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Ongoing Service Opportunities

Many of our local community partners have ongoing volunteer and service opportunities throughout the year.  We have compiled a list of ongoing opportunities here.  Know of an opportunity that we need to be aware of?  Email us at and we will add it to the list.  


Compassionate K9s 

Compassionate K9s is a therapy dog breeder trainer located in Newberry, FL that trains Labrador Retrievers to be service assistance dogs.  Compassionate K9s provides Service Dogs to those in need.  Our Service Dogs are Labs and Border Collies.  They are professionally trained to the specific needs of their new owner.

Compassionate K9s looking for volunteers to assist with website and raising puppies.  They need a webmaster that can update photos and make movies for the website.  They need folks to raise puppies that will become service/therapy dogs for individuals diagnosed with PTSD, autism, etc.  For more information, please contact Chris Buerki at 352-472-6099 or visit the website at

Arts and Culture

Cade museum for creativity and invention

Inspire creative thinking with the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention! The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention is seeking volunteers in a variety of different roles to help us achieve our mission of transforming communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. To learn more and complete an application, please visit For any questions, please contact Michele Kuhn, Volunteer Coordinator, at

Harn Museum of Art

Are you eager to gain community service hours and hands-on experiences in program planning, customer service or art education this summer? The Harn Museum of Art hopes to work with responsible, inquisitive, focused and enthusiastic students available for 1.5 (or more) hours each week to foster a sense of belonging among museum audiences. Volunteer positions are in Visitor Services, Museum Nights, Summer Art Camps and Family Programs. Schedules vary. No experience necessary. Email Elizabeth King at for a list of all opportunities or visit to get started.

Children and Families

Partnership for strong families

Partersnhip for Strong Families has a number of ongoing service opportunities at their four locations.

Library Partnership Resource Center - 1130 NE 16th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601

Tuesdays from 9 am -  5 pm and Wednesdays from 9 am - 6 pm:  There are opportunities to serve as a receptionist and front desk, assist with special projects, and assist to after-school homework help.

Thursdays from 9 am - 6 pm - There are opportunities to assist with after-school homework help, food distribution, and assist in the clothing closet.  

To inquire about volunteer opportunities at the Library Partnership, please call 352-334-0161 or email Cherie at  

SWAG Family Resource Center - 807 SW 64th Terrace Gainesville, FL 3207

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2 pm - 5 pm:  Volunteers are needed to assist in after-school enrichment opportunities.

Tuesdays from 8 am - 5 pm:  There are opportunities to assist in the clothing closet.  

Wednesdays from 7 am - 12 pm:  PSF has opportunities to work in the food pantry.

Wednesdays from 1 pm - 3 pm: PSF has opportunities to assist with the after-school program.

Fridays from 9 am - 1 pm:  PSF has an volunteer opportunity for front desk help.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities at SWAG, please call 352-505-6823 or email Amanda at

Cone Park Library Resource Center - 2801 East Univesity Avenue A Gainesville, FL 32641

Mondays - Thursdays from 2 pm - 4:30 pm:  Volunteer opportunities include homework help, tutoring, and assistance with after-school activities.  

Mondays - Thursdays from 10 am - 5 pm:  Volunteer opportunities included assisting with programming, greeting patrons, assisting with administrative tasks, working the clothing closet, and working in the food pantry.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities at Cone Park, please call 352-334-0456 or email Erica at

Tri-County Community Resource Center - 15 North Main Street Chiefland, FL 32626

Mondays - Fridays: PSF has volunteer opportunities to assist with front desk help, work in the clothing closet, assist with homework, tutoring, working in the food pantry, and work on special projects.  

To inquire about volunteer opportunities at Tri-County Community Resource Center, please call 352-507-4001 or email Beverly at 

children's home society of florida

Upscale Thrift Shop

Upscale Thrift Shop is a community-led effort — and every interaction is much more than a transaction. All profits help create stronger families and brighter futures for kids. Plus, families we serve may shop at the store for free! Together, we’ve built a place where everyone can find great deals and join us in our mission to build bridges to success for children.

