Volunteer Services

 

Anyone who wishes to volunteer are encouraged to stop by the Office of Volunteer Services Room 3464 in the Student Success Center, or visit this page regularly for opportunities to get involved and make a positive difference in the community. Please contact Lauren Miller (volunteer@gsw.edu or Josh.Curtin 229-931-2377 for more information.The Volunteer Services requires you to fill out a generalized application for database purposes, but some volunteer opportunities require the additional completion of an in-depth personal application and undergo a criminal background check. Please contact Lauren Miller at (volunteer@gsw.edu) or come by the Office of Volunteer Services for applications.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities Available

Americus Crisis Pregnancy Center
Contact Information

1620 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Americus, GA 31709

(229)928-2802

Description of OrganizationThe Americus Crisis Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization that offers free self-administered pregnancy tests, as well as accurate information and counseling on abortion alternatives and prenatal health for expectant mothers. They also provide maternity clothes, baby clothes, and other baby items.
RequirementsVolunteers need to be committed, dedicated, consistent, and dependable. Set dates and times will be based on volunteer’s schedule and the Americus Crisis Pregnancy Center’s time constraints. Call for more details on the description of the volunteer work.
Time Constraints

(Mon-Tues) 5:00 PM- 7:30 PM
(Wed) 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM
(Thurs) 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM

  
Literacy Action Center
Contact Information  Lake Blackshear Regional Library
307 E. Lamar St
Americus, GA 31709

Diya Felton - Dfelton@lbrls.org

(229)924-9010
Description of Organization  Americus Literary Action, Inc. (ALAI) is associated with the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. It is a non-profit organization funded by support from the citizens of Sumter County and surrounding areas. ALAI’s purpose is to recruit and staff volunteers to work with adult individuals (16 years of age and older) desirous of learning to read or improve their current reading skills. 
Description of Volunteer WorkThese volunteers work with their students, 16 years of age or older, in weekly tutoring sessions normally held at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library. The individual needs to be a committed volunteer. Volunteers have a set time that will be determined by volunteer’s schedule.
RequirementsBackground check (administered by ALAI), Personal Application
Time Constraints(Mon-Thurs) 9:00 AM -1:30 PM
  
CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates
Contact InformationHerschel Smith Public Safety Center
800 GSW State University Dr
Americus, GA 31709

Stephanie Bennet - Stephanie@Sowegachildren.Org
Description of OrganizationThe CASA program is central to fulfilling society’s most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child’s right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the safe embrace of a loving family. The lives and well being of children are hanging in the balance. Every child who cannot live safely at home should have a CASA volunteer who will help ensure their safe passage out of foster care, to the benefit of their children, and generations to come.
Description of Volunteer Work

Appointed to a child’s case to:

  • Conduct an independent fact-gathering mission to provide the court enough information to make a sound decision about the child’s future.
  • Seek cooperative solutions with DFCS, parents, relatives, and others in order to serve the child’s best interest and to determine available resources which might meet the child’s needs.
  • Make independent recommendations to judge in the child’s best interest.
  • Pursue a safe, permanent placement for the child.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality with all information related to the child or family.
  • Communicate regularly with CASA staff about the case and advocacy steps being taken.
  • Provide written reports of findings and recommendations to CASA staff prior to court proceedings.
  • Attend court proceedings to represent the child’s best interest.
Requirements
  • Sincere care for children
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Undergo and pass criminal/records background check (administered by CASA)
  • Interview with CASA staff person
  • Complete 40 hours of initial training
  • Commit to CASA program for at least 1 year
  • Attend 12 hours in-service training yearly
  • Personal application
Time ConstraintsFlexible
  
Communities in Schools (CIS) - Learning for Everyone of Sumter County (LEAP): The Sumter County Partnership
 Contact Information 

200 Cotton Avenue
Americus, GA 31709

Leapcis@Gmail.com

(229) 924-9443

Description of Organization

The Sumter County Mentor Partnership is committed to a community wide mentoring partnership to provide positive school-based learning relationships between responsible adult volunteers and youth. The partnership is supported by many community organizations, including Sumter County School system, Sumter Area Ministerial Association, Americus/ Sumter Chamber of Commerce, Visions for Sumter, The United Methodist Home, and Communities in Schools of Sumter County.

