PATH San Diego


SAN DIEGO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with PATH!

 

As a nonprofit we rely on the support of people like yourself to be able to continue offering all of the services we provide. In these uncertain times, one thing is undeniable – communities across California are experiencing a homelessness and housing crisis. That’s where PATH comes in. Committed to ending homelessness for individuals, families and communities, our teams work on the front lines to provide a full range of resources. These programs include street outreach, interim housing, mental health services, employment assistance, Veteran programs, and family services – all to help our neighbors move off the street and into homes of their own.

 

Please feel free to reach out to me directly at sigrids@epath.org and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our numerous onsite and remote volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in helping with our dinner service it is easiest to sign up on Eventbrite  as you can pick any night that fits your schedule and you will be able to see what nights we need help. You can sign up for a shift here. I look forward to working with you!

 

Monetary Donation Support: If you are interested in making a monetary donation contribution, please click here.

 

In-Kind Donation Support: If you are interested in making an in-kind donation contribution, please click here.

Feel free to reach out to me directly at sigrids@epath.org 

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General Interests

Digital Literacy Volunteer

Digital Literacy Volunteer

Goal: Teach everyday tech literacy skills to PATH clients. This can include how to use a PC/Mac, Smartphones, Online Safety, Searching Online, Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Word, Creating/Using Email, Google Drive, and Google Docs.

Size: Individual Volunteer (must be at least 18+)

Location: Location varies

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: This volunteer opportunity occurs Mon.-Fri. from 8:30am to 4pm

Personal Salon

Personal Salon

Goal: Help our residents look and feel their best by offering a range of hygiene services including, but not limited to: Hairstyling services (cut, wash, blow dry), Skincare tips, Nail treatments, and Basic maintenance guidance.

Size: Individual Volunteer (must be at least 18+)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: Flexible - Shifts available Mon.-Fri. between 8 AM-4 PM. 

Additional Info: Volunteers must have prior experience in the beauty industry 

Administrative Support

Administrative Support

Goal: Assist with administrative duties such as data entry, phone calls, scheduling, filling and special projects as needed. 

Size: Individual Volunteer (must be at least 18+)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: Flexible - Shifts available Mon.-Fri. between 8 AM-4 PM. 

Food Rescue Driver

Food Rescue Driver

Goal: Help pick-up food donations from local grocery stores, and drop off to a PATH location to reduce food insecurity and support our meal service program.

Size: Individual Volunteer (must be at least 18+)

Location: (Location Varies).

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: Contingent on store assignment. Volunteers can also sign up to be on call. Pickups typically occur Monday - Friday. 

Additional Info: Volunteers must be able to provide proof of CA Driver’s license and insurance, and complete our Food Safety training. 

Kitchen Support - Individual Volunteer

Kitchen Support – Individual Volunteer

Goal: Help serve a healthy and delicious meal to PATH’s interim residents. Key responsibilities include: setting tables with plates, silverware, cups, and fresh fruit; Greet PATH residents with a smile as they enter the dining hall; create a welcoming atmosphere by chatting and connecting with the residents; carry food trays to and from the kitchen to tables; Bus tables after meals are completed.  

Size: Individual Volunteer (must be at least 18+ or 13+ with signed Parent release)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: Mon.-Sun. from 5:00-7:00 PM. 

Kitchen Support - Volunteer Group

Kitchen Support – Volunteer Group

Goal: Help serve a healthy and delicious meal to PATH’s interim residents. Key responsibilities include: setting tables with plates, silverware, cups, and fresh fruit; Greet PATH residents with a smile as they enter the dining hall; create a welcoming atmosphere by chatting and connecting with the residents; carry food trays to and from the kitchen to tables; Bus tables after meals are completed.  

Group Size: 5-10 volunteers (must be at least 18+ or 13+ with signed Parent release)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: Mon.-Sun. from 5:15-7:15 PM. 

Lunches for Bunches

Lunches for Bunches

Goal: Help provide LUNCHES for the BUNCHES! PATH strives to provide PATH clients with sack lunches every day. We’re looking for community partners to prepare 25 - 50 lunches for our homeless clients so they can stay well nourished while they work to get back into a permanent home.

Group Size:  4 -15 volunteers.

Location: Lunches can be assembled on-site or off site at a location of your choice.