Our shop is ideal for volunteers of all ages, from high schoolers to retirees. We have opportunities for individuals and groups year-round. Our volunteers sort and process donations, greet customers, operate the cash register and make sure the store is in tip-top shape! Many volunteers also work closely with store management to develop successful marketing plans for our year-round clothing and furniture drives. Volunteers may receive exclusive discounts on the shop’s items (dependent on the number of hours served). You can also help “shop” for clients, whether it’s finding the perfect back-to-school outfit for a third-grader or picking out books a family can read together.

Positions Available:
Moving and Lifting Team (4 open positions)- Help coordinate and participate in moving bed sets, couches, and other furniture that are donations to the thrift shop.

Cashier (3 open positions)- Aid in being a cashier! Get to know customers and assist them with picking out clothing!

Personal Shopper (6 open positions)- Come be the ‘face’ of our store! Enjoy pairing up with a customer or client and helping them choose sizes, designs, and styles!

Department Lead (7 open positions)- Pick your favorite department and be the ‘leader’ of that section! This includes organizing, staging and designing our store!

Social Media Marketing (2 open positions)- Do you have a thing for social media? Please help us on Facebook, Instagram, and fashion!

Clothing and Fashion Designer (2 open positions)- Put together outfits to post on our social media pages! Help rearrange items on the floor to be better appealing!

Multiple other positions available!
Hours Requested: At least 3 hours per month. UTS is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm


Event Coordinator

Getting out into the community is important for CHS because it helps us better understand the needs of our community and our clients. Additionally, it’s a great way to meet donors and those who are willing to volunteer. Event Coordinators assist in tabling events, outreach events, The Ritz Gala, and the Annual Toy Drive!

Positions Available: 5
Those who volunteer/intern for CHS are included in an exclusive CHS Volunteer Culture full of learning experiences, additional professional trainings, voluntary health programs, and first candidates for an internship for those seeking a Master level internship with CHS. 

Hours Requested: Due to the one-on-one in-depth training that our Case Managers provide to interns, Children’s Home Society of FL asks for a two-semester (can include or not include summer) commitment of 8-10 hours a week. Interns are asked to work the same schedule through the entire semester as a way to learn about their assigned, individual families. The FVC is opened Tuesday-Friday 9am-7pm.



There are two parts to volunteer training.  The first part is for everyone doing anything for CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc.  The second part is an additional training for those of you planning to volunteer at CDS Interface Youth Shelters.  Most of our volunteers do work at the shelter, so most of you will need to attend both trainings.  There will be no make-up trainings offered if you miss one.  The next training sessions will be held in September, 2018.  You may take the first training now and the shelter training later, but you will have to wait until both are complete to start volunteering at CDS Interface Youth Shelter.  

*NOTE:  You must take the shelter training just before you start volunteering (no more than 30 days before).   (Part 1 training is still just 3x a year – usually 3-6 weeks after the start of each semester.  If you are planning a practicum or need to do a lot of hours, plan to take part 1 training the semester BEFORE you start the practicum and part 2 just before you start volunteering.  Shelter staff is willing to do an extra training right at the start of a semester if needed.)  Be sure to let us know your intentions if you are required to do a certain number of hours for school.  The best strategy for accomplishing a lot of hours for a practicum is to start volunteering the semester before so you are ready to start counting your hours the first day of the new semester.

To volunteer at Interface, you need to: 

·        complete both trainings,

·        complete an application packet,

·        get electronic fingerprints taken

·        pass a background screening (materials included in the packet - copy of driver’s license and social security card are required), and

·        read the Volunteer Handbook and NASW Code of Ethics  (The Handbook and Code of Ethics have a form that needs to be signed and a little quiz to take to show you did read them – when you RSVP for training, I will email these to you) 

When everything is completed, you can start volunteering.  If you are eager to get started, we strongly recommend picking up the application packet at the office soon and making an appointment to turn it in.  We need to process your application before sending you to get your fingerprints taken.  After you go to get the prints taken, it takes about a week to get the background screening results.  If we take care of all of this prior to training, you can start volunteering at the shelter immediately after the 2 training sessions.  Those of you with a set number of hours to complete for school credit should take care of the application process as early as possible to avoid trying to complete all your hours at the end of a semester.

