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Foothiller students and parents: Below is a list of various opportunities for students. We do not endorse nor are we affiliated with any of the programs listed below.  We are just passing along information about the programs that advertise to Grossmont. Please feel free to research any program in which you may be interested.  Grossmont only provides information as a community service.


Alvarado Hospital Medical Center

Alvarado Hospital is proud of its volunteers who serve all areas of the hospital. Volunteers can choose to work at the information desk, gift shop, patient care areas, emergency department, surgical waiting room, and many other opportunities. 

American Cancer Society

As an American Cancer Society volunteer you can honor a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer, help save lives of people in your local community, and around the world. It only takes a little time to do a lot of good. Discover how rewarding it is to be a volunteer.

American Red Cross  

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  Volunteers are invaluable to the daily operation of the American Red Cross and are truly the heart and soul of the organization.  We look for enthusiastic people with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.  We need passionate individuals who inspire others to continue volunteering and to do good work in our community on a regular basis.

Birch Aquarium   

Annually, more than 400 volunteers guide visitors through exhibits, answer questions, and work behind the scenes. From students and working adults to retired professionals, Birch Aquarium seeks a variety of expertise from volunteers of all backgrounds. 

Everyone a Reader Program

Share your love of reading by becoming an Everyone A Reader (EAR) volunteer. You can become a tutor who helps a 1st-, 2nd-, or 3rd-grade student reach their reading potential.

Father Joe’s Villages  

People all over the world see San Diego as a city of sun, fun, and bustling enterprise. However, San Diego has the fourth largest homeless population in the country. Those of us who live and work here know there are thousands of people who do not have homes to live in or food to eat every day. By joining Father Joe’s Villages as a San Diego volunteer, you can help make our city the bright, promising place it’s meant to be.

Girls Scouts San Diego

Whether you have a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months to give, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible, fun and meaningful!  Be the troop leader that supports her every week, an advocate for girls in your community, a mentor in your area of expertise, or provide behind-the-scenes support that makes Girl Scouting possible.

Guardian Angels Program

The Guardian Angel Program to date has served nearly 100,000 seniors throughout all San Diego County regions. With the dedication of GGG/AFC to seniors affected by memory impairment diseases, volunteers are trained and educated about various senior related issues they may face.

Habitat for Humanity

We need your help to make the vision of affordable housing a reality for hardworking families in San Diego County. You can help us by volunteering in the following ways - Help build or rehabilitate a home at a construction site, coordinate a group build day, volunteer in the ReStore, assist with office needs and administrative duties.

I Love a Clean San Diego

Through outreach, community involvement, and example, I Love A Clean San Diego leads and educates our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment.

Students in the program will be trained to serve as a Medical Center or Medical Office Guest Guide.  In this role, they will offer directions, answer common questions, escort patients and provide wheelchair assistance to those in need.  Each student will be partnered with an experienced volunteer who will provide mentorship, encouragement and support.  If students demonstrate enthusiasm, reliability, good customer service skills and initiative during this time, they will be invited to continue as a permanent volunteer and will have opportunities to explore other volunteer positions.  This 8-week summer program will run from June 17th through August 9th.   

La Mesa City Volunteer Program

La Mesa's Volunteer Program offers you an opportunity to take an active role in your community. Short-term and long-term volunteer positions are offered in all City Departments. 

La Mesa Community Police Oversight Board

The City of La Mesa’s newly created Community Police Oversight Board will have an internship opportunity beginning next Fall.  The board is seeking a La Mesa resident between the ages of 16 - 22 years old to serve as a non-voting member for one to two semesters.  Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4pm.  Applications are due August 9th, 2021.

Meals on Wheels

Volunteers are our lifeblood. We could not accomplish serving the thousands of seniors we serve throughout the year without the help of our devoted volunteers. They deliver meals, support our operations in the offices and at events, and are partners in keeping seniors healthy and independent in their own homes.

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park volunteer opportunities are numerous. Volunteers are so valuable and appreciated in all the operations of the park.

Rady Children’s Hospital

Volunteers are at the heart of our Rady Children’s family. And the difference you can make is profound. Your gift of time will help us provide the highest possible quality of service to our patients, families, staff and communities.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Rancho Coastal Humane Society. We offer a flexible and fun volunteer program. With a wide array of opportunities, from pet therapy to on-site animal companionship, there is something for almost everyone who wants to make a difference in the lives of companion animals.

READ San Diego

At any given time, there are up to 150 people on a waiting list to take advantage of this free literacy program. Helping someone learn to read is giving them the gift of knowledge with the power to change their entire world! Your volunteerism can help change lives!

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Volunteers make the difference in the lives of all the families that come through our doors – cooking, hosting, listening, nurturing, or by simply being there and helping out in any way they can. 

Rueben H. Fleet Science Center

The Fleet offers numerous volunteer and intern positions in a creative, fun environment. From the gallery floor to the education classrooms to behind-the-scenes administration, every volunteer and intern is an invaluable part of the Fleet family and helps to ensure our guests’ experiences are meaningful, memorable, educational and fun.  

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC) is a 12-acre family support, education, recreation, and cultural arts center.

San Diego County Libraries 

Volunteers perform a variety of duties, including, but not limited to: presenting and assisting with branch events, tutoring adult literacy learners, reading to children in the "Grandparents and Books" programs, helping students with homework, leading book discussion groups, and serving as Internet docents. Please contact your local branch library for specific details. 

El Cajon Branch

201 E. Douglas, El Cajon, CA 92020 

La Mesa Branch

8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942

Lemon Grove Branch

3001 School Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Spring Valley Branch

836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977 

San Diego County Volunteer Program

Make your contribution to better government and a better community, put your personal values into action, and receive training and work experience to jump-start your career by volunteering for the County of San Diego.  Volunteering with the County of San Diego is an opportunity to give back to your community and/or gain valuable job opportunity.

San Diego Food Bank 

The Food Bank relies on individuals and volunteer groups to help us in our warehouse, at food distribution sites, and at Food Bank events. Anyone who is 11 years of age and older is welcome to volunteer. Training is not required, and there are no time commitments. You may volunteer one time, or on a regular basis.

San Diego Humane Society  

Compassionate, dedicated volunteers are essential to our programs and services organization wide and it is important to us that volunteering be a meaningful experience for everyone who participates.  We recruit new volunteers on an as needed basis giving us time to meet the hundreds of people who express interest and make sure they are placed in an appropriate role and properly trained before they begin.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital Junior Volunteer

Sharp Grossmont volunteers have been making a difference in East County since 1952.  As one of the largest and most active hospital volunteer programs in California, more than 780 adult and student volunteers contribute more than 109,000 hours of service to our hospital and community each year.

This organization helps California teens find volunteer opportunities. The site is free and lists more than 600 opportunities, including ones conducted in-person and ones conducted virtually.

United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in more than 30 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. 

Volunteer Crowd

You can use this to search for local or virtual volunteer and service project opportunities.  Note:  Use the free app or website.  You should not pay for this service.