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 email@example.com and we will add it to the list.
Compassionate K9s is a therapy dog breeder located in Newberry, FL that trains Labrador Retrievers to be service assistance dogs. Compassionate K9s provides Service Dogs to those in need. Their Service Dogs are Labs and Border Collies. They are professionally trained to the specific needs of their new owner.
Compassionate K9s is looking for volunteers to assist with their 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 Maddie’s Fund Community Partners, they 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. Their 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 the organization. Without volunteers, they would be unable to save as many animals as they do. ACHS is always looking for dedicated individuals to help them 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 they 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email the Director of Volunteer Programs at email@example.com 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.
Cooking for K9s
Cooking For K9s is a meal preparation program to keep our warriors fed during their 21-day training regimen located at the Gold Family Camous of K9s for Warriors. Meals are prepared at the volunteers’ (donors) homes, then brought fresh to campus during a designated time, on an evening that you’ve registered for online. Volunteers will be made aware of any dietary restictions. For more information about the Gold Family Campus, please email the property's director, Randy Dexter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cade Museum for Creativity & 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 them achieve their 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 email@example.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 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 brings art for everyone and their mission is to bring free art programs to groups in the community. The program has two areas that are looking for volunteers. One is the established program that is offered once a month at UF Health Street. This program is free for adults, and there are typically between 15-20 participants a session. They are looking for individuals who are willing to provide art workshops as 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.
Alachua County Advisory Boards
All Advisory Board vacancies are advertised on the Alachua County website.
You are encouraged to research the various advisory boards and their meeting schedules to determine what time commitment is involved for board members before applying. Typically, advisory boards meet once a month, and they are open to the public. Attending one of the meetings may assist you in learning more about an advisory board's function.
You may call the County Manager's Office, at 374-5204, to obtain meeting information or visit: http://advisoryboards.alachuacounty.us/boards/vacancies.aspx
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 assistant, assist with special projects, and assist in 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 working 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.
Clothing Distribution Volunteer Program
Partnership for Strong Families' Cone Park Library Resource Center is in need of volunteers on Fridays for a variety of tasks. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to help distribute clothing to Resource Center Patrons and record program data. If you're interested, complete the application found here and send it to Jacob Clore at Jacob.Clore@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.
Moving and Lifting Team - Help coordinate and participate in moving bed sets, couches, and other furniture that are donations to the thrift shop.
Cashier- Aid in being a cashier! Get to know customers and assist them with picking out clothing!
Personal Shopper - 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 - Pick your favorite department and be the ‘leader’ of that section! This includes organizing, staging and designing our store!
Social Media Marketing- Do you have a thing for social media? Please help us on Facebook, Instagram, and fashion!
Clothing and Fashion Designer - 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!
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
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.
Here is a link to the volunteer application online :- http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/CSS/VictimServices/Pages/volunteerinfo.aspx -
Please feel free to contact Sexual Assault Program Manager, Jessie Lazarchik, with any further questions or to make arrangements – (352) 264-6767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-333-0849. You can also visit http://www.unitedwayncfl.org/vita?platform=hootsuite.
Christians for the Concerned Community
Christians for the Concerned Community is looking for students to assist in different projects and initiatives. Students from any faith, religious, or spiritual background is welcome to serve. Christians Concerned for the Community partners with local churches, organizations, and government agencies to help meet the practical, spiritual, and human development needs of Alachua County, FL. CCC serves individuals who are in crisis, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, individuals experiencing homelessness, and veterans.
Students can assist in a variety of areas:
- Help transfer confidential information to a new technology platform
- Assist staff with delivery and pick-up of furniture donations
- Build and install wheelchair ramps and steps that can fit walkers (good activity for groups looking to serve together).
For more information about volunteer opportunities, please visit http://cccgainesville.org/volunteer/. For questions, please contact Lenora Mazlaghani at email@example.com or call 352-358-1768.
Alachua County Public School Volunteers
Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) has multiple ways you can serve and be involved with ACPS schools and its students. Community members can volunteer as lunch buddies, serve as mentors, serve as tutors, work elementary school carnivals, judge science fairs, and so much more. Interested in volunteering? Contact Liz Starke or Kelley Kostamo with ACPS' Volunteer & Business Partnership Program to start the conversation on how to match your skillset, time, and talents with opportunities with ACPS schools. They can be contacted at (352) 955-7250 x252. For more information about serving with ACPS schools, please click here. Please note - all ACPS potential volunteers must complete an online application through Raptor Technologies, which is the program ACPS uses to check in visitors and volunteers to our schools.
