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This list is merely a suggestion of places at which you can earn volunteer hours. If you are planning to volunteer elsewhere, please verify with your counselor that the organization qualifies as a non-for-profit organization/agency that serves the public or community-at-large. If in doubt, see your counselor!

Miami-Dade Animal Services
7401 N.W. 74th St.
Miami, FL 33166
(305) 884-1102
Minimum age to volunteer is 15.  Would-be volunteers must attend an orientation, pay $33.25 for a background check, speak English and adhere to the dress code of khakis and the provided volunteer T-shirt.

Miami Children’s Hospital
3100 SW 62nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 662-8225
Volunteers aged 14 to 15 provide office support for the staff at the Miami Children’s Hospital, and volunteers 16 years old and older provide office support with limited interaction with the patients. Potential volunteers must first apply, buy a uniform and attend an orientation. Opportunities are offered in August, December and May.

Dolphin Foundation
3101 Indian Creek Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Save the dolphins and the manatees by clearing debris in Miami Beach canals. There is no minimum age requirement, so kids of all ages may participate with parental supervision. The only requirement for this year-round opportunity is that you commit to at least three hours of service. High school students are eligible for a college credit for participating.

Miami Science Museum
Volunteers form an essential part of our staff.  Whether working out in the Wildlife Center, on the floor with our guests, or behind the scenes, our volunteers make an inimitable contribution to the Museum of Science.  Fill out the online Volunteer Application. Once we have received your application we will contact you to schedule an interview.  Requirements:  Must be at least 16 years old, Attend scheduled interview, Commit to a minimum of 75 hours for the program, and must complete a minimum of 10 hours per month.  Volunteer opportunities:  aquatics, explainers, school/group guides, wildlife center interpreters/keepers, camp/educational program counselor, administrative, and teen tech center mentor.  How do you become a volunteer? Fill out the online Volunteer Application. If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact Daniel Delgado at (305) 646-4277.

Dade County Sports
Dade County Sports is looking for responsible high school students to assist our head coaches. If you’re interested, you can become a team coach for us and earn any amount of community service hours you need to graduate! Commitment and hours are flexible depending on your schedule and requirements.
Requirements:  1. Attend a training session for the sport you’ll be coaching. You’ll be notified of the time and date.  2. Maintain good communication (email, phone) with the DCS management.  3. Promise to be an outstanding role model for the youth of your team and community.  Apply online

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station Inc.
The Pelican Harbor Seabird Station depends on volunteers to care for the thousands of animals we receive each year. Volunteer duties include light cleaning indoors and outdoors as well as feeding. All volunteers must be at least 16 and carry their own medical insurance. If you would like to volunteer, just fill out and submit application bellow. We’ll contact you soon.  Must be at least 16 years old and commit to at least 3 hours per week.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

South Florida SPCA-Save a Horse
The SFSPCA promotes the welfare and well-being of horses, and educates the public on responsible care and ownership by participating in community events, horse shows and fundraisers year-round.  Volunteers come together at our ranch in Homestead, Florida with a common love of horses and animals. 
To become an official SFSPCA volunteer, please note:
·Volunteers must be members of the SFSPCA
·The minimum age for volunteers is 12
·Volunteers under 17 must be accompanied by an adult
·Attending an Orientation and Horse Safety Class is required of all volunteers

Best Buddies Florida/Circle of Friends

Paws4you Rescue
Volunteering with an animal rescue organization is a gratifying experience that is difficult to match!  It warms our hearts to see homeless and neglected pets become beloved members of families. We know that the dogs appreciate their new homes.  Letters, e-mails, visits and phone calls from adoptive families are constant reminders of the goodwill spread by pet rescue groups such as Paws 4 You Rescue.
Our teen volunteers are an integral part of our weekend adoption events.  Helping to show, exercise and socialize dogs, as well as generally creating a positive impression of Paws 4 You Rescue as the public meets us is a very important role.  Some of the basic requirements to be a teen volunteer and receive community service hours are:  Volunteers must be 14 years of age.  Volunteers must attend a brief orientation and training meeting held with at least one parent. During this meeting, the duties and responsibilities will be outlined and explained.  Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of 40 hours of service and our Volunteer Coordinator will sign hours ONLY after 40 hours or more have been served.  Volunteers should expect to be in attendance from start to finish at each of the weekly adoption events.  Prior to applying to become a volunteer, please send an email indicating your interest to  The Rescue Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you soon afterwards.

The Miracle League of Miami Dade
Our league has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Enthusiasm and compassion are the pre-requisites. By giving only a few hours of your time, not only will you make a difference in the life of a child with special needs, but you will also grow as a person.
•Buddies must be at least 12 years old.
•Volunteers must first attend a training session
•Volunteers must sign up for each game they wish to work (you will get an email invitation if you have signed up)
•To sign up, go to the “Become a Baseball Buddy” or “Become an Adult Volunteer” options under “Volunteer” in the home page.

Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older who must remain on site at all times. Youth volunteers must also bring a signed Parental Permission form. Please email  to get this form in advance.
Note: Youth ages 14 and 15 may only volunteer on special projects as designated by Miami Habitat. The rules above still apply. If you would like to find out about these special projects, please email:

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center
We are a therapeutic horseback riding center for people with special needs. We work with children and adults with a wide variety of backgrounds and needs to help them develop confidence, create new relationships with people and horses, and improve their physical strength.  Volunteer orientation is required in order to complete the volunteer application process.  Orientation takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes. During the orientation you will get an overview of the program (including class times, volunteer opportunities, attire, etc), learn about safety requirements, meet the horses, and get a chance to ask questions.  Must be at least 14 years old to volunteer.

And other ideas that you can research….
City governments
Chambers of Commerce
Civic organizations
Convalescent homes
Political organizations
County agencies
Recreation centers
Cultural centers
Religious organizations
Day care centers (non for profits)
Service organizations
Elementary or Middle schools
United Way agencies