Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
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Voluntourism

Voluntourism

VoluntourismIt doesn’t take long to realize what a special place Gulf Shores & Orange Beach is for many visitors. After visiting the Alabama Gulf Coast, many decide to return and give back to the area through volunteering vacations. We would love to have you, your family or your group working side-by-side with us to ensure beautiful surroundings for years to come. Find out how you can become part of making our area an even better place – and have a most memorable vacation. There are a number of Alabama and American organizations who would welcome your participation during your next trip to Gulf Shores & Orange Beach.

Annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup

The Alabama Coastal Cleanup engages citizens to travel the gulf coast beaches and waterways and remove trash and debris, identify the sources of debris, and ultimately, change the behaviors that cause pollution. This activity is held on the third Saturday in September at various locations throughout Baldwin and Mobile Counties.

Type of projects: Debris pick-up and organizational assistance needs vary by zone.

Group size: Group size varies according to the Cleanup Zone.

Contact:
Angela Underwood, Natural Resources Planner
angela.underwood@dcnr.alabama.gov
251-621-1216
www.AlabamaCoastalCleanup.com

Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival is an enjoyable opportunity for volunteering vacations taken by individuals and families, school, civic and church groups to get together and volunteer their time for an outstanding community event. Why volunteer for this outstanding community event? You'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're part of a team of volunteers that is committed to providing a fun, memorable experience for visitors to this ever-growing festival. In addition, each volunteer will receive a free official festival t-shirt, volunteer parking pass and festival lanyard. Volunteers may choose the area/day/shift that works best for them (groups should note on their form that they are a group that would like to work together). Volunteer opportunities are on a first come, first serve basis.

Type of projects: Assistance needs vary by area chosen.

Group size: Individuals or groups up to 4.

Contact:
Cindy Higginbotham
251-943-5510 or click here to register to volunteer online.
www.gulfcoastballoonfestival.com

Christian Service Center

The Christian Service Center provides direct and indirect services to assist in meeting the needs of the people of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The Center is staffed by volunteers and provides emergency aid. Clients are given immediate help with their financial emergency while we try to show clients the way to a more permanent solution. We provide counseling for clients who have continual needs and make referrals to other agencies.

Type of projects: Case work, answering phone, food pantry, yard work, fundraising.

Group size: Individuals only

Contact:
Linda Chappelle
cscenter@gulftel.com
251-968-5256
www.cscgs.com

Gulf State Park

Gulf State Park has a limited number of campsites that allow volunteers to stay with the park on a seasonal basis as long as they give us 32 hours per week per site of work. The positions that are open vary on what is available at the time the volunteer stays with us. Our facilities include Pier, Beach Pavilion, Campground, Golf Course, Cabins, and maintenance and park office reservations. We also have daily volunteer jobs at all the above facilities. There is always something to do here at the park. We only receive about 2% of our operating funds from tax dollars and the remaining amount is self-generated. We have 22 parks in the system and only 4 are revenue producing. Gulf has a lot of maintenance needs and we would love to have you volunteer with us.

Type of projects: Positions vary depending on what is available.

Group size: Individuals or groups

Contact:
Emily Fishbein
Emily.fishbein@dcnr.alabama.gov
251-948-7275 Ext.120
www.alapark.com/GulfState/

Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County

Through the work of Habitat for Humanity, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem – decent housing for all. Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County has numerous volunteer opportunities for all ages!

Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County

Type of projects: Check with us about our construction calendar as well as about A Brush with Kindness, a program that goes into neighborhoods to repair homes. From Green Building to Youth United, to the ReStore, there is something for every member of your group.

Group size: Individuals or groups

Contact:
Sandy Folan
Resource Development Manager
251-943-7268
sandy@baldwinhabitat.org
www.baldwinhabitat.org

Orange Beach Public Library

The Orange Beach Public Library offers citizens and visitors the highest quality services and staff in the state. This beautiful waterfront facility offers books, audio books as well as DVDs, CDs, a computer lab and wireless internet access.

Types of projects: We need volunteers in the following areas: Shelving, shelf maintenance, book repairs, assisting children's librarian and teaching individual basic computer lessons.

Group size: Up to 5

Contact:
Sherry Brandler
sbrandler@cityoforangebeach.com
251-981-2923
www.orangebeachlibrary.org

Share the Beach

Share the BeachHundreds of volunteers take time to "Share the Beach" with threatened and endangered sea turtles each year. From searching for nests and assisting in hatchling success to public education, to talks for school groups, these volunteers are making a difference in the future of Alabama's sea turtles and Alabama's coastal ecosystem.

Type of projects: Sea turtle focused nature walks during nesting season Sea Turtle nesting season May 1 – October 31

Group size: Up to 10

Contact:
Mike Reynolds
adopt1@alabamaseaturtles.com
Toll-free: 866-732-8878
www.alabamaseaturtles.com