The partnership is governed by Learning for Everyone… Avenue to Progress (LEAP) and Communities in Schools. LEAP is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve literacy levels in the community and to promote a better quality of life for all Sumter County Citizens. The LEAP/CIS executive director runs the Sumter County Mentor Partnership.

Description of Volunteer WorkThe Sumter County Mentor Partnership wants volunteers who would like to become mentors to Elementary, Middle, or High School students. The mentor’s role is to be a companion, a role model, a teacher, a resource, a motivator, and a friend. The individual needs to be a committed volunteer.
RequirementsBackground check (administered by LEAP), at least 18 years old, training, Personal Application
Time ConstraintsDependent on location
  
Family Violence Council, Inc. - Southwestern Judicial Circuit
Contact Information

Herschel Smith Health Center
800 GSW State University drive
Americus, GA 31709

Deborah Banse - debbanse@gmail.com

(229) 931-2268

Description of OrganizationFamily Violence Council, Inc.- Southwestern Judicial Circuit’s purpose is to provide personal and legal advocacy, assistance in filing temporary protective orders, and Victim’s Compensation claims, and referrals for mental health, temporary shelter, and other resources.
Description of Volunteer Work

The volunteers will be responsible to the Executive Director/ Attorney Advocate, and will be required to submit to a background check before beginning their work for FVC. Volunteer work will include administrative work at the FVC office located in the Herschel Smith Healh Center on campus, as follows:

  • Answer phones and direct calls made to Family Violence Council;
  • Assist in preparation of promotional materials including power point presentations;
  • Research data on domestic violence statistics for use in such presentations;
  • Contact various civic organizations to schedule speaking engagements;
  • Assist in technical support at various speaking engagements;
  • Greet visitors and callers;
  • Assist in designing data collection system and set up and maintain case files/records;
  • Assist in preparing and presenting domestic violence class for victims.

Volunteers will also be trained to be legal advocates to prepare legal pleadings, attend court appearances, and advocate in court for victims of domestic violence, as follows:

  • Prepare pleadings for court, attend court hearings, and assist in presenting the witnesses and the arguments to the judge.
  • Deliver documents to Superior Court and assist Director at Superior Court hearings.
  • Contact clients to remind them of appointments for hearings, and to support and check on them, as directed by the Director.
Requirements

Background check, Meet and train with Director, Personal Application

Time Constraints

(Monday- Friday) 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
(Friday) 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM *Females Only*

  
Habitat for Humanity
Contact Information 
Description of Organization

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.

Description of Volunteer Work Volunteers are needed for office work (i.e. Filling, mailings, and misc. office duties), ReStore work (i.e. sales floor rep, furniture mover, and donation refurbishments) and Construction (i.e. Building and deconstruction). Building dates will be determined at the meetings. 
Requirements Liability Waiver, Personal Application
Time Constraints Meetings every other Friday
  
Methodist Home for Children and Youth
Contact Information100 Mill Creek Rd
PO Box 1967
Americus, GA 31709

Lynzie McKenzie - Lynzie.McKenzie@themethodisthome.org

(229) 924-4616
Description of OrganizationMethodist Home for Children and Youth’s purpose is to provide a safe, caring environment for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. In response to Christ and the Church, the mission of the Methodist home is to be a model agency that restores childhoods, strengthens families, and cultivates a people-building organization.
Description of Volunteer Work We ask that volunteers be FEMALE (unless willing to do yard work around the cottage); individuals must be 21 years old unless volunteering with a group; able to commit to 3 or more sessions with the girls; dependable; able to provide adequate notice if unable to make appointed session; easy-going; good sense of humor; professional yet flexible; particularly interested in those willing to: tutor (Spanish, math, and science are  especially needed), lead arts and crafts projects, lead exercise programs,  teach independent living skills (budgeting, resumes, interview skills, what to know about college, table manners, etc), no criminal background, personable and friendly. Volunteers need to know what the will be doing before coming to the site
Requirements

