SAY SAN DIEGO IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW VOLUNTEERS. OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IS PRESENTLY ON HOLD. ALTHOUGH THE LIST OF OPPORTUNITIES BELOW IS OUT-OF-DATE, IT CAN PROVIDE YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT TYPES OF VOLUNTEER POSITIONS SAY USUALLY OFFERS. AS SOON AS WE ARE UP AND RUNNING, WE WILL UPDATE THIS PAGE.

PREVIOUSLY Open Positions

AFTER-SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS (HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE & ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES): RECRUITMENT in July/Early August 2020

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 has CLOSED for the 2020 winter/spring session. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Volunteer Engagement Manager at in July or early August of 2020, for a start date in September 2020.

Details for fall recruitment:

  • Dates/Hours: Scheduling is based on availability of volunteers and the needs of each school. Volunteers set individual schedules with school Site Supervisors.
  • Location: One of over 40 schools; location decided based on closest proximity to the volunteer’s work/school/home
  • Total number of hours: Starting in September, a minimum of one hour per week, for a minimum of four months
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old

VOLUNTEER VIDEOGRAPHER FOR APRIL 2020 LUNCHEON

SAY San Diego is looking for videographer to film a volunteer appreciation event on April 9, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at our main office in Kearny Mesa. Staff will use your footage as part of a short video that will be put on our website later this year. For more detailed information see: https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3149899.jsp

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours on April 9, 2020.
  • Hours: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
  • Location: 4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 (Kearny Mesa area)

To be considered for this position, please review the VolunteerMatch Posting (link above), and contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at . You will be asked to provide a sample of your work.

VOLUNTEER VIDEOGRAPHER / PRODUCER TO CREATE SHORT VIDEO

SAY San Diego is looking for a videographer to create a 1-minute video about SAY San Diego’s volunteers and their experiences at SAY. The Volunteer Videographer’s responsibilities will include: recording footage, editing video, compiling existing content and creating the 1-minute video. Ultimately, the video will be uploaded to the SAY San Diego website. For more information: https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3263882.jsp

Volunteer must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a camera; and
  • Have access to video editing software.

Requirements include the ability to:

  • Film interviews and events;
  • Edit raw footage, audio and video; and
  • Assemble content that includes raw video footage, graphics, photographs, dialogue and sound.

If available, the volunteer videographer can film SAY San Diego’s volunteer appreciation event on April 9, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Location: 4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 (Kearny Mesa area). See posting above for: VOLUNTEER VIDEOGRAPHER FOR APRIL 2020 LUNCHEON

To get more information or express interest in this position, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Manage at You will be asked to provide a sample of your work.

VOLUNTEER RECEPTIONIST POOL – FRONT DESK COVERAGE

SAY San Diego is looking for volunteers who have an interest in serving in the role of receptionist at our main offices. Volunteers mainly greet guests and accept packages. Volunteer receptionists do not have to manage phone lines. If you are friendly, dependable, and like to talk to people, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteers can sign up to volunteer for a shift on Monday and/or Wednesday morning. Volunteers can choose to volunteer for 2 or 3 hours between the hours of 8:30 am and 12:00 pm on those days. We have other gaps in coverage a few times a month. In such cases, we email all of the volunteers to check their availability.

  • Available immediately
  • Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (some flexibility in scheduling is available); and/or dates and times, as needed
  • Location: 4775 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123 (Kearny Mesa area)

For more information, contact the Volunteer Engagement Manager at .

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEER POOL – ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

SAY San Diego is looking for volunteers who have interest and the potential availability to volunteer with our Resource Development (RD) team. This department is responsible for fundraising events, communications/marketing, grants, and sharing the story of SAY San Diego to inspire others to support SAY’s mission.

Periodically, RD is in need of one-time support with administrative/miscellaneous tasks. Tasks can include: sorting, organizing, filing, copying, creating folders, and assisting with mailings. If you join the pool, you will receive emails with information on opportunities to volunteer. 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)
  • 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 .

Special Events & Projects

Holiday Hopes – December

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.

Prom Drive -May

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.

Play 4 SAY – July

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.

Back to School – August

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 – October

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 in July or November to express interest.

Tutoring

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 Yesenia Barragan directly at or 619.285.4405.

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 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.

Youth Volunteering

Presently, SAY San Diego has one volunteer opportunity for youth under the age of 18. This is Teen Court. Please see above.

To help you search for youth volunteer opportunities in San Diego, please take advantage of the Youth Volunteer Opportunities list. It was created by one of our dedicated volunteers at SAY San Diego.

Court-Ordered Volunteering

Presently, SAY San Diego does not accept court-ordered volunteers. To help you search for court-ordered volunteer opportunities in San Diego, please take advantage of the Court Ordered Volunteer Opportunities list. It was created by one of our dedicated volunteers at SAY San Diego.