Lee County Opportunities

*United Way Partner Agency

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 Posted 12/5/18

Keep Lee County Beautiful Inc.– Great American Cleanup
Site Captains & Area Managers are needed for the Great American Cleanup event on April 20th. This event fosters unity and strengthens community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Lee County.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome and any individual, family, school, group, place of worship, business or government entity can coordinate or participate in an average of 25 simultaneous projects. If you would like to be a Site Captain or Area Manager of a particular location please call 239-334-3488 or email mike@klcb.org for our 2019 Great American Cleanup. Visit http://klcb.org/great-american-cleanup.html for more information. Posted 12/5/18

Fig Leaf Boutique
The Fig Leaf Boutique is a non-profit second hand boutique under Into the Jordan Ministries and we are seeking volunteers to work alongside of the manager or other volunteers.  Some tasks range but not limited to sorting, labeling and pricing clothing to working alongside the customer in finding the perfect outfit.  You can 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 1/9/18

*Lifeline Family Center
Offers hope and second chances to young women and their babies. If you want to find out more about our organization please attend one of our monthly new volunteer orientations where you will take a tour of the facility and learn more about our program and how you can become a great fit. We need help in a variety of areas: nursery, tutors (math, social studies, writing), sewing teachers, transportation, front desk, mailing, and crisis pregnancy call workers. If you like to smile, if you like to share the love of Jesus Christ, if you like to make an eternal difference in the lives of others, you might want to consider becoming a volunteer at Lifeline Family Center.  Call  239-242-7238 or email the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@lifelinefamily.org for information on our next orientation. Updated 4/9/18

*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

Volunteer Florida- Hurricane Michael Volunteers
As our partner organizations assess needs and evaluate resources, they will begin to organize volunteer opportunities for unaffiliated, spontaneous volunteers. We then provide those organizations with information from our database about individuals like you, who want to serve their communities. Remember that recovery work continues for weeks, months and even years after disaster events occur. We appreciate your willingness to serve and for your patience as our partners determine how to safely and effectively mobilize volunteers during this time! Please visit https://www.volunteerflorida.org/
and consider registering as a volunteer. updated 10/22/18

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools
We have a couple of opportunities for you to make a difference for students in Lee County. First – We are in need of caring, committed adults who are willing to spend their time with middle school and high school students throughout Lee County’s public school system. Volunteers will serve as a formal mentor to a student in our Take Stock in Children program or STAMP (Student Advocacy And Mentoring Partnership)program.  As a volunteer mentor, your goal is to provide motivation, support, and guidance to your mentee. For more information, contact Sheryl Verhulst at sheryl@leeschoolfoundation.org or 239-337-0433. Second – We are looking for help managing and organizing our Education Resource Center, which provides Lee County School District educators access to new and gently used classroom supplies at no cost. Volunteers are needed to sort books, organize donations, manage check-in, and monitor the Resource Center during open hours. For more information or to volunteer contact Jan Usas at jan@leeschoolfoundation.org or 239-337-0433  updated 2/20/18

*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; 16-17 traffic only, 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 2/2/18

*Hope Chest Resale Store
Hope HealthCare has 3 Hope Chest store locations, 2 currently open and a new one opening soon in Fort Myers.  We are in need of volunteers to handle the donations, stock the shelves, and organize merchandise and work at check out. The stores are open to the public and all proceeds benefit the clients of HOPE Family Services. Minimum age is 14. All volunteers must complete an application, orientation, references, TB shot, and background screening.   For more information, view our website www.hopehcs.org or email@hopehcs.org

*Hope HealthCare–Client Support
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 or 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 stores, or help with other essential errands. Minimum age is 14. All volunteers must complete an application, orientation, references, TB shot, background screening. For more information, view our website www.hopehcs.org or email@hopehcs.org

