Volunteer with Health and Medicine

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, dental care, and social services by staff and volunteers. ACORN acts as a bridge between patients and community resources. In partnership with educational institutions, ACORN functions as an exemplary service learning site for health professionals.

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

Volunteer Hours: Medical Clinic: Monday, Wednesday and 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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Alzheimer's Association of Central and North Florida

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

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

Volunteer Hours: varied

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

Mission: To 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 Hotchkiss Suslak, Senior Volunteer Specialist
(904) 738-3931
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Community Hospice & Palliative Care

Mission: To improve the quality of life for patients and families, and to be the Compassionate Guide® for end-of-life care in our community.

Volunteer Opportunities: Patient/Family Volunteer, Compassionate Companion (Vigil), Clerical/Administrative, Tuck In Calls, Bereavement Support, Ambassadors (Presentations and Exhibits), Participation in Food Drives, and Community Events, Creative HeARTS, Pet Therapy, Music

Volunteer Hours: Our volunteers are in the community 7 days a week as their schedules allow.


Louann Gentry, Volunteer Coordinator
(386) 336-1487 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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National MS Society

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

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

Volunteer Hours: Varied and event-based

Contact: Jessica Braddock
(904) 332–6810 x41127
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North 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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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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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: 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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Stop Children's Cancer

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

Contact: Christy Gibbons
(352) 377-2622
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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