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COLLIER COUNTY

Search by mission: Animal Welfare | Arts | Children | Education | Environment | Human Services

Animal Welfare

The Humane Society Naples
In a nutshell: A no-kill animal shelter that works to locate life-long homes for homeless pets and promote responsible pet ownership.
Volunteer opportunities:
Handle and care for the shelter’s dogs and cats; foster a homeless pet; transport animals, supplies and donations; assist with daily housekeeping or office tasks; provide shelter tours to visiting groups; assist with event planning and raise awareness for HSN Pawfessionals, a young professionals group
Orientation required?
Yes
More details:
hsnaples.org/get-involved/volunteer
Main shelter: 370 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples | Satellite adoption center: 2038 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (Coastland Center) | 239-643-1555

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Arts

UAC Contemporaries
In a nutshell: A membership group initiated by the United Arts Council of Collier County to enhance the arts experience for young professionals, primarily ages 25-45.
Volunteer opportunities:
Assist with planning of fundraising events; act as an advocate for the United Arts Council in gaining new supporters. There are also opportunities to volunteer as a teaching assistant with after-school arts programs for at-risk students in Immokalee.
Orientation required?
Yes, for teaching positions
More details:
uaccollier.com/programs/contemporaries/
1495 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 5, Naples | 239-254-8242

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Children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Collier County
In a nutshell: Helps children ages six through 18 realize their potential and build their futures through a mentorship program.
Volunteer opportunities: Mentor, inspire and build a friendship with a Little Brother or Sister
Orientation required? Yes
More details: bbbssun.org
809 Walkerbilt Road, Suite 3, Naples | 239-331-7133

Girls on the Run of Collier County
In a nutshell: Teaches life skills to girls in third through eighth grades through interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5K run.
Volunteer opportunities: Be a running buddy or coach (no running experience necessary for coaches); assist with planning of fundraising events
Orientation required? No
More details:
gotrcc.org/volunteer/
239-777-3720

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
In a nutshell: Provides an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together.
Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer during weekly or monthly special events, on the museum floor, or at various community outreach events.
Orientation required? Yes
More details: cmon.org
15080 Livingston Road, Naples | 239-260-1718

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
In a nutshell: Fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in students from kindergarten through 12th grade through experiential learning programs.
Volunteer opportunities:
Teach after-school classes to students of various ages and backgrounds with a focus on various life and business skills. Volunteers are asked to commit one hour per week for five to seven weeks to teach a class.
Orientation required?
Yes
More details:
jaswfl.org/volunteer/
3838 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 100B, Naples | 239-225-2590

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Education

Grace Place for Children & Families
In a nutshell: Provides pathways out of poverty by educating children and families in Golden Gate City.
Volunteer opportunities: Tutor children in math, science or reading from kindergarten through high school; assist with ACT prep and college applications and essays; teach English language and literacy to small groups of adults
Orientation required?: Yes
More details: graceplacenaples.org/becomeavolunteer/
4300 21st Ave. S.W., Naples | 239-234-2400

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Environment

Naples Botanical Garden
In a nutshell: World-class tropical gardens and natural habitats that connect people and plants through display, education, conservation and science.
Volunteer opportunities:
Give tours of the Garden; teach elementary students during after-school and summer educational programs; cultivate the gardens (weeding, planting, trimming, etc.); assist with office tasks
Orientation required?
Yes, for some positions
More details:
naplesgarden.org/volunteer.shtml
4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples | 239-643-7275

Naples Zoo
In a nutshell: Nationally accredited zoo that seeks to inspire conservation through innovative, intimate and memorable experiences.
Volunteer opportunities: Varies from guest services and education to behind-the-scenes animal husbandry
Orientation required? Yes, for most positions
More details: napleszoo.org/volunteer
1590 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples | 239-262-5409, ext. 136

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Human Services

American Cancer Society
In a nutshell: Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
Volunteer opportunities: Assist with office-related tasks; assist guests; become a mentor; volunteer with various ongoing programs or at special events
Orientation required: Yes, for some positions
More details: cancer.org/involved/volunteer/app/sign-up-to-volunteer
5020 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 108, Naples | 239-261-0337

David Lawrence Center Young Executives
In a nutshell: Supports the mission, operations and expansion of the David Lawrence Center’s community-based prevention and treatment services for those affected by mental health and substance abuse challenges through planning and executing fundraising events throughout the year.
Volunteer opportunities: Assist with planning of fundraising events; act as an advocate for the David Lawrence Center in gaining supporters and raising awareness
Orientation required? No
More details: davidlawrencecenter.org/young_executives_events.php
6075 Bathey Lane, Naples | 239-354-1416

