University of South Alabama

M1 & M2 COMMUNITY SERVICE SITES

  1. 15th Place Day Center

  2. Anatomy Outreach

  3. Bay Area Food Bank

  4. Big Brother/Sister

  5. Boys & Girls Club

  6. Buddy Ball at West Side Park

  7. Camp Rap-A-Hope

  8. Center for Healthy Communities

  9. First Christian Church of Mobile

  10. Gentiva Hospice

  11. Go 5K Run

  12. Granting Keys to a Healthier Life

  13. Habitat for Humanity

  14. Harvest Home

  15. Homeless Connect

  16. Impact Alabama

  17. L'Arche

  18. Lifelines Rape Crisis

  19. Light of the Village

  20. Men of St. Joseph (MOSJ) Outback Weekend 

  21. Mulhearin Home

  22. Penelope House

  23. Reach Out and Read at USA Children’s Medical Center

  24. Refugee Program of Catholic Social Services

  25. Salvation Army

  26. South Alabama Cares

  27. St. Louis Street Baptist Church - Feeding the Homeless

  28. St. Mary's Home

  29. Student Run Health and Wellness Clinic

  30. Tutoring Opportunity

  31. Victory Health Partners


15th Place Day Center

Contact: Shannon Faye; 432-7227, shannon@15place.org

This is a new site for this year. 15thPlace is a day center for homeless persons. It is open from 7:45 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday. On weekends, church groups and other organizations volunteer to serve breakfast. Some possible volunteer activities include assisting guests with applications for benefits including disability and housing, literacy training, financial literacy, checking bags in and out maintaining security in locker room, registering guests for razors and hygiene kits, checking laundry in and out, answering 5-line phone, guest phone; relaying calls taking messages, scanning guest cards for services, transportation, phone, mail, messages, lunch, showers


Anatomy Outreach

Contact: Dr. Stephen Kayes (USA Professor) skayes@southalabama.edu

This is a well-established program that accepts requests from local middle schools, high schools and even colleges to have one-on-one contact with medical students (and other health profession students). Medical students show and explain to these students the anatomy, physiology and pathology of normal and abnormal organs. In addition, students discuss the effects of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors such as high fat diets and cigarette smoking. Students have given positive feedback from working with this program.


Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Alabama

Contact: Rosalyn Spencer; 334-0536 (ext 107)

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Alabama YMCA takes pride in strengthening the communities of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. In addition to providing mentoring services to local children, BBBS would like to enhance our mission by educating those we serve on the impact of health and wellness in their lives. Visit their facebook page here.


The Boys and Girls Club

Contact: Donna Cunningham; Human Resources, 251-432-1235

Students have enjoyed working at this site in the past however, background checks are required. This includes a criminal background check and Department of Human Resources check. The latter takes 4 weeks. Individual appointments are arranged through Human Resources.


Camp Rap-A-Hope

Contact: Melissa McNichol, Executive Director; 476-9880

Camp Rap-A-Hope upholds the mission of providing an exceptional, normal camping experience and the related support services for children and youth who have been diagnosed with cancer at any point throughout their lifetime. Camp Rap-A-Hope’s setting allows these children to learn how to overcome challenges, both individually and as a team, form new friendships while strengthening their bond with old friends, experience acceptance, test their endurance, and above all experience love, faith, courage, and hope.

Volunteers are used in a multitude of ways: from help in getting in and out of inflatables at our events (prosthetics, weakness, blindness can prove challenging) to fishing help, to helping with arts & crafts and canoeing – every volunteer has an important role in helping children with cancer experience a bit of fun, encouragement, victories in spite of their cancer diagnosis.


Center for Healthy Communities

Contacts:

  1. Britney Evans; 471-7708 or bduncan@southalabama.edu

  2. Mary Williams; 471-7709 or mcwilliams@southalabama.edu

  3. Robin Nicholas, Grant Specialist; 414-8001 or rnicholas@southalabama.edu

Students can volunteer in a variety of Healthy Community Programs and Projects which interact directly within the community. There are several opportunities to work health fairs during the year through Center of Excellence. The Pipeline Project is aimed at increasing the pool of minority scientists. This program will give volunteers the opportunity to work with high school students in mentoring and academic enrichment activities.


Buddy Ball at West Side Park

Contact: Sheryl Thomas; 251-604-9309 or sherylpt3@comcast.net

This is a popular volunteer opportunity. This organization is part of the Division of Little League Baseball Association that works with physically disabled children between the ages of 5-18. Students will assist students directly during game and practice activities. This is also the contact for participating in Special Olympics.


