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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the list.
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 http://compassionatek9s.com/
Alachua County Humane Society
Alachua County Humane Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping pets in Alachua County for more than 40 years. Together with our Maddie’s Fund Community Partners, we work closely with Alachua County’s municipal public intake shelter, Alachua County Animal Services to reduce the euthanasia rate from over 7,000 per year to under 1,000. Our goal is to become a community where no healthy or treatable animal is euthanized due to lack of space.
At the Alachua County Humane Society, volunteers are integral to the success of our organization. Without volunteers, we would be unable to save as many animals as we do. ACHS is always looking for dedicated individuals to help us in a variety of areas ranging from walking, cleaning, and socializing with animals to laundry, dishes, thrift store operations and special events. ACHS does not have a minimum age requirement for volunteering, but we do require that any volunteer under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult at all times. There is a volunteer fee of $20 you must pay at training. This includes a volunteer t-shirt, name-tag and helps defray ACHS volunteer program expenses. If you cannot pay this due to financial constraints, please contact our Director of Volunteer Programs at email@example.com. Please email the Director of Volunteer Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our volunteer program OR if you are in need of court-ordered volunteer hours. Volunteer service through the volunteer program CANNOT be court-ordered.
Family-friendly service opportunities are available. Please contact the Director of Volunteer Programs for more information.
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 https://www.cademuseum.org/volunteer.html . For any questions, please contact Michele Kuhn, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of all opportunities or visit www.harn.ufl.edu/volunteer to get started.
Gainesville Latino Film Festival Is Looking For Volunteers!
The 14th Gainesville Latino Film Festival, 2018 is seeking volunteers for this year’s film festival, scheduled to take place from September 13th - 30th. If you are interested in helping out at this great event, please email: info@GainesvilleLatinoFilmFestival.com
Florida Museum Adult Volunteering
Volunteer opportunities vary depending on the needs of Museum supervisors. These needs are constantly changing and range from interacting with the public as an exhibit docent to working behind the scenes in the research collections. Several examples of volunteer opportunities are listed here: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/volunteers/adults/. Please keep in mind all of the positions may not always be available.
The AnARTists bring art for everyone and the mission is to bring free art programs to groups in our community. The program actually has two areas that are looking for volunteers. One is the established program that is offered once monthly at UF Health Street. This program is free for adults, and there are typically between 15-20 participants. Individuals who are willing to provide art workshops are needed. The organization is able to purchase supplies but are unable to pay workshop leaders. What is offered instead is the opportunity to exhibit during Gainesville ArtWalk. For more information please visit at www.anartistsgainesville.com.
GRU Campaign volunteer opportunity
Volunteers needed for local non-partisan campaign in Gainesville that is looking to better control utility rates for GRU customers. They are looking for volunteers that can knock on doors to inform voters about this important referendum. This is a great experience to put on your resume (employers love seeing volunteering and civic engagement), and you will get to work with/meet some really great people! Please email Michael Russel at email@example.com if you or someone you know is interested or if you have any questions.
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.firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, A TOUR, OR CHS PRESENTATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Hernandez – Nicole.Hernandez@chsfl.org or 352-334-0955
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.
FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, A TOUR, OR CHS PRESENTATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Hernandez – Nicole.Hernandez@chsfl.org or 352-334-0955
CDC INTERFACE YOUTH SHELTER
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 https://www.childrenstrustofalachuacounty.org/get-involved.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
SWAG Family Resource Center Manager
807 SW 64th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32607
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peaceful Paths Administration Assistance
If you are interested in providing administrative assistance to Peaceful Paths, give them a call at 352-377-5690 to let them know when you'd like to come lend a hand!
One opportunity is donation sorting on Mondays from 9 am - 4 pm. Volunteers can help process and sort donations to our clothing closet, pantries, and Donation Center.
Another opportunity is helping with reception Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm. Volunteers can help provide administrative assistance, answering phones and greeting folks in Reception at the Outreach Office.
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 email@example.com or 352-333-0849. You can also visit http://www.unitedwayncfl.org/vita?platform=hootsuite.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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: 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 email@example.com.
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
FOR ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, A TOUR, OR CHS PRESENTATION PLEASE CONTACT: Nicole Hernandez – Nicole.Hernandez@chsfl.org or 352-334-0955
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 Baileyjn@gm.sbac.edu. 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 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 www.kidscountalachuacounty.org and contact Keri Neel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved
alachua county public schools
To volunteer in a public school follow the steps below:
- STEP 1: In order to volunteer, you will need to come to one of the locations and times listed below to select the volunteer opportunity that suits your interests, course requirements and schedule. You will need to plan on spending about 30 minutes looking through the requests and completing paperwork.
