Volunteer opportunities at United Way impact partners

Volunteer opportunities at United Way impact partners 2018-03-31T14:32:52+00:00

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, several United Way Impact Partner agencies have ongoing opportunities available. From mentoring to tutoring to manning a crisis hotline, there are a variety of volunteer positions available. Please read below for full descriptions and requirements.

Seeking: Team Leaders

Team Leaders help to carry out projects and reach goals set for the Red Cross. They assist with the onboarding and training of new volunteers as well as provide coaching and guidance. They help to build the capacity of the Red Cross and work within departments to reach goals. Team Leaders are able to build relationships as well as interact and meet a variety of people.

Other requirements: Background check

Time commitment: 5-10 hours a week

Contact: Sara Paradis, Volunteer Manager, sara.paradis@redcross.org, (305) 728-2588


Seeking: Disaster Action Team Members

Disaster Action Team (DAT) Members assist the Red Cross in delivering our mission by alleviating human suffering caused by disasters. DAT Members work on a flexible on-call schedule where they provide timely response to disasters and assist those affected. When a disaster strikes the DAT Members provide direct client services such as food, clothing, and shelter. All training is provided.

Age requirement: Must be at least 16 years old

Other requirements: Background check

Time commitment: Depends on volunteer availability

Contact: Sara Paradis, Volunteer Manager, sara.paradis@redcross.org, (305) 728-2588

Seeking: Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities vary depending on the time of the year and what is currently taking place at the program. Opportunities can range from mentoring a student, tutoring, small groups on hygiene, relationships, college, careers, gardening, painting, etc.

Age requirements: Must be at least 21 years old

Other requirements: Background screening

Time commitment: 1 hour a day, 5 days a week, for a minimum of 1 month

Contact: Enrique Garcia, Executive Director, MiamiDadeNorth-ED@AMIkids.org, (305) 944-1960

Seeking: Mentors

Volunteers will assist youth in the ages of 13 – 18 complete job applications, complete resumes, write essays, participate in mock job interviews, and assist with budgeting.

Age requirements: Must be at least 21 years old

Other requirements: Background screening

Time commitment: Once per week, Monday through Friday, 8am – 4pm

Contact: Terrance Levell, Executive Director, miamidadesouth-ed@amikids.org. (305) 361-7934

Seeking: Mentors

Our kids range between 5 – 15 years of age. Most of our participants come from single family homes and lack bonding opportunities that would provide impressionable relationships that would provide a vision of hope for them.

Age requirements: Must be at least 16 years old

Other requirements: Background checks required

Time commitment: 30 minutes a week, opportunity to increase time

Contact: Horace Roberts, Interim CEO, hroberts@tacolcy.org, (305) 751-1295 ext. 111

Seeking: Community Match Mentors

1:1 Mentoring is the original Big Brothers Big Sisters friendship, where each match is unique and develops a schedule that works for both. Getting together enriches both the Little and Big. It doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activities; just a few hours every month to share experiences you already enjoy in our fair city. This could include: taking a walk or throwing a ball in the park, going to a museum, listening to music, attending a sports event, going to the beach, or getting ice cream. These simple experiences are actually opportunities for a Little to be heard, supported, guided and awakened to new possibilities through your perspective. It’s amazing how a bit of your time and perspective will inspire a Little to reach his or her true potential.

Age requirements: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirements: Criminal background check and driving record check required. A thorough, one-on-one interview is conducted. Three personal and professional references required.

Time commitment: Minimum twice a month

Contact: Community Partnerships Department, (305) 644-0066 ext. 253


Seeking: Bigs in School

Kids enjoy interacting with their Bigs at school, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. And parents feel confident in the positive impact a Big’s presence makes at school. School-based mentoring is not a tutoring program; it’s more like guidance. Bigs and Littles meet for 1-on-1 mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other school-based location. Bigs and Littles typically meet for one hour once per week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life – just as friends do.

Age requirements: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirements: Criminal background check and driving record check required. A thorough, one-on-one interview is conducted. Three references required.

