman

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The Long Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for residents in Long Term Care Facilities, such as nursing homes, as well as investigates abuse in other licensed facilities.  An Ombudsman listens to concerns, provides information and assistance when requested and will investigate and resolve complaints related to care or personal rights. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the county.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Beatriz Sanchez
(858) 505-6322
Beatriz.Sanchez@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Department of Animal Services

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Our volunteers care for more than 25,000 thousands of cats, dogs, livestock and exotic animals every year. These are animals that have been abandoned, hurt, lost or neglected. They deserve the high level of care we give them. We can do that, in part, thanks to our dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Rosie Rascon
(619) 767-2611
Rosa.Rascon@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk

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​Providing customer service in the Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk marriage room at the downtown location.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Ruby Reyes
(619) 531-5738
ruby.reyes@sdcounty.ca.gov

Clerk of the Board of Supervisors

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The Clerk of the Board department is looking for volunteers to assist with taking passport photos. Your job will be to take photos of customers that are applying for a passport, ensuring their photo meets the requirements of the Department of State. The department is looking for someone to assist during busy customer periods from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., particularly on Thursdays and Fridays.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Catherine Santos
(619) 531-4966
Catherine.Santos@sdcounty.ca.gov

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UC Cooperative Extension

4-H / Master Gardener Programs

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Apply Now for Master Gardener

Do you enjoy interacting, teaching and mentoring the future movers, shakers and leaders of tomorrow? If the answer is yes, becoming a 4-H adult volunteer and club leader may be for you. 4-H isn’t about cookies and cows anymore - youth can study and learn about science literacy, veterinary science, citizenship, public speaking, photography and foods and nutrition to name just a few. Through hands-on learning and positive youth-adult partnerships youth acquire knowledge and develop life skills that enable them to find and focus their energy into their passions while also giving back to the community.

Do you enjoy all things home horticulture-related? Do you like learning about how to care for plants, distinguishing good bugs from bad bugs and extending that knowledge to the community? If the answer is yes, the Master Gardener program may be for you. Applications for new Master Gardener participants are given out every two years. Call our Master Gardener hotline - 858–822-6910 for more information.

Volunteer Contact:
Lori Renstrom
(858) 822-7717
llrenstrom@ucanr.edu

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Health & Human Services

HHSA - Behavioral Health Services, Edgemoor

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Volunteer opportunities at Edgemoor include library activities, music, pet therapy support, recreational support, assist with chapel services, taking wheel chair residents on walks and other activities to enhance the resident's life at Edgemoor.

Volunter Coordinator:
Frances Schaad
(619) 596-6356
frances.schaad@sdcounty.ca.gov

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HHSA Child Welfare Services – A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center

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Polinsky emergency shelter volunteers provide special attention and activities for the children at PCC. This may include helping children up to 18 years of age with homework, gardening, art projects, sports, and social activities.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Linda Gonzales
(858) 874-1058
linda.gonzales2@sdcounty.ca.gov

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HHSA Facilities Management

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The Live Well San Diego values should be reflected in the state of our facilities. Staff should be proud to work in our buildings and customers need to feel respected when they come through our doors. We believe well-care-for and properly maintained facilities are essential in creating a healthy, safe and thriving business environment for staff and customers and strive to ensure an efficient approach in the delivery of our services.

We are seeking a volunteer who is interested in learning more about how we execute our vision for Live Well San Diego. Volunteers will be exposed to various areas of competencies and administrative responsibilities including: database/spreadsheet design and logic, project management, and contract administration.  If you’re up for a challenge, our office offers a different learning opportunity daily, surrounded by good people.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Cyndy Trinh-Keo
(619) 692-8078
cyndy.trinh-keo@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

HHSA Maternal Child & Family Health Services

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Maternal, Child, and Family Health Services (MCFHS) is a multidisciplinary, multicultural division dedicated to working with community and Health and Human Services Agency partners to promote health and to protect and support pregnant women, children, families and communities.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Connie Wolfe
(619) 542-4139
connie.wolfe@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

HHSA Central Regions

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Volunteer opportunities in public health, community health promotions, and family resource centers.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Sarah "Dani" Alvarado
(619) 338-2720
sarah.alvarado@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

