The Volunteer Opportunities column is compiled from community input and in partnership with United Way of Anchorage’s Volunteer Center, To list an opportunity, email Joy Guest at or Sue Brogan of United Way at

United Way of Anchorage is searching for male and female mentors for the school year. Become a guiding star in someone’s life. Just a little of your time will make a lot of difference to a child. To learn more, visit

AARP Tax-Aide program: Volunteer preparers and greeters are needed for the upcoming tax season. This is a great opportunity to help others in your community. Beginning classes start Dec. 13. Forty hours of instruction plus computer time will be taught by AARP and IRS certified volunteers. Computer experience is required; materials are provided. Go to

Stone Soup Group: Plan activities with families who have children with special health care needs or assist with administration duties. Flexible hours are available. (561-3701,

Anchorage Imagination Library: Help with the steering and fundraising committees; especially needed are volunteers with graphic arts skills and those interested in the family engagement activities. (337-6416)

Alaska Cooperative Extension 4-H: International exchange program is looking for host families in Anchorage, Kenai and Mat-Su for the summer LABO Japan-Alaska youth exchange. Each family must have a child age 10 to 16 who is willing to be a host brother or sister for a Japanese youth. (Tony Nakazawa,; Marianne Kerr,; 786-6300, 460-0825)

Wellness Innovations Center: The center seeks people who are in recovery from mental health issues to help others who are in recovery resume meaningful roles in the community. If you can mentor recovery skills, cooking, computer, office, art, crafts or dance, call Joan at 562-7900. (

NAMI Anchorage: Opportunities for volunteers are available in a variety of areas. NAMI provides support, education and advocacy to people who experience mental illness and to their families and friends. Training provided. (272-0227,

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lend support in the office or help with fundraisers. (563-1115)

Alaska Veterans Museum: People with business expertise such as marketing, strategic planning, financial planning, fundraising and publicity are needed. You need not be a veteran and may work from home. Meetings are at 7 p.m. fourth Mondays at 333 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 227. (622-9924, 696-4904)

Special Olympics: Help is needed with local competitions. There are a variety of events, multiple dates and many positions that you can fill. For specific events and dates, email

Alaska Equine Rescue: Volunteer foster homes are needed for neglected horses the rescue shelter takes in. (

Alaska Respond: The registry needs licensed health care professionals who can respond to a disaster or public health emergency. Training is provided with free continuing education credit. To learn more or sign up, go to

NAACP Anchorage: The ACT-SO Olympics of the Mind youth program for high school students is seeking adult mentors in the performing arts, visual arts and humanities. Must be at least 18 and have experience in one or more of these areas. Meetings are at 4 p.m. Saturdays. (229-3178,

Alaska Regional Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer Program: Areas open to volunteering include the gift shop, information desk, mother-baby program, surgery waiting, menus and tray favors, patient mail delivery and the No One Dies Alone Program. (264-1346,

Alaska Literacy Program: Have the experience of a lifetime teaching English to adults from around the world. Register for summer volunteer teacher training. (Lori Pickett, 337-1981, or

Victims for Justice: An IT volunteer is needed for one or two hours a week to assist with routine software and website updates. (Susan, 278-0986)

Anchorage Court Appointed Special Advocate Program: Volunteers are needed to speak up for abused or neglected youths. CASA responsibilities include gathering information about the case, regular contact with the youth and representing the youth’s best interest in court. No special background is required, and training is free. Attendance at an information meeting is required. (,

Hospice of Anchorage: Volunteers ages 14 to adult needed for Forget Me Not Grief Program training. Volunteers facilitate peer support groups to help children, teens and caregivers adjust to the death of someone important in their lives. No previous experience required. Must attend full training schedule and commit to volunteering for one year. Email or call to register. (561-5322,

Anchorage Police Department: Look for missing people and crime scene evidence as a member of urban and rural search teams. Training provided. (

Alaska Center for Resource Families, Mat-Su: Collect donations for foster care and adoptive families. New toys, books, gifts for teens and adults, food and clothing are needed. (376-4678)

Prestige Care Inc.: Help medically frail people go on outings or participate in activities; give an educational presentation or play music. (269-3255)

Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Volunteers are needed to advocate for and promote the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. (800-730-6393, ext. 2; 334-4485)

The Anchorage Imagination Library: The library works to improve literacy and inspire a love of reading through a book mail program and events for families with children to age 5. It is seeking a volunteer coordinator to recruit and coordinate volunteers, participate in monthly steering committee meetings and organize volunteer trainings six to 10 hours per month. Send an email for more information. (

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Hospital: Volunteers sought to assist with retired and active-duty military members and their families. (580-6430,

Catholic Social Services: St. Francis House food pantry needs personal shoppers, volunteers who help clients shop for groceries, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays; and 4-7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday. The Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services program needs family mentors to help newly arriving refugees become part of the community. Clare House, an emergency homeless shelter for women with children and expectant mothers, needs help with child activity leaders 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Contact Kelsey at (