Time commitment: Minimum 1 hour a week

Contact: Community Partnerships Department, (305) 644-0066 ext. 253


Seeking: High School and College Student Mentors

Kids enjoy interacting with their Bigs at school, whether it’s in the classroom or on the playground. And parents feel confident in the positive impact a Big’s presence makes at school. School-based mentoring is not a tutoring program; it’s more like guidance. Bigs and Littles meet for 1-on-1 mentoring in the classroom, school library, school computer room, neighborhood community center, or other school-based location. Bigs and Littles typically meet for one hour once per week to read together, play sports or computer games, or simply talk about life – just as friends do. Mentors will earn community service hours and gain valuable life skills by serving as mentors to elementary school children.

Age requirements: Must be a current high school or college student

Other requirements: Criminal background check and driving record check required. A thorough, one-on-one interview is conducted. Three references required.

Time commitment: Minimum 1 hour a week

Contact: Community Partnerships Department, (305) 644-0066 ext. 253


Seeking: Mentors for a Day

We have a Group Mentoring program for Littles (children) on our waiting list. We are looking for individuals or groups of people that are interested in hosting one-time events for the children in this program. Events can include picnics, beach parties, sports activities, or an ice cream social just to name a few.

Age requirements: Must be at least 18 years old

Time commitment: Events must take place after school and/or on weekends (to be scheduled with Group Mentoring Coordinator)

Contact: Andy Derilus, Group Mentoring Coordinator, aderilus@bbbsmiami.org, (305) 644-0066

Seeking: Mentors and coaches

Volunteers can work with kids by assisting them with homework, reading, and math or help with our sports programs by coaching basketball, baseball, flag football, tackle football and cheerleading.

Other requirements: Background check needed

Time commitment: Coaching opportunities require a commitment for that particular sports season

Contact: Rachel Fernandez, VP of Operations, rfernandez@bgcmia.org, (305) 446-9910

Seeking: Friends from the community

Volunteers would read stories to children, and talk about their job and what they do for the community.

Age requirement: Must be at least 18 years old

Time commitment: 1 hour, once a month

Contact: Dihadenys Chavez, Education Coordinator, dchavez@ccadm.org, (305) 324-5424

Seeking: Volunteers to Verify Resource Information

CCDH provides supports and services to individuals with disabilities. As such, we maintain a data base of resources for individuals and families. Referral sources are constantly changing. In order to insure we give accurate information to our clients, there is always a need to verify and update information. This can be done by phone, at our site, or from the volunteer’s home.

Time commitment: Flexible

Contact: Josie Hagel, Director of Quality Management, jhagel@ccdh.org, (305) 596-1160

Seeking: Tutors

Volunteers would provide basic tutoring and assistance with homework for young kids (mostly elementary school age who reside in a shelter for abused and neglected children).

Age requirements: Must be at least 21 years old

Other requirements: Background check may be needed depending on number of hours tutoring

Time commitment: Two hours a day, one evening a week

Contact: Denisha Sinclair, Development Assistant, dsinclair@cfceinc.org, (305) 474-1761


Seeking: Committee volunteer

This entails serving on various committees to support the work of the organization, i.e. development, program, finance, etc.

Age requirement: Must be at least 21 years old

Time commitment: Two hours, once a month

Contact: T. Delores Dunn, CEO, ddunn@cfceinc.org, (305) 628-3201

Seeking: Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are available for an unpaid person who is trained to assist in implementing ongoing program activities on a regular basis under the supervision of a staff person in areas such as health, education, transportation, nutrition, and management.

Age requirement: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirements: Background check, health screening, virus training, application

Time commitment: Anytime during operation hours of 8am-4pm

Contact: Milagros Rodriguez, Secretary, mirodriguez@ccadm.org, (305) 576-1923

Seeking: After School Program Volunteers

Volunteers can help in a variety of activities at Centro Mater. Whether assisting in the regular classroom activities, homework assistance, tutoring, book reading, event organization, team sports, office help or designing your own presentation to teach our students about a valuable and culturally significant topic.

