Lee County Opportunities


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Special Populations
The Special Populations program is always looking for friendly and positive individuals who are willing to dedicate their time to assist with programs and/or special events. You can volunteer on a regular basis or periodically for special activities,  or even provide a one-time event of your own.  You or your organization or group could:  Put on a music, dance, comedy, or magic show; create a special art project for our participants to make; provide a lesson, demonstration or seminar; share your hobbies. If you are looking for a great way to give back to the community, volunteering with Special Populations can be an extremely rewarding experience and the help is definitely appreciated. For more information, please call 574-0574 or email specpops@capecoral.net  updated 7/27/18

*Project Dentists Care
Seeking volunteers to help us cover our phones from 9am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday. We are flexible so pick a day or days that work for you! Our location is 2061 McGregor Blvd in Fort Myers. Service hours for school provided. Minimum age is 18. Come be part of our team and help serve the less fortunate of Lee County. Call Dr. Truax 239-561-1949 or email projectdentistscare@hotmail.com  posted 10/7/19

*Community Cooperative
Volunteers can help in the Community Café, Meals On Wheels(Need Drivers!),Community Market, Mobile Pantries, special events, and gardening (Tuesdays/Thursdays in the garden). Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 18 and older must fill out a volunteer application which can be accessed online www.communitycooperative.com Some court ordered service opportunities available however no felony charges. Other questions contact Rachell mays 239-332-7687 ext. 100 or Rachell@communitycooperative.com updated 11-18-19

*Harry Chapin Food Bank Special Event
We are looking for volunteers to take on the role as a Lead Caption for our Publix Food Drive on February 8th. This position will have a variety of tasks during the day.  The shift would be from 8am to 4 pm. You would be responsible for the following:  set up, meeting with the store manager to go over details. Signing the volunteers in and out, collecting cash donations, clean-up.  If this sounds like you, please email me with your top 3 Publix stores that you would like to volunteer at and we will do our best to accommodate you. All captains need to be available for the mandatory meeting on February 5th from 9am-10am at the Lee County Collaboratory, 2031 Jackson Street in Fort Myers, 33901. Questions? Lori Harrington, 239-334-7007 ext. 141 VolunteerMail@volgistics.com posted 11/18/19

Sand Sculpting Event
Volunteers needed to help November 22-December 1st for the 33rd annual sand sculpting championship on Fort Myers Beach, Wyndham Garden Hotel, 6890 Estero Blvd. Shifts are 9:45am-1:30pm or 1:15pm-5:00pm daily. Special event volunteers needed for “Sand under the Stars” on Nov. 30th from 5:45pm-9:15pm. Anyone high school age or older may volunteer for service hours. Children who are over 10 may volunteer with a parent or adult (over 21) chaperone. Volunteers receive t-shirt, lunch, 1 ticket for future visit plus exclusive VIP volunteer party at Seminole Casino Immokalee. To volunteer, contact Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 239-454-7500 or info@fmbchamber.com   posted 11/5/19

Lee Health Corporate Center (Located on Metro Parkway close to Winkler Ave)
Looking for volunteers to greet and escort visitors throughout the building. Clerical positions are also available.  4 hour shifts Monday-Friday (8:00a.m.-12 noon or 12:00p.m. to 4:00pm). If you are interested please visit www.leehealth.org for an application or contact Nancy Finn-Supervisor Volunteer resources Lee Health 239-343-2409 posted 10/28/19

Lee Health – Sanctuary (Located by Colonial and Ortiz)
Looking for volunteers to greet patients and visitors in various departments within the building. 4 hour shifts Monday-Friday (8:00a.m.-12 noon or 12:00p.m. to 4:00pm). If you are interested please visit www.leehealth.org for an application or contact Nancy Finn-Supervisor Volunteer resources Lee Health 239-343-2409. posted 10/28/19

*Dress for Success-Personal Shoppers
Volunteers work one-on-one with our clients to help select an interview outfit or employment wardrobe. If you: have a sense of style and industry “looks” (banking vs. healthcare; law firm vs. retail); can be able to work within the inventory available at any given moment; can be encouraging, upbeat, and honest; can be willing to work with a variety of personality types & communication styles; can be flexible and adaptable, then we need you! Help have a direct impact on a woman’s life and boost her confidence. Fittings take place Monday through Thursday. To learn more please contact Nickole Hendra at 239-689-4992 Nickole@dfsswflorida.org updated 10/22/19

*Early Learning Coalition of SW Florida
Seeking volunteers for the Literacy Buddies Program. Volunteers, called Literacy Buddies, agree to receive letters and book requests from a child in an early learning facility served by the Early Learning Coalition. The buddy will in turn respond by sending the child a letter and book. The children learn literacy skills through correspondence and develop an appreciation of reading. Exchanges take place three times. For more information email literacybuddies@elcofswfl.org or website www.elcofswfl.org  updated 10/23/19

*Dress for Success of SWFL
Multiple volunteer opportunities are available including special events. Personal Shoppers work one-on-one with clients to help them boost a woman’s confidence and select clothing, Career Center volunteers help clients with job search process in different ways from writing a resume, mock interviews, and help them practice their communication skills. Special Events and fundraising volunteers (committee, logistics, event planning), mentors and speakers, administrative work and receptionist lending a hand in the office. Interested? Want to learn more? Call Nickole Hendra 239-689-4992 or visit www.swflorida.dressforsccess.org  updated 10/22/19

