13 local nonprofits seeking volunteers right now in Birmingham

Mitchell's Place
The smiles say it all. Photo via Mitchell’s Place’s Facebook

Looking to make a difference? Here are some local nonprofits in Birmingham seeking volunteers right now.

1. American Red Cross

American Red Cross
American Red Cross is always seeking volunteers. Photo via American Red Cross’ Facebook

Mission: to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors

Currently Seeking: Volunteers to help support blood donations and deliver much-needed services to the community. Remote opportunities are also available.

To volunteer with American Red Cross, apply here.

Explore all volunteer opportunities here.

Where: 117 W Park Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211
Contact:
205.942.3604
Website

2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
Would you like to be a Big Brother or Big Sister to a Little in Birmingham? Photo via Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham’s Facebook

Mission: to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth

Currently Seeking: Big Brothers and Big Sisters to mentor Littles.

Programs:

To volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, fill out an application.

Where: 1901 14th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
Contact:
205.939.5590
Website

3. Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Black Warrior Riverkeeper
Volunteer and help protect and restore local rivers. Photo via Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Facebook

Mission: to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries

Currently Seeking: a variety of volunteer opportunities are open. Search the list here.

To volunteer with Black Warrior Riverkeeper, contact Charles Scribner via phone 205.458.0095 or email (cscribner@blackwarriorriver.org).

Where: 712 37th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Contact:
205.458.0095
Website

4. Community Food Bank of Central Alabama

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
Help prepare and deliver food for nonprofits like Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Photo via Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Facebook

Mission: to supply food to pantries, shelters and children’s programs in Central Alabama 

Currently Seeking: group and individual volunteers

To volunteer with Food Bank of Central Alabama:

  1. Fill out this form
  2. Sign up with the calendar below.
  3. Show up for your volunteer slot.

Where: 107 Walter Davis Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209
Contact: 205.942.8911
Website

5. Crisis Center Birmingham

Crisis Center, Inc.
Photo via Crisis Center, Inc.’s Facebook

Mission: to serve the unmet needs of people experiencing personal crisis or mental health issues and respond with services that promote coping, emotional health and well-being

Currently Seeking: conscientious and reliable volunteers for areas including: crisis intervention and prevention, mental health services and sexual assault services.

To volunteer with Crisis Center Birmingham, fill out an application here

Where: 3600 8th Avenue S, Ste 501, Birmingham, Alabama
Contact: 205.323.7782
Website

6. Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Greater Birmingham Humane Society
Help animals in need. Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Facebook

Mission: to promote the humane treatment of people and animals through education, advocacy and services.

Currently Seeking: general volunteers and foster parents

To apply for general volunteer opportunities, click here or sign up to volunteer as a foster here.

Did you know the pandemic sparked an increase in animal fostering and adoption around Birmingham? Learn more about it, plus other local shelters seeking volunteers.

Where: 300 Snow Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209
Contact:
205.942.1211
Website

7. Hand in Paw

Hand in Paw
Hand in Paw transitioned many of their programs virtually this past year, but they still had the same great impact. Photo via Hand in Paw

Mission: to improve human health and well-being through Animal-Assisted Therapy

Currently Seeking: volunteers seeking to volunteer with or without an animal

Learn more about Hand in Paw’s programs here.

Where: 617 38th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Contact: 205.322.5144
Website

8. Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-a-Wish Alabama
Grant a wish to a child. Photo via Make-a-Wish Alabama’s Facebook

Mission: to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses

Currently Seeking: volunteers for a variety of opportunities. View the full list here.

To volunteer with Make-a-Wish Alabama:

  1. Attend a volunteer information session.
  2. Fill out an application.
  3. Chat with a volunteer.
  4. Submit your paperwork.

To get the process started, click here and select “volunteering” in the dropdown menu.

Where: 400 Vestavia Pkwy, #402, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Contact:
205.254.9474
Website

Want to discover even more volunteer opportunities in Birmingham? Check out our nonprofit guide.

9. Mitchell’s Place

Mitchell's Place
Volunteers can create excitement like this. Photo via Mitchell’s Place’s Facebook

Mission: to provide comprehensive, research-based services for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities

Currently Seeking: volunteers for Early Learning Preschool and the Advancement Office

To volunteer with Mitchell’s Place:

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Upon completion, you will be contacted by a Mitchell’s Place employee for scheduling and next steps.

Where: 4778 Overton Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210
Contact:
205.957.0294 or email info@mitchells-place.com
Website

10. One Roof

One Roof: Uniting Central Alabama to End Homelessness
Photo via One Roof: Uniting Central Alabama to End Homelessness’ Facebook

Mission: to equip and empower our community to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, education and coordination of service

Currently Seeking: event volunteers

To volunteer with One Roof, fill out an application here, or email info@oneroofonline.org.

Where: 515 6th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Contact:
205.254.8833
Website

11. STAIR of Birmingham

STAIR of Birmingham
Become a virtual tutor and help local kids learn to read. Photo via STAIR of Birmingham’s Facebook

Mission: to increase the reading skills and self-esteem of second graders through one-on-one tutoring

Currently Seeking: virtual tutors

To volunteer with STAIR of Birmingham:

  1. Sign up to tutor.
  2. Complete an online orientation.
  3. Get paired with a student.

Where: 3703 5th Ave S, #400, Birmingham, AL 35222
Contact:
205.730.7799
Website

12. The Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo
The Birmingham Zoo has tons of volunteer opportunities. Photo via The Birmingham Zoo’s Facebook

Mission: to inspire passion to conserve the natural world

Currently Seeking: adult, teen, group/community, special event volunteers. View volunteer opportunities here.

To volunteer with The Birmingham Zoo, fill out an application.

Where: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Contact:
205.879.0409
Website

13. United Way of Central AL, Inc.

United Way Hands On
United Way of Central Alabama’s Hands On program is seeking volunteers. Photo via United Way Hands On’s Facebook

Mission: to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another to improve our community

Currently Seeking: volunteers for a variety of programs

To volunteer with United Way Hands On, click here to find opportunities near you.

Where: 3600 8th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222
Contact:
205.251.5131
Website

Want to discover even more volunteer opportunities in Birmingham? Check out our nonprofit guide.

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