Special Events & Projects

SAY_Adopt_A_Family_DonorsHoliday Hopes

Create joy and wonder in the lives of San Diego families whose pressing needs can overshadow their winter holidays. SAY San Diego’s Holiday Hopes campaign offers several ways to spread the warmth to families in need, including Adopt a Family. This holiday program assists low-income SAY families & children. Volunteers sort, organize, wrap, load, and unload on pick up & drop off days. For more information, contact Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Agnes Zsigovics.

EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) Program

SAY is looking for volunteers who will help set up client appointments, handle a large volume of phone calls, greet clients, assist in administrative duties or engage one-on-one with families and individuals for tax preparation! For more information, contact Volunteer Engagement Coordinator Agnes Zsigovics.

Play 4 SAY

Dedicated volunteers make our annual event, Play 4 SAY, a meaningful way for business professionals, local leaders, and SAY supporters to be kids for a day at a friendly lawn games tournament. On a Thursday in July, teams compete in rounds of Bocce, Corn Hole, and Ladder Golf, and a Giant Tumble Tower playoff. The day also includes tasty refreshments and a silent auction.

Ongoing Opportunities

After School Volunteers

Help SAY after school program staff by helping with homework or providing enrichment activities such as a sport, dance etc. at various elementary and middle schools in San Diego.  Volunteers spend at least one hour per week at the school, but no more than 10 hours per week or 10 visits per month. An afterschool volunteer needs to be 18 years of age or older.


Tutor an elementary, middle, or high school student on a one-to-one basis at one of our locations. Needed in a variety of academic subjects, tutors do more than help improve grades—they also help build self-esteem and instill confidence! One session per week is the minimum.

O’Farrell Volunteers

Provide support for students at our O’Farrell Community School location. Volunteers are needed for a wide range of duties whether it be assisting students with homework and tutoring, office administration assistance, or even helping with P.E. classes!

Ask Us About Our Greatest Needs: Service Projects

SAY has several programs that benefit from individual volunteers and volunteer groups throughout the year. Not all opportunities advertised are available at any one time. Whether it’s a clean-up day at O’Farrell, creating your own in-kind drive, or assisting with a program or picnic event, volunteers have many options to choose from.