Interfaith Community Services is pleased to announce that we have been certified by CaliforniaVolunteers as a Service Enterprise. With this certification, Interfaith Community Services becomes one of the first organizations in California to be recognized as a Service Enterprise by CaliforniaVolunteers, the state service commission in California. By achieving this level of excellence and certification, Interfaith is now better equipped to leverage the time and talent of volunteers in building our organizational capacity.

Volunteering at Interfaith Community Services

Individual Opportunities:
If you are interested in volunteering or interning at Interfaith Community Services, please review the individual volunteer opportunities below. If you see a position that interests you and you qualify for, please send your current résumé or CV, including all of your volunteer and intern experience, to Laura Hernandez, Volunteer Services Associate.

Group Opportunities:
For group volunteer opportunities, please review the list of opportunities below. Each project has an informational flyer you can download and share with other members of your group. If you would like more information, please send an e-mail to Laura Hernandez, Volunteer Services Associate. Include in the message the preferred activity and date, group name, number of volunteers wanting to help, and phone number where you can be reached.
Note: Group activities are done off-site primarily and are an excellent way for youth to help their community!

Internship Opportunities (all levels):
Staff and volunteers at Interfaith Community Services are committed to partnering with students at all levels of education to provide meaningful, relevant intern experiences.
For internship placements, please review the list of individual opportunities below to get an idea of some of the various appointments for interns. If you would like more information and to learn about additional opportunities, please send an e-mail to Micki Hickox, Volunteer Services Manager. Include in the message that you are looking for an intern placement.

"We've got it covered!"
Multiple Interfaith Volunteers and Interns who do a variety of tasks when helping people help themselves.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Click the links below to explore our current individual volunteer opportunities.

Are you a closet chef? Can't stay away from the Food Network? Read cookbooks for pleasure? Wish you had a group to taste all your culinary creations? If you answered YES or maybe to any of these questions, we at Interfaith have a volunteer opportunity for you -- let the chef in you LIVE at Interfaith! Your menu will be experienced by approximately 100 hungry people of all ages in our North County community who need a warm meal to start their day in a healthy way!

By preparing breakfast and teaming with kitchen volunteers, you will provide our neighbors with a nutritious meal that will support them throughout the day as they head for work, school, and focus on their goals.

Staff Supervisor: Joe Snyder, Operations Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing commitment (Summer 2019 – May 25th through September 14th)
• 5:00 am to 8:00 am

Key Responsibilities:
• Prepare a simple breakfast in our kitchen based on available food items
• Inspect food for quality
• Supervise volunteers prepping, serving, and sack lunch makers
• Maintain an upbeat and welcoming attitude
• Help volunteers and staff clean-up kitchen and dining areas

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff (resident coordinators) to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.

Qualifications:
• Enthusiastic, friendly, welcoming personality required
• Strong work ethic
• Willing and able to provide direction in a fast-paced environment
• Experience cooking/preparing food and food service
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse population

Screening Requirements:
• Food Handler Card (materials and exam provided by Interfaith)

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Interaction with a diverse population
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Assist Interfaith Human Resources staff in supporting the selection, onboarding, and management of essential staff hired to help our neighbors in need on their path to self-sufficiency. You will be one of the first people to welcome and inform new staff as they begin and develop their careers at Interfaith.

Supervising Staff:
• Dennis Haggar, Director of Human Resources

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months), weekly commitment or great internship opportunity.
• One shift per week or multiple shifts per week.
• Schedule varies: Weekday shifts between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.

Key Responsibilities:
• Employment Verifications: Assist with candidate reference checks.
• New Hire Tours: Help conduct tour of new employees to various Interfaith locations in North San Diego Count. Well-maintained vehicle and auto insurance required.
• Document Management: Prepare New Hire Orientation materials and onboarding documents. Scan, upload, and update documents relating to Relias training, staff phone directory and organizational chart. Collect and track evaluations, timecard print-outs, holiday balances, confidential agreements, transcripts, diplomas, etc.
• File Management: Create, file, organize, purge, and shred HR-related files.
• Staff Relations: Connect with staff to cultivate a trusting and responsive relationship between HR and employees. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, volunteers, interns, clients, visitors, and the public. Contribute to the planning and implementation of staff-related team building and wellness events and activities.
• Maintain Confidentiality: Upholds a high degree of confidentiality in all duties, conversations, and communications relating to the people you come in contact with when volunteering/interning.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Office equipment including telephone system, photocopy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• HIPAA guidelines.

