Volunteer Opportunities

Use the tabs to navigate the many volunteer opportunities available through Lead and Serve. Under the "Community Resources" tab, you are able to search community agencies by specific social issue and by county. Additionally, under the "Date Specific" tab, you are able to review projects that are taking place on a specific day and time. Lastly, we have opportunities that are not date specific, and those are located under "Ongoing Opportunities." If you have an area of interest, you can do a Control+Find and use a keyword to search.

Agency/Organization Name: College of Education's Deans Tailgate

Project/Event: Tailgate Party

Date: 11/18/17

Time for Volunteers: 3 p.m. to 5  p.m.

Location: College of Education; Building 47 (front of building)

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Help to serve food to guests, possibly check in guests

Dress Code: Casual

Contact to Volunteer: Annia Bastisa, (561) 297-0061, abastist6@fau.edu or Linda Proctor-Bailey, (561) 297-0533, lprocto2@fau.edu

Agency Website: 

Social Issues: Student Support


Agency/Organization Name: FAU Transfer Student Services

Project/Event: Volunteer as a Transfer Orientation Guide!

Date: Nov. 6 thru Jan 9. Additional dates listed here:  http://www.fau.edu/orientation/transfer/volunteers.php

Time for Volunteers: 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Location: House Chambers, located in the FAU Student Union on the Boca Raton Campus

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Position Description detailed on sign up form here:  http://www.fau.edu/orientation/transfer/volunteers.php

Dress Code: FAU T-Shirt and Khakis or Black pants

Contact to Volunteer: Danielle Iannelli; Transfer Student Services Coordinator (diannelli@fau.edu) or (561) 297-2733

Agency Website: http://www.fau.edu/orientation/transfer/volunteers.php

Social Issues: Student Support


Agency/Organization Name: Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Heart Association

Project/Event: Palm Beach County Heart Walk

Time for Volunteers: 7:15 a.m. through 12 p.m. 

Location: Meyer Amphitheater (transportation to and from FAU is provided)

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Support efforts for the walk


Dress Code: FAU shirt, shorts/pants, comfortable shoes

Contact to Volunteer: Aaron Hackman, hackmana2015@fau.edu, or (561) 297-2696


Agency Website: Information on the Walk, Registration Link

Social Issues: Health and Wellness


Agency/Organization Name: Palm Beach United Way

Project/Event: 9th Annual 5K Turkey Trot

Date: Thursday, November 23

Time for Volunteers: 7:30am

Location: 100 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): On Thursday, November 23, 2017, the Town of Palm Beach United Way will host our 9 th  Annual 5K Turkey Trot on the island of Palm Beach. Proceeds from the event are used to purchase Thanksgiving meals for people in need in Palm Beach County. Last year the Town of Palm Beach United Way was able to provide over 2,500 meals to men, women and children on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteers would be assisting with race day activities such as monitoring the course, handing out water, handing out medals, working the kid’s obstacle course, and working the raffle tent.

Dress Code: N/A

Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Kristen Cummins, or by phone at (561) 655-1919 by November 1st.

Agency Website: www.palmbeachunitedway.org

Social Issues: Advocacy/Foundations, Elderly/Older Adults, Medical/Healthcare


Agency/Organization Name: El Sol

Project/Event:  Annual Client Survey


Date: 11/27 to 2/3

Time for Volunteers: Variety of times throughout the day, both weekdays and weekends, and morning, afternoon and night.

Location: 106 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s):  Bi-lingual volunteers are needed to assist with administering El Sol’s 2018 Annual Client Survey to workers and clients at El Sol. The goal of the survey is to better understand the clients’ opinions, attitudes and participation in a variety of El Sol’s programs, such as the labor program or education classes, in order to improve El Sol’s programs and services. This would be a great opportunity for new and returning volunteers to learn about El Sol’s workers, clients and students. You Will be conducting face-to-face interviews with clients. Clients include workers involved in the labor program and individuals who use El Sol's services, such as the health program, ESOL classes, or breakfast/lunch programs. Special assistance is needed for those workers and clients who may lack computer skills, and/or may not read/write in English or Spanish.


