Virtual hub will be a one-stop-shop for volunteering resources and opportunities to help thousands of local families affected by COVID-19
SAN DIEGO (May 12, 2020) — While many in our community are facing difficult challenges due to the pandemic, charitable organizations around the world are working around the clock to provide much-needed supplies, services, and support for individuals and families in need. But nonprofits couldn’t provide these emergency services without the help of community volunteers. To meet this growing demand, United Way of San Diego County has partnered with HandsOn San Diego to launch the San Diego COVID-19 Volunteer Hub, a new website where San Diegans can find ways to help other San Diegans get through this crisis together.
“There are many ways to give back to the community, especially during times like this,” says Nancy Sasaki, president and CEO, United Way of San Diego County. “Because of all the options to volunteer, it might feel overwhelming when searching for the right nonprofit that fits your interests and skills. That’s why United Way of San Diego County partnered with HandsOn San Diego to make the process quick and easy for people to search for meaningful ways to give back. Working together and lending a helping hand to our fellow neighbors has never been more important.”
Among the many opportunities to help, the website provides the following volunteer options for individuals, groups, and companies:
Donate in-kind goods/relief items
Volunteer virtually from the comfort of your own home
Lend your professional skills to help a local nonprofit
Make a monetary donation
Provide the gift of life by donating blood
Just like many nonprofit organizations, HandsOn San Diego had to change the way it operated to respond to the pandemic. “Volunteering is the best thing we can do for each other during these challenging times,” says Crystal Trull, Interim Executive Director, HandsOn San Diego. “Whether you give of your time, talent, or treasure, it all helps us to be a stronger, more united community. If your heart is eager to give back, but you just don’t know how, the volunteer hub will help you find just the right opportunity”
If you have questions about how to volunteer or if you would like to list your nonprofit and volunteer opportunities on the site, contact Jessie Case, volunteer engagement coordinator, HandsOn San Diego at
If you would like support with your CSR strategy, or identifying meaningful engagement opportunities and volunteer projects for your employees, please contact Carlee Chatman, corporate social responsibility manager, United Way of San Diego County at for more information.
ABOUT UNITED WAY OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY
For 100 years, United Way of San Diego County has aligned with partners to address inequities in the region and help underserved communities. United Way’s specialty lies in identifying sustainable, long-term goals and achieving them through leveraging data and partners’ expertise to better understand root causes and putting impactful solutions into action.
United Way’s work, in partnership with others, uses shared goals, innovation and proven practices to transform the lives of children, young adults and families in the San Diego region. United Way focuses on educational milestones, such as kindergarten readiness, third-grade literacy, high school preparation, and college and career pathways. Learn more and get involved by visiting www.uwsd.org, Facebook, Twitter, or by calling (858) 492-2000.
ABOUT HANDSON SAN DIEGO
HandsOn San Diego’s mission is to strengthen communities through volunteer action and leadership development. Since 2013, HandsOn San Diego has connected thousands of individual volunteers to hundreds of nonprofit partners, schools, and community groups throughout the San Diego region. By hand-selecting volunteer projects that range from small-scale, ongoing opportunities to large-scale, one-time events, HandsOn San Diego is committed to making volunteering accessible to everyone.
HandsOn San Diego is an affiliate of the Points of Light Global Network, an international partnership that spans more than 250 cities and 37 countries around the world. Sharing a common vision that civic engagement is the pathway to positive change, HandsOn San Diego has earned the distinction of being a Service-Enterprise certified organization. Learn more about our work by visiting www.handsonsandiego.org, Facebook, or by emailing .