Tuscaloosa Area Opportunities

Animal Organizations

Organization: Humane Society of West Alabama

Address: 2430 36th Street, Northport, AL 35473

Website: https://www.humanesocietyofwa.org/volunteer

Contact: 205-554-0011 or email: volunteerhswa@gmail.com


Organization: Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter

Address: 3140 35th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://www.metroanimalshelter.org/volunteering/

Contact: Follow link to contact volunteer coordinator or call 205-752-9101

  • volunteer opportunities currently on hold


Housing Organizations

Organization: Habitat for Humanity of Tuscaloosa

Address: 1120 35th St Ste B, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: www.habitattuscaloosa.org

Contact: 205-349-4629 or email: info@habitattuscaloosa.org

  • no volunteer opportunities until 2021 at earliest


Food Insecurity Organizations

Organization: Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl

Website: https://tuscaloosasoupbowl.com/

Contact: 205-752-2421 or email: soupbowl@bellsouth.net

  • Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 to 12:30 (do not have to go for full 2 hours)
  • Call the number above and ask for Susan
  • There are also weekend opportunities available that involves buying food, contact Susan for additional details if interested


Organization: West Alabama Food Bank

Address: 3160 McFarland Blvd., Northport, AL 35476

Website: https://westalabamafoodbank.org/

Contact: 205-333-5353 or email: volunteer@westalabamafoodbank.org

  • Thursdays and Fridays from 8 am to 3 pm (do not have to go the full time)
  • Call ahead to let them know you’re coming
  • Duties include packing backpack meals for kids, packing meals for seniors, or stocking the market


Organization: Grace Presbyterian Food Pantry and Legal Resource Table

Address: 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://www.gracetuscaloosa.org/

Contact: (205) 758-1193 (Professor Susan Donovan, sdonovan@law.ua.edu)


Organization: Meals on Wheels

Tuscaloosa: https://www.cspwal.com/departments/Meals-on-Wheels/page/volunteers.html

Birmingham: https://www.mowjeffco.org/volunteer/volunteer-application/

  • Go to websites and follow the instructions (for Birmingham, find the event you want, register, and if you need a code then contact the event organizer)


Children’s Organizations

Organization: Arts ‘n Autism

Website: https://www.artsnautism.org/

Contact: 205-247-4990


Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama

Address: 2721 6th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://www.bbbswestal.org/get-involved

Contact: 205-758-5734 or email: zelda@bbbswestal.org


Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama

Website: https://www.bgcwestal.org/volunteer.html

Contact: Email: volunteers@bgcwestal.org


Organization: Rise Center UA

Address: 600 Johnny Stallings Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://risecenter.ua.edu/volunteers.html

Contact: Email: Bailey Chambers at gbchambers@ches.ua.edu


Organization: The Brown House

Address: 714 30th Ave., Northport, AL 35476

Website: https://www.brownhousecommunity.org/volunteer

Contact: 205-233-2603 or email: amy@brownhousecommunity.org


Working Outdoors

Organization: University of Alabama Arboretum

Address: 4801 Arboretum Way, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Website: http://arboretum.ua.edu/about-us/jobs/

Contact: Email:  arbor@ua.edu


Organization: Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Website: https://blackwarriorriver.org/volunteer/

Contact: Charles Scribner

Call or Text: 205-458-0095

Email: cscribner@blackwarriorriver.org

  • Schedule your own or participate in regularly scheduled river clean-ups
  • Other opportunities listed on website such as tabling events, data entry, research, and writing local newspapers


Organization: Miracle League of Tuscaloosa

Address: Munny Sokol Park North, 6198 Watermelon Rd, Northport, AL 35406

Website: https://miracleleagueoftuscaloosa.com/volunteer/

  • Be a “buddy”, volunteer, or coach of a special needs baseball organization
  • Requirements of each and the application is listed on the website
  • No fall season due to COVID


Sexual/Domestic Violence

Organization: Tuscaloosa Safe Center

Address: 1601 University Boulevard East, Suite 150, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Website: https://www.tuscaloosasafecenter.com/get-involved

Contact: 205-860-SAFE (7233) or email: pam@tuscaloosasafecenter.com

  • Need volunteers to accompany victims to court and prepare them for experience
  • Help with things like what to wear to court, who will be in the courtroom, etc.
  • Will need to do a background check
  • If interested, apply via website as a court advocate


Organization: Turning Point

Address: 2110 McFarland Blvd E. Suite G, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35404

Website: https://www.turningpointservices.org/volunteers

Contact: 205-758-0808 or email: volunteer@turningpointservices.org

  • Currently not having in person volunteer opportunities
  • Can do the following:
    • on-call transportation – volunteers use personal vehicles to pick up incoming clients from safe meeting spot and transport them to emergency shelter
    • assist with social media/marketing/community outreach, which can be done remotely
  • All volunteers must go through onboarding process
  • Volunteer Application Link


Medical Organizations

Organization: Tuscaloosa VA Center

Address: 3701 Loop Rd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Website: https://www.tuscaloosa.va.gov/giving/