Dress Code: Casual

Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email):  Chase Goldsborough, 561-745-9860 ext 4103,  Chase@friendsofelsol.org


Agency Website:  http://friendsofelsol.org/

Social Issues: Education


Agency/Organization Name:  The Children's Movement of Florida

Project/Event: The Children's Movement of Florida - Treasure Coast Board of Advisors' Meeting

Date: 11/30/2017

Time for Volunteers: 9:30 am - 11 am

Location:  Children’s Services Council of Port St. Lucie: 546 NW University Blvd #201, Port St Lucie, FL 34986

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Taking notes during our event. Helping support our Board of Advisers. (Set up and sign-ins) Taking event photographs for our website. Networking with influential community members about CMF priority issues.

Dress Code: Business Casual

Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Michelle Ozaeta, 786-347-1066,  Michelle.Ozaeta@childrensmovementflorida.org

Agency Website:   http://childrensmovementflorida.org/

Social Issues: Children's Health and Welfare


Agency/Organization Name: Florida Science Olympiad

Project/Event:  Southeast Regional, FAU

Date:  February 17, 2018


Time for Volunteers: 1 p.m.  - 4 p.m., normally shift is possible 6 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Location: Sanson Science Patio

Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Assist in running of the competition: 1. event volunteer / assistant 2. scoring 3. registration/help desk 4. set-up/break-down


Dress Code: Casual - will be provided with a t-shirt

Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email):  Ingrid Johanson 561-297-3373 or johanson@fau.edu


Agency Website: www.science.fau.edu/scienceolympiad

Social Issues: Education, Youth


Agency/Organization Name: Mandel Jewish Community Center
Project/ Event: Varies
Date: Ongoing
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Can be flexible with the days and times if needed.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): Mandel JCC in Boynton Beach; 8500 Jog Road
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): We have a special needs gentleman who has been coming to JCC to volunteer his time for the last 10 years. He looks forward to his time each week at JCC. Due to his health concerns, the JCC feels best for him to have a 1:1 shadowing him while he is at our facility. The shadow would also become a companion and potentially read him books, teach him card games, etc.
Dress Code: Casual
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Mindi Markovitz; 561-712-5226; mindiM@jcconline.com
Agency Website: www.jcconline.com

Agency/Organization Name: Gateway Community Outreach
Project/ Event: Re-vamp Access Database 
Date: Ongoing
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): 291 S.E. 1st Terrace Deerfield Beach, Fl 33441
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Our Microsoft Access Database is outdated. We need help in splitting the database, creating multiple users so that several of our volunteers can access the system at the same time. Also we would like to limit access to the data to prevent corruption and create a few reports to provide our grantors with numbers to receive or renew our grants.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Denise Chavez; 954-725-8434
Agency Website: www.GCOFlorida.org

Agency/Organization Name: Autism Care Center, Inc.
Project/ Event: Summer Day Camp/Resource Fairs
Date: Summer 2017 (starting 4/15)
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): N/A
Location (including where volunteers check-in): N/A
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): N/A
Dress Code: N/A
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Olga Concha; 561-929-3463; olgaconcha@autismcarecenter.org
Agency Website: www.autismcarecaenter.org

Agency/Organization Name: Build Abroad
Project/ Event: Varies
Date: Ongoing
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): One week to six months available
Location (including where volunteers check-in): Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Nepal, Peru and Thailand
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Build Abroad is a leader in construction volunteering trips, offering programs working on housing, schools, and disaster relief. Build Abroad feels that construction volunteering is the best way to give back to a community because it provides a lasting physical impact. Currently, Build Abroad has ongoing programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Nepal, Peru, and Thailand and continue to add locations every year. You can volunteer with Build Abroad almost any week of the year and trips leave plenty of free time to explore nearby destinations such as volcanoes, rainforests, historic sites and beaches!
Dress Code: Dependent on country. Please visit https://buildabroad.org for more information.
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Patrick McLoughlin, +1 (802) 266-0155, pat@buildabroad.org 
Agency Website: https://buildabroad.org


Agency/Organization Name: Boca Raton Police Department
Project/ Event: Fingerprinting for the public
Date: ongoing
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): Town Center Mall, 6000 W. Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Orientation required.
Dress Code: Uniform issued (polo shirt) and black pants
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Mary Ann OBrien, mobrien@myboca.us
Agency Website: www.myboca.us/365/Volunteer-Program

Agency Name: CROS Ministries
Project/Event: Fill Pantry Orders
Date: Monday and Wednesday
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): 3 - 6 p.m.
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Fill orders from our pantries. The food order is pulled from pallets in the warehouse and loaded onto another pallet so it can be shrink wrapped and transported in our box truck. Must be able to lift heavy loads (30 to 65 pounds)
Dress Code: Casual
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Keith Cutshall. 561-233-9009 ext 114,kcutschall@crosministries.org
Agency website: crosministiries.org