Qualifications:
• Must clear criminal background check.
• Experience in human resources preferred.
• Established experience in customer care/client relations required.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Work with the spirit of enthusiasm, teamwork, cooperation, and establish a quick rapport with staff on all levels.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.
• Proficient with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; Web-based applications).

Screening Requirements:
• FBI / DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Experience working in a professional business office environment.
• Cultivate your experience of human resources related tools and methodologies.
• Interact with a diverse population of people working to improve our community.
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities.

Invigorate your love for the law by providing vital assistance to people in our community facing legal challenges who would have no guidance otherwise. You will impact the lives of low-income populations by sharing your legal knowledge and expertise in a variety of legal areas.

Supervising Staff:
• Veronica Blea, Social Services Program Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months), weekly commitment
• One shift per week
• Weekday, one day or more per month, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Escondido office)

Key Responsibilities:
• Meet clients and provide them with information, education, and referrals regarding legal matters such as tenancy issues/fair housing; family law; criminal law; general law.
Important: You will not represent or advise clients.
• Maintain accurate file notes and ensure the highest standards of client confidentiality at all times.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide support.
• HIPAA, Mandated Reporter, Federal and State False Claims training.

Qualifications:
• Must be an attorney in good standing (practicing; semi-retired; retired).
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients and visitors.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Ability to establish quick rapport with clients and interpreters.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.

Screening Requirements:
• FBI / DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Interact with a diverse population of community members.

An intake volunteer is essential to the service Interfaith offers to people in the community. You will be the connection to resources for clients who need assistance with basic needs, vital documents, prescriptions, employment services, transportation, public benefits, and more. With empathy and resourcefulness, an intake volunteer provides intake, assessment, and referrals for the homeless and low-income populations, with the goal of moving clients from crisis to self-sufficiency.

Supervising Staff: Yuri Sevastian, Site Supervisor

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• You may sign up for one or more shifts per week.
• Weekdays, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Key Responsibilities:
• Provide direct service to clients including assessment, referrals, and crisis intervention.
• Provide guidance and support to help clients identify their own strengths and resources.
• Work with a client advocate to ensure clients’ needs are met.
• Identify resources and advocate for clients’ needs.
• Link and network clients with resources within Interfaith and utilize other public and private social service agencies as necessary.
• Attend and participate in mandatory training sessions
• Maintain accurate file notes and ensure the highest standards of client confidentiality at all times.
• Utilize our database to input results from daily client registrations, assessments, and services delivered.
• Assume other duties as delegated by staff supervisor.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Office equipment including telephone system, photocopy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• HIPAA guidelines.
• Mandated Reporter training.

Qualifications:
• Must clear criminal background check.
• Experience in social services preferred.
• Established experience in customer care / client relations required.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients and visitors.
• Ability to establish quick rapport with clients.
• Knowledge of mental illness and substance abuse.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.
• Proficient with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; Web-based applications).

Screening Requirements:
• FBI / DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Experience working in a professional business office environment.
• Become familiar with community resources and services.
• Interact with a diverse population of community members.
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities.

Front Desk-Administrative Assistant volunteers are the “first face” of Interfaith. They Assist Interfaith Receptionists by greeting clients and visitors with respect, kindness and efficiency; sort mail and distribute to clients as appropriate; create labels for new client files; file client files; make photocopies; send faxes; answer telephones; perform other general support tasks. Front Desk volunteers gain a lot of exposure to the clientele we serve without working in a direct service setting.

Supervising Staff:
Jazmin Oregon, Social Services Program Manager (Escondido),
Yuri Sevastian, Libby Lake Site Supervisor, Oceanside

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• You may sign up for one or more shifts per week.

Current Openings:
Escondido
• Mondays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
• Fridays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Oceanside
• Weekdays, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
• Weekdays, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist staff with all clerical duties.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates
• Office equipment including telephone system, photocopy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• False Claims Act training
• HIPAA guidelines
• Mandated Reporter training
• Phone system
• Scheduling appointments
• Office procedures such as creating file labels

Qualifications:
• Proficient in clerical duties such as copying, faxing, answering phone and filing
• Good verbal and written communication skills
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse population
• Experience with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office; Word and Excel)

Screening Requirements:
• FBI/DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents
• Experience working in a professional business office environment
• Become familiar with community resources and services
• Interact with a diverse population of community members
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities

Directly combat hunger by bagging a five-day supply of groceries to individuals and families currently food insecure. By filling the orders placed in our emergency food pantry, you will be working towards achieving Interfaith’s goal of helping underserved populations in North San Diego County.