Harvest Home

Contact: Ms. Emma Perryman; 478-8768, www.emmasharvesthome.com

Emma’s Harvest Home is a Residential Co-Occurring Rehabilitation Program for Women. Co-occurring means that the clients have at least one mental health disorder in addition to substance abuse or dependence. As part of their treatment program, they offer clients 4 group sessions daily Monday through Friday. Students might benefit from the opportunity to sit in on group sessions and lead a group on appropriate subject matter. They may also be interested in attending some of the support groups with clients such as AA, NA and Celebrate Recovery. Other opportunities include arts & crafts, gardening, low-impact exercise or fun games or activities that would get the clients motivated.


Mulhearin Home

Contact: Melody Gartman, RN; 471-1998

This is a residential facility for 34 mentally challenged individuals ranging in age from 17 to 64 years old. Their disabilities include Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, birth defects and others, with a range in severity. Opportunities include interacting with the residents through conversation with them and participating in their many activities.


Penelope House

Contact: Joan Duncan, Volunteer Coordinator; 342-2809

Penelope House is a residential shelter for battered women and their children who have come from domestic violence situations. It is a safe haven for those who have no other resources and provides a variety of needed services, from counseling, job acquisition, training for the GED, court advocacy, legal assistance and help with securing housing, and anything else that a family needs to get back on its feet. The Department of Family Medicine has operated a weekly on–site clinic, staffed by residents and faculty from the department for the past 9 years. In order to assure the safety of the women and children, clearance is required to enter. Opportunities include children’s activities, health and safety education, positive role modeling for the children, etc.


South Alabama Cares

Contact: Tyloria Crenshaw, Executive Director; 471-5277 (ext 20) or tcrenshaw@southalabamacares.org

This agency located at 2054 Dauphin Street offers HIV testing. Students would be involved in pre and post test counseling of clients. In addition to offering testing on site, there are outreach activities to offer testing in the community.


St. Mary's Home

Contact: Andrea (Andy) Rehm, Director, Volunteers & Public Relations; 344-7733 (ext 32)

Founded in 1838 as an orphanage, St. Mary's is the oldest residential program in Alabama. Currently it is a residential treatment facility for abused, abandoned and neglected children in our community. Its mission is to promote normal growth and development in these Children, who range in age from 6 to 22 years. Opportunities: tutoring, recreations. Visit their facebook page here.


Light of the Village (LOV)

Contact: Morgan Carnley, Jobs Counselor; 406-0221 or morganc@lightofthevillage.org or emcarnley@gmail.com

Light of the village is a front-line, hands-on ministry. LOV's programs include:

  • GED and job skills program and training 4 days a week

  • After School program 3 afternoons a week

  • 8-week Summer Bible Camp

  • Lawn care business (Yard Dawgs) employs local at-risk youth

  • Bible study 5 days a week

  • All at NO COST to the individual

Apart from having fun and enjoying the season, the Fall Festival and other community outreach events serve as an opportunity to engage new children and families and introduce them to the services we offer year-round. Through partnerships with organizations like Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama and the Women's Resource Center, this event is also able to educate our community on the health concerns that directly effect them and to find them the resources they need to live healthier lives.


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Victory Health Partners

Contact: Kim Garrett, Development Director; 460-2928

Victory Health Partners exists to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the medically underserved by providing affordable, quality health care services. Our patients are low income uninsured people - those who do not qualify for government funding programs and cannot afford health insurance. Often the only access to physician care is through the emergency rooms of local hospitals. This is expensive and all too often ends in financial devastation for the patients and their families.

Volunteers triage our patients, take basic medical history, blood pressure and determine their reason for the visit. They take more information for new patients but it is basically the same process. This area of the clinic offers great training for medical students as here they have the most patient interaction. This is a vital role at Victory because it is the patients first encounter and interaction with our people.


Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama

Contact: Stephanie VanArsdale, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator; 476-7171

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry located in Mobile, AL. HFHSWA is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing as a matter of conscience and action. Habitat builds simple decent houses in partnership with people in need in the community throughout Southwest Alabama. Through donations of time, materials and investment, Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit, financed with affordable no-interest loans.


Lifelines Rape Crisis Center

Render personal support to traumatized families and individuals through services ranging from responding to calls for help, to providing a compassionate presence at local hospitals, to assisting with the court adjudication of cases. Intensive training is required and regularly offered in direct care volunteer positions. All volunteers must meet the Volunteer Job Requirements, which can be found here:

Complete an application, click here

  • Sign the Confidentiality Statement, click here

  • Complete a background check

To find out more information, call: (251)602-0909


Homeless Connect

Homeless Connect will take place on January 31, 2014, at the Mobile Civic Center. The time of the event is 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The purpose of the event is to count the number of homeless people, required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and provide social and health care services for people who are homeless. Volunteers will be needed to help in mental and physical exams, treatments or supervision the pre-professionals to work in interprofessional teams screening, triaging or providing treatments for the patients. Help will also be needed in setting up the day before and clean up following the event.

