Adult and children volunteers work together to plant a community garden

Volunteer with us and make a difference in our community.

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego depends on our volunteers to help make an impact in our community, and ensure no military family is ever left behind. We have a range of volunteer opportunities to fit nearly any schedule or skill set.


Military Volunteers Welcome!

Become a Volunteer

Are you currently serving in the military and seeking volunteer opportunities? Get started with the Armed Services YMCA San Diego by applying to our Military Volunteer Program. Start your volunteer journey with the Armed Services YMCA San Diego by completing our online volunteer application.

Military Members

Find Your Volunteer Opportunity

Current volunteers can log in to their Volgistics profile and find an opportunity to match their interests and skills.

Log in to Volgistics

Volunteer FAQs

Age requirements range from 15 years to 21 years of age depending on the program, event, and volunteer position.

We require criminal background checks and drug screening for all volunteers who interact on a regular basis with children, and $20 donation to the program of your choice to off-set the background check cost. This background check is done in-house and may take up to one month.

We rely heavily on our volunteers and cannot run certain programs or events without the help of our dedicated volunteers. It is important, therefore, to ASYMCA and those we serve, that volunteers honor their commitment once they have signed up for an assignment.

Between all our programs and events, we have positions available every day of the week from 0800 to 1800.

Program and Event Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Family and Youth Enrichment
  • Special Events
  • Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • Horse of the Sun Ranch
  • Group Volunteer Opportunities
  • Food Distributions
  • and more


Current Volunteer Opportunities


Once you have completed your application and background check, and are activated as a current volunteer in our system, you can sign up for specified assignment openings on a first-come, first-served basis through Volgistics. All schedules are posted 3 months in advance and no sooner. Some positions will not have openings listed on the calendar but will coordinate a schedule with their department supervisor.

Each volunteer must use his/her Volgistics account to schedule themselves and report all hours served.

Volunteers are expected to report their hours served within 24 hours of the assignment date. All hours for a month must be entered by the end of the month for accurate tracking. Travel time, unless stated by the Volunteer Manager, is not a part of logged hours.

The Armed Services YMCA San Diego welcomes corporate or other groups to volunteer at many of our community or special events. If you are interested in volunteering as a group, please contact our volunteer manager early, as many of our opportunities can be booked several months in advance.

Email the Volunteer Manager


Start Your Volunteer Journey

Your journey starts with a map: download a copy of our volunteer handbook to learn more about our policies & procedures, rights and responsibilities, health and safety guidelines, and more. This will help you be more prepared for your Volunteering adventure.

Download Our Volunteer Handbook

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer orientations are held on an appointment basis. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator to schedule an appointment.

Email Us

Send an Email

Check Directory

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President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a recognition for your volunteer service by the President of the United States of America. The Armed Services YMCA San Diego is excited to be a certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Eligibility Requirements