Pride 2014, July 18 - 20
Thank you for considering San Diego LGBT Pride as your volunteer destination.  As a volunteer with San Diego LGBT Pride you have the unique opportunity to make a difference while celebrating our diversity, honoring our struggle for social justice, and continuing the work towards turning equality into reality, all the while having fun and making new friends.  Below you will find information on some of the ways you can get involved with Pride.

Should you have any questions or would like to simply have a discussion regarding volunteer opportunities contact Steven Blocker at or call 619-297-7683 ext.101.

OUTREACH: Info Booths at Community Events

PRIDE INFO: Staff outreach and information booths and tables at community events, colleges, universities, and street fairs such as:
  • AIDS Walk San Diego
  • North County Pride @ the Beach
  • Qualcomm’s Living the Q’Life
  • SDSU’s Big Gay BBQ
  • South Bay Pride
  • The Center’s Volunteer Fair
PRIDE PRESENCE: A fun way to promote LGBT visibility is by participating in a variety of community events such as:
  • Cesar Chavez Day Parade
  • Long Beach Pride Parade
  • North Park Toyland Parade
  • Palm Springs Pride Parade
  • Veteran’s Day Parade
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Provides opportunities to work on service projects as another way to give back to our community. In many cases, these efforts affect positive change for nonprofit organizations that are stretched thin or are in under-resourced communities.
  • Arthritis Foundation: Jingle Bell Walk/Run
  • Hillcrest Mardi Gras
  • Serving Lunch to Seniors (Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center)
  • South Bay Pride
  • The Center’s Nightmare on Normal Street
Supervised Internships

DEVELOPMENT & SPONSORSHIP: Development Interns will assist with the following:
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Seeking corporate sponsors/donors through various written and phone campaigns
SPECIAL EVENTS: Special Events Interns will assist the Event Operations Director with the following:
  • Coordinating souvenir program details including ads, editorials, photos, etc.
  • Exhibitor/vendor communication and management
  • Pride partnerships as they relate to festival activities
  • Exhibitor volunteer’s coordination and management
  • “Out at the Park” event details
  • Festival permit application process
  • Help to maintain exhibitor applications and exhibitor database
  • Assist during Pride week to include set-up, festival days and tear-down
  • 10 hours per week minimum required plus Pride week
VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: The Volunteer Management/Leadership Development Intern serves as the "right hand" to the Volunteer Resources Manager.  This position provides support to the department by interfacing with volunteers, constituents, performing general clerical duties, and coordinating event logistics.  This position requires 10-15 hours a week.

Civil Rights & Social Justice

  • Youth Pride: Creating safe and affirming opportunities for youth at the Pride Festival. Pride’s Youth Organizer coordinates youth participation in all Pride programs.
  • Youth Leadership Development: Creating youth oriented leadership training opportunities for youth by youth.
  • College Campus Organizers Network: Offering a safe space for all college and university LGBT student groups to come together once a quarter to network and share ideas on improving the climate on their individual college campus.
General Volunteer Opportunities

FRONT DESK & OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT: Volunteers assist with phones, welcome walk-in guests and appointments, offer general community information and San Diego LGBT Pride questions, help with things like copying, filing, data entry, assist with ticket sales and other special projects.

LANDSCAPING: Do you like working with your hands?  Do you like feeling close to mother earth?  Do you have a way with plants?  If so, consider helping San Diego LGBT Pride with some light landscaping.

Volunteers help market, advertise, and promote our events both inside and outside of our community. They assist in video production and editing. In addition, the team is responsible for researching media outlets in key Pride markets and their publication deadlines to assist in getting San Diego LGBT Pride stories in such publications.
  • Vidoegraphy
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
Special Events & Projects

EMERGING PRIDE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: San Diego LGBT Pride recognizes the importance of the Pride movement worldwide.  We support LGBT civil rights activism and mentor other Pride organizations around the world to promote awareness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals.

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE: San Diego County has more than 483,000 people that live at or near the Federal Poverty Level. Over 70% of these individuals are children living in low-income households who face the threat of hunger every day. San Diego LGBT Pride teams up with The Center's Family Matters and local grocery stores to gather non-perishable food items.

PRIDE LEADERSHIP PROJECT: San Diego LGBT Pride Leadership Project is dedicated to the development of emerging leaders in our community who want to strengthen their skills, make an impact in their communities and join a network of top community leaders. The Leadership Academy is founded on the principle that the catalyst for change is found within our volunteers and should be nurtured and developed in order to effectively turn equality into reality. This three part project invests in the future of our community leaders:

  • Leadership Academy: A free, intense 8-hour leadership course taught by community professionals that give the participants an introduction to: communication skills & styles, crisis management, conflict resolution, customer service motivation, leadership, and team building exercises.
  •  Alumni Series: In an effort to keep our Academy Graduates in tune with community issues and continue to expand their knowledge base and network-building activities, the Leadership Academy Alumni Series offers quarterly sessions that cover local, regional, and national topics affecting our community. These sessions give our academy graduates timely information, relevant knowledge and progressive ideas with the opportunity to meet with elected officials, local celebrities and leaders in our community.
  • Service Leadership (Civic Engagement): San Diego LGBT Pride’s Leadership Academy graduates are provided with opportunities to work on service projects as another way to give back to our community. In many cases, these efforts affect positive change for nonprofit organizations that are stretched too thin or are in under-resourced communities. For many Leadership Academy alumni, community service is the most fulfilling way to “pay it forward.”

Volunteers work to encourage businesses and corporations county-wide to fly the Rainbow Flag for the whole month of July as a show of solidarity and support of the LGBT Community.

Signature Events

OUT AT THE PARK: This annual event brings hundreds of baseball fans “out” to Petco Park to enjoy an afternoon of baseball, refreshments, and friendship.

Spirit of Stonewall rally: The Stonewall Rally is a call to re-energize the Spirit of Stonewall and focus our energy on the new wave and next generation of LGBT movement and activism. Volunteers are needed for set-up, breakdown, bartending, safety, hospitality, medical and photography.

San Diego Pride Parade: The annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the 4th largest in the United States attracting 200,000 cheering spectators and significant media participation. The Pride Parade is the best attended and largest single day event in San Diego.  Volunteers are needed to assist with parade setup, staging, reviewing stands, medical, safety, communications, dismantling/break-down, contingent and volunteer check-in.

San Diego Pride Festival: San Diego Pride's famous cultural Festival includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, 300 participating vendor booths, an Art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food.

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