For more info contact Ms. Radha Selvester:

Gainesville Office:   (352) 244-0628, ext. 3865

Cell:  (352) 316-6113

(352) 244-0668 FAX

​The children's trust of alachua county 

The Children's Trust of Alachua County is a grassroots group  that is working to bring a Children's Services Council to Alachua County.  This group believe sthere is more we can do as a community to see our children succeed and grow in to productive and happy adults.  The Campaign is led entirely by volunteers. Our goal is to get voters to vote in favor of creating the Children's Trust of Alachua County in the November 2018 election.    For volunteer opportunities, please visit

Interface youth program 

Interface is a temporary residential shelter for runaway and defiant youth. Volunteers are needed 7 days per week. Volunteers help youth develop social skills and assist staff at shelter. Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at

Public relations, fundraising, front office, human resources, and other activities:

Volunteers and interns needed to aid in resource development, marketing, community outreach activities, and various office tasks. Volunteers may be needed for health or community fairs giving out information to the public on CDS and the programs available. Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at

SNAP Volunteers

Assist with children's and parents' classes in the evenings to help families learn to "Stop Now and Plan". Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at

safe place specialist

Help is needed doing site checks in October and November.  Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at

prevention programs 

"Too Good for Drugs" and "Project Success". These two programs are designed to help at-risk children. They are located within Gainesville and Williston public schools. Volunteers needed for any period of time from 8am-3:30pm M-F during the school year. During the summer, volunteers help at day camps for children along with CDS Prevention staff. Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at

graduate student internships 

A small number of graduate student couselors in training volunteer in CDS out-patient programs each year. A minimum commitment of two semesters is required. Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at

Reichert house

Provides boys from high risk communities with supervised after-school activities. Volunteers needed from 2pm-8pm. Sign up for required training by RSVPing via email with your name, phone number, and email address to Radha Selvester at


Volunteering with SWAG is always rewarding and fun.  The SWAG Family Resource Center is looking for a few regular volunteers to help with:

* Logging and sorting donations (days and times are flexible)

* Greeting and assisting patrons, answering the phone, data entry, etc. (Friday from 9 - 1)

All volunteers must complete background screening.

Please contact Amanda Elliott, SWAG Family Resource Center Manager for more information.<>

Amanda Elliott

SWAG Family Resource Center Manager

807 SW 64th Terrace

Gainesville, FL 32607

Office: 352.505.6823

Cell: 352.316.6360

Fax: 352.519.5712

Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness

Alachua County Victims Services & Rape Crisis Center

The Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center is seeking volunteers to answer calls on the center’s 24-hour helpline and assist with outreach events.  A volunteer’s responsibilities can range from just listening to sexual assault survivors to referring them to community resources.  Volunteers take calls from the helpline when the office is closed. This includes weekends and holidays.  The center is looking for volunteers of all backgrounds but is especially encouraging bilingual, Spanish speakers to join.  An online application needs to be completed prior to service.  The training includes 30 to 40 hours of online coursework through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence and in-person training where volunteers practice answering calls on the helpline through role-play and presentations.  The center requires volunteers to commit at least nine months to the helpline. Volunteers also have a monthly requirement to either work a weekend shift, where they are on call from 5 p.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Monday, or four weekday shifts from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.  For more information, please visit their website.

Peer Advocate Team

Do you have an interest in topics relevant to victim services and a desire to advocate on behalf of fellow Gators? The UFPD’s Office of Victim Services is actively seeking UF student leaders for the Peer Advocate team!

Peer Advocates will have the opportunity to educate peers in on-campus presentations, develop training programs related to victim services, and assist in the coordination and implementation of community outreach events

For more information, contact Office of Victim Services at (352) 392-5648 or e-mail your resume and letter of interest to

Economic Prosperity/Alleviating Poverty

United way of North central florida and volunteers income tax assistance program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is looking for volunteers to help  preparing taxes free of charge with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
Submit your application now by clicking here:  

The applicant's information will be forwarded to the appropriate IRS office.  Certification in limited tax law is necessary, but training will be provided.

For questions about this opportunity, please contact Marilyn Renwick-Taylor at or 352-333-0849.  You can also visit  

Education & After School Activities - Literacy, Mentoring, and Tutoring

Gainesville Reads Volunteers

Are you looking for community service hours or just a way to get involved with the Gainesville community? Gainesville Reads, a nonprofit organization created to give the right of literacy to people in the Gainesville community are currently looking for volunteers. Email for an application today!