DateLocationTimeAugust 30, 2018Santa Fe College -S-29
9:00a - 3:00pSeptember 4, 2018UF Norman Hall / Terrace Room9:00a - 4:00pSeptember 5, 2018UF Norman Hall / Terrace Room9:00a - 3:00p
- STEP 2: After signing up for a school placement, and before volunteering in a school, you must attend one of the scheduled orientation sessions listed below.
DateLocationTimeSeptember 5, 2018JJ Finley Elementary, 1912 NW 15 Ave.-Auditorium4:00p - 5:00pSeptember 6, 2018JJ Finley Elementary, 1912 NW 15 Ave.-Auditorium4:00p - 5:00pSeptember 6, 2018Santa Fe College, R-0015:30p - 6:30p
- STEP 3: You will begin your volunteer work the week of September 10, 2018.
- IMPORTANT MESSAGE! PLEASE READ!
- There is no parking at Norman Hall.
- The Volunteer Program does not track hours via a software-tracking program.
- You will be expected to volunteer for 10 weeks during the semester.
- If you miss the sign-up dates, placements must be done in person by appointment at the Volunteer Office-2802 NE 8th Avenue.
Questions? Call the Alachua County School Volunteer Program at 352.955.7250 X252.
alachua county 21st century after school program
The Alachua County School District 21st Century After School Programs is looking for volunteers for this upcoming school year. Volunteers are needed for academic assistance and mentoring support during after school hours, Mondays-Thursdays for grades Kindergarten - 8th grades. Volunteer schedules can be flexible. The schools are Duval Early Learning Academy, Foster Elementary, Lincoln Middle, Rawlings Elementary, Shell Elementary, Terwilliger Elementary, and Westwood Middle. We are an academic based program, but also work on STEAM projects. Our current project is Architecture/Environmental Architecture (Critter Cottages with Hands On Gainesville). Volunteers can assist with student check in (directly after school students report to our program), homework help, recreation and youth sports, supper-time, technology time, and with academic classes in particular hands-on STEM architecture.
If you are interested in the opportunity, please contact Melissa Montgomery the 21st CCLC District Project Manager at email@example.com. Also, if you would like more information about the program, you can visit http://www.sbac.edu/pages/ACPS/Departments_Programs/DepartmentsAF/A_thru_C/4921314768613947858 and https://sites.google.com/a/gm.sbac.edu/21st-century-community-learning-centers/.
Applications for fall 2018 mentoring are open! Programs available from elementary to high school age. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. The application can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/Kqv0zAr7uq5Z2Wbl1
The School Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP) is looking for volunteers for the Fall 2018 semester. SHIP is an afterschool program that engages graduate and undergraduate volunteers in teaching 3rd-5th grade Alachua County students about various health topics such as nutrition, physical activity, stress management, importance of sleep, dental health, hand washing, injury prevention and safety topics, etc. Volunteers visit their assigned site and teach developmentally appropriate health curricula. Volunteers also lead students in varies skill-based activities to teach the students how to engage in health-promoting behaviors. Volunteering with SHIP also means serving as a mentor to children!
SHIP crew members (i.e., volunteers) are expected to volunteer at least once a week (for one hour-long lesson; between the hours of 2:45 – 4:45 p.m.), every week, throughout the Fall 2018 term. SHIP crew members may volunteer twice per week if their schedule allows. Volunteers are needed Monday-Thursday, between the hours of 1 – 5:30 p.m. All SHIP crew members will be trained and prepared for this task; they simply ask that you have an interest in health/health education, like working with elementary-aged students (3rd-5th grade students), and that you see the value in educating children about health.
Click on the link below to complete the SHIP Fall 2018 Application:
ENGLISH LEARNING CLASS
Want to help others learn English? Or want to practice your own English skills? Free English classes and the opportunity to assist as an English partner are available to the UF and Gainesville community every Sunday afternoon 2 – 4 p.m. at 4626 NW 8th Avenue, University City Church of Christ. Please email coordinator Peggy Sedlacek if interested or have any questions: email@example.com
Become an ESOL Volunteer Tutor
Help improve the speaking, reading and writing skills of adults whose native language is not English.
- Volunteers work with small groups of learners (typically 4-8 students per group)
- Volunteers do not need to speak languages other than English
- Volunteers are asked to make a 3-month commitment (1.5 hours per week)
- Training and materials are provided free of charge
- Evening schedules (6:00 -7:30pm)
For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Bilingual Story time Volunteer (Spanish/ English)!
