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: The Alachua County Public Schools need mentors and classroom volunteers. Could you spend a few hours a week helping a child succeed? Your impact on children now could help shape their future for the better. To learn more about the different ways you can get involved in the schools, call the School Volunteers Office at 352-955-7250 X252.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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: 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 or appointments.
Processing Donations: The Center receives many donations including clothes, toys, and various items that families may need. Volunteers assist in sorting and organizing these donations.
Assisting Staff: Assist office staff with their duties including, but not limited to, making phone calls, sending faxes, making copies, restocking brochures, putting together information folders, 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:
Slacker Run (May)
Gainesville Gone New Orleans (October)
*Those wishing to volunteer within the Child Advocacy Center are screened by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement through background checks and fingerprint verification.
*Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years
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.
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.
Support with multiple fundraising events
Assistance in reorganizing our warehouse
Assistance with Social Media
Volunteer Hours: Varied.
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
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)
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
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: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday any time between 2:30-6pm and Wednesday 1:30-6pm. In June, July, and August volunteers may come anytime between 2-5pm, Monday through Thursday.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Mission: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, body for all.
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)
In person volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will coach or referee a variety of sports including basketball & soccer. Monday-Friday, some Saturdays (5-10 hours week)
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.
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
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.
Special events (no Scouting experience necessary!):
Program Aid – Cub Scout Day Camp, June
Event Staff – Sporting Clays Fundraiser, March
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 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
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
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.
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 email@example.com!
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
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
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
Mission: Stop Children’s Cancer mission is the Prevention Control and Cure of childhood cancers.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers have several opportunities to help. (Internship Opportunities Also)
- Volunteers to help with event planning, such as auction items, marketing materials, ticket sales and more.
- Volunteers who want to keep up our Social Media sites with posts, videos and pictures.
- Volunteers who want to work on newsletters
- Volunteers who general office work and data entry
- Volunteers day of events
- Volunteers who like making videos
Volunteer Hours: Office hours are 9am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday. Weekend hours are offered around event time. Some work can be completed remotely