Age requirement: Must be at least 16 years old

Other requirements: Background check Level 2 screening required to start

Time commitment: 10+ hours per month

Contact: Yannet Amador, Curriculum Specialist, yamador2@chsfla.com, (305) 545-6049

Seeking: McLamore Children’s Center, Residential Group Care, and Healthy Families volunteers

CHS’ Volunteer Program will recruit and train non-compensated individuals to assist in the operational activities of the organization and in the delivery of services to our clients. CHS encourages the teamwork of our employees and volunteers so that together they can offer the highest quality programs and services to our clients. Volunteers contribute their unique talents, skills and knowledge of the community, providing special, personalized attention to our clients, assisting employees in delivering services, enabling employees to focus on the work for which they were trained, and educating the public about the organization, its purpose and its needs. The Children’s Home Society of Florida Volunteer Program will:

  • Offer training, support, supervision and recognition to its participants;
  • Utilize management techniques that will encourage positive working relationships and a healthy work environment for employees and volunteers;
  • Recruit and train volunteers who will provide special, personalized attention to clients;
  • Recruit volunteers who will assist with on-going operational activities and public awareness activities.

Age requirement: At least 15 years old

Other requirement: Application, screening, and interview

Time commitment: To be established by CHS Division based on program needs and availability of volunteer

Contact: Alea Hodge, Volunteer Coordinator, alea.hodge@chsfl.org, (305) 755-6522


Seeking: Mentors, troop leaders

Our volunteers are valued members of our dedicated team, helping us to make a difference in the lives of children. The gift of your precious time enhances the quality of care we’re able to provide to the children and families we serve. CHS’ goal is to ensure children are safe healthy and prepared for life. Your interest in our organization reflects your concern and commitment to improving the lives of children in your community and throughout the State of Florida. Volunteering is reciprocal. We hope you receive as much fulfillment from your volunteer experiences as our clients benefit from your efforts. Activities such as Tutoring, mentoring, gardening, landscaping, light maintenance, etc. aid in our mission of Embracing Children. Inspiring Lives.

Age requirement: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirements: Background checks needed, depending on number of volunteer hours

Time commitment: Depends on volunteer opportunity – reach out to Alea Hodge for more information.

Contact: Alea Hodge, Volunteer Coordinator, alea.hodge@chsfl.org, (305) 755-6522

Seeking: Office Volunteers

There are opportunities to volunteer as office staff, depending on the volunteer’s expertise.

Age requirements: Must be at least 16 years old

Other requirements: Background check, HIPAA training (provided)

Time commitment: Based on volunteer availability

Contact: Ana Jurado, Executive Administrator, ajurado@efof.org, (305) 670-4949

Seeking: Citizen Review Panel Volunteer

Citizen Review Panel Volunteers will conduct case review hearings to assess the safety, permanency and well-being of abused, neglected and abandoned children that have been placed in foster care. The Citizen Review Panel asks questions during the case reviews regarding the child’s education, living environment, visits with biological parents and family members. Volunteers will also examine mental, physical, dental and visual health documentation and make recommendations based on their findings.

Age requirements: Must be at least 25 years old

Other requirements: Background screening, high school diploma or equivalent

Time commitment: Volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering one 8 hour weekday each month for at least one year. Volunteers must also complete 25 hours of pre-service training which includes panel observation, court observation, interactive classroom instruction and online learning lessons. An additional 10 hours of continuing education is also necessary each year so that volunteers can stay informed as to changes in laws & agency policies.

Contact: Ileana Albrecht, Administrative/Outreach Coordinator, ialbrecht@fostercarereview.org, (305) 573-6665 ext. 270

Seeking: Troop & Group leaders, assistants

Give time, talent or treasure to help girls build courage, confidence and character.

  • Prepare for and guide girls in planning, carrying out, and evaluating activities appropriate to their interests and abilities in ways which help them develop values, foster a sense of self-worth, relate to others and contribute to their community.
  • Help girls understand their role in the troop and develop their leadership abilities through use of democratic troop management.
  • Motivate girls to examine and understand the values expressed in the Promise and Law and encourage girls to apply these concepts to daily behavior.