We are looking for bilingual adults who speak Spanish to help assist with our Hora del Cuento children's programs at the Library & schools. If you like working with children this is a great job for you. All training will be provided. For more information email: email@example.com
SCHOOL MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES
Many schools in the Gainesville area are looking for volunteers to help mentor their students. If you are interested, please view this PDF.
Lawton Chiles Elementary Mentor Program
Lawton Chiles Elementary School is beginning a new program, Mentoring with Meaning, and we need YOUR help! We are looking for volunteers to serve as long-term mentors to a particular student during their lunch period on an every-other-week basis. The lunch period would be from 11:45-12:15 or from 12:00 -12:30, depending on the grade of the student you are paired with. It is important that the mentor is able to come on a consistent and timely basis, as the students truly look forward to their visit. Mentors can be a valuable resource by listening, being an advocate, talking about goal-setting, and reinforcing positive behavior.
In addition, we are looking for several volunteers to help our youngest students with the skills specific to their grade level. For Kindergarten, this might be letter recognition or handwriting; for 1st Grade, it may be letter sounds; and for 2nd Grade, it could be sight words or math facts. This tutoring would be one-on-one or in very small groups, for segments of up to 1 hour, any time between 8:00 - 10:00 AM. Even 30 minutes of your time each week could make a HUGE difference!
If you're able to give of your time, please contact Dorothy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that you can be paired with a student and given more details.
All mentors will have to apply to be an approved volunteer through the Alachua County School Board, which includes a background check.
swag family resource volunteering
The SWAG Family Resource Center is in need of several high level math tutors (geometry, trig, etc.) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 until 5:30 in the afternoon. Tutors would need to go through the regular resource center screening process, and would need to be able to commit to coming weekly. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact Amanda Elliott (email@example.com or 352-505-6823) for more details.
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:
CURRENT PROBLEMS, INC., a non-profit organization, was established in 1993 when a small group of friends began working together to clean up the trash and contaminants in and along the banks of north Florida’s Santa Fe River. Fifteen years later, this grassroots organization has expanded its focus to include urban creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes throughout north central Florida.
Current Problems work around North Central Florida to clean out local waterways. A lot of our opportunities are right here in Gainesville. Current Problems organizes a group of volunteers, provide them with supplies, and work on a section of creek to pick up litter. Small scale and large scale projects are available.
Family-friendly service opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Megan Black, Executive Director of Current Problems, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Springs institute
The Florida Springs Institute has a family-friendly volunteer opportunity called SpringsWatch. SpringsWatch is our monthly citizen science springs monitoring program that facilitates “hands-on” volunteer work while also contributing to springs research efforts in-house and other environmental agencies around the state. Volunteers learn to collect data such as water quality field parameters (temperature, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductance), water surface stage readings, measurement of vertical light attenuation, measurement of horizontal Secchi depth visibility, photo station documentation of aquatic plants and wildlife, and observations of other wildlife and human uses. Interested volunteers can sign up here to receive more info: https://floridaspringsinstitute.org/get-involved/donate/. For more information about the program, please cotnact Heather Obara at email@example.com or call 386-454-9369.
This is a family-friendly service opportunity.
ALACHUA CONSERVATION TRUST
Since 1988, the mission of Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT) has been to protect the natural, historic, scenic, and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida. ACT protects land through purchase, donation, and conservation easements.
Alachua Conservation Trust is a regional land trust that was created to address the need of protecting critical natural lands from development and degradation in Gainesville, Florida. Since 1988, ACT has expanded its reach into 16 Florida counties and participated in the direct purchase over 19,000 acres. ACT currently owns 4,317 acres and serves our community by providing recreational opportunity, environmental education, and of course, the perpetual preservation and protection of critical natural spaces.
-Family friendly service opportunities can be coordinated!
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Alachua Conservation Trust regularly needs people to:
- Table events (e.g. arts festivals, farmer's markets) & educate the public about ACT's mission
- Attend our events, workshops, environmental education days, plant walks, paddles…etc.
- Remove exotic vegetation & plant native species
- Maintain trails
- Assist with basic office tasks and special projects
If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents, or have a large group interested in doing a project, or a family who wants to attend our event please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Hill at (352) 373-1078 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Jbarli@ccgnv.org or call 352-372-0294.
Field and Fork Farm and Gardens Program
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.