Drop-off Location: Lunches are accepted at 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Please note: Drop offs must be scheduled in advance.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Budget: Costs vary depending on a volunteer’s capacity. We recommend either (1) assembling between 20 - 50 lunches using the sample lunch menus below or (2) donating bulk snack items (ex: Boxes or bags of fruit, Bottles of water, Individual-sized containers of chips, cookies, or crackers)

 

Sample Menus

  1. Peanut butter and jelly
    sandwich +

 

  • Vegetable/ fruit option
  • Chips/ pretzels or cookies
  • String cheese
  1. Deli meat & veggie sandwich +

 

  • Fruit option
  • Chips/ pretzels or cookies
  • String cheese
  1. Tuna or chicken salad sandwich +

 

  • Fruit option
  • Chips/ pretzels or cookies
  • String cheese

 

Additional Info: For Option 1 – Sack Lunches, please deliver lunches by 11:00AM.
Additionally, contact us at least 48 hours in advance so that we will be prepared to accept your generous donation.

For Option 2 – Bulk snack items, please contact us 48 hours in advance so we will be prepared and be able to alert staff of your arrival. We accept bulk items on Monday to Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30 PM.

Care Kits

Care Kits 

Goal: Help PATH build relationships with our neighbors experiencing homelessness! This a perfect opportunity to get a group together and get directly involved in making a difference! This opportunity would involve you or your group hosting a drive or purchasing hygiene items and non-perishable snacks, and then assembling the items into 1-gallon sized plastic bags.

Group Size:  4 -15 volunteers.

Location: Kits can be assembled on-site or off site at a location of your choice. 

Drop-off Location: Care Kits are accepted at 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Please note: Drop offs must be scheduled in advance and are only accepted weekdays between 8 AM and 4 PM. 

Clients: Care Kits are the primary engagement tool that PATH utilizes to build relationships and connect with individuals experiencing homelessness.  PATH street outreach teams distribute the Care Kits to our neighbors experiencing homelessness all across California.

Budget: Costs vary depending on a volunteer’s capacity. Care Kits typically include the following: travel sized hygiene items, socks/underwear, and non-perishable snacks. 

Welcome Home Kits

Welcome Home Kits 

Goal: Say “Welcome Home!” to newly housed individuals and families! This program empowers volunteers to collect new household items to benefit PATH clients, so that those moving off the streets and into permanent homes have the basics to get started. By putting together Welcome Home Kits that include much-needed household items, you can help recently housed individuals and families to feel welcomed and at home in their new living space. This volunteer project is great for faith groups, companies, philanthropic committees, schools, families, and individuals who want to rally friends for a good cause!

Group Size:  4 -15 volunteers.

Location: Kits can be assembled on-site or off site at a location of your choice.

Drop-off Location: Welcome Home Kits are accepted at 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Please note: Drop offs must be scheduled in advance and are only accepted weekdays between 8 AM and 4 PM.

Clients: Since PATH houses approximately 20 individuals per week, we are always in need of Welcome Home Kits. Welcome Home Kits are critical to our efforts to ensure that people in our community transitioning into permanent housing have all the essentials they need.

Budget: Costs vary depending on a group’s capacity and menu

PATH Cooks - Volunteer Group

PATH Cooks 

Goal: PATH Cooks is a volunteer program providing home-cooked meals to the residents living in PATH’s interim housing facilities. Each year, PATH spends more than $200,000 on food for the people we serve. When your group provides meals, it helps us focus our resources on providing housing and support services for our residents.

  • Dinner is served every day at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Cooks arrive between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m., depending on the menu and required preparation time.

Group Size:  6 -10 volunteers (must be at least 18+ to work in the kitchen and 13+ with signed parent release to serve)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Budget: Costs vary depending on a group’s capacity and menu. Plan to serve about 130 individuals.

Clothing Closet - Individual Volunteer

Donation/ Clothing Closet – Individual Volunteer

Goal: Help sort and organize donations (clothing, household goods, & hygiene products.) 

Group Size: Individual Volunteer (must be at least 16+ with a signed parent release)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

Schedule: Flexible - Volunteer shifts are available Mon.-Fri. between 8 AM and 4 PM. 

Clothing Closet - Volunteer Group

Donation/ Clothing Closet – Volunteer Group

Goal: Help sort and organize donations (clothing, household goods, & hygiene products.) 

Group Size: 2 – 10 volunteers (must be at least 16+ with a signed parent release)

Location: 1250 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Clients: PATH San Diego, along with several partners, opened Connections Housing in 2013. Connections Housing is an integrated service and residential community in Downtown San Diego, designed to help local homeless individuals rebuild their lives and move into permanent housing.

 

Schedule: Flexible - Volunteer shifts are available Mon.-Fri. between 8 AM and 4 PM.