Special Equestrians
There are many opportunities for volunteers available due to the expansion of more therapy programs offered to people with disabilities in our community. Help in classes as a side walker, horse leader, grooming and tacking up the horses or help in the stable area. We also have office work, grounds maintenance, fundraising, and special events. Minimum age to volunteer is 14. The only requirement is a willingness to learn. A volunteer application can be found at http://www.specialequestrians.net/about-us–special-equestrians.html#dvolunteers  updated 10/22/19

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
Volunteers are needed to sort incoming donations, pack food and kits for feeding programs. Shifts are Mon. through Fri., 8:30-11:30 am and 12:00-3 pm and Saturday’s 8:30-11:30 am. Minimum age is 16, except Friday afternoons and Saturdays 14 and older with an adult. No open toed or open heeled shoes, must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Complete a volunteer application . For more information visit www.harrychapinfoodbank.org. Watch for an email after your application has been processed. Not able to attend a shift at the warehouse? Volunteers are needed for mobile pantry distributions in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties.  updated 10/23/19

*Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL
Volunteers can help with our baby shower preparations (packaging gift bags and prizes) and administrative support to assist with tasks such as documents, pamphlets, and stapling. Volunteer commitment is flexible. Minimum age is 17, 16 with adult supervision. No court ordered service. Our office is at 1921 Jefferson Avenue in Fort Myers. Learn more at www.healthystartbaby.org For more information call Melanie Black 239-425-6939 or Shelia Cescato shelia@healthystartswfl.com updated 11/8/19

*The Salvation Army-Bonita Springs and Estero
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful; in the food pantry stocking and helping families, pantry prep-help unload food truck, pack food bags, sort vegetables and give out to families (1-3 hour shifts). Ongoing opportunities as well such as sorting donated food and clothing, office work, and disaster relief training. Adults and teens 16 and older are welcome to get started right away. Children under 16 can volunteer in appropriate areas with adequate supervision. Groups welcome. Sorry, no court-appointed service. We are located in the Literacy Council building on Old UW 41 and can’t wait to meet you. Interested? Contact us! 239-948-5200 or sarah.rafiq@uss.salvationarmy.org updated 10/22/19

*American Red Cross-Outreach and Recruitment Volunteer
Seeking a volunteer to work within their Volunteer Services department to conduct community outreach. Work to plan social media campaigns, spread information about volunteer opportunities for Red Cross and report with updates. 1-2 days a week/flexible.  Minimum age is 18 years old. Training online and face-to-face, must pass background check. Contact Sally Contreras 786-509-2350 or sally.contreras@redcross.org   updated 6/13/19

*Beesley’s Paw Prints – United Way Volunteer Center
Do you love animals and want a rewarding experience? Volunteer for the Beesley’s Paw Prints programs!  We are seeking volunteers to visit United Way Partner Agencies, schools, and independent and assisted living facilities with a dog or cat.  Pets are proven to have therapeutic qualities: improving mood, and reducing stress levels for children and adults.  Volunteer with your trained pet as a pet therapy team. Volunteers can also volunteer on your own for the Senior to Senior program, and pick up a senior pet at Gulf Coast Humane Society to take to a retirement or assisted living community. Beesley’s Paw Prints is a United Way collaborative with Children’s Advocacy Center, Gulf Coast Humane Society and other partner agencies.  For more information on the program, email Louise@UnitedWayLee.org, or call (239) 433-7204. posted 10/22/19

*Midwest Food Bank
As a faith-based organization, it is the mission of Midwest Food Bank to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients. Volunteers are invaluable to the mission of Midwest Food Bank. Our biggest volunteer need is on Tuesday’s from 9 am to 1 pm, to assist with loadout. Other examples of volunteer opportunities include but not limited to: preparing disaster relief boxes, repackaging bulk foods for distribution, drivers with Class A CDL license, receptionist, forklift operator, grant writing, special events, truck maintenance, yard work, building maintenance, etc. Please contact Tanya Phillips, at tphillips@midwestfoodbank.org or 239-690-1722. updated 10/22/19

*The Multiple Sclerosis Center of SWFL
The Multiple Sclerosis Center of SWFL is looking for volunteer experienced social workers to facilitate support groups and book clubs at our main center in Bonita Springs, as well as satellite locations in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples.  Dates and times to be determined.  Please contact Kay Jasso at 239-319-0904 or email Kay@mscenterswfl.org updated 10/23/19

Lee Health
Volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas to volunteer in all 4 LH hospitals including clerical support, uniform store cashiers, popcorn sales, food and nutrition, medical library, guest services, patient care units, gift shop, child care, patient transport, and more. Minimum age is 18. Ages 14-17 can volunteer through the summer program.  239-424-2411 (Cape), 239-343-0636 (Gulf Coast), 239-343-5055 (HealthPark/Golisano), 239-343-2388 (Lee Memorial) or visit www.leehealth.org for volunteer application. updated 10/23/19

Angel Wings of SW Florida
We operate a shelter in north Cape Coral for homeless single women without dependent children. We provide room and board to women who are ineligible for existing services. Clients are employment-oriented and seeking a return to self-sufficiency. We need volunteers to drive clients to work, interviews, and medical and other appointments. Drivers should be over 40 years of age with a clean driving and criminal record, reliable transportation and insurance. Call 239-898-0945, or visit http://www.angelwingsflorida.com for more information. updated 10/23/19

*Bonita Springs YMCA
Want to make a positive difference in your community? Try the Y for volunteering. We offer a wide variety of opportunities in our After School, Sports, and Membership programs. Have a special talent that you would like to share? We welcome new ideas and guest speakers to share with our members. If you’re interested contact Ivan Torres itorres@bonitaspringsymca.org   updated 10/23/19