Field and Fork Farm and Gardens Manager
Farm To School- Alachua County
Food and Nutrition Services’ Farm to School program allows students to learn about the connection between farming, food, and good health in a fun, educational, and interactive environment. Farm to School has a number of weekly volunteer opportunities - and some on the weekends too. We have a small 1-acre school farm that includes an orchard. They also manage 14 school gardens around town. It's a lot of work, and they always need help in the garden - weeding, planting, watering, etc. The produce goes to some of the poorest schools in our county - fresh, healthy, delicious food to kids who need it most. Please check out their website for more information. Farm to School has family-friendly service opportunities.
Food 4 kids backpack program
Food 4 Kids Backpack program's mission is to identify chronically hungry children throughout the community and provide them with food and vital resources on a regular basis. Volunteers are needed to raise funds and collect food, sort and pack food into backpacks, and to distribute backpacks. Food 4 Kids Backpack Program does have family-friendly service opportunities available. Please check their Sign-Up Genuis website for more information. Questions, please contact Food 4 Kids at 352-514-0281.
meridian behavioral healthcare, inc.
- 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 email@example.com. 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
- 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.
- 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!
Manager Volunteer Services/H2U
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Complete the form here for more information about volunteering at NFRMC.
Please complete volunteer process in the following order:
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
st. francis house
The St. Francis House's mission is to empower families with children to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency by providing case management, housing, food, training and educational resources in a secure environment. Volunteers provide ongoing services for clients. The strength of their services, through private and corporate support, helps clients write their own success stories. Some service opportunities include:
- Evening Meal Program: A family or a group can set up a date where they can provide and serve dinner to our residents that are about 30-40 and also includes kids. Dinner is served at 6pm but we ask the group to arrive 30 minutes prior to serving so that they can have everything ready by 6pm. For more information, please click on this link.
- Put together activity boxes . A couple examples but not limited to: toiletries, canned food items, hygiene products, etc.
- Come to St. Francis House and help plant flowers and beautify out location.
- Help clean up and organize
- Painting inside the St. Francis House
There are family friendly service opportuntiies available. For more information, please contact Haylee Rosario, Program/Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-378-9079 ext. 317.
COOK AND SERVE A MEAL!
One of the best (and most fun) ways to join our organization as a group is to schedule to cook and serve food in the Cafe. This is also our greatest and most urgent volunteer need.
Attached to this e-mail is some preliminary information on serving a meal. Let me know if this is something your group would like to consider for your service project! We can accommodate groups up to 15 members large in the kitchen.
We are a community endeavor at GRACE. Our chefs put together breakfast and lunch with food bank donations and a limited budget, but lunch and dinner are largely taken care of by volunteer groups like yours. Our most immediate need is for groups to purchase and prepare dinner in our kitchen. When you're ready to pick a date, please let me know and I will schedule your group.
Alternatively, we are always in need of many donated items for our residents, and organizing a donations drive within the community can be a fun group or team-building activity. For some ideas on what items to seek, you can find our updated Donations Wish List here: http://gracemarketplace.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/06-GRACE-Wish-List.pdf
Donations can be accepted any day of the week from 8AM to 6PM. We do provide donations receipts upon request. To donate, notify an Advocate Staff member (lime green shirt) once you have arrived at GRACE. They will guide you to our Donations Building and assist you with unloading your items.
The availability of special projects is limited to what our facility’s needs are. We typically reserve special projects for groups with a budget, or groups with special skills (construction related or otherwise). Please respond to this e-mail with more information about your group’s expertise or budget to inquire about available special projects.
Director of Community Engagement
P: 352-792-0800 x 104
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 email@example.com
wilmot gardens volunteering
There are many ways to volunteer at Wilmot Gardens. Check out the variety of levels of engagement below. Don’t know where to start? Use this form to start a conversation about how you can help preserve this historic landmark, contribute to groundbreaking research or assist participants and caregivers in the therapeutic horticulture program. Groups and individuals are welcome. Pre-registration is required
Volunteers of all skill levels will be engaged in restoring and maintaining the gardens, which provide an important natural respite for patients and caregivers served by UF Health Shands Hospital, as well as the rest of the university community and beyond. Activities include weeding, pruning, planting, mulching, and general grounds maintenance. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Use this form to start a conversation or register for an upcoming event.
Fall 2018 Volunteer Workday Schedule
DayDateTimeSaturdaySept. 22, 20188:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.SaturdayOct. 20, 20189:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.SaturdayNov. 17, 20189:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.SaturdayDec. 8, 20189:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Regularly Scheduled Volunteering
In addition to the scheduled volunteer workdays, volunteers are also accepted on weekdays. Consider volunteering on a weekly or monthly basis to assist with important garden maintenance tasks. This is a wonderful way to use your gardening skills or love of the outdoors to serve the community and individuals receiving care at UF Health. For scheduling contact the business manager or complete the form below.