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.
They also have a site up just for parents, staff and volunteers to see what we do in their program: https://salvationarmygnv.jumbula.com/view#/home
If there is an interest with the 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.
They are currently in the beginning stages of creating an internal mentor program for their students and 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.
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. Their students attend Rawlings, Williams, and Duval elementary schools. Kids Count provides thei 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 21st Century After School Program
The Alachua County School District 21st Century After School Program 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. They are an academic based program, but also work on STEAM projects. Thei 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 the 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/.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 they need YOUR help! They 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, they 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 email@example.com, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-505-6823) for more details.
Aces in Motion Tutoring
Come help build a stronger community by offering your talents as a mentor, tutor, and role model for our students.
Lunch Buddies Mentoring Program
Lunch Buddies is a mentoring program that pairs third-grade students with caring adults who meet with them once a week during the child’s lunchtime. School personnel identify students who could benefit from a supportive, one-on-one relationship.
The program will be offered at Alachua, Lake Forest, Metcalfe and Terwilliger Elementary Schools. Individuals, businesses, and community members are encouraged to volunteer.
All it takes is half an hour, once a week, to make a difference!
To sign up please complete the brief survey at the link below to participate during the 2017-18 school year.
Contact the Alachua County Public Schools Volunteer Office at 352-955-7250, X252 for more information.
Reading Pal Mentors
ReadingPals is looking for mentors that want to make an impact in a child's life through books. Mentors are matched with a student at one of our partnering schools or after school centers. Volunteers will visit their student one hour per week each week to read together to build literacy skills while building a strong positive relationship.
Applications are accepted all school year and volunteers can select a training time and volunteer day and time that works best for their schedule. The online application including our high school student application can be found on our website at www.readingpalsgnv.org .
For more information contact Rahkiah Brown, ReadingPals Coordinator at email@example.com
After-School Tutoring in Gainesville
The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department is recruiting after-school tutors. The City of Gainesville currently offers an after-school tutoring program for grades 1-8 at four recreation centers.
1. Albert Ray Massey Westside Recreation Center
2. Eastside Community Center
3. Porter's Communiy Center
4. T.B. McPherson Center
If you are interested, please email PRCAvolunteer@cityofgainesville.org or to PRCA Volunteer Coordinator, LaShundra Coley'Hale, at ColeyHaleLD@cityofgainesville.org.
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 works 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, provides them with supplies, and works 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? Catholic Charities of Gainesville could use your help in the summer in their food pantry. They 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. They 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. If you have questions please contact Food 4 Kids at 352-514-0281.
Lake Forest Living Classroom Volunteering
Do you enjoy gardening and working with kids? Join them for weekly volunteering at Lake Forest Elementary in their living classroom! They teach elementary school students about gardening, agriculture, food, nutrition, plants, and insects. No previous gardening knowledge or experience is required. If you’re interested in volunteering please fill out an application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfON17MKBBArOxlC-wJgZSsRT0p4GwyxejW3wrINDcEIykiGw/viewform?usp=sf_link or email Grace Gibson at email@example.com for more information.
Ronald McDonald House Charities - North Central Florida
The mission of RMHC North Central Florida is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. We are seeking dedicated, long-term volunteers for the following opportunities. Please note these positions require extensive training and a minimum commitment of 6-12 months.
Front Desk Host: If you enjoy customer service, this position is for you! Hosts serve as the front desk receptionist and face of the House. Duties include checking families in and out, maintaining family registration records, accepting donations and volunteer groups, and conducting brief House tours. Front Desk Hosts interact with the families being served, donors, healthcare professionals, fellow volunteers, vendors and the public. Shifts are 7 days a week, 365 days a year in 4-hour time slots: 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm, and 5pm – 9pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week.
Family Room Host: Are you compassionate and gracious? Do you enjoy listening to family stories? Volunteers in the Ronald McDonald Family Room help families enjoy a peaceful retreat within UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. Hosts welcome and serve families directly. They perform light administrative functions and operational tasks to keep our Family Room clean and serene. - Shifts are 7 days a week, 365 days a year in 4-hour time slots: 8am – 12pm, 12pm – 4pm, and 4pm – 8pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week.
They are seeking energetic, short or long term volunteers for the following opportunities. Please note positions require training and a minimum 20 hour, 3 month commitment. These opportunities are great for college students or working adults!
