The Charlotte Observer compiled a list of volunteer opportunities appropriate for students and families, and we hope you will find this helpful when considering how to accumulate required student community service hours.
Bright Blessings | 704-846-2329
Bright Blessings is a non-profit that provides services for homeless children through its Bless-A-Baby and Bless-A-Birthday programs. Volunteers of all ages can participate in projects at the organization’s Matthews facility.
Charlotte Area Gleaning Network | 704-553-1730
Harvest produce that is good but not marketable and gets it to people in need. Children of all ages are great helpers in the fields, as long as they have a responsible adult with them.
Friendship Trays | 704-333-9229
Children can join their parents to deliver meals and visit with recipients of the program. Daily, weekly or monthly commitments, whatever suits your schedule.
Room At The Inn | 704-347-0278
Children of all ages are welcome to help provide shelter to the homeless at local churches and other agencies. Children can help set up beds, set the tables, serve meals, clean up, and more. Sign up through the church, temple or other agency hosting Room At The Inn that night.
Mel’s Diner | 704-904-8968
Mel’s Diner organizes fresh food and home cooked meals for truly needy people. They also pick up food that would otherwise go uneaten or thrown away and give it out selflessly to people who are truly hungry. Children are invited to volunteer by making meals at their own home for delivery or by serving on designated delivery days.
Hands on Charlotte | 704-333-7471
Children of all ages can participate in various projects, including activities at local nursing homes such as Bingo, bowling with children who have disabilities, visiting group homes, and more. Programs are organized for children by age group.
HopeMatch | 704-271-4636
HopeMatch partners with Christmas Tree Santas to provide Christmas trees to the families we serve. They are looking for volunteers that can make Christmas ornaments for the trees. They also provide services and support year-round.
Humane Society of Charlotte | 704-494-7706
Only individuals 18 and older are eligible to volunteer directly at the shelter. However, the HSC does offer a “Junior Volunteer” Program, where children ages 10-17 are encouraged to support the shelter through collection of donations (items for the shelter or monetary), and then deliver the donations to the shelter for recognition.
Safe Alliance provides shelter, court advocacy, referrals, and counsel programs for victims of domestic violence. Children or all ages-including preschoolers-can help with yard maintenance and playground upkeep at the shelter. With a parent or chaperone, teenagers can help provide childcare at the shelter.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina | 704-375-9639 ext. 114
Children age 6 and up can sort clothing and help out in the production area of the agency’s store. Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, Tuesday evenings until 9pm and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 am to 1 pm.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Adopt an Aisle Program. Volunteers are invited to adopt an aisle of books in the children’s department and are responsible for periodically ensuring materials are in order. Children who are older tha 12 years old can work independently. Not all branches participate, check with your local branch to see if this program is available.
Loaves & Fishes | 704-523-4333
Providing groceries for neighbors in need at pantries located in Mecklenburg County.
Charlotte Family Housing | 704-335-5488
Youth between the ages of 12-17 can volunteer at the monthly Youth Serve Day which takes place from 4:00-6:00pm on the second Sunday of every month. Youth help lead craft-making activities and games for the children staying at the Plaza Place shelter.
The Harvest Center of Charlotte | 704-333-4280
With a chaperone, children ages 10 and older can help serve meals, wrap silverware in napkins, open coffee packages, fold clothing, put canned food on shelves and more. This is another one of Ms. Ali’s favorite organizations.
Adult Care and Share Center | 704-567-2700
Students, with parents, can interact with older and disabled adults at the center. Activities include playing card games, doing acts and crafts, playing games such as ring toss or bowling and more. Volunteers also visit one-on-one with adults, reading books to them, helping them put puzzles together, and playing cards.
Charlotte Rescue Mission Rebound/Dove’s Nest | 704-334-4635, ext. 214
With a parent, children ages 10 and up can help serve a meal. One adult from the family would be required to attend an orientation first.
Shining Hope Farms | 704-827-3788
Shining Hope Farm’s mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy. Volunteers using do one or a combination of two things, barn work or participation in the arena for a therapy session or riding lesson. Volunteers are required to be 13 years of age and must be able to volunteer during the week. They must also be able to commit to a regular shceudle each week for 8 weeks.
Hands on Charlotte | 704-333-7471
Hands On Charlotte is an exciting and fun student oriented volunteer program offered to high school students. VolunTeens not only participate in service projects; they also develop an understanding of community issues and have the opporunity to grow as leaders in the community.
Greater Charlotte SPCA
Volunteers are needed to help at events by holding leaders of foster dogs, reminding people to use hand sanitizer before handling puppies, updating adoption books, and more. Outside of events, there are opporutnities to hold food, supplies, and monetary donation drives.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina | 704-375-9639, ext 29
Children age 14 and up can help sort food, pack meals into boxes and backpacks for the hungry and do other work in the warehouse.
Trusted Parents | 980-229-7253
Trusted Parents focused on the wellbeing of parents and caregivers of children with special needs. They welcome all those (16 years and older) interested in volunteering with their organization.
Nevin Inc. | 704-596-1392
Children age 17 and up can help disabled adults participate in activities such as bowling, sports activities, sorting jobs and more.