IMPACT currently coordinates volunteer opportunities with thirteen different community service agencies in the Auburn-Opelika community. Any student can volunteer to participate in these weekly opportunities or any other IMPACT coordinated one-time volunteer opportunity.

How do I volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering with one of IMPACT’s partner projects, all you have to do is look at our current semester’s schedule, pick a project and a day and time that fit your schedule, and show up at the intramural field at the appropriate time. The rest is left to us! Each partner project has a Project Coordinators that leads groups of volunteers go out weekly.

There is no weekly commitment required – just come and volunteer when you can and as often as you would like.

Who can volunteer?

Any Auburn student who has an interest or desire to learn the invaluable lessons taught through volunteerism can work through IMPACT.

Why should I volunteer?

  1. Provide valuable services to others
  2. Develop skills and talents that are needed in an increasingly competitive job market.
  3. Give back to the community
  4. Learn more about yourself
  5. Enhance lives and help others lead richer and more meaningful days
  6. Experience challenging and meaningful work

Where can I volunteer?

IMPACT currently works with the following community service agencies to provide weekly volunteer opportunities for students. Descriptions of our current projects are below:

AUMC Food Pantry The AUMC Food Pantry provides emergency assistance to hungry families in Lee County. By assisting families with additional food, the hope is to help them expand their spending dollars for other needs. As well as providing food for their bodies, AUMC Food Pantry volunteers provide loving encouragement for their souls in the form of kind greetings, smiles, and refreshments. Volunteers will assist with loading and unloading shipments, separating food, helping clients collect items, and cleaning.

Azalea Retirement Home Azalea Retirement Home is a wonderful place to talk to the elderly community in Auburn. Volunteering at Azalea is all about spending personal time with the residents and having real conversations with them, as well as playing their favorite games. Bingo is a classic favorite and occasionally you may even play with a few residents on a Wii!

Boys and Girls Club- Volunteers will be mentoring, and impacting young children within the Auburn and Opelika area through activities ranging from sports, board games and homework assistance.

The BigHouse Foundation – The BigHouse Foundation is a non-profit organization in Opelika, AL designed to meet the needs and improve the quality of life for children in foster care in Lee County. Our volunteers assist the Foundation by organizing their “Clothes Closet” when new donations arrive, cleaning the facilities and assisting with preparation for fundraisers or special projects.

Carver Primary – Carver Primary is an after school program for boys and girls at the elementary school. Volunteers will assist the students with their homework, as well as play games and sports with the children.

Community Market – Community Market is a nonprofit organization that provides food for families in an emergency situation. As a volunteer, you will assort groceries into the refrigerator, freezer or onto the shelves. You also assist the shoppers in bagging and weighing their groceries and simply providing a friendly smile.

Food Bank of East Alabama – The Food Bank of East Alabama is a nonprofit organization that collects food in order to feed the hungry and less fortunate. When volunteering at the food bank, you will help the staff organize the pantries and other little projects. Organizing the pantries may seem like a thank-less job, but it is a huge help to the staff members. It makes feeding the hungry so much easier! Closed-toed shoes required.

Humane Society – The Lee County Humane Society provides a shelter for many stray animals including cats, dogs, hamsters, and rabbits. Volunteers will clean the cat and kennel areas and check the animals’ food and water levels. In addition to this, they might organize food and treats, help clean cages, put nametags and collars on cats and dogs and walk the dogs. Closed-toed shoes are required.

iK9- iK9 is a training site for service and emotional support dogs. Volunteers will mainly play with and interact with the dogs, giving the animals a break from training.

Jason Dufner FoundationThe Jason Dufner Foundation focuses on ending childhood hunger in Lee County, Alabama through partnerships with local, regional and national organizations. Currently, the foundation provides weekend meals for more than 1,200 children throughout the school year and over the summer break. Volunteers will assist in loading, unloading, and packing meals that will be distributed throughout the Lee County area.

Joyland Daycare Center –The Joyland Daycare Center is a local daycare center for children ages 3-12, and many of the children see it as a second home. Volunteers assist with snack time, inside games, homework help and playground time. The teachers also appreciate your help with things in their classroom.

Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve – The Forest Ecology Preserve is another on-campus volunteer site. At this site volunteers will help maintain areas of the preserve. Volunteers can expect an assortment of tasks, such as refilling the bird and deer feeders, washing and feeding the cool creatures on display for the children and maintaining the integrity of the trails and open space. A great combination of manual labor and escape for the forest really can be good for the soul.

Oak Park Nursing Home- Oak Park is another great place to interact with the elderly community in Auburn. In this active lifestyle community you can play bingo, balloon volleyball, or just sit and have a conversation with one of the residents. Either one of these activities is sure to brighten not only the resident’s day but yours as well.

Pine Hill Literacy Project – The Pine Hill Literacy project was created to make reading an engaging and enjoyable experience for first through sixth graders. Pine Hill seeks to equip children with the proper resources and attention to become more proficient readers in order to ensure their academic success. Volunteers will assist children in reading tasks as well as reading to groups of children.

Reading is Fundamental – Reading is Fundamental is a national organization that is combating illiteracy. Your help is needed to label books that are sent to at-risk children, which may be the first book that they have ever held.

The Salvation Army– The Salvation Army is a charitable organization that seeks to help individuals in need through the use of charitable donations. Volunteers at the site will not only help organize incoming donations and facilitate store operations, but also provide a comforting atmosphere for all walks of life. Close-toed shoes are strongly encouraged to volunteer at this site.

Storybook Farm – Located in the rich pastures of Opelika, Alabama, Storybook Farm offers spiritual nourishment and emotional healing to children with disabilities, life-threatening diseases, or those who have suffered a loss. Storybook Farm provides hope on horseback for our riders through a unique program of therapeutic horseback riding and creative activity. While volunteering at this site, you can expect to help with the daily tasks of helping maintain the farm and its animals. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Last modified: September 29, 2016