Explore Volunteer Opportunities

Browse the many participating organizations below alphabetically, or choose the categorical listing to narrow results.

ACORN Clinic

Mission: Provides primary and preventive health services to individuals and families of rural north central Florida, regardless of ability to pay. ACORN Clinic provides high quality, affordable medical care and dental care by staff and volunteers. ACORN acts as a bridge between patients and community resources. In partnership with educational institutions, ACORN functions as an exemplary service learning site for health professionals.

Volunteer Opportunities: Translators: particularly American Sign Language for deaf patients, but other translators may be needed at different times. Licensed provider volunteers for ACORN’s Medical and Dental Clinic. This would include physicians, dentists, dental hygienists and mental health providers.

Translators: particularly American Sign Language for deaf patients, but other translators may be needed at different times. Licensed provider volunteers for ACORNs Medical and Dental Clinic. This would include physicians, dentists, dental hygienists and mental health providers.

Volunteer Hours: Medical Clinic: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 am to 4 pm, Tuesday 8 am to 8 pm
Dental Clinic: Monday through Thursday 8 am to 4 pm, Alternating Friday mornings 8 am to noon

Contact: Candace King
(352) 485–1133 x 20
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Alachua Conservation Trust

Mission: To protect the natural, historic, scenic and recreational resources in and around Alachua County, Florida. ACT protects land through purchase, donation, and conservation easements.

Volunteer Opportunities: Land management/preserve monitoring & maintenance, office/clerical, research, grant writing, special events staffing, weekend docenting (at Historic Haile Homestead), short workshop presentations (45 minuted to 1.5 hours) in areas such as NCF botany, entomology, natural history, regional Native American & early European settlement history, etc.

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm; some evening and weekend hours (docenting, periodic special events & workshop presentations)

Contact: Lesa Holder
(352) 373–1078
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Alachua County Public Schools

Mission: We will graduate students who have the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics to be lifelong learners and independent thinkers. Our graduates will excel in their chosen careers and be productive and contributing members of the global community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are welcome in the public schools in many capacities. You could volunteer in a classroom, become a PTA/PTO member, join a booster club for athletics, band, or academics, become a SAC member, mentor a student, serve as a classroom speaker, judge a science fair, participate in a career fair, become a business partner, volunteer in the media center, clinic, cafeteria or front office.   To explore the possibilities, contact the School Volunteer Office or the school of your choice. You can make an appointment to come by the Volunteer Office to look through hundreds of requests from teachers asking for classroom help!  Classroom volunteers work closely with teachers and staff, assisting in various projects, keeping records, preparing instructional materials, and interacting with students. Duties in elementary schools may include reading/telling stories, listening to children read, and preparing instructional material. Duties in the middle and high schools may include working on special projects, operating AV equipment, performing clerical duties, making instructional materials, reviewing homework and assisting with testing.

Volunteer Hours: Generally M-F between 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Some evenings and Saturdays may be available for special events.

Contact: Liz Stark, District Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 955–7250 x252
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Alachua Habitat for Humanity

Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Vision Statement: A world where everyone has a decent place to live

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative Office: Clerical, Family Support, Board of Directors
ReStore: Receiving and sales
Construction Sites: Building homes, A Brush With Kindness (painting)

Volunteer Hours: Fridays and Saturdays starting Saturday 05/12 and running through 08/26. Volunteer times are 8:30a-2p each day. Volunteers do not need prior experience.
Administrative Office: Mon–Fri 9a-5p
ReStore: Mon–Sat 9a-6p
Construction Sites: Fri-Sat 8:30am-2pm

Contact: Scott Winzeler
(352) 363–6492
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Alachua Humane Society

Mission: To end the needless euthanasia of healthy and treatable companion animals in our community

Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities are available all year long for animal care for both dogs and cats, thrift store assistants, front office help, pet promoters and pet tech assistance. Animal care volunteers will assist staff with cleaning, socializing with animals, and giving out enrichment each day. Thrift store assistants will sort through donations, place merchandise on the floor, and keep the store looking tidy. Front office assistants will file paperwork, answer phone calls, and greet guests at the Humane Society. Pet promoters will attend outreach events in the community to spread the word about our programs and our adoptable animals. Vet tech assistants will work with our vet and vet techs to assist with cleaning of exam rooms, filing paperwork and restraining animals getting vaccines/medication. We also need help with special events throughout the year including Woofstock (Nov) where volunteers will check guests into the event, monitor silent auction tables, give our merchandise and assist with cleaning up after the event.

Volunteer Hours: 8AM - 6PM each day

Contact: Sarah MacLennan
(352) 373–5855 x706
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Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida

Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Volunteer Opportunities: Join the Walk to End Alzheimer's Planning Committee: Committee members plan the Walk to End Alzheimer’s from the kick-off to the wrap-up. Some committee members focus on growing the event, like recruiting new teams, promoting Walk in the community, and securing sponsorship's. Others focus on event production and find ways to enhance the event experience. Planning Committee members meet once a month and average a time commitment of five hours a month. Committee members are welcome to join year-round. 