Salvation army homework club

Homework Club is a Christian based after-school enrichment program that offers leadership development, tutoring with homework time, and enrichment activities. Our enrichment activities focus on nutrition and gardening, creative arts, and physical fitness in sports. Our program also incorporates off-site trips in alignment with our enriching activities to local attractions in the Gainesville area for our kids to have fun and build skills for everyday life! 

Description of Volunteering: 

Individuals will assist program coordinator in planning and leading recreational games, and/or assist students with homework, and facilitate enrichment activities.  

Program Layout:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

3:15-3:30pm-Arrival and snack

3:30-4:15pm- Homework Time

4:15-5:00pm- Enrichment Activities Monday-Nutrition and Gardening

                                                          Tuesday-Creative Arts



2:15-2:30pm- Arrival and Snack

2:30-3:15pm- Homework Time

3:15-4:15pm- Salvation Army scouts program

4:15-4:30pm- Free time and prepping to leave


639 East University Avenue Gainesville, Fl. 32601

 Skills or requirements:

*Must Like KIDS

*Ability to lead groups of children in homework assistance, enrichment, and recreation activities
* Ability to facilitate age appropriate and safe group activities
* Maintain professional boundaries with students and staff
* Ability to communicate effectively, take directions, and follow through
* Desire to work collaboratively on a team * Competency in basic academic skills such as reading, math, spelling, language arts and writing.

We also have a site up just for parents, staff and volunteers to see what we do in our program:

If there is an interest with our program or any other opportunities including but not limited to, grant writing, program development, or research, please contact the Program Coordinator, Shera Sherman at (352)376-1743 x 7101 or via email at 

Children's home society of florida

Community Partnership: Howard Bishop Middle School

Howard Bishop Middle School, A Community Partnership School is one of CHS’ most recent additions. The model brings together high-quality academics, health care, counseling, support, mentoring and more—all where students and their families are comfortable: in their own school.

Core partners include Children’s Home Society of Florida, the School Board of Alachua County, Santa Fe College, University of Florida and the Alachua County Health Department.

We are currently in the beginning stages of creating an internal mentor program for our students and we are currently looking for interested volunteers. Mentors would meet with a student once a week or every other week during lunch time to provide guidance, knowledge, and give the student someone to look up to. The time commitment it takes to be a mentor is very minimal, but the impact can be huge. Becoming a mentor for a student during this vital time of their life would be an excellent way to help your community and feel good about the work you’re doing.

Positions Available: 12
Those who volunteer/intern for CHS are included in an exclusive CHS Volunteer Culture full of learning experiences, additional professional trainings, and voluntary health programs.

Hours Requested: Mentorship can be Monday-Friday varying from 11:00am-2:00pm and 3:30pm-6:00pm


Take stock in children

Take Stock in Children mentors serve as positive role models by displaying values of punctuality, dependability, and reliability.  We ask our mentors to be positive, trustworthy, patient, and to be good listeners.

Take Stock in Children Mentoring Requirements:

  • All mentoring must take place on school grounds
  • Mentors should meet with their students 3 times a month for at least 30 minutes (this usually takes place during the student’s lunch period)
  •  While the students are in the program for 6 years, we only ask for a 1 school year commitment at a time from our mentors

Steps to Becoming a Mentor

Click to download the mentor application online form. Once you have completed the application, you can save it to your computer and send it via e-mail attachment to Mentor Coordinator Jamie Bailey at You can also return the forms by mail to The Education Foundation  2802 NE 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32641. 

  •  Once our staff has informed you where you will be mentoring, you can fill out the electronic  Alachua County Public Schools Volunteer Form.
  •  Our staff will conduct mentor training.
  •  You will be matched with a Take Stock scholar.
  •  You will introduced you to your scholar and begin to  build your own mentor/mentee relationship with them.

We welcome any questions! Please call (352)-955-7250 Ext. 250

Kids Count

Kids Count is an afterschool program that serves kindergarten through 3rd grade students who need extra support to reach their full potential. Our students attend Rawlings, Williams, and Duval elementary schools. Kids Count provides our students with reading tutoring, homework help, character and social skill development, as well as a variety of enrichment activities.

Volunteers are able to create their own schedule and can help with any of the above activities! Each volunteer is paired with a student for tutoring and it’s a great opportunity to build relationships with our wonderful kids!

