Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities

  • Free Legal Advice Clinic
  • Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinic
  • Homeless Connect
  • International Refugee Assistance Program
  • Reentry Assistance Clinic
  • SaveFirst Tax Preparation Program
  • Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic
  • Volunteer Ombudsman Program
Community Service Opportunities

The Public Interest Student Board regularly organizes community service projects. Please contact the Student Board’s Community Service Chair for more information.

In addition, the following organizations in and around Tuscaloosa are often in need of volunteers:

Arts and Autism
Working with individuals with autism, ages 3-24 years old in the after school camp at 2625 8th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL, Monday – Friday; 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Volunteers needed to help supervise various classes (art, music, martial arts, computer). Volunteers also needed to assist with office duties, or fund raising events, 10:00 a.m. – 5:50 p.m. Orientation Required. Volunteer application available online.

Contact: Ms. Voni Wyatt
Phone: (205) 247-4990

Big Brother/Big Sister
Sign up to mentor youth in various programs, including opportunities to mentor children living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty, or coping with parental incarceration. Extensive background check and interview process required.

Contact: Ms. Danielle McInerney
Phone: (205) 758-5734

Black Warrior Riverkeeper
Sign up for an ongoing project, or create one independently or as a group. Current needs include the following projects:

River Amenities Research and Outreach Project:
Volunteers needed to identify and catalogue river amenities such as marinas, restaurants, camp grounds, boat ramps, etc. along the Black Warrior River and its tributaries so that Black Warrior Riverkeeper will be able to post river information on its website as a service to its stakeholders and use the information for outreach. Research will include computer and phone book research as well as research in the field to identify the amenities and to distribute outreach materials at these locations.

Pollution Permit Research Project:
Volunteers needed to identify zip codes within the Black Warrior River watershed and use them to run searches for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits – permitted discharges of pollution allowed by the Clean Water Act. Searches will be run on several easy-to-use Environmental Protection Agency websites. This research helps us identify current/potential polluters. This project may also include data entry to help us organize information about current/potential polluters.

Data Entry Project:
Volunteers needed to type names, addresses, etc. from contact lists into Microsoft Access or Excel databases. Can be done at Riverkeeper office or elsewhere if possible. Other data entry may also merge with our Pollution Permit Research project.

Contact: Mr. Charles Scribner
Phone: (205) 458-0095

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat’s mission is to rebuild Tuscaloosa by partnering with volunteers, donors, sponsors, and families to provide housing solutions and ongoing community development. Join us in rebuilding homes, families, and hope in Tuscaloosa County. Minimum time commitment is four hours. Shifts are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Contact: Cassie Davis, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (205) 349-4629

Humane Society of West Alabama
Volunteers needed to help with temporary fostering, kennel cleaning and playtime care with dogs, cat adoption center cleaning and playtime with volunteers. Volunteers are also needed for special events such as monthly adopt-a-thons with dogs (moved to Sundays during football season). An orientation is required for all volunteers. Volunteer application available online.

Contact: Ms. Tina Miller
Phone: (205) 554-0011

Soup Bowl
The Community Soup Bowl prepares and serves meals each day to about 500 homeless persons at a facility that is operated by The First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa. A regular staff prepares meals during weekdays. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to serve meals. If you would like to volunteer during the week, see the contact information below. Weekday volunteers must call ahead to schedule a volunteer time. One weekend each semester law students donate their service by shopping for food, preparing and serving meals at the facility. For more information about the law school’s weekend volunteer program, contact Felecia Linton at

Contact: Ms. Amy Grimstead or Laurice McCollum
Phone: (205) 752-2421

Tuscaloosa Emergency Service
Volunteers needed to help build food bags for clients, or sort donations for the Thrift Store. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities call or stop by the client services offices between 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Contact: Ms. Sharon Cosby
Phone: (205) 758-5535

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter
Dependable volunteers are needed at the shelter. Volunteer opportunities range from bathing, socializing, and evaluating animals to assisting with adoptions. Orientation required. Application available online.

Contact: Ms. Tara Freeman
Phone: (205) 752-9101

Tuscaloosa’s One Place
Tuscaloosa’s One Place afterschool programs provide help to at-risk students during the school year as well as during the summer. Volunteers are assigned to a classroom or grade to work with the same 2 or 3 students each week helping with homework assignments. Most programs run from 3-5 p.m., and operate on various days of the week. Volunteers must be good with people, patient with children, flexible, dependable, and team players.

Contact: Ms. Emerald Autrey
Phone: (205) 462-1000

Wings of Grace
Volunteer duties vary from walking with the clients as they “shop” in our center for clothing for themselves and their family, to assisting with getting the center ready for seeing our clients, receiving and processing donations that are brought to the center, as well as restocking the items on assigned shelves, watering the flowers and landscaped areas around the center, light cleaning duties at the end of the day, and gift wrapping Christmas items that have been donated.
Hours of operation are Mondays through Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. when donations are processed & sorted; and Thursdays and Fridays each week from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to assist clients.

Contact: Ms. Terri Hibbard, Director
Phone: (205) 759-1039