Staff Supervisor: Doug Ferris, Food & Nutrition Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months), weekly commitment.
• You may sign up for one or more shifts per week.
• Tuesdays: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Fridays: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (approximately).

Impact:
• Ease the hunger of a family or individual
• Create more productive community members by ensuring they have nutritious food for themselves and their families
• Allows individuals to focus on other goals such as finding employment, instead of worrying about their next meal
• By allowing individuals to focus on other goals, you are aiding in their empowerment and helping them help themselves

Key Responsibilities:
• Arrive on time each scheduled day
• Fill panty orders in a timely manner for individuals or families
• Assist donors in transporting donations from their vehicles to the pantry
• Organize incoming food (canned and fresh)
• Reorganize food on the shelves placing earliest expiration date items in front
• Help stock shelves
• Wipe down pantry shelves
• Sweep and mop pantry floor
• Maintain an organized and safe working space
• Work in tandem with other Interfaith staff and volunteers
• Receive and record donations

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates

Qualifications:
• Outgoing, friendly, helpful demeanor; a true team player
• Thrive at working in a fast-paced environment
• Able to lift up to 25 lbs
• Good organizational skills and the ability to multitask
• Ability to speak Spanish helpful, but not required

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Interaction with a diverse population
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talent

Ensure people currently food insecure in our community receive nutritious food and information. You will assist Interfaith’s Food & Nutrition Manager to lead the teams in achieving Interfaith’s goal of helping underserved and food insecure populations in North San Diego County. In FY17-18 alone, staff and volunteers distributed 23,714 emergency food kits to people in our community.

Staff Supervisor: Doug Ferris, Food & Nutrition Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• You may sign up for one or more shifts per week.
• Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (approximately).

Impact:
• Support Interfaith’s Food & Nutrition program staff and volunteers
• Ease the hunger of a family or individual
• Create more productive community members by ensuring they have nutritious food for themselves and their families
• Allows individuals to focus on other goals such as finding employment, instead of worrying about their next meal
• By allowing individuals to focus on other goals, you are aiding in their empowerment and helping them help themselves

Key Responsibilities:
• Arrive on time each scheduled day
• Assess the pantry – is there food and supplies to shelve; items that are overstocked or understocked, etc.
• Take inventory for Nutrition Center and Emergency Food Pantry
• Order food and other supplies for Nutrition Center and Emergency Food Pantry from Costco, Sysco, and Staples
• Assist with filling panty orders in a timely manner for individuals or families
• Assist donors in transporting donations from their vehicles to the pantry
• Organize incoming food (canned and fresh)
• Reorganize food on the shelves placing earliest expiration date items in front
• Help stock shelves
• Wipe down pantry shelves
• Sweep and mop pantry floor
• Maintain an organized and safe working space
• Work in tandem with other Interfaith staff and volunteers
• Receive and record donations

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates
• Food Handlers Permit (You will be trained and tested at Interfaith.)

Qualifications:
• Must clear criminal background check.
• Established experience in customer care / client relations required.
• Outgoing, friendly, helpful demeanor; a true team player
• Thrive at working in a fast-paced environment
• Able to lift up to 25 lbs
• Good organizational skills and the ability to multitask
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients and visitors.
• Ability to establish quick rapport with clients.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.
• Proficient with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; Web-based applications).
• Ability to speak Spanish helpful, but not required.

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Interaction with a diverse population
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talent

Share your smile, enthusiasm, and culinary aspirations with up to 44 residents of our Recovery & Wellness Center, a residential treatment program at our Betty & Melvin Cohn Center headquarters located at 550 West Washington Avenue in Escondido. Your skills in the kitchen will also help feed up to 30 residents (20 veterans; 10 non-veterans) residing at our Hawthorne Veteran & Family Resource Center, a place in Escondido where people who are currently homeless can recuperate from a serious illness or injury.