Contact: 205-554-2000 Ext. 3550 or email: Deborah Cain at Deborah.Cain@va.gov

  • No volunteers at this time due to COVID


Organization: DCH Regional Medical Center

Address: 809 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://www.dchsystem.com/jobs.aspx


Miscellaneous Volunteer Opportunities

Organization: Books 2 Prisons

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Books-to-Prisons-Alabama-127373117309475/

Contact: Barbara Brosier at books2prisons@gmail.com

  • Need help with selling books on eBay to raise money
  • Wrapping packages for mailing – can take home and wrap from there
  • In need of padded mailing envelopes
  • Social media help needed
  • If interested, email Barbara and get added to mailing list and they will send out volunteer schedule


Organization: Crossing Points

Mailing Address: Box 870232, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Physical Address: Tom Barnes Education Center, Room 1060, 260 Kilgore Lane, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Website: https://crossingpoints.ua.edu/

Contact: (205) 348-3180, crossing@bamaed.ua.edu or crossing@ua.edu


Organization: Downtown YMCA Family Center

Address: 2300 13th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: http://www.ymcatuscaloosa.org/volunteer/

Contact: Nick Baldelli-Boggs at 205-345-9622 or email her at nbboggs@ymcatusc.org


Organization: Benjamin Barnes YMCA

Address: 2939 19th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: http://www.ymcatuscaloosa.org/volunteer/

Contact: LaKeda Smith at 205-759-4284 or email her at lsmith@ymcatusc.org


Organization: Kentuck Art Center

Address: 503 Main Avenue Northport, Alabama 35476

Website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIkg5pJvswCUWXDUZrp43THBDbF7oHOuKcbNRkuSPHMp-Q5Q/viewform (Volunteer form)

Contact: (205)-758-1257 or email kentuck@kentuck.org


Organization: Salvation Army Tuscaloosa

Address: 2902 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://salvationarmyalm.org/tuscaloosa/

Contact: 205-632-3691


Organization: High Socks for Hope

Address: 3617 McFarland Blvd., Northport, AL 35476 MCFARLAND BOULEV

Website: https://www.highsocksforhope.org/volunteer

Contact: 205-454-8434 or email: highsocksforhope@gmail.com


Organization: Tuscaloosa’s One Place

Address: 810 27th Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://www.tuscaloosaoneplace.org/get_involved

Contact: 205-462-1000

  • Volunteer coordinator is Kelsie Tibbetts (ktibbetts@tuscaloosaoneplace.org)
  • opportunities starting in November
    • Tinsel Trail fundraiser: setting up 200 Christmas trees along the river
  • Link to volunteer: https://www.ttowntinsel.com/volunteers


Organization: Temporary Emergency Services

Address: 1705 15th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Website: https://temporaryemergencyservices.org/

Contact: (205) 758-5535

  • TES offers a vast array of client services, including food assistance, clothing and help with utilities
  • Our volunteers can work during office hours 9am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday or the TES Thrift Store is open 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9am – 4:30pm
  • Tasks include: helping out in Thrift Store, filling food bags for clients, and sorting donations
  • To become a volunteer, fill out a volunteer application and review the volunteer manual, or you may walk in to their client services office between 9:00-4:30, Monday through Friday


Organization: PARA Youth Basketball, Soccer, or Football Coach

General Application: https://opportunities.averity.com/Application.aspx?oid=48565

Basketball: https://www.tcpara.org/recreation/athletics/youth-basketball

  • Contact: Hugh Spencer 562-3200

Soccer: https://www.tcpara.org/recreation/athletics/tuscaloosaunited

  • Contact: Barry Spitzer 205-562-3200

Football: https://www.tcpara.org/recreation/athletics/tackle-football

  • Contact: Kameca Webb 562-3200

Other Volunteer info: https://www.tcpara.org/contact/volunteer-info

  • Sport specific applications and contacts listed on each page
  • Coach required documents:
    • Coach Application
    • Signed Code of Conduct
    • Photo of Driver’s License
  • Different phone numbers for different locations
  • Contact PARA Email link: https://www.tcpara.org/contact/feedback


Organization: Impact America

SaveFirst- Tuscaloosa and Birmingham

  • Counts as Pro Bono hours
  • Helping people file their taxes
  • Flexible hours, no required hours and schedule whenever you like

FocusFirst- Birmingham

  • Helping conduct vision exams in pre-ks
  • Train at first meeting
  • Volunteers needed August through November and January through May
  • Need at least one free weekday morning (until 12:00 or later)

SpeakFirst- Birmingham

  • Helping teach junior high and high school debate teams
  • Need two afternoons a week (3:30-5:00 or 4:00-7:00) and a couple of Saturdays

Volunteer Application: https://impactamerica.com/volunteer-application/

Website: https://impactamerica.com/alabama/


Morning Pointe Senior Living
Address: 1801 Rice Mine Road N, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
Contact: 205-345-1112

Website: https://morningpointe.com/volunteer/