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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Holiday Lights in the Gardens 2018 [PIN]

The Florida Botanical Gardens​ needs your help! We are looking for #Volunteers for our annual fundraising event, Holiday Lights in the Gardens. Volunteers take on an important role in ensuring a successful event. Last year we had over 97,000 visitors! When: Fri, Nov. 23 Thru Sun, Dec. 30, 5:15-9:30 PM nightly. We need 15-20 volunteers per night to help greet & direct guests, collect donations, or be our Gift Cart salesperson. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/HL2018Volunteer to sign up!

Largo, FL

11/30/18 5:00 PM +more

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Volunteers [HIL]

Hillsborough County Aging Services is planning it's 6th annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration this month. Volunteers are needed to assist with serving food, seating seniors citizens, door prizes, etc. Please use the link below to sign-up: Amor A Mi Patria Hispanic Heritage Celebration Volunteers

Riverview, FL

9/27/18 8:00 AM

Open Streets Manatee [MAN]

Open Streets Event in Manatee County. 2018: Palmetto

Palmetto, FL

11/10/18 11:00 AM +more

Landscape refresh [MAN]

Lincoln Middle School is in need of some beautification! Volunteers are needed to help with various tasks, including: Garden planting Weeding & mulching Landscape design Painting Creative minds are welcome, along with volunteers who like to get their hands dirty. Organizing tasks may also be available. We can accommodate a group of up to 50 volunteers, so if you have a large group, please reach out to us!

Palmetto, FL

10/12/18 9:00 AM +more

Group Home Painting [MAN]

We are in need of volunteers to help complete interior painting at our Boy’s Group Home. This would include a dining room, kitchen, 2 hallways, 2 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms. Ideally, we are looking for a company that can adopt the project, as we need assistance in purchasing/providing the following supplies: paint, brushes/rollers, tape, long hands to use with the rollers, screwdrivers and/or power tools to take off switch and outlet covers. Not all items would need purchased if volunteers had any of these items that can be borrowed for the project, including ladders. Thank you!

Bradenton, FL

10/12/18 8:00 AM

Horses for Handicapped [HIL]

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls. Come join us at the barn and assist disabled riders in riding class. Make sure you wear sturdy closed toe shoes. Also known as the Bakus Equestrian Center, they offer horseback riding to children and adults and specialize in those with disabilities. Riding provides them with increased self esteem, balance, coordination and improved attention span. After the lessons are finished the volunteers will help with barn maintenance.

Tampa, FL

10/6/18 8:30 AM

Habitat Build [Pin]

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County wants you to come out on a Saturday morning and help build a home for a needy family. No experience necessary -they provide training. Learn new skills, meet and work with new and interesting people. Have fun too! The address of where you will be building will be given to you by your Project Leader closer to the date. Build Day: • Wear close toed and closed heeled shoes • Bring a lunch and a bottle for water (water provided on site) • All tools are provided on site • Please be prompt • Carpool if possible, parking can be limited

Weeki Wachee, FL

10/20/18 8:00 AM

Feeding America Tampa Bay [Hil]

Feeding America Tampa Bay believes that every single person can do something to help end hunger in America. Whether it is one dollar or one hour, you can make an enormous difference in the lives of hungry women, men and children served by their network. Our volunteers will sort donated food at our local food bank, which serves 10 counties in West Central Florida. Before signing up for this project by clicking on "Sign up for this project", any volunteer under the age of 18 will also need to print out a minor release form for this project. The volunteer's parent or guardian must sign it. Bring the completed form with you to the project.

Tampa, FL

10/27/18 1:00 PM +more

Women's Sertoma Sun Fiesta [SAR]

Loveland has an opportunity to sell Loveland's Creative Hearts jewelry and mosaics at the Women's Sertoma Sun Fiesta October 19, 20 and 21, 2018. CREATIVE HEARTS is a social enterprise operated by the Loveland Center, a nonprofit organization that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) achieve equality through opportunity. The participants at Loveland make jewelry and mosaics to not only earn income, but utilize fine motor skills and artistic qualities to their creations. The Sun Fiesta gives us the opportunity to showcase our participants skills and the opportunity to sell their products. With your help, we will achieve this goal!