*Hope Healthcare-Special Event
Seeking volunteers for Rainbow Trails Camp April 5-7, 2019 at the Riverside Retreat in LaBelle. This is a weekend grief camp for children ages 6-17. While camp has a serious purpose, it also includes a lot of fun activities. Volunteers will work under the direction of our professional team, adults 18 and over can apply to help at camp. Training provided. Volunteers help in many areas such as; recreation activities, pre and post camp registration, on-site medication/first aid nurses, kitchen staff, safety and security, chaperones. Some roles require two overnight stays; others require only day/evening participation. To learn more call 800-853-1673, reference Rainbow Trails Camp or Michelle Militia, or email Kay.Kelly@HopeHCS.org or visit www.HopeHCS.org/RainbowTrailsCamp   posted 10/10/18

*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 12/6/18

*Hope HealthCare—Administrative Support
Volunteer at a Hope office filing, making phone calls, or greeting guests and visitors. Minimum age is 14. All volunteers must complete orientation, have references, TB shot, background screening. For more information, view our website www.hopehcs.org or email@hopehcs.org

FL Cancer Specialists Foundation
Patient Support Volunteers brighten up a cancer patient’s day by providing non-medical support like offering snacks/beverages to patients, handing out warm blankets, sharing reading material, talking/listening, and helping keep the area tidy. Ideal candidates volunteer 3hrs/week for 6 months and may be a retiree, cancer survivor or caregiver of someone with cancer, or a college student with an interest in oncology, nursing or medicine. Must be 18 and pass a background check–no court ordered community service allowed. Training and shadowing experience provided. Four locations in Lee County shifts are from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. Applications can be completed online at http://foundation.flcancer.com/volunteer/ Contact Andrea Doggett for more information 941-677-7191 or email ADoggett@FLCancer.com  posted 7/31/18

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

My Autism Connection, Inc. – Special Event
We are looking for volunteers for our annual Walk the Spectrum event on February 9, 2019 at Estero Community Park! Volunteer shifts start as early as 7 am; the event cleanup will be done by 3 pm. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt on the day of the event to wear. Proceeds from the event will assist individuals with Autism develop skills towards independence in the community while building healthy relationships. For more information on how to volunteer please email programcoordinator@myautismconnection.net, visit the webpage  https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Estero/WalktheSpectrum 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 2/20/18

*Dr. Piper’s Faith in Action Program
Senior Volunteers (over 55) needed to transport the elderly who need a ride to the doctor, dentist, pharmacy, dialysis 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 can 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 at The Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc. updated 11/19/18

*Alliance for the Arts
Volunteer for theatre, events, and more! Multiple opportunities are available including ushering for theatre, assisting with events, and office administration. Volunteers will receive training and free access to theatre shows and events! Minimum age to volunteer is 16 (12-15 with a parent chaperone). Court ordered community service is acceptable. To become involved, submit an online application at https://artinlee.org/about/volunteer/ For more information, contact Brandi Couse at 239-939-2787 or bcouse@artinlee.org  updated 8/21/18

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 12/6/18

*Valerie’s House
We are a special place for children and families in SW to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love. Our agency is a loving place for grieving families where children learn that loss doesn’t have to limit their dreams. Lead facilitators needed to facilitate discussion and activities in children or adult groups. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application, interview with one of our staff, and complete a background check. A comprehensive training will also be provided. A commitment of at least 3 hours twice a month and 6 months or more is suggested. Clinical background preferred. Email ally@valerieshouseswfl.org for more information. Posted 8/16/18

Sew Pretty
You can have fun 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 1 day a week for 8 hours. 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 get an application.

