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 also 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
Heather Obara, Community Outreach Coordinator

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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: Kelley Kostamo, District Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 955–7250  x6412
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Alachua County Volunteering

Mission: The Alachua County Volunteer Program seeks to provide opportunities in various areas ​​of interest for volunteers to gain experience and contribute to maintaining the County’s quality of services. Join us and help Alachua County be the best place to live, learn, and grow.

Volunteer Opportunities: Various

Volunteer Hours: Various

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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

Volunteer Hours:
Administrative Office: Mon–Thurs 9a-5p
ReStore: Tues–Sat 10a-4p
Construction Sites: Fri-Sat 8:30am-2pm

Contact: Scott Winzeler
(352) 363–6492
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Altrusa House of Gainesville

Mission: Altrusa House is a licensed adult day health care program that provides a safe and stimulating environment for adults with disabilities or special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Reception work; assistance with daily activities (e.g., assisting with lunch); events surrounding Valentine's, Halloween, Easter and various other holidays and parties.

Volunteer Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Lee Johnson
(352) 377-7708
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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: Community Educators are volunteer speakers who help provide education and expand the reach of Alzheimer's Association programs. Community Educators deliver Alzheimer's Association programs on topics related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias using prepared materials.

These volunteers provide programs scheduled by Association staff and help identify potential community partners and education venues using their established community networks. Community educators assure that the general public, caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's or dementia are linked to Alzheimer's Association programs and our free 24/7 Helpline. They are true partners with our staff and extend the reach of our programs to all communities.

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact: Audrey Coachman, Program Manager
(850) 583-8758
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American Heart Association

Mission: To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

Volunteer Opportunities: The American Heart Association hosts two events each year in the Gainesville area. The Alachua County Heart Walk (usually held in September 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. Students may also participate in the walk by registering as a Team at www.AlachuaHeartWalk.org.

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.

Volunteer Hours: Alachua County Heart Walk: The day before the event (Friday), volunteers are needed from 1PM to 4PM. The day of the walk (Saturday), volunteers are needed from 5:30AM to 11:30AM.

Gainesville Heart Ball: The day of the event (Friday or Saturday) from 11AM to Midnight. Shifts are available throughout the day.

Contact: Megan Rivera
(727) 563–8043
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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 Suslak, Senior Volunteer Specialist
(904) 248–4085
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Mission: AMIkids is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids' mission is to protect public safety and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff. AMIkids works in partnership with youth agencies, local communities and families.

Volunteer Opportunities: Filing; mentoring; tutoring; sanitizing; Americorps; community awareness.

Volunteer Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday to Friday

Contact: Marterricus "MT" Thomas, Executive Director
(352) 256-8423
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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, 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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Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention

Mission: To transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers support our education team by helping facilitate interactive activities and experiments for guests throughout our museum in a variety of different spaces, including our Creativity Lab and Fab Lab.

Volunteer Hours: Friday and Saturday, Noon - 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - Noon; Wednesdays, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.; additional hours for events and special programs.

Contact: Hunter Oliver
(352) 371-8001
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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, Denise Fanning
(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 various special events)

Volunteer Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Contact: Amy Feutz
(352) 378–7474
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Central Florida Community Action Agency

Mission: To implement programs that focus on achieving outcomes by engaging community partners in helping people living in poverty strengthen their lives.

Volunteer Opportunities: Central Florida Community Action Agency Annual Meeting & Partner of the Year Awards:  This event is a virtual gathering to raise awareness and funds for programs that assist low-income residents in Alachua, Levy, and Marion counties. Volunteers are needed to help record & edit client success stories, sponsor ads, and board member highlights.  May also need a volunteer to assist with chat or technical issues during virtual meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m.

Volunteer Hours: Annual Meeting Video Recording & Editing: 1 -2 volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 10/8/20 & 10/9/20.

Contact: Tiffany McKenzie
(352) 278-7398
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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 of abuse, neglect, and human trafficking.

Typical opportunities include: 
Play Patrol: Assist children with feeling comfortable as they wait for therapy appointments. This includes playing board games, arts and crafts, watching movies, helping them find the therapy cat, and more.

Assisting Staff: Make phone calls, file folders, make copies, restock brochures, compile information folders, research latest articles/legislation etc. 

Data Entry: Update mailing lists, media lists, donor lists, etc. 

Special Event Volunteers: The Child Advocacy Center coordinates, participates and benefits from many events throughout the year. Event volunteers do not require background checks/screening.

Major fundraising events:
Taste of Greater Gainesville (June)
Gainesville Gone Memphis (October)

*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. performed smoothly.

*Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to commit to volunteering for 2-4 hours contiguously each week. 

Contact: Rose Wilder

Conservation Florida

Mission: To protect Florida’s natural and agricultural landscapes for future generations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Are you fired up about protecting Florida’s special lands? So are we! We would love to have you join our team as a volunteer. We are seeking students and professionals to assist with nonprofit management and operations, natural resource experts to lead hikes, process-oriented people to assist with research and policy updates, persuasive writers to tell our stories and help attract funding for our mission, and friendly people to staff events. Thank you for your interest in volunteering. You rock.

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Friday; occasional evening and weekend hours for special events

Contact: Cyndi Fernandez
(352) 376-4770
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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: Laura Kraubetz
(813) 693–2546
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Dance Alive National Ballet

Mission: DANB aspires to enrich humanity by sustaining a professional ballet company of the highest caliber which strives for excellence in the fields of artistic creativity, performance, education and community leadership.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Support with multiple fundraising events
Assistance in reorganizing our warehouse
Assistance with Social Media

Volunteer Hours: Varied.

Contact: Linda Rocha
(352) 371-2986
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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 a safe and stimulating environment for adults with disabilities or special needs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Reception work; assistance with daily activities (e.g., assisting with lunch); events surrounding Valentine's, Halloween, Easter and various other holidays and parties.

Volunteer Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Lee Johnson
(352) 377-7708
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Education Foundation of Alachua County

Mission: Take Stock in Children, a program of The Education Foundation of Alachua County, is a scholarship program that provides low-income, high-achieving students with mentoring and college success coaching. By providing students with support and a college scholarship, TSIC aims to end the cycle of poverty through education.

Volunteer Opportunities: Mentoring a critical component of the success of Take Stock in Children. Mentors are matched with students based on location preference (typically UF volunteers are matched at Gainesville High School or Westwood Middle School). Mentors will meet with their students two times per month during their student’s lunchtime (range from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.).

Volunteer Hours:  Two-hours/month (minimum)

Contact: Jordan Miles, Mentor Coordinator and Database Specialist
(352) 955–7250 ext. 6419
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Eldercare of Alachua County

Mission: The Mission of ElderCare of Alachua County is to be an advocate for the elderly and provide services that will build capacity, maximize independence, and enrich the quality of life for the seniors in Alachua County and north central Florida. ElderCare is operated by UF Health Shands and is a 100-percent grant- and donation-funded agency. 

Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of flexible volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers make a positive difference in the lives of many seniors and are a significant part of the programs and services that ElderCare of Alachua County offers. ElderCare welcomes volunteers of all ages, both individual and as groups volunteering together. Whether you can provide one hour or 100 hours per year, your contribution of time and service is important to the seniors we serve at ElderCare. 

Volunteer Hours: varied

Contact:  Kacy Ealy
(352) 265-9040
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Epilepsy Florida 

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

Volunteer Opportunities: At Epilepsy Florida, 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: Jesse Farnham
(352) 378–4324
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Family Promise of Gainesville, Florida

Mission: Mission statement: Through the collaboration of local faith and civic groups, Family Promise of Gainesville provides families experiencing homelessness with compassionate care that includes case management, education, housing, meals and transportation until they can transition to a home of their own.

Volunteer Opportunities: Hold Supply drives or donate from our WishList, sign up on our Signup Genius to provide meals for families (please note: children will go hungry if you do not show up), Weed and clean exterior of day center, help with renovating housing units including painting and light carpentry work. 

Volunteer Hours: Set by scheduling in advance with staff.

Contact: Jayne Moraski 
(352) 378-2030
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Florida Defenders of the Environment

Mission: To protect the freshwater resource, conserve public land, restore the Ocklawaha River's connection to the St. John's River which would restore 9,000 of forest and protect 20 springs, restore multiple fish populations as well as protect and benefit Silver River and Silver Springs.

Volunteer Opportunities: Office/clerical work, research and visioning, grant writing, special events staffing, short workshop presentations, GIS and mapping.

Volunteer Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; some evening and weekend hours during events.

(352) 475-1119
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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) 234–5095 Tutoring number
(352) 384–1155 Secondary number
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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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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: Dayita Wable
(727) 687-4633
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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: Tara Counts
(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

Abigail Perret-Gentil, Director of Community Engagement
(352) 792–0800 ext. 104
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The Guardian Foundation, Inc.

