Organizations


As part of my practice's value of wholeness, I often recommend giving of ourselves as a way to remember that everyone around us has a story to tell and a battle to fight.  These are some of my favorites.

For Faith-Based Service

Plant With Purpose

"Poverty is a struggle for survival. We empower the poor to overcome the most common form of poverty, because rural poverty is about making difficult choices...Sustainable agriculture is the marriage of environmental restoration and economic development. This means using locally available tools, like soil conservation, conservation agriculture, the use of cover crops, agroforestry, and composting to build healthy soil. Our Creation Care curriculum engages families in understanding their role as stewards of creation.  Farming families are ready for the skills and knowledge that will transform their lives and homes."

 

San Diego Rescue Mission

"To lovingly address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness by sharing the Good News of Salvation and providing a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery."

 

For Families

Father Joe's Villages

"San Diego’s largest homeless services provider feeds and cares for nearly 2,000 people, from infants to seniors, every day. Volunteers can help with homework, special events, serving meals, and sorting mail."

 

Feeding San Diego

"Volunteer as a family to help reclaim food pulled from grocery stores, repack bulk foods, sort and label, and help pack produce and staple items for delivery to children in need."

 

Wild Willow Farm + Education Center

"Wild Willow Farm is a space for biocultural diversity that provides educational experiences to nurture self-empowerment and inspire people to connect to food, land and each other.  Often the best way to learn is by doing. Get a taste of the myriad of things a farmer does while preparing and growing San Diego seasonal plantings of vegetables, greens, medicinal and culinary herbs and cover crops. No experience is necessary, no reservations are required, and families are welcome."

 

For Nature Service

Harvest CROPS

"Our mission is to harvest residential fruit with volunteers for the benefit of less fortunate people. A routine residential harvest averages over 500 pounds. One home alone with 40 trees provided 6,000 pounds of lemons. Some homes have 100 to 150 trees.  Each year, the demand for Harvest CROPS is growing, as we provide tax-deductible receipts to residents. At this time, we have harvested over 135,000 pounds of fruit such as, oranges, tangerines, avocados and lemons. At an average of 75 cents a pound, the value of the donation is more than 100,000 dollars."

 

I Love a Clean San Diego

"This 50-year-old group combines service with the great outdoors at local beaches, canyons, and parks. I Love a Clean San Diego has a number of programs, from beach adoptions to huge, semiannual beach cleanup days."

 

San Diego Farm Animal Rescue

"We rescue farm animals in need, educate through experience, and advocate for compassionate, sustainable, and environmentally friendly policies. We do not subscribe to any doctrine or ideology but rather serve our community through inclusive opportunities."

Rooted & Grounded

 

 

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Doing the Work | Cutting + Pruning

 

 What looks "good" might need to go.


In the neighborhood...

 

Finding Our Way Home | February 7th, 2020

San Diego First Church of the Nazarene Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Group

 

I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend time with moms of young kids and explore how we keep ourselves tethered to "home" when life feels frantic, chaotic and overwhelming.


Around town...

"Developing Mental Health Through Secure Attachment"

Psychology Today

 

"When you boil it down, mental health is the ability to adequately adapt to the demands of life as we travel in and out of the various roles we play every day. This means feeling comfortable with oneself and in positive connection with others, having the flexibility to think outside the box, being patient, feeling emotions, and repairing and moving beyond conflict. In many ways, mental health is about resilience."


 

Alair Olson, M.A.

 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

(MFC#86504)

 

South Mission Valley | San Diego, CA  92108

858.634.0302 | therapy@alairolson.com