Community Service Programs and Partners
Organization: Promises2Kids – www.promises2kids.org
Volunteer Contact: Ronald Epps, Development Associate
Phone: (858) 278-4400, Ronald@promises2kids.org
What They Do: Promises2Kids is a leading nonprofit organization originally founded over 35 years ago as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County. Since 1981, Promises2Kids has responded to the needs of foster children and provided support to children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,000 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults. Promises2Kids supports these children through our four core programs: Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars and Foster Funds.
How to Help: Participate in BOMA’s annual Back to School Drive and Holiday Gift Drive!
Organization: Feeding San Diego – www.feedingsandiego.org
Volunteer Contact: Melissa Sayviseth, Corporate Partnerships and Events Coordinator
Phone: (858) 768-7432, firstname.lastname@example.org
What They Do: Feeding San Diego provides more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families, veterans, people facing homelessness, and other underserved populations. We distribute meals in partnership with 300 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites, and food pantries throughout the region.
How to Help:
- Give Funds - through our highly efficient distribution model focused on capturing wholesome food before it goes to waste, every dollar donated helps provide four nutritious meals to San Diegans facing hunger. Learn more about the various ways that you can support Feeding San Diego with a financial gift. more
- Give Time - Every year, Feeding San Diego relies on more than 14,000 volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to help provide meals for more than 485,000 children, families, and seniors in need. Shifts are available for individuals, companies, and community groups.
- Give Voice - In order to achieve a hunger-free and healthy community, Feeding San Diego encourages advocates to raise awareness of food insecurity and speak up for the rights of those we serve on a federal, state and local level.
Organization: San Diego Food Bank – www.SanDiegoFoodBank.org
Volunteer Contact: Athena Williford, Donor Relations, Research & Data Supervisor
Phone: 858.863.5172, email@example.com
What They Do: The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 28 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 350,000 people per month in San Diego County. Through our North County Food Bank chapter and by partnering with nearly 500 nonprofit partners with feeding programs, the Food Bank provides nutritious food to individuals and families in need in communities throughout San Diego County.
How to Help: in-person and virtual volunteer and donations opportunities can be found on their website
Organization: Second Chance Program – www.secondchanceprogram.org
Volunteer Contact: Maureen Polimadei, Donor & Volunteer Engagement Manager
Phone: (619) 234-8888, MPolimadei@secondchanceprogram.org
What They Do: Thank you for reaching out to Second Chance. Providing critical basic needs, such as hygiene products and professional clothing, are key to the success of our participants. Most of the participants have no or little income – these basic necessities are a valuable commodity. It is one less barrier to overcome in their journey to self-sufficiency.
How to Help: New and gently used, professional clothing donations are needed! Second Chance also tries to provide new participants, especially those entering our Sober Living Homes, with a complete welcome hygiene kit. (Keeping in mind the dignity of our participants, discourage donations that have holes or stains.)
The most needed clothing items in priority order are:
Men: Dress shirts, Dress shoes, Pants, Ties, Suits / Women: Blouses, Pants, Skirts, Suits
Hygiene products requested (full size): Shampoo, Deodorant, Body wash/bars of soap, Shaving Cream, Men’s/women’s razors, Toothpaste, Lotion, Individual toothbrushes, New backpacks (small) or mesh shower caddies for hygiene kits
Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities San Diego – www.rmhcsd.org
Volunteer Contact: Tara Patton, Meal Program and Activities Coordinator
Phone: (858) 467-4750, firstname.lastname@example.org
What they do: Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals. Services provided include lodging, meals, family care, and education and enrichment programs.
How to help: Various volunteer opportunities are available on their website, including group events. An example of a group event is hosting a meal for RMHC families; your group will assist with the cooking of the meal, serving the meal, manning the commercial dishwashers during the meal and then cleaning up after the meal. Meals happen every single day; the lunch time frame is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and dinner is from 4-8 p.m. You must be able to provide at least 6 volunteers in order to commit, and you can have no more than 16 volunteers.
