• The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to drive patients to cancer treatments. Volunteers must have a car, insurance and safe driving skills. 800-227-2345
  • The NACOLG SeniorRx Prescription Program assists low-income elderly complete paperwork to qualify for free or low-cost life-sustaining medication. Volunteers are needed for office work in the Florence, Haleyville and Phil Campbell offices. 800-243-5463 or Janette Sutton, 256-389-0532
  • Hospice of the Shoals is a nonprofit organization caring for terminally ill patients in their homes in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties. Volunteers needed to do errands, light housework and provide companionship to patients and their families. 256-767-6699
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Inc. provides an adult role model for ages 5-15. A professional case manager interviews each child and parent. The parent shares information about the child's personality, needs and interests and a suitable volunteer is paired with the child. The volunteer and the child decide the activities. Volunteers are needed for a community-based program and for school-based mentoring at Sheffield and Red Bay schools. Gina D. Mashburn, 256-248-1931, gina@ bbbsshoals.or, bbbsa.org
  • Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to girls. It helps cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls by offering programs in financial literacy, healthy living, science and technology and leadership. Nicole Fults or Jeanene Welch, 256-764-0331 or 800-734-4541, ext. 1003, or girlscoutsnca.org
  • The Salvation Army needs volunteers to sort and size clothing, refinish and refurbish furniture and appliances, stock items and collect donations. Also needed: people to prepare food and grocery baskets. 256-764-4432
  • The United Way needs volunteers for activities, especially for raising money and doing projects for needy individuals. 256-740-0324
  • Arc of the Shoals, which provides support for people with intellectual disabilities, needs volunteers for activities including cooking, art, gardening and musical events. Experience not required. Toni Reed, 256-383-1472
  • Therapy Dog Inc. needs volunteer dog owners to visit area nursing homes and assisted-living facilities on Mondays. Dogs must pass a temperament test and be at least 1 year old. 256-760-1777
  • The Colbert County Homeland Security RSVP needs volunteers, age 55 and older, who reside in Colbert County. Volunteers distribute emergency literature on disaster preparedness and provide park patrol at Spring Park, Tuscumbia. Accident, accidental death, excess auto liability and personal liability insurance provided. 256-386-8578, fax 256-386-8548; or e-mail colbertcorsvp@aol.com.
  • Shoals Area Tri-County Adult Program needs volunteers to assist instructors in adult education class, a class to prepare individuals to pass the GED test. Donnie Sweeney or Sandy Mitchell, 256-331-5438 or 256-331-5440
  • St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store is a nonprofit organization that sells donated items at a reasonable price. Surplus funds are used to subsidize the utility and rent program administered by the St. Vincent DePaul Society. The society helps anyone in need regardless of race or religion. The store is at 659 S. Poplar St., Florence, off Veterans Drive, behind Jenkins Brick. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 256-718-0901. For assistance with rent, utility bills and/or food, call 256-718-0921.
  • Colbert Caring Center, 102 N. Water St., Tuscumbia, provides partial payment on utilities, food from pantry and help with prescription drugs for Colbert County residents. The Caring Center is supported by churches, individuals and organizations. Hours: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 256-381-8464
  • The Community Action Agency of Northwest Alabama needs individuals or groups to deliver meals to homebound individuals in Florence, Muscle Shoals, Petersville, Russellville, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. 256-766-4330
  • Mama's Educational Turtle Haven and Rescue, a chartered and not-for-profit program, needs volunteers to bathe and oil large 200-pound tortoises, clean stalls in tortoise house, put down new bedding, transplant plants, weed, spray weed killer and clean water and food dishes. The haven accepts all turtles, well or sick. There is a drop bucket at the haven at 157 E. Lee Ave., Florence. Debbie Marsh, 256-764-5369
  • The Underwood Petersville Community Center needs volunteers to help with maintenance and upkeep of the building; help organize and serve at banquets at the center; assist with the center's fundraising project, an all-you-can-eat breakfast the first Saturday of each month; and serve on the board of directors. 256-764-1388
  • The American Red Cross of Northwest Alabama has volunteer opportunities available at the Florence office at 318 S. Court St. Volunteers are needed to help with answering the phone, filing and data entry. There is a need for caseworkers and people qualified to take blood pressure at the free blood-pressure check stations. 256-764-2911, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Helen Keller Hospital's Department of Volunteer Services, Sheffield, is seeking adult volunteers in several areas including: gift shop on Fridays; information desk attendant; day patient waiting area attendant on Mondays; greeter on Thursdays and Fridays; magazine cart attendant Monday-Friday; patient transport and errands on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays). Keller volunteers work a minimum of one four-hour shift per week and must go through an orientation process before beginning work. Christa Martin, volunteer coordinator, 256-386-4153.