Alaska Cat Adoption Team: Critical care fosters for kittens are needed. Alaska is facing an overwhelming number of abandoned pregnant cats and kittens. The 501(c)(3) organization is committed to re-homing cats and kittens, providing altering assistance and educational community outreach about the importance of spay/neuter and proper animal care. Volunteers are needed in the Anchorage, Eagle River and Mat-Su areas. (982-2228,

Southcentral Foundation: Help is needed with the elder program. There is an application process and background check. Must be 18 or older. (Kira Bouwens, 729-5235)

Alaska Humane Society: Volunteers are needed at the Adopt-a-Cat shelter. Lots of cats need attention and care and would love to show you affection. (Tina,; 562-2287)

New Hope on the Last Frontier: Help distribute food to more than 200 hungry families in the community, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Tuesday. Volunteer assistance is also needed for a variety of community programs. (,

Eagle River Nature Center: Assist at the information desk. Must be older than 18, outgoing and willing to lend a hand weekly. (Doris, 694-2108;

Chugiak Senior Center: Help in the kitchen 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, with bingo 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays or with adult day services. Must be 16 or older. (688-2685)

Anchorage Science Pub: Presenters are needed for organized brief presentations at local venues aimed at stimulating interest in science for the general public. Speakers on a variety of science topics are welcome. (

Providence Transitional Care Center and Providence Extended Care: Help is needed at both long-term care campuses. Help in the gift shops, assist with bingo and other activities, help with exercise programs, or make one-on-one visits that may include reading together, watching TV, writing letters or crafts. (212-0211;

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer at ReStore, the store that supports Habitat for Humanity projects. Volunteers assist customers, price and stock merchandise, schedule pickups by phone and perform related tasks. Volunteers meet new people, help reduce substandard housing in Anchorage, and promote reuse and recycling efforts. (743-8060 or at

Day Break Adult Day Center: Make a difference in a senior’s life. Volunteers are needed who can play the piano or other musical instrument, perform in singing groups and dancing groups, go on group walks and outings, and help with gardening. (

Listening Post of Anchorage: The local nonprofit serves the community of the Downtown Transit Center by providing a quiet space and a listening ear. You will be trained in listening skills that will serve you personally and beyond. Must be at least 18, have a compassionate heart and be able to maintain confidentiality. (

Youth for Understanding USA: Be an international ambassador. There is an immediate need for host families and volunteer mentors for soon-to-arrive foreign exchange students. (Dawn Green, 208-447-8118,

Friends of Nike Site Summit: Help preserve the history of Anchorage’s Cold War mountaintop fortress. Volunteers are needed for on-site summer work and tours, for year-long work planning and for marketing, long-range planning and missile acquisition. Information at or 694-3570.

American Cancer Society: Join the Road to Recovery program by volunteering to drive patients to and from the life-saving treatments they need or by becoming a program coordinator. Drivers need a safe and reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance and a good driving record. Ride requests are dispatched to drivers primarily using email. Training provided. Good administrative and organizational skills needed. (Joey Ann Fowkes, 273-2077;

Anchorage Community Mental Health Services: Individuals with a range of skill sets are needed to support the organization through various opportunities, serving on an advisory council in one of three key treatment areas: seniors, adults, children/family. No previous board volunteer experience needed. Looking for individuals committed to ending the stigma of mental illness and promoting recovery and wellness. The time commitment varies, beginning at five hours per month for committee and regular board meetings. (, 261-5330)

Visit Anchorage: Volunteers are sought who will commit to sharing information with visitors to Anchorage about what to do, where to go and what to see. Opportunities are available for the Log Cabin and Downtown Visitor Centers as well as Airport Visitor Centers. (Brenda Carlson, 276-4118;,

Girl Scouts of Alaska: Adult volunteers over the age of 18 are needed as troop leaders, troop “series” leaders (6- to 12-week commitment), event and series volunteers for activities like the girls’ robotics teams, and many other positions, to include the Gold Award Committee. Training is provided. (, 273-0314)

Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains’ Ministries: Spread hope and cheer by visiting people in the hospital. No experience necessary. Call chaplain Diane Peterson at 301-0949 or email

Habitat for Humanity: Work at a construction site or help with nonconstruction activities. (272-0800,

Alaska Museum of Science and Nature: Work with staff to help facilitate summer educational programs. Duties may include setting up educational materials, working with children of all ages and abilities and guiding them through interactive stations. Weekday hours. (Kerri Jackson, 274-2400;

Alaska SPCA: Help reduce the suffering of Alaska’s dogs and cats. Volunteers are needed in the thrift store at 549 W. International Airport Road, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Proceeds help these pets. Must be 18 or older. (562-2925,

