Tis the season for paying it forward. No matter where your passion lies, there are endless, rewarding ways to give back to your community. And with so many different options, it can be difficult to find the best fit. To help, we’ve rounded up the top volunteer opportunities in Orlando this holiday season that’ll make a direct impact within the Orlando community.
Pet lovers, this one’s for you! Volunteering at Orange County Animal Services means you get to be surrounded by adorable pets looking for homes—what a win. Help around the facility by welcoming prospective adopters, bathing pets, and even photographing shelter pets. Keep in mind, they do require a commitment of at least six hours per month for a minimum of six months.
Help put an end to hunger in the Orlando, Florida area by volunteering with the Second Harvest Food Bank. This organization survives off the assistance of volunteers that sort, pack, and deliver food to local soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, daycare centers, and Kids Cafes.
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens has volunteer options for everyone in the family—children, teens, and adults! They have an abundance of different behind-the-scenes and on-stage roles that include education, events, preparing food for animals, and much more.
Volunteers play a large role in the Special Olympics. This non-profit organization has a role for everyone in categories that include operations, special events, sports, and marketing. Their wide range means that no matter your skills or expertise, you can find a role that will be equally rewarding and fun.
They do require a minimum of three volunteer shifts per volunteer, but we guarantee you’ll have so much fun you’ll come running back for more.
One Heart For Women And Children is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and personal hygiene items for Orlando locals that are homeless. They also offer educational and preventative services. To help give hope back to those struggling in the Orlando community, you can assist with hands-on or behind-the-scenes tasks!
Monday | 9AM—3PM
Tuesday | 9AM—3PM
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 9AM—3PM
Friday | 9AM—3PM
Saturday | 8AM—2PM
Sunday | Closed
Monday | 12PM—4PM
Tuesday | 12PM—4PM
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 12PM—4PM
Friday | 12PM—4PM
Saturday | Closed
Sunday | Closed
Saturday | 8AM—2PM
What if we told you that you could positively impact both local and global hunger without leaving the Orlando area? Do Good Farm has made it a mission to help end hunger with sustainable farming. Not only do they help grow food for those in need, but they also create food systems that have been adopted by countries with little access to water. So make your mark by assisting with tasks around the farm!
Hospital visits can strip away the joys of childhood. But, by volunteering with Give Kids the World Village, you can help create an experience for critically ill children and their families to create priceless memories together outside of the hospital. The only requirement is to come with a smile and be ready to have fun!
Freedom Ride is Central Florida’s first PATH (Premier Accredited Therapeutic Horsemanship) facility. They provide therapeutic horseback riding for Orlando locals with disabilities. Volunteering can include helping with horse care, facility maintenance, horse handler, or assisting with events.
If you’re passionate about staying active, share your passion with Grow Central Florida. Choosing to volunteer with this organization allows you to help make a positive difference in children’s lives. GROW strives to promote and create opportunities for physical activity and healthy living—needing volunteers to help facilitate after-school programs and events, along with other volunteer opportunities.
Set the children of Orlando up for success with Orange County Head Start. This early childhood education program is geared towards providing education for young children that come from low-income families. This is the perfect way to give back for those full of energy and passionate about working with children.
Good people sometimes experience bad situations, and United Against Poverty has made it their mission to lift the lives of those in need in the Orlando area, and you can help! Volunteers can assist on-site in several ways like stocking shelves, sorting donations, and taking inventory. Your time and energy are used to ensure no family ever has to decide between food or other essentials.
The Orlando area is home to so many diverse people from all over the world. The Hope Community Center strives to empower and create a welcoming community for Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities with a service-learning focus. If you’re passionate about creating change and bringing together people of all walks of life, this is the volunteer site meant for you.
The Russell Home is Central Florida’s only private, non-profit facility that provides free, around-the-clock specialized care for disabled children and adults. Being free, this organization relies on donations and volunteers. But, if you’re unable to volunteer time, you also have the opportunity to shop their boutique and thrift store. All the proceeds support the operations of the organization.
Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 9AM—4PM
Wednesday | 9AM—4PM
Thursday | 9AM—4PM
Friday | 9AM—4PM
Saturday | 9AM—4PM
Sunday | Closed
Monday | 10AM—6PM
Tuesday | 10AM—6PM
Wednesday | 10AM—6PM
Thursday | 10AM—6PM
Friday | 10AM—6PM
Saturday | 10AM—6PM
Sunday | 10AM—6PM
Having a child in the hospital isn’t easy, but as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, you have the opportunity to help make the families‘ experiences a little easier. Volunteer opportunities at this non-profit organization include in-house work and our favorite, share-a-meal—providing gift cards or a catered meal for those staying at the RMHC.
There are many different ways to give back at the Christian Sharing Centers—a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide aid for Orlando locals in hopes of ending poverty. Their most popular volunteer opportunity is helping serve lunch at The Daily Bread soup kitchen.
Do you want to get the whole family involved? The first Saturday of every month is family volunteer day!
Adriana’s Closet is made up of a team of volunteers dedicated to helping the working poor and homeless by providing access to clothing, food, and medical supplies. There are many ways to contribute your time to this non-profit, both on-site or at home. Help create hygiene packs, recycled plastic bag mats, or even help serve meals. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Serenity’s Grace is a group of people helping people. This non-profit organization prides itself on providing hot meals, clothing, and hygiene products to neighbors in need. But they don’t stop there. They also assist with rehabilitation information and shelters. So if you’re passionate about reducing the poverty levels in Central Florida, show your support by volunteering.
Volunteer Opportunities in the Orlando Area
If you’ve chosen to spend your holiday season giving back to the community, we want to hear from you! Follow us on Instagram @StuffToDoInOrlando and send us your favorite volunteering stories and photos.