Age requirement: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirement: Application, background check, references, training (provided), ability to relate to children and persons of diversity

Time commitment: 2 hours per week, monthly adult meetings, position training; evenings and weekend opportunities available

Contact: Maria Santos, Director of Volunteer Services, msantos@girlscoutsfl.org, (305) 253-4841 ext.250


Seeking: Volunteer interviewer

Volunteer will:

  • Complete volunteer interview process within the time frame determined by GSSEM
  • Check email on a regular basis for interview assignments and updates
  • Conduct volunteer interviews (usually by phone)
  • Provide volunteer candidates basic information about Girl Scouts and volunteer positions
  • Assess if volunteer applicants are a good match with volunteer competencies and Girl Scout values
  • Submit recommendation forms to council staff liaison in a timely manner.

Age requirement: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirement: Demonstrates dependability, honesty, and credibility

Time commitment: Weekly, please reach out to Maria Santos for more information

Contact: Maria Santos, Director of Volunteer Services, msantos@girlscoutsfl.org, (305) 253-4841 ext.250


Seeking: Technology, data entry, and social media support volunteer

Volunteers will:

  • Create, maintain, and regularly post events, activities, and other communication pieces to the Service Unit and/or troop’s social networking accounts
  • Be a positive role model to all girls and adults while acting with integrity and adhering to the Girl Scout Promise and Law
  • Maintain confidentiality on behalf of the Girl Scout organization and in accordance with the Girl Scout Program Ensure girls’ safety by remaining informed and complying with Volunteer Policies, Volunteer Essentials and the Computer/Online Safety Activity Checkpoint
  • Support and maintain social networking accounts (includes Shutterfly, Constant Contact, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Pinterest, or any other social networking site used for volunteer communication)
  • Assist with data management systems and data entry and reports (Customer Reponse systems)
  • Promote and publicize events, news, and accomplishments as well as other program opportunities
  • Monitor volunteer requests and invite to access shared communication sites.

Age requirement: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirement: Application, background checks, references, computer and social media skills; interns welcome

Time commitment: Flexible, in office or remote, based on schedule and account needs

Contact: Pauline Powell Russell, Chief Mission to Market Officer & Council Enterprise Systems Manager, prussell@girlscoutsfl.org, (305) 253-4841 ext.238

Seeking: Data Entry Volunteers

Volunteers in local communities help Goodwill® fulfill its mission every day helping individuals find a job, build their skills and strengthen their finances. There are many professional and personal benefits to volunteering, including the opportunity to:

  • Expand your network
  • Build your social skills while developing new contacts and referral sources
  • Learn new skills
  • Explore new careers, causes and organizations
  • Enhance your résumé

Overall, volunteers have a 27 percent greater likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than those who don’t volunteer. This increases to a 51 percent likelihood if you lack a high school diploma and a 55 percent likelihood if you live in a rural area. While we are in the process of implementing and expanding our volunteer program, what we currently have available is data entry opportunities where you can work remotely and still receive community service hours. For more information visit www.goodwillsouthflorida.org and see our volunteer information page under “Mission and Jobs” in the navigation (blue) bar on top of page.

Age requirement: Must be at least 15 years old

Time commitment: Because this is a remote opportunity, other than taking an introductory tour and orientation of Goodwill Industries of South Florida, you can work on your own time for as long as you’d like.

Contact: Lourdes de la Mata-Little, VP Marketing, llittle@goodwillmiami.org, (305) 326-4181

Seeking: Agency support

Volunteers file, assist with our employment program, the Strengthening Families program, assist with health fairs, and various tasks that need to be completed.

Other requirements: Bilingual English/Haitian Creole

Time commitment: Minimum twice a week

Contact: Alta Joseph, Special Projects Admin, altaj@santla.org, (305) 573-4871

Seeking: Volunteers

Volunteers will help facilitate following tasks in varied departments:

  • Attending and assisting patients at the front desk
  • Filing, maintaining patient records, data entry, shredding, etc.
  • Assisting clinicians in preparation of sessions
  • Providing fun activities for siblings of clients (e.g., reading time, etc.)
  • Organizing shipments and entry of equipment

Contact: info@hearingandspeechcenter.org

Seeking: Mentors

Miami Bridge is always seeking new mentors for our ever changing residential youth. Every Tuesday evening volunteer mentors come to our Miami shelter to play games, discuss and spend time with the youth residing in the shelter that day.

