Volunteering In San Diego

Volunteers are vital to our ongoing success. They come from all walks of life with the common pursuit of making a difference in the lives of others. Over 200 dedicated volunteers annually help The Arc carry out its mission of empowering individuals to achieve their life goals each year. As an organization, we do everything to ensure you have the best experience volunteering in our programs. From a comprehensive training program to continued staff support, we want every volunteer experience to be rewarding and fulfilling. Contact us today at (619) 685-1175 or via email to learn more about how you can help The Arc of San Diego. Ready to make a difference?

Leadership Opportunities:

The Arc of San Diego invites community members and business leaders who share and support the vital interests of our organization to serve on our Board of Directors, Chapter Advisory Boards, and Committees.

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Virtual Opportunities:

Looking for ways to give back and spread cheer during the time at home? Here are some things you can do to help, right from the comfort of your home!

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Program Support:

Classroom Assistant

Assist staff in developing and implementing activities at one of our centers located across San Diego County. Subjects often include: arts & crafts, computers, fitness, and much more!

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Music Classroom Assistant

Assist with developing and implementing music-related activities (Performance, Choirs, Dance) at The Arc of San Diego's Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center in Chula Vista.

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Exercise Guide

Assist our program participants in developing and maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Recreation:

Personal and Leisure Services (PALS) Volunteer

Make a difference and gain practical experience with this volunteer opportunity in San Diego. PALS is looking for outgoing, empathetic, patient, and understanding individuals who would like to work with teens and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in a recreation setting. Recreational outings include but are not limited to: rock climbing, dances, movies, plays, baseball games, cooking classes, museums, amusement parks, and arts & crafts.

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Internships:

Marketing & Development

Volunteer in San Diego as a Marketing & Development intern and assist with the implementation of The Arc's marketing & development plan to increase awareness and visibility of our organization while raising much needed funds. This opportunity is suitable for current college students and recent graduates looking for professional grant writing and fundraising experience.

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Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Internship

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities while earning your CTRS certification? The Arc of San Diego's Personal and Leisure Services is offering an internship for 14 weeks, 560 hours to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Administration:

Community Living Services Volunteer

Do you want to play an integral role in the daily functions of a program at one of the largest nonprofits in San Diego County? The Community Living Services Volunteer will assist staff in the daily operations of the Community Living Services program, which includes communicating with clients, families and San Diego Regional Center staff to coordinate services, among other duties!

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Front Desk Assistant

Take advantage of our volunteer opportunities in San Diego by joining our dynamic administrative staff. You will assist with administrative duties such as: managing projects, maintaining databases, conducting research, copying, filing, and more!

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Hands On Projects:

Hands-On Project Team Leader

Assist The Arc of San Diego with a variety of one-time events such as dances and facility renovation projects that benefit program participants.

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Special Events:

Special Event Volunteer

Assist staff in coordinating, organizing, and implementing special events including fundraisers like our annual gala that benefit program participants.

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