Our Nutrition Center provides three meals a day to these individuals (men, women, veterans, non-veterans) as they focus on their well-being and self-sufficiency. By helping our cooks prepare and serve lunch or dinner, you will provide the residents with nutritious meals that will support them throughout the day as they work towards personal goals related to recovery, wellness, employment, housing, and life skills.

Staff Supervisor: Chefs (Bill Lewis; Darrell Menda; Tim Stone)

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ month) commitment.
• You may sign up for one or more shifts per month.

Current Openings:
Saturdays or Sundays
EARLY Morning Soup Kitchen Breakfast Shift: 5:00 am - 8:00 am
Occasionally: 1 to 3 slots sometimes available
Contact: Laura Hernandez, Volunteer Services Associate, for more information.

Sunday
Lunch Shift: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Monthly: 2nd, 4th, or 5th Sunday, 1 to 2 people

Monday
Dinner Shift: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monthly: 3rd Monday, 1 to 2 people each shift

Wednesday
Dinner Shift: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monthly: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th Wednesday, 1 to 2 people each shift

Thursday
Dinner Shift: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monthly: 1st or 2nd Thursday, 1 to 2 people each shift

Friday
Dinner Shift: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monthly: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th Friday, 1 to 2 people

Saturday
Dinner Shift: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monthly: 2nd, 4th, or 5th Saturday, 1 to 2 people

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist cooks with meal planning and food preparation
• Prepare ingredients by washing and chopping
• Pre-cook food items, if necessary
• Inspect food for quality
• Serve food
• Package all foods into conveniently located containers
• Help cook clean up work area

Training and Support:
• General orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services
• Continued contact with a supervising staff member to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have
• Detailed instruction and continued supervision provided by the cook

Qualifications:
• Experience cooking/preparing food a plus!
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse population

Screening Requirements:
• Food Handler Card (Test given by Interfaith staff.)
• TB test

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Interaction with a diverse population
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Who doesn’t feel better after a nutritious meal? We know residents recuperating from serious illnesses or injuries at Interfaith’s Hawthorne Veteran Family and Resource Center do! Help them become healthy again and provide the basic need of nutrition by transporting meals (along with our cook) from our kitchen at 550 West Washington Avenue, Escondido to our recuperative care center at 250 North Ash Street, Escondido. While you are there, help serve the meal and afterwards return our equipment (and cook) back to our main campus.
Note: Your vehicle must have enough space to carry 3 to 4 coolers.

Staff Supervisor: Doug Ferris, Food & Nutrition Manager

Time Commitment:
This is an on-going (6+ months), weekly commitment.
Weekdays or Weekends (Weekend dinner drivers needed!) -- one shift per week or multiple shifts per week available (lunch and/or dinner shifts):
• Sunday: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch); 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (dinner)
• Tuesday: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (dinner)
• Wednesday: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch)
• Friday: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch); 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (dinner)
• Saturday: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (lunch); 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm (dinner)

Key Responsibilities:
• Transport lunch and/or dinner from our kitchen to our recuperative care clients
• Ability to move coolers to and from vehicle
• Reliable and punctual
• Genuine concern for others
• Report any operational problems with pick up/delivery immediately

Training and Support:
• General orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Continued contact with a supervising staff member to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. The staff person will provide instruction and continued supervision.
• Deduct your mileage on your tax return or receive $0.14 per mile reimbursement.

Qualifications:
• Valid CA driver’s license
• Clean driving record
• Proof of insurance
• Ability to move freely and carry up to 25 lbs
• Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and enthusiasm working with a diverse population

Screening Requirements:
• DMV Driver History report

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Be an integral part of one of only five veteran recuperative care centers in the U.S.
• Experience the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Help the healing begin – whether you are transporting (using Interfaith vehicles) homeless veterans and non-veterans when they are released from local medical centers (VA Hospital in La Jolla, Palomar Medical Center, Tri-City Medical Center) to recuperate from a serious illness or injury at the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource Center or delivering them and vets in our GPD program to medical and other appointments (such as church, support groups, shopping), you are WANTED! Be a driver and be the first face of Interfaith as clients build their strength!

Staff Supervisor: Patricia Mack, Recuperative Care Program Manager

Time Commitment:
This is an ongoing (6+ months), weekly commitment.
• Weekdays -- Shifts vary and start as early as 7:00 am and end as late as 5:00 pm based on need and volunteer availability
• Weekends -- Saturdays: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm; Sundays: 8:00 am to 12:00 noon

Current openings:
Weekdays and weekends, all shifts. You may sign up for one or more shifts per week.

