2016 Champion of Service Award!

Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Awards

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded one individual and one volunteer program with the Champion of Service Award.

Governor Scott said, “Renee and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program have gone above and beyond to serve their communities. I am honored to present them with the Champion of Service Award for their work to make Florida the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman said, “As we continue to celebrate Florida Volunteer Month in April, we are especially proud to recognize Renee Runge and the Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program for connecting volunteers to opportunities to serve. They embody service leadership at the community, school, and individual level, and they are using innovative ways to make volunteering easy and accessible.”

The following two recipients were recognized with the award:

Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program, Sarasota County – The Sarasota Downtown Ambassador Program is part of the Sarasota Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Program. The organization provides unique services to the Sarasota community by supporting Sarasota law enforcement officers and assisting with the prevention and detection of crime. Volunteers also assist in searches for missing children during parades and events and other investigations.

Renee Runge, Palm Beach County – Runge is a high school junior and the creator of Community Angel Network, Inc. (CAN). The non-profit organization started in 2014 and lists an online directory of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County to link volunteers with service opportunities. Students work collaboratively with CAN to create their own service projects to benefit various charities. CAN has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County, Points of Light, and many other organizations for its success. Since middle school, Runge has more than 1,500 hours of community service in Palm Beach County.


Volunteers Needed:YMCA Event May 15th

YMCA is sponsoring the MindBody Expo which will be held on Sunday, May 15 (10 AM – 4 PM) at Peter Blum Boca Raton YMCA. Their site is currently asking for volunteers to help out with the event in exchange for community service hours and to help promote wellness and fitness in Palm Beach County. If interested, sign-up for volunteers can be found at http://www.mindbodyexpo.net/volunteers.html.

April 23rd & 24th Our Kids World at South Florida Fairgrounds

Volunteers Needed! Help needed at Our Kids World Family Fun Fest at South Florida Fairgrounds
Sat April 23 and Sun April 24, 2016, 10:00 am – 5 pm

Contact for more details: Linda Moreno at 561-697-2700 ext 4717­­ or email at Lmoreno@swa.org


Our Kids World Family Fun Fest

Saturday, April 23rd& Sunday, April 24th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
South Florida Fairgrounds

Volunteer Shifts:

Saturday, April 23

10AM–1:30PM or 1:30PM-5PM

Sunday, April 24

10AM–1:30PM or 1:30PM-5PM
Open to all Students (12 yrs. old & up)

Community Service Hours Available

We are seeking outgoing and enthusiastic individuals that enjoy having FUN and interacting with others.

Green Team volunteers will assist SWA staff with educating residents about the SWA’s litter abatement, waste prevention, recycling and home chemical/hazardous waste programs.

You will also enjoy playing a variety of our educational games as well as distributing promotional items and educational brochures.

To Volunteer Please Contact:

Linda Moreno,

SWA Volunteer Coordinator

561-697-2700, ext. 4717 or Email:Lmoreno@swa.org

Volunteer for Children!


Volunteers welcome for spring break and beyond! Reception, easy projects & clothing closet for Friends of Foster Children of Palm Beach County.
Mon thru Fri 9 am – 4:30 pm.
Call (561) 352-2540 or email joann@friendsoffosterchildren.com for more details.


Volunteers needed for 9th Annual BIG Cardio event!
Saturday May 7, 2016 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Contact for volunteering: admin@bigcf.org



CHILDREN NONPROFITS NEEDING VOLUNTEERS: Check out these wonderful places for volunteering.

