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:

  • The Guild: The purpose of The Guild is to raise funds for the preservation of our  Mission. Founded in 1993, this organization hosts various fundraising events throughout the year such as luncheons, silent auctions and special evening events. 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. Within the past 5 years, The Guild has raised over$25,000 towards preservation of California Landmark #200.
  • 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!

Fill out a Volunteer Application and attend a Volunteer Orientation Session to learn more about how you can get involved.

Volunteer Orientation:
September 2019

*Please RSVP with Nancy Davis, Interim Volunteer Coordinator: via email ndavis@missionsjc.com or by phone (949) 234-1308.

Attendance at one of the Volunteer Orientation session is mandatory in for all prospective volunteers. Following Volunteer Orientation prospective volunteers will be asked to come to the Mission for an interview. Once a new volunteer is accepted into the Mission’s volunteer program, they are required to attend Guest Engagement Training in order to be cleared to either serve or be trained in any capacity on the Mission grounds.