Mission: The Guardian Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation that was established in 1993 to support the work of the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 8th Judicial Circuit. The Foundation provides resources not available through state funding to help normalize the lives of abused, neglected and/or abandoned children by offering the same opportunities afforded children outside the dependency system.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Guardian Foundation, Inc. needs passionate community members from Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties to serve on either the Advisory or the Foundation Board. Could you spend a few hours a month to help support the Guardian ad Litem program and children currently in the dependency program? Your impact will not only help normalize the children as they go through a difficult process of being separated from their families but help them grow into successful adults. For those new to joining a Board or you just want to see if you are passionate about our mission join the Advisory Board. As a member you can’t vote, but you can provide advice and recommendations to the Board. You are required to be on a Committee (e.g fundraising, legislative, grants, etc.). After a year you can join the Board and hold a voting position. If you are a seasoned Board member and are ready please consider joining the Guardian Board. Current positions are open for Chair-Elect and several general members positions are available. Upcoming openings include a Treasurer and Secretary. Contact the Chair below with your interest to obtain an application!

Volunteer Hours: There is a one hour Board meeting held monthly either in person or dial in between 12-1pm. In addition, there may be an additional 2-4 hours per month depending on the Committee you select.

Contact: Lisa Siedzik, Chair
(352) 283–5817
Lsiedzik105@gmail.com or chair@guardian8foundation.org
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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 Gibson
Gainesville Volunteer Coordinator
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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 Opportunities: Advocacy Ambassadors

Marketing Specialist
Gator Clot Trot 5K and Fun Walk (Dec. 19, 2020; location TBA in Gainesville; multiple shifts)
Tampa Superhero Fun Walk (Sept. 26 2020; Al Lopez Park in Tampa; Multiple shifts)
Jacksonville Creepy Crawl 5K and Fun Walk (October 10, 2020; Location TBA in Jacksonville; Multiple shifts)
Planning committee for Gator Clot Trot, Tampa Superhero Fun Walk, Jacksonville Creepy Crawl and Orlando Creepy Crawl

Volunteer Hours: Select weekdays and weekends for meetings and events.

Katherine Massey, Development Assistant
(407) 629–0000 x 106
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Humane Society of North Central Florida

Mission: The Humane Society of North Central Florida is our community’s leading resource for pets and pet owners. Our mission is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in North Central Florida. Formerly the Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue and Helping Hands Pet Rescue, we joined forces in 2018 to streamline services for pets and the people who love them. Founded in Alachua County over 40 years ago, the Humane Society of North Central Florida is committed to ensuring every healthy or treatable companion animal in our region finds a loving, adoptive home.

Volunteer Opportunities: HSNCF has several locations throughout Gainesville. Each location works under the same mission, but with slightly different atmospheres. This means we should have a location that works for you in regards to location, hours, and general feel/tasks. We have volunteer opportunities in all departments of our organization. Our volunteers usually start out working with our animals-you can be a dog or cat volunteer at North Campus and/or a cat, dog or puppy ambassador at our PetSmart adoption events on the weekends. We also have volunteers working in our reception, thrift, outreach, admin, vaccine and wellness clinic, spay/neuter clinic and shelter medicine.

Volunteer Hours:  Depends on the volunteer positions, with many positions having flexible schedules throughout the week.  

Contact: Volunteer Team
(352) 373–5855 x706
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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: Kari Bagnall
(356) 462–7779
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K9s For Warrioris

Mission: K9s For Warriors is ending veteran suicide and returning our Warriors to a life of dignity and independence. We rescue and train shelter dogs to be paired as Service Dogs for Warriors with service-connected Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma.

Volunteer Opportunities: Kennel Caretaking, Landscaping work, Housekeeping opportunities

Volunteer Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, some weekends and holidays

Contact: Donnie Horner III
(443) 262-2245
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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, Executive Director
(772) 341–5966
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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 that include assisting with projects and events throughout the agency.

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Stephanie Esposito
(352) 374–5600 x8630
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North Central Florida YMCA

Mission: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, body for all.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Facilities Volunteers
In person volunteer opportunity.Volunteers will assist facilities team with cleaning and sanitizing the facility. Landscaping, painting and indoor/outdoor repairs. Monday-Friday (minimum 10 hours week)

Performing Arts Volunteers (Open to different art forms, but looking specifically for volunteers with experience in Dance, Cheer and/or Drumming)
In person volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will assist with various tasks including teaching dance, cheer or drumming to beginner level youth. Classroom management, curriculum building, running rehearsals, preparing for showcases/productions. Monday-Friday (minimum 10 hours week)

Sports Volunteers 
In person volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will coach or referee a variety of sports including basketball & soccer. Monday-Friday, some Saturdays (5-10 hours week)

Gymnastics Coaches
In person volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will coach youth in beginner level gymnastics class. At least 2 years experience coaching recreational gymnastics required. Schedule TBD

In person. Volunteers will assist with data entry, preparing reports, scheduling, making phone calls and performing other duties as assigned. Minimum 10 hours a week

In person. Volunteers will assist with reconciling invoices, preparing bank deposits, participating in audits and performing other duties as assigned. Minimum 10 hours a week.

