This is a list of pre-approved sites that are available to select from. However participants can select a site and submit information for approval.
Description of Agency: ASKT is dedicated to breaking the cycle of illiteracy and poverty by providing free of charge, one-on-one volunteer literacy tutoring to second- and third-grade students struggling to master basic reading skills. We work with kids in the libraries of our partner schools around the Valley.
Responsibilities: Help students become successful readers by working one-on-one for 90 minutes a week, throughout the school year. Read, write, and play literacy games with students. Inspire self-confidence and a love of reading. Qualifications: Complete an application with references. Have reliable transportation to and from tutoring weekly.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Fingerprinting and background checks.
- Fluent English reader.
- Consistent in attendance.
- Positive role model.
- Enthusiastic about working with children.
- Excited about reading.
Training: Attend a two-hour introductory Tutor Training session to learn reading strategies and techniques to help students improve phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency skills.
Hours: Times and locations vary. 18 sites that meet once a week at the same time for 90 minutes.
American Cancer Society
2929 E Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources, Inc.
Teen Programs (13-18 Yrs)
649 North 6th Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85003
Description of Agency: We work with youth ages 14 to 21 assisting in educational and training needs. We also provide a charter high school, adult basic education and the workforce investment act youth programs.
Responsibilities: Tutor students, assist teachers, train in work readiness skills, provide assistance in follow-up services.
Qualifications: Anyone with an interest in education, training, or employment for young people. Special Conditions or Requirements: Background check ($54). Prefer a long-term commitment, but have options available for fewer hours and willing to negotiate fees.
Hours: 7AM - 6PM Monday - Thursday
7AM - 430 PM Friday
High school tutoring typically between 8AM - 230
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington
Phoenix AZ 85004-2303
Description of Agency: The Arizona Science Center is a non-profit institution that provides an interactive scientific learning experience.
Responsibilities: Positions vary, depending on interest/skills of participant. Nature of work-Docents help guests explore and understand interactive exhibits relating to geology, weather, electricity, and more. Research Assistants help with research related to visitor interaction with exhibits, new films, and planetarium shows.
Qualifications: Good communication, accounting, marketing, and event planning skills; works well with the public, interest in science and education.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Fingerprints, background checks, free parking. $10 ASC shift fee, must wear khaki shorts, pants, or skirts. Long term service is encouraged but will accept short-term service (20+ hours).
Training: Orientations are held the third Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 3:00pm, training is ongoing.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; some evening functions.
Arizona Department of Mines & Mineral Resources
1502 W Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Audubon Arizona (National Audubon Society)
3131 South Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central AZ
Description of Agency: Mentoring. We match volunteers with children ages 6-14 in the hopes they will form a friendship. We have 2 programs, Community Based and School Based. In the former, the "match" meets in the community on the weekends or evenings and does activities like going to movies, the park, or sporting events. In the School Based program, matches meet at the child's school during the lunch hour, once a week.
Volunteer Responsibilities: Volunteers meet with their "Little" 2-4 times a month for at least 6 months. The Volunteer chooses the days and times that work best, and activities are determined by both the volunteer and the child. Volunteer transports child to activities.
- Volunteer must be 18 years or older.
- Have a valid Arizona driver's license.
- Must successfully complete enrollment process.
Special Requirements or Conditions: None
Training: Available through our agency
Carmel Community Arts & Technology
87 W. Oakland Street
Chandler AZ 85225
Description of Agency: A free public charter school that serves K-8. Our instructional focus includes integration of arts and technology, individualized/personalized learning, cooperative learning, project based, multiple intelligences.
Volunteer Responsibilities: Can include working in classroom or office, marketing, accounting and/or helping administration with admin duties.
Volunteer Qualifications: Likes working with children, flexible, team player
Special Requirements or Conditions: Must have own transportation.
Training: Overview of our philosophy and programs and can attend Friday staff trainings. Working one on one with the designated person.