Key Responsibilities:
• Transport clients to and from medical and other appointments at various locations
• Assist clients as they enter and exit the vehicle
• Reliable and punctual
• Genuine concern for others
• Report any operational problems with the vehicle immediately

Training and Support:
• General orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Continued contact with a supervising staff member to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. The staff person will provide instruction and continued supervision.
• Mandated Reporter and HIPAA training.

Qualifications:
• Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record
• Proof of insurance
• Ability to move freely and assist others in and out of vehicles
• Excellent interpersonal relationship skills and enthusiasm working with a diverse population

Screening Requirements:
• FBI/DOJ Background check
• DMV Driver History report

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Be an integral part of one of only five veteran recuperative care centers in the U.S.
• Experience the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Become skilled at assisting clients during recovery by studying and acquiring specialized knowledge, training, and experience to successfully implement the 12 Core Functions of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management; Crisis Intervention; Client Education; Referrals; Report and Record Keeping; Consultation with Other Professionals).
IMPORTANT: You must have taken/passed the ethics course prior to this internship assignment.

Supervising Staff:
• Vanessa Rheuby, Program Manager

Time Commitment:
• One shift per week or multiple shifts per week
• Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Full day or half day)

Key Responsibilities:
• Learn the 12 Core Functions of a substance use disorder counselor.
• Complete all hourly requirements in all 12 Core Functions.
• Attend applicable organizational trainings and meetings.
• Attend formal meeting with staff supervisor once per month, minimum.
• Submit, on time, intern hours to staff supervisor for approval.
• Maintain accurate file notes and ensure the highest standards of client confidentiality at all times.
• Assume other duties as delegated by staff supervisor.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Office equipment including telephone system, photocopy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• False Claims guidelines.
• HIPAA guidelines.
• Mandated Reporter training.

Qualifications:
• Must clear criminal background check.
• Must pass drug test.
• Experience in social services preferred.
• Established experience in customer care / client relations required.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients and visitors.
• Ability to establish rapport with clients.
• Knowledge of mental illness and substance abuse.
• Absolute solid values: exemplify clear boundaries, honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proficient with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; Web-based applications).

Screening Requirements:
• FBI / DOJ Background check
• Drug test

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities.
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Experience working in a professional business office environment.
• Become familiar with community resources and services.
• Interact with a diverse population of community members.

Inspire nutritious and delicious lunching partnered with education and socialization while serving lunch for Interfaith’s Senior Connections program. This program brings a hearty lunch, important information, socialization, and even entertainment to seniors living in mobile home parks in North San Diego County. Meals are prepared on a gourmet food truck and brought onsite to host seniors where they live. This is a GREAT opportunity for high school students to get valuable experience working in their community!

Supervising Staff:
• Donna Stinson, Program Coordinator

Time Commitment and Location:
• This is an ongoing, weekly commitment or one-time service opportunity
• One shift per week
• Thursdays, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
• Location: Palomar Estates West Mobile Home Park, San Marcos

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist staff with set up, registration, lunch service, and clean-up.
• Socialization with attendees and friendly smiles are essential!
• Must be able to walk up and down a gradual slope from the food truck to the lunch tables.
Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services staff provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training, and feedback on specific program and department activities and procedures.

Qualifications:
• Must have reliable transportation and the ability to drive to host site.
• Must be physically able to carry plates of food and walk as needed when assisting others.
• Good understanding of the needs of seniors and flexibility in your willingness to assist wherever needed.
• Great opportunity for school-aged children with adult mentors/supervision.

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Interaction with a diverse population
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Take the stage at Interfaith!
Are you an individual or part of a group that sings, dances, or does comedy, etc., and would enjoy entertaining seniors at lunchtime? Do you know someone who has talent and wants to perform?

Senior Services staff at Interfaith are recruiting people of all age groups to provide complimentary performances for seniors attending Interfaith's Senior Connections lunch program. Entertainers can sign-up to perform at one or all luncheons on weekdays in various lunch locations throughout North San Diego County.

This is an excellent intergenerational opportunity for performers of all ages to experience performing for an enthusiastic, supportive audience!

If you would be interested in performing, or know of an individual or group who would like to share their talents with seniors, please contact Donna Stinson, Senior Connections Program Coordinator at dstinson@interfaithservices.org.

