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Please email your completed community service hours to

Any Questions regarding Community Service Hours  
Contact: Nicole Mack

Down For Dance is Looking for Volunteers

Down for Dance, which is a dance and arts program for individuals with Down syndrome, is looking for volunteers to help with their Wednesday night classes in Costa Mesa! The upcoming fall session runs for 10 weeks, kicking off September 27trh and runs through December 11th (week of Thanksgiving off).

Classes are held weekly, so volunteers are asked to commit to coming consistently to whichever class(es) they sign up for.

We ask that volunteers are 15 years old and up. It is also helpful if the volunteer has dance experience and/or experience working with individuals with Down syndrome/disabilities, but there is no experience required. Volunteer training will be provided prior to the start date. 

If interested, please click here to fill out a volunteer profile. 

ENC Leaders in Training

The Environmental Nature Center is looking for responsible high school students that love nature and working with children to be a part of the Leader in Training (LIT) program.

What is a Leader in Training? “LITs” are amazing high school students that help with Nature Camps.  This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers who enjoy working with children. 

Why? Get outside and away from screens for a few hours a day! Get some exercise, fresh air, and some sun! Spend time with your peers and gain experience and responsibility supervising young children. It provides an excellent experience to include on a resume or college application. 

What about COVID? The health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is and always has been of utmost importance to the ENC. To ensure the well-being of all, we have transitioned to modified camp protocols aligned with best health practices. 

More info can be found on their website.

Fill out the application to volunteer at the ENC here.

st. jude children's research hospital volunteer opportunities

Volunteers are the lifeblood of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, providing crucial support services that are vital to the hospital and the well-being of its patients. Every day, willing volunteers donate their time and energy so that St. Jude can fulfill its mission of finding cures and providing care.

Filling a wide variety of roles throughout the hospital, the impact of volunteers extends beyond the immediate needs they meet. Whether they are playing games with children, serving tasty treats in the Kay Kafe or giving parents a much-needed break, their generosity leaves a lasting impression on all those they serve. 

The upcoming annual St. Jude walk/run event is in September and they welcome students to register and apply for it. 

Fill out the application to volunteer at St. Jude here.

Hoag Hospital Jr Auxiliary

Hoag's Jr. Auxiliary/Candystriper volunteer program is currently on hold. They are not taking applications at this time. If you are interested in the Jr. Auxiliary program, please check back on this website May 2021 for the next time they will be taking applications.

Hoag’s Junior Auxiliary/Candystriper Program consists of 150 local high school students between the ages of 15-18 from 25-30 schools who volunteer their time to assist patients, staff and the hospital.

Questions about their valued high school volunteer program can be directed to the Auxiliary Office at 949-764-8264.​


  • Freshman, sophomores or juniors between the ages of 15-18 (Sorry, no seniors.)
  • Must be able to volunteer BOTH weekday evenings (4 p.m.- 7 p.m.) and weekends (times vary).
  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the hospital
  • Caring, friendly and cheerful attitude
  • Demonstration of responsible and professional behavior
  • Ability to honor confidentiality laws and infection control and safety regulations
  • Attendance at monthly meetings at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
  • Annual health screening questionnaire/TB testing
  • Annual flu vaccine (or wear a mask during flu season if you choose to decline the vaccine)
  • Background check (as appropriate)
  • Attendance at the new volunteer orientation & annual training meetings
  • Commitment of one year of service (We do not have a short term, summer programs, physician shadowing, nor internships.)
  • Commitment to volunteer at least 12 hours per month (3 hour shifts)
  • Must be able to volunteer at both Newport & Irvine hospitals. (Depends on the volunteer openings at each hospital.)

Benefits of Volunteering

  • The good feeling of helping others
  • Learn about the ​hospital setting and medical professions
  • Gain skills and confidence
  • School credit for community service

Duties May Include

  • Transport/escorting patients and visitors
  • Running errands
  • Customer service in patient care and non-patient care hospital areas
Newport Beach Public Library Volunteer Opportunities

The Newport Beach Public Library Children’s Department offers a variety of volunteer positions to provide young adults with an opportunity to learn valuable work-life skills and give back to their community. All youth volunteers must be in 7th through 12th grade and age 12 to 18 years old. Volunteer spots are limited and vary depending on library needs and availability. 

We encourage teen volunteers to complete their own application, submit it to the library, and take the leading role in communicating with the library staff.

Volunteers must commit to 20 hours of service per year and must attend volunteer training before starting their assignment.  All volunteers ages 15 and up are required to complete fingerprinting and a background check. Submitting an application does not guarantee placement into the program.

To apply for Teen Volunteer opportunities, fill out the online application.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served and as needed basis.

If you have any questions, please contact our Teen Services team at

volunteer at the Priceless Pet Rescue

Priceless Pet Rescue has four adoption centers spanning three counties in southern CA, including the Orphanage-Costa Mesa. They are committed to saving the lives of animals in high-risk situations throughout Southern California and beyond. They are a nonprofit organization and depend almost entirely on volunteers and donations. They have saved approximately 10,000 animals to date. The involvement of Orange County residents is crucial to their mission of "saving one by one until there are none." To earn volunteer hours you can Go to the Priceless Pet Rescue webpage.

opportunity to intern/volunteer at a state senate campaign

Dr. Bhat-Patel is running a historic State Senate race, and it’s a great opportunity for students to gain professional experience applicable to a variety of fields, and explore a career in public service. Dr. Bhat-Patel currently sits on the Carlsbad City Council.  

 Priya Bhat-Patel for State Senate District 36 ​is recruiting a dynamic team of young leaders.   

We welcome large time commitments, but ask for a minimum of 5 hours per week. This internship is unpaid; this is the opportunity to intern or volunteer with the campaign.  This is a great opportunity to learn the technological tools of a modern campaign, gain professional, political, and organizing skills. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact our Campus Coordinator, Carly Shaffer at

To apply​ please send your resume to our Campus Director, Carly Shaffer at ​​. 

Please email your completed community service hours to

Any Questions regarding Community Service Hours  
Contact: Nicole Mack

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