Civic Engagement and Volunteer Opportunities

The Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, Inc. needs volunteers to collect signatures to put the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the November 2014 ballot. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.FloridaWaterLandLegacy.org.

SF College’s VITA program, a student-run tax-preparation clinic, is currently seeking to fill the following positions: IRS Certified Volunteer Preparers, Recruitment & Publicity Specialist, Volunteer Training Instructors, Greeters, Interpreters (non-English and hearing-impaired), and Assistant Site Coordinator. An informational and recruitment meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2012, in S29 on the NW campus. Training and support provided by the IRS and United Way of North Central Florida. For more information and to learn how to serve others and gain resume-building skills and experience, contact Kimberly Buchholz, S132, Office of Civic Engagement & Service, at kimberly.buchholz@sfcollege.edu.

Children’s Home Society of Florida is seeking dedicated, stylish, thriftin’ awesome students to actively participate in service learning at the Family Treasures Thrift Store, 710 N. Main Street (within a short walk of RTS#1,5,10). Volunteers gain valuable experience in sales, fashion merchandising and styling, marketing and public relations, retail, customer service, non-profit business management, and item inventory and organization in a unique non-profit program setting. Responsibilities of Thrift Store Volunteers include but are not limited to: fulfillment of child and family needs; development and implementation of marketing and advertising strategies; donation acceptance and processing; store organization; stock and inventory; and, preparation of pleasant, unique, and extraordinary shopping experiences to customers. For more information please contact Meghan Daves, Volunteer Coordinator, at meghan.daves@chsfl.org or by phone at 352-334-0955.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and North Florida will host a Wish Granting Training Session, Sat., 8/3, 9:30 am-2 pm. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Training will teach volunteers how to determine the child’s one true wish; different wish granting techniques; policies and guidelines; and how to grant the actual wish. Wish Granters team up in pairs and work directly with the children and their families to make these wishes come true. Wish Granters volunteer their time around their own schedule and traditionally requires one hour per week. Ideal wish granters have great communication and commitment skills and are very patient. Volunteers must be 21 years old or older. For more information, contact Nicole George, Program Coordinator, at ngeorge@wishcentral.org or 407-622-4673 x 203.