Do you hold a special place in your heart for seniors in our community? Have you ever wondered how you can ensure seniors residing in North San Diego County have a delicious and nutritious meal?

It’s easy to answer those questions when you donate a few hours a week to support the Senior Connections lunch program by transporting lunch from Interfaith’s nutrition center in Escondido to mobile home parks in San Marcos and/or Vista. How popular you will be when you drive up with lunch, and then serve with a smile the nutritious and delicious meal, with help from other volunteers, to seniors at our service sites. Providing a healthy lunch also inspires seniors to socialize with their neighbors while dining, and they will have the opportunity to listen to weekly educational and entertainment presentations.

Be part of the solution for this special population to stay healthy, happy, and involved in our community!

Staff Supervisor: Doug Ferris, Food & Nutrition Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:45 am to 1:30 pm
• One shift per week or multiple shifts per week

Key Responsibilities:
• Transport lunch to Vista Village Mobile Home Park (Mondays)
• Transport lunch to Palomar Estates East Mobile Home Park (Tuesdays)
• Serve lunch and a smile to seniors in North San Diego County living on limited resources
• Ability to load/unload equipment (coolers) to and from vehicle (You will not be serving the food.)
• Reliable and punctual
• Effective working on a team
• Genuine concern for others
• Report any operational problems with pick up/delivery immediately

Training and Support:
• General orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Continued contact with a supervising staff member to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have. The staff person will provide instruction and continued supervision.
• Deduct your mileage on your tax return or receive $0.14 per mile reimbursement.

Qualifications:
• Excellent interpersonal relationship and communication skills with an enthusiasm for working with a diverse population
• Valid CA driver’s license and clean driving record
• Proof of insurance
• Ability to move freely and carry up to 25 lbs.
Note: Your vehicle must have enough space to carry 2 to 4 coolers.

Screening Requirements:
• DMV Driver History report

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Experience the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Be on the team to alleviate homelessness in San Diego County by volunteering or interning to connect Interfaith clients to a new home (apartment). You will be essential to the service Interfaith offers when you research and connect with property managers in our community to find available, affordable housing for our clients. You will support Rapid Rehousing Specialists (staff) and provide VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) processing and client care. This position allows you to tap into your research skills, customer service experience, attention to detail, and resourcefulness to make a difference.

Staff Supervisor: Jeri Bachman, Rapid Rehousing Program Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• One shift per week or multiple shifts per week.
• Weekdays, three to four-hour shifts from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
• Schedule determined by your availability and staff needs.

Key Responsibilities:
• Conduct assessment interviews with clients needing housing.
• Identify housing resources that may be applicable to the client.
• Connect with property managers in our community to discover affordable, available housing.
• Link and network clients with resources within Interfaith and utilize other public and private social service agencies as necessary.
• Attend and participate in mandatory training sessions.
• Assume other duties as delegated by staff supervisor.

Training and Support:
• Rapid Rehousing Assistant will go through general training and orientation.
• Individual must successfully complete training on the HMIS and CES system.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Office equipment including telephone system, photocopy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• HIPAA guidelines.
• Mandated Reporter training.

Qualifications:
• Must clear criminal background check.
• Experience in social services preferred.
• Established experience in customer care / client relations required.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients and visitors.
• Ability to establish quick rapport with clients.
• Knowledge of mental illness and substance abuse.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.
• Proficient with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; Web-based applications).

Screening Requirements:
• FBI / DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Experience working in a professional business office environment.
• Become familiar with community resources and services.
• Interact with a diverse population of community members.
• Experience with HMIS and CES system
• Ability to network and collaborate with other individuals in social services
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities.

For those sleeping on the streets, a warm bed, nutritious meal and access to a shower is a gift. Interfaith’s Haven House Year-Round Shelter provides these basic necessities, along with comprehensive case management and support to adults in our community who are currently homeless. Sixty-five percent of individuals who stayed at the shelter in the past 12 months exited to safe housing. Your support of these residents during their stay can make all the difference!

The following assignments reflect nightly volunteer needs at Haven House. Volunteers may sign up for one or as many shifts as they would like. End times are approximate and flexible depending on volunteers’ availability. While the various shelter volunteer assignments are outlined below, please keep in mind that an individual could cover numerous positions. If you have the desire and willingness to help in the shelter, your assistance is much appreciated. The shelter is occupied by 49 individuals (men and women) with two staff Resident Coordinators present at all times.