The USA organizing committee has asked for medical students to participate in the triage area. To sign up for a time slot, students should email the student liaison, William Crittendon at wcc1101@jagmail.southalabama.edu


Granting Keys to a Healthier Life

Contact: Carey McDade, M.D.; kslhealthfair@gmail.com

This is a yearly event held in September, that offers screenings to the community of Mobile for free in the areas of blood pressure, glucose, BMI, cholesterol, and breast cancer. We also invite a local pharmacy to provide flu vaccines to those who desire them. Other booths from the most recent event include healthy eating and exercise, vaccines for children, sickle cell foundation and screening, WIC program, and Health Spring Insurance. We hosted our first college fair this year with representation from USA, SHC, Jackson State University, Alabama State University, and Bishop State CC. Student's will participate in performing blood pressure, glucose and BMI screenings under the supervision of Dr. McDade or a nurse. Information sheets are also provided to health fair participants regarding these screenings.


Salvation Army

Contact: Katie Emer; Katie_Emer@uss.salvationarmy.org or 251-459-6143

There are tons of volunteer needs right now for the holiday season...mainly manning the Angel Tree Desk at the mall, working in the Angel Tree Warehouse, and Red Kettle Bell Ringers...click here for more information. Additional year round needs are also available, just click here.


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Impact Alabama

You can see the descriptions for the programs in which COM students can be involved by visiting the FocusFirst and SaveFirst web pages, located under "Initiatives" on the homepage. These are the programs available to volunteers in Mobile.


L'Arche

Contact: Sr. Becky Holly, L'Arche Mobile

L'Arche is a living community for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including:

Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.

  1. Foster an environment in communities that responds to the changing need of members, while being faithful to the core vales of our founding story

  2. Engage in the diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society

SNAP's (Special Needs Athletic Program) mission is "to give developmentally disabled citizens of Mobile, and Baldwin County Alabama area, the opportunity to participate in a recreational sport with other of the same skill level and to have fun doing it"...L'Arche works to partner their special athletes with mentors to help them learn the game of bowling, to develop their skills and to be a positive role model."


Tutoring Opportunities (New Home Seventh Day Adventist Church)

Contact: H. Micah Weech, Pastor; micah.weech@scc-adventist.org

New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church provides opportunity to tutor all children of all grades. The greatest needs are in the areas of math, science and reading. The goal is to improve every child's grade by one letter grade every report care period. This is only possible if we have volunteers to help us teach the kids. It will also be an added bonus to see young professionals actively engaged in furthering their education to inspire the kids to work hard and strive for a better future for themselves. We serve a light meal everyday because many of the kids are hungry due to a lack of food in their homes.


First Christian Church of Mobile

Contact: Lee Hixon, Pastor, First Christian Church, (church) 251-473-7979

First Christian Church of Mobile has expressed a need for volunteers. The church is located in midtown and we serve a diverse population. Over the last year and half we have attempted to minister to the working poor and the homeless in our community. Below find a list of planned events designed to benefit the poor and homeless:

  1. Ransom Café - Monday December 9 and 23 from 11AM to 2PM: A “cafeteria” style soup kitchen where anyone can receive a hot meal ordered from a menu and served at their table. We regularly serve 100 plus patrons, most of whom are working poor, elderly or homeless. On these Mondays Ransom Ministries also provides the “Clean Machine”, a large mobile facility where the homeless can get a hot shower and do laundry. We will provide this service at our location in midtown every other Monday throughout the coming year. I can envision this every other week event incorporating health screenings and health education.

  2. Wednesday agape meal – Hot meals served from 5:15 to 6:30PM: Every Wednesday before our evening service we provide a meal to the church family and to the community. We regularly serve about 50 people, approximately half from the church and half from the neighborhood. Students would be welcome to set up a health screening booth, do a survey or just come and enjoy a meal and sit and talk with the homeless and poor who attend regularly.

  3. 4th Friday Community Celebrations – Every 4th Friday (once a month) 5 to 8PM we prepare a large meal for the community. These events are often coupled with shoe giveaways or other charitable activities. We serve approximately 80 to 100 people at these events; many are very poor, elderly or homeless. My daughter is an RN. She and Paul have done blood pressure checks and this type of screening at these events in the past and this service is always well received.

Clothes closet and food pantry. We are always in need of volunteers to help us keep the clothes closet and food pantry organized.

Finally, we have a huge facility that went unused up until recently. A year and half ago, with attendance in decline the church board considered closing the doors here. Almost as a last resort an effort was made to heed the words of Christ – to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked and to minister to the sick, and God has blessed. Though we are still few in numbers, we have seen significant growth to warrant keeping our doors open. We also want to be open to your desire to reach out to the poor and homeless and we want to open our facilities to you as you look for ways to serve our city and community.


