May 3, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

SDNAHN members are proud to volunteer within our local community, as well as internationally, and provide nursing care, community education, advocacy, interpreting services, and more, to those in need.

Thousand Smiles Foundation  –  Pediatric and Adolescent Cleft Palate / Cleft Lip Surgeries in Ensenada, Mexico


Four weekends a year, a dedicated group of volunteers from Thousand Smiles Foundation (TSF) travel to Ensenada, Mexico in order to provide free maxillofacial surgeries, ear tubes, and dental care to indigenous individuals in that region and from hundreds of miles away.

The cost to volunteer is approximately $100 which includes round-trip charter bus transportation from Chula Vista, and one night hotel stay in Ensenada.  You may option to drive down and be responsible for purchasing Mexican auto insurance and ensuring the care of your own vehicle.

Medical and non-medical volunteers are welcome.  College students are welcome.  Volunteers can assist in many different ways, with direct patient care or in providing support in other ways.  Non-Spanish speakers are always welcome and there are many ways to serve.  You must have a passport, passport card, or SENTRI card.

Visit Thousand Smiles Foundation’s website to learn more information, and sign up to volunteer in a role.  The application is available on the web link below.   Please, if you wish to volunteer be sure to finalize your registration early in the process, as there is a maximum limit to the number of volunteers allowed in certain roles.

For any additional questions, please email Nursing Coordinator Alternate and SDNAHN member Teresa Sanchez Misenhelter for further information.


  • February 2-3
  • May 4-5
  • August 3-4
  • November 2-3

Volunteers in Medicine, San Diego

VIM is a non-profit medical clinic serving low income, uninsured families in San Diego County.  They do this by engaging volunteer physicians, nurses, therapists and others who have a passion for the clinic’s mission and who demonstrate the “Culture of Caring” and kindness on which the Volunteers In Medicine Clinic was founded.

For more information, or to apply as a volunteer, click on the link below.


Free Wheelchair Mission

During our May 2014  meeting, members of SDNAHN donated enough money to provide three wheelchairs for the August mission to Nicaragua of the humanitarian group, Free Wheelchair Mission. The link below describes the hard work of the group and what our donation helped provide to a very deserving group of people.

Free Wheelchair Mission Video | FWM website link