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:
- Fill out the Volunteer Application Form
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.692.2077 x202.
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. Of course we also need a ton of help the day of the event, doing everything from working a water station to registration.
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.
Do you love to do data entry? Or maybe mailings are more your forte? If you like administrative work we certainly have a place for you! Volunteers are needed to assist and support staff members in a variety of office duties such as 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!
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.
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.
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.
The mission of Family Matters is to promote and sustain the well-being of families in Southern California with one or more LGBT parents, as well as those considering parenthood. We hold educational workshops throughout the year as well as many fun social events such as the Big Family BBQ, The Children’s Garden at the Pride Festival and a Halloween Carnival. Volunteers are needed for administrative tasks, event set-up and break-down, staffing registration tables and event activities.
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 Services
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!
The Center's discussion groups are the agency's oldest community service program. For more than 40 years, peer-led groups have provided an opportunity for LGBT community members to come out, increase their awareness of community culture and resources, and increase their social networks in a safe, LGBT affirmative environment. 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.
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@ 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.
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.
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.
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 Resource Center
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.