*American Red Cross- Service to the Armed Forces- Veterans’ Ambassadors
In partnership with Lee Health, the American Red Cross is launching a program at Cape Coral hospital to provide visitation and services to veteran patients at the hospital. We are in the need of volunteers that are interested in being part of the launch of this program. There will be a Chairman position, which will serve as the leadership for the program and 7-14 Ambassadors that will each work one day a week and will conduct the actual visits to veteran patients. Volunteers will support all veterans by performing assigned job requirements such as: Visiting and talking with patients at bedside, providing comfort items; craft assistance; information and referral and many more. All volunteers of this program will be both Red Cross and Lee Health volunteers and will go through the training and on-boarding of both organizations. Work 1-2 days a week, for 4 hours per day from 10am to 2pm. Minimum age is 21 years old. Training online and face-to-face, must pass background check. Contact Sally Contreras 786-509-2350 or sally.contreras@redcross.orgupdated 6/13/19

*Senior Friendship Centers
Volunteers can help as receptionist and office assistants, with the Health & Wellness Clinic, Telephone Reassurance and Friendly Visitors for Seniors, Congregate dining assistance, Food Bag Delivery assistance and in the Adult Day Services Program. Minimum age is 18; under 18 allowed with parents for specialized activities such as food delivery or visiting in the adult day services program. Call 239-275-1881 or ddickinson@friendshipcenters.org updated 10/23/19

*PACE Center for Girls
Volunteer opportunities include: tutoring (especially math), clerical assistance, teacher’s assistant, donation sorting, monthly point store shopping, arts and crafts facilitator, grounds beautification, lunch assistants, and special events. Interested in getting involved? Contact Jessica Cosden, Volunteer Coordinator, at 239-425-2366 ext. 2316 or Jessica.Cosden@pacecenter.org; or apply online at https://www.pacecenter.org/support/volunteer  updated 10/23/19

*RSVP Lee County
Are you 55 years of age or better? Want to make a real impact in your community and give back? Not sure where to start? Contact the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program that can help match you to your perfect volunteer opportunity. Volunteers are placed in various agencies in the community and RSVP can start you on the road to a successful volunteer experience. Call 239-275-1881 or email at mbaugher@friendshipcenters.org updated updated 10/23/19

*American Red Cross-Disaster Action Team
Seeking a volunteer to assist our Disaster Services Team response to local disasters. This individual will serve as a trainee in the Disaster Action Team, helping to provide 24-hour immediate support and assistance to individuals and families who have been impacted by a home fire or other disaster. Minimum age is 21 years old. Training online and face-to-face, must pass background check. Contact Sally Contreras 786-509-2350 or sally.contreras@redcross.org   updated 6/13/19

*Children’s Advocacy Center
Volunteer opportunities for our Pine Manor After School/Summer Program and at our East Ft. Myers United Way House. Requirements for all volunteers: min. age 18 and a certain level of time commitment is expected as we pay for fingerprinting and background check. Contact Charlene Gardner, cgardner@cac-swfl.org or call 239-939-2808. We are located at 3830 Evans Ave, Ft. Myers. www.cac-swfl.org  updated 10/28/19

*Children’s Advocacy Center- Pet Therapy Program
Have a registered therapy dog, or think your dog might make a great therapy dog?  Want to make a difference in a child’s life; then contact Lisa Talcott, ltalcott@cac-swfl.org or call 239-939-2808, ext 219,  about volunteering for our Beesley’s Paw Prints Pet Therapy Program. Requirements for all volunteers: min. age 18 and a certain level of time commitment is expected as we pay for fingerprinting and background check.  We are located at 3830 Evans Ave, Ft. Myers. www.cac-swfl.org  updated 10/23/19

Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc
Keep Lee County Beautiful, Inc. has a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year.  We are looking for volunteers to participate in community cleanups, beautification projects, and educational outreach.  We have opportunities for individuals or groups.  We have the ability to tailor an event for your needs.  We are also looking for individual volunteers to deliver educational outreach to various groups.  We provide the training…you provide the education! Email Mike@klcb.org or call 239-334-3488. updated 10/18/19

Christian Medical Ministries/Southwest Florida Free Pain Clinic
We are a free clinic that specializes in treating patients that experience pain. Our clinic utilizes volunteer licensed doctors and therapists, as well as non-medical volunteers in different support positions. Looking for Licensed Physicians, ARNP, PA, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists & Assistants, Massage Therapists, Medical Assistants, CNA and RN’s. Non-medical volunteers to help with eligibility, greeters, patient escorts, scheduling, modality therapy, patient education and prayer. Please visit our website at Christianmedicalministries.org for further information. Contact us at 239-308-7107 or christianmedicalministries@gmail.com  updated 10/18/19

*Child Care of Southwest Florida
Volunteers are used for child-based projects from assisting teaching, reading books, event volunteering, etc. There is always a need helping with special physical projects like painting, playground repairs/improvement, classroom set up, gardening projects, etc. Minimum age is 16 with parental approval, but younger volunteers may help if accompanied by parent/guardian and with prior authorizations. All volunteers must complete volunteer forms. Court-ordered service is not preferred. For more info visit https://www.ccswfl.org/get-involved/volunteer  or call 239-278-1002. updated 10/29/19

