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Ongoing Volunteer Opportunitites

The following are regularly scheduled ScrippsAssists volunteer projects.  Be sure to check Current Volunteer Opportunities for special event projects with ScrippsAssists community partners.

ScrippsAssists Cycling and Running Group

Please consider joining the ScrippsAssists Cycling and Running Group as a TSRI Team. Check the TSRI web calendar for upcoming cycling and run events in addition to our special events and ongoing monthly service projects. If you are interested in joining any of the bikes or runs, please contact Project Lead Amanda Roberts at For other events, please contact the listed project lead.

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Volunteers Needed to Combat Food Insecurity in San Diego


ScrippsAssists™ is proud to continue its efforts to feed the hungry throughout San Diego County! The San Diego Food Bank feeds over 400,000 people per month and rely entirely on volunteers to inspect, sort, and package 22 million lbs of food each year for distribution to over 400 local distrubtion organizations.

Volunteer projects include:

  • Assembling food packages for our Senior Food Program, Mom's & Children Food Program, Food Assistance Program, and the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program
  • Inspecting, sorting, boxing and labeling food donations
  • Packaging fresh produce for immediate distribution

YOU CAN HELP! We are in need of 15 volunteers twice a month to help with food packaging. The ScrippsAssists™ Volunteer Team assists the Food Bank's warehouse every 2nd Wednesday and every 4th Thursday of each month, from 6-8pm. You do not have to serve both nights or even every month, just when you are available.

Sign up by emailing Project Lead Mishelle McClanahan-Shinn at, 858-784-2738. Online registration with the Food Bank is required. Information will be provided to those who sign up.

MORE INFO: The San Diego Food Bank is located between the 805 and the 15 freeways off of Miramar Road. Carpooling maybe available for those interested. Volunteers are welcome to bring others. Volunteers do not need to work at TSRI to participate - the more the merrier! Children may participate as long as they are accompanied by a parent and are older than 6 years of age. Address, Google map, and additional information will be distributed to individuals who sign up. For safety reasons, you MUST wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops or sandals allowed!). More information can be found at:


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Sunday Lunch Service for Families in Need

ScrippsAssists™ is in need of 6-8 volunteers for our monthly Sunday Lunch Service at St. Vincent de Paul’s Joan Kroc Center to help serve lunch to 300 adults and children in their residential shelter program. The project regularly occurs on the 3rd Sunday of each month. No experience required, just a desire to lend a helping hand! Children age 10 or older may volunteer with a parent/guardian.

Volunteers must arrive in the lobby of the center by 10:45a to check in and be ready to serve lunch promptly at 11:00a. Free parking is available in the secure underground garage. For health & safety reasons, you MUST wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a shirt with sleeves (no tank tops, shorts or sandals/flip-flops allowed!).

Please sign up by contacting Project Lead Samantha Spierling at or 858-784-8469. Directions and parking details will be provided to those who sign up.

MORE INFO: More information on Father Joe's Villages and St. Vincent de Paul can be found at:


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Clean-Up for Mother Nature

ScrippsAssists volunteers have been helping to maintain the trails at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for over 20 years. This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the San Diego sunshine and help preserve the natural habitiat found in Southern California.

This project occurs from 9:00a-Noon, usually one or two Saturdays every month. Volunteers meet in front of the Visitor Center at the top of the Reserve or along Carmel Valley Road, depending upon the project. Watch for announcements with specific dates and locations. Please bring a hat, water, sunscreen and gloves (if you have them, otherwise gloves are provided). You are also invited to bring a lunch to eat at the beach after work is completed.

Watch for the annoucements or contact Project Lead, Dee Haung at 858-784-2329 or, if you are interested in joining us or have any questions. 



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You Can Help Save Lives

ScrippsAssists is partnering with the San Diego Blood Bank for on-campus blood drives throughout the year. Blood supplies remain low throughout San Diego County. 37% of the population is eligible to give but only 3% do. Please consider giving blood today - lives depend on it!

You do need to meet basic requirements to be eligible to donate blood. These requirements can be found at the SDBB website. The bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot in front of the MB/Skaggs Building (10596 N. Torrey Pines Rd.). All donors will automatically be entered into a RAFFLE for some great prizes!

The 2017 mobile blood drive dates are scheduled for:

- Thursday, February 16

- Thursday, April 13

- Thursday, August 10

- Thursday, December 7

 -- Sign up for an appointment on the SDBB website

Once this blood is collected, the SDBB will immediately test the blood and distribute it to hospitals within an average of 48 hours after collection. Did you know blood expires every 42 days? Please help keep up the supply and donate at the next drive!

If you have any questions regarding the TSRI/SDBB on-campus blood drive, please contact Project Lead Leslie Madden at

For information on off-campus events to support the San Diego Blood Bank, contact Project Lead Sohyon Lee at or (858) 997-3295.




Recyle! It's Good for the Planet!

corksWhether you are a wine connoisseur or just a weekend sipper, you can help make a difference. Please send your Corks for Recycling to Brunie Felding at MEM-150. She will collect and drop off at her local Whole Foods as part of their Cork Reharvest program. Through our cork recylcing programs over the years, we have kept over 20,000 corks from going into the landfill.

magazinesIn addition, thousands of used magazines have been donated to local cancer treatment facilities for their waiting rooms. You can help by sending your Magazines for Recycling to Mishelle McClanahan-Shinn at BCC-405. They especially like ladies, men's health and car magazines.


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