If your volunteer date is coming up soon, please be sure to wear closed-toed shoes. Arrive a few minutes early to sign in and get a nametag so we can start at the designated shift time. After registration, a staff project lead will give you a tour and conduct a project orientation.
Ages six and older are welcome at FSD. Chaperones are required for ages 6–16, with one chaperone per five children (ages 6–13) and one chaperone per ten volunteers (ages 14–16). Ages 16–18 may volunteer on their own with a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. For younger volunteers, FSD recommends a shorter shift (no more than 1.5 hours).
Individual and group volunteers must schedule their shift in advance. FSD plans for multiple projects to ensure an efficient and highly productive experience without overcrowding.
Volunteer shifts are available on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up online.
All volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Wearing layers or bringing a jacket or sweater is recommended, as the distribution center is warm during the summer and cool during the winter.
FSD accepts volunteers as individuals and as groups. Visit our individual and family volunteer page or group volunteer page for details.
If you can put a can into a bag, you have the necessary skills to volunteer. Other specialized skills may be required for office volunteers, but we work with individuals on a case-by-case basis. FSD is more than happy to match you with the right project.
Yes, FSD can provide a letter to verify your hours. All court ordered volunteers must be cleared by the Volunteer Department before their shift. Please plan on a three-day turnaround for letters with a verification of hours.

Your volunteer shift is located at FSD Headquarter’s at 9455 Waple Street, Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92121. For map and directions, click here.


Volunteer Department
858.452.3663 x100