HHSA North Coastal & North Inland Regions

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The Health and Human Services Agency provides a broad range of health and social services, promoting wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life for all individuals and families in San Diego County.  Regional internship (volunteer) opportunities in North County are available with the following programs: Child Welfare Services, Family Resource Center, Public Health Center, Community Health Promotion.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Vicky Magsaysay
(760) 740-3034
vicky.magsaysay@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

HHSA South Region

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HHSA offers volunteer opportunities in Administration for the South Region, as well as a Public Health Center, and a Family Resource Center.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Ebony Post
(619) 409-3303
ebony.post@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Housing and Community Development Services

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To promote safe, healthy and thriving communities, we administer programs that: help low-income people pay their rent, promote affordable housing development, support low- and moderate-income homeowners and home buyers, and improve the living environment in our communities most in need.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Jennifer Busskohl
(858) 636-3523
jennifer.busskohl@sdcounty.ca.gov

Library

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Volunteers perform a variety of duties, including, but not limited to: presenting and assisting with branch events, tutoring adult literacy learners, reading to children, helping students with homework, leading book discussion groups, etc.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Library Volunteer Sheila Crosby
(858) 694-2370
sheila.crosby@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Office of the Public Defender

Legal Internships and Post Bar Clerkships

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Internships are, for the most part, un-paid positions; however, the experience volunteers receive is priceless. There are many funding resources available for students interested in public interest internships including Federal Work Study, Public Interest Work Study, Public Interest Law Foundation Grants, and other grants or fellowships offered by law schools and private foundations. 

The Post Bar Clerkship affords a select group of students the opportunity to experience the demanding yet highly rewarding practice of a public defender. Our nationally recognized program is designed to give students not just an understanding of the criminal justice system, but hands-on experience with trial advocacy and representing misdemeanor clients.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Patricia (Patty) Robbins
(619) 338-4865
patricia.robbins@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Parks & Recreation

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Student and Youth Volunteer Here

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation offers many volunteer opportunities for citizens to give back to their community, allowing the Department to increase services to visitors, provide on-the-job experience, and raises the public's awareness of how we operate to protect and preserve the natural and historic resources. Volunteer opportunities include Docent/Naturalist, Day Volunteer, Community Center volunteer, Volunteer Patrol, Park Host, Youth/Student Learning and Coaching. We also provide episodic opportunities, including one-day group projects for military, scouts, non-profits, corporate team building and court ordered community service.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Cheryl Wegner
(858) 966-1335
cheryl.wegner@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Probation

Volunteers in Probation (VIP)

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Volunteers in Probation (VIP) provides volunteer opportunities for people who recognize the value of public service for their community. VIPs serve in a variety of capacities including: case aides; staff assistants; instructors and tutors, admin assistant

Volunteer Coordinator:
Veronica Velez
(858) 514-3123
veronica.velez@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Public Works

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DPW is responsible for the design, engineering, construction and maintenance of County roads. DPW also manages County airports, wastewater systems, inactive landfills and special districts. DPW also provides environmental review services, private land development construction inspections; land surveying and map processing; cartographic services; solid waste planning and diversion; and ensures watershed quality and flood protection.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Karen Richardson
(858) 495-5289
karen.richardson@sdcounty.ca.gov

Registrar of Voters

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In San Diego County, 7,000 to 8,000 poll workers are needed. We are looked upon to excel in our assigned duties and execute with precision. For volunteer poll workers, this means making a commitment to attend a 2-hour training, actively listen to instructors, read and understand instructive materials, practice, practice, practice and work in concert with fellow volunteers on the day of the event. Poll workers give their valuable time by working at community polling places on Election Day so their fellow citizens can exercise their voting rights.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Mireya Lara
(858) 505-7221
mireya.lara@sdcounty.ca.gov

Sheriff's Department

San Diego Sheriff Volunteer Program

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The San Diego Sheriff's Department depends on many volunteers to provide programs and services to our communities. These volunteers work with deputies and civilian staff to provide public safety.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Sargent Monica Sanchez
(858) 974-2063
monica.sanchez@sdsheriff.org

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