Calendar of Volunteer Events - spring 2017

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One-Time Opportunities

Thursday, April 27, 9am-12pm: Volunteers are needed for North County Lifeline's Coast Office Beautification Project. Every other year, North Coast Church organizes a “Weekend of Service” for its church members. Throughout the weekend, church members volunteer on hundreds of projects that benefit dozens of organizations and schools throughout North County. This year, Lifeline will host volunteers at several beautification projects in 3 of our North County locations. Our Coast Office location needs some prep work before the Weekend of Service volunteers arrive; for example, removing art work and signage from walls, removing blinds and curtains from windows, placing painter’s tape around windows, door frames, outlets, etc. For more information, or to sign-up, contact Anabel Melo at

Friday, April 28, 2pm-5pm & Sunday, April 30, 9am-11am: Volunteers are needed to help North County Lifeline with Relay for Life set up (Friday) and clean up (Sunday). Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Lifeline staff, family, and friends have formed a team for this year’s annual Relay for Life in Oceanside (taking place at MiraCosta College). Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up Lifeline’s designated area during the event. Volunteers must be able to lift boxes, set-up and take down canopies, lift tables, etc. To sign-up, contact the Service Learning office at (760) 795-6616 or email at

Friday, April 28, 6pm-10pm: Grace Church needs volunteers to help with childcare. To sign-up, email

Saturday, May 6, 9am-12pm: Volunteers are needed to help Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation keep the lagoon and its trails healthy and beautiful! Volunteers at this event will remove non-native plant species, help with erosion control, remove graffiti, and do small construction projects to help keep the trails accessible. Located at Garfield Street, Carlsbad. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Kyle Lunneberg at

Saturday, May 6, 5pm-11pm: Photographers are needed for the Boys & Girls Club of Vista's 2017 Diamond Gala to take photos of our guests and provide to the Club in digital format on a timely basis. Photos are needed of guests as they enter, candids of tables, auction area, gaming and cocktail hour, as well as coverage of presenters including gala chair, keynote, MC, award winners, and kids. This is a formal event so professional dress is requested. The event is located at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Informal portfolio review will be required and should include photos of people. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Ellen Clark at

Wednesday, May 17, 7:45am-12:30pm: Volunteers are needed to teach financial literacy curriculum with Junior Achievement to K-5th grade students at Libby Elementary, 423 W Redondo Drive, Oceanside. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Kerri DeJager at

Saturday, May 20, 8am-1pm: Volunteers are needed to help with Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation's Family Fun Paddle Regatta. Volunteers will help set up and break down event, register attendees, Give out food, opportunity drawing tickets, coordinate games, etc. Located at 4215 Harrison Street, Carlsbad. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Cierra at

Summer Opportunities

Sunday, May 28, 6am-6pm: Volunteers needed to work shifts at the North County Lifeline booth at the Vista Strawberry Festival. Vista was once the unofficial Strawberry Capital of the World. In the 1960's and 1970's, during peak season, strawberries were shipped from Vista all over the United States, as well as internationally. The Vista Strawberry Festival was created in 2010 to celebrate this part of Vista history. Every year, North County Lifeline hosts a booth in “Strawberry Court” with dozens of other non-profits and schools where we fundraise for Lifeline programs by selling hand-prepped “Strawberry Dessert Nachos.” Volunteers can help with set up, clean up, dessert prepping, making, and selling, and engaging with the community. There are several shifts available to break down this usually long day. For more information, or to sign-up, contact Anabel Melo at

Friday, June 2, 4:30pm-8pm: Volunteers are needed to help with Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation's Owl Howl Event. Volunteers will help set up and break down event, pass out food, etc. Located at Discover Center, 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Cierra at

The City of Carlsbad youth sports department is looking for volunteer coached for their upcoming Summer youth basketball league. This league offers divisions for boys and girls in grades 1st-8th. Practices start the week of May 15th and games start Saturday, June 3rd. The season wraps up late July/ early August. This volunteer commitment requires an hour of the volunteer’s time during the week for practice and a little over an hour for games on Saturdays. Games/practices are held either at the Calavera or Stagecoach gymnasiums in Carlsbad. For more information, or to sign-up, contact Grant Titus at (760) 434-2971 or

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Brother Benno's Foundation welcomes students to volunteer at their thrift shop located at 3965 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Their hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-6pm. Before volunteering, students must take a tour of the center at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside. Please call Denise at (760) 439-1244 x104 to schedule a tour or come the first Saturday of the month at 9am. After the tour call the thrift shop at (760) 967-7505 and ask to speak with a manager or leave a message with the hours you'd like to come in. Closed-toed shoes and proper attire are required.

Casa de Amistad is looking for volunteers to act as a mentor and help with homework, reading, and being a positive role model for underserved students in grades K-12. Mentors are needed on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:15-5:45pm and 6:00-7:30pm. Fingerprinting is required. For more information, or to sign-up, contact Melissa Salvatore Farrell at or call (858) 356-4297.

Inter Tribal Sports is looking for volunteers for their headquarters in Temecula, CA. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. To sign-up, email

Junior Achievement is currently seeking volunteers to teach financial literacy curriculum to students in the Oceanside Unified School District. Traditional programming will have volunteers go into classrooms once a week for about an hour and teach one session at a time until all sessions are completed, usually 5-7 weeks depending on how many sessions are in a particular curriculum. Opportunities are available at Chavez Middle School, King Middle School and Lincoln Middle School, at various times Tuesday - Friday from 7:30am-2:15pm. Please contact Kerri DeJager at to volunteer, or for more information.

MAAC Head Start Island Club is currently seeking regular volunteers to help with afternoon class support. Are you currently studying behavior management? Then you may want to consider this opportunity. Hours are available Monday-Wednesday, 12:30pm-4pm. Current immunizations and TB test required. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact M'Linda Rosol at

Maryland Elementary School is seeking tutors for their after school reading program. They are especially interested in connecting with students who are pursuing early childhood education and child development. If you are interested, or for more information, contact Sue Bentley at

Operation Hope-Vista is looking for volunteers on: (1) Monday afternoons between 4 and 9 – front desk/receptionist shifts, healthy snack guru in the community room, staff assistant, and the Youth Club all need folks to fill in; (2); Friday afternoons between 4 and 9 – front desk and staff assistant positions are open! Supporting the clients in their work is way better than happy hour! Start your weekend off feeling great about giving back to the community; (3) Saturday and Sundays – all day (between 8 am and 9 pm), there are multiple shifts available; while there are set shifts on the schedule, we would gladly accommodate your existing plans! Sign Up Here.

Seacrest Village Retirement Communities is looking for volunteers. Tasks include: arts & crafts, playing board games, assisting with special events, & helping the residents with a new art computer program. Locations are in Encinitas & Rancho Bernardo. To sign-up, email

Solutions for Change is looking for volunteers to assist in chidcare. Volunteers are needed on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Thursday of each month, 6-7:45pm, (Sign Up Here For This Day/Time Slot), Monday-Friday, either 9am-12pm or 2-4pm, (Sign Up Here For This Day/Time Slot), & Saturdays 8:45am-12pm, (Sign Up Here For This Day/Time Slot).

Vista Unified School District is looking for AVID tutors to facilitate tutorial groups for 7th and 8th graders. Shifts are available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12:30pm. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Monique Seabrook at