It is possible to still have a fabulous beach-themed vacation while still doing some good helping others. The Vero Beach area of Florida is home to different organizations and groups, all of which are continually looking for volunteers. Volunteer duties for these organizations vary from office work, building homes, serving food, delivering goods to the homeless and reading to kids.
Here are some organization in the Vero Beach area that are continually looking for volunteers:
Homeless Family Center of Vero Beach
Helping families are able to get back on their feet through the Homeless Family Center, which offers programs to help families help themselves. Programs offered through the center include emergency shelter, employment assistance and counseling. Volunteer assistance is needed for office work, food preparation and mentoring.
For more information about becoming a volunteer at the Homeless Family Center in Vero Beach call 772.567.5537 or visit HomelessFamilyCenter.com.
Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County
Spend time with the animals at the Humane Society where you can help find the animals new homes or spend the afternoon helping them get some exercise. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or bring an adult with if they are ages 10 to 17. Volunteers are also needed to help out in the Thrift Shops in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
For more information about volunteering at the Humane Society cal 772.388.3331 ext. 120 or visit HSVB.org.
Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge
President Theodore Roosevelt designated a sectional of land in the area as the Nation's first National Wildlife Refuge known as Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was created to help protect the brown pelicans and native birds found nesting on the island. Help keep this piece of history alive by volunteering your time at the refuge and Fish and Wildlife offices. Volunteer opportunities include tour guides, researchers, turtle scouts, horticulturists, photographers, trash pick-up and office work.
For more information about the Pelican Island Wildlife Refuge and volunteering opportunities call 772.562.3909 ext. 258. To apply as a volunteer visit Volunteer.gov and type in keywords "Pelican Island."
SunUp ARC works to help meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities in the Vero Beach area. Programs through ARC benefit residents with disabilities such as autism, brain injury, physically disabled, cerebral palsy and mental illnesses. Volunteers are needed to help out with preparing food, helping with arts and crafts, working fundraisers and handyman jobs. Help in the greenhouse and during educational programs are also needed.
To become a volunteer call 772.562.6854 or visit SunUpARC.org.
So the next time you are looking to help others out, but still want to get a vacation in, consider visiting the Vero Beach area. Make your plans to volunteer early in the morning and you will still have plenty of time to get some sun in at the beach.
Happy traveling and volunteering!