Volunteers & Partners


Volunteers play an integral role in the administration and operation of Mission San Juan Capistrano. From the docents who teach California history to over 50,000 school children each year, to the gardening angels who carefully prune the blossoming roses, these volunteers dedicate their time and energy to ensure that the Mission remains the historically significant landmark that it is today. They are greatly appreciated and practically indispensable here at the Mission. There are many ways in which you can give back to the community by volunteering with us:

  • Women’s Guild: Founded in 1993, this organization hosts various fundraising events throughout the year. The Guild’s crowning achievement was the publication of a beautiful, prize winning cookbook in 2007 (Tabasco National Winner, Community Cookbook Award), generating over $300,000 for preservation.
  • Gardening Angels: The gatekeepers of the Mission, this group of volunteers can be found every Wednesday morning pruning, fertilizing, and planting to make the gardens look their best for visitors. Thanks to these angels, well-tended roses, perennials, herbs, succulents, flowering shrubs, and hollyhocks now grow in abundance on the Mission grounds.
  • Docents: The Docent Society is comprised of individuals with a strong sense of history, a passion for remembering it, and the ability to share it with others. If you love history and enjoying teaching it, this may be the volunteer position for you!

In addition to these rewarding volunteer opportunities, the Mission also offers partnerships with local businesses in the downtown San Juan Capistrano area. Mission San Juan Capistrano invited businesses and non-profits located within the Los Rios Historic District and Mission Business District to join in its inaugural San Juan Capistrano Heritage Tourism Association. To date, the response has exceeded expectations and has already raised $35,000 in new marketing funds. The Heritage Tourism Association works to increase tourism traffic within walking distance of the Mission.