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As a social worker, I know how important it is to know where we can find resources to help families. Many of these organizations are non-profit and run solely off of grants, fundraisers, donations and volunteers. According to the Directory of Charities and Nonprofit Organizations, there are well over 350,000 human service nonprofits in the United States alone. Since there are so many nonprofits that need funding, volunteers and assistance, I have developed this categorized list of some North Alabama organizations needing your help — volunteer opportunities that cover just about every interest.
Agriculture, Food, Nutrition:
Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound provides services to homebound and elderly individuals. This agency could be placed in any of these categories, but it is placed here because of what the volunteer opportunities entail.
Food Bank of North Alabama offers hunger relief programs that immediately feed people in need.
Crime and Legal Related:
Court Appointed Special Advocates help children stay in healthy, safe and permanent homes while accompanying them to court.
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program provides legal services to low-income families where no other resources exist.
Employment and Occupations:
The ARC of Madison County provides a wide variety of opportunities to those with intellectual disabilities.
Christian Women’s Job Corps volunteers and staff build self-esteem, confidence and skills essential to success in life and work.
Project SEARCH provides a school-to-work transition program for young adults with special needs.
General Human Services:
Community Action Partnership of North Alabama commits to eliminating causes and consequences of poverty.
Crisis Services of North Alabama provides services for abuse and crisis situations.
United Way provides several types of assistance.
Recreation and Sports:
A New Leash on Life provides animals with a safe place while waiting for their forever homes.
AlaPark preserves our parks and recreation.
Alabama MENTOR provides services to youth with behavioral, emotional and other complex challenges as well as their families.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama allows youth to achieve better futures through their mentoring programs.
Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama prepares youth for their futures.
Harris Home for Children provides full time foster care services and support to children. A few years ago, one Harris Home volunteer told us it was her love for orphans that drove her decision to volunteer. You can read that story here.
Junior League of Huntsville focuses on impacting women and children in the community.
Kids To Love prepares youth for their futures
National Children Advocacy Center conducts trainings, prevention and intervention techniques for children and their families who suffer from abuse
Volunteering looks great on a college application or a resume, but we should also remember there’s an even greater purpose served when we answer that call to give to others even if we do not have money or resources —we can find time to give. Nonprofit organizations are so thankful for their volunteers and cannot function without them. If you do decide to volunteer your time, I urge you to take it all in and realize how much of a difference your time is making in the lives of others.