Lee County Opportunities








*United Way Partner Agency

The United Way Volunteer Center is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We understand there are many individuals in our community that may want to help. We will post here and in our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/VolunteerUWLHGO/
as opportunities become available

We strongly recommend you check agency websites or call them for updates before showing up to volunteer. Let’s work together to stay strong during this uncertain time so we’ll all be healthy and ready to help those who need us the most when the time comes.

Please follow these General Guidelines before you choose to volunteer:

Family Initiative Inc.
Autism Family Food Distribution project. We are looking for volunteers to help drop off food and non perishables to families in need of support across SW Florida. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us info@fi-florida.org or 239-910-0712.  posted 5/15/2020

We are in need of masks to help protect staff during this COVID-19 pandemic. We currently have a small supply remaining and are anticipating a need for additional masks very soon. Volunteers can assist with crafting masks from material (videos are available on YouTube). We need 200 masks.  Please, if you have sources for fabric or can sew a mask from fabric, please let us know via Facebook or email us at info@saluscareflorida.org. We can also accept bandanas as well – anything to help to protect our employees providing vital care to patients. Posted 3/24/2020

*Meals of Hope-Food Pantry at St. Mary’s in Bonita
10 volunteers needed on Mondays to help distribute fresh produce, canned goods, and frozen meat to families in Bonita. Volunteers ages 16 and up are welcome. Must wear closed toe shoes. To sign up and get more details click here  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafad23a7fa7-volunteer  posted 5/6/20

*The Salvation Army Fort Myers Command
With all that is happening in our community, the need for assistance is rising. Families and children need food and comfort. Would you please look in our Volunteer Portal and consider registering for one of the opportunities there? We have expanded our Food Pantry and have a variety of shifts available. Feel free to call or email with any questions or problems. Kris Volpone, 239-628-1422 Kristen.Volpone@uss.salvationarmy.org  posted 3/19/20

*United Way Volunteer Center
Looking for something to do a home and bring cheer to a local senior citizen facing loneliness due to isolation especially during the COVID outbreak?  Consider writing cards of encouragement for them. United Way has a “tip sheet” on suggested materials to use, what to say, and where they are appreciated. Email   Kim@unitedwaylee.org  updated 4/27/2020

Lee Health Military Support Group
Got scissors? Time on your hands? Volunteers needed to help with Scrubs of Love, a project that can be done from home! Volunteers are re-purposing old scrubs (all been washed and dried). Volunteers will receive directions how to rip out seams so they can be used to make blankets and quilts for first responders, the homeless and pillowcases for the patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital. This is a project for everyone who can use scissors – women, men, teens, youth. Packages can be picked up and dropped off 7 days a week, 7am-7pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor (south of Edison Home). Drive to the back at the church office. For more information email militarysupport@leehealth.org or darcvader1977@gmail.com  updated 5/4/2020

*Harry Chapin Food Bank
We are looking for help at the warehouse putting together emergency food kits. We have shifts working on them M-F 8:30-11:30 and 12-3. We are in need of over 5000 kits made per week. Volunteer opportunities also to help with food distribution on mobile pantries. To learn more or to sign up  https://harrychapinfoodbank.org/take-action/give-time/volunteer/  updated 4/24/2020

*Community Cooperative
Volunteers are needed to help pack emergency food and deliver meals to Meals on Wheels Clients. Volunteers can also inquire about helping distribute food with a mobile pantry. Call the volunteer coordinator at 239-332-0441. For additional volunteer information go to https://communitycooperative.com/give-help/volunteer/ updated 4/24/2020

*Meals of Hope
Volunteers needed to pack bags of groceries to give out at our drive through pantries. You will be working in the Naples warehouse at 2161 J & C Blvd. Please sign up using the link  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafad23a7fa7-meals  Questions call Bobbi at 239-405-3392.To help volunteer with a mobile food pantry, Collier and South Lee Counties. Email Judy@mealsofhope.org. Please dress accordingly for either and you MUST wear closed toed shoes. updated 4/24/20

*United Way We Care Collaborative
Calling all those who sew. We have had a request to sew masks for children. There are
many tutorials that can be found online at You Tube, JoAnn Fabrics and others previously posted on this page. This
is a very short overview of how to make one. Note however the size requested for children is 5 3/4 x 3 3/4.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nkFkQXaUbQ  Can you help? Contact Jacquelyn Kelley jacquelyn@unitedwaylee.org or 239-433-7570  posted 3/31/2020