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Amanda Garcia, Associate Director of Develpment
(904) 281–9077
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American Heart Association

Mission: To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Gainesville Heart Ball (usually held in February at the UF Hilton): This event is a social gala to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Included are a social hour, dinner, dancing, silent auction, live auction, and an Open Your Heart mission appeal. Volunteers are needed to help set-up for the event, work the event and clean up after the event is over. Shifts are available.
The Alachua County Heart Walk (to be held September 23, 2017 at Santa Fe College): This is a 3-mile walk to promote living a healthy lifestyle and making the Alachua community a healthier place. Throughout the season, funds are raised by companies who start walking teams and fundraise throughout the community. The Heart Walk is a celebration for the money raised. Volunteers are needed to help set-up for the event, work the event, and clean up after the event is over. Shifts are available.

Volunteer Hours: Gainesville Heart Ball: The day of the event (Friday or Saturday) from 11AM to Midnight. Shifts are available throughout the day.
Alachua County Heart Walk: The day before the event (Friday), volunteers are needed from 11AM to 4PM. The day of the walk (Saturday), volunteers are needed from 6AM to Noon.

Contact: Monica Clifford
(727) 563–8083
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American Red Cross

Mission: To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. Our vital work is only possible because of people like you. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. Browse Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community on our website today!

Volunteer Hours: Business hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm. However, if your staff choose to volunteer during a disaster, there are potentially 24 hour Disaster Operation Volunteer Programs. Each volunteer listing has the required time commitment listed online.

Contact: Meghan Hotchkiss, Senior Volunteer Specialist
(904) 248–4085
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Arc of Alachua County

Mission: To provide a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and become full participants in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Landscaping, yardwork, painting, handiwork, etc. Event support includes golf tournament support, registration help, advocacy, calling vendors for support, etc.

Volunteer Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm, and during fundraising events (as needed)

Contact: Dr. Mark Johnson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(352) 334–4060 x127
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Boulware Springs Charter School

Mission: To foster the academic, character, and physical growth of all of our students so that they are prepared for the intellectual and character demands of life beyond our school. The program at Boulware Springs Charter reflects our belief that an education should awaken and inspire students. Students at Boulware are encouraged to take chances, foster their curiosity, and challenge themselves to improve on a daily basis. Parents, community partners, and our school family will support these endeavors by providing the skills and support necessary for students to improve in intellect and character. Ultimately, our program will prepare students to be successful in their continued schooling, active members within their community, critical thinkers, and cooperative problem solvers in real world situations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Classroom Volunteers, front office volunteers, school tasks (cutting, filing, laminating), reading to students, Wednesday afternoon assembly volunteers, after-school volunteers, sports leaders, craft/activity leaders

Volunteer Hours: 8am-5:30pm daily

Contact: Megan Lane, Co-director
(352) 215–2175
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Bread of the Mighty Food Bank

Mission: To provide hope and encouragement to the hungry and food insecure. We acquire, sort, store, and distribute food directly to our communities through our non-profit agencies who provide to those in need.

Volunteer Opportunities: Individuals: Bread of the Mighty Food Bank accepts volunteers Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm. Our food bank collects and distributes food to over 160 agencies in 5 counties here in North Florida. Volunteering opportunities include sorting food items, Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bread of the creating family boxes, stocking shelves, boxing and bagging the food. We have a diverse group of people who volunteer at the Food Bank including professionals, retirees, veterans, teachers and students (high school and college), parents, groups, and many more. Dress is casual- t-shirt, jeans/shorts, tennis shoes. NO flip flops, crocs, or tank tops, please. Please call 352-336-0839 to schedule a 1st time appointment.

Groups: Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Bread of the Mighty Food Bank. We are open Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm. Our food bank collects and distributes food to over 160 agencies in 5 counties here in North Florida. Volunteering opportunities include sorting food items, creating family boxes, stocking shelves, boxing and bagging the food. We have a diverse group of people who volunteer at the Food Bank including professionals, retirees, veterans, teachers and students (high school and college), parents, groups, and many more. Dress is casual- t-shirt, jeans/shorts, tennis shoes. NO flip flops, crocs, or tank tops, please. Please call 352-336-0839 to schedule a time for your group. We do like to keep the groups to a maximum of 10 people at a time. We can schedule either morning or afternoons. Mornings are from 9-11 10-12pm and afternoons can be from 11-1, 12-2,or 1-3pm depending on which days we have available and whichever is best for your group.

Volunteer Hours: 8am-4pm

Contact: Robert F. Liebler Jr., Director of Volunteer Services
(352) 336–0839
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Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc.

Mission: To provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion; to advocate justice, human dignity, and quality of life; and to call all people to join in these efforts thereby reflecting the compassion of God in Christ.

Volunteer Opportunities: Pantry Volunteers, Receptionist, computer input (client information), fundraising, development interns.

Volunteer Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4pm, some special events on the weekends

Contact: John Barli, Jeff Oldham
(352) 372–0294
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CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services

Mission: “Strengthening Communities by Building Strong Families”

Volunteer Opportunities: We are looking for Youth Care Worker Assistants – these are volunteers who assist us in the care and mentoring of at-risk adolescents at our Interface Youth Shelter in Gainesville. We also have a need for administrative volunteers in our offices. We offer new volunteer training roughly a month into each semester – so September, February, and June typically. Next new volunteer training will be first week of June.

Volunteer Hours: Volunteers at Interface Youth Shelter are needed whenever the youth are not in school: 3-9 pm on weekdays and 9am-9pm during the weekends or vacations. Administrative volunteers are needed a few hours per week, usually Monday-Friday between 9am and 8pm depending on the position.