  • Cherokee Rescue Squad needs volunteers to provide ambulance transportation and search/rescue services. Training provided. Volunteers needed as first-responders, emergency medical technicians, search personnel, drivers and boat operators. Meetings are at 7 p.m. first Monday at the rescue squad building, Daniel Street, Cherokee. rescue@cherokeerescue.org
  • Lauderdale County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is offering people ages 55 and older a chance to share their skills, talents, interest and knowledge through community service. RSVP is trying to meet the needs of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department, Lauderdale County District Attorney's office, Carver Heights and Cherry Hill homes, Children's Advocacy Center and the Department of Human Resources. Volunteers are needed to answer the phones, greet visitors, file and do other clerical work. Looking for quilting volunteers. The RSVP office is in the basement of the Lauderdale County Courthouse, Suite 1, Room 1. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 256-760-5888
  • Court-Appointed Special Advocate volunteers investigate cases involving abused and neglected children in court. CASA volunteers require no special background; interested individuals attend 30 hours of training and spend an average of 5-10 hours per month working on the child's behalf. After talking with everyone who touches the life of the child, the volunteer reports to the judge the acquired information and makes recommendations. CASA, 118 E. Mobile St, Suite 10, Florence, AL 35631, or call 256-765-0041 or 256-248-1932
  • Safeplace Inc. provides services for victims of domestic violence in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Marion and Winston counties. Volunteers are needed for answering the crisis line; child care and activities with children; tutoring; yard work and maintenance; secretarial, office work and bulk mailing; language interpretation; prevention programs; pick up and delivery of donations; court advocacy; speaking engagements; special event coordination; and other activities. 256-767-3076
  • Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital is seeking volunteers for: Transporter — This person will help transport patients to their vehicle after their stay in the hospital. It requires a lot of walking and some interaction with patients. Cath lab, ICU and CCU waiting areas — This person greets families to the waiting area and is available for questions from family members. Patient information — This person serves as a greeter to those who enter the hospital, searches for patient information on the computer and relays it to the visitor on the telephone or in the hospital. 256-768-8491
  • The Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments seeks volunteers for the State Health Insurance Program. Counselors and volunteers are not affiliated with any insurance company. Volunteers are trained to provide counseling and information regarding health insurance options; to provide materials and plan comparisons for individuals needing supplement plans, Medicare Part D Drug Plans; to assist with filing, answering the phone and general office duties. 256-389-0538
  • Northwest Alabama Reading Aides is a nonprofit United Way agency in need of volunteers to teach adults how to read. After completing a three-day training workshop to become familiar with the teaching material, volunteers are matched with an individual student at a convenient time to them both. Jim Green, 256-766-5709
  • The Cramer Children's Center is a nonprofit organization that provides direct services to sexually and/or physically abused children. Volunteers are needed to help with yard work, basic house repairs/services, plumbing, office work, greeting children and fundraising. All volunteers must clear a background check. The center is a nonprofit 5013c agency. Brooke Vanderford, 256-760-1140
  • The Children's Museum of the Shoals, Florence, is seeking volunteers to help as birthday party room volunteers, field trips volunteers and with book fairs. 256-765-0500
  • Shoals Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 1120 N. Royal Ave., Florence, seeks volunteers to work in the store, as well as help with pickups and deliveries. The restore sells donations of anything except clothing to help finance additional Habitat houses. 256-764-4494
  • Kennedy-Douglass Volunteers are committed to supporting and promoting the arts in the Shoals. Meetings are monthly and include an arts-related program. Volunteers raise funds through a variety of projects, including Arts Alive and Kennedy-Douglass Center Gift Shop, and assist with the gallery at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, Annex and the Southall-Moore House in Florence. For details, visit the arts center at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence; call 256-760-6379.
