Guide to Giving Back This Holiday Season

Written by: Claudia Chow, Digital Marketing Manager, UWSD

Each year, we receive dozens of inquiries from community volunteers and companies who are looking to give their time, talent, and treasure during the holiday season. The holidays are always a challenging time for many in our community, but this year will be especially difficult for families who are still dealing with the effects of the COVID crisis. While there are an infinite number of ways to help, we want to spotlight a few ways in which you can get involved and help make this a cheerful season for everyone!
If you are looking to volunteer, in-person or virtually, we have many resources to share…

The San Diego Homelessness Volunteer Network, a partnership of UWSD, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and Councilmember Chris Ward, has many opportunities to help unsheltered individuals through several nonprofit organizations in the San Diego region:

UWSD also partners with HandsOn San Diego to offer The COVID-19 Volunteer Hub, with many virtual and remote opportunities focused on supporting nonprofits in the midst of the coronavirus crisis:

Lastly, you can find holiday-related volunteer activities on HandsOn San Diego’s dedicated Holiday Page.

United Way and the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego have joined forces to offer the Board Service Certification Program, designed to help professionals use their skills and experience to move nonprofit boards forward in an ever-changing world. Our program gives participants the knowledge and leadership training needed to serve as effective and passionate board members. In addition to a certificate received upon completion of the course, participants are given the opportunity to connect with nonprofits who are searching for new board members.

A big congratulations goes out to our Fall 2020 cohort participants who recently completed this course! We are so excited to see the big changes these leaders will make in our community.

Are you interested in joining our next cohort, set to take place virtually in early 2021?
Please contact Carlee Chatman, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, at .

As you may know, we recently celebrated our Centennial Anniversary here at UWSD. 100 years of United Way in San Diego! We celebrated with a virtual gala to thank all of the wonderful partners who have helped us grow our impact and further our work of eliminating inequities in our community over the last century. Continuing with the celebration, UWSD has set a goal to raise $100,000 in 100 days before the end of 2020. Please consider donating to our efforts as we look forward to the next year of recovery, rebuilding, and reimagining our community in the wake of COVID-19.

Lastly, each year UWSD participates in the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council’s Holiday Food & Toy Distribution. This year, we are setting out to help 950 local families have a brighter holiday season with a delicious turkey dinner and toys for their children. Please consider participating in our toy drive!

Is your company or organization interested in hosting a collection drive?
Please email Carlee Chatman at .


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