Supervising Staff::

• Lauren Pollick, Shelter Program Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• One shift per week or multiple shifts per week.
• Available shifts: Tuesdays and Saturdays

Check-In/Sign-In:
Time Commitment: 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
• Provide coverage at the shelter entrance to welcome residents as they enter the shelter each evening starting at approximately 5:30 pm.
• Verify the individual is a shelter resident by checking the roster.

Client Support
Dinner Service Support
Time Commitment: 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm
• Monitor the kitchen area once dinner begins at approximately 6:15/6:30 pm.
• Ensure the kitchen and dining areas are maintained and safe for residents.
• Interact with the volunteer group providing dinner, and residents enjoying the meal.
• Watch all areas to make sure residents do not wander into restricted Interfaith areas.
• When dinner is finished, monitor the kitchen area to make sure all cleaning is completed and all volunteers have exited the kitchen.
• Report back to a Resident Coordinator when dinner service is complete.

Shelter Service Support
Time Commitment: 6:15 pm to 8:00/8:30 pm
• Assist clients and staff with evening tasks (i.e.: bedding requests, towels, changing of beds, but most of all being present and interacting with the residents).
• Offer your support to residents engaging with them in activities such as joining them to play board games, cards; listening, and offering conversation.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Office equipment including telephone system, copy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• HIPAA guidelines.
• Mandated Reporter training.

Qualifications:
• Established experience in customer care/client relations required.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients and visitors.
• Ability to establish quick rapport with clients.
• Knowledge of mental illness and substance abuse.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.

Screening Requirements:
• To be determined by Volunteer Services Manager.

Benefits:
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Experience supporting your community to ensure all residents have shelter.
• Become familiar with community resources and services.
• Interact with a diverse population of community members.
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities.

Ensure people in need in North County coastal neighborhoods have food by providing your ingenuity to an essential food distribution program supporting families and individuals in coastal North San Diego County supported by Interfaith Community Services. This is an opportunity to join the Interfaith team as they partner with Feeding America to mold a changing program while learning about the intricacies of a dynamic coastal-based food distribution system.

Staff Supervisor: Denise Fonseca, Site Supervisor

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school internship.
• Twice per month – 2nd and 4th weeks each month.

Current Openings: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the Month
Crown Heights Community Resource Center

1210 Division Street, Oceanside
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Volunteers Needed: 1 to 3 (Bilingual in Spanish or Chinese preferred)

Chavez Resource Center
605 San Diego Street, Oceanside
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Volunteers Needed: 1 to 2 (Bilingual in Spanish preferred)

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the Month
Libby Lake Community Center

4700 North River Road, Oceanside
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Volunteers Needed: 4 to 5 (Bilingual in Spanish preferred)

2nd & 4th Friday of the Month
Faith Lutheran Church

700 East Bobier Drive, Vista
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Volunteers Needed: 1 (Bilingual in Spanish preferred)

Key Responsibilities
• Assist with food distribution including site set-up and breakdown
• Ensure chairs, tables, and canopies are set-up
• Organize food to distribute from the pallets delivered by Feeding America
• Stock pantry with surplus foods
• Breakdown distribution site
• Facilitation
• Creatively arrange or refresh, produce display
• Distribute non-perishable food, fruits, and vegetables to individuals and families
• Educate clients on food and nutrition issues and topics through conversation at food distributions
• Facilitate Client Satisfaction and Client Preference Survey at every food distribution
• Facilitate Needs Assessment survey to individuals
• Ensure proper, safe food handling and general safety procedures
• Optional: Make deliveries/pick-ups of food as needed

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Site Supervisor trains volunteers on procedure to check-in clients, set-up and distribute food, food handling and safety, stock pantry, and supports you throughout your service.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Volunteers are highly encouraged to complete the EatFresh.org mini-course (first five lessons) to enhance nutrition, cooking, and healthy living knowledge.

Qualifications:
• Creative, flexible, self-motivated, and quick problem-solver.
• Able to lift up to 40 to 50 lbs.
• Must be comfortable working on your feet for a minimum of two to three hours at a time.
• Must wear closed-toe shoes, pants or shorts, and appropriate shirt.
• Outgoing, friendly, helpful demeanor; a true team player.
• Thrive at working in a fast-paced environment.
• Good organizational skills and the ability to multitask.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy and empathy when working with clients.
• Ability to establish quick rapport with clients.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.

