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Lend a Hand Hernando

Looking for a new volunteer challenge?
Non-profit organizations in Hernando County are recruiting volunteers each and every day! United Way of Hernando County is connecting volunteers through Lend a Hand Hernando to help get the job done. It takes passion and commitment to make our community a successful one. Learn more on how to "Lend a Hand" by checking out the listed volunteer opportunities below. Get involved by clicking on the individual icons and contact the Volunteer Coordinators directly.

If you would like to have your organization's volunteer needs listed on Lend A Hand Hernando, CLICK HERE.

*United Way is currently updating Lend A Hand Hernando's volunteer listing. Please stay posted while under construction.*

The Arc Nature Coast serves over 200 adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, etc.) through a variety of programs; from life skills and residential, to employment and transportation. 

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Craft projects
  • Yoga/fitness
  • Dance classes
  • Computer skills
  • Photography 
  • Games
  • Community outings to parks, libraries, museums, restaurants, etc. 
  • Or just be a friend! 

Contact Nancy Stubbs at 352-544-2322, extension 109
Background checks are sometimes required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest one-to-one mentoring organization in the United States. Children living in adversity are waiting in your Hernando Community. Just a few hours a month can change the life of a child for the better, forever!

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Big Brothers
  • Big Sisters
  • Big Couples

Contact Darlene Carlson at 352-464-4470
Background checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours

Communities in Schools of Hernando is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. For more than 30 years, CIS has had a focused mission: bringing community resources and caring adults into schools, so that all children have the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Mentors
  • Tutors
  • Support Staff and much more!

Contact Angela Rau at 352-442-2489
Background checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County acquires nutritious quality food and distributes the food to 47 different agencies.  Food Pantries, Shelters, Churches and soup kitchens.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Picking fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Sorting canned goods, fresh vegetables and meat for distribution
  • Organizing special events, etc.

Contact Susan Frampton at 352-628-3663
Background checks are NOT required. Does accept court ordered service hours

Dawn Center of Hernando County is a domestic & sexual violence service agency. The Shelter is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for women and children that are victims of 

physical, mental or sexual abuse.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Pick-up donations from drop off locations
  • Maintenance/Handyman

Volunteer Contact, Missy Hoppes- 352-684-7191 or EMAIL
Background checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours.

Department of Children & Families is the State of Florida's Social Service Agency. DCF's mission is to protects the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Administrative/ Secretarial
  • Child Protective Investigations
  • Adult Protective Investigations
  • ACCESS Storefront Greeters & Assistants
  • Legal/ Paralegal/ Legal Secretary
  • Refugee Services

Contact Nichole Peyton-
Background checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours.

Guardian ad Litem advocates for abused, abandoned, and neglected children in dependency.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Follow a child through the dependency court system and be their voice
  • Office assistant (training may be required)

Contact Recruiter, Lynn Sennett- 352-274-5231
Backgroud checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours.

Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God's love into action by building homes, communities and hope.  Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes: by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Construction Site
  • ReStore Background

Contact Lynn Van Meter - 352-754-1159
Backgroud checks are required. Does accept court ordered service hours.


Hernando County Fire Corps's Mission is to render support services to Hernando County Fire Rescue and other emergency organizations in Hernando County. HCFC's Fire Safety Smoke Trailer goes to county schools to teach children how to exit a smoke filled house. Our members come from all walks of life. They include retired nurses, volunteer firemen, teachers, truck drivers and more. They represent Hernando County. All members are trained to be able to carry out Hernando County Fire Corps commitment to the County.

Volunteer Opportunities include:
Many of our members have professional training and provide much of the training required. We provide first aide at many county events and bring our Fire Safety Smoke Trailer to many schools, to educate children is fire safety.

Click HERE to fill out a Volunteer Application today!
Contact Ronald Frimere, Public Relations Officer - 352-398-3464 
Background checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours.

Jericho Road Ministries is a faith-based rescue mission and shelter which requires references on all their volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities for Thrift Store:
Sorting for sale items

  • Cleaning
  • Arranging display shelves

All proceeds from thrift stores support the Men's Shelter and Mary's House (the Women's Shelter)

Volunteer Opportunities for Food Bank:

  • Prepare bags of food
  • Hand out bags of food
  • Perform clerical duties

Volunteer Contact, Victoria Hendricks 352-799-2912 x101
Background checks are NOT required. Does accept court ordered service hours.

