There are tons of opportunities in the Tallahassee/Leon County area for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests to volunteer their time and talents to benefit our local community.  Whether you're interested in helping children learn to read, cleaning up our environment, bringing joy to the elderly, tutoring a struggling student, caring for homeless animals, and so much more...there's sure to be a local organization eager to put your generosity and efforts to good use.  Non-profit organizations are always delighted to receive financial contributions, but the survival of many depends largely on a strong and committed corps of volunteers.  Training can range from extensive and technical, to simple/on-the-job, to none at all.  Refer to the website of your organization of choice for training requirements, background checks and specific needs.  Check out the ongoing opportunities below, and feel free to add to the list so we never run out of volunteer work in our town!

Boredom kills. Too much tedium can increase health dangers such as smoking and drinking too much. It can shorten your life span. So - volunteer, pursue artistic endeavors, turn off the tv, disconnect the cell phone, and take a class, engage in lively discussions, build trails, help a struggling student. Volunteers who tutored struggling students in reading and math improved brain plasticity and delayed adage- related neurological decline, according to a John Hopkins University study. Did you know that people who volunteer are 42 percent happier than those that don't?  People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains.  Ever heard of the Helper's High?  

It has been widely studied and proven that volunteering time, talent and treasure affects our brain chemistry.  People who volunteer often report feelings of euphoria, which psychologists have referred to as the "Helper's High".

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211 Big Bend

http://211bigbend.net/volunteer.html crisis hotline counseling and referrals
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park http://www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/default.cfm

 greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with special events, help rangers maintain park

Alzheimer's Project of Tallahassee http://www.alzheimersproject.org/VolunteerInformation.html

in-home or facility-based respite care to allow caregivers a break, office work

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend http://www.fightinghunger.org/How-to-Help/Volunteer

food delivery drivers, sort frozen meat donation in cooler, truck maintenance

American Cancer Society, Leon County http://www.cancer.org/Involved/Volunteer/index?ssSourceSiteId=null community education, direct assistance to patients/families, event planning, office work

American Lung Association in Florida

http://www.lung.org/associations/states/florida/

​community education, medical expertise, event planning, office work, fundraising

American Red Cross, Capital Area Chapter http://www.tallyredcross.org/volunteer/ community education, disaster recovery, emergency services, events, fundraising, youth outreach, office work
Area Agency on Aging for North Florida http://www.aaanf.org/howyoucanhelp.html assist with health insurance questions/claims/paperwork, meal delivery, home visits/repairs/cleaning
Big Bend Cares http://www.bigbendcares.org/volunteer.shtml

social services, community education, event planning, speakers bureau​, office work

Big Bend Homeless Coalition http://www.bigbendhc.org/volemploy.htm food preparation, conducting workshops, general maintenance, children's activities, office work, events, donations drive
Big Bend Hospice http://www.bigbendhospice.org/career.html

patient care/support, special projects, events, fundraising

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend http://www.BigBrothers-BigSisters.org

mentoring children in schools or within community

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend http://www.bgcbb.org/make-a-difference/volunteer/ homework-helpers, one-on-one mentors, special-topic instructors​​, office work
Boys Town of North Florida http://www.boystown.org/get-involved  

Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition

http://www.capitalareahealthystart.org/how-you-can-help

mentor girls, event planning, community education

Capital City Youth Services http://www.ccys.org/give2.html

mentoring troubled youth, fundraising events, teaching crafts/instrument/etc., office work

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida http://ccnwfl.org/volunteer/ disaster relief/recovery, infant foster care, transportation, office work, food distribution, maintenance, landscaping, events
Children's Home Society of Florida http://www.chsfl.org/page.aspx?pid=450

​mentoring teens, tutoring youth, event planning, community awareness

Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor (CARE) http://www.careintallahassee.org assist with puppy training and special events to help rescue animals find forever homes
Daymayan Garden Project http://www.damayan.org/getinvolved/

​assistance with events in gardens

Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services http://www.goodwillbigbend.com/dick-howser-center/ways-to-give/  
Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend http://www.elcbigbend.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer literacy education, celebrity readers, preschool helper, teacher resource development, childcare center makeovers, office work