Hours: 7:45 am. to 3:30 pm
Casa Grande Elementary Schools
Out of Area
1460 North Pinal Avenue
Casa Grande AZ 85222
Description of Agency: Elementary School District
Volunteer Responsibilities: Reading to students, assist staff with clerical type duties-photocopying, stapling, collating, etc.
Volunteer Qualifications: Background clearance
Special Requirements or Conditions: N/A
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. - elementary sites; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - middle school sites
Description of Agency: A non-profit organization which includes two hospitals, physician practices and a network of charitable community service programs.
Responsibilities: Volunteers at the Lincoln Learning Center read to children, assist teachers, help with homework and rock babies. Volunteers at the John C. Lincoln Senior Apartments help with clerical and receptionist duties and assist with various activities. The Community Health Center also needs additional clerical help. The Marley House seeks volunteers who would enjoy sponsoring or leading a parent workshop on budgeting issues, parenting issues, nutrition, health, and safety issues. At the Children's Dental Clinic, volunteers host a children's toothbrush, toothpaste and floss drive for children who may never has owned their own toothbrush before.
Special Conditions or Requirements:
- A minimum three-month commitment is requested, but six months or more is preferred.
- A regular schedule is required for many positions. (weekly or every other week
- Adult volunteers are required to purchase a uniform jacket.
- A TB test may be required
Training: As required for individual volunteer responsibilities.
Desert Rivers Audubon Society
1221 N Terrace Rd
Chandler, AZ 85336
Description of Agency: A non-profit environmental group whose mission is to educate and inspire our community to protect and preserve birds, wildlife and their habitat. We offer monthly public birdwalks at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve and Veterans Oasis Park in Chandler, as well as monthly programs with speakers on various nature topics.
Volunteer Responsibilities: We need volunteers to help in administrative roles to share their expertise in fundraising, annual appeal letters, finding appropriate grants, and writing grant applications. We need volunteer birdwalk leaders. We also occasionally lead birdwalks for school field trips. To sign up and view all volunteer opportunities, visit Sign Up Genius at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/desert5.
Special Project: We will be building 100 burrows for Burrowing Owls at Zanjero Park at Lindsay Rd and the San Tan Freeway. Our workday is scheduled for Oct 29, 2011 beginning at 8 am. Instruction, tools and materials will be provided. This should be a fun and rewarding day of service. Bring a water bottle and gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Please sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/desert5 or call 480-413-9805.
Volunteer Qualifications: Must have an appreciation of nature. Experience with fundraising or bird identification skills are a plus.
Training: We will offer our annual volunteer orientation on November 29 at 7 pm at the Gilbert Community Center at 130 N Oak in Gilbert (SW of Gilbert and Elliot.) We will train volunteers on-the-job and if necessary through a bird identification seminar.
Hours: Mostly Saturday mornings or evenings.
Fresh Start Women's Foundation
1130 East McDowell Road
Phoenix AZ 85006
Description of Agency: The Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women's Resource Center, which opened in October, 2002, is likened to be the first comprehensive, self-help center for women in the country. The Center is designed for women ages 18 years or older who are seeking information, resources and assistance in their quest for emotional and financial independence. The majority of the programs offered are available at little or no cost to women in need. There are no qualifying criteria to be met before women can obtain assistance at the center.
- In-direct Service Volunteering
- To provide assistance with clerical projects like mailings, data entry and photocopying.
- To provide assistance with filing and organizing
- Enter data that could be of a confidential nature into the MSCRM Database or Excel spreadsheets
- Assist with mailings - folding letters, piecing together invitations, stuffing envelopes, affixing mailing labels, sealing envelopes, adhering postage when applicable
- Photocopying materials
- Collating materials
Special Requirements or Conditions:
- Organizational skills
- Alphabetizing skills
- Familiarity with photocopy machines
- Familiarity with database entry
- Courteous telephone skills
- Positive Attitude
Training: Done in each department volunteer assigned Hours: Arranged hours between 9 AM-8 PM Monday-Thursday or 9 AM-5 PM Friday-Saturday
Girls Ranch of Arizona, Inc.