Venice, FL

10/21/18 2:00 PM +more

Loveland Center Upkeep [SAR]

Volunteers are needed to complete the following tasks: Clean 6 fleet vehicles Clean interiors of 5 buildings Painting Landscaping Assemble benches Pressure wash

Venice, FL

10/12/18 9:00 AM

Loveland Volunteer Opportunities [SAR]

The Loveland Center is a non-profit organization for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Loveland strives to achieve “Equality through Opportunity” for its participants through educational, vocational and supported living services. Loveland participants attend Loveland one (1) to five (5) days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Loveland is open all year. The day is divided into two classes. First period is from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. with a break during class. Lunch is from 11:30 until 12:15. Second period is from 12:15 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. with a break during class. Do you have time and talents to share? We have various opportunities for volunteers to support our mission in the following areas: Self-Contained Class (formerly Phase II/Nexus) – Bldg. E – Lead Instructor is Jim Horton. Volunteers are needed any day, mornings or afternoons. Volunteers are needed to engage students in conversation; Assisting with table top activities (Completing puzzles, Play cards, Arts and Crafts, Board Games); Computer Activities; Academic Pursuits – reading / writing; Storytelling; Helping prepare and clean-up for break and lunch; Sitting with students to ensure safety; Share Musical Abilities – Play an instrument – lead a sing-a-long; Teach a lesson; Take a walk and Help transport students in wheel chairs between activities. Adult Day Training (ADT) Assist in Classroom Activities – Academics, Beading, Computers, Cooking, Gardening, Health & Safety, Life Skills, Art & Mosaics, Wellness, our new ACE Class (Accessibility, Communication & Expression Class) and Foundations Class. Academics – Instructor Linda Walker. Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with students practicing math and reading skills. She also needs volunteers to help with field trips to the Jacaranda Library (meet at the Library) in the afternoons on the 1st and 3rd Monday and Wednesday of the month. Class volunteers are needed Monday-Friday (except on Library days!) second period. (12:15-2:15.) ACE – Instructor Ken Arambasic. Volunteers are needed to assist the class in community outings and in the classroom. The ACE class is out in the community 2-3 times per week, entertaining the residents of Assisted Living facilities, and clubs, such as Kiwanis, throughout the Venice area. Beading/Jewelry – Instructor Elaine Cyr. Volunteers are needed to assist students in design and finishing up projects that the students make. Consists of small bead work and a steady hand it needed. Cooking/Open Learning Center (OLC) – Instructor Donna Richards. Volunteers are needed to help in the cooking class on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. In the OLC class volunteers are needed help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Volunteers will assist students in their projects. Foundations Class – Instructor Kelly Gillen. Volunteers are needed on Monday mornings to assist the class in shopping at Publix, on Tuesdays, 1st period in cooking class and Fridays, all day for community outings. Healthy Kitchen Academy – Instructor Craig Paige. Volunteers are need Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included most days. Volunteers will help monitor safety, food handling and light clean-up. Volunteers are asked to wear long pants, short sleeve shirts (or cuffed) (no sleeveless shirts) and closed-toed shoes with backs. Mosaic/Art Class –Instructor Susan Georgi. The Mosaic Class is held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Volunteers are needed to assist in cutting glass, grouting and helping participants with designs. On Thursday and Fridays participants work on different art projects and learn elements of design, colors and cutting and pastings. Help is also needed with community outings. Wellness Class – Instructor Catherine Blake. Volunteers are needed to help participants participate in exercises on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Assistance is also needed on Friday afternoons (11:30-2:15) with field trips. EmployAbilities (Supported Employment) Assisting with Community Outreach and marketing for the program (attending networking events, job fairs, community events, etc.) Help clients with resume development, assisting with job searches and providing interview preparation. Volunteers needed to Facilitating a Job Club, Work Readiness Training program and/or Soft Skills training program. Programs & Services Administration Advisor & Facilitator for Student Self-Advocacy Committee (research advocacy issue (at home or with a Committee member once a week) to bring to monthly meeting (2nd Wed/month, 1-2:25 p.m.) to share with the committee, assist committee chair with running the meeting, take & type meeting notes, assist committee secretary with committee records & attendance logs. Requires a strong belief in self-advocacy, and organizational skills to assist chair and secretary in maintaining committee records. Facilities, Fleet and IT Our Facilities, Fleet and IT department are always in need of help in maintaining the Loveland campus, vehicles and computers. Skilled and unskilled help is welcome. Development and Special Events – Help the development department with calls to donors, fundraising events and community outreach. Help promote the Loveland Center message at community events. Periodic help is needed for ticket sales, distributing flyers and other Loveland literature, obtaining sponsors, finding items for silent auctions, transporting large items to and from event sites, checking in guests, serving food, cleaning up and tearing down. Loveland Village Activities Help with activities with Residents at the Nancy Detert Residences. These can include assisting Residents on outings (movies, trips to the beach, etc.), activities for Residents at the Clubhouse and weekend activities.

Venice, FL

Through 9/30/20

Day of Caring at Bay Pines [PIN]

Outdoor projects: Shoreline cleanup Plant bed maintenance Area beautification Indoor projects: CLC butterfly garden cleanup CLC arts and craft display setup Assist our volunteers transport patients to their appointments

Bay Pines, FL

10/12/18 8:00 AM

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