Agency/Organization Name: Grand Villa West-Senior Living Community
Project/ Event: Varies
Date: On-going
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): 5859 Heritage Park Way Delray Beach, FL 33484
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): The senior residents would love for FAU students to volunteer in social activities such as: Current events, discussions, games, one on one chats, arts and crafts and walking groups. Any day Monday- Friday during 9:30am- 4:00pm.
Dress Code: Casual
Contact to Volunteer: Sylvia Wright, 561-499-7744, act.dbw@grandvillasenior.net
Agency Website: www.grandvilladelray-west.com

Agency/Organization Name: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward
Project: Volunteer Mentors
Date: On-going, Year Round
Time for Volunteers: We ask volunteer mentors to commit to mentoring one youth for a minimum of 12 months, meeting 4 - 5 hours a month. This is typically every other Saturday (or a day that fits your schedule) for 2-3 hours. Location: Deerfield Beach Area
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Volunteer Mentors are interviewed and screened by our professional staff and paired with one youth to mentor for 12 months. The volunteer mentor gets to spend time with their "Little" out in the community enjoying all types of activities together. Mentor match can go to the beach, go to the park, see movies, go to the library, visit the FAU campus, work out together. The possibilities are endless!! Each mentor is paired with a youth who they have similar interests and the mentor can help encourage the youth to do better in school, be positive at home and avoid peer pressure simply by being active in their lives.
Dress Code: Comfortable
Contact to Volunteer: Debbie Ramsay, 954-584-9990 x 234
Agency Website: bbbsbroward.org

Agency/Organization: YMCA of South Palm Beach County
Project: Tutor Volunteer
Date: On-going opportunity
Location: Peter Blum YMCA
Time: Flexible
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Volunteers will tutor students in Mathematics and English throughout the summer. Students will range from 5th grade to 9th grade. Volunteers are requested to commit to 30 to 45 minutes twice a week. Dress Code: Casual
Contact to Volunteer: Trina Chin Cheong, 561-237-0962

Agency/Organization Name: Boca Helping Hands
Project/ Event: Afternoon Pantry Bag Registration
Date: Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): 2 - 4 p.m.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): Resource Center
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Register clients and distribute pantry food bags.
Dress Code: Casual. No torn jeans, tank tops or open toed shoes please.
Contact to Volunteer: Kelly Altus, 561-417-0913, Kelly@bocahelpinghands.org
Agency Website: bocahelpinghands.org

Agency/Organization Name: Saint Vincent DePaul Thrift Shop
Project/ Event: Thrift store assistance
Date: Ongoing (Monday-Saturday)
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): Any three hour block from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): 250 West Indian Town Road, Jupiter Fl 33458
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Store functions: receiving, assisting customers, tagging clothing and fashion merchandising
Dress Code: No shorts or crop tops
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Donna Bryan
Agency Website: www.svdp-palmbeach.org

Agency/Organization Name: Love Serving Autism
Project/ Event: Palm Beach School for Autism Tennis Program 
Date: Ongoing (every Tuesday)
Time for Volunteers (list shifts if applicable): 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location (including where volunteers check-in): Palm Beach School for Autism
Description of Volunteer Assignment(s): Assist the students in tennis drills and games
Dress Code: Tennis clothes
Contact to Volunteer (name, phone, and/or email): Lisa Pugliese; 561-351-6392; lisa@loveservingautism.org
Agency Website: www.loveservingautism.org 


Agency/Organization Name: Coastal Community Church
Project Event: Coastal Kids
Date: This is an ongoing opportunity, every Sunday morning of the year.
Time for Volunteers: Shift #1 option: 8:30-10:15 am Shift #2 option: 10:30 - 12:15 pm
Location: 5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073 (Check in at main entrance.)
Description of Volunteer: Coastal Kids is the name of our children's program, serving ages birth through sixth grade, at Coastal Community Church. Each week, there are multiple volunteer opportunities working with our three age groups: 1. Ages 0-2, 2. Ages 3-5, and 3. Ages 6-12. There are activity centers provided for each age group, tailored to meet the needs of all seven styles of learning: visual, aural, verbal, solitary, social, logical, and physical. Volunteers will aide children as they rotate from one center to another on Sunday mornings. 
Dress Code: We want volunteers to be comfortable. T-shirts and jeans, and comfortable shoes are acceptable. 
Contact to Volunteer: Rachel Stauffer, Children's Director (954) 643-5766 rachel@coastalcommunity.tv
Agency Website: www.coastalcommunity.tv