P.O. Box 1451
Scottsdale AZ 85252-1451
Description of Agency: Residential Group Home for at-risk girls (ages 11-18). Responsibilities: Provide tutoring to residents under the supervision and instruction of a reading specialist. If not in reading program, assisting residents with homework.
Qualifications: Have ability to work with at-risk youth (ages 11-18).
Special Conditions or Requirements: Fingerprinting - $38.00 - agency pays if in the reading program.
Training: Training is one evening per week for 5 weeks. 24 hour live-in residential.
Hours: Office - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
1402 East South Mountain Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85042
Description of Agency: Hacienda Intermediate Care Facility offers a variety of programs to children and young adults with special needs. These programs include a long term Residential Care Program providing a home for chronically ill children and young adults, a Hospital-to-Home Transition Program, and a Respite Care Program. These children come to us for a variety of reasons such as near drowning, automobile accidents, disease such as cerebral palsy, and abuse.
Volunteer Responsibilities: We need volunteers to interact with our residents. This would include reading to residents, assisting with arts and crafts, rock babies, and play games. Volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in our monthly wheelchair washes, which are held on the third Saturday of every month.
Volunteer Qualifications: Anyone can be qualified to volunteer as long as they are over the age of ten.
Special Requirements or Conditions: There are four requirements for volunteers. All necessary forms will be given to the volunteer.
- Volunteer Application- provides us with basic information about you and allows us to add you to our database so you can receive our quarterly newsletter (Hacienda News), information about our events and other information about our organization.
- Obligation to Respect Confidentiality- is your agreement to keep the details regarding our clients private.
- TB Skin Test- this is necessary to protect you and our clients from TB (tuberculosis) disease. This test is free of charge when performed and read at Hacienda, Inc. This test in done on your arm with a very small needle with testing material called tuberculin placed just under the skin. You must return within 48-72 hours to have your test read. Reading is where they will look for and measure any bump that may appear on your arm where the test was given.
- Fingerprint Clearance Card- the remaining forms are required to receive your Fingerprint Clearance Card. These forms are required of all volunteers over the age of 18. They must be completed in their entirety. Please complete these forms and take them with you to the Department of Economic Security (a map will be provided). Once you have had your fingerprints taken, please return all forms to our office. There is a fee for your Fingerprint Clearance Card, which can be reimbursed after 50 hours of volunteering.
Training: All volunteers will be trained on how to wash your hands.
Hours: Volunteers are welcome to come to Hacienda, Inc. between the hours of 8:00am until 8:00pm any day of the week.
2601 E. Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix AZ 85050
Description of Agency: Horses Help provides therapeutic and recreational horseback riding to a diverse population of people with special needs.
Responsibilities: Assisting Barn Manager with barn related duties (M-F 7AM - 12:30 PM) or Riding Instructor with lessons (M-F afternoons and early evenings).
Special Requirements or Conditions: Commit to a minimum of 1 day a week, 3-4 hours per visit. Sign up for a 6-week session.
Training: One 6-hour Saturday orientation.
Volunteer Qualifications: Willingness to give of yourself and receive so much in return.
Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods (ICAN)
201 South Washington Street
Chandler AZ 85225
Description of Agency: ICAN empowers youth to become productive, self-confident and community-minded citizens. It provides role models, educational opportunities, counseling, prevention, and intervention, outreach and recreation and referral. Our youth are challenged to contribute to our diverse community and are recognized for positive accomplishments.
Responsibilities: Working with at-risk youth as a positive role model. Gang intervention and prevention, drugs and alcohol awareness. Afterschool, summer, and intersession activities for youth, ages 5-19. * Bilingual volunteers are needed.
Qualifications: Reading and tutorial abilities, coaching sports. Patience and tolerance important.