Human Resources
In person opportunity. Maintain employee files, assist with onboarding, organize training and development, gather and analyze data.

Photographer and Videographer
In person opportunity. Volunteers needed for our annual Healthy Kids day Event on May 29, 2021 from 10am-1pm. Volunteers will take pictures, record video and create a highlight reel for our website and social media shortly after the event. Must have their own equipment. 

Volunteer Hours: Varies

Contact: Tatiana Bastian, Program Director
(352) 374-9622 
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Operation Catnip

Mission: Operation Catnip advocates for and provides programs and services for community cats and their caregivers through sterilization, education, and collaboration, in order to achieve a vision of a humane community that embraces compassionate care for all cats.

Volunteer Opportunities: Operation Catnip operates high-quality, high-volume spay-neuter and vaccination clinics for unowned, free-roaming community cats in partnership with clinics at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the Humane Society of North Central Florida. In addition to the opportunities available at our clinics, volunteers are also welcomed and appreciated at our administrative office for laundry help, at our catio caring for our adoptable Working Cats, and out in the community performing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services!

Volunteer Hours: Vary. Weekend and weekday opportunities available! Contact our volunteer coordinator for more information!

Contact: Kate Boisseau, Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 380–0940 ext. 4
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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.

Jacob Clore 
(352) 244–1626
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Peaceful Paths

Mission: We exist to save lives and create change.

Volunteer Opportunities: We have a wide-variety of volunteer opportunities available year-round. To apply to volunteer with Peaceful Paths, please fill out the application on our website and email it to volunteer@peacefulpaths.org!

Program Support Volunteers: Support volunteers help Peaceful Paths put on events, process donations, assist with operations in our Outreach Office, and more! We host volunteer groups of all sizes, and have short-term projects available (only have a couple hours?) as well as opportunities for long-term and ongoing support. Let us what your interests are, and we’ll find an opportunity to suit you!

Direct Service Volunteers: Direct service volunteers engage with our clients, in residential service settings and with adult and children’s programming. All direct service volunteers must complete a state-mandated direct service training, which is held at Peaceful Paths twice a year. As such, direct service volunteers are encouraged to get involved with our organization first as a program support volunteer. Priority for direct-service training is given to those who are able to make a longer-term commitment.

Volunteer Hours: Program Support Volunteers: 9 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday; Direct Service Volunteers: 24/7

Contact: Brandi Corbin - Leadership & Director of Residential Services
(352) 377-5690
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Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida

Mission: The mission of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through the provision of clinical services, education and advocacy. We do so by understanding and responding to the needs of those seeking our services, and by protecting and respecting the essential privacy rights, dignity and culture of each individual.

Volunteer Opportunities: internships, advocacy, event planning, phone banking, story-sharing, public speaking

Volunteer Hours: Varies

Contact: Kai Christmas

(352) 888-4867
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Project YouthBuild

Mission: Our mission is to expand opportunities to young people in our community through education, employment and advocacy.

Volunteer Opportunities: We are always in search of subject tutors to assist students with Math, Reading, Science, History and Literature.  Additionally, we volunteer at local non-profits on a daily basis—larger projects require additional help.

Volunteer Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - Noon

(352) 225-3307
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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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Rebuilding Together North Central Florida

Mission: Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

Volunteer Opportunities: Home repair and maintenance. All skill levels welcome! On-site supervision provided. Often our volunteer scopes include: painting, carpentry, flooring, finish work, drywall, siding repair, and more!

Volunteer Hours: Volunteer days are coordinated and scheduled through our team. Weekday and Saturday opportunities are available. Typical work hours are 8am-1pm, or 12pm-5pm. Email or call to have your name added to our e-mailing list to receive updates about volunteer opportunities.

Contact: Director of Volunteer Services
(352) 373-2573
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The Repurpose Project

Mission:  The Repurpose Project is a non-profit community based effort to divert useful resources from the landfill, redirect these items to the public for art and education, inspire creativity, and help us all rethink what we throw away.   