ECHO: Emergency Care and Help Organization​​

http://www.echotally.org/how-can-i-help/

warehouse intake and sorting of items for distribution

Elder Care Services http://www.ecsbigbend.org/index.php/help/volunteer meal delivery, transportation, elder day stay, events, emergency assistance, phone call check-ins, foster grandparents
First Presbyterian Preschool http://firstprespreschool.net/volunteer-information.html

assist teachers in classroom

Florida Baptist Children's Homes http://www.fbchomes.org/volunteers

tutor/mentor children, grounds keeper/maintenance, office work, events, conduct classes/activities

Florida Operation Lifesaver: Rail Safety Education http://www.floridaol.org/VolunteerPage.html assist at fairs/events, secure presentation locations, research legislative issues​, conduct presentations
Friends of Wakulla Springs http://wakullasprings.org/membership.html

outreach, resource management, events, fundraising, tours, maintenance​

FSU Child Development Programs http://www.childcare.fsu.edu/For-Volunteers

assist teachers in classrooms with children from birth to kindergarten​

FSU Museum of Fine Arts http://mofa.cvatd.fsu.edu/participate/volunteer/ research, tours, outreach to schools/retirement communities, office work, assist with preparation for exhibitions

FSU Student Disability Resource Center

 

http://www.disabilitycenter.fsu.edu/working.html ​take notes in classroom, read tests for students, read textbooks on tape, pick up/return tests, proof-read papers, tutor students, assist students in computer lab/with research, office work
Girl Scouts of the Florida Panhandle http://www.gscfp.org/volunteers.html troop leader/co-Leader/advisor/committee member, events/projects, fundraising, cookie manager
Goodwood Museum & Gardens http://www.goodwoodmuseum.org/volunteer.php

​​garden work, museum docent, greeter

Guardian Ad Litem Program http://www.guardianadlitem.org/vol_main.asp ​advocate for neglected/abused/abandoned children in the legal system (no legal experience necessary)
Gulf Winds Track Club http://gulfwinds.org/Spotlight/Volunteer%20Section.asp

registration, water stops, timing, finish line, post-race refreshments, scoring races

Hands & Hearts for Horses http://www.handsandheartsforhorses.com/Content/Default/64/6/0/get-involved/get-involved.html

assist with therapeutic riding sessions​

It's Meow or Never for Ferals http://www.itsmeowornever.com/Pages/Volunteer.aspx

assist organization with no-kill solutions to stray cat overpopulation​

Keep Tallahassee-Leon County Beautiful http://www.ktlcb.com/?M1=Volunteer  
Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend http://www.kidsincorporated.org/volunteer.html special projects/events, playscapes/gardening, school readiness, office work, fundraising, outreach
LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts http://lemoyne.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80&Itemid=213 events. education, outreach, sculpture garden, office work
Legal Services of North Florida http://www.lsnf.org/ legal, family mediation, phone hotline, consulting, research, developing brochures/forms, community education​
Leon County Schools http://www.leon.k12.fl.us/newLCShomeFiles/resourcesCommunity.html tutor students, assist in classroom/office/clinic/media center​ (contact specific school)
​Literacy Volunteers of Leon County http://www.literacyvolunteersleon.org/LVLC/volunteer.html adult reading tutors, office work, fundraising
Magnolia School http://themagnoliaschool.net/  
Muscular Dystrophy Association

http://www.mda.org

 

Administrative help, office work
Museum of Florida History http://www.museumoffloridahistory.com/support/volunteer.cfm

visitor services, docent, researcher, events, collections assistance, design/fabrication, office work

Oasis Center for Women and Girls http://www.theoasiscenter.net/7.html

babysitting during groups/camps, group facilitation, classroom presentations, event planning

Planned Parenthood of North Florida http://www.plannedparenthood.org/north-florida/

advocacy, community education, fundraising, office work

Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center http://www.talgov.com/animals/volunteer.cfm

animal care/companionship, photography, greeter, outreach, events, office work

Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy http://www.tmh.org/VolunteerAnimalTherapy

visit long-term care facilities, ALFs, hospitals, rehab. centers, schools, hospices, etc. with well-trained pet

Village Square, The http://tothevillagesquare.org/volunteer/

event coordination/assistance, run livestream video and audio at events, web-based issues writing

Bicycle House bicyclehouse.org help provide people with affordable transportation!

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