Volunteer Details

What to expect


The North County Stand Down takes place outdoors, at the Green Oak Ranch. Though we have tents, it can get chilly in the mornings and evenings. We highly recommend wearing layers so you can adjust easily. The area will require some walking in dirt and grass paths. We recommend comfortable closed-toe shoes that you would not mind getting dirty. Be prepared to carry your items with you or leave them in your car. The parking lot is a dirt lot.

Food and Drinks

We have drinks, coffee, meals and snacks available throughout the day. You are welcome to bring your own sack lunch and water bottle if you like. Because of the volume of people, we can not accommodate any dietary restrictions. We receive donations for most of these items so we do not know for certain what items we will have.

COVID-19 Protocols

We are currently developing the specific COVID-19 protocols and they will be posted once they are finalized. We will require everyone to wear a face mask. We will have hand sanitizer readily available, require physical distancing, and we will check temperatures at the door. If you can not wear a face mask or face shield, you may consider volunteering next year.

Veteran Volunteers

You are welcome to come as both a guest and a volunteer. Register as both. We ask that you finish your shift as planned before visiting the services you would like. Some Veterans opt to be a volunteer one day and a guest the next day.

What We Have Accomplished

The Impact We Make By The Numbers
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Meals Served

Everyone needs a warm meal, and our Veterans get exactly that at the Stand Down.

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Eye Glasses

Eyeglasses were made and distributed on site along
with eye exams.

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Court Fines Forgiven

Fines cleared for infractions such as loitering, camping, or sleeping in your car. This enables Veterans to get a job and be able to pay for their living expenses.

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Our sponsors continue to support us each year, to help to make an impact for our Veterans.