Hours: Monday - Friday 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Some weekend opportunities.
Interfaith Community Care
Description of Agency: Interfaith Community Care is a non-denominational, not-for-profit, community-supported human services agency providing care services for seniors and disabled adults since 1981
- Help with lunch or activities at one of the five adult day centers
- Meet new friends and volunteer at Chez Nous Center and Café
- Bring groceries to a disabled neighbor
- Drive a senior to their medical appointment
- Visit a homebound senior
- Input vital data for administration of programs
- Computer skills preferred
- Follow program procedures
- Communication skills
- Enjoy helping handicapped and older adults
- Three personal references required
Special Requirements or Conditions: Due to the vulnerability of many of our clients, we conduct a thorough screening process including background checks on all volunteers who will be entering client homes for both the safety of the client and the volunteer.
Day centers require annual TB tests.
- Volunteer orientation
- Position training with designated supervisor
- Department trainings
- Quarterly trainings offered on a variety of subjects
- Approximately 2-4 hours a week as client requests are made. Flexible scheduling
- Day Centers open Monday-Friday flexible schedule
Contact: Volunteer Coordinators
JR Reese/Theresa Farris
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,
3877 N. 7th Street, Suite 300
Phoenix AZ 85014
Description of Agency: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $360 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.
- Volunteer Activities:
- Software training
- Miscellaneous office duties
- Developing Web sites
- Network administration
- Running family support groups
Training: minimal amount needed - provided prior to the task
Hours: Minimum one day per week
Mesa Community Action Network, Inc. (MesaCAN)
635 East Broadway Road
Mesa AZ 85204
Description of Agency: Mesa CAN serves, or facilitates services for, economically disadvantaged individuals and families, and helps clients devise strategies for increased self-sufficiency and reduced reliance on government services. Responsibilities: Opportunities are for:
- Front Desk Help
- Client Follow-up
- Job Skills Coaching. EVMC also needs volunteers for donation drives, transportation, mentoring of residents, and to assist the security staff.
Qualifications: Technology skills helpful, background or interest in anti-poverty work; interest in helping people.
Special Conditions or Requirements: All information about clients must remain strictly confidential.
Training: EVMC offers training appropriate to working with homeless men.
Paradise Valley Unified School District
Education and Literacy
15002 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix AZ 85032
Description of the Agency: The Paradise Valley Unified School District offers a premiere education to students in kindergarten through grade 12 at 30 elementary schools (kindergarten through grade 6); 8 middle schools (grades 7-8); and 6 high schools (grades 9-12) and a variety of alternative educational. The area extends from 7th Avenue to Pima Road and is generally bordered on the south by Cactus Road and the north by Jomax Road.
Volunteer Responsibilities: Tutor children in the classroom.
Volunteer Qualifications: Enjoy working with young people.
Special Requirements or Restrictions:
- Must show MCCCD ID card or wear a name bade
- Must provide proof of up-to-date immunizations
- Must complete a Criminal Affidavit
Training: Orientation provided at the school. Call Kathe Pelaccio at 602-867-5111 to make an appointment.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. - elementary sites; 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - middle school sites
Prehab of Arizona
868 East University
Mesa AZ 85211-5860
Description of Agency: "Helping Families … Changing Lives" through individual and family counseling, homeless and domestic violence shelters, and residential and respite programs for youth and teens with behavioral issues. Responsibilities:
- Provide childcare to allow mothers to attend counseling (Mesa).
- Donations organizer (Glendale/Mesa)
- Retail assistant or donation assistant (Glendale/Mesa)
- Office assistant (Mesa, Glendale, Gilbert)
- Afterschool assistant youth ages 5 - 12. Board games, sports, movies, reading and homework help. (Mesa).
- Line staff assistant boys ages 12 - 17. Indoor and outdoor recreational activities. (Mesa)
- Tutoring (Mesa)
- Special events coordinator (Glendale)
- Adult development center assistant including resource development, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Must commit to entire shift, Thursday 4 to 6PM.
