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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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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 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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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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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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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 traumatized by abuse.

In-House Volunteers: Those wishing to volunteer within the Child Advocacy Center are screened by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement through background checks and finger print verification. Once approved, volunteers are given a variety of responsibilities to ensure day-to-day operations of the CAC are performed smoothly. Skills and interests of volunteers will be considered in all assignments. Typical opportunities include:

Play Patrol: Play is a big part of what we do and volunteers are needed to hang out and play with children as they wait for therapy appointments. Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to commit to volunteering for 2-4 hours contiguously each week.

Assisting Staff: You may be asked to assist office staff with their duties including, but not limited to, making phone calls, sending faxes, making copies, restocking brochures, compiling information folders, etc.

Data Entry: Includes, but not limited to, updating mailing lists, media lists, donor lists, etc.

Special Event Volunteers: The Child Advocacy Center coordinates, participates and benefits from many events throughout the year. Our event volunteers help bring these events to life and because we are working outside the CAC, event volunteers do not require background checks/screening. Our 2017 events include the following:

Building a Better Future for Children – April 20, 2017 – 5pm to 7pm - 500 East University Avenue Volunteers needed for event setup/breakdown, guest check-in and bussing tables.

Taste of Greater Gainesville – June 4, 2017 – 4pm to 9pm – UF Hilton Volunteers needed for silent auction setup, event setup, silent auction monitor, trash runners, restaurant assistants, and event breakdown.

Gainesville Wing Bowl – August 27, 2017 – 6:30 to 8:30pm – Splitz Bowling Center Volunteers needed for registration, raffle sales, chicken wing counters and event breakdown

Gainesville Gone Austin – October 26, 2017 – 6pm to 10pm – Santa Fe River Ranch This is our signature fundraising event! Volunteers needed for event setup, registration, silent auction setup, silent auction monitors, silent auction check out, raffle sales, bussers, trash runners, bar-backs, parking attendants, volunteer hospitality and event breakdown

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

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

Mission: Building bridges to success for children

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

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

Contact: Christy Gibbons
(352) 334–0880
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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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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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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 Finfrock
Gainesville Volunteer Coordinator
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March of Dimes

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

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

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

Contact: Tamerin Dygert, Executive Director
(352) 642–8292
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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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North Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Volunteer Hours: Varied

Contact: Sam Mathis
(321) 482–7406
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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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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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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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