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary needs volunteers to become members to help make the waterways safer. Auxiliary teaches safe boating classes, does vessel safety checks and distributes safety material to marinas and boat dealers. Jim Jackson, 256-757-4622, or email jackson0948@att.net
  • Sydney's Safe Foundation, a nonprofit outreach designed to provide food to hungry children in the Shoals, needs volunteers to sort, assemble, pack and deliver bags of food to schools in several surrounding communities. Sarah-Jennifer Thompson, 256-740-9581 or sydneyssafe.org
  • Tennessee Valley Hospice, 3115 Northington Court, Florence, needs volunteers to sit with patients, play music, do yard work, make crafts and do light office work. Tommie, 256-767-1322
  • Tharptown Volunteer Fire Department needs volunteers between the ages of 18-50 that live within the fire district, have a valid driver's license and can attend meetings and trainings as well as fire and rescue duty. Training is free. Chief Doug Hatton, 256-332-6990, or Assistant Chief Floyd Thorn, 256-332-9598
  • The Foster Grandparent Program needs individuals ages 55 and older from Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Marion and Winston counties to work with special needs children in the school systems. Senior citizens are needed in the following counties/cities: Muscle Shoals, Rogersville, Petersville, Florence, Hatton, Colbert County, Franklin County, Winston County and Marion County. Volunteers receive small stipend and mileage reimbursement. For applications/details: call 256-332-6800 or fax 256-332-6846.
  • American Cancer Society's new Cancer Resource Center at Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, needs volunteers to assist cancer patients, their families and caregivers with the latest in cancer-related information. Volunteers also will provide information on community programs and services, along with dates and times for local American Cancer Society events and programs. Training will be provided. 256-767-0823
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers to investigate cases involving abused and neglected children. Volunteers attend 30 hours (online and in class) training and spend average of five to 10 hours per month working on child's behalf. Volunteers report acquired information to judge and provides recommendations. Training begins soon. Shoals CASA, 118 E. Mobile St., Suite 10, Florence; 256-765-0041; kimbowser.shoalscasa@gmail.com.
  • The Help Center, which provides services to the needy of Florence and Lauderdale County, needs volunteers to: serve in the reception, food, interviewing, clothing and receiving departments. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Located on the corner of South Court Street and Veterans Drive, Florence.
  • Shoals Animal Advocates at Colbert County Animal Shelter, Tuscumbia, needs volunteers to help with administrative tasks, public relations, lost and found pets, advisory board, photography/videography, update petfinder, adoption events, bake sales, fundraisers, campaign, sponsoring yard sales, rescue, pet transfer to vet and rescue and foster care. Visit website to submit online application: shoalsanimaladvocates.org or facebook.com/shoalsanimaladvocates, or 256-335-4501
  • Pets are Worth Saving is dedicated to providing assistance to abandoned and abused pets in northwest Alabama. Through collaboration with other animal welfare organizations and shelters, PAWS seeks to implement innovative programs that will provide foster homes and promote adoptions. The organization also supports spay/neuter and other educational programs designed to teach citizens how to humanely care for their pets. PAWS' foster-care network needs volunteers to provide short-term, in-home care for friendly dogs and cats until they are adopted. All veterinary care is paid. shoalspaws.com or 256-383-0690
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College's Adult Education Program is seeking volunteers to help adult learners, prepare for the GED, learn/strengthen reading skills, improve academic skills and study English as a second language. Volunteers are needed in both day and night classes. 256-331-5440
  • The Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for members to become instructors for recreational boating safety public education and to become vessel safety examiners. No experience required. The auxiliary will provide training. 256-757-4622
  • The Healing Place provides ongoing grief support for children and teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one because of an accident, illness, suicide or homicide. Support available for children whose loved one is seriously ill. There is no charge for services. Volunteers are needed to assist with children/teens support groups and camp. Training available. 256-383-7133 or email thehealingplace@bellsouth.net. Details on dealing with grief: visit thehealingplaceinfo.org.
  • Florence-Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency's Search and Rescue Team is looking for volunteers to assist with water safety, storm spotting, community activities, searching for missing people and response and recovery during times of disaster. Applications available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, EMA office, basement of Florence City Hall. 256-760-6363
  • Rape Response is a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence and Marion counties. Volunteers are needed to answer 24-hour crisis line, assist with prevention programs and office duties. Volunteer nurses are needed for examinations. Volunteers receive extensive training. 256-765-0025
  • The American Cancer Society is seeking cosmetologists, skin-care and make-up specialists to help women undergoing cancer treatments through a program called "Look Good ... Feel Better." The program is a partnership of the American Cancer Society, National Cosmetology Association Foundation and Personal Care Products Council Foundation. It teaches women hands-on techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during treatment. Also need volunteers for Relay For Life Committee. 256-767-0825

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