Civic Engagement and Volunteer Program

The Office of Campus Life provides volunteer opportunities to promote civic engagement for all students and staff. Throughout the year, we will sponsor group activities as well as continue to update the list of local volunteer organizations here on this website for you to reach out to on your own.

To be added to the listserv of upcoming Campus Life sponsored volunteer activities, sign up here:

On Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

Theater Arts Department

The Theater Arts Department is hosting six productions this 2018-2019 season and is always in need of volunteer ushers. Please check the Performing Arts Season Brochure or online at to view the complete list of the productions including dates and times. Interested volunteers can sign up in person at the Arts and Letters division office. Some faculty may even give extra credit for ushering, so check with your instructors first to verify.

Off Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Organizations: To help you identify volunteer opportunities, we have put together a list of organizations GWC has partnered with in the past.  These are only options and you are welcome to locate your own organization to volunteer with.

Sustainability and the Environment

Back to Natives Preserve the native botany of Santiago Park Nature Preserve in Santa Ana – 

The mission of Back to Natives is to promote restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands. Volunteers will assist in native plant gardening, restoring habitat for animals, and helping with the nursery.

Huntington Beach Wetlands Restoring the native botany at the Magnolia Wetlands 

The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy is a California non-profit organization that aims to restore and protect the wetlands of Huntington Beach. Volunteers can assist by working with the State Parks to monitor the endangered animals, staffing the Education Center, reviving the Native Plant Nursey, and Coastal Cleanups.

Surfrider Foundation

Connect with the ocean in a more intimate way with the Surfrider Foundation, a worldwide organization that strives to keep the ocean clean and protected. Volunteer alongside others dedicated to protecting the environment through coastal cleanups along various beaches including Huntington Beach and Seal Beach.

Shipley’s Nature Center

The Friends of Shipley Nature Center manages a nature center in Huntington Beach that serves as an educational space for everyone to learn about native plants, wildlife, and the environment. The organization is committed to maintaining the diverse ecological habitat and restoring the wildlife. Volunteers can help by surveying birds, composting, staffing the front desk, maintain the nursery and butterfly gardens, all while getting in touch with nature at the same time.

Visit Huntington Beach

Visit Huntington Beach is looking for volunteers to assist at their PCH Beach Cleanups to help keep the community clean! These monthly cleanups will be held on the second Monday morning of the month from May through August from 8am-10am. All volunteers receive free beach parking, a T-Shirt, and community service hours. Volunteers should sign up online at

Here are the following available dates:

• Monday, May 13

• Monday, June 10

• Monday, July 8

• Monday, August 12


Social Responsibility

Habitat for Humanity OC

Want to help build community and provide shelter? That is exactly Habitat for Humanity’s mission for everyone. This non-profit housing organization works with communities locally and worldwide. Volunteers opportunities include maintaining the ReStores, building, painting and helping with home improvement projects.

Grandma’s House of Hope

As a multi-program non-profit organization, Grandma’s House of Hope started in 2004 in Garden Grove to serve the underserved populations of Orange County including women, children, and families through three key programs: Transitional Housing, Nana’s Kidz and HopeWorks!. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including hosting a food drive, packaging food, and becoming a tutor.

Orange County Food Bank

Orange County Food Bank provides packages of food to distribute to hungry families in need. The organization partners up with local charities and other organizations to help feed the hungry. Volunteers help make an impact by packaging food boxes in the 58,000 warehouse located in Garden Grove.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross offers global aid to people in need in the face of disasters and emergencies. The organization offers a variety of volunteer positions including Blood Donor Ambassador, Blood Transportation Specialist, and Disaster Services Public Information Officer.

Each month, the Orange County division also offers a volunteer program called Sound The Alarmthat allows volunteers to teach residents about fire safety.Events are typically on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm, and lunch and refreshments are provided.

Interested volunteers may sign up through here:

February 23, Stanton:

March 23, Westminster:

April 27, Santa Ana:

June 22, Buena Park:

TSC Alliance – Step Forward 5K | June 8, 2019

Volunteer at Step Forward 5K Walk to Benefit the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance! Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in vital organs. TSC is also the leading genetic cause of both autism and epilepsy.

The event is on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The volunteer hours start from 7am to 1pm with several volunteer shift slots throughout.

El Dorado Park – East
7550 E Spring St.
Long Beach, CA 90815

For any additional questions, please contact the event coordinators here:
Shannon’s email:
Rob’s Cell Phone:  714-514-3111
Official website:

To Volunteer, please fill out the application form here.

Civic Engagement

OC Registrar of Voters

Be a part of the voting process! Volunteers can help on election day by working the polls, coordinating and guiding voters, and even assisting with ballots and tallying. Volunteers will receive a stipend for helping!

Interested volunteers can sign up through this link:

Senior Assistance

Huntington Beach Senior Center

Volunteers are essential to the success of the services offered at Huntington Beach Senior Center in Central Park. There are a number of classes that are offered to seniors that need the help of volunteers to work one-on-one with them to ensure that they are understanding the information that is being presented to them. As a volunteer, you can also participate in office assistance, meal services, or just listening and interacting with the residents. You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at this location.

For questions or to set up volunteer hours, please contact Carlina Thomas, Volunteer Services Coordinator at or call (714) 536-5600.

Various organizations in the city of HB related to the environment, Arts, education, youth programs, senior services, advocacy, and more

Volunteer Opportunities in Huntington Beach

For more information on Volunteer Programs, please contact Mary Avalos, Student Leadership Coordinator, at (714) 895-8261 or via e-mail at