Benefits:
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talent
• Become familiar with community resources and services.
• Résumé building experience.

Tap into your creativity while supporting youth engagement and community connection by developing meaningful events, support groups, well-being workshops, and learning experiences for students involved in Interfaith’s TYA WIOA program throughout North San Diego County.

Supervising Staff:
• Beth Simon, TYA WIOA Program Manager

Time Commitment:
• This is an ongoing (6+ months) weekly commitment, or school semester internship.
• You may sign up for one or more shifts per week.
• Mondays or Tuesdays, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
• May include weeknights and weekend assignment.

Key Responsibilities:
• Assist with and/or lead enrichment activities/events, group sessions, and lifestyle and well-being workshops.
• Program outreach with local partners (Escondido Adult School, MiraCosta College, area high schools, etc.)
• Procure presenters for special events, workshops, and other enrichment activities.
• Assume other duties as delegated by staff supervisor.

Training and Support:
• Volunteer Services Manager provides general orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services.
• Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and agency updates.
• Office equipment including telephone system, photocopy machine, computer equipment, etc.
• HIPAA guidelines.
• Mandated Reporter training.

Qualifications:
• Must clear criminal background check.
• Must be over age 18 and have a high school degree.
• Ability to serve as an example/role model.
• Enjoyment interacting and discovering new experiences with youth.
• Aptitude working with youth and providing them tools to be successful.
• Enthusiastic about organizing special events, life skills workshops, learning experiences, and leading group activities.
• Ability to plan and make presentations to small groups including students.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling in English.
• Proven interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
• Ability to accept and relate to youth who may not share the volunteer’s lifestyle and values.
• Ability to respect the mentee’s right to self-determination and independence.
• Exhibit patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging learning environment.
• Good relationship building skills and ability to maintain constructive relationship boundaries with students, student’s family, and Interfaith staff.
• Tolerance and openness to different world views and sensitivity to other cultures and languages.
• Ability and commitment to maintain confidentiality and act in a manner that is consistent with Interfaith policies and procedures.
• Absolute solid values: honest, loyal, hardworking, and sincere.
• Accomplish assignments successfully through your professionalism, leadership skills, wisdom, initiative, good judgment, and strong attention to detail.
• Proficient with computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office – Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; Web-based applications, Internet research).

Screening Requirements:
• FBI / DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• Experience working with youth and providing them tools to be successful.
• Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, making a difference every day.
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
• Interact with a diverse population of youth, families, and Interfaith staff.
• Résumé building experience and networking opportunities.

One of the largest contributing factors to homelessness is unemployment or underemployment. Support those looking to improve their lives by assisting them with their search for employment by providing one-on-one computer tutoring, help with resumes and cover letters, online applications and basic computer programs. You will provide community members in need with invaluable tools necessary to reach self-sufficiency.

Supervising Staff: Shauntis Bussey, Veteran Program Manager

Time Commitment:
This is an ongoing (6+ months), weekly commitment.
• You may sign up for 1 or more shifts per week.
• Mondays - Wednesdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
• Fridays: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Key Responsibilities:
• Monitor client computer use
• Assist clients with the following as-needed:
• Creating, formatting, saving, and printing Word and Excel documents
• Navigating the internet
• Resume and cover letter proof and preparation
• Completing online employment applications; job search/employment research
• Creating/accessing an email account
• Applying for and/or researching school and training opportunities

Training and Support:
• General orientation on services and programs provided by Interfaith Community Services
• Mandated Reporter and HIPAA training
• Continued contact with a supervising staff member to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have
• Computer systems/passwords used

Qualifications:
• Knowledge of computer systems, computer applications and databases (e.g., MS Office; Word and Excel)
• Knowledge of effective writing and formatting of resumes and cover letters
• Detail oriented and astute at presenting information in a professional manner
• Experience using the internet as a resource and tool to learning and success
• Good verbal and written communication skills
• Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse population

Screening Requirements:
• FBI/DOJ Background check

Benefits:
• Résumé building experience
• Interaction with a diverse population
• See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Click the links below to explore our current group volunteer opportunities. These opportunities are a great way for children (younger than 18 years old) and families to support Interfaith clients.