Volunteer & Intern Opportunities

Volunteer Match


This website helps connect you with nonprofit organizations that need volunteers in your community. Areas include:

  • Animals
  • Arts
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Homeless & Housing

Animal Shelters

San Diego County Humane Society
Contact information: (
760) 757-4357 ext. 1244 https://sdhumane.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/applications-and-opportunities/

Description: There are animal care positions available with cats, dogs and bunnies. Volunteers socialize and exercise the animals. Volunteers are provided with an orientation and job training. Volunteers must be able to work independently.

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Contact information:
6461 El Apajo Rd. Rancho Santa Fe, Ca 92067
Volunteer Application:
Description: Serve the community by teaching and practicing humane behavior toward man and all living things. Our lives are more precious when trust, unconditional love, respect and care exist as the primary bond between animals and one another.

San Marcos Library
Ongoing Event, Children & Youth
Margot Smart, Teen Librarian
#2 Civic Center Dr.
San Marcos, California 92069
(760) 891-3000
Action Teen Blog: http://sanmarcoslibraryteens.blogspot.com/

Twin Oaks Elementary
Impact Areas:

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Description:San DiegoCountySchoolVolunteers are needed to assist teachers in the classroom, tutor and read to children, and to assist with fieldtrips and events on campus.
Contact: Principal
1 Cassou Road
San Marcos,California92069
(760) 752-3366

Migrant Literacy Reading Program -
Dates/Times: Every Wednesday 2:15-3:15 pm
Every Thursday 3:15-4:15 pm
Location: San Marcos Elementary School
Any interested students can report to San Marcos Elementary School Room 107.

County Health Services
To improve the health status of our diverse communities by providing quality health care that is comprehensive, affordable and culturally sensitive.
Impact areas: Children & Youth and experience in the medical field
150 Valpreda Road
San Marcos, California 92069

Birth Choice
Impact areas:
Children & Youth
Description: Pregnancy resource center, providing alternatives to abortion. Pregnancy tests; medical, shelter, and community referrals; abstinence education; adoption information; emergency supplies of diapers, baby food, and formula; baby and maternity clothes; all Volunteers are needed to act as advisors for women, and to perform receptionist and office duties, among others
277 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd., St
San Marcos, California 92069.
760 744 1313
Volunteer Application:

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, San Diego Chapter

Contact:9820 Willow Creek Road, Ste. 245
San Diego, CA 92131
Phone 858-578-2945

Salvation Army
Volunteer Application:https://volunteer.usawest.org/OpportunityListPage.aspx

Internship Opportunities:
Zoo Intern Quest
Zoo Intern Quest is a 7 - week career exploration program providing San Diego high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences the opportunity to learn from experts at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Safari Park and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation research.
For more information: http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/content/zoo-internquest

Senator Joel Anderson (California Legislature 38th Senate District) is seeking internship staff for his office in San Marcos. Find more info here: http://anderson.cssrc.us/content/internship
Please contact Josaline Cuesta josaline.cuesta@sen.ca.gov

Assemblymember Marie Waldron is seeking internship staff for her district office in Escondido. If interested please contact Cameron Butler cameronbutler@asm.ca.gov

The Humane League
Internships available to students interested in gaining experience in the non-profit field while at the same time helping to create a more compassionate world for animals.

Horses to Hounds
Internships available to students interested in helping with all facets of care with horses at the Escondido location.

Feeding America San Diego

Sign up in room 855 (Mr. Sirimanne’s class room) to volunteer, assist and document the efforts of high school students taking responsibility for the hunger issues in their immediate surrounding areas. The money raised will go to North County and especially San Marcos families. FASD can give 10 lbs. of food for every $1 raised! With 1-7 people living in San Diego do not know where their next meal is coming from…can you help?
Visit: https://feedingsandiego.org/get-involved/volunteer/

North County Community Services
Agency: North County Food Bank
Impact Areas:Special Events Support, Homelessness/Hunger, Homelessness/Hunger: Meal Service, Pre-school
Contact: The North County Food Bank
680 Rancheros Drive #100
San Marcos,CA92069
(760) 761-1140
Volunteer information: https://www.sdnccs.org/volunteer

San Marcos Joslyn Senior Center
111 Richmar Avenue
(760) 744-5535
Description: Volunteer opportunities include: Trailblazers, Nutrition, Office, Van Drivers, and Bingo.
San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness
Learn first-hand about those who are homeless in our community. Surveyors will approach homeless individuals to participate in a survey. All surveyors will be trained to acquire informed consent; administer the survey; and fill-in the appropriate survey responses. Surveys will be conducted on Friday, January 27, 2012 and continue until February 1, 2012. http://www.rtfhsd.org/get-involved/weallcount/

Interfaith Community Services
550 W. Washington Avenue, Ste. B
Escondido, CA 92025
Interfaith Community Services was founded to address the needs of low-income, homeless, and underserved populations.There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities listed.

Volunteer information: http://www.interfaithservices.org/volunteer/

MAAC Head Start Program
Impact Areas:
Children & Youth
Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
800 Los Vallecitos Blvd., Ste.
San Marcos,California92069
(760) 471-4210
Description: Community development involving services such as after-school programs, community clean up, planning activities/events with residents of MAACs apartment projects. ****Has five different program locations in San DiegoCounty. There are volunteer opportunities for development and educational assistance to pre-school age children.

Casa de Amparo
Provides immediate emergency care and protection for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for ages 0-18. Provides free day care to children, ages 18 mos. - 5 years.
4070 Mission Avenue Oceanside
Phone: 760-754-5500


Boys and Girls Club
Impact Areas:
Children & Youth
#1 Positive Place
San Marcos, California 92069
760 471 2490
Martin Arispe marispe@webcc.net or Ben Hernandez bhernandez@webcc.net
Description: Provides gang and drug intervention, tutoring, and sports year round to develop leadership, social skills, and educational and vocational skills for youth, ages 6-18.

San Marcos Youth Basketball
Impact Areas:
Children & Youth
Contact: Lara Kahler president.smybb@gmail.com
Description: A youth organized basketball league including a program "Shooting Stars" for kids with special needs. Many community service opportunities available includingscorekeeping, snack bar help and volunteers for the Shooting Stars program.

Volunteers needed to assist with the TOPSoccer Program for the Fall 2015 season. TOPSoccer is a modified version of soccer for special needs children. Caring volunteers are needed to assist the players at games and practices. Being a TOPS Buddy is a perfect opportunity to serve the community through soccer. For more information, please email Coach Rick at TOPSoccer@sanmarcosyouthsoccer.org