*Lehigh Community Services-Literacy Program Volunteers
Lehigh Community Services has a critical need for volunteer tutors for the Lehigh Literacy Program. Qualifications:  English Speaker over 18 years of age who would like to assist non-English speakers learn English and make a difference in students’ lives. Training is provided and you do not need knowledge of any other language or previous teaching experience. Classes are once or twice a week, depending on tutor schedule, from September – May, all are in a classroom setting. Contact Carolyn at (239) 369-5818 or carolyn@lehighcommunityservices.com to sign up to help! Posted 3/29/19

Lee County Library System
Volunteer at your local library! At times, we need volunteers to assist with guiding users with utilizing technology, helping those learning English, shelving materials, etc. see our website for current openings. Student volunteers must have completed 8th grade and have a letter of recommendation and signed parental waiver form. Event opportunities also available: Fandom Fest and Southwest Florida Reading Festival. No court ordered service opportunities. Visit www.leelibrary.net/volunteer or email Cvaughn@leegov.com Updated 11-18-19

Lee County – Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB)
NABs represent a community-based decision making process aimed at repairing harm committed by youth against victims and neighborhoods. Instead of focusing on who broke the law, what laws were broken, and how we will punish the youth, this process takes a “Restorative Justice” perspective, focusing the attention on what harm was done, and what needs to be done to repair the harm. Volunteers sit on Boards with the youth, youth’s parent/guardian, victim, and other NAB volunteers to develop a case plan for the youth. Training provided.  Minimum Age to volunteer is 14 and a background check is conducted on all potential volunteers. For more information, visit our website http://www.leegov.com/dhs/neighborhood/youth or contact Nora Donato-Hitchcock at 239-533-7947 or ndonato-hitchcock@leegov.com   updated 11/21/19

*Good Wheels
Volunteer opportunities include: reservations – taking phone calls to schedule trips, office – input (excel) of completed trips, drivers – part time or full time, only need a driver’s license and ability to pass back ground checks. Contact Alan Mandel at 239-768-2900 ext. 208  updated 1/9/18

Healthy Harvest Community Farms
Volunteers are needed at a community garden in Lehigh Acres and for special urban farm featured events. You can help our farm team grow fresh and local produce that is donated to the local community and our volunteers, all in a peaceful and relaxing urban farm atmosphere. By helping you can learn tons of useful knowledge in urban agriculture, microgreen production and hydroponics production.  We invite you to come join us in promoting a healthy self-sustainable lifestyle! You can learn more by messaging us on Facebook (@hhcfofficial) or calling us at  (239) 674-0304. Hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Tuesday through Saturdays. Ice cold water and restrooms. Parking is right past the first house on the corner of Mirror lakes Dr and Milwaukee Blvd. Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers must fill out a volunteer application that is available on site or by messaging our Facebook page. Some court ordered service opportunities available contact us for more information. Posted 2/25/19

Paws Crossed Inc.
Rescue-Rehab-Rehome. Join our gang! Based on your interests and availability we will find a volunteer position that is right for you. We host adoption events every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at the Cape Coral Pet Smart on Pine Island from 12-4pm and sometimes other events. Volunteers help set up, clean up and take care of the dogs. Sometimes we also need assistance with photos, fundraising events and flyers. If you would like to join us and be part of something truly special, please send us an email at pawscrossedinc@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.pawscrossed.dog to learn more. Posted 11/18/19

*The Heights Center
Volunteers can help in the after school program, with holiday outreach, programs for adults (ESL, GED), agency events, and administrative. Minimum age is 16. Some court ordered service volunteers welcome with screening and no offenses involving children. For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org Call 239-482-7706 or email melissa@heightsfoundation.org   updated 11/18/19

*LARC, Inc
Volunteer as a Maintenance Assistant with us. Assist with overall maintenance, cleaning and repair to the main campus physical structures, equipment, vehicles and more. Identify maintenance and renovation needs, ordering of janitorial supplies facilities and inventory. Help with special projects. Valid Florida driver license and auto insurance, high school diploma or GED, experience with maintenance/handyperson work preferred. Contact Hope Zapata at 239-334-6285 ext. 202  updated 2/5/18

Game Day Bunch, Inc. 
Volunteers are needed to help us bring people with disabilities to a baseball game. This simple act can be a life changing experience for many. Activities and responsibilities range from: partnering with the disABLEd community to qualify participants, driving media coverage, and assisting with our website and social media. We are also forming a Fundraising committee and planning a Raffle. All that is needed is a desire to help. Most activities can be done based on your schedule and require approximately 6-10 hours/month. For more information or to volunteer – email gamedaybunch@gmail.com. We are currently planning next season’s events. Volunteers will have to complete a registration form. updated 4/2/18

Gulf Coast Village
We are a retirement community in Cape Coral, looking for volunteers who enjoy working with the senior population to fulfill the following volunteer needs: assisting with our activities program; helping at our concierge desk; driving our 8 passenger golf cart; miscellaneous administrative duties. Volunteers must be 14 years of age and undergo and application and screening process. For more information and application, please contact Diana Nicol at 239-573-3334 or dianan@gulfcoastvillage.org  updated 11/18/19

WGCU
Public Media is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR. As a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast University, WGCU’s mission is to inspire, inform, educate, engage and entertain through the power of public media. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks that include clerical support, event support and station tours. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Anne Stavely at 239.590.2329 or astavely@wgcu.org.  updated 11/18/19

*Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida
Volunteers can help in the after school program, summer camp and early learning programs, including reading, homework help and tutoring. Background check required to work with children. Other volunteer opportunities include building maintenance, cleaning, landscaping and clerical tasks. Contact Angela at apena@qlcswfl.org or 239.334.2797 ext. 102.  Posted 1/10/19

Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium
Join our team of committed volunteers!  Orientation sessions are every Monday at 3pm. Call 239-375-3435 for more information or visit http://calusanature.org/become-a-volunteer/ We are located at 3450 Ortiz Avenue in Fort Myers. Opportunities such as events support, groundskeepers, office support, museum and nature walk guides are available. updated 4/2/18

*New Horizons of SW FL
Empower at-risk youth in grades K-12th to reach their full potential through tutoring, mentoring and faith-building.  New Horizons offers after school programs and summer camps to 720 at-risk students in Lee and Collier counties.  With the help of community volunteers, the students are helped with their homework and mentored on a variety of life skills. Volunteer opportunities are M-Th, 3:30 to 5pm during the school year for elementary aged students.  Other opportunities to volunteer with our teens are M-Th, 2-4pm (high school students) and 4-6pm (middle school students). Program locations are in S. Ft Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs and Naples.  For more information contact Wendy Webber,  239-948-4146/ wendy@newhorizonsofswfl.org updated 11/20/19

S.P.A.Y.-Lee
Adoptables (mostly dogs- our cats are usually seniors and seldom adopted) are featured on our Facebook site-  SPAY-LEE animal welfare –  and presented at weekend adoption events at different pet stores in Lee County (PetSmart Page Field, Pet Supermarket Cape Coral )  Time frames are 11-3 Saturdays .  Volunteers must be 18 for pet shop helpers and 18 for onsite assistance in Buckingham.  Onsite volunteer opportunities involve yard care or working with very strong dogs. We intake dobermans and dogs under 10 pounds –  Homeless pets are rehabilitated and rehomed or given lifetime care.  To contact them directly call 239-939-3680/239-936-2727 Or email  Apic@aol.com  updated 11/19/19

Habitat for Humanity of Lee & Hendry County
We have opportunties within our ReStore, construction and in the office. Minimum age to volunteer is 14. Ages 14 and 15 can help in the ReStore only and with adult supervision. 16 and older can help in construction but not allowed to use power tools. We accept court ordered service. For more information visit www.habitat4humanity.org call Morgan Henderson 239-652-1684 or email morganh@habitat4humanity.org  updated 2/2/18

American Cancer Society
Volunteer opportunities include; volunteer drivers, event support and committees, office support, emotional cancer survivor support. Minimum age is 18. Court ordered service depending on the need in the office and at the events, different criteria would need to be addressed. For more information contact Beth Beitel at 239-936-1839 or beth.beitel@cancer.org revised 12/3/18

*ACT (Abuse Counseling Treatment)
Volunteer opportunities include; On-call crisis team, Second ACT Thrift Store and Event Representatives. Minimum age is 18 or 14-17 with parent.  If you have experience with event committees activities, like selling tickets, finding items for silent auctions, etc. we would love to talk about project opportunities. To learn more about how you can volunteer for our Annual Fundraisers at ACT, please email Julya McCoy by phone at (239) 939-2553 or via email at jmccoy@actabuse.com
Updated 2/9/18

Lee County Parks & Recreation
Lee County Parks & Recreation has many volunteer opportunities to explore!  From program assistants, park and trail maintenance, working in gardens, sales and special events, interpretive naturalists, greeters, guides, office help, cart drivers, Bird Patrol, Saddle Club, and so very much more. All individuals must pass a criminal background screening and must have graduated tenth grade or equivalent. The minimum age requirement is 18; however, students that have already completed 10th grade and are at least 16 can complete Volunteen application. Apply online at https://www.leegov.com/parks/volunteers  Contact Kathy Cahill at kcahill@leegov.com updated 11/18/19

Fig Leaf Boutique
The Fig Leaf Boutique is a non-profit second hand boutique under Into the Jordan Ministries seeking volunteers to work alongside of the manager or other volunteers.  Tasks range but not limited to sorting, labeling and pricing clothing to working alongside the customer in finding the perfect outfit.  Chose the hours you would like to work.  A minimum age preferred is 18 years of age but we are willing to discuss options if need be. You can also see more about the Fig Leaf Boutique on Facebook. If interested, please contact figleaf@intothejordan.org or call 239-308-0434.  Updated 11/19/19

*Lifeline Family Center
We have many different areas of opportunity to volunteer at our agency. From office support to our nursery. Find out more on our website www.lifelinefamilycenter.org  under the “how can I help” tab. Minimum age is 16 years old, no court ordered service.   Call Acacia Basic at 239-242-7238  or acacia@lifelinefamily.org  for more information. Updated 11/8/19

*AFCAAM Center
Volunteer opportunities on Michigan Avenue and Iona Road offer a wide variety of ways to help K-5 struggling readers. AFCAAM needs Real World Reading Tutors, Church bus drivers to transport students to our Program and more. For information call Pam Malafronte at 239-461-0233 ext. 212.  Updated 2/5/18

*Fort Myers YMCA
Volunteer opportunities available including youth coaches for basketball, flag football, and soccer. Also for dance, gymnastics, art, and karate instructors. Seeking volunteers to help with after school tutoring, wellness staff assistance, front desk. Minimum age is 16 with parent permission, sorry, no court ordered community service permitted. For more information call Suzie Starks or Joey Belanger at 239-275-9622 or email membership@fortmyersymca.org  updated 2/15/18

