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.

Medical Outreach

Helping Hands in Healthcare works with Whatley Health Services, a clinic system that focuses on providing healthcare to low-income and underserved populations in the state of Alabama. We have two ongoing programs: the Hypertension Improvement Program (HIP) and our Diabetes Education Program (DEP). The HIP program focuses on taking blood pressure manually through direct patient contact while educating Whatley patients about the dangers of high blood pressure. The DEP program works with patients at the James Ellis Center by providing diabetes management literature and information.

Relationship Building

Caring Days

Caring Days Adult Daycare provides a positive and happy environment for older adults with different forms of memory disorders and dementia, such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. At Caring Days, we will be providing company and help to the participants there during different group activities, meal time, and more, and get to learn the personalities of each person there. Background checks required. Dress casually but appropriately, t-shirts and open toed shoes accepted.

Youth and Education

Arts n’ Autism

Arts n’ Autism is a local after school program for children and young adults with autism. Volunteers at Arts n’ Autism act as teacher’s aides in fun elective classes like music, dance, painting, LEGO building, yoga and karate. Volunteers are asked to come with a positive attitude while aiding these students in developing new skills through fun experiences.

The Brown House

The mission of The Brown House is one of proximity, community, and opportunity. By living with those on the outskirts of society, we can better see and meet the needs that arise. The Brown House strives to be a place in the West Circle community where those historically denied by society can find belonging, ways to provide for their family, and the personal dignity of every human being. The After-School-Thing is an after-school tutoring program for children in West Circle multi-family housing community during the school year. It is a time where neighbors and volunteers come together to study and play.In the Community Garden we grow more than vegetables – we grow relationships. The garden is set up for folks to garden their own spots. It’s a place to sit and visit while we watch our vegetables grow.We also offer counseling, assistance in navigating social and emergency services along with spiritual counsel to our community in West Circle.

Community Development and Resources

Salvation Army

Volunteers at the Salvation Army shelter in Tuscaloosa will have the opportunity to help serve meals and interact with those who lodge there. Last year alone, the shelter lodged 17,000 people and served 40,000 meals. The Salvation Army is a church, but no religious affiliation nor religious action is required to volunteer there.

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!

Woodland Forrest Science Enrichment

At Woodland Forrest Elementary School, volunteers will mentor third grade students by teaching weekly STEM lessons and completing related activities afterwards. Volunteers will need to complete a background check and child protection training to be able to go to the elementary school and interact with the students.

Animals

Humane Society of West Alabama – Cat Shelter

Volunteering at The Humane Society of West Alabama cat shelter is an awesome opportunity. The shelter is an old house purchased by the HSWA that consists of 3 rooms, a kitten room, an adult cat room, and the elderly cat room. We spend our time doing some housekeeping around the shelter and helping their volunteers, and then we get to spend a lot of time just socializing with the cats and really giving them people interactions they may not normally get to experience.

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.