Donations, Volunteers and Local Fundraisers

Donations, Volunteers Wanted and Local Fundraisers

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Volunteer opportunities around San Diego





RED CROSS AND SPORT CLIPS OFFER DONORS FREE HAIRCUT

Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

Those who come out to give blood or platelets from Sept. 1-30 will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email several days after their donation. The coupon is valid through Nov. 11, 2017 at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

Donors are urged to make an appointment to donate using the free Blood Donor App, online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Red Cross and Sport Clips encourage donors to use the hashtag #SavingLivesLooksGood to share their new looks and invite others to give.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in San Diego:

Cardiff
9/10/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ada Harris School, 1508 Windsor Road

Chula Vista
9/1/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bayfront Charter High School, 830 Bay Blvd
9/5/2017: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Chula Vista High School, 820 4th Ave

El Cajon
9/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., East County Transitional Living Center, 1527 E Main Street

Encinitas
9/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Scripps Memorial Hospital, 354 Santa Fe Drive

Escondido
9/9/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Escondido East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway
9/11/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Escondido East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway

Oceanside
9/1/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pacific Marine Credit Union, 1278 Rocky Point Dr.
9/2/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wal-Mart, 705 College Blvd

9/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Oceanside Masonic Center, 511 Eucalyptus

Pine Valley
9/12/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., US Border Patrol, 32355 Old Highway 80

Poway
9/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Poway Branch Library, 13137 Poway Rd

San Diego
9/1/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/2/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/3/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/4/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/5/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Vons, 13255 Black Mountain Road
9/5/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/6/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/7/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Miramar College - Student Affairs Building, 10440 Black Mountain Rd
9/8/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/9/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/10/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/10/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Life Bridge Church, 17645 West Bernardo Drive
9/11/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/12/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Qualcomm Building AY, 10155 Pacific Heights Blvd
9/12/2017: 12:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Qualcomm Building WT, 5745 Pacifc Center
9/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Qualcomm  Building S, 5775 Morehouse Drive
9/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Qualcomm Building Q, 6455 Lusk Blvd
9/14/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Scripps 4S Ranch, 10790 Rancho Bernardo Rd
9/15/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kearny Mesa Blood Donation Center, 4229 Ponderosa Ave. Suite C
9/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., UC Medical Center, 200 West Arbor Drive

San Diego State University
9/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., San Diego State University Aztec Walk, 5500 Campanile Dr
9/11/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., San Diego State University Aztec Walk, 5500 Campanile Dr

San Marcos
9/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., University Student Union, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
9/14/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., University Student Union, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road

Vista
9/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Avalon, 701 Breeze Hill Rd.

MATTRESS FIRM'S SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE FOR FOSTER KIDS

For local foster kids who might be headed to a new school, this time of year can bring concern about fitting in and keeping up academically. Having the necessary school supplies can help ease their worry and allow them to focus on learning. To help, Mattress Firm is hosting its School Supply Drive for Foster Kids, offering a simple template for the community to donate.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Purchase a few of the most needed items, like new backpacks, 3-ring binders and multi-subject notebooks, and drop them off (now through Aug. 27) at any Mattress Firm store. And encourage friends and family to do the same. Use the store locator at www.mattressfirm.com to find your nearest location.

HOLES FOR HEROES TOURNAMENT & MILITARY APPRECIATION EVENT

The San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation will host its 11th Annual Holes for Heroes Golf Tournament and Military Appreciation event on Friday, September 15, starting at 10:30 am at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Holes for Heroes has raised over $1 million since 2006 and hopes to continue the mission of honoring, celebrating and supporting the men and women of the military, with a fundraising goal of $150,000.

The Tournament and Military Appreciation Event provides a unique opportunity to spend a day on the links and dine with the troops that defend us. Veterans, their family members and friends join us for a fun, relaxing day filled with golf and use of the Country Club grounds including the pool, gym, tennis and spa facilities. This fantastic day concludes with the Holes for Heroes Recognition Dinner with more than 200 people in attendance to honor World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans and former POWs. Special honorees this year are WWII veterans and families of those who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom.

All monies raised from the event directly benefit local charities. If you or your organization/company would like to become a sponsor or participate in this event, now is the time to act. Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $275. Please visit www.sdrotary.org to register as a sponsor or participant/attendee.

EVENT DETAILS:
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:30 am: golf registration begins; 4-7 pm: reception/dinner
Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, 1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach

Tickets: $1100 for golf foursome (includes dinner), $275 single player (includes dinner), or dinner-only tickets $75 per person

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 volunteer@neighbor.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 volunteer@crcncc.org or call 760-753-1156.

GENTLY HUGGED

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.

Want to help with family meals or assist in other activities?  Visit www.rmhcsd.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

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

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 mmather@arc-sd.com. www.arc-sd.com.

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

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:

www.handsonsandiego.org

www.volunteermatch.org

www.sandiego.gov/volunteer-program



Updated: August 2017