PATH San Diego


 Thank you for your interest in volunteering with PATH!

 

I want to let you know that all of PATH’s services will continue through the COVID-19 crisis. It has never been more important to meet the critical needs of our clients. As PATH continues to work in the community, our clients need our help. In San Diego, our kitchen operates solely on donations, volunteers and the support of our community. Please donate today to help ensure they can continue to provide life-saving services for those living without a home. If you are interested in donating please click on the link below, everything helps!

 

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

 

Secondly, we really want to continue serving a hot meal to our residents so we can keep their immune systems strong and are looking for volunteers to help the chef from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Mondays thru Sundays. Staff and volunteers are considered essential employees and we are following guidelines from the city and CDC and are plating food and drinks in the kitchen. The food is being brought upstairs to the residents by a staff member to ensure that we follow all safety guidelines. If you are in a low-risk category and have any time, please email me at sigrids@epath.org if you want to sign up for a shift.

 

Lastly, I'd like to invite your to join a new volunteer program we will be launching April 27th, PATH Cooks Mobile. As we have many clients who were previously unhoused that are now temporarily staying in hotels, we have found an urgent need to make sure everyone is getting at least one hot meal a day. Urban Angels will be cooking the meals, and we are looking for volunteers who are interested in picking up some meals from PATH and then delivering them to clients who have no access to hot meals otherwise. This will be no contact delivery and the hours are from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. We will be delivering every day of the week so any day that works for you would be wonderful. I have included a volunteer driver application for your convenience. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at sigrids@epath.org or call me on my cell at 619-204-5755 with any questions.

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General Interests

Career Center Volunteer

Career Center Volunteer

Goal: Help PATH’s Career Center guests by fielding questions and providing assistance with computer lab activities such as job searches, job interview tips, resume and cover letter writing.

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: This volunteer opportunity occurs Mon.-Fri. from 8:30-10:30 AM and 2:00-4:00 PM.

Personal Salon

Personal Salon

Goal: Help our residents look and feel their best by offering hair styling services (wash, cut, dry, style). 

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 be able to provide proof of cosmetology license and liability insurance.

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. 

Volunteer Driver

Volunteer Driver

Goal: Help pick-up food donations from local grocery stores, and drop off to PATH to 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 Sunday - 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 5:15-7:15 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 50- 100 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 50-100 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. Plan to serve about 130 individuals.

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. 

Mission Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW MORE THAN EVER, OUR HOMELESS NEIGHBORS NEED YOU!

 

 

PATH serves over 20% of the homeless population in California, through nine interim housing shelters, 14 supportive housing communities, and dozens of outreach teams hitting the streets each day. All of these services will continue through the COVID-19 crisis.

 

It has never been more important for us to meet the critical needs of those we serve, and keep those in our care safe and healthy. As we continue our work in the community, we need your help.
 
 
Please donate to the PATH Cares COVID-19 Fund to help ensure we can continue to provide life-saving services for those living without a home. While our teams continue to work for our unhoused neighbors, we still believe that everyone should stay home for the sake of our community. Now more than ever, community is so important—we're thankful to have your support.