*Gulf Coast Humane Society
Volunteers can help with dog walking, dog and cat socialization, events, front desk and more! Minimum age to volunteer is 13 with a parent, 16 without. Some court ordered service accepted; 18 and up if no felonies, no violence or animal abuse. For more infromation visit www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org call 239-332-0364 or email volunteers@gulfcoasthumanesociety.org   updated 11/18/19

*Hope Chest Resale Store
Hope has three Hope Chest Resale Store locations in Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, and Bonita Springs. Volunteers are needed to process donations, stock the shelves, organize merchandise, or assist at the checkout counter. All proceeds from Hope Chest benefit people who are living with the challenges of serious illness. You must be at least 17 years old to volunteer and complete an application and orientation. References, a background check, and TB tests are required. For more information on the Hope Chest Resale Stores, please visit HopeHCS.org/HopeChest.  updated 11/19/19

Hope Hospice Volunteers
Do you have a caring heart and time to share? Consider becoming a Hope Volunteer and help provide exceptional care and support to those in need. Socialize with individuals in Hope’s care, read news articles, play card games, or give a caregiver a much needed break. Provide quiet companionship, comfort, and compassion simply by being present with someone living with a serious illness. Offer transportation to doctor’s appointments, grocery store, or help with other essential errands. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and complete an application, orientation, references, TB shot, and background screening. For more information, view our website www.hopehcs.org/volunteers  updated 11/19/19

*Family Mentor Program – United Way Volunteer Center
You can help make the future brighter for families going through the re-unification process. Volunteer with the Family Mentor Program. An ideal family mentor will be one who can be non-judgmental, offer a minimum of an hour a week to work and build a committed and trusting relationship with parents to support them though the transition of being re-united with their children. Training and on-going support provided.  For more information on the program or to sign up email Patrice@unitedwaylee.org or visit https://www.unitedwaylee.org/family-mentor-program/  update 10/22/19

Florida State Park Volunteers needed in Lee County
Volunteers are integral to the Florida State Parks team as we work together to preserve, interpret and restore …the Real Florida. Volunteer at are needed at Cayo Costa, Gasparilla Island, Caloosahatchee Regional, Charlotte Harbor Preserve, Koreshan, Estero Bay, Lovers Key, Mound Key Archaeological, and Matlacha Community Park. Family, civic, community, church, scouting, corporate and student groups are all invited to help outdoors. Training is provided. To find out more and register, go to http://volunteers.floridastateparks.org/ posted 9/11/18

My Autism Connection, Inc.
We are always looking for passionate individuals to volunteer their talents! Opportunities such as marketing, graphic design, web design, event planning, fundraising, grant writing, blogging and more! Our members love hearing from guest speakers and taking career exploration tours of local businesses. Our organization is also looking for board members to help serve this wonderful organization and assist individuals with Autism develop skills towards independence in the community while building healthy relationships. Please email  programcoordinator@myautismconnection.net or call the office (239) 201-8133.  Posted 9/10/18

Junior Achievement of SWFL
This organization provides programs on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness to students in Kindergarten through high school! Volunteers are trained to deliver this curriculum at their convenience and to the grade level preferred. Minimum age to volunteer is 18, no court ordered community service. For more information visit www.jaswfl.org or contact Vanessa Santiago, 239-225-2590, vsantiago@jaswfl.org.
updated 2/2/18

J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
There are many ways you can help at the wildlife refuge; assist the Visitor & Education Center by answering the public’s questions, as a roving interpreter and interact with visitors on the Wildlife Drive, work with school groups and deliver interpretive programs, assist with maintenance or mono-filament removal, or even with administration/telephone reception needs. Time commitment varies with position, and age requirement varies from 16 to 18 years (some positions allow minors with parent chaperone). Visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling/what_we_do/get_involved.html for more information. Posted 9/10/18

House of Prayer Retreat Center
Volunteer positions are available at House of Prayer Retreat Center. While you will not receive monetary rewards, you are welcome to be our guest at any event you volunteer. Assist our staff with a one-time, weekly or monthly commitment. Skills Desired: Setting up and breaking down conference rooms for events. Family Friendly, Active Seniors Welcome. Address: 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 604, Fort Myers, FL  33907. Contact our office at 239-728-3614 or  office.hopretreatcenter@gmail.com updated 4/18/18

MADD SWFL (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
We have several volunteer opportunities available; Event committee members, Victim Impact Panel speakers and administrators, Court monitors Minimum age is 14 and court ordered service accepted. Contact Lori Burke 239-791-7560 or email lori.burke@madd.org updated 2/20/18

*Literacy Council Gulf Coast
Help improve the lives of others.  Be a Literacy Volunteer Tutor!  The Literacy Council Gulf Coast assists adults and children to acquire the English literacy skills and education necessary to improve their quality of life and enhance our entire community.  Please call 239-676-5202 to sign up for a training session to become a volunteer.  Join the LCGC team to make a difference in someone’s life!  Updated 11/19/19

*Dr. Piper’s Faith in Action Program
Senior Volunteers (over 55) to transport the elderly who need a ride to the doctor, dentist, pharmacy, or other treatments.  Volunteers drive clients only when it fits in with their schedules, and are usually located in same zip code.  Any time you give will be appreciated, we are fun & flexible! The reward is in knowing you helped someone remain independent. Make a difference in your community with just a few hours per month. Call Leslie Jander at 239-332-5346 ext. 105 or Leslie@drpipercenter.org at The Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. updated 11/19/19