Breakfast Brigade: Prepare and serve breakfast to families at the House. Shifts are Monday – Friday from 8am – 10:30am.
House Helper: Help keep our House safe, clean, welcoming and tidy. Shifts are 7 days a week, 365 days a year in 2 hour time slots: 8am – 10am, 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm, and 7pm – 9pm.Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week.
Maintenance Assistant: Assist with a variety of indoor/outdoor facility maintenance chores. Shifts are 5 days a week year round in 2 hour time slots: 8am – 10am, 11am – 1pm, and 1pm – 3pm. Volunteers are asked to commit to one shift per week.
All individual volunteers are considered on an as needed basis. Applicants are contacted based on organizational need and interest for a volunteer interview and House tour prior to starting in any position at Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room. All individual volunteers are subject to criminal background checks as part of the application process.
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
- Facilities improvement 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 the 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 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 opportunties available. For more information, please contact Haylee Rosario, Program/Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or call 352-378-9079 ext. 317.
Cook and Serve a Meal!
One of the best (and most fun) ways to join this organization as a group is to cook and serve food in the cafe. This is also our greatest and most urgent volunteer need. We can accommodate groups up to 15 members large in the
This is 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, they are always in need of many donated items for their 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://www.gracemarketplace.org/wish-list
Donations can be accepted any day of the week from 8AM to 6PM. They 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.
Director of Community Engagement
P: 352-792-0800 x 104
Become an ESOL Volunteer Tutor
Help improve the speaking, reading, and writing skills of adults whose native language is not Enlgish.
- Volunteers work with small groups of learners (typically 4-8 students per group)
- Volunteers do not need to speak languages other than Enlgish
- Volunteers are asked to make a 3-month commitment (1.5 hours per week)
- Training and materials are provided free of charge
- Evening schedules (6:00-7:30 PM)
- For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spanish Immersion Volunteer Program
The Spanish Immersion Volunteer Program is looking for bilingual adults who speak Spanish to help assist with our Cuentos en Espanol children's programs at the Library and 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.
Gainesville Latino Film Festival Volunteering
The 15th Gainesville Latino Film Festival, 2019 is seeking volunteers for this year's film festival, scheduled to take place September 12th-28th. If you are interested in helping out at this great event, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.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
BE A VISITOR SERVICES VOLUNTEER AT THE HARN MUSEUM OF ART!
Gain excellent customer service experience, learn more about current exhibitions and create a welcoming environment for visitors.
Available Shifts: Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please email Tyra Jefferson, Visitor Services Manager at email@example.com with your resume and availability. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one semester (or 4 months) of service.
Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua Count Conversation Partners
This program is meant to match native English speakers in Gainesville with learners who are looking to improve their English. Speaking English is key to successful integration into the local community, and by speaking English with your partner you can significantly improve their confidence! This program will match you with a learner based on your response as soon as possible. Once they have assigned you a partner, they will provide their email address so that you can get in touch to exchange your additional contact information and set up your first meeting. You are free to meet wherever, whenever! Volunteers are expected to meet with their assigned learner for an hour a week (if you want to do more that is absolutely fine!). This is a conversation program, so no ESOL materials or lesson plans are required. You will simply meet with your partner and speak English for an hour!
Please be respectful of your partner's time and commitment and do not cancel on them last-minute. If you need to reschedule your meeting, let your partner know ahead of time. If you do not cancel, you are expected to show up at your meeting time! If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 their website, https://gatorjuniorgolf.org/become-a-volunteer/, for more info or email David Steinfeldt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UF Office of Sustainability
Interested in volunteering with recycling and waste reduction efforts at UF? The Office of Sustainability would love to connect with you! Please fill out the form and they will be in touch with additional information about current and future volunteer opportunities on campus: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfe2H8FOb6D064o-OY8vT2Uy4jsC_rSmg2_Pemu44BSfFeVMA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR277TgYFdBMmhp8lhn5p1NA4aQwsxakncMXvUd7C5xbXRDdkVicfsBkKcY
Are you interested in working with children and having 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 sixth integrated summer camp and are looking for volunteers that are excited to work with children with special needs!
Summer Camp 2019 will run from July 15th-August 2nd and promises to be a blast! Volunteers can join in the morning from 8:00am-12:30pm or in the afternoon from 12:30pm-5:30pm; however, these 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.
Our inclusive summer camp provides a great hands-on learning experience for student volunteers. Volunteers work 1-1 or 2-1 with participating campers (ages 3-15 years) in a wide range of activities, such as gymnastics, crafts, and games! Volunteers help athletes make new friends, learn new motor skills, and encourage the athletes to try new activities! Our athletes have a range of disabilities, including autism, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy, among others.
