The Arc Tampa Bay Volunteer Program

Whether you come to help us one time for a targeted project or come regularly to help at one of our programs, we always will be grateful for your assistance. Groups are invited to perform community service projects— like raking a lawn or painting a residence. Individuals may share their skills, such as teaching, answering the phone or performing other office skills.

We are always looking for mentor models, similar to the Big Brother and Big Sister programs, for those at The Arc Tampa Bay who may no longer have intact families. These individuals would enjoy additional attention from a mentor on holidays or other occasions and the opportunity to share time with someone special.

Volunteer Form

Yes! Volunteers provide human and financial resources needed to continue to serve those who are counting on us. Volunteers share the spirit of hope throughout The Arc Tampa Bay and our community.

Once a month, or once a week, depending on the time you have to give. We have programs which can benefit from your participation 7 days a week. Or if there is a special skill or project that you would like to initiate, let us know.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, pass a local background check, FDLE fingerprint check and TB test. All screenings are provided by The Arc Tampa Bay for volunteers.

There are many ways you can volunteer to enrich the lives of individuals receiving supports and services from The Arc Tampa Bay:

  • Citizen Advocate- You can partner with an individual from The Arc Tampa Bay to become their helper, mentor and friend. Citizen Advocates enjoy spending time with their partners doing recreational activities like going to a movie, shopping, walking on the trail or visiting a library.
  • Support Services Volunteer – Support service volunteers answer phones, make copies, file, help with mailings, etc. They can also provide direct program support at one of the group homes, at Harborside Gallery or at the Tarpon Springs day program. There are also numerous opportunities to help with maintenance projects.
  • PEOPLE FIRST Club Sponsor- PEOPLE FIRST is a national organization that seeks to promote self-advocacy for persons with intellectual disabilities. The Arc Tampa Bay has a very active PEOPLE FIRST Club. As a club sponsor, you will help plan and host club meetings, community service projects, special events and outings.
  • Classroom Helper – This is a hands-on experience where you can assist teachers in a variety of day programs at The Long Center, Harborside Studios or Tarpon Springs ADT. As a classroom helper, you can teach skills such as cooking, sewing, reading, math, or computer classes. Helpers also assist with recreational and leisure opportunities and community activities.
  • Music Helpers – Bring your musical talent or interest to our music program at the Long Center. Music helpers assist consumers with our popular drumming classes twice a week. Our music room has a piano, organ and various percussion instruments waiting for you to use!
  • Community Companion – Community activities are vital and fun! What better way to spend time with someone than accompanying them on an outing such as going out to eat, shopping, or going for a walk? You can help by pushing a wheelchair, holding someone’s hand to cross the street safely or just sharing your time.
  • Hab Helpers – Habilitation Centers at The Long Center provide consumers with work opportunities as well as personal and social skills. Hab helpers assist with every step of learning to do a contract job: counting, sorting, collating, assembling, packaging and machine operation.
  • Adopt-A-Group Home – Individuals or community groups are encouraged to adopt one of The Arc Tampa Bay’s 19 group homes or the Waterfall Apartments. Opportunities are endless for interested parties, ranging from sponsoring a monthly meeting and organizing guest speakers to hosting a party and sharing special talents or skills. If you love to cook, are handy with repairs, or would like to make new friends and make a difference, give us a call or fill out our on-line volunteer application form.

You can contact Deborah Simeone, Volunteer Coordinator, at 727-799-3330, extension 7632. You can also fill out our on-line volunteer application form.

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Thank you for your interest in joining with us to provide opportunities for people who are Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled. Your assistance can lead to their inclusion in our communities.