Calendar of Volunteer Events

Join the MiraCosta College Community and discover the power of service!

Visit the Service Learning and Volunteer Center to learn more about the Volunteer Program and pick up a time card to record your hours of service.

Join us for the Service Learning & Volunteer Fairs at the
San Elijo Campus and Oceanside Campus!

There will be several organizations throughout North County SD tabling and providing information about volunteering, internships, and potential job opportunities as well. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make a difference in the community. Earning volunteer hours can benefit you in several ways:


One-Time Volunteer Opportunities    

Volunteer with the MiraCosta Cares Farmers Market on the Oceanside Campus on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Volunteers are needed to help create a market-like free fresh produce and food access space that is welcoming for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Tasks include setting-up, sorting produce, bagging produce, organizing food items, providing food to clients, take down, etc. There are 3 shifts available: 1:00pm-3:30pm, 3:00pm-5:30pm, and 1:00pm-5:30pm. REGISTER HERE.

Volunteer with the Mobile Food Pantry on the Oceanside Campus on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The Mobile Food Pantry on the Oceanside Campus is 1 of 3 opportunities for MiraCosta students to receive free produce. There is also a Nutritionist on site to provide information. Volunteers are needed to help create a market-like free fresh produce and food access space that is welcoming for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Tasks include set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, provide food to clients, take down, etc. The volunteer shifts is 12pm-3pm. This Mobile Food Pantry is located on the Oceanside Campus (1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056) near the Library Circle Hub next to the Administration Building. To volunteer, please REGISTER HERE.

Volunteer with the Mobile Food Pantry on the Community Learning Center Campus on the 2nd Monday of each month! The Mobile Food Pantry on the Community Learning Center Campus is 1 of 3 opportunities for MiraCosta students to receive free produce. There is also a Nutritionist on site to provide information. Volunteers are needed to help create a market-like free fresh produce and food access space that is welcoming for those who are experiencing food insecurity. Tasks include set-up, sort produce, bag produce, organize food items, provide food to clients, take down, etc. The volunteer shifts is 12pm-3pm. This Mobile Food Pantry is located on the Community Learning Center Campus (1831 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058) in Parking Lot 1 across from Building C. To volunteer, please REGISTER HERE.

Wednesday, February 26, 3pm-5pm: North County Lifeline - STEM Days at La Casita. La Casita is set up as an early intervention program for at-risk youth and provides services for around 30 children ages 6 to 12 on a daily basis. The site is a safe space for children to go to when released from school. On the last Wednesday of the month we have pre-planned, scheduled STEM related activities and labs perfect for curious minded volunteers to do with the kids. We provide the instructions and supplies; you provide the creativity and guidance! This project is best suited for small volunteer groups to sponsor together. 8 to 15 volunteers needed. Location: Oceanside, CA. To sign up your group for the next STEM Day or for a future date, email the Volunteer Program.

Friday, March 6, 5:45pm-8:30pm: Solutions for Change - Childcare at Graduation. We want every one of our residents to be able to attend Graduation. In order for this to be possible, we need volunteers (ages 14+) for childcare. Our goal is to have 50+ volunteers who can care for our resident's children while they attend graduation. For more information and to sign-up, contact Emily Fauber or Cynthia Dzwigalski at

Saturday, April 25, 9am-12pm: North County Lifeline - Street Sweep. In partnership with I Love a Clean San Diego, North County Lifeline will host a "street sweep" of our local neighborhood in Vista. Did you know that the best way to prevent trash, litter, and debris from reaching our coast and oceans is to stop it at its inland source? This is why cleanups are so important. By cleaning up our inland neighborhoods and preventing trash from reaching storm drains, we make a greater impact on keeping our coasts and oceans clean. To sign-up to volunteer, CLICK HERE.