Individual student volunteers can join the Earn a Brick program, which requires 50 volunteer hours to earn a free engraved pathway brick to recognize your efforts in maintenance of the gardens. Get involved and leave your mark!
Student Volunteers and Student Groups
Over the years many student groups have dedicated time to restoring sections of the garden, by performing tasks such as weeding, digging, pruning, removing debris and laying sod. More help is needed! Both undergraduate and graduate students of all experience levels are welcome to volunteer and will be provided guidance from more experienced gardeners. This is a great way to gain gardening experience, earn community service hours, spend time outdoors and become more involved in UF and your local community!
Student groups are welcome to join other volunteers at Wilmot Gardens’ regular volunteer workdays. See the volunteer workday schedule for 2017 shown above. Registration is required for all volunteer workdays. To register or schedule a weekday session contact the business manager or complete the form below.
Master Gardeners play a pivotal role in the life of Wilmot Gardens, providing crucial horticultural expertise for the gardens and the therapeutic horticulture program. Master Gardeners are welcome to serve in a variety of capacities and lead important projects for the gardens’ continued restoration and enhancement. To get involved contact the business manager or complete the form below.
Therapeutic Horticulture Volunteer Training
You can learn more about the training required to volunteer with the Therapeutic Horticulture Program at Wilmot Gardens here.
Bailey Hillman, Business Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org | 352-273-5832
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, https://gatorjuniorgolf.org/become-a-volunteer/, for more info or email David Steinfeldt at email@example.com.
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 www.elm-project.org. and are due by April 15 Please contact us at 203-658-9671 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 harn.ufl.edu/volunteer for more information and contact email@example.com to start the application process.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-374-5252.
days for girls international
Days for Girls International produces reusable, washable menstrual supplies that are currently being used in 123 countries by over one million women and girls. Our local Alachua County Chapter is very active and welcomes volunteers with or without sewing experience. We have just moved into a bigger space located at 1001 NE 16 Ave (east entrance), Gainesville FL 32609. Our regular hours are Monday and Tuesday evenings (6:30-8:30) and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (1:00-5:00). We have weekend events typically once or twice per month.
We can schedule groups of 10 or more at different times during the day, evening, or weekend. Children as young as 8 are welcome accompanied by a parent. Adolescent youth groups can schedule a presentation about reproductive health. Adult groups can enjoy a presentation about how this work is impacting communities worldwide. We also speak to groups of local low-income women and provide them with reusable washable menstrual supplies.
Volunteers will perform hands-on activities based on their skill, age, and interest. Simplest tasks include removing wrappers from bars of soap or stacking squares and rectangles of flannel. More challenging tasks include rotary cutting and installing snaps on shields. For those who can use a sewing machine, volunteers progress from stitching pockets, liners, and bags. Competent sewers learn to make shields or use the serger (machine with 4 spools of thread).
Our Center is staffed by volunteers who will teach you everything you need to know to complete your task.
Please email email@example.com to get on the email list!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 http://www.splashpals.com/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agency: Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
We are a local disability resource center and usually need volunteers to help with:
· Office work (shredding, filing, answering phones)
· Our youth program, High School High Tech (guest speakers for workshops, drivers for fieldtrips, creating lesson plans, researching resources in the community for job shadowing and summer internships, mentoring, tutoring, serving on Business Advisory Council)
· Building ramps for our Wheelchair Ramp Program
· Conducting Paratransit interviews
· Office work for our Interpreting Program
· Helping to promote community awareness, tabling at events
· Fundraising (selling raffle tickets, securing gift card donations, securing sponsorships, conducting events)
Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida
222 SW 36th Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32607
Balance 180 Hands-on Volunteer Opportunity
Balance 180 is a local non-profit organization that focuses on integrating children with varying abilities through sports. Our volunteers work 1-1 or 2-1 with our athletes who have disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy, among others. This is a great hands-on learning experience for student volunteers.
For more information and event dates, please visit https://thisweek.sfcollege.edu/2018/08/28/balance-180-hands-on-volunteer-opportunity/.
Life Enrichment at Hunters Crossing Place
If you have an interest in taking care of or spending time with senior citizens in our community, please view all the volunteer opportunities offered by Hunters Crossing Place here: Ongoing October Opportunities.