Donate & Volunteer in San Diego & North County


San Diego & North County Giving Back Opportunities & Events

Every holiday season we are reminded of the importance of giving back, especially to those less fortunate. Whether you’re looking to just give back during the holiday season or find a way to give back year round, below is a list of resources to help you find the organization, non-profit or program that resonates with you the most.

It is our intention to continuously update this page with new organizations, non-profits and programs as we discover them or hear about them from you. Please email [email protected] if you have any suggestions or additions to this list.

Casa de Amparo 12th Annual Holiday Drive – Members of the community are invited to help make a happy home for all Casa Kids by contributing to Casa de Amparo’s 12th Annual Holiday Drive. Each year Casa de Amparo supports over 1,000 Casa Kids. We could not do it without generous gifts from people like you. Help us spread the holiday cheer this year by making wishes come true. Groups and companies are welcome to participate.

Learn more about: Casa de Amparo

Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos – Adopt-a-Family – Every family deals with different struggles and to offer additional support during the holidays is a great way to help carry them through.

Learn more about: Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos

Community Resource Center’s Holiday Basket Program – Holiday Baskets is the largest distribution program of its kind in San Diego County, providing a dignified and free ‘shopping experience’ for families who might otherwise receive nothing for the holidays. The program now provides approximately 1,500 local families in need with food, coats, blankets, and gifts for children and more during the holiday season. This year, our distribution program takes place on December 19, 20, and 21.

San Marcos High School  is accepting donations on behalf of the Community Resource Center from Dec 1 – Dec 4. For details, click here.
Del Mar City Hall is also accepting donations through Dec 18. For details click here.

Learn more about: Community Resource Center


NoSilenceNoViolence is a non-profit organization committed to providing education, training, resources, and community development in order to eliminate stigma surrounding relationship abuse and sexual assault, while creating awareness, shifting perspectives, and creating global change around the way we talk about domestic violence, as well as addressing the needs of those affected by this epidemic.

While in need of year round donations for women and children in crisis, NoSilenceNoViolence also sponsors families who are trying to get on their feet during the holidays by giving them an opportunity to create wishlists. Please email [email protected] if interested in participating.

Learn more about: NoSilenceNoViolence

North County Community Services (NCCS) is a nonprofit organization in Northern San Diego County passionately committed to improving our neighbors health and wellbeing by providing programs that educate young children, support working families, provide food for those feeding the hungry and ultimately create opportunities to improve the quality of life for residents of North County. For over 40 years, NCCS has provided vitally needed services to local residents, operating six Child Development Centers as well as North County’s Food Bank.

Donate food in San MarcosVista, Oceanside, Escondido 1, Escondido 2 or donate money online.

Annual Christmas Bazaar at Woodland Park Bible Church (Nov 22, 2014 ) – Fundraiser for Homefront San Diego. Homefront San Diego supports military families throughout San Diego county.

Learn more about: Homefront San Diego

Infusion Church of San Marcos in partnership with Kamali’i Foster Family Agency – In need of food items and volunteers. Contact Pastor Josh Stuhlmiller: [email protected]

Kamali’i Foster Family Agency goal is to provide children and families with support services that will allow for a healthy and nurturing home environment for a child in need from foster care placement to family reunification.

Learn more about: Kamali’i Foster Family Agency

Helping the Homeless in the San Diego Area

Most of these organizations also offer volunteer opportunities.

Make Change Count – Donate money at one of many donation stations or online.

Father Joe’s Village – Donate gently used household items or donate money online.

Salvation Army – Donate household items at a Salvation Army drop-off location or schedule a pickup.

San Diego Rescue Mission – Donate household goods or money online.

Brother Benno – Donate household goods or money online.

Urban Angels – Donate money online.

Alpha Project – Donate household items or money. Their North County drop off location is located in Vista, CA.

Connections Housing – Donate money online.

Interfaith Shelter Network – Donate money online. Sign up for the Employer Matching Gifts Donations.

Veterans Village of San Diego – Donate money online.

St. Vincent De Paul Village – Donate money online.

Regional Task Force on the Homeless – Donate money online.