Students who are interested or have questions can email Sanja Dizdarevic at email@example.com.
Gainesville Girls Rock Camp
Gainesville Girls Rock Camp is a 501c3 non-profit staffed by woman-identified, trans, and non-binary volunteers. Gainesville Girls Rock Camp value diversity of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, and sexual orientation. They promote respect and actively work to dismantle racism, sexism, homophobia, and other discriminatory behaviors and expressions.They rely on community support to make camp happen each year. Thanks for getting involved! For more information: https://gainesvillegirlsrockcamp.com/how-to-volunteer/
K9s for Warriors
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Their goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. They are the nation's largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans.
K9s for Warriors is looking for students and student organizations to assist in a variety of ways:
- Cooking meals for veterans staying at the Gold Family Campus in Alachua
- Helping to pickup/harvest pecans from Pecan Trees on the Gold Family Campus (Pecans are poisionous to dogs).
- Help with kennel maintenance, feeding the dogs, and monitoring the dogs.
A marketing internship and development/fundraising internship is available for academic credit. For more information, please contact Randy Dexter at RDexter@k9sforwarriors.org.
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. They have just moved into a bigger space located at 1001 NE 16 Ave (east entrance), Gainesville FL 32609. Their regular hours are Monday and Tuesday evenings (6:30-8:30) and Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons (1:00-5:00). Weekend events typically are scheduled 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. Simple 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the email list!
Camp Boggy Creek
Camp Boggy Creek is a year-round camp for children with serious illnesses and their families; they serve 15 different illness groups (cancer, heart conditions, spina bifida, epilepsy, asthma, etc). During the school year they host 17 family retreat weekends (a Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon commitment for volunteers), and during the summertime they host 8 sessions (each session a week-long commitment for volunteers). Volunteers can be anyone 19 years old and up. Please see the attached 2019 camp calendar so you can take a look at a typical year. Students can reach out with any questions at email@example.com or (352) 483-4200, ext. 4293.
Outreach Coordinator: supports and oversees networking with key stakeholders (schools, hospitals, pediatric offices, therapy offices, local support organizations and centers) to increase awareness of the playhouse mission, programs, and events. The Outreach Coordinator works collaboratively with the Board of Managers and the playhouse interns to advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. This volunteer position requires an average commitment of 5 – 15 hours per week. Hours are flexible and may include evenings and weekends. Responsibilities can be modified based on skills and interests.
Operations Coordinator: supports overall office management, coordinating and managing non-program volunteers, delivering internal and external communications, assisting with event support and helping to ensure national processes and policies are executed appropriately at the local level. The Operations Coordinator works collaboratively with the Board of Managers. This volunteer position requires an average commitment of 5-15 hours per week. Hours are flexible and may include evenings and weekends. Responsibilities can be modified based on skills and interests.
Special Events Coordinator: supports the Chair of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee and helps plan and implement marketing strategies to grow revenues and awareness of GiGi’s Playhouse through special events. The Special Events Coordinator will demonstrate strong project/event management, marketing, volunteer management, and relationship development skills. This volunteer position requires an average commitment of 5-15 hours per week. Hours are flexible and may include evenings and weekends. Responsibilities can be modified based on skills and interests.
Programs: GiGi's Playhouse Gainesville offers purposeful, progressive, therapeutic, educational and social programs throughout the month and on the weekends at designated times. Check out their calendar. They train and support all volunteers, they 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 the 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 Gainesville 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! They 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.
Becoming a volunteer
Gigi's Playhouse wants 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 their 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 their 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 their 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 thry 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
They 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 provides 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 more. It’s a great environment where volunteers learn and gain meaningful experience working with individuals with 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
They are a local disability resource center and usually need volunteers to help with:
· Office work (shredding, filing, answering phones)
· The 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 the 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. 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 http://balance180.org/getinvolved/volunteer
Looking for an Internship or Volunteer Opportunity in Finance or Accounting?
Apply classroom knowledge to real-world situations and build your skills for the future.
» Revenue Cycle
» Data Analytics
» Accounts Payable/Disbursements
» Month End Close/Journal Entries
» Budget Templates
» Cash/Credit Reconciliation
» Internal Control
» Process Improvement
For more information, call or email Haven’s Finance Department at 352.271.4642 or dmgreen@BeYourHaven.org.