Volunteer

Volunteer Resources

Our Volunteer Program is currently suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we hope to welcome volunteers back soon.  Interested applicants may still apply so that you are ready to volunteer when activities resume!

Thank you for taking the first step toward becoming a volunteer at The San Diego LGBT Community Center! We rely on volunteers to help us achieve our mission and we couldn’t do what we do without you. The Center has over 800 volunteers, some volunteering on a weekly basis and some only for large events. Volunteering is a great way to get involved, meet new people, and give back to the LGBTQ community. 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.

 

The 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 publicly-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 us at volunteer@thecentersd.org

Application Process

Requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Fill out the Volunteer Application Form
  3. Register to attend a 2-hour volunteer orientation 
  4. Complete a Background Check: Because of the sensitive nature of some of our work, The Center requires all volunteers to complete a fingerprint check and clearance of Megan’s Law before being placed. The Center covers the cost of fingerprinting. After attending orientation and completing the background check, individuals are welcomed as new Center volunteers and can begin getting involved!

University Service Hours: Individuals seeking to complete their required university service hours (typically 50-200 hours) should contact volunteer@thecentersd.org before completing the on-line volunteer application, in order to review university service requirements and to ensure that the volunteer opportunities at The Center are a good fit. 

Groups: Organized groups (employee groups, university-based groups, social groups, etc.) seeking group volunteer opportunities are welcome. Please contact volunteer@thecentersd.org to discuss the application process.

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

Volunteer ACTIVITIES

Do you want to make a real difference in your community? Volunteer at The Center! There are many ways to get involved!  We are constantly developing new volunteer activities and below are some examples of ways that volunteers contribute to support our community. 

AIDS Walk & Run San Diego

The annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego is the largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego and takes place on the last Saturday of September. Funds raised during this event support multiple organizations involved in eradicating HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed from June to October every year to prepare for The Walk, help with administrative tasks and outreach campaigns, and to support a successful event.  

Dining Out For Life® San Diego
Don’t miss The Center’s annual Dining Out For Life® San Diego! Each year, more than 80 restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and nightclubs donate a minimum of 25% of sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS service and prevention programs. Like other fundraising events, this one relies on an enormous number of volunteers. The most important of the volunteer positions are our restaurant Ambassadors. Ambassadors are assigned a shift at a breakfast, lunch, or dinner location and they invite everyone they know to dine at their location and conduct fundraising at their assigned restaurant.

Administrative Support/Data Entry
Most departments utilize volunteers to assist with administrative support, data entry, phone banks, copying, mailing preparation, and filing. This is a great way for volunteers to help out The Center, meet staff, and make new friends.

#BeTheGeneration
The Center’s #BeTheGeneration campaign was prompted by the clearest 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. Outgoing and approachable #BeTheGeneration Ambassadors help support outreach and education efforts, by staffing info tables, and attending 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 at various events, and support and promote civic engagement via 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 support the Cyber Center as monitors and instructors.

Event Volunteers
The Center often hosts multiple special community and fundraising events that rely on volunteer assistance for their success. Volunteers who might wish to participate in events such as the Pachanga de Frida, Tantrums & Tiaras, The Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, and other popular events would enjoy this volunteer opportunity to help by providing planning before the events and staffing during 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. This activity is an ideal team-builder activity for community, school, and work-based groups!

Families @ The Center
Volunteers provide resources, education, support, and opportunities for community engagement for LGBTQ families (LGBTQ-headed families or families with LGBTQ youth or adults) and those considering parenthood. Volunteers assist with setup and breakdown of events, playgroup monitors, and group facilitators.

Food Bank

The San Diego LGBT Community Center, in partnership with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, hosts two food banks per month to address food insecurity in the LGBTQ community. Volunteers work alongside staff to prepare and distribute food items to community members. 

Fundraising/Development
Volunteers contribute to the dynamic Development department in the vital activity of raising the funds necessary to support our operations and programs. Volunteer activities, support special events, fundraising efforts, phone banks, and sponsor/donor appreciation events and activities.

Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC) & South Bay Youth Center (SBYC)
Volunteers support the important work of HYC and SBYC! Volunteers help as mentors, group facilitators, tutors, activity leaders, outreach volunteers, and provide special event assistance for events such as the Rainbow Prom. 

Latin@ Services
Latin@ Services offers support groups and social programming for LGBTQ Latin@ San Diegans in a safe, affirming environment. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed to support the program, offer referrals to clients, and to staff special events held throughout the year.  A small number of bilingual volunteers also support outreach to our Latin@ community members by staffing community events and assisting with translation of critical information.

Men’s Services
From social events such as Game Night, to discussion groups that provide opportunities for social networking and support, The Center provides a variety of programming for men.

Senior Services
The Senior Services Program provides the LGBTQ senior community with access to important resources and referrals regarding health care, social services, and community activities. Volunteers support the program by handling administrative tasks, with event set-up and break-down, and by providing group facilitation.

Peer-Led Discussion Group Facilitators
Volunteer facilitators help structure and facilitate the wide variety of weekly and monthly discussion groups that provide safe and welcoming spaces for our diverse community to come together to seek support or socialize. Peer Facilitators are trained and must  attend quarterly group facilitator meetings. Experience with group facilitation or peer counseling is helpful but not required. 

Transgender & Nonbinary Services
Volunteers with Project TRANS (Transgender Referrals, Assistance, Networking and Services) help provide a transgender-inclusive and supportive environment by facilitating transgender and nonbinary-specific group discussions, supporting special events and conducting community engagement with the Trans community.  

Volunteer Resources
Volunteers help the Volunteer Services in recruiting, orienting, training, and appreciation and recognition of our volunteers. Volunteers also staff our volunteer program’s JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) group which promotes these values within our volunteer community. 

Welcome Desk Team
The welcome desk team is first point of contact for many visitors, callers, clients, and community members, and has the important responsibilities of welcoming and greeting all visitors, clients, and callers and providing information, resources, and referrals as requested or required. If you are a ‘people person’ who is committed to making The Center a welcoming and safe space for all, and are able to commit to weekly schedule (set monthly schedule for weekend shifts), then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! 

Women’s Services
Women’s Services program creates a safe space where LBT women can access important resources and referrals regarding health care, social services, and community activities. Volunteers provide support for administrative tasks, event set up and break-down, and group facilitation.

Instructions for logging in hours

All volunteers must log their Volunteer Hours. The Center’s programs, services, and events are made possible by the vital assistance of our volunteers, and 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 volunteer@thecentersd.org.

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