Volunteer Program

Volunteer Program

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.

Why Volunteer?

  • Connect with Others 
  • Build Your Resume 
  • Become an Active Citizen 
  • Get an Internship 
  • Apply courses to the real world through Service Learning


On-Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

Check back in the Fall for opportunities to volunteer on campus.

Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities:

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

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. 

Agency Name Website Description
Sustainability and the Environment
Back to Natives Preserve: The Native Botany of Santiago Park Nature Preserve in Santa Ana Click Me! 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 Click Me! 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 Nursery, and Coastal Cleanups.
Surfrider Foundation Click Me! 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 Click Me! 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.
Social Responsibility
Volunteering Guide for Healthcare Students Click Me! As a student, you may feel too busy and stressed to add volunteerism to your workload. Before ruling it out, though, remember volunteerism has been shown to lower stress and improve mental health. It can also increase your confidence in your abilities—and confidence is often a key player in success in both work and school.
Habitat for Humanity OC Click Me! 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 Click Me! As a multi-program non-profit organization, Grandmas 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, Nanas 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 Click Me! 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 Click Me! Greet blood donors, check-in blood donors, take temperatures, and offer snacks. Are you available for 4 or 6 hours per month, have reliable transportation and enjoy talking to people?
OC Registrar of Voters Click Me! 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!
Senior Assistance
Huntington Beach Senior Center Click Me!
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.