Sunday, May 24, 6am-6pm: North County Lifeline - 11th Annual Vista Strawberry Festival. Volunteers are needed to assist North County Lifeline. We will be selling a strawberry dessert to help raise awareness and fundraise for Lifeline programs. The festival entails live music, contests, prizes, food, 300+ vendors, rides, kid's zones, and STRAWBERRIES! To sign-up to volunteer, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, June 13 (various time shifts): Pride by the Beach. Be part of a team that meets at least once a month and sometimes a month in North County (Oceanside) and give a few hours of time to build a signature visibility event series for the North County LGBTQ Resource Center! Our vision is to increase visibility, create a safe space free of social stigma and build community in our region. Help Wanted with the following jobs: Stage Manager/Entertainment Chair, Civic Outreach, Facilities and Logistics, 3rd Annual Queer Variety Show, Drag Takeover Show, Accessibility Outreach, Day of Event Volunteers. To sign-up to become a volunteer, CLICK HERE.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking Volunteers for Local Political Campaign! Our progressive, local campaign is looking for the following volunteer positions: Field Director: Responsible for creating a campaign strategy and plan to reach voters through multiple technologies including direct voter contact and on-line outreach. Must be highly organized, capable of motivating others and manage large quantities of data. Social Media and Technology Director: Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the campaign’s on-line presence including databases, web site, social media accounts and backend IT infrastructure. Must have deep knowledge of social media platforms, ad buys, database creation and be able to work in a rapid-paced environment. Researcher and Voter Analytics Manager: Responsible for researching issues and developing key talking points. Works with other staff to identify and target issues-based voters in district. Must have excellent research skills, critical thinker, attention to detail and enthusiastic about changing hearts and minds on issues that matter. Gain experience, build your resume, put your talents to work, have fun and make an impact!  Service hours provided. If interested or if you have any questions, contact For more information on the campaign, visit or text/call 760-348-8411.

The Acosta for Carlsbad City Council 2020 campaign seeks student volunteers to help the community elect Teresa Acosta to the Carlsbad City Council. This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to enter a career in government or public policy and make a positive impact in the community. Students will learn about local government issues and gain experience in political campaigns, building a skill set in community outreach, grass-roots organizing, event coordination, precinct walking, and phone banking. Based on skill level, interests, and campaign needs, time may be spent: coordinating, attending, and assisting at events, working with other volunteers to set up systems, training new volunteers, conducting research, managing social media, speaking directly by phone and in person with supporters and voters, and staffing the Candidate. Students will have the opportunity to learn how a political campaign operates, meet government leaders, and gain valuable first-hand campaign experience. Volunteers are needed Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm. The location for this opportunity varies, but usually centers around Carlsbad. For more information and to sign-up for this opportunity, contact Jan Rodriguez at 760-213-3900 or

Buena Vista Elementary School is seeking MiraCosta students interested in volunteering in our school library. We need books cleaned, repaired and shelved. This opportunity is offered Monday-Friday anytime between 9am and 3:30pm. Once students are trained, they are welcome to assist anytime they are available. This would be an ongoing need. For more information, please contact Marjorie Giordani at

Brother Benno's Foundation welcomes students to volunteer at their thrift shop located at 3955 Mission Avenue in Oceanside. Their hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 9am-6pm (Last Saturday of each month they close at 5pm).Volunteers are needed to assist with multiple projects at the shop, including sorting donations, receiving donations, assisting customers, and cashiering. They also need assistance in the "man cave" area for testing and replacing batteries. 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.

Community HousingWorks is looking for volunteers to support the Math and Reading skills development of student residents at the Learning Center in Community HousingWorks. Volunteers are needed to provide homework, reading assistance and teach students various arts and enrichment activities to K- 5th grade kids. The volunteer is required to complete a background screen and online application. Hours available are Monday- Friday between 3pm-6pm. Volunteers must be able to get to one of our locations in Carlsbad, Vista, Escondido, Oceanside, or Fallbrook. For more information, or to sign-upplease contact Tannia Montesinos at 6197951188or

EcoLIFE Conservation is looking for volunteers to help plant and harvest produce for people in need at their solar powered ECO-Ranch every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30am-12:30pm. For more information, contact Kait Cole at

Fallbrook Food Pantry welcomes volunteers on Monday - Fridays from 8:30-12:30pm & 10:00-1:00pm, and Saturdays from 9:00-12:00pm to help sort and distribute. The last Wednesday of each month, FFP offers a special off-site produce distribution in the community. Volunteers are needed to assist at the distribution from 8:00-10:00am & 10:30-12:30pm at the pantry. FFP also needs volunteers during Senior Distribution days, the first is held the Wednesday of the third full week each month from 1:00-3:00pm and the fourth Monday of each month from 1:00-2:00pm. For more information, contact Jennifer Vetch at or call (760) 728-7608.