Check out our website  and contact Keri Neel at for more information on how to get involved

Energy & Weatherization

Community Weatherization coalition

Help your community and planet in a hands-on way! Volunteers are trained during a three-part, 12-hour workshop how to perform a home energy tune-up for local families. Learn how to inspect homes, review utility bills, and install items such as water-saving shower heads and LED bulbs, to save energy, water and $ for low-income residents throughout Alachua County. 

This 3-PART, 12 hour, training will take place:
I: Thursday​, April 12th, 5:30-8:30 pm
II: Thursday, April 19th, 5:30-8:30 pm
III: Saturday, April 28th, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
*Note: Attending all three dates is a requirement.

Volunteering with the CWC is flexible, but our program is most sustainable when our trainees can commit to performing at least six home energy tune-ups for local families after they take part in the training. (Each tune-up lasts ~2-3 hours​, and most tune-ups are held before 4:00 pm on Saturdays)

There are only 25 spots available for the training so reserve your spot soon! TO SIGN UP, fill out this form:

Food Security/Hunger/Sustainable Agriculture

catholic charities of gainesville 

Are you looking for service hours? We could use your help in the summer in our food pantry. We have flexible hours with morning and afternoon shifts available. Spend your time making a difference in the life of someone struggling with hunger! Contact or call 352-372-0294.

Field and Fork Farm and Gardens Program

Our mission:

We look forward to hosting you and working together to cultivate the Field and Fork Farm and Gardens. Due to the unpredictability of weather and the ever-changing needs of the garden, we can't say in advance what you will be working on. 

What we can tell you is that the Field and Fork Student Garden is a great place to get your hands dirty, learn about sustainable gardening, and help fellow Gators! The work that you do weeding, watering, harvesting, mulching, and planting will produce an abundance of fresh, healthy food that is donated to the on-campus food pantry and several local food banks every week.

The Student Gardens are located on Museum Drive beside the bat houses on campus. 

***Please sign up for workdays in order for us to plan accordingly and know how many people will be attending.***

A parking lot near the bat houses is available for visitors to use. Decal-restricted hours for the lot are Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, unless signage indicates otherwise. All vehicles parked on campus must obey UF’s parking rules and regulations. Vehicles parked in violation of these rules and regulations may be issued a parking citation. No parking is allowed inside the garden or fields surrounding the garden.

What to bring:
Closed-toe shoes, hats, water, sunscreen and gloves are encouraged.

Thanks again for reaching out to us and please let us know if you have any further questions.

Contact Information:

Claudie Babineaux

Field and Fork Farm and Gardens Manager


407-416-2343 (cell)

Health, Healthcare, and Support Services for Health/Medical Offices

meridian behavioral healthcare, inc.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Facilities improvements service projects
  • Administrative support
  • Community education
  • Fundraising and Event Planning
  • Clinical Internships

You can play an important role in the lives of those facing mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

To request additional information or learn more about the opportunities available at Meridian, contact Joe Munson, Ph.D., Vice President of Prevention and Community Education, at Please also visit the website here.  

All volunteers at Meridian are subject to mandatory background screening.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Volunteer Program at North Florida Regional Medical Center

The Volunteer Program at North Florida Regional Medical Center is an integral part of our hospital team. Volunteers offer their time and talents throughout the hospital assisting in patient and visitor areas. Volunteers are non-medical, non-clinical and assist in providing the best possible care for its patients, families and visitors by augmenting services provided by the hospital staff.

Volunteer opportunities exist in many areas including the following:

  • Emergency Department
  • Waiting Areas (Surgical Services, Women’s Center, ICU and more)
  • Cancer Center
  • Golf Cart
  • Pre-admissions
  • Guest Ambassador
  • Volunteer Services office/clerical

Criteria To Become A Volunteer

  • Must be able to volunteer at least 4 hours per week on a set schedule. A college students’ schedule may change at the end of each semester.
  • All potential candidates must be able to successfully pass a criminal background check.
  • Volunteers must be an adult or a college student. Currently, teen volunteers are only accepted during the month of July as part of our VolunTEEN program.
  • Must attend Orientation prior to volunteering.
  • Understand that this is a volunteer program only - no shadowing or internships available.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Complimentary meal for each four-hour shift worked
  • 25% discount in the NFRMC Dining Room
  • Free membership to H2U, HCA’s senior program
  • Free valet parking
  • Annual flu shots
  • Invitations to Holiday Luncheon, Volunteer Week Celebration and more
  • Chance to meet new people and make new friends!