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 one day per week for 3 hours. This will include set-up and put away the tables, chairs and supplies, as well as assisting students and instructor during the class.  This is an off-site location and is critical that the volunteer can be there for all classes. Contact Linda Grimm  Linda@mscenterswfl.org  239-435-1901 or you can also ask for Kay Jasso. Updated 9/27/18

*New Horizons of SW FL: Orangewood Elementary
Empower at-risk students in grades K-5 to reach their full potential through literacy tutoring, mentoring and the one on one attention that all kids need. New Horizons offers after school programs  to 600 at-risk students in SWFL and is opening a new location in central Fort Myers serving Orangewood Elementary students this year. Volunteers needed M-Th, 3:30 to 5pm (flexible) during the school year. For more information contact John Halley, 626-616-0790, jphalley@gmail.com  posted 7/9/18

*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 Sondra Seamon 239-332-5346 Ext. 106 or email Sondra@drpipercenter.org    posted 7/9/18

*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.   Posted 7/10/18

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.  Volunteers have the opportunity to lead fitness workshops focused on the unique needs of older adults. Specifically, these workshops are designed to teach older adults preventative measures to avoid falls, improve their balance, and manage chronic conditions. Training is provided for these programs, 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.  While not mandatory, experience with teaching, instruction, public speaking, health care, nutrition, or community outreach is helpful. 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
posted 7/16/18

 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 7/30/18

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 7/23/28

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

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

*Amigos Center
Volunteer opportunities include assisting in the area of administration. Minimum age 18. Volunteers will be asked to fill out an application and interview with the agency. We serve Lee and Collier Counties. To learn more call Bob Selle 239-437-6727 or email bobselle@amigoscenter.org    Posted 8/2/18

CERT-Community Emergency Response Teams
Cape Coral CERT Program educated and trains community members in disaster preparedness and basic response skills. This includes fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. CERT members can help with first aid booths at special events, disaster education material distribution, points distribution, emergency shelter operations, administrative support, and more. Contact Riley Tuff to find out how you can help your community at 239-242-3608 or 239-573-3022 or email RTuff@CapeCoral.net  posted 7/31/18

*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 7/27/18

Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB)
Volunteers represent the community in the decision making process aimed at repairing harm committed by youth against victims and neighborhoods. This process takes a “Restorative Justice” approach, focusing the attention on what harm was done, and what needs to be done to repair the harm. Volunteers are asked to complete an application, attend training and observe 2 conferences. Conferences can last up to 2 hours and are generally held at a library, neighborhood community center, or United Way House. A background check will be conducted on all potential volunteers. Volunteer scheduling is flexible. For more information visit http://www.leegov.com/dhs/neighborhood/youth or contact Nora Donato-Hitchcock at 239-533-7947 or ndonato@leegov.comUpdated 4/2/18

Lee County Refugee Center
We are a non-profit organization looking for volunteers help answer and make calls on the telephone, search specific information over the internet, writing and mailing letters out. Hours flexible, morning or afternoon. Hours available for school. Contact Max Pierre at 239-245-8906 (office) or 239-745-8401. Email piermarmax@outlook.com posted 6/7/18

*At 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.  Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Priscilla Kovalsky at 239-248-4135.

*Interfaith Charities
Summer volunteers needed to help in the local food pantry. Volunteer drivers pick up food donations at local merchants in the Estero and San Carlos Park area and other volunteers can help in the pantry processing food deliveries. Call Brenda Adams 239-267-3510 to help. For more information about the agency visit www.icslee.org   posted 6/4/18

*Beacon of Hope Pine Island
IT Volunteer/Intern opportunities are available; assist IT Director with network administration (maintenance, troubleshooting), PC Maintenance (software updating, cleaning system utilities, printer configurations).  Qualifications; experience with networks, and general PC maintenance, detail oriented, responsible, accurate, excellent work ethic, knowledge of Office software and ability to train. High school or technical college interns encouraged.  Flexible hours. Contact Betsy Haesemeyer for complete list of opportunities and responsibilities at 239-283-5123 or Exdrbeacon@gmail.com to apply. Updated 2/14/18

*Meals on Wheels Drivers
Community Cooperative is the lead agency that delivers nutritious meals to clients six days each week. Convenient routes and meal pick up locations. Choose a day that works for you. Groups can adopt a route and rotate volunteers. Call Jen at 239-332-7687 x4 or contact Jen@CommunityCooperative.com for more information on how to help throughout Lee County. updated 11/26/18

*Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
Volunteers are needed to sort incoming donations, pack food and kits for the senior feeding programs. Shifts are Mon. through Fri., 9-11:30 am and 12:30-3 pm and Saturday’s 9-11:30 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 2/14/18

Destiny Diaper Bank
We are a non profit agency that reaches out to local area Veterans and Seniors in need of incontinence supplies. Volunteers can help with bookkeeping, organizing diapers and supplies, communications, event planning, help with distribution events, packing supplies for distributions, delivering diapers to home bound elders. Located in Fort Myers, volunteers ages 15 and up are welcome.  Call or text Rebecca 239-910-8198  or destinydiaperlady@yahoo.com  updated 1/30/18

*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.  Examples of volunteer opportunities include and are not limited to:  preparing disaster relief boxes, repackaging bulk foods for distribution, drivers with Class A CDL license, front desk receptionist, forklift operator, and public relations.  We are looking for people that can volunteer 1 day a week, or however often you would like to help! Please contact Karl Steidinger, at mfbflorida@midwestfoodbank.org or 239-690-1722. Posted 5/11/18

Love Inc.
Volunteers can help with the following at our Bonita Springs location; bilingual (English/Spanish) telephone intake worker, clerical, data entry on clients, driver for medical appointments, handi-person to help with household repairs, auto repair resources, legal and financial consultant, plumber, marketing help with social media. Minimum age is 18. No court appointed service accepted. For more information call Beth Wyer at (239)-405-8595, bwyer@loveincswfl.org or visit loveincswfl.org.
Updated 2/15/18

Guardian ad Litem
Be a constant in the life of a child who has been abused, abandoned or neglected. We are looking for people who have a passion for children and want to help the court system determine the best interests of a child. An legal education is not required, a want to make a difference to a child is. We ask our volunteers, to be 21 years of age or older, to have 2-3 hours per week (8-10 hours per month) available to volunteer, be able to attend court 2-3 times per year and commit for the life of the case. We supply the training and a support system for those who wish to enjoy a flexible volunteer schedule. To be an advocate, contact Mandy Goldenberg at mandy.goldenberg@gal.fl.gov or call 239-896-4252. updated 9/6/18

*Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, Inc. 
Volunteer opportunities available year round with skills, experiences and talents to help break the cycle of abuse neglect and generational poverty for young mothers and their children and ensure they have a safe and nurturing environment. Example volunteer opportunities are: maintenance, tutoring, career development, teaching life skills, parenting and financial literacy. Any and all expertise is welcome with the objective to ensure each resident is ready for independent living and to help with the operation and maintenance of the facility. Minimum age is 21. No court ordered community service or volunteers with federal or abuse arrests.  Please contact Karen Watson, Executive Director, at 239-267-4663 or via e mail at karen@ourmothershome.com  updated 04/18/18

Center for Independent Living Gulf Coast
Volunteer opportunities available:  We are a non-profit agency that works with people with disabilities and are seeking outgoing friendly volunteers that enjoy working with said people.  Volunteers would be answering phones, managing front desk area along with receptionist duties such as: postage, faxing, copying and helping staff however necessary.  Minimum age 18 and volunteer application needs to be filled out. Looking for people that can work 1 day a week, or however often you would like to work.  Contact Debbie Billiard @ 239-260-4575.  Posted 4/16/18

Happy Families Recreational Center
You can help make the future brighter for children and families by promoting the Happy Families Recreational Center. Volunteer with us and help us pass out flyers and or take phone calls for registration. Volunteer training and on-going support provided. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays Ages 18 and up. For more info on the program or to sign up call Ana Barrios “Lucy”: 352-575-5446 or email familycare@dthm.org and visit https://www.dthm.org/swd to learn more. Updated 4/12/18

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 2/6/18

*PACE Center for Girls
Dedicated to providing girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. On-going opportunities include but not limited to: tutoring, clerical, teacher’s assistant, organizing the point store/clothing for the girls, arts and crafts facilitator, special events and fundraising, lunch assistants & grounds beautification. To learn more or to sign-up Carol.wonderly@pacecenter.org  or 239-425-2366 x 2316    updated 8/6/18