Garrison Elementary School is looking for volunteers to help with their afterschool Drama Club on Fridays from 3:45pm-5:15pm. Volunteers are needed to help with group activities related to acting, music and dance. Garrison Elementary is located at 333 Garrison St, Oceanside, CA 92054. For more information, please contact Michael Rael at 760-901-7640 or Delia Goodwin at (760) 901-7672.

Girl Scouts San Diego is seeking volunteers with a variety of skills and interest in volunteering in an office space a few hours a week. The staff at will provide you with an eye opening view of what happens behind the scenes of America's premier leadership organization for girls! Enjoy an atmosphere of smiles and a flexible schedule as you gain valuable work experience. Engage with a very ambitious and motivational team and gain new knowledge while supporting a national nonprofit that has been supporting girls and young women for over 100 years. Be part of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Also, the outdoor team needs help entering survey data into Qualtrics. Qualtrics is a survey data system that we use here at GSSD. The data that needs to be entered are surveys that were done by girls who went to camp this past summer. It is so important to us that we ask the girls what they liked about camp, what they didn’t like about camp, what their favorite part of camp was, etc. Every year we use this data to improve our Day and Resident Camps. For example, this past summer we offered Girl Scout Olympics camp because we got feedback that girls were looking for a more sports oriented camp. Again, thank you for your time helping us out on this project! The work you do will help improve camp in 2020! Volunteers will need to complete a volunteer application when they arrive. They will also need to complete a background check prior to volunteering.   The location is 1231 Upas Street, San Diego, CA 92103. For more information, contact Loretta Turner at or 619-610-0728.

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

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

Museum of Making Music is looking for a volunteer for their front desk reception area to assist throughout the summer season with a start date of May 30. They would like the volunteer to cover their reception front desk Monday through Friday from 12pm-1pm. The volunteer would answer the phones and direct guests of the Museum. The volunteer coordinators must talk to the volunteer prior to their volunteering. The volunteer is also required to complete a background screen. For more information, please contact Bill Kilpatrick or Melissa Mowry at 760-438-5819 or 760-304-5718. They can also be reached through email at or

Operation HOPE-North County is currently seeking volunteers to assist with their children's programming. OHNC is a shelter for families with children and single women experiencing homelessness.. Volunteers can help kids with homework, play games, lead arts & crafts, help manage the Front Desk, assist with facility maintenance, landscaping, provide a meal for the 40-60 residents, read a story with the little ones, sort clothing, or just sit, listen and be kind to our residents. Weekday shifts are primarily from 3pm–6pm and 6pm–9pm. Weekend shifts are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm-9pm. These are just some of our set opportunities, but we offer several flexible volunteer opportunities that cater to your availability, and you can even schedule your own shifts! Sign Up Here(

The Heritage Ranch is look for several long-term volunteers! Options for volunteer positions include School Tour Instructor (teach one or more of the 3 sections; Local History with museum tour, Pioneering skills: Butter Making & Bartening, and Local Native American History with storytelling & sand painting), Docent (full museum ground & history tour), School Tour Director (oversee, schedule, and staff School Tour Program), Volunteer Coordinator (receive requests to and from volunteers for all museum needs and functions), Data Entry Specialist (special skills and and training in logging artifact accessions, monitoring and communicating with museum donors, and membershop), and Event promotion-fundraising (media liason, graphic art production, theme & activity creation & implementation, event planning & coordination, and ensure consistency of all event promotional information). For more information, contact Cathryn Beeks at or call (760) 632-9711.

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is looking for volunteers for their Build and Beautify initiative. This occurs every second Tuesday of the month, from 9am - 11am. Solana Center invites volunteers to come get involved with their Zero Waste programs from their home base. Activities vary, and may include playing in our demonstration worm bins, gardening, building compost tools, beautifying our grounds with your own artistic contributions, and more. Sign up or get more info at Contact Jackie at or (760) 436-7986.