Name of Requestor: Cathy Cappillino
Email: info@evergladesangels.org
Phone: 800-511-3647
Fax: 954-781-4014
Agency/Organization Name: Everglades Angels Dog Rescue
Project Event: Grant Writing/Volunteering
Date: Ongoing 
Time for Volunteers: Daily 
Description of Volunteer: Looking for volunteers who can assist with applying for grants for a 501c3 organization. Non Profit - Dog Rescue Charity
Dress Code: Casual 
Contact to Volunteer: 800-511-3647 x 7 
Agency Website: www.EvergladesAngelsDogRescue.org


Name of Requestor: Chris Dorney
Email: chris.dorney@lifespacecommunities.com
Phone: 561-454-5253
Agency/Organization Name: Abbey Delray South
Project Event: Teaching electronic usage
Date: Ongoing 
Time for Volunteers: 7:30pm 
Location: Abbey Delray South: 1717 Homewood Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33445 
Description of Volunteer: Our community is looking for a person to lead a one hour lecture/ power point, on cell phones, MS Office, the internet, printing, tablet use, etc. We are a 65 and older community looking to educate our residents on the use of these applications.
Dress Code: Casual 
Contact to Volunteer: 561-454-5253

Name of Requestor: Russell Eckert
Email: yacenter20@gmail.com
Phone: 561-883-9325
Agency/Organization Name: Youth Activity Center
Project Event: Help a Child in Need
Date: August 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017 
Time for Volunteers: Shifts are flexible between the hours of 12-6 Mon-Sat
Location: Abbey Delray South: 1717 Homewood Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33445 
Description of Volunteer: Assist school-age children (5-12) with assignments, music, art, reading, sports, computers, yoga, and other activities; develop and manage digital content; develop marketing materials; assist with events.
Dress Code: Casual; closed shoes 
Contact to Volunteer: Russell Eckert, 561-883-9325, yacenter20@gmail.com


Name of Requestor: Leigh Andrew
Email: volunteer@orangebowl.org
Phone: 954-805-8536
Agency/Organization Name: Orange Bowl Committee
Project Event: Ambassador Program
Date: Sunday, November 12th, time: all day- Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliances Cheer Championships, presented by MetroPCS Monday, December 4th- Sunday, December 10th, time: all day- Metropilia Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships Saturday, December 16th, time: TBD- MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic Monday, December 25th- Friday, December 29th, time: all day- Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series BOWL WEEK EVENTS- more details to come on our website. The Capital One Orange Bowl is taking place Saturday, December 30 at 8:30 PM-- volunteer opportunities all day Saturday.
Time for Volunteers: 
Description of Volunteer: Bowl Week: helping staff welcome centers at the local airports and hotels, assisting the marketing staff with promotions, or even working many of the special events, including the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic and the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl, our volunteer assistance is crucial in creating a series of sports and entertainment events the whole family can enjoy! Non Bowl Week: work registration, greet participants, help with set up/break down, be OBIE the mascot, help where help is needed throughout the event. 
Dress Code:  Ambassador t-shirt (given to you on event day) , appropriate length khaki shorts or pants, and sneakers
Contact to Volunteer: Leigh Andrew 954-341-4748  landrew@orangebowl.org


Name of Requestor: Karen Pelski
Email: kpelski@ymcaspbc.org
Phone: 561-237-0962
Agency/Organization Name: Peter Blum Family YMCA
Project Event: Halloween at the Y Haunted House/Haunted Hayride Event: Halloween at the Y is a free event for families in the community, offering a safe environment to celebrate Halloween.
Date: October 21st
Time for Volunteers: Planning and Implementing Haunted House and Haunted Hayride will depend upon the group. Actual Halloween at the Y Event is October 21 from 6pm-9:30pm
Location:  6631 Palmetto Circle South Boca Raton, FL 33433
Description of Volunteer: We are looking for a club, sorority/fraternity or group to plan, build and be characters in our Haunted House and Haunted Hayride. We will provide the materials needed. A few conference calls or meetings would be needed for planning purposes. The event is so much fun and a great way to get service hours.
Dress Code:  TBD, halloween costumes.
Contact to Volunteer: Karen Pelski 561-237-0962  kpelski@ymcaspbc.org  Patty Costopoulos 561-237-0967  pcostopoulos@ymcaspbc.org