Contact: Radha Selvester
(352) 244–0628 x3865
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Center for Independent Living

Mission: “To empower people with disabilities to exert their individual rights to live as independently as possible, make personal life choices and achieve full community inclusion.

Volunteer Opportunities: Independent Living Skills classes (guest speakers); Paratransit application interviews; Sign Language Interpreting Program (office tasks); High School High Tech youth program (drivers for field trips, businesses for job shadowing/internships, guest speakers, mentors, tutors); promoting community awareness (tabling at events);  fundraising (donation requests/sponsorships for our Annual Open House Raffle, held in October)

Volunteer Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Contact: Amy Feutz
(352) 378–7474
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Child Advocacy Center

Mission: A comprehensive, child-friendly facility where professionals from law enforcement, medical, child protection and therapeutic services effectively collaborate to meet the individual needs of child victims and break the cycle of abuse.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Child Advocacy Center has diverse, flexible and meaningful opportunities for those interested in volunteering their time and unique talents toward meeting the needs of children traumatized by abuse.
In-House Volunteers: Those wishing to volunteer within the Child Advocacy Center are screened by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement through background checks and finger print verification. Once approved, volunteers are given a variety of responsibilities to ensure day-to-day operations of the CAC are performed smoothly. Skills and interests of volunteers will be considered in all assignments. Typical opportunities include:
Play Patrol: Play is a big part of what we do and volunteers are needed to hang out and play with children as they wait for therapy appointments. Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to commit to volunteering for 2-4 hours contiguously each week.
Assisting Staff: You may be asked to assist office staff with their duties including, but not limited to, making phone calls, sending faxes, making copies, restocking brochures, compiling information folders, etc.
Data Entry: Includes, but not limited to, updating mailing lists, media lists, donor lists, etc.
Special Event Volunteers: The Child Advocacy Center coordinates, participates and benefits from many events throughout the year. Our event volunteers help bring these events to life and because we are working outside the CAC, event volunteers do not require background checks/screening. Our 2017 events include the following:
Building a Better Future for Children – April 20, 2017 – 5pm to 7pm - 500 East University Avenue Volunteers needed for event setup/breakdown, guest check-in and bussing tables.
Taste of Greater Gainesville – June 4, 2017 – 4pm to 9pm – UF Hilton Volunteers needed for silent auction setup, event setup, silent auction monitor, trash runners, restaurant assistants, and event breakdown.
Gainesville Wing Bowl – August 27, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:30pm – Splitz Bowling Center Volunteers needed for registration, raffle sales, chicken wing counters and event breakdown
Gainesville Gone Austin – October 26, 2017 – 6pm to 10pm – Santa Fe River Ranch This is our signature fundraising event! Volunteers needed for event setup, registration, silent auction setup, silent auction monitors, silent auction check out, raffle sales, bussers, trash runners, bar-backs, parking attendants, volunteer hospitality and event breakdown

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am – 7pm for in-house volunteers. Special events typically occur nights and weekends.

Contact: Amber Miller
(352) 376–9161
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Children's Home Society of Mid Florida

Mission: Building bridges to success for children

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers provide a safe environment for children and families to spend time together during court-ordered supervised visits, as well as demonstrate positive role modeling for parents and assist with general maintenance of the facility. Through the Family Treasures Thrift Shop, volunteers help provide items to children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect, and raise funds for intervention and prevention, mental health services and community school programs across the division by marketing and selling items in the store. They assist with marketing and advertising campaigns to raise awareness. Development and Fundraising: Volunteers help raise funds for programs and raise awareness of the agency mission through social media, planning and executing events, fundraisers and speaking engagements, as well as developing and implementing marketing and organizational strategies. Volunteers also assist staff with general administrative responsibilities. Community Schools: We have various opportunities at the Howard Bishop middle School, a Community Partnership School. Volunteers may distribute snacks and clothing from the clothing closet. They may answer questions and direct visitors. Volunteers may mentor a student, serve as a PTSA volunteer and assist with Teacher Appreciation Week and monthly faculty breakfasts.

Volunteer Hours: Hours depend on location, project, and program. They are typically Monday through Friday 8-5, with some weekend and evening opportunities.

Contact: Christy Gibbons
(352) 334–0880
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Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

Mission: The mission of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

Volunteer Opportunities: Planning volunteers, walk day volunteers

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Kim Teter
(813) 693–2546
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Mission: To engage individuals and organizations in creating a healthy and sustainable environment.

Volunteer Opportunities: As a network of over 500 environmental organizations, the type of volunteer activities our charities can offer is endless! From cleanups, to plantings, to nature walks, our overall goal is to connect our communities with the environmental causes we care most about.

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Visit "Get Involved" section of website
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Easterseals Altrusa House

Mission: Altrusa House is a licensed adult day health care program that provides an affordable alternative to nursing home, group home or in-home care for adults. We serve individuals 18 and up who may have a physical or developmental disabilities, cognitive disorder (such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia), and those recovering from a stroke or other special needs.

While individuals are attending Altrusa House, caregivers and family members are able to return to work, run errands, make appointments, or take a much needed break with the peace of mind that their loved one will receive quality care in a safe, stimulating environment.

Mission: Easterseals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Help Enhance the Quality of Life for Adults with Disabilities: Come play games, do arts and crafts, read current events, and other fun activities with our seniors.

Beutification Project: Volunteers needed to help clean up the garden bed, pull out weeds, put in new soil, etc., and to paint inside the Altrusa House.