Student Community Service Hours Available! (unless otherwise noted)



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties •Mentor a little kid 1 hour per week at participating after school sites
•Volunteer at special events
http://www.mentorbig.org/volunteer/ info@mentorbig.org
Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County •Artist Extraordinaire- provide opportunities for our members to create master pieces.
•Entertainment Liaison- teach dance, singing, theater, music, etc.
•Movement Coach- assist in physical activities, sports, and games.
•Tutor- assist members with afterschool work.
•Greeter- provide assistance for the arrival and departure of all members, volunteers, parents, and guests.
•Future Maker- general volunteering, provide assistance where needed in any of the departments
http://www.bgcpbc.org/volunteering Volunteercoordinator@bgcpbc.org
Center for Family Services •Main Office
◦Fundraising Events
◦Clerical•Pat Reeves Village
◦Food/Pantry Drives
http://www.ctrfam.org/volunteers scollemer@ctrfam.org
ChildNet Donate time at special events http://www.childnet.us/portal/ways-to-give gmoxey@childnet.us
Child Protection Team Nothing listed not available not available
Club 100 Charities 1.After school program
2.Help out at food pantry and Clothes Closets
3.Help out at community garden
4.Computer room manager
http://www.club100usa.org/volunteer-opportunities/ president@club100usa.org
Families First of Palm Beach County Nothing listed for under 18 years old http://www.familiesfirstpbc.org/portal/volunteer#.VtRvtk3bK9I info@familiesfirstpbc.org 
Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, interacting with guests with respect and compassion, and providing overnight security. http://www.familypromisencpbc.org/program.cfm information@familypromisencpbc.org
Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program – Palm Beach County 1. General Office Support
2.Data Entry
3.Community Awareness
4.Special Events/Fundraising
6.Grantwriting Support
http://www.galpbc.org/volunteer.html GALRecruitment15@gal.fl.gov
Friends of Foster Children of Palm Beach County, Inc Special Events Help (Jim Sackett Softball Tournament, Superhero 5K etc)
Super Saturday Child Care
Clothing Closet (help needed daily)
Administrative Assistance
Community Outreach
Speaker Committee
Community Project (ie., diaper drive, toy drive, monetary drive)
Community Back to School Bash
https://www.friendsoffosterchildren.com/get-involved/volunteer/ (561) 352-2540
Grandma’s Place For individuals above 18 years only – homework and feedings, doing light household chores, and taking part in activities, such as going on field trips with children https://www.grandmasplacepb.org/support-us/ roxanne.jacobs@grandmasplacepb.org
Hannah’s Home of South Florida Auto Maintenance, administrative help, baby caregiver, donation pick up, tutoring, gardening/yard work, housekeeping/cleaning, IT support, cooking, mentoring, prayer partner http://hannahshomesf.org/volunteer.html  hhsf@hannahshomesf.org
In Jacobs Shoes Shoe & Backpack Collection Drives, Pick-up items at donation locations, Sorting and cleaning shoes, backpacks, etc., Delivering items to shelters,Fundraising https://www.injacobsshoes.org/volunteer.htm info@injacobsshoes.org
KidSanctuary Campus nothing listed for high school students http://www.kidsanctuarycampus.org/#!donate/c1x28 info@kidsanctuarycampus.org
Kids in Distress Aftercare homework assistance, assistance to staff for office work, assistance during special events http://www.kidinc.org/ways-to-give/give-to-kid/ 954-390-7654
Positive Habitat Aspiring Teens, Inc. nothing listed for high school students http://phateens.org/join-p-h-a-t/volunteer/ phateens@hotmail.com
Place of Hope nothing listed for high school students, must be 18 years or older http://www.placeofhope.com/portal/volunteer  deirdras@placeofhope.com
SafePlace 4KIDS Palm Beach nothing listed for high school students, must be 18 years or older https://www.4kidsofsfl.org/4KIDSVolunteer  Volunteer@4KIDSofSFL.org
Speak Up For KIDS of Palm Beach County nothing listed for high school students, must be 18 years or older http://www.speakupforkidspbc.org/care-and-support.html  info@SpeakUpForKidsPBC.org
The Arc of Palm Beach County Volunteer at special events http://www.arcpbc.org/get-involved cblomeke@arcpbc.org
The Autism Project of Palm Beach County Volunteer at special events http://www.autismprojectofpalmbeachcounty.org appbc@comcast.net
The Open Door Mentors for Teen Mothers Volunteer at special events http://www.mentorsforteenmothers.org/#!volunteer/vqa11 deana@mentorsforteenmothers.org
Urban Youth Impact teach a child to read, bring a snack, or serve on a committee, volunteer at special events https://urbanyouthimpact.com/connect/volunteer/ mcyr@urbanyouthimpact.com