*Oasis Youth Shelter
We are in need of math and science tutors for our students in Fort Myers using a virtual, visual platform of your preference (Facetime, Zoom, Skype). If you can lend a hand please contact Shareet.Pennino@lsfnet.org or call 941-321-5497.  posted 4/14/2020

*Hope Healthcare
Will you send a smile? Many people in our care who live in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are in isolation. To brighten their day, we’re asking volunteers to write special messages. Your notes will let our isolated patients know that someone is thinking of them! Any format is fine, and you can include multiple notes in a single envelope! Notes or cards can be mailed to Hope Volunteer Coordinator Julie Golden, 13821 N Cleveland Ave, N Fort Myers, FL 33903. Posted 4/13/20

*Senior Friendship Centers
Support seniors sheltering in place by creating a snack pack bag of foods in your home and dropping them off at our agency.   Our volunteers are ready to make deliveries to local identified elders in need. Foods for ages 60+ that are shelf stable and most wanted are boxes of cereal, rice bags, canned fruit and vegetables, soup and canned tuna and chicken. Please call Deb 239-236-8680 or email Ddickinson@friendshipcenters.org for more information. Posted 4/13/2020

*PACE Center for Girls
Stuck at home and in need of something to do? What a better time than now to clean out your closet for a good cause! We are in need of new or gently-loved dresses, shoes, accessories and handbags for our Love that Dress event in August to benefit Pace Center for Girls in Lee County. Start cleaning out your closet now and follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PaceCenterforGirlsLee/ over the next few weeks for some fun LTD! online activities! Stay tuned for a list of drop-off locations. posted 4/13/2020

*Children’s Network SWFL
Assist foster families through virtual volunteering. Research online or create ideas for no cost family interaction activities such as outdoor play games, homemade board games or ideas such as scavenger hunts around the home that families can do together. Ideas from “long ago” are also welcome. Submit in format that we can post online for families to access and send  them to Pam Malik, PMalik@cnswfl.org  posted 4/9/2020

Lee Health Blood Donors
Cancelled blood drives through our mobile donation bus has resulted in a significant loss of collected units of blood each week.  Blood centers are still accepting donations, and this is a great way for community members to continue to help others during this public health crisis. With caring hearts and capable hands, Lee Health Blood Centers provide complete, compassionate, and quality services for our generous and caring community. All of the blood donated at our Blood Centers stays right here in Southwest Florida. That means, together, we can save lives, make an impact, and help the people you care about the most. Volunteer donors can find the closest blood center and make an appointment by calling: 239-343-2333 or visiting:  https://www.leehealth.org/find-a-location  updated 4/24/2020

*Hope Healthcare
Volunteer sewers needed to create face masks due to the increased demand and supply chain issues. To receive the information sheet with materials required and sewing instructions email Colette.Johns@HopeHCS.org  posted 3/24/2020

These general guidelines are designed to keep you safe so you can help others and we can all get through this crisis together.

  • DO NOT attempt to volunteer for any activity if in the last 14 days you have:
    • Traveled to any foreign country or to California, Washington, New York, Washington D.C., or Chicago (this list may change on short notice)
    • Been on a cruise or been in an airport
    • Been around anyone who has COVID-19
    • Been to an event where more than 250 people were in attendance
  • DO NOT show up to volunteer for any activity without confirming that there is a need for the activity, that it will be conducted, and that volunteer support is needed and expected.
  • DO check agency websites for updates and volunteer opportunities that may be available in your
  • BEFORE arriving for a volunteer shift, call ahead to the service agency and ask if any additional safety precautions should be taken before, during and after the
  • ALLOW extra time for additional screening from volunteer organizations or agencies to make sure you are cleared to volunteer for the task.
  • EXPECT that shifts or opportunities may be cancelled; especially volunteer opportunities working with the vulnerable populations. Please be gracious and understanding.
  • DO practice universal infection control precautions. Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after
  • DO clean any used spaces thoroughly before and after, including table top surfaces and door knobs/handles.
  • DO use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if needed for the
  • DO maintain 6-10 foot separation from others while conducting the
  • ASK about any risk that may be associated with the task and DO NOT take part if you are uncomfortable with the level of risk