Contact Information:

Joanne Robinson
Manager Volunteer Services/H2U
North Florida Regional Medical Center
(352) 333-4585

Complete the form here for more information about volunteering at NFRMC. 

UF Health

Student Volunteers (18+)

Please complete volunteer process in the following order:

Step one - Complete an Online Volunteer Application.  Please visit the website on when the application opens for the upcoming semester.

Due to limited space in our database, applicants who do not receive a volunteer placement for the semester will need to resubmit another application for the following semester.

Step two - Schedule a Placement Appointment online through our Volunteer Information Center. Please visit the website on when scheduling opens for the coming semester.

You may only schedule one placement appointment per volunteer.

Interested applicants MUST schedule a Placement Interview online. (Your username and password are the ones you provided on the online application.) Placement interviews CANNOT be scheduled by phone, email, or in person.

If all Placement Appointments are full, please continue to check the Volunteer Information Center for any appointments that may open up as we progress through the placement dates.

All placement appointments are held in room G083, around the corner from the UF Health Shands Volunteer Services office, located on the Ground floor of UF Health Shands Hospital. Take the Atrium elevators to the ground floor, and follow the signs.

Step three - Complete the required online orientation. Log into myTraining (Non-UF students will need to create a temporary account to access the online orientation materials. Click here for a guide to walk you through the process.) Complete the following training modules:

HIPAA & Privacy – General Awareness (UF_PRV800_OLT)
UF Health Volunteer Orientation (UFHS_VS_VolunteerOrientation_OLT)

Print the certificate of completion for each training module. Certificates can be accessed by clicking on the small certificate icon next to each module listed in your “Training Transcript”.

Step four - Complete the Security & Confidentiality Form.

Please write “Volunteer Services” in the box labeled “Entity or Department”
If you do not have a badge ID or UF ID, please leave this field blank.

Step five - Read and Sign the Code of Conduct. Read the Student Volunteer Handbook.

Just like employees, all volunteers are expected to follow UF Health’s Code of Conduct. Volunteers are also expected to have read the Volunteer Handbook and adhere to all policies and procedures outlined therein.

During your placement appointment, you will sign an acknowledgement form that you have read these two documents and agree to abide by them. Therefore, it is not necessary to print the last page from the Code of Conduct.

Step six - Obtain two (2) copies of medical records verifying the following:

Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Documentation of two (2) measles/mumps/rubella vaccinations or serological (laboratory testing) proof of immunity to measles (rubeola) and rubella (German measles).

Varicella (Chicken Pox): Verification of having Chicken Pox through medical documentation of the disease OR documentation of two varicella vaccinations.

Complete Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 vaccinations): Required for those interested in volunteering in the Emergency Room, Operating Room, or Dental Clinics.

Step seven - Obtain Occupational Health Clearance

Pick up the Occupational Health Clearance Packet from UF Health Shands Volunteer Services. Take the two forms along with one copy of your immunization records (see the bullet below) to Occupational Health to obtain your clearance. Dates, times, and locations for volunteer clearance are listed in the right-hand sidebar. Clearance from Occupational Health must be obtained PRIOR to your Placement Appointment.

You will fill out a form that helps Occupational Health determine if you need to take a Tuberculosis skin test. A majority of our volunteers will not need this test – Occupational Health will tell you if you will need to take one in order to be cleared.

We highly recommend beginning the clearance process several days before your appointment to allow for time in the event that you must provide additional documentation or wait for test results to come back before you can be cleared.

Occupational Health will keep a copy of your immunization records. You will need to bring another copy to your placement appointment.

What to bring to your Interview/How to Dress

UF Health Shands Hospital online orientation certificates of completion:
HIPAA & Privacy – General Awareness
UF Health Volunteer Orientation

The completed  Security & Confidentiality Form.

The completed Code of Conduct Form.

Volunteer Service Record form with Occupational Health Services clearance signatures

Copy of your immunization record to include:
Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Documentation of two (2) measles/mumps/rubella vaccinations or serological (laboratory testing) proof of immunity to measles and rubella (German measles)
Varicella (Chicken Pox): Verification of having Chicken Pox through medical documentation of the disease OR documentation of two varicella vaccinations.
Hepatitis B vaccine series: (required for ED, OR and Dental Clinics.)

