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Ongoing Volunteer and 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 cls@leadershipandservice.ufl.edu and we will add it to the list.  

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:  http://www.voterfocus.com/machformvr/view.php?id=10&countyform=alachua. For questions about this opportunity, please contact TJ Pyche, Outreach Director at the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office at tjpyche@alachuacounty.us or 352-374-5252.  

Community Events

Gainesville VegFest looking for planning committee members

Get involved! Come volunteer with Gainesville VegFest!   We are looking for volunteers to fill the following positions on our Planning Committee:
-Web Developer
-Advertising Coordinator (co-lead position)
-Vendor & Exhibitor Coordinator (co-lead position)
-Sponsorship Coordinator (co-lead position)
-Sponsorship committee members
-Vendor & Exhibitor committee members
Please email organizers@gainesvillevegfest.com if you are interested in one of these positions!

There are also opportunities to volunteer at the event! These positions will be made available as the event date approaches and you will be able to sign up for them on our website at that time.  The event will happen on Saturday, February 17 from 10 am - 5 pm in Depot Park.

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 Cherie.Kelly@pfsf.org.  

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 Amanda.Elliott@pfsf.org.

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 Erica.Reed@pfsf.org

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 Beverly.goodman@pfsf.org. 

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

APPLY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chsvolunteerapplication
FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, A TOUR, OR CHS PRESENTATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Hernandez – Nicole.Hernandez@chsfl.org or 352-334-0955

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.

APPLY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chsvolunteerapplication
FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, A TOUR, OR CHS PRESENTATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Hernandez – Nicole.Hernandez@chsfl.org or 352-334-0955

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: https://www.opssupport-surveys.com/se/2511374571F86012.  

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 mtaylor@unitedwayncfl.org or 352-333-0849.  You can also visit http://www.unitedwayncfl.org/vita?platform=hootsuite.  

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 gainesvillereads@gmail.com 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

                                                          Thursday-Sports

Wednesday

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

Location: 

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:  https://salvationarmygnv.jumbula.com/view#/home

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 shera.sherman@uss.salvationarmy.org. 

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

APPLY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chsvolunteerapplication
FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, A TOUR, OR CHS PRESENTATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Hernandez – Nicole.Hernandez@chsfl.org or 352-334-0955