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Community Service is very rewarding.

  • Make new friends
  • Improve the lives of others
  • Set an example for family members
  • Give back to the community
  • Create a family tradition
  • Meet job, school, church, or social group expectations
  • Explore a new career
  • Build self - esteem

To volunteer to serve with one of our projects or with one of our agencies, call Jayne at 386-752-5604 x 102.


Many companies want volunteer community service opportunities for their associates. Please contact our office if you have a project for which you would like volunteer assistance.

United Way of Suwannee Valley new Volunteer Opportunity for 2016:

Volunteers are sought for United Way of Suwannee Valley’s ReadingPals initiative.  ReadingPals is an early literacy initiative focused on screening, training, and engaging volunteer “reading coaches.” The local United Way’ ReadingPals program will support kindergarten students in beginning their school careers with the necessary literacy tutoring to overcome deficiencies which exist at the time of kindergarten entry. Individuals interested in being a ReadingPals volunteer will be provided training to prepare for tutoring a student, pass a background screening, and be provided with reading curriculum materials. For additional information on participating as a ReadingPals tutor and fostering the love of reading in children, contact Rebecca Layman, ReadingPals coordinator, at 386-752-5604 x108 or rebecca@unitedwsv.org.

Click here for ReadingPals Flyer

Click here for the ReadingPals Volunteer Registration form (2017-2018)







United Way of Suwannee Valley

Angie Bowdoin

386-752-5604 x 101


Citizens Information Center (CIC)

Your Community Needs YOU After A Disaster!

Sign-up today to volunteer your time to support the efforts of the Citizens Information Center telephone line at the Columbia County Emergency Management office. Volunteers will be answering phone calls on basic information from citizens in Columbia County after a disaster. 


United Way of Suwannee Valley, as well as each of the United Way affiliated agencies, has a volunteer board of directors and fundraising event committees. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the agencyfs executive director to express your interest.  




American Red Cross of Northeast Florida

























































Community Disaster Education Presenter : (Weekdays, Evenings and Weekends) - Be trained to teach disaster preparedness and prevention to local businesses, organizations, schools, etc.

Client Caseworker : (Office Hours, 4 hr/wk commitment) - Be trained to assist clients in their recovery process, enter cases in database and provide customer service and referrals to incoming disaster calls.

Disaster Action Team Member : (24 hours a day/7 days a week) - Be trained to respond to home fires and other local disasters and assist clients with their most immediate needs.

Disaster Assessment Worker: (24 hours a day/7 days a week) - Provide basic services within the Disaster Assessment activity by gathering, analyzing, interpreting and distributing accurate and timely information about the extent of damage, overall impact, scope of the incident, weather conditions and demographics of a disaster-affected community as well as providing mapping support.

Emergency Response Vehicle Driver: (Available during disasters 24 hours a day/7 days a week) - Operates an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and its equipment safely and effectively to meet feeding and other service needs of people affected by disaster.

Nurses and Mental Health Counselors : (Available during disasters 24 hours a day/7 days a week) - Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Physicians, Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians who have current, active professional licenses are needed in Disaster Health Services to meet the health needs of people affected by disaster and the Red Cross Staff members assigned to disaster responses.

Shelter Workers and Managers: (Available during disasters 24 hours a day/7 days a week) Register shelter populations, conduct dormitory inventory, feed clients, ensure shelters are supplied.

Health & Safety Services:

Office Support Staff : (Office Hours) - Assist department in registering people for classes, answering phones, entering data, conducting customer service surveys, etc.

Presenter/Leader : (Weekdays, Evenings and Weekends) - Be trained to do presentations to groups, including: Workplace Safety, Be Red Cross Ready, Aquatics and Water Safety.

Office of Volunteers:

Support Staff : (Office Hours) - Make follow-up phone calls, conduct phone interviews, data entry, and help plan volunteer recognition events, file paperwork, etc.

Annie Mattox Recreation Center



4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Read to children. Teach a skill to children. Instruct children in basic computer literacy.

Boysf Club of Columbia County

Bill Caley


1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Basic club upkeep to include painting rooms and computer room maintenance. Volunteer teams are welcome after club hours and on weekends.

Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council



Become a Cub Scout or Boy Scout leader, assistant or summer camp volunteer.

CARC Advocates for Citizens with Disabilities



Volunteers sort, stock and hang clothing donations. Volunteers are needed to work with clients. There is a $38 fee for a background check.

Catholic Charities Bureau

Suzanne Edwards


7:30 a.m. to noon

Sort donations of clothing, food, etc. Assemble food bags and personal care kits. Do painting, yard work or gardening.

Catholic Charities Food Bank of Suwannee Valley


David Boozer


Sort, organize and stack pallets of food; assemble food orders; help member agencies shop.

Childrenfs Home Society

Kim Stratton













Volunteers will gain experience with programs whose mission is to break the cycle of child bause and neglect in our community.

Lake City Adoption Program: Assist our adoptions specialists with training and preparing families interested in providing safe, loving homes for children in foster care. Volunteers also help with general marketing and public relations, as well as office assistance for the program.

Lake City Family Visitation Center Program: Help our staff provide a safe, warm enviornment for families and children to spend time together during court-ordered supervised visits while demonstrating positive role-modeling to parents. Vounteers also help with general maintenance of the facility.

Columbia County Senior Services


Volunteers are needed for telephone reassurance checks on homebound seniors, supervision of the physical fitness room as well as instructors in arts and crafts, basic computer literacy, calligraphy and more.

Girl Scouts of Gateway Council



Become a Brownie or Girl Scout leader, assistant leader or summer camp volunteer.

Guardian ad Litem Voices for Children

758-1170 or


The Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program is composed of court-appointed volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children who are abused or neglected. A training program will be completed prior to being assigned.


Happy House

Sheryll Walker

Read to the children, rock the babies, or play and have fun with the kids.


Meridain Behavioral Healthcare


Volunteer opportunities at Meridian are somewhat limited as Meridian operates under strict privacy and confidentiality laws and regulations in an effort to protect those consumers in our care and treatment. Therefore, service on either our governing board (the Board of Directors) or our fundraising/advocacy board (the Board of Associates), and/or opportunities to provide in-kind support/donations (time, subject matter expertise, food, computers, vans, etc.) to specific departments, programs or services on one of our many satellite campuses in the ten counties we serve.


Suwannee Valley 4Cs



Volunteer in the agencyfs Building Blocks Lending Library.

United Way of Suwannee Valley

Rita Dopp

752-5604 x 104

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Office volunteers are always needed to assist with general office tasks such as shredding, sorting, filing, preparing mailings, maintaining the press release notebook of newspaper clippings and maintaining a scrapbook. Volunteers are also needed for service on the various standing committees.

Fun things employees can do at their places of business :

  • Conduct a canned food drive.
  • Collect personal care items for the domestic violence shelters.
  • Collect old cell phones and chargers that will be used as 9-1-1 phones for domestic violence survivors.
  • Recycle soda cans and pop top tabs and donate the amount raised.
  • Collect plastic grocery store bags for use by the food bank member pantries for their use in distributing food.
  • Conduct a blanket drive for distribution to the homeless.
  • Conduct a coat or sock drive.
  • Conduct a back-to-school drive to collect school items and backpacks for children in need.
  • Donate gently used furniture and appliances for survivors of a house fire or for domestic violence shelter residents who will be beginning their life again in their own home.
  • Hold a penny war fundraiser. (For more information consult the United Way office)