Volunteer with Housing

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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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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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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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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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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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 veterinary care to the companion animals of homeless persons, veterans referred from the VA, and very 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. We do outreach to the homeless campground to ensure the well-being of the animals and reduce the incidence of zoonotic diseases. We also provide an educational opportunity to students in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, who help at our weekly downtown clinic as part of their rotation in the Veterinary Community Outreach Clerkship.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers (veterinarians, vet techs and non-vets) to help at the downtown Clinic on Tuesday mornings and at our monthly SWAG outreach clinic
Volunteers to take on key positions such as Volunteer Coordinator and Events Coordinator
Volunteers who want to organize and/or participate on groups (Social Media and PR, Events, Fundraising)
Volunteers who can transport pets to/from spay/neuter, and pets and owners to/from Tuesday clinics on occasion
Volunteers to do online data entry and lookup

Volunteer Hours: The downtown clinic is open Tuesday mornings, 8am–12:30pm. The Dignity Village outreach clinic is one Sunday a month at 2pm. The SWAG outreach clinic is the 2nd Saturday of every month at 10pm. Some volunteer jobs don't require being at a clinic.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator
(352) 372–4959
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