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Volunteer Resources

Welcome!

Thank you for taking the first step toward becoming a volunteer at The Center! We rely on volunteers to help us achieve our mission - we couldn't do it without you!

Due to the sensitive nature of our programs and services, there is a process to apply and be accepted as a Center volunteer. The process takes on average 2-4 weeks.

Our current Volunteer Application process requires that volunteers:
•    Be at least 18 years of age
•    Complete an On-line Volunteer Application
•    Schedule a Get To Know You Session
•    Attend a 2-Hour Volunteer Orientation
•    Complete Live Scan (fingerprinting) and clearance of Megan’s Law

Comprehensive Internships:  Individuals seeking to complete their academic internships (50-200 hours) should set up an appointment with Cheli Mohamed Director of Volunteer Services at cmohamed@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x 202 before completing the on-line volunteer application to review internship requirements and to ensure internship placement will offer the best learning opportunities.

School Community Service: Those individuals seeking school credit for their class and only need between 8-12 hours of community service should set up an appointment with Cheli Mohamed Director of Volunteer Services at cmohamed@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x 202 to explore opportunities that offer an opportunity to expedite completion of your school community service.

Due to limited staffing, we are unable to accept applicants seeking to complete Court Ordered Community Service.

Log Your Hours Here!

Thank you for logging in your Volunteer Hours. The Center cannot provide many programs, services and events that is produces without the vital assistance of our volunteers. Many of our programs are grant-funded with requirements to report the number of volunteers and volunteer service hours each month.

Simply go to www.myvolunteerpage.com and log into your account to log your hours. Find instructions here.

If you experience any difficulties, please contact Cheli Mohamed at volunteer@thecentersd.org.

Join Us - Volunteer Today!

Do you want to make a real difference in your community? Volunteer at The Center! There are many ways to get involved.

Getting started is simple:

  1. Fill out the Volunteer Application Form
  2. Attend a volunteer orientation. Orientations are held three times every month.  The volunteer coordinator will contact you within three working days of receiving your application with details on the next available orientation.
  3. Because of the sensitive nature of some of our work, The Center requires all volunteers to complete a fingerprint check before being placed. Fingerprinting takes place during orientation at no charge to the volunteer.
  4. After attending orientation and completing the background check, individuals are welcomed as new Center volunteers and can begin getting involved!

The San Diego LGBT Community Center is committed to providing the highest quality service to our community and constituents. While The Center respects the right to privacy of all citizens, we also have a responsibility to make every attempt to provide the safest space possible for our youth, families, children, seniors, disabled and other more vulnerable members of our community. In light of this duty, regular volunteers are required to participate in fingerprint checks, in addition to a brief review of publically available criminal databases. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us create a safe and comfortable space for all.

For more information about volunteering at The Center, contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x202.

Volunteer Positions

AIDS Walk San Diego

AIDS Walk San Diego, held annually, is the largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego. AIDS Walk San Diego takes place on the last Sunday of September. Volunteers are needed from June to October every year to prepare for the Walk, helping with administrative tasks and outreach campaigns.

To register to volunteer with AIDS Walk San Diego, click here.

Dining Out for Life® San Diego

How often does volunteering involve dining out? Don’t miss The Center’s annual Dining Out for Life® San Diego! takes place on the 4th Thursday of April, when more than 80 restaurants, bars, coffee houses and nightclubs will donate a minimum of 25% of sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS service and prevention programs. Like every fundraising event, this one is reliant upon an enormous number of volunteers. The most important of these volunteers are our restaurant Ambassadors. Ambassadors are assigned a shift at a breakfast, lunch or dinner location and then invite everyone they know to dine at their location. Dine Out, Fight AIDS!

To register to volunteer with Dining Out for Life® San Diego!, click here.

Administrative Support/Data Entry

Most departments utilize volunteers to assist with administrator support, data entry, phone banks, copying, mailing preparation and filing. This is a great way for volunteers to help out The Center and make new friends.

#BeTheGeneration

Campaign was prompted by the most clear and compelling medical evidence to date, which indicated that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) medications can be extremely effective in preventing HIV transmission. Ambassadors help staff outreach efforts, info tables, and community events.

Civic Engagement/Voter Engagement Public Policy

Volunteers who are interested in community outreach and working on projects involving public policy and civic engagement are always needed. Civic engagement volunteers help represent The Center in the community and work on projects such as voter registration drives and educational efforts.

