Volunteers - AIS


Aging & Independence Services links people to many ways in which they can give back to the community through volunteer activities.

Information about the services offered:


 Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

For more information phone 858-505-6399 or send us an email.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the many opportunities the Health and Human Services Agency offers older adults a way to help out and volunteer in their communities. There are a variety of locations and roles for older adults who wish to volunteer.

Why Join RSVP?

"My volunteer work keeps me busy, useful and happy."

"Volunteering fills the need I have to help people."

"By teaching seniors about fire safety and helping children learn to read, I am working with different generations."

"By volunteering, I can do things I know and still help others."

More than 200 local organizations benefit from the efforts of RSVP volunteers. These seniors, age 55 plus, help our community through participation in law enforcement, health care, education, the arts and many other arenas. They donate more than 512,000 hours annually, saving our county millions of dollars.

RSVP is sponsored by the County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Benefits for Volunteers

  • RSVP matches older adults to the service that best fits their personal interests and makes use of their skills and lifelong experiences.
  • On-duty accident and liability insurance is provided.
  • Volunteers may receive limited mileage reimbursement.
  • Volunteers and their work stations receive recognition for their service.

Volunteers Do Many Things...

  • Deliver a meal.
  • Help harvest and distribute, food and produce.
  • Teach a child or adult to read.
  • Visit a new friend in a nursing home.
  • Help the environment.
  • Patrol a neighborhood.
  • Assist with needed office work.
  • Be a docent in a museum, visitors center.
  • Assist a senior with transportation.
  • Provide program-specific training.
  • Entertain at senior center and special events
  • And much more....

Picture yourself as an RSVP volunteer, call today.


 Volunteer - Long Term Care Ombudsman

For more information call the Ombudsman office at 800-640-4661 or phone (858) 560-2507 or send us an email.

The Long Term Care Ombudsman is one of the many opportunities the Health and Human Services Agency offers older adults to help out and volunteer in their communities. The Ombudsman program welcomes and trains new volunteers.

Do These Descriptions Fit You?

  • Able to communicate well orally and in writing.
  • Resourceful in managing a variety of situations.
  • Able to work on a problem until it is solved.
  • Open-minded, non-judgmental, fair.
  • Tactful and diplomatic.
  • Honest.
  • Good listener.
  • Able to determine the true nature of the problem behind a complaint.
  • Want to make a difference in the lives of seniors and the disabled.

Can You Do This?

  • Attend a 36-hour initial training?
  • Attend 12 hours of training annually?
  • Commit up to 20 hours of volunteer time each month?

Then You Would Make an Excellent Ombudsman!!!

About Volunteering

Long-Term Care Ombudsmen are volunteers who assist residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living facilities and adult day health care facilities. They provide an on-going presence in long-term care facilities, monitor care and conditions and provide a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves. You can make a difference as a Volunteer Ombudsman.

Ombudsman Responsibilities

Responsibilities as outlined in Title VII of the Older Americans Act:

  • Identify, investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents in long-term care facilities;
  • Provide information to residents about long-term care services;
  • Educate and inform consumers and the general public regarding issues and concerns related to long-term care, including rights, issues of abuse, physical and chemical restraints, transfer and discharge concerns, as well as privacy and confidentiality;
  • Provide technical support for the development and maintenance of resident and family councils;
  • Witness advance directives

Click here for an application to become a Long Term Care Ombudsman volunteer. Just print it out, fill it in and mail to the address listed on the top of the application. Thank you!


 Life Options Center

For more information call 800-510-2020. Outside San Diego County, call toll-free 800-339-4661 or send us an email.

Aging & Independence Services is encouraging the development of sites where newly retired persons can get advice on ways to stay engaged in their community.

If you went to college, do you remember the role of the Student Union? It was a site to socialize, study, visit with a career counselor, or read the bulletin board for a part-time job or a place to live.

Imagine a hang-out for the newly retired -- a Life Options Center -- where you go to socialize, see where you can take classes, visit with a retirement counselor, or read the bulletin board for a part-time job, a meaningful volunteer opportunity, travel possibilities, or community resources.

This is transition central, a hub for directions and connections to aid you in deciding how to make the most of midlife and later years.

Most of us can look forward to an additional 20 to 30 years after we reach age 60. The vast majority of us will be healthy and vital for most of this period. Even though people may enter this stage of their lives financially ready, many have not thought about what to do with their time. After a few fishing trips, you might want to do something else, but what? How do you find out what's available?

Research tells us that successful aging relies on three elements: physical fitness, mental stimulation, plus finding continuing meaning in your life. Within a 20- to 30-year span, there is much you can give and/or receive. You could become a master at something you've never done before, or teach/mentor hundreds of people about something you know well. You could devote your energies to several needy community programs, or explore areas of the world that fascinate you. Or you can do all these things. But where to start?

Life Options Centers would help you clarify your goals. Maybe you still want to work, but only 20 hours a week. You're interested in volunteering, but not sure in what capacity. You want to travel with an educational program, but don't know how to link with that. You want to learn about fitness groups for people over 50. Or you just want to meet some other new retirees.

Life Options Centers are a new, developing idea. San Diego County is pioneering in this innovation, which was introduced to us by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit organization headquartered in the Bay Area that "seeks to expand the social contributions of older Americans to society and to transform the aging of American society into a source of individual and social renewal."

There is currently oneLife Options Center:

Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center, 6845 University Ave., San Diego; (619) 287-5762 ... click here.


 Guardian Angels

For more information phone 619-543-4700 or send us an email.

Volunteers of all ages become regular visitors and friends to residents of long-term care facilities, who may not have any other contact outside of facility staff members and other residents.

The Guardian Angels program is administered by:

The George G. Glenner Alzheimer's Family Centers
3702 Fourth Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103



For more information phone 619-881-6262.

A program that enriches the lives of older adults through volunteer opportunities and education.

OASIS volunteers tutor children who are learning to read, provide a "listening ear" to support peers going through normal life changes, represent OASIS at community events, and help run the center on a daily basis.

OASIS also offers a variety of classes and other opportunities to meet others. For more information, click here.


Legacy Corps

Legacy Corps members provide free respite services in San Diego County to family members providing care for Veterans of any age. If you are a family caregiver, you may request scheduled respite visits from a Legacy Corps member. We will schedule an assessment prior to assigning a volunteer. The program is designed to help relieve stress and burden for caregivers in military families.

Legacy Corps members are volunteers who commit to serving 450 hours in a one-year period (approximately 10 – 12 hours per week) and are selected after meeting eligibility criteria. Members meeting their service goals receive skills training, a $200 per month living allowance, and an educational award of $1,468. It is not required to be a Veteran to serve as a member.

The member cycle runs from November 1 to Oct 31 each year. An eligibility list is maintained throughout the year. Legacy Corps is a program of AmeriCorps.

Eligibility Criteria Member:

  • Age: Volunteers must be 17 or older
  • United States Citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident
  • Successfully pass interview and background check

Documents required for enrollment:

  • Social Security Card
  • Photo ID
  • Birth Certificate, Passport, Naturalization Papers, or Permanent Resident Card
  • Background Check Clearance
  • Completed Application Packet

Enrollment process:

  • Completion of Application Packet
  • References & Background Screening
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Orientation

To request Respite OR to begin the application process, call 858-505-6305. For further details, contact brian.rollins@sdcounty.ca.gov.


For more information phone 858-505-6399 or send us an email.