Name of Requestor: Niki Gottesman
Email: n.gottesman@peggyadams.org
Phone: 561-797-8143
Agency/Organization Name: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Project Event: Year Round Assistance Needed
Date: Every day PetSupermarket Pet Store hours 9am - 9pm Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm Sundays
Time for Volunteers: Every day PetSupermarket Pet Store hours 9am - 9pm Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm Sundays 
Location:  1966 N Federal Hwy - 9798 Glades Rd - 5030 Champion Blvd
Description of Volunteer: Check on the cats, clean the cage if needed, make sure cats have food and water, talk to customers and answer questions about Peggy Adams
Dress Code:  Volunteer Shirt own pants
Contact to Volunteer: Niki Gottesman 561-797-8143 or  n.gottesman@peggyadams.org


Name of Requestor: Kellie Drexl
Email:  volunteer@kidsafefoundation.org
Phone: 954-621-8644
Agency/Organization Name: KidSafe Foundation
Project Event: Book delivery to Palm Beach County elementary schools
Date: Each volunteer will receive a designated date and time to deliver the books to one or more schools (dates/times may be flexible)
Time for Volunteers: TBD (most likely in the 8AM-2PM time frame)
Location: Palm Beach County elementary schools (specific location/s TBD)
Description of Volunteer: Volunteers will make arrangements to retrieve books from myself and/or the KidSafe Foundation office in East Boca. Thereafter they will deliver the books to Palm Beach County elementary schools. This is also a great way to build a volunteer relationship with our nonprofit organization! We are always looking for volunteers to help in many ways throughout the year.
Dress Code: School appropriate, nothing specific
Contact to Volunteer: Kellie Drexl,  volunteer@kidsafefoundation.org
Agency Website: kidsafefoundation.org


Name of Requestor: Nubia Ortega
Email: nubiaortega@unitedwaypbc.org
Phone: 561-375-6618
Agency/Organization Name: United Way of Palm Beach County
Project Event: VITA Tax Preparation (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
cOngoing opportunities throughout tax season (January through April)
Time for Volunteers: A commitment of 4 hours per week. 
Location: There are 16 VITA locations throughout Palm Beach County, for more information on locations visit: www.taxesfiledfree.org 
Description of Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to assist low-income people and their families in tax preparation.
Dress Code: Business casual
Contact to Volunteer: Nubia Ortega
Agency Website:www.taxesfiledfree.org


Name of Requestor: Shaena Fray
Email: shaena@propelyourfuture.org
Phone: 239-357-2885
Agency/Organization Name: PROPEL Inc.
Project Event: After school Tutors/Mentors
Date: Every Monday-Thursday
Time for Volunteers: There are a variety of shifts available: October Tutoring/ October Serving/ November Tutoring/ November Serving
Location: 2500 NW 5th Ave Boca Raton, FL 33431
Description of Volunteer: The max for this position is 4 volunteers per day. You will be in the rooms with students, assisting the tutors. Please make sure you have already submitted a volunteer form before arrival. If not, visit our website, propelyourfuture.org, for a copy of our volunteer application. Servers: The max for this position is 3 volunteers per day. You will assist in food setup, serving to the students, and clean up. Please make sure you have already submitted a volunteer form before arrival. If not, visit our website, propelyourfuture.org, for a copy of our volunteer application.
Dress Code:
Contact to Volunteer: Shaena Fray 561-955-8553  shaena@propelyourfuture.org
Agency Website: propelyourfuture.org


Name of Requestor: Simara Schneider
Email: sschneider@artismgmt.com
Phone: 561-989-9945
Agency/Organization Name: Artis Senior Living in Boca Raton (Memory Care)
Project Event: Ongoing opportunities
Date: Ongoing opportunities
Time for Volunteers: Day and Evening Opportunities
Location: 5910 N. Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33487
Description of Volunteer: Assist residents with programs and activities at our beautiful community! Prior to volunteering, the following will need to be completed:

  • An emergency contact sheet
  • Criminal background check (for volunteers over the age of 18)
  • Health statement (verifying that the volunteer is free of communicable diseases)
  • Confidentiality statement and volunteer release
  • Participation in an Orientation

Dress Code: Business casual
Contact to Volunteer: Simara Schneider 561-989-9945  sschneider@artismgmt.com
Agency Website: http://www.artisseniorliving.com/

 Last Modified 11/17/17