If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands and you were thinking maybe you’d like to volunteer …do something for others… what are your options here in Citrus County? I thought I’d compile a partial list of what’s available for people who would like to donate their time and services to others.
Most of the Churches in the area have Men’s and Women’s Service Organization as well as food pantries.
Daystar Life Center has a food bank, social services and thrift store, and you can volunteer in the pantry, store, data entry or general office work. When there is a food drive, you can be called in to help sort the food products onto the shelves.
Meals on Wheels: currently the Citrus County program is in need of volunteers. You deliver meals during the lunchtime hours, Monday through Friday. It takes approximately two hours of time one day a week to deliver meals to seniors. Each meal route consist of 10 to 20 stops ,taking 1 to 2 hours to complete, and you will be reimbursed for your mileage. For more information 352-527-5975
The Family Resource Center also serves Citrus County‘s people who are in need of clothing food shelter etc. One of their largest activity includes Adopt a Child for Christmas. Patrons are given a child’s name with information on the child’s age, clothing sizes, interests and needs. Gift bags are then brought to the center where Volunteers check gifts for accuracy, size and needs and then wrapped for delivery to families.
Habitat for Humanity
Build homes with Habitat’s regular volunteers: work in the
HABITAT ReSTORE: Clean and sort donations or stock store shelves;
Help four or more hours a week in Crystal River with phone, mailings, and data entry. Computer skills helpful; Office: Identify and mentor new Habitat partner families as they enter and complete the Habitat program; Board Committee/Family Services:Help organize and work at special events to build financial support. Board Committee:/Development: Write articles or take pictures for Habitat newsletter and website.
“Mission: To assist persons with developmental disabilities achieve their God-given potential through an array of individualized services that promote growth, choice, and independence with kindness, love, dignity, and respect.”
“The Path rescue mission provides shelter, clothing, food and individualized case management for displaced or homeless men, women and children. The Path teaches Biblical principles and life skills to improve quality of life and self sufficiency. VOLUNTEERS fulfill our mission statement by helping our clients reconnect with society. By showing our clients love, acceptance, and service, volunteers encourage our clients and help them feel valued. Just by showing up, you are communicating to our clients that they are worth your time!”
PATH has a thrift store and other services.
The goal of the NCVC is to expand services to the citizens of Citrus County through the dedicated efforts of volunteers of all ages. Volunteers are placed in special events, short-term projects, or ongoing positions within a variety of local non-profit organizations, government agencies and facilities.
You could volunteer at the Library: “Volunteering is a great way to meet all different types of people in your community that can become life-long friends, mentors, or valuable references.”
“You can choose to volunteer at special events or to work with members on a daily basis. With a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men, women, and children of all ages and from all walks of life the resources and support they need to be healthy, confident, connected, and secure. We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to match your passion, skills and schedule.”
Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is a charitable organization that serves as a grief resource for people of all ages and stages of life.
Citrus County Sheriff’s Office
Besides the Crime Watch Patrols, there are other volunteer opportunities.
Homosassa Wildlife Park
Opportunities are diverse – volunteers greet visitors, conduct tours, special events, remove exotic plants or maintain a beach, waterway or trail.
Veteran’s Administration Needs Drivers
On call basis one-three times a week to take Veterans to appointments in Gainesville VAMC and to the Villages Out Patient Clinic. 352-746-8005
If you want to work with the Youth:
Citrus County Schools:
“Every day during the school year, hundreds of volunteers are spending time in Citrus County Schools and classrooms and sharing their talents with students and teachers. Volunteers serve in a wide variety of ways. They may choose among numerous activities that include mentoring or tutoring students, sharing special interests or talents, working in media centers, listening to children read, setting up learning centers, and helping students with special projects. Helping children reach their full potential in the classroom and become successful citizens is a wonderful benefit of serving as a volunteer.”
Citrus County Blessings
“A staggering 72% of children enrolled in Citrus County’s public schools participate in the free and reduced price meal program. It’s obvious childhood hunger is prevalent issue in Citrus County. Citrus County Harvest operates a hunger relief program through 25 local schools, provides food during the summer months to impoverish children and participates in local food recovery efforts. As a 501 C (3) organization battling food insecurity since 1999, Harvest is helping kids get enough food to develop healthy bodies and pay attention in school.”
ASPIRE exists to share the life-changing message of healthy relationships by providing youth with the skills and encouragement needed to avoid risky behaviors and make healthy choices. [email protected]
Boys and Girls Clubs
Several branches in Citrus County…”For Citrus County kids ages 6-18, Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus provides a positive, constructive bridge between the end of the school day and the parents’ arrival home from work. For the kids we serve, this means that they are in a protected, constructive environment during the high-risk hours of 3-8 pm. By providing that safe place to go after school, we redefine the opportunity equation for our members: School + Out of School = GREAT FUTURES.” Professional staff and volunteers needed.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (not sure of a contact???)
Take Stock in Children
“Economically disadvantaged children face insurmountable obstacles that make finishing high school difficult and going to college almost impossible. Right now, almost 60% of Florida children are living in poverty and the numbers are increasing every year. Often times children are overlooked and under-served. Most of these students face a bleak future as they do not have the resources offered to their peers from higher socioeconomic levels to complete their education. Our program helps to ensure that students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to complete their post-secondary education and to successfully enter the work force.” Stock in Children is part of a state wide program. They are always looking for mentors and the Citrus program is run by Pat Lancaster.
If you want to help with animals then you might want to try:
Volunteers provide vital day-to-day shelter tasks as part of the Citrus County Animal Services team. Use your skills and help make a difference.
“Wondering who we are or what we do ? FOCCAS Inc. is a 100% volunteer run organization. We pay no salaries. Members use their own vehicles & gas for all activities. Our total administrative expenses are less than 5% of income! We can use volunteers…”
Snippet Citrus, Inc.
Our website is: www.snippetcitrus.com . As it states on our website, Snippet Citrus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run totally by volunteers and supported through generous donations from businesses and individuals in our community.
We are dedicated to stopping pet homelessness before it starts by offering low cost spay and neuter services to qualifying residents of Citrus County. Simply put, this is the solution to the problem of pet overpopulation. We raise funds to help those that need help financially to get their dogs & cats spayed/neutered through local veterinarians. All funds are used to help Citrus County residents. Our other goal is to educate the youth of Citrus County of responsible pet ownership by our “Pet Promise” project. We are always looking for volunteers to join us with their talents to stop the pet homelessness & to keep those dogs & cats from entering our local animal shelter. Our phone number is (352)436-4268 & we can be found on Facebook as well.