Mother’s Day Celebration: Friday, May 12th, 10am – 2pm
Father’s Day Celebration: Friday, June 16th, 10am - 2pm
Join us in celebrating caregivers and the mothers and fathers at Altrusa House (dates above)! Volunteers are needed to help setup, prepare and serve food, and assist with cleanup. There will also be various activities volunteers can participate in and help interact with clients.

Volunteer Hours: Ongoing Opportunities: Mon-Fri flexible shift times available between 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm

Contact: Tiffany Hsieh, Director of Development
(407) 629–7881  Ext. 2103
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Education Foundation of Alachua County

Mission: The Education Foundation of Alachua County's Take Stock in Children program is a scholarship and mentoring program that helps low-income, at-risk students break the cycle of poverty by graduating from high school and receiving a college degree.

Volunteer Opportunities: Students in the Take Stock in Children program receive a volunteer mentor with whom they are required to meet at their school on a weekly basis. Mentors are a critical component to the success of Take Stock in Children. Mentors serve as positive role-models, advocates, coaches and friends. As a Take Stock Mentor you meet weekly with your scholar at their school and have an opportunity to help a child reach their goal of a college education. We are always recruiting new mentors.

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Luisana Segu, Mentor and Alumni Coordinator
(352) 955–7250 x250
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Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF)

Mission: EFOF leads the fight to accelerate therapies to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy, stop seizures, find cures and save lives.

Volunteer Opportunities: At EFOF, we are always working to not only help the 1 in every 26 people living with epilepsy, but also to spread epilepsy awareness and seizure recognition and first aid in the community. Therefore, there is always work to be done! We choose your task based on your skill set. Opportunities include but are not limited to: community outreach, distributing flyers, event planning and management and education.

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Julianne Raymond
(352) 378–4324
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Friends of the Micanopy Library

Mission: To provide free, after-school, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring so that at-risk, poorly-performing K-12 students from Micanopy and Southern Alachua County can reach their educational potential and increase their self-esteem. Micanopy Tutoring is a program of the Friends of the Micanopy Library.

Volunteer Opportunities: Become a one on one tutor for elementary, middle, or high school students. Help is readily available from experienced tutors and our Program Director.

Volunteer Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs 2:30-6pm and Wed 1:30-6pm. In June, July, and August volunteers may come anytime between 2-5pm, Monday through Thursday.

(352) 384–1155
(352) 234–5095
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Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association / Aces in Motion / Gators in Motion

Mission: To promote health, character development, and academic achievement through tennis. We emphasize community, inclusion, collaboration, integrity, and fun.

Volunteer Opportunities: 1. Tutoring: We need tutors for our after school program primarily for middle and elementary students. We also have a seasonal need for high school tutoring centered around SAT/ACT Testing and college entry.
2. Tennis coaching/playing: We need volunteers that have tennis experience to help coach or play with our students. Since we are at 12 sites throughout the week, there are multiple opportunities to play tennis with our students.
3. Mentoring: If you are interested in becoming a mentor to one of our students on a consistent basis, we would love to have you.
4. Community Events: A helping hand during community events in neighborhoods, competition, and programs.
5. Athletes with Special Needs: We currently organize and run the tennis season for Special Olympics in Alachua County. If you have experience or a passion working with individuals with special needs, please contact us.
6. Gators In Motion: Our newest program GIM, is based on the campus of University of Florida. If you are interested in hosting our students on a field trip to your career, department, or facility for an enrichment activity, please contact us.

Volunteer Hours: Aces In Motion After School Program at TB McPherson Recreation Center: Mon- Fri: 3:00-6:00 PM
Gators In Motion at UF Campus (FL GYM): Tues and Thurs: 4:00-6:00 PM
Tennis at 21 CCLC: Mon - Fri
Community Tennis Events: Days depend on agency (Kids Count, Reichert, Pineridge, Boulware Springs Charter School)
Adaptive Tennis: Seasonal-Contact for detailed times

Contact: Addison Staples
(352) 514–9975


Gainesville Community Ministry

Mission: To provide help and hope to people in crisis

Volunteer Opportunities: Handing out food, seeing clients, tutoring

Volunteer Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am - 3pm, some Tues nights and Saturdays for dental students.

Contact: Michael Wright
(352) 372–8162
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Gainesville Fisher House Foundation

Mission: We support our military, veterans and their families during times of serious illness, medical crisis or end of life conditions. This support consists of seeing to their needs at the Fisher House located at the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville.

Volunteer Opportunities: Fallen Hero 5k: Spring Semester put on by the UF Navy ROTC inquire at UNIT -Rotary Club of Gainesville
Fisher House Golf Tournament: Second Weekend in April. Volunteers at the house may assist the House Manager with various duties including inventory, guest greeting, organizing. Golf cart drivers are also needed for guests needing assistance to and from various places on the VA Campus. This includes long wait times for doing studying in-between guest requests.

Volunteer Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and weekends

(352) 514–9761
(352) 548–6492

Gainesville Pet Rescue

Mission: Gainesville Pet Rescue, Inc. (GPR) is a not for profit organization that strives to match pets and people for a lifetime. GPR continuously pushes forward to meet our counties goal of ending euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.