- Retail e-Bay assistant. Assist in researching items, packaging for shipment, taking pictures for internet listing. (Mesa)
- Submit a Volunteer Application and 3 personal references.
- Complete a volunteer time report each tie you volunteer.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Most positions assisting children will require a background check and current TB test.
Training: Orientation and on-site training for specific duties.
Hours: Vary and are flexible to accommodate the volunteer.
Save the Family
450 W. Fourth Place
Mesa AZ 85201
Description of Agency: At Save the Family, our mission is to provide homeless families with children the tools necessary to achieve long-term financial, parental and personal self-sufficiency through a comprehensive program of transitional housing, case management and supportive services.
Responsibilities: Renovate and maintain our properties, sort donations, assist with fundraising events, help with office duties, work in our Thrift Store, and tutor our children and adults.
Volunteer Responsibilities: We have many different opportunities including, but not limited to, getting a group together to paint the inside of a property; Kids Works or PALS volunteer; provide pre-made lunches/dinners for classes by donations; organize and stock donations on Dynamic Way; help with upcoming events and drives; provide clean toys for children by bleaching toys; sort donations at our drop-off locations; throw a birthday party or baby shower for our clients; create gift baskets for families entering the program; assist office staff with everyday duties and more.
Training: Volunteer must complete volunteer orientation, fill out volunteer application and background check ($56), and complete HCIP training program at STF. Volunteer must commit to full session unless otherwise noted.
Hours: Most volunteer opportunities are during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8AM - 5PM.
Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Service (STARS)
7507 E Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Description of Agency: STARS is a private, not for profit agency serving adults with disabilities. The majority of the individuals served are diagnosed as having developmental disabilities. The next most frequent type of disability diagnosis of those served is that of Traumatic Brain Injury. STARS also works with people having psychiatric diagnoses and sensory challenges. STARS provides two main types of day services. One is called Day Treatment and Training. This program focuses on teaching functional activities of daily living. Learning domains include communication skills (verbal, sign, gesture), self-help skills (grooming, hygiene, first aid), consumer awareness (shopping, money management), cooking, arts and leisure activities. Part of the program consists of community outings to learn about and experience resources available to everyone. These range from restaurants and museums to retail stores, police and emergency services, parks, and government offices.
The other types of day service offered are the Employment-Related programs. STARS has both facility based and community-based services. These programs are geared to helping people with no prior work experience learn the skills necessary for successful employment in entry-level positions. In the facility based work centers, individuals are taught work habits (punctuality, grooming, dealing with coworkers and supervisors), work attitudes (meaning of work, accepting change, dealing with corrections), and work skills (speed, accuracy, flexibility, ability to retain information, complete multiple step tasks). Paid work is provided as a training tool to promote the learning.
Community-based services include training as part of a work crew at a community employer. A group of up to eight individuals, with a STARS trainer, work at an actual company fulfilling the responsibilities of paid employees for that company. In addition, STARS offers job development and placement services, transportation training so the individual can get to work as independently as possible, and a service typically called "job coaching", or on the job periodic support to employed individuals to assist them in keeping their jobs.
STARS also provides a supported independent living program. This residentially based program provides a supported living environment for up to eighteen men and women. At the residence, they are provided training in various activities of daily living including cleaning, shopping, cooking, laundry and clothing care, money management, and recreational and leisure activities.
- Must be over the age of 18.
- Must be able to pass fingerprint clearance
- Must have the physical stamina to complete the tasks assigned
- Must be flexible and accept tasks assigned.
- Must demonstrate a positive team orientation.
Training: Prior to being placed in a specific program, volunteers receive training on some disability related issues, confidentiality, abuse and neglect, and STARS. In addition, the program to which the person is assigned will have specific orientation to the people in that program, MSDS, and reporting requirements. Training takes about 8 hours.
