Donations, Volunteers and Local Fundraisers
Donations, Volunteers Wanted and Local Fundraisers
RED SHOE DAY
Red Shoe Day is the largest volunteer-driven fundraiser for San Diego's Ronald McDonald House. Yellow-shirted volunteers will be at key intersections across the county from 6:30-9:30 am on June 22 to encourage commuters to put their spare dollars and change in Ronald's big red shoes. Want to volunteer? Register now at www.redshoedaysd.com.
SUPPORT THE ENLISTED PROJECT
Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) is an organization that offers reprieve for spouses of wounded warriors. STEP hosts a periodic Caregivers Day Out. Participants enjoy a fun, relaxing activity and a day off from caregiving. STEP also offers programs to promote financial self-sufficiency among junior enlisted families. If you’d like to support their efforts, visit www.stepsocal.org
for volunteer and donation needs.
UNITED THROUGH READING
United Through Reading helps military families facing physical separation bond and connect through video read-aloud experiences. Volunteers and donations are needed. Learn more at www.unitedthroughreading.org.
MEALS ON WHEELS
Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between the seniors served and those in need that is widening due to increased demand with a rapidly aging population combined with declining public and private resources, and rising food, transportation and operational costs. This March, hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs, like Meals on Wheels San Diego County, will reach out to their communities to build the support that will enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America's seniors all year long. For details, go to http://www.meals-on-wheels.org/events.
HELP OUT AT THE ED BROWN SENIOR CENTER IN RANCHO BERNARDO
Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are needed to assist in various activities such as taking inventory, answering phones, helping with fundraisers and more. 18402 West Bernardo Dr. (inside Rancho Bernardo Community Park). Call 858-487-9324 to learn more.
TRAVELING STORIES NEEDS STORY TENT VOLUNTEERS
Traveling Stories is a nonprofit organization working to outsmart poverty one book at a time and inspire a love for reading everywhere. Their Story Tent program is in need of Story Tent Readers, people who have a chance to read with kids and have kids read to them. They can also motivate kids to read by awarding book bucks for books read.
For Story Tent locations and to register, visit www.travelingstories.org/volunteer. Want to know more about Traveling Stories? Read about the organization at http://www.sandiegofamily.com/resources/san-diego-heroes/1319-emily-moberly-traveling-stories.
VOLUNTEER AT ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VILLAGE
This local rehabilitation program provides a wide range of services to assist the homeless and needy neighbors. Volunteers must be ages 10 & up. Learn how you can help by visiting http://my.neighbor.org/volunteer
, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 619-645-6411. 1501 Imperial Ave., downtown San Diego.
LEND A HELPING HAND AT COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER
This nonprofit provides social services and domestic violence programs in coastal North San Diego County. Different volunteer opportunities include organizing an activity at the Therapeutic Children’s Center, sorting and shelving food at Client Center, teaching a life skills class and more. Internships and service learning project opportunities also available. Volunteers must be ages 14 & up. For more information, email email@example.com
or call 760-753-1156.
Don’t know what to do with clothes that your baby has outgrown? Donate them to this local nonprofit that collects gently used or new infant clothing (sizes preemie to 12 mos.) and blankets to distribute to needy families in the county. For suggested donation items and donation bin locations, visit www.gentlyhugged.org
HELP MAKE IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER: PROM FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
A Night to Remember is an annual volunteer-run prom event for people with special needs (ages 14-22). Be part of the next ANTR by being a student host or adult volunteer. Learn more at www.aNighttoRememberprom.com.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Be part of this organization that has provided one-on-one mentoring for kids facing adversity in the county. Since boys comprise more than 80% of the waiting list, men are encouraged to be ‘Big Brothers’ to these children and help make a difference in their lives. To learn more, visit http://sdbigs.org/volunteer.
PROVIDE SOME TLC AT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
After spending the day with their sick child at the hospital, meals at the Ronald McDonald House are a time for family members to nourish their bodies, unwind and regroup. It takes the efforts of many volunteers and food donors to make mealtime special for these families, and more help is needed year round as more and more families take advantage of meals at the House.
THE GIVING EFFECT
Take time to share your blessings with those in need. Check out www.thegivingeffect.com that connects you with charities and organizations that need pretty much everything you can spare – from clothes, food and shoes to cleaning supplies, computers and furniture. Browse the site by zip code, items you’re donating and special interests to find causes you’d like to support.
» Find more volunteer opportunities, visit our TOTALLY TEENS page.
Cecily's Closet is a non-profit organization that provides room makeovers (and other items) for children with special needs with the help of local businesses, designers, friends and the community. They provide this service at no cost to the recipients. If you'd like to donate your time, talent or gently used equipment, please go to http://www.cecilyscloset.org/volunteer.html.
THE ARC OF SAN DIEGO
Extend a helping hand to kids and adults with disabilities and their families. Volunteer with this organization or participate in their Every ONE Counts membership campaign. Call 619-685-1175, ext. 294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.arc-sd.com.
Put your old phones to good use by donating them to this recycling program that helps our troops stay in touch with their loved ones back home. Before donating your phone, make sure to use the free cell phone data eraser on their Website that helps you remove personal information from your cell phone. For a donation center near you, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
VISIT THESE WEBSITES FOR MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Updated: June 2017