Volunteer Opportunities: Shelter volunteers: Basic animal care and facility management
Petsmart volunteers: Set up/break down crates, walk dogs, maintain cat area
Photography/creative writing: Upload photos and descriptions of animals
Adoption counseling: become familiar with individual animals and match pets with loving homes

Volunteer Hours: Sunday and Monday 8-10 am and 4-6 pm
Wednesday 8:30-10 am and 4-6 pm
Tuesday 9 am -5 pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:30 am – 6 pm
Saturdays at Petsmart: 11 am – 4 pm
Sundays at PetSmart: 12-3 pm

Contact: Rachel Mead
(352) 692–4773
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GiGi's Playhouse

Mission: To change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. 

Volunteer Opportunities: We are always seeking enthusiastic and committed individuals to be a part of Generation G campaign to "Be Accepting. Be Generous. Be Kind".  Volunteers are welcome to make a difference in one of our Committees or Programs. Each Committee has a specific focus and include Programs, Volunteers, Playhouse Operations, Fundraising, Communications, Outreach, Events, and Facility & IT. Volunteers can also interact with our families during our regular programs that have specific goals for each different age groups. Programs include Destination Discovery (all ages), LMNOP (5 & under), Literacy (3 and up), Friends, Fun & Fitness (11 - 21), and Fantastic Friends (18 and up). 

Volunteer Hours: Volunteer hours vary depending on the Committee or Program. Volunteers are required to complete a volunteer orientation, background check, and specific committee/program training. 

Contact: Erika Quirk
(352) 318–4640
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Girls Place

Mission: We empower girls to grow courageous, strong and self sufficient. We inspire our girls to celebrate themselves — their minds, their hearts, and their physical well being.

Volunteer Opportunities: Homework Help, Guest Speaker, Facilities, Athletic Coaches, among others

Volunteer Hours: 10am - 6pm during school year, 8am - 6am during summer time, Saturdays during athletic seasons

Contact: Chelsea Fuller
(352) 373–4475
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Grace Marketplace

Mission: At GRACE, our mission is simple: to end homelessness by providing safe shelter and effective services. We are a 113-bed shelter and service center that has removed the major barriers that prevent people from getting the help they need to get off the streets.GRACE is making a difference in the fight to end homelessness, and our volunteers are a vital part of our success.

Volunteer Opportunities: Individual volunteers are needed for staffing the reception area, cooking and serving meals at Café 131, managing the laundry room, maintaining the GRACE garden, leading instructional workshops, maintenance work, IT tasks, and much more. We are open 24/7, so no matter what time you have available, we likely have a way you can help. If you are looking for a group service project, company outreach project, team building activity, or church mission activity, we welcome groups of all sizes to help make a difference at GRACE. Our most immediate need is for groups to help purchase and/or prepare meals.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Helen Strain, Director of Community Engagement
(352) 792–0800
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Guardian ad Litem Program

Mission: To advocate for the manifest best interest of children in the court system due to neglect, abuse and/or abandonment. The Guardian Foundation not for profit organization provides grants for enrichment opportunities for the children in the program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to visit children once a month and prepare a report to court periodically on the children’s well being. Average time required is 10-12 hours per month with flexibility for working people.

Volunteer Hours: Agency Hours: 8am–5pm Mon through Fri

Contact: Lynn Deen, Recruiter
(352) 672–2592
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Haven Hospice

Mission: “Honoring life by providing comfort, care and compassion to those we serve.”

Volunteer Opportunities: Office support, greeter desk, patient support, community outreach, Attic resale store, pet visitors, March and April annual fundraising events along with other events throughout the year.

Volunteer Hours: hours vary depending on volunteering assignment: weekdays/evenings and weekends.

Susie Finfrock
Gainesville Volunteer Coordinator
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Helping Hands Pet Rescue

Mission: Helping Hands Pet Rescue is one of the many facets working to achieve a pretty wild idea: a no-kill community for our amazing cats and dogs. We work with some of the most incredible partners in Alachua County fighting for a common goal - to live in a community where no cat or dog is at risk of not finding their perfect home. With adoption numbers rivaling brick and mortar animal shelters with large staff and an operating budget of a small start-up non-profit, Helping Hands Pet Rescue is truly one of a kind. We leverage our amazing community network to bring a human touch to the lives of each of our adoptables. We are able to do this life saving work with so little because of the help from our volunteers, fosters, and community supporters!

Volunteer Opportunities: Adoption Event Volunteers: for individual or groups - every Saturday at PetSmart on Archer Road. Individuals may sign up for a 10:30am-2pm shift (includes orientation) or 2pm-5:30pm shift (includes breakdown). Groups may sign up for the full day and split members into shifts (groups may sign up 4-6 members per shift). Volunteers may assist with:
1) Dog Walking: Help potential adopters meet our dogs and take the dogs for potty-breaks
2) Puppy Patrol:ensuring all potential adopters are sanitizing their hands
3) Cat & Kitten Watching: Encourage potential adopters to interact with the cats and kittens while safely securing their crates in between their meet and greets
Set-Up and Break Down Volunteers: Individual or groups - set-up events every Friday at 5:30pm inside the PetSmart on Archer Road. Groups may sign up 2-6 members for a set-up event. Volunteers will assist with moving supplies onto and off pallet(s), setting up tables, chairs, and crates, and sanitizing supplies as needed. Break down volunteers are needed starting at 4:45pm-5:45pm to help break down the event and move supplies back to the storage area.
Transporting: Volunteers pick up our animal rescues from county animal shelters, veterinarian, etc.
Fostering: provide a temporary home to a pet in need. We are able to provide all the supplies, if you can provide a loving home and transportation to and from the vet and events.
Community Event Volunteers: If you are part of a group/organization and would like to create a specific event to promote Helping Hands Pet Rescue, we are open to ideas!

