Helping the Community

Many of our matches make community service projects a part of their regular outings. Here is a listing of a few volunteer opportunities that you and your Little can take part in around Broward County.

Abandoned Pet Rescue - (954) 728-9010
Matches are welcome any day from 9am to noon and 2pm to 5pm.

Ann Kolb Nature Center - (954) 926-2480
Volunteer work is the third Saturday of each month, October - May. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.

Fern Forest Nature Center - (954) 970-0150
October to May. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Matches must fill out a volunteer packet and Littles must have a parent complete their application.

Habitat for Humanity - (954) 763-7771 or (954) 396-3030
Call to set up times and locations. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Harbor Beach Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - (954) 523-5673
Play games, do crafts and visit with senior citizens. Littles must have a parent fill out their application.

Love Thy Neighbor - (954) 484-4488
Help feed the homeless. Please call for times and locations.

Share-A-Pet
This organization has volunteers who have been trained in pet therapy go to different nursing homes and assisted living facilities across Broward County in order to offer pet therapy to the elderly.
This is a hands-on, one to one, learning experience for each match to shadow the volunteer and dog. Check out their website for more information: http://www.shareapet.org

Trail Maintenance – Secret Woods - (954) 357-8886
Remove invasive exotic plants and mulch trails.

Fern Forest Butterfly Garden - (954) 970-0150, x 21
Volunteers will pull weeds/remove exotic/invasive plants, trim plants, fertilize (if necessary), install/water new plantings, and mulch when needed.

Animal Care, Reptiles - (954) 357-8886
Feed, socialize, and maintain habitats for our resident turtles and snakes.

Additional Ideas to Motivate Your Little to Give Back

Cook and/or serve a meal at a shelter for homeless youth and families. Make and bring table decorations, such as place mats or floral centerpieces, to create a warm, cheerful environment for the guests.
http://www.bphi.org/volunteers/2012-02-09-19-48-08

Visit, thank and honor hospitalized veterans at a Department of Veterans Affair medical center, clinic or nursing home. Or provide volunteer services at your local VA Centers
http://www.volunteer.va.gov/index.asp

Recycle your batteries and electronics, and teach others how to do so.
http://earth911.com/recycling/hazardous/single-use-batteries

Participate in the Great American Bake Sale. Funds raised go towards ending child hunger.
http://gabs.nokidhungry.org/site/PageServer?pagename=GABS_homepage&_ga=2.196124076.1453872827.1508531942-685582850.1508531942

Take a walk through your neighborhood and make a list of all the things you like about your community, such as the parks or the handicap-accessible curbs. Send your list to your local elected officials. Thank them for creating or funding these programs, projects and policies and encourage them to continue to do so.
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm?CFID=156970768&CFTOKEN=65926224

Sort and pack food at a local food bank.
http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx?zip=33312

Make blankets for children who are seriously ill.
http://www.projectlinus.org/help.html

Support global education and literacy by participating in The Big Read.
http://www.campaignforeducation.org/bigread/en

Bake cookies and bring them to your local police and fire stations.
http://sheriff.org/Pages/About-Us.aspx

Watch Facing History and Ourselves student videos to learn about students who took a stand against intolerance and discrimination. Create a campaign at your school to teach your peers about tolerance and equality.
http://www.facinghistory.org/video/students

Paint a mural over graffiti.
https://www.kab.org/volunteer

Organize a Penny Harvest. Collect pennies and use the pennies to make grants to community organizations.  PS -- Common Cents Penny Harvest was founded by a child!
http://www.commoncents.org/?hp=1

Volunteer at a Special Olympics event.
http://www.specialolympics.org/volunteers.aspx