Your new semester schedule (so you are able to verify when you are free to volunteer weekly!):
We do not need a printed copy of these schedules but you should have something with you that you can use to reference your availability for volunteering. (With the high volume of volunteers in our program, making scheduling changes is difficult, so we want to be sure that when we place you for a shift during the appointment it does not conflict with classes or work).

Dress for the appointment is business casual; this is a professional workplace. Out of respect for our patients and their families we ask that you not wear shorts, tank tops, gym clothes, or midriff-baring tops.


In order to provide parking for our patients and their guests, our garages are closed to UF students, faculty and staff. Please utilize your normal methods of transportation to campus. I.e. busing, biking, walking.


If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Services office at 352-265-0360, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-8:00pm

On-Campus Opportunities

English Language institute's conversation partner program

The Conversation Partner Program is a popular part of the Volunteer Program. It is a chance for ELI students to meet one on one with an English speaker from the Gainesville community. At the beginning of the semester, ELI students sign up for conversation partners. They are then matched with a volunteer (often a UF student) who is an English speaker. The partners then meet for about an hour a week. They spend at least half of the time speaking in English. Sometimes the partner who speaks English is trying to learn the native language of the ELI student. If they are, the partners will spend about half of the time speaking in that language. The Conversation Partner Program is a great way to get one on one English practice and to become friends with someone from the US. If you would like more information about the Conversation Partner Program, please email us at

Sports and Recreation

gator junior golf association

If you love kids and are looking for a way to get involved, then consider volunteering with the Gator Junior Golf Association, Gainesville’s only non-profit junior golf program! As a volunteer, you would be mentoring and helping kids ages 5-14 to develop both golf skills and life skills that can be used on and off the course. Only basic golf knowledge is required. If interested, please visit our website,, for more info or email David Steinfeldt at

Summer Camps/Summer Semester Opportunities

Camp ameriKids

Camp AmeriKids, a summer camp for children living with the challenges of HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease, is looking for caring, responsible, energetic and fun counselors for our 2018 season. A volunteer counselor team is responsible for the 24-hour supervision of a cabin and maintains a camper to counselor ratio of about 2 to1. Counselors spend each day of camp with their cabin group as they rotate through a schedule of activities and participate in new and exciting workshops provided by the program staff. The cabin counselor's enthusiastic participation in all aspects of camp, from meals and activities to nightly special events and cabin chats, is crucial in creating a memorable camp experience for our campers. Counselors are expected to be role models, sources of energy and ideas, and are a key part of the Camp AmeriKids community. Room & board at our site in Warwick, NY is provided.

Volunteers can apply for our 2018 camp session that will be held from August 4th – August 11th. Applications are available on our website and are due by April 15 Please contact us at 203-658-9671 or if you are interested in more information.

Balance 180 Summer Camp 

Are you interested in working with children and have a fun summer camp experience? Balance 180 Gymnastics and Sports Academy, a local non-profit organization committed to integrating children with disabilities, is looking for college-aged volunteers to join our summer camp. This summer we are running our fifth integrated summer camp and are looking for volunteers that are excited to work with children with special needs!

Summer camp 2018 will run from July 16th- August 3rd and promises to be a blast! Volunteer shifts can join in the morning from 8:00 am-12:30 pm or in the afternoon from 12:30pm-5:30pm; however, the times can be adjusted to the volunteer's schedule! No gymnastics experience is required to volunteer! Volunteers can sign up for any week or specific days: whatever works for their schedule! Most help is needed in the mornings

If you're interested, contact Ashley Tringas

balance 180 adaptive gymnastics classes 

Balance 180 hosts adaptive gymnastics classes Saturdays from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm from May 26 - August 4.  This is a gymnastics class that is specifically designed for children with varying abilities. We set up the gym in 4 rotations that include vault, floor, beam, and bars, so that our athletes can work on a variety of motor skills. If you are interested in being a part of the Adaptive Gymnastics volunteer team, please contact Sanja Dizdarevic at No gymnastics experience is required to volunteer.