Alaska Judicial Observers: Volunteers are needed to observe in courtrooms. Must be able to take notes, complete paperwork and sit for up to two hours at a time. Volunteers are screened to ensure they have not been victims of a violent crime, have no criminal background and have no cases pending before the court. Volunteers go through approximately 40 hours of classroom and courtroom training and then are asked to evaluate for a minimum of 10 hours per month in the courtroom closest to their home. (646-9880)

Youth Advocates Community: YAC provides adults ages 16 to 24 with the opportunity to participate in monthly community service projects and social events. Youths who do or do not experience a disability can build a diverse support network of peers, learn self-advocacy skills, have fun and give back to their community. YAC is also looking for adult volunteers to assist in monthly activities. (Kelly Foran, 264-6274,

Alaska Women’s Resource Center: Help with a variety of tasks. (Diane, 565-1239,

Alzheimer’s Resource Agency: Help with art classes, office work and special events. (Angela, 561-3313,

Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance Team: AK-1 DMAT provides medical assistance in the event of a national disaster. All medical skills are needed as well as security, logistics and communications volunteers. (

Alaska Brain Injury Network: Volunteers needed to help educate, advocate and coordinate services for Alaskans who are survivors, family, caregivers or professionals whose lives have been touched by a brain injury. (274-2824,

Alaska Dog and Puppy Rescue: The nonprofit organization working in the Mat-Su and Anchorage is looking for loving homes for rescued dogs and puppies. Or you can volunteer at adoption clinics, help with fundraising efforts and more. (745-7030,

Anchorage Pioneers’ Home: Help with a variety of activities such as baking, community outings, arts and crafts or bingo and other games. (343-7240)

Rabbit Creek Shooting Park: Motivated individuals who are concerned with firearm safety and interested in assisting the public are needed as range safety officers to monitor the range during weekend shooting hours. Training is provided. (345-7831)

Civil Air Patrol: Serve as a civilian volunteer of the Air Force’s auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, a humanitarian and educational nonprofit. Opportunities are available in writing, flying, radio operations, teaching, emergency services, finance, law and more. Must be 12 to 18 years old to join. Also, senior, chaplain and aerospace education memberships are offered. (, 551-3137)

Boys and Girls Club: Adult volunteers who will commit to supporting, guiding and being positive role models to one or more Boys and Girls Club members are needed for mentoring programs. Help with homework, arts, sports, healthy lifestyles and overall social competence. (770-7321,

Covenant House Alaska: Adults are needed to join the mentor program to provide guidance and act as role models to community youths. As a mentor, you would be matched with an individual youth. The ideal candidate would be willing to make a one-year commitment working with ages 18-20. Must be able to pass a background check. (, 339-4497;

Backcountry Alaska Rescue K-9 (BARK-9) Search Dogs: Help train search and rescue dogs and find out more about training a search dog. Accepting new members. (222-5996,

Older Persons Action Group: Anchorage and Mat-Su drivers are needed once a month to deliver the Senior Voice newspaper. Gas mileage paid at the government rate. (276-1059,

Alaska Community Services: If you are 60 or older, help other seniors with shopping and doctor visits or just play cards with them. For the Senior Companion Program or Foster Grandparent program, call Carole Garris, 375-2204, or Alexandra Appel, 375-2207.

Southcentral Foundation: Help elders with arts and crafts 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, or with bingo 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Must be 18 or older. (729-6515)

Standing Together Against Rape: Help with office work, events, community outreach, speakers bureau and crisis line. (Rebecca, 276-7279)

Alaska Medicare Program: Learn about Medicare and help others navigate the system, including the online prescription drug plan tool. Training provided. (269-3669)

Loussac Library: Provide program support for Anchorage Public Library by working with staff to host programs. Duties may include setting up for an event, making announcements, distributing materials and evaluation forms, operating audio/visual equipment, keeping track of attendance or working with staff in charge. (343-2981,

Alaska Regional Hospital: Help at the information desk or in other areas. ( 264-1346, leave a message)

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs: Local host families are sought for international boys and girls ages 15-18. (800-733-2773)

East African Community Center of Alaska: Help with English classes for refugees as well as citizenship classes, homework, job searches and American culture classes. Hours are 4-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club. (884-4646,

Senior Medicare Patrol: Help Medicare beneficiaries protect themselves and the Medicare system from fraud, waste and abuse. Training provided. Contact the Medicare Information Office. Work with staff and other volunteers to set up presentations and work with beneficiaries to understand the Medicare Summary Notice and keep health care journals. (269-3680,

Hospice of Anchorage: Assist patients, work in the office or help with special events. (561-5322)

49 Writers/49 Alaska Writing Center: Help with programs that support writers and literature in Alaska. Assistance needed in areas of special projects, communications coordination and author events. Email for more information (