Garden of Hope and Courage
In a nutshell: Provides a place of peaceful reflection for NCH Healthcare System patients, their families and hospital physicians and nurses that care for the sick on a daily basis.
Volunteer opportunities:
Give guided tours to NCH patients to provide a break from treatments and a chance to get outside and interact with nature.
Orientation required?
Yes
More details:
gardenofhopeandcourage.org/become-a-volunteer/
Second Avenue North and Eighth Street North, Naples | 239-436-5200

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
In a nutshell: Eliminates substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes.
Volunteer opportunities:
Help paint and build houses; participate in family selection; help with office tasks; tutor ESL families
Orientation required?
No
More details:
habitatcollier.org/volunteering.html
11145 Tamiami Trail E., Naples | 239-775-0036

Hope for Haiti Next Generation
In a nutshell: Supports the mission of Hope for Haiti through the creation and execution of inventive, inclusive and engaging events throughout the year.
Volunteer opportunities:
Assist with planning of fundraising events; act as an advocate for Hope for Haiti in gaining sponsors and new members and raising awareness
Orientation required?
No
More details:
hopeforhaiti.com/NextGenerationBoard.html
1021 Fifth Ave. N., Naples | 239-434-7183

Naples Equestrian Challenge
In a nutshell: Offers therapeutic horseback riding for Collier County adults and children with disabilities.
Volunteer opportunities:
Assist with sidewalking, leading, grooming and tacking of the horses (no experience with horses required); plan fundraisers and events
Orientation required?
Yes
More details:
naplesequestrianchallenge.org/get-involved/volunteer/
206 Ridge Drive, Naples | 239-596-2988

Naples Junior Woman’s Club
In a nutshell: An organization of young women committed to philanthropy, volunteering and improving the Naples community.
Meets: Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Volunteer opportunities:
 Assist with selection of annual scholarship recipients; volunteer at various local charities as a group; participate in Adopt-a-Road cleanup
Orientation required?
No
More details:
naplesjuniors.com
570 Park St., Naples

NCEF Friends of the Foundation
In a nutshell: Raises awareness of the needs of underprivileged children and support Naples Children & Education Foundation through programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children in Collier County.
Volunteer opportunities:
Assist with planning of fundraising events; act as an advocate for NCEF in gaining sponsors and raising awareness
Orientation required?
No
More details:
napleswinefestival.com/fof-about-us.php
4305 Exchange Ave., Naples | 239-514-2239

The Shelter’s Next Generation
In a nutshell: A diverse group of young individuals committed to expanding and deepening the support base of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children by “friend raising” and cultivating a next generation of support to provide increased awareness, sustainability and leadership succession for the organization.
Volunteer opportunities:
Assist with planning of fundraising events; act as an advocate for The Shelter in gaining supporters and raising awareness. There are also opportunities to volunteer at The Shelter in its outreach efforts, at in-shelter events and with its confidential 24-hour crisis line.
Orientation required?
Yes, for some positions at The Shelter
More details:
naplesshelter.org/images/pdfs/nextgeneration.pdf
239-775-3862

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LEE COUNTY

Search by mission: Children | Human Services

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
In a nutshell: Fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in students from kindergarten through 12th grade through experiential learning programs.
Volunteer opportunities:
Teach after-school classes to students of various ages and backgrounds with a focus on various life and business skills. Volunteers are asked to commit one hour per week for five to seven weeks to teach a class.
Orientation required?
Yes
More details:
jaswfl.org/volunteer/
9530 Marketplace Road, Suite 302, Fort Myers | 239-225-2590

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Junior League of Fort Myers
In a nutshell: An organization of women who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.
Volunteer opportunities:
Feed the hungry in our area; mentor teenage girls in foster care; support self-defense programs for women; help prepare women to re-enter the workforce; work with the elderly; create a listening library for cancer patients
Orientation required?
No
More details:
jlfm.org
1500 Colonial Blvd., Suite 104, Fort Myers | 239-277-1197

Susan G. Komen of SWFL
In a nutshell: Funds grants in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties and supports hospitals and community organizations who provide breast health education, breast cancer screening and treatment programs.
Volunteer opportunities:
Assist with office tasks; work with marketing team to distribute promotional materials; volunteer at special events, such as Komen Race for the Cure in March
Orientation required?
No
More details:
komenswfl.org/get-involved/volunteer/
4061 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 103, Bonita Springs | 239-498-0016

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