​harn summer art camp

Gain 35+ service hours and encourage creativity as you assist children ages 7 – 11 with accomplishing various projects and help manage supplies/set-up. Art Camp volunteers commit to one 3.5 hour shift (either morning or afternoon) for two full weeks (Monday – Friday). Choose from 8 weeks of camp, June 4 – August 3. A variety of fun themes and art techniques are offered, including “Drawing is a Verb” and “Artist Super Heroes.” Visit for more information and contact to start the application process.

Voter Outreach/Awareness/Education

Alachua County supervisor of elections office

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office has voter outreach volunteer opportunities.  Please fill out the following link: For questions about this opportunity, please contact TJ Pyche, Outreach Director at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office at or 352-374-5252.  

Working with Individuals with Disabilities and/or Terminal Illnesses

gigi's playhouse 

Immediate needs:

Volunteer Coordinator: supports and oversees volunteer recruitment, orientation, scheduling, training and recognition of volunteers within the Playhouse. The Volunteer Coordinator works collaboratively with the Board of Managers to provide a high level of customer service for potential and committed volunteers. This volunteer position requires an average commitment of 2-5 hours per week.

Program Coordinator: supports and oversees the GiGi’s Playhouse therapeutic programs. The Program Coordinator works collaboratively with the Program Committee and each Program Leader to provide a high quality, outcome-driven programs according to the program models developed by GiGi’s Playhouse. This volunteer position requires a commitment of 2-5 hours per week.

Ongoing Opportunities

Programs: GiGi's Playhouse Gainesville offers purposeful, progressive, therapeutic, educational and social programs throughout the month and on the weekends at designated times. Check our calendar. We train and support all volunteers, we are in need of Program Leaders and Assistants who engage and interact with the participants and their families in purposeful activities, set up and take down materials used for the programs.

Literacy Tutors: Interested in helping a child learn to read? Then our literacy program is perfect for you! We have specific training for tutors which include observation hours. Make a difference!

Administrative: Like to be on the computer? Like to work on projects? GiGi's Playhouse Syracuse is always looking for administrative volunteers to help with thank you letters, creating books for our literacy program, database entry and more!

Events: GiGi's Playhouse has exciting events that are run by volunteers!! 5K Walk/Run, Gala, World Down Syndrome Celebration…you name it! We are always in need of volunteers for these events – from being a committee member to helping the day of the event, we need your assistance!

Committee Members: Committee positions are open in Board of Managers, Events and our Fundraising Committee.

Group Volunteering: Have a group interested in volunteering together? The more the better! Contact us and together we will set up your volunteer opportunities!

Becoming a volunteer

We want each and every participant, family member, and volunteer to have the best possible experience! Therefore, all interested volunteers are required to attend Volunteer Orientation. Please look at the calendar for upcoming orientation dates.Times and dates are periodically subject to change, so please check our calendar for the most up-to-date information. For any questions, please contact 

Ronald Mcdonald house charities of north central florida

Volunteers are the heart of our organization and play a vital role at both our Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room. Whether it’s coordinating a family activity, cooking a meal for our families through our Visiting Chef Program, or committing to a weekly shift, our volunteers make a tremendous difference in the lives of our families.

We are thrilled that you wish to share your time, talents, and energy to assist families with hospitalized children. Below are some of the various volunteer opportunities we offer:

  • Serve as a weekly individual volunteer
  • Organize a group service project
  • Cook a meal for our families through our Visiting Chef Program
  • Bake Sweets & Treats for our families to enjoy
  • Brighten a day by hosting a special family activity
  • Serve our House through our Youth Volunteer Program (ages 10-17)
  • Join our Red Shoe Society, a group for young professionals
  • Become a member of our Advisory Council

We also welcome volunteers looking to start a new project or serve our families in unique ways. To talk more about how you can help, please contact our Director of Volunteer Services, at 352-374-4404 or email

​splash pals

Splash Pals at UF is looking for volunteers.  Spalsh Pals provide an aquatic activity program for children with physical and developmental disabilities, focusing on swimming, exercise, social interaction and play. They work with various disabilities including: muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spinabifida, autism, down syndrome, and others. It’s a great environment where our volunteerslearn and gain meaningful experience working with individuals with these disabilities. Currently, their pool sessions are on Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. at the North Central Florida YMCA.  This is a great service opportunity for students who are studying pre-med/biology/sciences, education, psychology, etc.  All volunteers will have to complete an enrollment packet with a liability form.  For more information, please visit or contact