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This list details volunteer opportunities submitted directly to The Times. Contact these agencies for additional information.

Affinis Hospice. Volunteers needed to help around the facility, sit with hospice patients to relieve family members, shop, clean, do yard work or run errands for patients. Training is provided by Affinis. No experience needed. Flexible scheduling. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Tanya Seabolt at 678-989-0981 or for more information.

American Cancer Society. Drivers to transport cancer patients to and from treatment centers. Call 770-297-1176.

American Red Cross. Volunteers needed to assist in administrative services such as fundraising, public relations, translating, interpreting and office support. Call 770-532-8453.

American Red Cross. Blood services needs registration and canteen volunteers at the donor center and mobile blood drives in Hall County. Contact Volunteer Manager Kathy Pollock, Kathy.Pollock or at 706-546-0681 ext. 221.

Autumn Breeze Assisted Living. Help residents stay active with activities such as bingo, indoor horseshoes and music. Call Amy Hunter, activities director, 770-297-1100.

Boys & Girls Clubs. Help with general supervision of children, tutoring, art and physical education programs. Need coaches and referees. Help needed after 2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 770-532-8102.

CASA. Court-Appointed Special Advocates are needed to advocate the best interests of abused and neglected children. Volunteers are trained, screened and supervised. Contact Lisa McCarthy, 770-531-1964 or

Center Point Mentor Program. Mentor Hall County and Gainesville City students. Time requirements include a two-hour training session and a commitment to meet with your student one hour a week (this includes travel time) for the duration of the school year. Trainings are offered throughout the year. Contact Staci Tunkel 770-535-1050, or

Challenged Child and Friends. Volunteer opportunities include working with young children aged 6 weeks to 6 years in a classroom, assisting with fundraising events and projects, short-term special projects for groups or individuals and administrative/clerical tasks. Contact volunteer coordinator Cathy Drerup at or call 770-535-8372, ext. 256.

Crossroads Hospice. Visiting with patients in health care facilities and in homes or assisting Crossroads with clerical duties. Free orientation and ongoing training. Flexible hours. Students volunteers 16 and older are welcome to join this summer. Contact Monica, 678-638-4332 or

Disability Resource Center. Help people with disabilities remain independent through peer support, advocacy and helping with independent living skills. Also, volunteers needed to build ramps and make other home modifications. Call Bob McGarry, 770-534-6656.

Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. Drive veterans between Gainesville and the VA Medical Center in Atlanta in the organization’s van. Call 678-315-1165.

Embracing Hospice. Visit with patients in homes, read to patients, write letters, provide transportation, run errands, prepare meals, provide hair care and light housekeeping. Contact 678-570-7363 or

Family TIES Gainesville. Looking for board members/volunteers. Call Dee Dee Mize at 770-287-3071.

Feed My Sheep The Grace of Christ Ministries. Seeking volunteers for maintenance and administrative. Call Eric Johnson, 678-622-1458.

Gainesville Action Ministries. Answer phones, schedule appointments, greet clients, help with building maintenance and entertain children while parents are being counseled. Will train volunteers to work with clients if desired. Bilingual volunteers needed. Call Terri Armour 770-531-0144 ext. 3.

Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy. Tutor in basic literacy class serving adults up to a fourth-grade reading level. Math tutors needed to help students prepare for the GED exam. Call Dorothy Shinafelt, 770-531-4337.

Gateway House. Work with children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence. Call Shelby Kinsey, 770-539-9080.

Georgia Mountain Food Bank. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Call Kay Blackstock or Randi Dyer at 770-967-0075 or sign up online for volunteer opportunities.

Gentiva Hospice in Gainesville and Athens. Volunteers are needed to provide support and companionship for patients and families. Free training required; no minimum time commitment. Also seeking administrative support in our office. Training is provided. Call Hope Senador at 770-533-4422. Email

Good News Clinics. Need Spanish-speaking interpreters, medical assistants, dental assistants and hygienists, nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners and volunteers to assist with administrative duties for the hours of 9 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact Jean Peeples, 770-503-1369 or

The Guest House Inc., Senior Day Health & Activities Center. Help clients with routine activities, bring a craft, art project, musical talent, or just your heart. Contact Judy Ricketson at 770-535-1487 or

Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. Mondays through Saturdays. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Volunteering opportunities include help with building homes, store inventory, organizing displays, data entry, carpentry work, repurposing items, and more. Call 678-450-5998 to volunteer today.

Hall County Animal Shelter. Volunteers needed to walk and play with animals, assist at Rabies Clinics and off-site mini adoption events. Call Cindy Langman at 678-450-1587 or 770-531-6831.

Happy Tails Pet Therapy Inc. Need volunteers 18 and older and their pet dogs, cats or rabbits to brighten patients’ days at local health care facilities. Orientations held periodically. Call 770-740-8211.

Helen Arts and Heritage Center. Volunteers needed for several areas, including front sales desk, committees, events, and grants. No experience necessary, training provided. or 706-878-3933.