Sun.April 24th:Volunteers Needed for Rugged Runner Challenge

Girls on the Run Palm Beach 5k Rugged Runner Challenge

Sunday, April 24, 2014
Dreher Park, 1301 Summit Blvd West Palm Beach, FL  33405

The Rugged Runner Challenge is a huge undertaking.  It takes many hands to make light work. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful.

We need passionate and deicated individuals and groups to make a commitment to the event and follow-through with their commitments. To make it the best ever will take about 100 people!

We appreciate as much or as little time as you can give!

Click here to volunteer: http://form.jotformpro.com/form/52176607892969

Artists In Residence: West Boca Medical Center

Hello School friends!

We have a new volunteer opportunity that is called “Artists-in-residence volunteer” that we are looking to fill with some teen volunteers. Perhaps you have a student that lives in close proximity to our hospital?  Our objective is to bring the teens in-house to volunteer however, we can work with schools to have some projects completed at your site.  Please see details below and thank you!


  1. Re-do Hospital Bulletin boards
  2. Help to create and design an image that will project the prescribed theme (such as ‘caring’)
  3. Build a list of craft supplies necessary to create the artwork
  4. Potentially shop with me for the supplies
  5. Create the image and place in the bulletin board
  6. Make Baby welcome signs
  7. Work with crafts to create the welcome baby signs that we subsequently hang on the new mother’s door with the new baby’s name and date of birth
  8. Keep art supplies current and organized


  • Artistically inclined with proven skills working with crafting projects
  • Able to work 2 to 3 hours per week
  • Able to go through our volunteer orientation program onboarding (2 hr orientation, flu shot, TB test, reference letter)

Shift placement

  • This job can be accomplished at any time and can accommodate teen availability such at 4 – 6 pm on any school night and weekends anytime (such that we can work a few teens into one group).


Debbie Lindsay

Supervisor, Volunteer Services

West Boca Medical Center

21644 State Road 7

Boca Raton, FL 33428

PH: 561-488-8293

Email: Debbie.lindsay@tenethealth.com


Donate Art Supplies and Receive Hours!

Alliance For Kids will award  2 community services hours for:
3 – 8 x 10 stretched art canvasses; 10  Poly brushes any size; 2 packages, large – 1/2  to 1 in wide or variety sized paint brushes
1 package of small brushes, 1 bottle of glitter paint – any color; 2 48 box of crayons, 1 box of 24 colored pencils, 1 box of 12 markers.
Our patients love to paint ceiling tiles and that is very hard to do with the very tiny brushes.
I will offer this opportunity until the end of April. The donation will need to be dropped off at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. I am available to sign community service hour sheets
M – F, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Thank you!
Lisa Barron
Executive Director, Alliance For Kids 

Pediatric Office Supervisor
Palm Beach Children’s Hospital 
901 45th St, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

(561) 882-9182; 
844-6300, ext 28355

A Day for Kids@South Florida Fairgrounds

Saturday, April 23rd & Sunday, April 24th 10:00am – 5:00pm @ South Florida Fairgrounds

Our Kids World Family Fun Fest is a two-day indoor event at the South Florida Fairgrounds on April 23 & 24, 2016 from 10am to 5pm each day. Our Kids World is looking for student’s ages 13-18 years old to work at Our Kids World in return for community service hours for school credit.
Tasks will include: Wearing character costumes such as SpongeBob, Super Why, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George and more. Reading to kids, passing out event programs, taking pictures, working the mini-go-kart track, executing exit surveys and more. We have a limited space for community service hours.

The event website: www.adayforkids.com

Volunteer Application: OurKidsWorld_CommunityServiceHoursAPR2016

Thank you,