SAY San Diego is not accepting new volunteers. Our volunteer program is presently on hold. Periodically, you can check the following site for any updates on volunteer opportunities:

Interested in becoming a SAY San Diego volunteer? 

Great! Here is everything you need to know in order to get started.


  • 18 years or older (except for Teen Court)
  • Minimum 4 month commitment
  • Ability to pass clearance requirements

To apply for an ongoing volunteer position*, you must:

  • Complete a paper application
  • Create a profile with
  • Interview with a SAY San Diego staff member
  • Attend an orientation
  • Complete necessary screenings (see below)

Your first step is to contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at for an application and instructions. Please read the General Information section below.

If you are interested in Teen Court, please contact Yesenia Barragan directly at or 619.285.4405. Yesenia will provide you with information and application instructions.

General Information

Volunteer orientations are held at our main office – 4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123. Most orientations are offered:

  • Tuesdays at 12:00pm
  • Wednesdays at 4:45pm
  • Thursdays at 10:00am

Orientation lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The session includes information on the screening process, and training on confidentiality, HIPAA, child abuse reporting, and the SAY Harassment Policy.

Volunteers are screened prior to their placement with SAY San Diego programs. Each individual position has specific clearing requirements. The Volunteer Engagement Manager will advise you of the necessary screening(s) for your prospective role.

Candidates who will be working directly with SAY clients must agree to:

  • Reference checks
  • Live Scan fingerprinting (Department of Justice and FBI background check)
  • Tuberculosis (TB) testing
  • Drug screening
  • Some programs have additional requirements, such as immunization records

All screenings are paid for by SAY San Diego.

You will be able to start volunteering once SAY San San Diego receives all of your screening results and you are cleared. The screening and placement process can take up to two weeks.

*Special event volunteers do not require any screenings. Other roles that do not require clearances include Teen Court volunteers, one-time presenters, and Board Fellows. Volunteers participating in short-term projects in which they do not have access to confidential material or sustained contact with clients do not require screenings.