Other requirements: Background checks needed, depending on volunteer hours

Time commitment: Every Tuesday evening

Contact: Lina Aguirre, HR Director, aguirre@miamibridge.org, (305) 636-3529

Seeking: Retired Senior Volunteers

Volunteers can contribute their time, expertise, knowledge, and experiences by volunteering for their community. The goal of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is to promote student growth, attendance, confidence, positive attitude, and to enhance social relationships that support student achievement. Volunteer placements will depend on school need, volunteer interest, and scheduling. Benefits include transportation reimbursement, district/county recognition, insurance, and newsletter features.

Age requirement: Must be at least 55 years old

Other requirements: Background history repository check, orientation training

Time commitment: Minimum of 20 hours per month

Contact: Office of Community Engagement – School Volunteer Program, SchoolVolunteerProgram@dadeschools.net(305) 995-2995


Seeking: Level 1 Volunteers

Volunteers needed for the following activities:

  • The Arts
  • Classroom
  • Clerical
  • Day Chaperone
  • Educational Excellence School Advisory Council (ESSAC)
  • Library/Media
  • PTA/PTSA
  • Tutor
  • Speaker/Presenter

Contact: Office of Community Engagement – School Volunteer Program, SchoolVolunteerProgram@dadeschools.net, (305) 995-2995


Seeking: Level 2 Volunteers

Volunteers needed for the following activities:

  • Assist with management of school volunteers
  • Mentor/Success Coach
  • Overnight Chaperone
  • Physical Education Assistant
  • District/Region Volunteer

Other requirements: Fingerprinting required

Contact: Office of Community Engagement – School Volunteer Program, SchoolVolunteerProgram@dadeschools.net, (305) 995-2995

Seeking: Volunteer assistants

Volunteers needed to assist with the following:

  • Assisting students with academic assignments
  • Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
  • Chaperoning Field Trips
  • Assisting in program activities – art, music, dance, garden, recreational sports or play, etc.
  • Supervising students whenever necessary
  • Administrative Assistance
  • College and Career Readiness Workshops

Age requirement: Must be at least 14 years old

Other requirements: Background check needed

Time commitment: Minimum 1 hour

Contact: Zelda Williams, Client and Community Relations Coordinator, zelda.williams@overtownyouth.org, (305) 349-1204


Seeking: Mentors

  • Homework assistance: opportunity to assist student and become a mentor
  • Save Our Sons: chance to mentor male students
  • Jewel Summit: chance to mentor female students

Age requirement: Must be at least 14 years old

Other requirements: Background check needed

Time commitment: Minimum 1 hour

Contact: Zelda Williams, Client and Community Relations Coordinator, zelda.williams@overtownyouth.org, (305) 349-1204

Seeking: Child care support

The infants, toddlers and preschoolers RCMA serves all love extra attention – rocking in a chair in an adult’s lap, listening to a story in Spanish or English, playing in the sandbox, or helping get ready to paint a picture. Adults get to enjoy the unconditional love that children display to attentive adults. The child care centers are located in Homestead and Florida City and are open from 7am until 5:30 daily, except weekends.

Age requirement: Must be at least 16 years old

Other requirements: Background checks required if volunteering more than 40 hours a month

Contact: Marbelia Zamarripa, Regional Director, marbelia@rcma.org, (786) 298-0475

Seeking: Program assistants

Program assistants are responsible for a variety of tasks which includes record keeping, activity reports, screening, and other assigned duties to support staff. Work requires the use of some initiative and judgment in cooperating with various workforce professionals and general public.

Age requirements: Must be at least 18 years old

Other requirements: Clerical Experience a plus; excellent Interpersonal and communication skills.

Time commitment: Monday to Friday, 4 to 8 hours per day

Contact: Robert Santiago, Volunteer Coordinator, Rsantiago@ycoop.org, (305) 643-6730 ext. 180