Second Harvest Food Bank, photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton/Released
Florida’s nickname is The Sunshine State, and it’s known to get some of the most enjoyable weather in the country. We love our beaches and spending time outdoors catching golden rays.
The downside is that Florida also tends to receive some of the more turbulent tropical weather, such as heavy storms and hurricanes. Many of us have friends and family who have been impacted by these storms. If you spend time in Florida, you’ve probably heard many unfortunate stories.
We can give back any time of the year, and we should do what we can especially in times of need. We can ask what we can do to give back and help our communities and friends who have been impacted. Florida has a beautifully strong community and great people who go out of their way to help each other when these events happen. We’ve selected a few volunteer programs for ways to get involved and help in Tallahassee.
FSU Community Outreach Program
Florida State University has a program for community outreach that students can take advantage of. There are many ways to get involved and plenty of activities to choose from happening almost every day.
You can register for most programs a week in advance or the day of. These programs don’t require a long-term commitment, so they’re a great way for students to try out different volunteering options to determine which they enjoy the best.
This is a great way to get involved both alongside other students and in the local community.
The Kearney Center
This center provides around-the-clock emergency services to people in need. The center offers help to both individuals and families in the form of emergency shelter, nutritious meals, social services, a medical clinic, and employment training.
There are volunteering opportunities to help prepare and serve meals in the kitchen, help out at the reception desk, or work at the welcome desk and services desk.
For more information on getting involved, visit The Kearney Center volunteering page and the volunteer application. There is a volunteer orientation every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and every Thursday at 4 p.m.
Tallahassee Food Banks
There are a number of food banks in Tallahassee that welcome donations and volunteers.
America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributes millions of pounds of food to local families each year. They have individual, group, and ongoing volunteer opportunities to get involved. More information can be found on their volunteer page.
Feeding Florida is a statewide network of food banks. Whether you’re looking in Tallahassee or another part of Florida, you can find nearby options on their directory page. Feeding Florida provides a number of programs for child nutrition, disaster response, and more.
Whatcom Relay For Life, Cancer Never Sleeps, photo by Jeffry N. Curtis via Flickr, CC BY 2.0
Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a team fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. At each relay, team members take turns walking around a track for 6–24 hours. This signifies the ongoing battle with cancer. They say, “cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.”
Relay For Life is an amazing organization started by Dr. Gordon Klatt and has raised over $5 billion for cancer. Join a relay nearby to participate!
To find upcoming Relay For Life events in Tallahassee, visit their search page here.
There are many ways to get involved in the local Tallahassee community. More options can be found on the FSU Sustainable Campus website.