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Service Connection

The Brown Center for Leadership and Service, through Volunteer Select,  connects the UF community to service opportunities that match your passion, interests, and needs. We assist undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, as well as faculty. 

Volunteer Select is a website that we use in collaboration with United Way of North Central Florida and the Santa Fe Office of Civic Engagement to register and recommend nonprofits. This site allows community organizations to create profiles and post volunteer opportunities. You can filter by interest area and individual opportunities.

To navigate Volunteer Select, follow the directions below:

How to use Volunteer Select: 1) Go to http://www.volunteerselect.org/ 2) To learn more about different non-profits in the Gainesville area, click on “Agencies”. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click on “Opportunities”. 3) After clicking “Opportunities,” you can filter by opportunity type: Abuse, Animals, Arts, Board Member Positions, Disabilities, Education, Environment, Food, Health, Homelessness & Housing, Human Rights, Seniors, Thrift, Veterans, Women, and Youth. 4) You can also sort opportunities by distance, phrase, agency, county, or date, in addition to “Newest First,” “Oldest First,” or “Alphabetically.” 5) After you apply the appropriate filters, you will see a list of relevant opportunities. Click on the ones you find interesting to learn more about the position and how to get in touch with the agency. 6) Once you’ve clicked on a position, you can read a synopsis that includes details about the volunteer activity, as well as the agency, opportunity type, agency requirement, and zip code. 7) You can then click “Respond to Need” and register as a user on Volunteer Select or log in as a registered user. 8) Please fill in the details needed, like your phone number, address, and availability, and then submit your response. 9) If you do not hear back from the agency, follow up by searching their name in the Volunteer Select database (under “Agencies”). There, you will be able to gather more information about the non-profit and their mission, as well as contact information like phone numbers, emails, and website addresses. 10) Try visiting the agency’s website through their registered page and use the contact information listed there if it differs from their Volunteer Select page.

Post-Grad Opportunities

Peace Corps - sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change, 2 year commitment

AmeriCorps – engages Americans in service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Three different programs: VISTA, NCC-FEMA corps, and the State and National corps, commitment level varies from 9months to 2 years.

Teach for America – sends volunteers to different lower income communities to serve as a teacher. 2 year commitment

City Year – volunteers provide individualized support to at-risk students, while also establishing an overall positive learning environment in schools throughout America, 1 year commitment

Public Allies - 10-month program that starts in the fall and runs through summer. Participants are placed with a local nonprofit organization and participate in a full-time, paid apprenticeship.

Tips for Working With Nonprofits

Note: The University of Florida does not have any ownership or control over any of the agencies listed on this site and resources given. The University of Florida relies solely on information provided by each organization during a yearly registration process. Should you have any questions about the service site contact the agency directly through contact information provided on their website.