David Bohnett Cyber Center

The Center is home to the David Bohnett Cyber Center, a computer lab that offers community members free or low fee access to the Internet and computer skills training. Volunteers are needed as Cyber Lab Monitors and Cyber Center Instructors.

Event Volunteers

The Center often holds special community and fundraising events that require additional volunteer assistance. Volunteers who might wish to participate in events such as the Gala, Nightmare on Normal Street, Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Hillcrest Youth Center dances and events would enjoy this volunteer opportunity. Volunteers help by providing staffing and planning for the events.

Facilities Assistant

We are always looking for individuals or groups of volunteers to help with facility upkeep and maintenance or beautification projects. Volunteers assist our Facilities Manager with painting, cleaning, gardening and other projects as needed.

Families @ The Center

provide resources, education, support and opportunities for community engagement for LGBT-headed families and those considering parenthood. Volunteers assist with setup/breakdown of events, playgroup monitors, and group facilitators. PLEASE NOTE: An one-on-one interview with program coordinator is required, in addition, you are required to submit a copy of your TB Test Results Negative.

Food Banks

The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosts a distribution site once month for the Community Cares Project of the San Diego Food Bank.  On the first Tuesday morning of every month, volunteers gather to unload, organize, and distribute emergency food to members of our community.

Front Desk Team

The front desk team is the first point of contact for many visitors, callers, clients and community members. Responsibilities of the front desk team include welcoming/greeting all visitors, clients and callers, and providing information, resources and referrals as requested or required. If you are a people-person and are able to commit to a set, weekly schedule (set monthly schedule for weekend shifts), then this is the job for you!

Fundraising/Development

Volunteers contribute to the dynamic team in our development department, assisting with our special events, fundraising efforts, phone banks, and sponsor/donor appreciation.

Hillcrest Youth Center

Volunteers make the work of HYC possible! Volunteer are needed to help as mentors, group facilitators, tutors, activity leaders, outreach volunteers, and special event assistance for events such as the Rainbow Prom. If you have experience working with youth and want to make a big impact for the youth in our community, consider volunteering for the HYC.

Latin@ Outreach

In an effort to greater reach our beautiful Latino/a/x community in San Diego County, bilingual volunteers are needed to join our Latino/a/x Outreach Team! This exciting new team will focus on making connections with Latino/a/x community members and connect them to Center services and resources. Volunteers will help with things like staffing outreach tables at community events, street fairs, and college campuses, along with other creative outreach efforts – some that will be developed by the volunteer team members! In addition, volunteers will assist translating critical information to assist in the delivery of programs and services.

Latin@ Services

Latin@ Services offers support groups and social programming for LGBT Latin@ San Diegans in a safe, affirming environment. Bilingual volunteers are needed to help staff the office, offer referrals to clients, and with special events throughout the year.

Men's Services

From social events to discussion groups, The Center has a wide variety of programming for men. Volunteers assist as Peer Led Discussion Group Facilitators and event support of Guys, Games and Grub, a monthly social open to the whole community.

Senior Services

The mission of the Senior Services Program is to provide the LGBT senior community access to important resources and referrals regarding health care, social services and community activities. Volunteers are needed for administrative tasks, event set-up and break-down and group facilitation.

Peer Led Discussion Group Facilitators

Volunteer facilitators help structure and facilitate the weekly and monthly discussion groups and attend quarterly group facilitator meetings. Experience with group facilitation or peer counseling is helpful, but not required.

Transgender Services

Volunteers with Project TRANS (Transgender Referrals, Assistance, Networking and Services) help provide a transgender-inclusive and supportive environment by facilitating transgender-specific group discussions, special events and community outreach.

Special Events Volunteers

The Center often holds special community and fundraising events that require additional volunteer assistance. Volunteers who might wish to participate in events such as Tantrums & Tiaras, Dining Out for Life, Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, Pachanga de Frida, AIDS Walk & Run San Diego, and Casino Night Volunteers help by providing staffing and planning for the events.

Volunteer Resources

This program is responsible for recruiting, orienting, training, placing and managing all volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help in the office, preparing for the volunteer orientations, doing data entry, mailing and filing. Volunteers are also always needed to represent The Center at community outreach and recruitment events.

Women’s Services

The mission of the Women's Resource Center (WRC) is to create a safe space where LBT women will have access to important resources and referrals regarding health care, social services, and community activities. Volunteers are needed for administrative tasks, event set-up and break-down, concession sales, workshop instruction and group facilitation.