Our purpose is to organize weekly service opportunities that appeal to a wide range of students and meet a variety of needs in the Tuscaloosa community.

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Outdoor and Environmental Efforts

UA Arboretum

If you like the outdoors UA’s Arboretum is the place for you! The Arb is a beautiful outdoor nature museum. Volunteering duties include gardening, learning about succulents, and nurturing the unique plant collection. TBH it’s therapeutic and a great way to escape busy school schedules. The food grown in the garden goes directly to the West Alabama Food Bank to help combat food insecurity in Alabama. The only thing required is closed-toed shoes!

Schoolyard Roots

Schoolyard Root is a non-profit that focuses experiential learning through gardening in local elementary schools. By incorporating math and science curriculum into garden lessons, Schoolyard Roots aims to increase access to fresh and sustainable food in Tuscaloosa. Volunteers will be performing various gardening maintenance tasks including weeding and painting, while learning about local flora and fauna!

Moundville Archeological Park

Moundville Archeological Park is one of the nation’s premiere Native American heritage sites. With over 325 acres including a campground, a nature trail, a museum, and an archeological research lab, volunteers are necessary to maintain the campground, help with events, and other various activities. It is recommended that Volunteers wear long pants and closed toed shoes.

 

Community Development and Resources

West Alabama Food Bank

The West Alabama Food Bank services nine counties: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa. The food is distributed by WAFB member nonprofit agencies who pick up and distribute food to those facing food insecurity in their respective communities.At the West Alabama Food Bank, we do a variety of activities that includes packaging food and stocking the market area. Dress is casual, and closed toe shoes are required. No background check necessary.

Wings of Grace

Wings of Grace Relief Center was established through Forest Lake Baptist Church in effect of the 2011 Tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa destroying homes and establishments. What most people fail to realize is that natural disasters have a long-term effect on their victims for years to come. WOG is thriving in growth and outreach because they understand the need for clothing, food and other resources to this day. The Center has expanded in their efforts by providing aid to any individual or family that visits them. Every Thursday and Friday, you will find them giving donations of food, clothing, toiletries, linen, etc. to the public. WOG is requesting the following from their volunteers: pack food and toiletry bags, sort and display clothing, wrap Christmas presents, help facilitate during events, and to be personal shoppers for their clients. Everything at WOG is free of charge! The expectation is that as a volunteer, you will submerge yourself into the experience, learn from the clients, all while being a cheerful giver!

 

Animals

Humane Society of West Alabama – Dog Shelter

The Dog Shelter through the Humane Society of West Alabama is home to about 15-20 dogs at any given time. As a volunteer there we do daily housekeeping things, like cleaning the room that the dogs sleep in, pulling weeds, picking up after the dogs. For the second half of our time we get to give the dogs some good quality time with us in play groups and play fetch and run around with them. It seems simple but this time is super important in the dogs development and preparing them for their future lives when they find their “fur”ever homes.

Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa

Therapy Riding of Tuscaloosa (TROT ) is a site created to benefit those with developmental challenges through the therapeutic experience of horseback riding! Serving Bama TROT volunteers will help maintain the TROT site through different weekly activities as directed by the site coordinator. Some activities may include cleaning stalls and water buckets, stripping horse stalls, and replacing shavings. It’s important to wear long pants, close toed shoes, and clothes that you don’t mind getting a little messy when working on the TROT site.