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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 bcls@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.  

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

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

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 keri.kidscount@gmail.com for more information on how to get involved

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 www.elm-project.org. and are due by April 15 Please contact us at 203-658-9671 or equiroz@elm-project.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 balance180summercamp@gmail.com

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

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. 

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 gainesville@gigisplayhouse.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 info@rmhcncf.org.

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: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdKoMdq830XhZHrstHCoRRzr7p3XAKoCDpcijm6dOye9mA3EA/viewform

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 https://www.cademuseum.org/new-volunteers.html. For any questions, please contact Michele Kuhn, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteercrd@cademuseum.org

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 eking@harn.ufl.edu for a list of all opportunities or visit www.harn.ufl.edu/volunteer to get started.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness

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 ovs@mail.ufl.edu.