Volunteer Hours: Set-up Events: Every Friday at 5:30pm. Typically takes 30 minutes. Adoption Events: Every Saturday. First time orientation at 10:30am. Shift 1 from 11am-2pm and Shift 2 from 2pm-5pm. Breakdown usually goes until 5:45pm. Community Events: Occur throughout the year. Check our http://www.hhrescue.net/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/ for opportunities.

(352) 281–4358
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Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida

Mission: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with bleeding disorders and their families through education, information and referral services, advocacy and research.

Volunteer Hours: Office volunteer (Winter Park, FL)
Advocacy Committee Member
Health fair and volunteer fair tabling opportunities
Gator Clot Trot 5K and Fun Walk on April 22, 2017 at Depot Park in Gainesville (Multiple shifts available from 5:30am–10:30am)
Woodstock Walk for Bleeding Disorders, on May 13, 2017, at Al Lopez Park in Tampa (Multiple shifts available from 5:30am–10:30am)
Jacksonville Creepy Crawl 5K and Fun Walk, on October 14, 2017, at Nocatee in Ponte Vedra (Multiple shifts available from 5:30am–10:30am)
Orlando Creepy Crawl 5K and Fun Walk, on October 29, 2017, at Baldwin Park in Orlando (Multiple shifts available from 5:30am–10:30am)

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Friday 9am–5pm and select weekends for events.

Caitlyn Beersdorf, Development Coordinator
(407) 629–0000
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Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary

Mission: Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary provides permanent high-quality sanctuary care for New World monkeys being retired from laboratory research, ex-pets, or monkeys who have been confiscated by the authorities.

Volunteer Opportunities: As an Entry Level Volunteer, you will be shadowing one of our carestaff in many areas. As you accrue more hours, you will be moved up to higher levels of responsibilities.

7-11 shift: Diet preparation and distribution, as well as clean up. Or cleaning, repairing and landscaping in and around the monkey's habitats. We also have special enrichment and building projects.

11-3 shift: Cleaning, repairing and landscaping in and around the monkey's habitats, as well as special projects. On Wednesdays and Saturdays we chop produce for the monkey's diets during this shift.

3-7 shift: Cleaning, repairing and landscaping in and around the monkey's habitats, as well as special projects. This is also our 'closing shift', which will involve cleaning all areas around the sanctuary, as well as preparing for the next morning's activities.

Volunteer Hours: 7am–11am, 11am–3pm and 3pm–7pm every day of the week

Contact: Debbie Muga
(356) 462–7779

Keep Alachua County Beautiful

Mission: As an affiliate to Keep America Beautiful, our mission is to beautify, conserve resources, recycle, educate, and preserve our community's environmental legacy.

Volunteer Opportunities: Litter cleanup and beautification projects throughout Alachua County.

Volunteer Hours:
Projects can be performed any day of the week, and supplies can be picked up at our office at 211 SW 4th Ave #1 Gainesville, FL 32601.

Gina Hawkins
(352) 371–9444
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Kids Count in Alachua County

Mission: Kids Count in Alachua County helps at-risk elementary children in our community reach their full potential through nurturing and effective after school programs based upon one-on-one tutoring, social skill development through character education, and inspiring enrichment.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are assigned a student to provided one-on-one tutoring in math and reading. Also, help with completing homework and other literacy activities.

Volunteer Hours:
Faith Mission Site: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 2:45–5:45, Wed: 1:30–5:00

Duval/Williams Elementary: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 1:45–5:00, Wed: 12:30–4:00

Kerri Neel (Faith Mission)
(772) 341–5966

Kelly Haynes (Duval/Williams Elem.)
(352) 215–2108
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March of Dimes

Mission: The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Volunteer Opportunities: The main event that we would seek volunteers would be the Alachua County March for Babies Walk that happens at the beginning of April each year. We also have smaller events throughout the year that we may need volunteers such as kickoff luncheons, thank you/awards parties, bank days (counting donations being the main task here), and other small items that may arise.

Volunteer Hours: Our office is open from 9am–5pm weekdays but these may be adjusted depending on events or meetings.

Contact: Tamerin Dygert, Executive Director
(352) 642–8292
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Meridian Behavioral Healthcare

Mission: To promote the health, recovery, and well-being of those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders through prevention, coordinated treatment, and supportive services.

Volunteer Opportunities: Helping in a variety of settings including Children’s Summer Camp, Residential Addiction, Crisis Unit, Veteran Services, Prevention, Group Home, etc.… Assisting with projects and events throughout the agency

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Dr. Joe Munson
(352) 374–5600 x8270
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National MS Society

Mission: People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer needs will be for specific events. Our Walk MS event for Gainesville occurs annually in the springtime (typically April). Our Bike MS event will be in October this year and we will be in need of volunteers on October 13th, 14th, and 15th in the following locations: Ponte Vedra, Marineland, and Daytona Beach.

Volunteer Hours: Varied and event-based

Contact: Jessica Braddock
(904) 332–6810 x41127
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North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc.

