It can be tough to find local volunteer opportunities for kids, so we've compiled a list of places around San Diego that allow families with younger children to participate.
Volunteering at home is a wonderful solution for families who want to make a difference, though there is nothing quite like helping out in your own community.
Has your family tried any kids volunteer opportunities around San Diego? Share your experience below by adding a review or suggesting another favorite organization for the list!
Sunshine Care Kids Garden Club
1st and 3rd Thursday each month
Toddlers and elementary-age kids
Kelly R.: Sunshine Care memory care facility invites kids and their parents to participate in a fun intergenerational garden club program. The event is intended to instill a love of nature and a spirit of volunteering through helping out at the farm and visiting with the Sunshine Care residents. The first half of the event is spent learning in the fields, and for the remainder of the visit, kids help alongside Sunshine Care's residents to plant seeds, taste produce, and more.
San Diego Farm Animal Rescue
Kelly R.: San Diego Farm Animal Rescue educates and advocates for animal welfare. They rescue and find forever homes for horses, pigs, chickens and other farm animals in need. Volunteer opportunities include feeding and caring for animals living on the farm, gardening, and more. Families are also welcome to attend interactive tours of the farm, which are held frequently and are open to the public.
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
Kelly R.: The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food each year in San Diego county. Volunteers are primarily needed to help during three hour shifts at the warehouse with tasks including quality inspection, sorting, and preparing donated food for distribution.
Father Joe's Villages
Kelly R.: In its mission to prevent and end homelessness, Father Joe's Villages serves the thousands of men, women and children experiencing homelessness in San Diego by meeting basic needs and promoting self-sufficiency. Volunteers are needed for many varied projects including preparing and serving meals.
Feeding San Diego
Kelly R.: Feeding San Diego provides nourishing meals for the area's food insecure, many of whom are children. Warehouse volunteers help the efforts to save and redirect food that would otherwise go to the landfill with tasks including sorting and packing donated food and produce. Volunteer opportunities in the warehouse are fun, well-organized, meaningful, and extremely welcoming of kids.
Tomorrow's Heroes Today
Kelly R.: Tomorrow's Heroes Today makes it easy for busy families to give back through organizing kid-friendly monthly community service activities in the San Diego area. Events encourage kids to be active members of the community and develop a love for service. Past activities have included making Valentine's Day cards for Meals on Wheels, a Halloween costume drive, and an annual fun run.
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
Kelly R.: Volunteer families can support the Solana Center's mission of promoting Zero Waste, composting, and water conservation by helping out at a couple of kid friendly volunteer events held monthly at its home base. Get your hands dirty at the Worm Wranglin' event, which involves feeding and caring for composting worms. Build & Beautify events welcome volunteers of all abilities to help and enjoy the center with tasks including maintaining compost, hands-on fun in the worm bins, and beautification projects.
I Love A Clean San Diego
Typically Saturday mornings
Kelly R.: In its efforts to beautify San Diego and conserve the natural environment, ILACSD organizes volunteers to remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of debris from the area's coast, canyons, and neighborhoods each year. Community cleanups are held throughout the year and invite volunteers of all ages to participate.
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