Meeting with Lynzie McKenzie and background check

Time Constraints

(Tues., Thurs., Fri.) 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM
( Sat.) Early afternoon or evening

  
Ombudsman Program: High School
Contact Information1540 E. Forsyth St
Americus, GA 31709

Arthur Young - Americus@ombudsman.com

(229) 931-9771
Description of OrganizationOmbudsman program provides an alternative middle and high school program for students who learn better in a non-traditional classroom setting and want an alternative route to high school graduation.
Description of Volunteer Work  To serve as a tutor, mentor, or maybe as a motivational speaker. Volunteer needs to be committed and dependable. Volunteer will have set times and days to meet with students; they will be made by volunteer’s schedule and Ombudsman’s schedule.
RequirementsBackground check, Unofficial transcript  (tutors), Training with Kim Fuller (mentors), Personal Application (mentors)
Time Constraints(Mon.-Fri.) 7:00 AM- 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM
  
Ombudsman Program: Middle School
Contact Information200 Industrial Blvd
Americus, GA 31709

(229) 931-9771
Description of OrganizationOmbudsman program provides an alternative middle an high school program for students who learn better in a non-traditional classroom setting and want an alternative route to high school graduation.
Description of Volunteer WorkTo serve as a tutor, mentor, or maybe as a motivational speaker. Volunteer needs to be committed and dependable. Volunteer will have set times and days to meet with students; they will be made by volunteer’s schedule and Ombudsman’s schedule.
RequirementsBackground check, Unofficial transcript  (tutors), Training with Kim Fuller (mentors), Personal Application (mentors)
Time Constraints

(Mon.-Fri.) 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

  
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
Contact Information800 GSW State University Dr
Americus, GA 31709

(229) 931-2077
Description of OrganizationThe purpose of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving is to establish local, state, and national partnerships committed to building quality long-term, home, and community services. A local initiative that provides caregivers support that promotes health, skills, and resilience.
Description of Volunteer WorkCaregiver Support Coach- The Caregiver Support Center provides support, information, and education. We offer caregivers the tools they need to provide quality care for the people they support and for themselves. This position will require you to have interaction with caregivers in patient’s rooms as well as in our office or over the phone. There will be set times and days that volunteers should come in. Please look at time constraints to see if it matches your schedule. (The set times and days will be according to your schedule and the orientations). Please be consistent and dependable.
Requirements
  • Meeting at hospital
  • Confidentiality agreement
  • Meet with director
  • Resume
Time ConstraintsCaregiver Support Center: (Mon.-Fri.) 2:00 PM- 7:00 PM
  
Sumter County 4-H: Youth Development Program
Contact Information

Agriculture Building
127 William Bowen Pointe
Americus, GA 31709

Sumter4H@UGA.Edu

(229) 924-4476

Description of OrganizationSumter County 4-H, a partner in public education, is youth and adults learning, growing, and working together to experience and accomplish the extraordinary. Through both in-school and after-school programming, 4-H is a catalyst for positive change. The local organization provides opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills through clubs categorized by grade levels, special interest clubs, and camps, programs, and events.
Description of Volunteer WorkSumter County 4-H, a chartered club of Georgia 4-H, is a non-profit organization which provides fun, educational hands-on activities to youth ages 9-19 in the community. Serving more than 800 youth, Sumter County 4-H provides in-school programming for fifth and sixth graders; opportunities for youth to travel across the state for camps, competitions, and weekend events; after-school programming including competitions, teams, and special events; and a wide variety of experiences that encourage youth to become healthy, productive, responsible, compassionate, and loyal citizens who strive to reach their full potential. Sumter County 4-H needs volunteers like you to help from marketing, to fundraising, to coordinating special events, to serving as a mentor, the opportunities are endless. The commitment time varies as we try to match our volunteer skill-set wit Sumter County 4-H’s needs.
RequirementsVaries depending on the volunteer position.
Time ConstraintsVaries
  