Homestead Hospice. Volunteers needed throughout the Gainesville area for patient companionship, community outreach, clerical support, clinical support, special skills/therapies and bereavement. Free training. Contact or call 706-548-8444;

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Sit with terminally ill patients in their homes, run errands and provide relief for family members in Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Forsyth, Franklin, northern Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Stephens, Union and White counties. Also need help with clerical work in hospice office. Free office support volunteer training is available from 12:30-4:30 p.m. second Tuesdays at the hospice office. Call Carol Jewell, Hospice of NGMC volunteer coordinator, at 770-533-8888 or 888-572-3900.

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. Play with and walk shelter adoption pets, assist with special events. Options no matter how much or how little time available. Call Kelley Uber, 770-532-6617.

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids. Supervise exhibits, lead story time or teach arts and crafts activities on a one-time or ongoing basis. Call 770-536-1900.

J.A. Walters YMCA. Greeters, maintenance, clerical, child care and after-school program volunteers needed. Contact Robert Childers at 770-297-9622 or

Judicial citizen review panel. Review the circumstances of children in Hall County who are in the custody of the State Department of Family and Children Services and work to ensure they are being properly cared for and are given the opportunity to be placed in a permanent home. Two-day training period required along with one morning a month thereafter. Call Lorena Marceleno, 770-531-6928 or 770-531-4930, or email

Junior Achievement of Georgia: Northeast District. Present lessons to students in grades kindergarten through 12 that inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Using hands-on experiences, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their full potential by bridging the business and education communities. Materials and training provided. Serving 14 counties in Northeast Georgia. Contact Lee D. Highsmith, 770-297-1222 or

Keep Hall Beautiful. Assist with administrative duties, make phone calls, do outside presentations or litter pickups. Contact Kelly Norman, 770-531-1102 or

Lanierland Civitan Club. Help people with developmental disabilities and work on various area projects. Meet at 4:30 p.m. first and third Thursday, Gainesville Bowling Center, 2317 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. Work With Special Olympics bowling team at 5:30 Call Randy Owens 678-617-9025.

Legacy Link. Help Medicare recipients getting prescription drugs and other services. Need clerical help and outside speakers. Training provided. Call 770-538-2650.

LifeLink of Georgia. Assist with educational programs pertaining to organ and tissue donation and transplantation in North Georgia and other areas of the state. Call 800-544-6667.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. Create, design and implement wishes in North Georgia. Contact 888-517-9474, ext. 4.

Meals on Wheels. Deliver meals within the city of Gainesville. Routes take approximately one hour; training provided. Call Milon Christman, 770-503-3330.

Mended Hearts of Northeast Georgia. Visit with heart patients and their families at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Volunteer in Ronnie Green waiting room or attend meetings at 10:30 to noon the third Thursday of each month. Must be former heart procedure patients or spouses. Training provided. Call Peggy Vardeman, 770-532-2326.

Mentor Me North Georgia. Volunteer for one-on-one and group setting programs with at-risk youth. Call Karen at 678-341-8028 or email For information, visit

Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Assist with non-medical duties and provide comfort and support to patients, family members and visitors. Also need help with clerical work in hospice office and with special projects. Free volunteer training is provided and required. Contact Carol Jewell or Karla Brookreson-Owens at 770-219-8888 or 888-572-3900 or or or

The Phoenix Society of Gainesville. Raise funds to support local service organizations. Meetings at 7 p.m. third Thursday of every month at the Gainesville Civic Center. Contact Deanna Fawcett, 770-532-4641,

PruittHealth. Provide companionship, family support and respite for caregivers in homes and nursing facilities. Training provided. Call Janet Stewart, Hospice volunteer coordinator, 770-297-1970.

Randy and Friends. Assist and be a friend to an adult with a significant disability. Meet from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the coffee and gift shop at The Roosters Perch. Or volunteer to help with clerical work, making phone calls and being an instructor. Contact Marty Owens at or 678-617-5527.

Rape Response. Respond to hotline phone calls. Training and support is provided, and on-call volunteers can maintain their own schedule while using a supplied cellphone to respond. Contact the volunteer coordinator, 770-503-7273 or

RSVP: Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. Looking for volunteers 55 and older to help at the following sites in Hall County: Center Point, mentors for public school children; Keep Hall Beautiful, event volunteers; Hall County Senior Life Center, computer teachers and scrapbooking teachers; Meals on Wheels, delivery drivers and phone reassurance volunteers; and Hall County Emergency Management, CERT and website volunteers. Call Terry Shuler, RSVP director (Legacy Link Inc.), 770-538-2650.

Sautee Nacoochee Community Association. Meet and greet visitors at the History Museum of Sautee Nacoochee and the Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia. Contact 706-878-3300.

Toys for Tots. Volunteers needed to collect toys and sort toys for Hall County Toys for Tots. Call 770-967-9266 for more information.

Vietnam Veterans of America. Help create a network for the local families of soldiers who will be overseas next Christmas and plan a party for next Christmas. Call Ron Kelner, 770-534-2509, or Dave Dellinger, 770-718-7676.

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