Where to volunteer in Lakeland

Whether you’re an animal lover, an outdoorsy type, a natural mentor or a healthcare enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 31 Lakeland organizations to show a little love to.

volunteers with shovels and vests at Bonnet Springs Park

Many hands make light work — bring a group to volunteer with.

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Whether you’re an animal lover, an outdoorsy type, a natural mentor or a healthcare enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 31 Lakeland organizations to show a little love to:

The outdoorsy types

  • Se7en Wetlands | Monitor the trails + facilities at the wetlands, or lead hikers and educate them along the way.
  • Bonnet Springs Park | Bring the new park to life by helping out with one-time projects or long-term volunteer positions.
  • SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo | Help out at one of the world’s largest aviation events as a gardener, airplane mechanic, or even a pilot.

The artsy types

  • Polk Museum of Art | Sign up to assist in the museum gift shop, at the information desk, or on tours as a docent. Register for the volunteer information session Tues., July 12 at 11 a.m.
  • Lakeland Community Theatre | The theatre needs lots of volunteers and help put on plays, including help with set and prop design, making costumes, and selling concessions + tickets.
  • Imperial Symphony Orchestra | Volunteer at performances to ensure that audience members have an enjoyable and exciting experience.
  • Polk Theatre | Work the box office or concession stand during shows at this historical theatre.

If you’re interested in healthcare

  • Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine | Medical professionals can volunteer their time as physicians, RNs, and more. No healthcare experience? No problem. Volunteer as a greeter, housekeeper, or clerical assistant.
  • Talbot House Ministries | Talbot House is seeking nurses, doctors, and dentists to volunteer their time and serve the community.
  • Lakeland Regional Health | Serve in one of the many volunteer opportunities available including the pet therapy program, flower delivery, or in the teen volunteer summer program.

If you have a passion for community members in need

  • Volunteers in Service to the Elderly | Give back to older adults by sorting + packing food items or signing up to deliver groceries to their homes.
  • Meals on Wheels | Cook or deliver hot meals to homebound Lakelanders, or volunteer in the Winter Haven thrift store.
  • kidsPACK | Pack food donated to children in need to eat over the weekends.
  • Special Olympics | Volunteers can coach, train, and officiate athletes, or even play alongside those with intellectual disabilities.
  • Blessings and Hope Food Pantry | Collect, sort, and distribute food items to over 800 families each week.
  • Parker Street Ministries | Serve the Parker Street neighborhood through community events, summer camps, and an Academic Enrichment Program.
  • Lighthouse Ministries | Volunteer as an individual or with a group to help Lakeland’s at-risk population.
  • InnerAct Alliance | Work with this group that educates students about bullying + substance abuse prevention.

Natural-born teachers + mentors

If you want to be there for abuse victims

  • Peace River Center | Get involved and help at this center for victims of crisis, domestic abuse and more.
  • Peace River Thrift Shoppe | Donate clothes, accessories, books, art, and home items and help serve clients of Peace River Center.
  • YFA | Volunteer at events throughout the year and help support kids in crisis situations.

If you’re an animal lover

If you want to stay in your home

  • Homemakers of Hope | Answer calls and emails to support the mission to provide furniture to families in need + schedule a pickup to donate your own gently used furniture.
  • Sevita | Open up your home and make a difference in a foster child or adult’s life.

If you’re on a tight schedule

  • Pedal Power Bicycle Ministry | Meet once a month to restore old bicycles, which are then donated to community members in need.
  • OneBlood | Donate blood at any day and time that works for you.

If you’re passionate about supporting local minority groups

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