*Alliance for the Arts
Get involved with the arts in Lee County! Multiple opportunities are available to usher for performances, assist with special events, and help out with administrative tasks around the office. Apply today and be a part of the incredible art in your community! To become involved, submit an online application at https://artinlee.org/about/volunteer/. For more information, contact Brianna Day at 239-939-2787 or info@artinlee.org updated 11-19-19

FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Volunteers needed to assist students with filling out Financial Aid Documents at local public high schools.  Parents and students will complete the application, we just need volunteers to answer questions and guide them when needed. It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and the parents and students are very appreciative. Interested? Questions? Contact Kelly Thawley 239-337-0433 or email kellykt@leeschools.net  To learn more about FASFA completion, check out this video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1GmaBMD-oY Posted 10/22/19

*Valerie’s House
Valerie’s House is a special place where children connect with peers and learn tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love. Volunteer opportunities include: Lead Group Night Facilitator (twice monthly, training required), Group Night Buddy Facilitator (twice monthly, training required), Dinner Helper, Day-Time House Helper, Handyman, Lawn & Garden Care, and more. To find out more information about each role and to apply, please visit our website: https://www.valerieshouseswfl.org/volunteer. Updated 11/18/19

*American Red Cross-Business Operations-Facilities Volunteer
Seeking a volunteer to work within their Volunteer Services department to assist the Business Operations department. This volunteer will help in maintaining a clean and orderly environment. Must be quality/detail-oriented and are able to perform physical tasks such as bending, kneeling and lifting.  1-2 days a week/flexible.  Minimum age is 18, or 15 and up with adult supervision. Training online and face-to-face, must pass background check. Contact Sally Contreras 786-509-2350 or sally.contreras@redcross.org posted 1/29/19

Sew Pretty Corp
Have fun learning and making crafts while enhancing the opportunities for persons with disabilities, multiple sclerosis and disabled veterans. We train and educate disabled youth and adults using vocational skills, increasing their awareness of community resources, and serve as advocates for the disabled. We will train you and ask that you commit to volunteering for 12 hours a week 4 hour increments . Minimum age to volunteer is 15 (12-14 allowed with parent). Court ordered service accepted. To join us, contact Martha Hannigan at 239-839-5483 or sewpretty65@gmail.com to register. Updated 11-19-19

SCORE
Share Your Expertise and Give Back to Your Community. Become a Business Mentor and pass on your knowledge and the skills you’ve developed over a lifetime to the next generation of local entrepreneurs. We also have volunteer opportunities for administrative, fundraising, and more. Training is provided. Minimum age 24 and time commitment is flexible. For more information contact us at swflscore@gmail.com or call 402-319-1938. Updated 8/13/18

Cape Coral Code Compliance
Looking for Customer Service Volunteers. Cape residents who are interested in assisting with answering email and phone inquiries, printing forms, and some data entry, greeting citizens and assisting visitors can pick up an application at the Code Compliance office at City Hall. For additional information, contact Carol Rall at 239-574-0624 or crall@capecoral.net updated 8/13/18

Gigi’s Playhouse, Down Syndrome Achievement Center 
Become a volunteer and impact the lives of individuals living with Down syndrome. Volunteer opportunities especially needed for literacy tutoring ages 3-adult. Additional opportunities are also available.  Volunteers age requirement is 18+. Contact Kristie Sammons at Ksammons@gigisplayhouse.org or call (239) 703-7960 for more information.  Posted 8/17/18

City of Cape Coral– Adopt-A-Road Program
Get your group together and register with the City of Cape Coral to “adopt” sections of roadway. Groups must commit to clean litter from their section of the highway at least 6 times a year. In return, the city will erect signs in your collection area that identifies your group by name! Vests, bags, and gloves will be provided, and removal of debris is provided by city crews.  Volunteers 14-17 need to be under direct supervision of the group leader. For more information on how you can help keep Cape Coral beautiful, contact Ron Loweke at 239-574-0811 or rloweke@capecoral.net  posted  8-16-18

*Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships (HTAP)
Our mission is to prevent human trafficking by empowering youth and others through education, art, and collaborative action in Southwest Florida. Are you Artsy? We can always use a helping hand to help with our ongoing ARTREACH. Graphic artist? We are creating new printed materials and could use your expertise. Savvy data analyst, social marketing or website design person? Or you love educating kids and believe in our mission to prevent human trafficking? You are the volunteer we are looking for. We need you!! For information on how to volunteer email info@humantraffickingawareness.org, or contact our office at 239-415-2635. Posted 8/14/18

Memory Café
Looking for an impactful, rewarding volunteer opportunity? Lee Health is excited to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Keiser University, and Florida Gulf Coast University to bring Memory Café to the community. Memory Café offers individuals who have mild cognitive impairments, Alzheimer’s disease, or other dementias a fun, social, and educational outing each month. Individuals and their caregivers meet new friends and enjoy unique social activities. Memory Café is a unique volunteer opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of those affected by memory loss. Dates/locations include: Estero—3rd Saturday of each month held at Healthy Life Center in Coconut Point Mall and in Cape Coral—2nd Friday of each month held at Cape Coral Hospital in Classroom A.  For more information, contact Molly Grubbs, Community Business Development Representative at molly.grubbs@leehealth.org or call 239-343-8399.  Posted 6/22/18

*MS Center of SWFL
In need of a general office person primarily for data entry and reception 1 day per week for 3-4 hours. Also looking for a volunteer to assist with an art class in Cape Coral on Saturdays from 1:30pm-4:00pm. You do not have to commit to every Saturday. This will include set-up and put away the tables, chairs and supplies, as well as assisting students and instructor during the class.  Contact Linda Grimm  LindaG@MSCenterSWFL.org  239-435-1901 or you can also ask for Kay Jasso. Updated 11/8/19