Mission: The mission of the North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc. is to deliver the highest quality, values-based youth program of character development and leadership training, based on the precepts embodied in the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and to prepare young people to make ethical decisions in order to reach their full potential and to better serve their family, community and country.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Special events (no Scouting experience necessary!):
Program Aid – Cub Scout Day Camp, June 12-16, 2017
Event Staff – Sporting Clays Fundraiser, March 2-3, 2018

Ongoing mentoring (prior experience helpful):
Merit Badge Counselor – Register as a subject matter expert to conduct mentoring sessions at your convenience for 1-5 Scouts on one or more of the topics listed at http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx.

Register as an Adult Volunteer:
Assist with the program delivery at the meeting location of the elementary age Cub Scouts, middle and high school age Boy Scouts or high school age Venturers (boys & girls ages 14-20). Meetings are held weekly but you can attend when able. Also eligible to participate in weekend campouts and high adventure activities. Prior Scouting experience helpful but not required.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Sam Mathis
(321) 482–7406
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Operation Catnip

Mission: Operation Catnip's life-saving work improves the lives of cats and the communities in which they live by spaying, neutering, and vaccinating free-roaming cats, mentoring other programs around the country, and training veterinarians, future veterinarians, and other community members to save America's community cats.

Volunteer Opportunities: Operation Catnip operates high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter and vaccination clinics for unowned, free-roaming community cats at University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. These clinics, usually held one Sunday a month, are called Catnip Sundays. We have approximately 100 volunteers at each Catnip Sunday and offer a variety of positions - examples include giving vaccinations, monitoring cats after surgery, and discharging cats to their caregivers. Volunteers must have a current rabies vaccination or titer to be scheduled in a cat contact position, but there are several positions that do not require a vaccination. The remaining 2017 Catnip Sundays are 4/2, 5/7, 6/4, 7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, and 12/3.

In addition, we are looking for some caregiver ambassador volunteers to help out at our office, which is located behind the Alachua County Humane Society at 4205 NW 6th St. There is always a lot of prep work that needs to be done for each clinic, so these volunteers are crucial. Although this volunteer position doesn't involve direct animal care, the work contributes greatly to improving the lives of cats in our community. These volunteers assist cat caregivers, perform clerical duties, clean and sanitize our humane traps, and provide general office support. Our shifts are Tues-Fri 12:30-3:30p and 3-6p or Sat 9a-12p. Most of these volunteers commit to one steady shift a week, but we are flexible.

Volunteer Hours: The 2017 Catnip Sundays are 4/2, 5/7, 6/4, 7/9, 8/6, 9/10, 10/1, 11/5, and 12/3. Our shifts are Tues-Fri 12:30pm–3:30pm and 3pm–6pm or Sat 9am–12pm.

Contact: Kate Boisseau, Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 380–0940
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PACE Center for Girls

Mission: PACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Volunteer Opportunities: Internships, mentoring and tutors (Math, science, English and social studies)

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Stephanie Darilus
(352) 374–8799 x8722
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Partnership for Strong Families

Mission: PSF’s mission is to enhance the community’s ability to protect and nurture children by building, maintaining and constantly improving a network of family support services. Our Resource Centers help drive that mission by providing concrete and social supports to families who are at risk of entering crises. Every service offered is tied to one of the five Protective Factors, which when present in families are shown to reduce the likelihood of abuse or neglect. Each of the Resource Centers PSF operates are a partnership endeavor with larger entities as well as local agencies who help provide services at no cost to families. Our goal is to value children, strengthen families and engage the community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Since each center is staffed by only one to two people, volunteers are a critical part of our work. Tasks vary from clerical and administrative tasks, event planning and participation, assisting patrons with applications for services, community outreach, scholastic assistance for children and youth, organizing in-kind donations and being a friendly face for Resource Center patrons to see when they walk into the facility.

Volunteer Hours: Hours vary by location, but most centers are open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with limited opportunities for weekend and evening volunteering.

Contact: Samantha Tracy
(352) 244–1626
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Pug Rescue of Florida

Mission: Pug Rescue of Florida, Inc. (PROoF) is a non-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization that exists for the sole purpose of finding caring, safe, and loving permanent homes for rescued, displaced, and homeless dogs of the Pug breed regardless of age or condition. PROoF operates through an organized network of volunteers and sustains itself through both fund-raising efforts and the generous financial support of private individuals and commercial entities.

Volunteer Opportunities: Foster a Pug - Pug Rescue of Florida, Inc. rescues pugs and pug mixes across the state of Florida and we need foster homes to continue to help the pugs in need. We provide the medical care, and you provide the shelter and love! If you live in Florida and can foster a rescue pug in your home, please complete the online foster application: http://pugrescueofflorida.org/foster-a-pug

Fundraising – We rely on the generosity of friends, supporters, and business sponsors to raise the funds needed to care for sick and injured pugs. We are looking for volunteers with non-profit fund raising experience to help us launch new programs online and throughout the state of Florida. Please the complete the online volunteer form: http://pugrescueofflorida.org/volunteer

Newsletters/Social Media – We love to keep in touch with our adopters, volunteers, supporters, and fellow pug lovers! We are looking for volunteers to help create newsletters, maintain email lists, and gather interesting/informative content for our social media channels. All work can be completed online so you can lend a hand from anywhere.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Denise Henault, Gainesville Area Coordinator
(352) 219–9035
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Puppy Hill Farm

Mission: To reduce euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets at area shelters through our adoption program.

