One of the most valuable gifts you can give is time.
Lucky Duck Foundation’s Food and Water Program
The Lucky Duck Food and Water Initiative has distributed more than 925,000 meals to San Diego’s unsheltered neighbors since May 2020.
Volunteers help by sorting boxes of food and water for homeless outreach teams to distribute to more than 1,000 individuals living on the streets. Volunteers also sort and distribute items like face shields, masks, hygiene kits, EMPWR Coats, and clothing. On rare instances, volunteers will be asked to pack the meals in an assembly line. Volunteers are necessary to keep the program running, so please consider signing up!
Volunteer events take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30-8:45 a.m. at our distribution sites in Chula Vista (465 C Street, Chula Vista, CA) and Miramar (6225 Marindustry Drive, San Diego, CA). Sign up to volunteer below or email Will Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Volunteer with our local partners.
For those volunteers looking for year-round opportunities, the Lucky Duck Foundation suggests you volunteer with local service providers as your time keeps their daily operations going. Please visit the San Diego Homelessness Volunteer Network, a partnership of Councilmember Chris Ward and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. The San Diego Homelessness Network, powered by the United Way, connects people like you in search of opportunities with the many non-profits and provider organizations that are serving homeless right here in San Diego.
You can also learn more about just a few of our collaborative partners and the volunteer programs available, in the summary below.
Family Health Centers of San Diego
For more than four decades, Family Health Centers of San Diego’s (FHCSD) has provided affordable, high-quality health care and support services to all people, with a commitment to the uninsured, low-income and medically underserved. They provide care to more than 190,000 patients citywide.
To inquire about special events volunteer opportunities with Family Health Centers of San Diego, contact Anthony White, at 619-515-2370 or email@example.com.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities within the clinic, contact Carolina Bump at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeding San Diego
Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, providing more than 40.3 million meals with dignity to San Diego residents facing hunger last year. They have been innovating new logistical, technological, and relationship-building solutions to the problem of food insecurity since 2007. They provide food and resources to a network of almost 300 neighborhood partners.
Feeding San Diego relies heavily on volunteer service – including individuals age six and up and groups – to sort and pack food at its distribution center in Sorrento Valley and distribute food at its large-scale food distributions held across the county. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 858-452-3663 x100, volunteersd@
Helen Woodward Animal Center
HWAC is a unique, private non-profit organization in San Diego County committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. Staying true to their philosophy, HWAC created the “Pets Without Walls” program to help homeless San Diegans by keeping their pets fed and healthy. The bond between people experiencing homelessness and their pets is strong.
HWAC needs pet-loving people, ages 14 and up, to volunteer in order to make all of their programs work. To learn about opportunities available including in-office to hosting pet food drives, visit their volunteer page or contact Megan McCarty, email@example.com, or 858-756-4117 ext. 305.
Interfaith Community Services
Interfaith Community Services was founded in 1979 by several diverse faith communities to address the needs of low-income, homeless and underserved people in San Diego County. By combining forces they were able to collaborate to make a bigger impact on the needs of the people in our community. Interfaith evolved into a broad continuum of programs and services that provide the tools and resources people in crisis need to stabilize and rebuild their lives including nutrition and basic needs, employment, self-sufficiency and supportive services, behavioral health and recovery, and housing.
Interfaith Community Services relies on the volunteers with a varied skillset. From legal aid volunteers, to delivery drivers, to nutrition specialists, your experience is valued at Interfaith Community Services. For more information on opportunities available, visit their volunteer page.
Regional Task Force on the Homeless
RTFHSD is an integrated array of stakeholders committed to preventing and alleviating homelessness in San Diego. We provide essential data and insights on the issue of homelessness, informing policy and driving system design and performance. The goal of RTFH is to end homelessness in the San Diego region. RTFH coordinates WeAllCount, the federally mandated annual census of homeless persons known as the Point-in-Time-Count (PITC) conducted in January. The PITC is meant to be a one-day snapshot of persons living either on the streets or in short-term shelters.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities for We All Count, contact Kat Durant at 858-292-7627 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Brandon Torres at 858-292-7627 ext. 19 or email@example.com, or visit the Get Involved page.
Veterans Village of San Diego
VVSD has served veterans since 1981 and is dedicated to “Leave No One Behind.” Nationally recognized as the leader in helping homeless military veterans, VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States. Each year VVSD provides services to more than 2,000 military veterans throughout San Diego County.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities with Veterans Village of San Diego, contact: Volunteer Services at 619-393-2011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.