Hours: Volunteers have the option of selecting which program they feel they would be most interested in working. Individuals attend the DTA and the facility-based work programs between 8:30am and 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. Volunteer hours at the residential program are from 3pm to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 7am to 9pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Description of Agency: To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places. Our focus is on environmental protection, lobbying state and local government to help achieve it and educating the public about environmental concerns.
Responsibilities: Responsibilities vary: Volunteers generally assist with tracking and lobbying legislation; conducting research; assisting with writing, editing, and distributing newsletters; assisting with grassroots organizing of conservation campaigns.
Qualifications: Good communication skills; word processing and/or database management; issues research; motivated; commitment to environmental protection.
Special Conditions or Requirements: None.
Training: Possibility of participating in the Sierra Club Training Academy, miscellaneous activist training, wilderness workshops, etc.
Hours: Primarily daytime from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Some evenings and weekends are available.
Skyline Tech, Inc.
15220 South 50th Street, Suite 109
Phoenix AZ 85044
Description of Agency: Charter High School
Responsibilities: Tutoring, office work, mentoring, social services.
Qualifications: Major subjects for tutoring, office computer skills, counseling programs/classes
Special Conditions or Requirements: Fingerprint clearance card
Training: Observations and explanation or hands on
Hours: 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM M-F
Southwest Human Development
2850 N. 24th Street
Phoenix AZ 85008
Description of Agency: A private, nonprofit social service agency for at risk children ages birth to five years. Responsibilities: Volunteers read aloud appropriate books to young children waiting for well checks in pediatric clinics and family practice offices located throughout Maricopa County.
Qualifications: Able and willing to read children's books aloud to children and their families. The volunteer needs to be comfortable in medical settings. Bilingual Spanish speakers and English Language Learners are strongly encouraged to apply.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Volunteers need to have proof of current immunizations, or be willing to obtain required immunizations prior to starting their volunteer opportunity.
Training: Attend a 1-hour Reach Out and Read Volunteer Orientation session, and a 2-hour Volunteer training session prior to starting their volunteer opportunity.
Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday - Friday
St. Vincent de Paul Society
420 West Watkins
Phoenix AZ 85002
Description of Agency: Every year St. Vincent de Paul moves over 10 million pounds of food through its food bank, helps thousands of homeless people get off the street, and prepared over 1 million hot meals for the hungry.
Responsibilities: Opportunities include administrative work, working in the food bank in the processing center or on the loading dock, in one of the 5 Valley Thrift Stores or 5 Dining Rooms, or in the provision of needed services to the Homeless.
Qualifications: The desire to help improve the lives of the individuals and families the agency serves.
Description of Agency: U.F.B distributes food in bulk to non-profit agencies and distributes, on Fridays, co-op boxes.
Responsibilities: Assist in distributing food boxes and filling food boxes.
Qualifications: General people skills are a must.
Special Conditions or Requirements: Ability to lift 5-10 lbs.
Training: On the job.
Hours:Thursday, 7:00 - 11:00 am, Friday, 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Valley of the Sun YMCA Association for the following locations:
Chandler/Gilbert, Chris-Town, Deer Valley, Desert Sky, Glendale/Peoria, Mesa, Phoenix/Downtown, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley, Scottsdale-South, South Mountain, and Tempe Children's Programs (Infant-12 Yrs), Teen Programs (13-18 Yrs)
350 North First Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85003
Description of Agency: Large, non-profit, human service organization.
Responsibilities: Opportunities available in licensed child care, aquatics programs, sports, health/fitness, teens, membership, administration, and fundraising.
Qualifications: Same as paid staff, range from required ages, required certifications such as CPR, required experience, abilities to lift, stand, see, and feel all dependent on the job. Special Conditions or Requirements: None
Training: Opportunities for specific job training on-site, YMCA of the USA certification training in some areas, Child Abuse Prevention, Member Experience trainings recommended as well.