Community Service and Volunteer Opportunities

Work with the elderly

There are many reasons why you may decide to volunteer. By volunteering you make a difference in your community by giving back. You learn to work with others and gain valuable experience that you can use later. You may use your volunteer experience to test out a career path in which you have an interest and volunteer experience is always a useful addition to a resume and job application. If you need to complete court assigned community service hours you will find many opportunities on the sites listed below.


City of San Marcos

City of San Marcos

City of San Marcos volunteers provide a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers gain valuable experience and provide meaningful work to the community. Volunteering with the City provides an opportunity to utilize valuable skill sets and develop new ones; gain valuable work experience towards a new career path; and learn how local government functions. 


San Marcos Senior Activity Center

  • Lunch Program 
  • Front Desk  
  • Class and Program Instructors/Leaders
  • Computer Lab
  • Special Events
  • Building Maintenance/Janitorial
Please complete an SAC Volunteer Application and email to Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Overman.

Parks & Trails Volunteer Program

Program details Parks & Trails Volunteer Program INFO

Parks & Trails Volunteer Program APPLICATION and email Ranger Ron Vinluan

For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call (760) 744-9000 

Guardian Angels Volunteer Program

The Guardian Angel Program

If you would like to volunteer to work with seniors, this site is for you.

Volunteer opportunities include:

One-On-One Support: Visit with a senior, engage in conversation, embark on a social stroll, present various activities, or just be an active listener.    

Activity Support: Engage seniors in a game of bingo, bridge, bocce ball, “name that tune” and much more. Facilities are always looking for energetic volunteers willing to lend their creativity.

Pet/Music & Art Therapy: If you have a therapy-certified pet or special music/art talent you can engage seniors through a guided class or with your furry companion.

Community Outreach: Support program growth by attending health fairs, community fairs, and/or help recruitment in your social network. We will provide information regarding events throughout the year if you express interest in community outreach.    (This is an opportunity outside of the minimum required facility volunteerism

Memory Cafe Volunteer: Providing support for a group concerned about memory loss. Engage in social interaction with attendees, present feedback and engage in activities. (locations include: Chula Vista, Escondido, Hillcrest, Poway and Solana Beach)

Growing Minds - Early Education Programs

Volunteers help out with every aspect of operations at Growing Minds. All volunteer opportunities are listed on Volunteer Match.

Click here to find positions currently available.


Here are some examples of what volunteers do at Growing Minds

 At their preschools, groups of volunteers clean, repaint, and replant gardens.

 In their main office, volunteers help with data entry, filing, and other office tasks.

Volunteer Match

VolunteerMatchVolunteerMatch provides volunteer information and listings in your local community. Find local volunteering opportunities now! Enter your city or zip code and narrow your search by your interests and the age group you'd like to work with.

San Diego County Sheriif's Department

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Explorer Program


On-the-job, actual experiences in the field of law enforcement.

Encourage Positive Citizenship 
Active Participation 
Career Exploration 


Explorer candidates must meet rigid standards in order to qualify to participate in the program.
During the application process a complete records and background check will be completed, including contacting personal references. To submit an application you should meet the following criteria:

  • 16-20 years of age. Parent/Guardian approval must be obtained if under 18 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident.
  • Must have a “C” average or better, and maintain it.
  • Good physical condition.
  • Vision must be 20/100 or better, correctable to 20/30 or better in each eye. Color vision must be normal.  Hearing must be unimpaired.
  • Good moral character. Conviction of a felony is disqualifying. A background investigation will be conducted.
  • Possess the ability to clearly express thoughts in written and verbal form.
  • Complete a condensed version of a Law Enforcement Academy specifically designed for youth.
  • Be willing to contribute at least 20-hours per month to the Explorer Program.


Hundreds of current law enforcement officers in San Diego County began their career as Sheriff’s Explorers. 

Download the Explorer Program Application

Download the Explorer Program Flyer

If you have any trouble accessing the application, please e-mail
Completed applications should be submitted to the contact provided in the application material.

Written Correspondence:

San Diego Sheriff’s Department
Attn: Sheriff’s Personnel
P.O. Box 939062
San Diego, CA 92193-9062

For more information, e-mail Sheriff’s Personnel.