Volunteer with Crisis Support

Alachua County Crisis Center

Mission: Volunteers are committed to providing quality, community-based service to youth and adults in crisis through compassion and understanding.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Alachua County Crisis Center is training for Volunteer Crisis Line Counselors. 

Volunteer Hours: Various

(352) 264-6789
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Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center

Mission: Caring and compassionate people looking to make a difference in our community and in the lives of those hurt by sexual violence can volunteer with the Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center.

Volunteer Opportunities: Helpline Counselors or Community Ambassadors

Volunteer Hours: Various

Jessie Lazarchik, helpline counselors 
Cassandra Moore, community ambassadors
(352) 264-6760
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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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