Volunteer Opportunities: Adoption day helpers (Butler plaza Petsmart), adoption day screeners, set up help for adoption events, foster homes, transport from shelters to rescue.

Volunteer Hours: Adoption help at Petsmart: Sat 10-2 or 1:30-5:30, Sun 11:45-2:45 or 2:45-5:45. Set up help needed Friday afternoons. Transport may be needed any day of the week.
Upcoming events needing extra help: North Florida Pet Adoption Days, June 3-4, Butler plaza Petsmart

(352) 478–1444
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida

Mission: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida is to directly improve the health and wellbeing of children.

Volunteer Opportunities: Front Desk Host, Front Desk Greeter, Family Room Host, House Helper, Breakfast Brigade, Maintenance Assistant, Runner, Group Leader, Sponsor, Visiting Chef Program, Sweets & Treats Program, Lawn & Garden Maintenance, Door Decorations, Special Projects, etc.

Volunteer Hours: 8:30am–9pm

Contact: Dorie Faulkner, Director of Volunteer Services
(352) 374–4404 x224
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Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG)

Mission: The Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) is a grassroots, community-based organization that works to improve the living conditions, health, educational opportunities and quality of life in the Tower Road corridor just west of I-75 in Gainesville. SWAG addresses the needs of the SWAG community by connecting individuals and families to services and resources through our advocacy and collaboration with many agencies and community partners. SWAG’s unique partnerships have led to the creation of a family resource center, a playground, a health clinic, and soon, an early learning center, all in the heart of the SWAG neighborhoods. Most of SWAG’s volunteer opportunities exist through the SWAG Family Resource Center, which is a collaboration between SWAG, Partnership for Strong Families, and the county. The Resource Center’s mission is to provide place-based services that strengthen families and communities through building on existing assets, identifying needs and connecting to resources within the broader community. Resource Center volunteers are welcome to assist in many capacities, but our greatest need is help with the after school enrichment program and summer program. Clinic volunteer needs are limited to medical professionals.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Resource Center’s mission is to provide place-based services that strengthen families and communities through building on existing assets, identifying needs and connecting to resources within the broader community. Resource Center volunteers are welcome to assist in many capacities, but our greatest need is help with the after school enrichment program and summer program.  All volunteers must undergo a rigorous screening process that involves a drug test, fingerprinting and a background check, and due to the expense of those requirements, must be able to commit to volunteering on a regular basis.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

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Special Olympics

Mission: The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: With 10 sports across Alachua County there are year-round events where volunteers are needed. Here are some of the ways you can volunteer:
Day of Event Volunteer
Administrative Help
Coach or Assistant Coach
Committee Member
Fundraising Events
Unified Sports® Partner

Volunteer Hours: Varied, mostly weekends and evenings

Contact: Michelle Beumer, County Director
(352) 340–7945
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St. Francis Pet Care

Mission: The mission of St. Francis Pet Care is to help people in our most vulnerable communities remain together with their pets so both can benefit from the human-animal bond. To this end, we provide primary veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless persons, veterans referred from the VA, and very low income residents of Alachua County, Florida. We work to reduce the number of companion animals turned into shelters because their owners can no longer afford their care, and to increase the proportion of spayed and neutered pets in the population we serve. We educate our clients in responsible pet care and help them improve the lives of their pets. We do outreach to the homeless campground to ensure the well-being of the animals and reduce the incidence of zoonotic diseases. We also provide an educational opportunity to students in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who help at our weekly downtown clinic as part of their rotation in the Veterinary Community Outreach Clerkship.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers (veterinarians, vet techs and non-vets) to help at the downtown Clinic on Tuesday mornings and at our monthly SWAG outreach clinic
Volunteers to take on key positions such as Volunteer Coordinator and Events Coordinator
Volunteers who want to organize and/or participate on groups (Social Media and PR, Events, Fundraising)
Volunteers who can transport pets to/from spay/neuter, and pets and owners to/from Tuesday clinics on occasion
Volunteers to do online data entry and lookup

Volunteer Hours: The downtown clinic is open Tuesday mornings, 8am–12:30pm. The Dignity Village outreach clinic is one Sunday a month at 2pm. The SWAG outreach clinic is the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10am. Some volunteer jobs don't require being at a clinic.

Contact: Priscilla Caplan
(352) 372–4959
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Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc.

Mission: Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. is a non-profit law firm dedicated to the provision of quality legal assistance to the poor, abused, disabled and neglected, and to empowerment through preventive legal education.

Volunteer Opportunities: We would be able to use event volunteers for a variety of fundraisers we hold throughout the year

Volunteer Hours: Varied, by event

(352) 372–0519
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United Way of North Central Florida

Mission: United Way of North Central Florida positively impacts the education, health and financial stability of people living in our region.

Volunteer Opportunities: ReadingPals is a community of readers who spend time with kids. We train volunteers to tutor students struggling in reading. We empower volunteers to be unforgettable mentors. We transform a child's experience with books We produce readers. As a Reading Pals Mentor you will: Visit your 2nd or 3rd grader on hour per week during Fall and/or Spring for 12-25 hours - Tutor your student in reading with the provided reading curriculum materials - Become a friend and mentor to your student to encourage reading success

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program) uses trained volunteers to provide FREE tax preparation and filing to anyone who earns a low to moderate income. Those assisted can earn up to $5,800 from their earned income tax credit.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Dana Clayton
(352) 333–0846
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