*Senior Companion Program-Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc.
Help seniors remain living independently in their home! Looking for volunteers 55 of age, or older, to help frail, elderly, homebound seniors. Volunteers provide companionship and in some cases, transportation for those living alone. Senior Companions have the opportunity to serve in the client’s home and receive a tax free hourly stipend, paid mileage reimbursement and more. Please call Charlene Mitchell 239-332-5346 Ext. 103 or email charlene@drpipercenter.org   updated 1/24/19

*The Foster Grandparent Program-Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc.
Help students achieve success in school! This is a national program to offer volunteer opportunities to people 55 years of age, or older, to tutor/mentor children in local elementary schools, head-start centers and after school programs. Volunteers receive a tax free hourly stipend, paid mileage reimbursement and more. Please call Teresa Thompson 239-332-5346 Ext. 107 or email teresa@drpipercenter.org    posted 7/9/18

*Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast
Change a child’s life for the better forever. Become a volunteer Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. For a few hours just a couple of times a month, you and your “Little” can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old, often those of single or low-income households or families.  Volunteers must be 18 and over, live in this community and have the time to give.  Background and drivers licenses checks will be completed.  For more information, please call us today at 239-288-4224.
Updated 4/25/19

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL)
Seeking volunteers to lead health and wellness workshops across the region. AAASWFL offers workshops to assist adults age 60 and up, adults with disabilities and their caregivers in seven counties including Lee. Specifically, these workshops are designed to teach older adults preventative measures to avoid falls, improve their balance, and manage chronic conditions. Training is provided and AAASWFL provides mileage reimbursement for volunteers. Workshops are typically held on weekday mornings and afternoons, so volunteers with flexible schedules are appreciated. Volunteers should also be at least 18 years of age, have a valid drivers’ license, and must be able to pass a background screening.  For more information, contact Sherry Young at (239) 652-6900 or sherry.young@aaaswfl.org   Volunteer applications can also be found at www.aaaswfl.org  updated 11/21/19

 V.O.I.C.E. (Volunteer Observers Impacting Community Efforts)
Assist in traffic control/surveys, business and community patrols, picking up found property, tagging abandoned vehicles, and many clerical and support service duties, assist non-profit and civic groups with event traffic control, fingerprinting, lost children searches and coordination of medical emergencies. Volunteers are required to donate a minimum of 16 hours per month. Applicants must be:  18 years of age with a high school diploma or G.E.D., possess a valid driver’s license, be in good health, have no criminal record. Applicants that have served in the military must have been honorably discharged. Upon acceptance, applicants must undergo field training to prepare them for their new duties. If you’re interested, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s V.O.I.C.E. Office at (239) 477-1422  posted 7/19/18

Suncoast Community Center
Located in North Fort Myers and operated by the Suncoast Neighborhood Task Force, we are seeking volunteers to help with its bi-weekly food pantry, community garden, and neighborhood events.  Pantry volunteers will help with food loading at Harry Chapin and Midwest Food Banks, unloading and staging at the community center before distribution, and handing out food during distribution.  Garden volunteers will help plant, weed, mulch and harvest.  Event volunteers are needed to help with promotion, setup, manning stations during the event, and breaking down when event is over. For more information, please contact us at 239-731-9838 or via email at suncoastntf@gmail.com  posted 11/20/19

Ronald McDonald House-Share a Meal & Baking Buddies
Spending most their time making frequent visits to the hospital and taking care of their critically ill or injured children leaves families with little time to cook for themselves. You can help bring peace of mind and joy to the families at the Ronald McDonald House by volunteering in our Share-A-Meal program. It allows a group of volunteers to come to the Ronald McDonald House to cook a meal for our families as well as see the “House That Love Built”.  There is also a Baking Buddies where an individual/group can prepare cookies, muffins, or desserts on site. Check out the Volunteer Hub for the various opportunities and days at  https://rmhcswfl.volunteerhub.com/ or email illeny@rmhcswfl.org   Posted 10/22/19

Ronald McDonald House-Family Room & House Support
Greet guests to the Ronald McDonald House, prepare paper bag lunches for families, answer phones, or assist with general tasks–you can help bring peace of mind and joy to the families at the Ronald McDonald House by volunteering.  Check out the Volunteer Hub for the various opportunities and days at  https://rmhcswfl.volunteerhub.com/ or email illeny@rmhcswfl.org Posted 7/23/28

*Girl Scouts
As a Troop Leader or Co-Leader, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) to take the lead and change the world. You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership. Imagine the excitement, the memories made, and the impact-this is what you’ll share as a Girl Scout volunteer. Volunteers needed all across the Gulf Coast area. Background check required.  Complete online application at http://www.gsgcf.org/en/for-volunteers/ways-to-volunteer.html  or contact Kelly McGraw for more information at kellym@gsgcf.org or call 941-921-5358 x 318.  Posted 8/2/18

*Goodwill Industries of SWFL
Volunteers can assist at various retail locations and special events in the community year round. Seeking volunteers that can contribute 3 hours a week and are a minimum age of 16. Must be able to lift a minimum of 40lbs.  A background screening will be done on all volunteers. Court ordered service ok. Fill our an online application  https://goodwillswfl.org/volunteering/ call Maritza Resa at 239-995-2106 ext. 2276 or stop by any of our retail stores for the application. Posted 8/3/18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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