GO 5K Run

Contact: Marcus Tan; mctan@health.southalabama.edu or 251-455-9821

Details for this event include:

  • Skin screening at the Annual GO 5K Run

  • Mission: Screening of attendees for skin cancer

  • Activities: Inspection of exposed skin for suspicious lesions

This is an annual event and anticipate doing skin screening at other local events.


Gentiva Hospice

Contact: Heather Tomberlin, Manager of Volunteer Services; heather.tomberlin@gentiva.com or 251-478-9900

Hospice provides volunteer services under the direction of the Manager of Volunteer Services. By utilizing the time and talents of volunteers, hospice can offer a wider range of activities and meet a variety of special needs and interests, engaging in patient care services.

Hospice philosophy and service depend upon both professional and volunteer workers to fulfill organizational, patient, and family needs. Volunteers are an essential component of hospice care. Volunteers provide extra companionship, contribute skills that staff may not possess, serve as a link to the greater community, and bring diversity into the lives of our patients by representing various ages, cultural and ethnic groups with various educational and professional backgrounds.

The volunteer assignment: The volunteer is a part of the patient's plan of care and includes the specific tasks the volunteer is to perform. Examples include: reading to the patient, keeping the patient company, companionship and support, and caregiver relief/respite.


Refugee Program of Catholic Social Services

Contact: Israel Butt, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Refugee Resettlement Program; israelbutt@cssrrp.org or 251-432-2727

Volunteers help the refugee achieve self-sufficiency and feel welcome in Tucson. They are the backbone of the MRS resettlement program. As a mentor, English tutor, or other type of contributor, volunteers provide immeasurable services to refugees. The volunteer can serve as the refugee's closest ally, advocate, and friend. See Volunteer Positions below for more detailed information.


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Bay Area Food Bank

Volunteers are the heart of every non-profit organization. At the food bank, we always need volunteers for special projects or day-to-day operations. Download the volunteer registration form or the group volunteer registration form for more information. Some types of volunteer work available include: food sorting, clerical work, special events, backpack program, community garden, gleaning, SNAP outreach, and emergency response.

We are also seeking dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers to help administer the client survey portion of the Hunger in America study during food distributions throughout the spring. A willingness to travel within our service area and basic computer skills are all that is needed. Training sessions will be provided prior to outreach to ensure that all volunteers are well prepared. If you are interested in volunteering with the food bank, please email volunteer@bayareafoodbank.org


Reach Out and Read at USA Children’s Medical Center

Contact: Cindy Sheets, MD; 434-3915 or csheets@health.southalabama.edu

This outreach opportunity entails reading to children in the waiting rooms of USA Children’s Medical Center as part of the Reach Out and Read Program. Our clinic has been a Reach Out and Read Program for 9 years, and follow the guidelines of giving a new, developmentally appropriate book to all children at their 2 month to 5 year check-ups while the medical providers provide advice about the importance of reading aloud to their children. The ROR model also encourages a literacy rich waiting room, including volunteer readers in the waiting room. The time options available for reading are 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Monday though Friday. A volunteer could come for as short of period of 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours. Books are provided, but you could bring your favorites if you like.


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Men of St. Joseph Outback Weekend

Rob Moreland, Communications Director; 251-272-9394

The MOSJ Outback Weekend is a family oriented, guided couples retreat, focused on developing stronger relationships. Camper couples come as husband/wife, or parent/teen pairs. The weekend is focused on couples and is not open to individual campers. The weekend is supported by a large base of volunteers (100+) who prepare all the meals, set up and tear down tents, clean bathrooms and grounds, park cars, and a host of other things.


Student Run Health and Wellness Clinic

The student run wellness clinic at 15th Place is a new, interdisciplinary clinic with the goal to provide health screens and wellness checks to the homeless population of Mobile. The clinic will be open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Students from the College of Medicine will be expected to work with other students from the Nursing, Phyisician's Assistant, and Social Work departments. Volunteers are expected to stay fro a round table conversation after the patients have left to go over some interestng cases and common themes seen throughout the day.

The duties of volunteering from the College of Medicine will range from checking in the patients, using the "Readiness to Change" scale to identify patients who will most benefit from the eucational health counseling, taking a history and short physical, and participating in multi-disciplinary group discussions. Due to limited space, students interested in volunteering should contact Sarita Wagle sw1202@jagmail.southalabama.edu or Sarah Boyd seb1222@jagmail.southalabama.edu to receive additional information on availability.


St. Louis Street Baptist Church

Contact: Rob Hartman; 251-633-0250


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