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

*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, Membership and Wellness 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 Randi Hopkins: rhopkins@bonitaspringsymca.orgupdated 4/19/18

*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 4/18/18

*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 4/18/18

“A Roof For Roofus Rescue” has volunteer opportunities with their local animal rescue. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. For more information call Debbie at 239-672-6063 or Nikki at 618-899-0169 or email aroofforroofusrescue@gmail.com updated 4/19/18

*American Red Cross
Volunteers can assist with a large variety of opportunities in Disaster Response. Minimum age to volunteer is 13. Ages 13-18 with schools that have active Red Cross clubs. Court ordered service available only where there is a need or special project. Contact John Cain 239-313-4077 or john.cain@redcross.org    updated 2/2/18

*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 Dawn Clark, dclark@cac-swfl.org or call 239-939-2808. We are located at 3830 Evans Ave, Ft. Myers. www.cac-swfl.org  updated 8/1/18

*Children’s Advocacy Center- Pet Therapy Program
If you have a registered therapy dog, volunteer 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. Contact Lisa Talcott, ltalcott@cac-swfl.org or call 239-939-2808. We are located at 3830 Evans Ave, Ft. Myers. www.cac-swfl.org   updated 7/26/18

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 2/27/18

Lee Health Regional Cancer Center
Looking for volunteers to transport patients from the parking area to main entry. The patients often have a diagnosis of cancer, are elderly and frail and struggle to walk from the parking lot to the main entry door. 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 239-343-2388. Updated 6/27/18

*Child Care of Southwest Florida
Volunteers can help with child based projects such as reading and STEM projects, and help with physical needs such as painting and gardening. Minimum age is 16 with parental approval and completed forms. No court ordered service allowed. Contact 239-278-1002   updated 7/10/18

Lee County Library System
Volunteers can help with shelving, book mending, computer assistance, greeters, and the annual Reading Festival. Minimum age: completion of 10th grade and signed parental waiver and recommendation letter. No court ordered service. Visit www.leelibrary.net or email Cvaughn@leegov.com  posted 2/2/18

March of Dimes
Help with planning and/or volunteering with special events. Other general volunteer opportunities include; assemble packets for events, assemble items for promotions, data entry, phone calls and more. Thank you so much for your consideration!
Contact Megan Flores 239-271-2564 or maflores@marchofdimes.org   updated  11/12/18

*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

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
By volunteering you will receive the opportuntiy to enjoy new and exciting activities and events in the Fort Myers River District and meet people in your community who share similar interests and open opportunities to network. Some duties include: usher, event set up, sales, show production or greeter. To sign up, visit: www.sbdac.com/Volunteer updated 1/9/18

*Community Cooperative
Volunteers can help in the Community Café, 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 2/2/18

*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 2/2/18

*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 to assist with our resident activity program, particularly on weekday afternoons in our Care Center and Transitional Care Unit.
Volunteers must be 14 years of age and undergo an application and screening process. For more information and application, please contact Diana Nicol at 239-573-3334 or dianan@gulfcoastvillage.org  updated 4/3/18

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 500 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 Dort Bear, 239-948-4146/ dort@newhorizonsofswfl.org  updated 2/6/18

Post  IRMA  most of our dogs are in foster homes while we clean up major damage.  Volunteers can help with painting and pressure cleaning or clearing tree debris on site (Buckingham) or at weekend adoption events at different pet stores in Lee County (PetSmart Page Field, Pet Supermarket Cape Coral and North Fort Myers)  Time frames are 11-2 Saturdays and Sundays.  Volunteers must be 16 for pet shop helpers and 18 for onsite assistance.   . Homeless pets are rehabilitated and rehomed or given lifetime care.  SPAY-LEE is a 501c 3.  To contact them directly  call 239-939-3680/239-936-2727 Or email  Apic@aol.com  or   Flspaylee@aol.com  updated 2/7/18









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