The Life Center (TLC) of Hernando believes everyone deserves a home, especially at-risk young mothers and their infant children. Right now in Hernando County, many young homeless moms are living with their babies in unstable conditions. Program includes life skills.
TLC is a residential home.

Volunteer Oppotunities/Positions may include:
The Life Center is in need of instructors for the following life skill classes:

  • Money Management
  • Child Development
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Food Management
  • Weed Playground
  • Assistant Life Skill instructors to help watch children
  • Offer accounting skills for an annual audit
  • Offer professional case management skills
  • Offer haircuts or manicures

Assistant instructors needed for childcare and back up.
This is a 2 hour, once a month commitment on either a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7pm-8pm.
Be sure to ask for a course outline.

Contact Angela Welsh- 917-578-6954
High School students in need of community service hours are welcomed!
Background checks are not required. Does accpet court ordered service hours.

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving visually impaired residents of Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus Counties. The Lighthouse provides free training that helps people experiencing vision loss become more independent. 

Volunteer Opportunities/positions may include:

  • Business writer
  • Clerks
  • Committee members
  • Drivers
  • Event helpers
  • Gardeners
  • Graphic design 
  • Phone fundraisers
  • Photographers/Videoographers
  • .....and much more!

Contact Patricia Porter- 
Background checks are sometimes required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours

The Pay It Forward Farm (PIFF) is a multi-cultural organization that assists single mothers and their children on their journeys toward a fulfilling and sustainable lifestyle. This is accomplished through a variety of volunteer and educational programs.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Property maintenance
  • Building repair
  • Gardening
  • Donation sorting
  • Meal preparation
  • Event preparation and staffing
  • Fundraising and more!

Contact Christine Collins at 727-378-5331
Background checks are sometimes required. Does accept court ordered service hours.

People Helping People (PHP) in Hernando County, Inc.   is an interfaith community established to provide food, clothing, and other basic necessities to those individuals in Hernando County, FL who are hungry or struggling in today's difficult economic environment. PHP offers four targeted programs to accomplish its mission: SUNDAY BLESSINGS program, SENIOR BLESSINGS program, WEEKEND BLESSINGS program, and NEIGHBORHOOD BLESSINGS program.

People Helping People is looking for a few volunteers with some technical knowledge and computer skills.
Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Correspondence Secretary
    -The applicant would need basic computer skills with knowledge of word processing and mail merge. This individual would be responsible for sending out donation and grant acknowledgements and letters of appreciation.
  • Bookkeeper
    -Looking for someone familiar with Quickbooks to keep track of financial record keeping.
  • Customer Relationship Manager
    -Someone who knows the program or would be willing to learn it.

Volunteer hours would be very flexible and could be done at one's home. In all cases, PHP would provide some training and appropriate software.

Contact: PHP President Doug Brainard at 352-442-1156 or EMAIL
Backgroud checks are required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program  is a Senior Corporation Sponsored program through a national federal grant. Our mission is to recruit senior volunteers (age 55+) to be placed in non profitassignments throughout the county.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • "Goodwill BookWorks" program
    -Volunteers read to pre-school children at local child care facilities and Head Start Programs. After reading, each child is given a personalized book to take home. Program coordinator will accommodate volunteers time needs. No background checks necessary.
  • Big Brother Big Sisters School Lunch Time program
    -Volunteer meets one on one with a matched boy or girl once per week at school during lunch time. This gives the child an independent non biased person to talk with. Each assignment lasts for the school year. (Background check is required)

Other Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Tutor Elementary and High School Students
  • Mentor children in the arts
  • Teach life skills classes to young parents
  • Tutor adult education students
  • Deliver meals to the homebound
  • Distribute food to the needy
  • provide transportation for the blind and visually impaired
  • Provide respite care for those with Alzheimer's
  • Supervise court-ordered visitation
  • Prepare tax returns
  • Work in thrift stores
  • Support veterans and military families
  • Participate in enviromental stewardship

We have many other opportunities to get involved.
Please call us at (352) 796-1425 for more information
or visit our website at

Background checks are sometimes required. Does NOT accept court ordered service hours.

United Way of Hernando County focuses on making a positive Community Impact through local Health, Education, and Financial Stability programming.
UWHC is on a constant mission
to invite community members as well as organizations to join the movement and pledge to LIVE UNITED.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

Click HERE to fillout a Volunteer Hernando Application
Background checks are not required. Does accept court ordered service hours




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