Community Service & Volunteer Information

Community service hours are required for the Bright Futures program. Although hours are not required for graduation, there are several other scholarship opportunities that do require, or look favorably upon students that have documented volunteer hours.

*Hours obtained at a church are limited to 20% of a student’s total hours (15 out of 75), UNLESS the hours are a part of a community service project the church is participating in.

Wiregrass Volunteer Form

For more volunteer information, or to be added to the volunteer e-mail list, e-mail Mrs. Batchelor.

Organizations Looking for Volunteers

The following organizations participated at the Volunteer Community Service Fair in the past. Please be advised that the following websites are listed for your convenience. It is your responsibility to contact these organizations and inquire about their volunteer programs. Wiregrass Ranch High School, does not organize, supervise or is any way affiliated with these companies.

American Cancer Society/Relay for Life Wiregrass

Relay for Life offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. No matter who you are, there is a place for you at the relay. There are so many ways to get involved with the Relay for Life Wesley Chapel & Wiregrass. Whether you are interested in joining our Volunteer committee, forming a team, or registering as a Survivor or caregiver, we welcome you to join us in the fight against cancer.

Contact: Erin Stokes 813-949-0291 x5608

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Become a volunteer. We're looking for committed and dedicated men and women who want to make a difference in the life of a child (Little). Volunteers (Bigs) spend a few hours a month doing simple things with their Little: going to the library, enjoying a ball game, just hanging out and we encourage Bigs to stay matched at least for one year. For more information call (813) 769-3630 or e-mail tampabay.info@bbbsfl.org.

Contact: Robin Roup
Click here for application

Big Cat Rescue

Intern for 3 months in exchange for lodging and the experience of a lifetime! Volunteer off site from hour home town as an AdvoCat! Be a summer Camp Counselor.

Contact: Denny Mitchell
Volunteer Website here

Cat Crusaders, Inc (Petsmart in New Tampa)

Cat Crusaders mission is to rescue, vaccinate, spay, neuter and find loving adoptive homes for stray and neglected cats. Volunteers are needed from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact: volunteer@tampacatcrusaders.org 813-558-8160

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Participate in our mission of bringing help, hope and healing to people in the Tampa Bay community by volunteering. Volunteers must be 18 years old. Fingerprinting is required.

Contact: volunteerservices@crisiscenter.com 813-969-4997

Faces of Courage, Cancer Camp

We can always use an extra set of helping hands. Faces of Courage wouldn’t be where it is today without the help of our passionate and dedicated volunteers.

Contact: Peggy Sherry 813-948-7478

Florida Aquarium

More than 270 volunteers and interns help make The Florida Aquarium a comfortable home for fish, birds, plants and many other wild creatures. To become a member of our volunteer team, we ask that you meet the following program requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Be able to commit a minimum of 6 months to the program.
  • Submit a completed application prior to attending orientation.
  • Complete an orientation (These are scheduled frequently on an "as needed" basis).
  • Enrollment fee $30.

Because we provide extensive training, we require a 6-month commitment and a minimum of 8 hours each month to be an active volunteer.

Volunteer Application
More information: (813) 273-4121

Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary

We need volunteers in our Hudson location! Help us to enrich the lives of our parrots as well as your own.

Contact: Patricia Norton 813-545-5406

Gulfside Hospice

Looking for people with a passion for helping others and giving back to the community to join our family of caring volunteers. Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of tasks at all 5 Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shops. You will be able to work as a cashier, collect and sort through donations, label items for sale and assist in general organization of the store. Other volunteer positions are available including providing spiritual care for patients and families, providing respite care for patients and families, working with children, making grief support phone calls and providing administrative support by completing various office work as needed. Must be 15 years old.

Contact: Kathie Poole or Jennifer Ball 727-845-5707

Habitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County

Habitat for Humanity East & Central Pasco County is a non-profit Christian housing ministry working in partnership with low-income families to improve the conditions in which they live.

Contact: Lisa DeMello 352-567-1444 x1305 www.facebook.com/HabitatPasco

Helping Hands Pantry

Assist with collection and sorting of foods collected during postal carrier food drive. Assist with putting together book bags just before school starts.

Contact: office@be-at-1.org 813-973-2211

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Our mission is to provide environmental education and volunteer opportunities that develop individual responsibility and environmental stewardship. There are many ways to get involved and volunteer with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful.

Contact: info@keeptbb.org

Lowry Park Zoo

If you are serious about dedicating your time and energy to the Zoo on a regular basis, feel strongly about animals and conservation, and would like to put your passion to work, we have an opportunity for you! Summer Camp Internships (15+) with commitment of 3 or more weeks. Applications accepted from Feb-May. Event Volunteers: The zoo utilizes teen volunteers (15+ for seasonal and special events like Zoo Boo in the Fall or Wild Wonderland in the Winter. Volunteers earn service hours by working a 4 or 8 hour shift. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Contact: 813-935-8552 x296

Metropolitan Ministries

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Metropolitan Ministries. Some serve meals, others play roles that usually would require a staff person to complete. All of them are important. Support the holidays on campus and at several tent locations. We have volunteer opportunities in multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

MOSI

Volunteer and be a part of the MOSI team! As the face of MOSI, volunteers help guide, teach and enlighten museum guests. We are looking for energetic, interested and exciting individuals to help bring MOSI’s exhibits to life. If you are an outgoing individual with a desire to work with people and enjoy a wide range of opportunities, then MOSI is looking for you. All of MOSI’s volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, as well as the weekend. Summer Camp assistants; Operations controller; Museum Way-finders; Interns; there are many ways to volunteer at MOSI. 15 day minimum commitment. Must attend orientation.

Contact: Rhonda Golob-Drake 813-987-6370

New River Library Teen Volunteers

Homework help; Senior computer tutoring; Teen Advisory Board; Gaming Club; Children’s Craft Corner.

Facebook.com/newriverlibrary

Pasco County Fire Rescue Cadet Program

This program is open to young men and woman ages 14-20 who want to learn about the fire service through hands-on, practical and classroom evolutions. Under the guidance of the members of Pasco County Fire Rescue, students will learn all aspects of emergency services, from training and day-to-day operations to fire tactics and emergency medical care. After completing a training program, students will be able to ride-along on the fire apparatus. Weekly Monday eve meetings. Must maintain a GPA of 2.0.

Contact: Tim Reardon 813-929-2750

Support our Troops

Support our Troops is s local organization providing support to our soldiers, their children, families and other surrounding charities that care for the same. You can volunteer at the warehouse by assisting them pack boxes w/donated goods. These packages make their way around the world to our men and women of the armed services. Our volunteers are a diverse group with a common desire to serve others. You only need to bring yourself and your willingness to work with others. The pace is fast. Wear close toed shoes and bring a kind heart. Minimum age to volunteer is 16.

Contact: 813-991-4256

United Way

Giving a little bit of your time can go a long way in creating a better community for all of us. When you volunteer, you are giving a part of YOU! When you reach out a hand to help someone in your community…. That’s how you LIVE UNITED! Check out the Volunteer Opportunities available through United Way of Pasco County at uwvolunteers.org and then click on the link to the Volunteer Application to get started! Supplies included.

Contact: Melinda Velez 727-835-2028

Organizations with Ongoing Volunteer Needs

Websites listing Volunteer Opportunities

Other Resources

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