Sumter Humane Society
Contact Information

108 Industrial Blvd
Americus, GA 31719

Ruth Olson - ruthshs@att.net

(229) 924-0268

Description of OrganizationSumter Humane Society is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, Day-to-day operations are run by the Operations Manager who supervises all paid staff, volunteers, inmate labor, and community service workers. Instructions and job duties are only assigned by the Volunteer Coordinator or the Operations Manager.
Description of Volunteer WorkThe volunteers’ main goal is to enhance the stay of adoptable animals. Shelter staff, inmate labor, and community service workers are responsible for making sure the animals have food, water, and a clean environment. Volunteer opportunities include exercising, socializing, grooming, bathing, giving tours, and working with our puppies and kittens. Volunteers also directly impact animals adoptability by assisting with public relations, contribution of posters, flyers, handouts, and spreading the word through the use of social media.
Requirements
  • Must be accompanied by adult if under 18
  • Training with Ms. Olson (voluntary)
Time Constraints
  • Sun.-Sat. 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM (cleaning)
  • Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri. 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM (walking, socializing, and bathing)
  • Wed.- 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM (walking, socializing, and bathing)
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM (walking, socializing, and bathing)
  

Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)

Sumter Youth Development Campus (YDC)

Contact

Information

Description of Organization
Description of Volunteer Work
Additional Requirements

Time Constraints

USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service Earth Team

Contact Information                   127 William Bowen Pointe
                                                Americus, GA 31709

                                                frank.yancey@ga.usda.gov - Frank Yancy

                                                 (229) 924-4056 ext. 3

Description of Organization          The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)                                                                                     is an agancy of the US Department of Agriculture                                                                                         that helps farmers and other landowners to improve                                                                                     water quality, reduce water erosion, enhance wildlife                                                                                     habitat, and promote good land use. 
Description of Volunteer Work      In volunteering to help the NRCS protect natural                                                                                          resources you will be personally involved in                                                                                                  conservation activities at the grass roots level. The                                                                                      Earth Team offers outstanding opportunities for                                                                                            students who need professional work experience or                                                                                      academic credit. Many opportunities exist including:                                                                                      conducting conservation inventories, taking photos of                                                                                    conservation practices, preparing or staffing exhibits                                                                                    for special events, learning computer and office skills                                                                                    through on-the-job training, marking fields on soil                                                                                        maps, assisting with the development of conservation                                                                                    plans, learning to survey or use a GPS, writing new                                                                                      articles, conducting a conservation or gardening                                                                                            project with a school club or youth group... The                                                                                            possibilities are endless. Volunteer opportunities may                                                                                    also be available in your home county. 

Requirements                               Varies depending on volunteer position.

                                                   Some positions may require a background check

Time Constraints                           Varies, Office Hours Monday - Friday (8AM-5PM)

Visions for Sumter Family Connection Collaborative

Contact Information409 Elm Ave Suite E
Americus, GA 31709

mbacon@visionsforsumter.com

(229) 928-0399
Description of OrganizationVisions for Sumter: Seeing Through Your Eyes, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers programs designed to improve the lives of children and families in Sumter County. Visions currently has three specific programs: Family connections, Mitzi Bacon, program director; Truancy Prevention Program, Stephen Woodson, Truancy officer; and Visions Educare Learning Center, Mrs. Eloise Tyson, Director. Visions also serves the Sumter County Prevent Child Abuse agency.
Description of Volunteer Work

Primary opportunity for volunteer services:

  • Readers & Helpers at Educare Center- Volunteers will have set times and days; those times and days will be determined by volunteer’s schedule and Educare Learning Center’s schedule (see below for time constraints).
  • Volunteers needed: Physical Education majors, Nursing majors, Early Childhood Education majors, and Anyone with a love of children.
  • Office/ Clerical work at the Family Connection program; Data collection & Analysis.
  • Office/ clerical work at the Educare Learning Center
  • General maintenance (ex: gardening, building maintenance, etc.)
April is Prevent Child Abuse month, volunteers can do several things.
Requirements
  • Educare Center: Background check, application
  • Clerical Work: Short interview with Ms. Mitzi Bacon
Time Constraints
  • Educare Learning Center

Mon. - Fri. 7:00AM - 11:00AM, 1:00PM - 6:00PM

  • Family Connections
Flexible, Contact Mitzi Bacon for times