Organization: It’s All About The Kids - www.itsallaboutthekids.org
Volunteer Contact: Angela Brannan-Baptiste, ED & Co-Founder
Phone: (858) 229-3663, email@example.com
What they do: For over 16 years, IAATK has helped to subsidize low earning, working families healthy meals and fresh produce. Open to all families with children - to qualify, parent must provide child’s teacher’s contact info to confirm need of family.
It’s All About the Kids currently provides 1,000 meals per week, and has provided just under 2 million free meals to San Diegan working families to date. Unfortunately, they had to pause new enrollment requests due to high demand as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. IAATK’s cost is $0.50 per meal (1lb.), and covered by partner support from the SD FOOD BANK and monetary donations.
How to Help: Volunteer shifts are available every THURSDAY at their two meal distribution locations: 2926 Market Street & Cesar Chavez Elementary School (1404 S 40th Street). Donations are also accepted on their website.
Organization: Words Alive - www.wordsalive.org
Volunteer Contact: Robyn Grand (He/Him/His), Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 858-274-9673, Robyn@wordsalive.org
What they do: Words Alive is currently distributing books to under-served communities across San Diego County. Since the beginning of March, Words Alive has distributed over 7,000 books to low-income families and families impacted by COVID-19 through partnerships with the Neighborhood House Association, The Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside, and the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership. We are rapidly running out of books to provide to our partners during a time when they need them more now than ever. We have a critical need for books for ages 6 and under.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Words Alive ran cradle to career programming from early childhood education workshops for parents and their toddlers, all the way up to our mentorship program for first-generation students in post-secondary education. We're currently transitioning our early childhood, elementary, and teen programs to support remote distance learning.
Additionally, we launched #BooksConnectUS to share our 20+ years of experience helping children and families cope with trauma through the power of reading by offering free resources for families trying to navigate and process COVID-19. Since the beginning of March, more than 12,000 students, teachers, and families have come to Words Alive for these resources from all 50 states and abroad!
How to Help: There are currently three methods of hosting book drives:
1. A virtual book drive through Words Alive Amazon wish list. Books are shipped to Words Alive office or directly to a community partner.
2. A donation to Words Alive to place a large order through a book distributor, such as First Book.
3. Used book drive! Individuals can clean out their bookshelves for new or gently used kids’ books to be dropped off at the Words Alive office in accordance with CDC and social distancing standards. Please note: we cannot accept religious, reference, or adult books.
Organization: Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego - www.sdyouth.org
Volunteer Contact: please visit the website for all volunteer inquiries: www.sdyouth.org
What They Do: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater San Diego inspires and enables youth to achieve academic success, build good character and responsible citizenship, and make healthy lifestyle choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs changes lives through quality programs and guidance in a safe, affordable, and fun environment. We serve kids of ages 5-18 with programs focused on academic success, character development, and healthy lifestyles at 20 community-based sites countywide. We cover a service area of over 2,000 square miles from National City to Borrego Springs.
How to Help: A variety of volunteer opportunities can be found at all 20 of the county’s locations; see website for more details. Donations are accepted.
Organization: PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) - www.epath.org
Volunteer Contact: Sigrid Struben, Kitchen and Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (619) 204-5755, firstname.lastname@example.org
What they do: PATH serves over 20% of the homeless population in California, through nine interim housing shelters, 14 supportive housing communities, and dozens of outreach teams hitting the streets each day. In San Diego, PATH provides a variety of services for our neighbors experiencing homelessness that includes employment, outreach, housing navigation, interim housing, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing. All of these services have and will continue through the COVID-19 crisis.
How to Help: As PATH continues to work in the community, our clients need our help. In San Diego, our kitchen operates solely on donations, group and individual volunteers, and the support of our community. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with PATH’s Career Center providing assistance with computer lab activities such as job searches, job interview tips, resume and cover letter writing; Helping to pick-up food donations from local grocery stores to support our meal service program, Clothing donations/drives, Kitchen and cooking support, and various admin volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, please visit the website.