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer Opportunities include sorting donated items which are being diverted from landfill, organizing, and creating shoppable spaces in order to further the mission at the store. If volunteers become more involved, they may also be asked to table for the Repurpose Project at community events and local schools. 

Volunteer Hours: Volunteer hours may be arranged Monday-Saturday from 10-4. 

Contact: Heather Eakin
(352) 363-8902
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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: RMHCNCF is pleased to offer a wide variety of individual and group volunteer opportunities at Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room at Shands Children's Hospital. Please note individual volunteer opportunities require a minimum commitment of 3 months; Front Desk and Family Room Host positions require 6 - 12 months. Please visit our website for a complete list of opportunities with role descriptions and hours, as well as to submit an application. 

Volunteer Hours: 8:30am–9pm, 365 days a year

Contact: Karma Kelts, Director of Volunteer Services
(352) 374–4404 x224
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Sira (Crisis Pregnancy Center - Gainesville)

Mission: To compassionately reach women and men with free services including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, community referrals, and life skills programs. To offer individuals and families immediate help and lasting hope.

Volunteer Opportunities: Sira operates primarily through the service of dedicated volunteers, and we are always in need of additional help! Volunteers serve in client advocacy, counseling, follow-up, data entry, ultrasound chaperoning, research, program development, banquet planning, events, campus ambassadorship, community outreach, tabling, board membership, and more. Women and men welcome. Please contact us to learn more about each of these opportunities.

Volunteer Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (and varied events)

Contact: Sarah Beth Thompson, Outreach Coordinator
(352) 377-4947
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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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St. Francis House, Inc.

Mission: Creating New Futures for Families and Children

Volunteer Opportunities: 
1. (individual) Kitchen Assistant, Guests Services Assistant, or Donation Organization
2. (groups) General maintenance or facility work projects
3. Evening Meals – providing dinner for our overnight guests which is generally about 35-40 people each night

Volunteer Hours: 
1. Between 8am – 2pm daily
2. Between 8am – 2pm daily
3. Dinner is served at 6pm daily

Contact: Katelyn Drummet
(352) 378-9079 x317
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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 non-emergency veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless persons, veterans referred from the VA and 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.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers (veterinarians, vet techs and just regular people) to help at the downtown Clinic and at our monthly outreach clinics in Southwest Gainesville (SWAG) and GRACE Marketplace.  We also need surgical vet techs for spay/neuters on Mondays and other surgery days. 
- Volunteers to take photos of our clients, staff and patients that we can use on social media.
- Volunteers to take on key positions such as Volunteer Coordinator, Pet Food Coordinator and Events Coordinator
- Volunteers who want to organize and/or participate in groups (Social Media, Public Relation Events, Fundraising)
- Volunteers who can assist with email marketing campaigns (proficient with Mail Chimp)
- Volunteers who can transport pets and owners to and from clinic
- Volunteers to do online data entry

Volunteer Hours: The downtown clinic is open Tuesday mornings, 9:00 am–1:00 pm; additional clinic days are variable. Spay/neuter surgeries are done on Mondays; other surgeries may be scheduled throughout the week.  The outreach clinic at GRACE Marketplace is the third Sunday of each month from 2 - 4 pm. The SWAG outreach clinic is the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10 am - noon. Some volunteer jobs don't require being at a clinic.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
(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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UF Mobile Outreach Clinic

Mission: The mission of the Mobile Outreach Clinic is to create environments that provide an immersive educational experience that focuses on the social determinants of health and their impact on patients’ health and well-being. Our vision is to create a globally recognized model that fosters the development of socially conscious healthcare providers through the delivery of dignified, respectful, and quality care in a low barrier setting.

Volunteer Opportunities: Administrative and Clinical support, All health and allied health specialties (Physicians, Nurses (LPN, CNA, ARNP, RN), PA, MA, and Therapists) 

Volunteer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. After hours admin support, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

Contact: Sherice Stewart
(352) 273-8959

We Are Neutral

Mission: To help businesses and individuals understand, reduce, and offset their comprehensive carbon footprints, giving them the opportunity to take responsibility for their environmental impact and achieve carbon neutrality. We accomplish this through environmental education as well as hands-on carbon reduction and offset initiatives.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Carbon reduction efforts, urban tree plantings, energy upgrades for low-income families, invasive species removals, vehicle fuel efficiency tune-ups, community clean-ups, landfill diversion, urban agriculture, and massive amounts of environmental education. 

Volunteer Hours: Varied. Most volunteer opportunities will be on the weekends.

Contact: Hannah Nistler, Administrative Assistant
(352) 580-0441