Special Events & Projects

Holiday 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 the Volunteer Engagement Manager.

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.

Prom Drive

SAY San Diego hosts an annual Prom Drive through our Crawford Community Connection program. The Prom Drive provides free donated dress, tuxedos, suits, shoes, and accessories to Crawford High School seniors with financial need. During the month of May, volunteers are needed to sort, organize, and display donations. Volunteers also help students select clothing and accessories.

Back to School

Every year countless San Diego youth come to school without the essential school supplies they need because their families cannot afford them. SAY San Diego helps thousands of children and teens get the basic supplies they need to start the year off right. Volunteers are needed to sort and organize school supplies during the month of August.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration in City Heights

Each October, SAY San Diego participates in the Dia de los Muertos celebration in City Heights. This free event brings together community members and organizations to celebrate the importance of Dia de los Muertos. Participants use culturally appropriate material and traditional alters to celebrate those who have passed away. Altars are displayed as a way to educate and provide enjoyment to attendees. Volunteers are needed to help set up the venue in the morning and clean up in the late afternoon.

Ongoing Opportunities

After School Volunteers

SAY San Diego has after-school programs at more than 40 schools in San Diego County Volunteers are needed to provide homework help or enrichment activities (sports, dance, yoga, arts & crafts, STEAM) to children in elementary and middle school. Volunteers work a minimum of one hour per week and commit to volunteer for a minimum of four months. Note: after-school programs start at 2:30pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm, depending on the school. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you must have availability during program hours.

Recruitment for after-school program volunteers happens twice a year – in July (for a September start) and November (for a January start). Please email the Volunteer Engagement Manager at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@reet1552945164nulov1552945164 in July or November to express interest.


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!

Teen Court

SAY San Diego’s Teen Court is designed to provide diversion services for juveniles involved with the justice system for the first time, who accept responsibility for their offense and agree to have a binding sentence selected by a jury of their peers. Successful completion of program requirements ensures that the charge will not be moved forward to Juvenile Court and the minor will not have an arrest on his/her record.

  • Volunteers are needed to serve as judges. Volunteer judges must have a law degree and be available to volunteer at least once a month.
  • Volunteers are needed to serve as case assistants.
  • Youth volunteers are needed to serve as peer jury members. Youth volunteers must be high school students. Note this is the only program in which SAY San Diego allows volunteers under the age of 18.

If you are interested in Teen Court, please contact Regina Aguilar directly at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@rali1552945164ugar1552945164 or 619.283.9624 x358.

Administrative Support

Volunteers can also assist in an office setting. Various departments often need administrative support, but these opportunities are not always available. If there is a need, you will see the position listed under Open Positions.

Group Opportunities

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity for a group to work together, our Play 4 SAY event in July is a great way to get involved. We recruit approximately 70 volunteers starting in mid-May. If you would like to form a group, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@reet1552945164nulov1552945164 as soon as possible for more information.

Although we do not have other volunteer opportunities for large groups at this time, we would love to hear your ideas.

Open Positions

Events and Marketing Volunteer

Do you need work experience? Would you like to gain new skills? Are you interested in learning about the operations of a nonprofit?

SAY San Diego is looking for two volunteers to provide administrative support to our Resource Development department. Volunteer tasks could include: event planning, organizing, inventory, filing, internet research, assistance with mailings and phone calls; and event set-up, support, and teardown. Volunteer assistance will be especially critical from April 2019 through the end of July for our Play 4 SAY lawn game fundraising event.

  • Available immediately through 8/31/2019 (earlier end dates will be considered; however, volunteer must be available through July 25th.)
  • Location: 4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Potential Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Hours: Volunteers should be available for 4-8 hours per week, with an increase of up to 12 – 15 hours in July (if available)

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@reet1552945164nulov1552945164 or visit https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3008811.jsp


Community Advocate – Conducting Substance Abuse Assessments in North Central Area

SAY San Diego is looking for volunteers to conduct community assessments in the North Central region that will provide insight to the community’s understanding of local and regional issues pertaining to underage drinking, over-concentration of alcohol businesses, youth access to and use of marijuana, misuse of prescription drugs, meth and other synthetic drugs, and neighbor safety. Volunteers conduct community assessments around substance abuse, and risk assessments of alcohol establishments, using an app to record standard of service of alcohol beverages.

  • Available immediately through 5/31/2019
  • Location: Kearny Mesa and various locations within north central neighborhoods
  • Potential Hours: Flexible. Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; and/or weekends from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Total number of hours: 12 (minimum)
  • Volunteer must be at least 21 years old

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@reet1552945164nulov1552945164 or visit https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3094074.jsp


Tobacco Prevention Data Collection Volunteer

Are you interested in performing observational assessments of smoke-shops, hookah lounges and vape-shops?

The Tobacco Smoke-Free Project (SDSFP) is part of SAY San Diego’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Prevention Program (ATOD). The ATOD program works toward social and policy changes in relation to towards tobacco control issues. SDSFP is currently doing evaluations at new tobacco businesses that are within 1,000 ft. from schools to understand business practices, compliance with state/local laws, products sold, environment of the stores and overall operations etc.

  • Available immediately through 4/15/2019
  • Hours: TBD
  • Location: Communities in San Diego
  • Total number of hours: 6 to 8 hours
  • Volunteer must be at least 21 years old

If you are interested in this opportunity, please write directly to Manuel Andrade at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@edar1552945164dnaj1552945164 as soon as possible. Questions: Manuel by email or phone: 714.317.3971.


Volunteer Receptionist Pool – Front Desk

SAY San Diego is looking for volunteers who have interest and the potential availability to act in the role of receptionist.
A few times a month, we have gaps in our coverage of the front desk. If you join the pool, you will receive emails with information on opportunities to fill in at reception. When you receive an email requesting assistance, you can respond if you can fill in.

  • Available immediately
  • Hours: TBD
  • Location: 4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 (Kearny Mesa area)
  • Hours: Shifts usually last for three hours, sometime between 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at gro.o1552945164geidn1552945164asyas1552945164@reet1552945164nulov1552945164 or visit https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3092202.jsp


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Upcoming opportunities include:

  • Volunteer Pool for Administrative Support – Resource Development Department
  • Special Event Volunteer for Prom Drive
  • Gardener