Places a Tampa Bay Teen Can Volunteer

Summer’s around the corner. This is the perfect time to find a place for your teen to volunteer in the community. Many businesses need extra help and teens can use this time to develop job skills and build a strong work ethic in a any field they are interested in pursuing.

Pinellas County Animal Services is now accepting volunteers as young as 16 to serve as kennel assistants and customer service representatives, helping families find their new four-legged friends.

For students who need to register volunteer time, Animal Services could be the perfect place for the summer. Call Animal Services at 582-2648 and ask for the adoption coordinator, or download and complete the application at

MOSI Volunteer Opportunities- MOSI is looking for individuals 14 years of age or older, who have at least four hours per week to share for at least four months. Positions include guest services, retail, behind-the-scenes, living systems, education, exhibits, administration, as well as docents for visiting exhibits. If you are interested in any of the above positions please contact our volunteer team, Joel Bates,, or Esteban Tarré,, at (813) 987-6370.

PACE Center for Girls provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
Executive Director: Chantel Griffin-Stampfer
Address: 7402 56th N. Street, Suite 306, Tampa FL 33617
Telephone: (813)739-0410
Volunteer opportunities: Serve on our board of directors, tutor the girls, give a presentation about your career or interest, facilitate arts and crafts projects with the girls, let a girl shadow you at work for a few hours, assist with fundraisers, be our volunteer coordinator.

Lowry Park Zoo offers Teen Program and Service Opportunities. (ages 13 – 18) The Youth Development Department promotes positive personal, social and professional development through Teen Programs and Service Opportunities. Program participants gain a better understanding of the natural world and the role the Zoo plays in it.
* ECCO (Education, Conservation and Community Opportunities) Leadership Program
* Zoo Crew Explorers Program
* Summer Camp Internship
If you need additional information, please email the Youth Programs Coordinator or contact her via phone at (813) 935-8552 ext. 479.

Ronald McDonald House Charities- The St. Petersburg houses are designated Service Learning sites. High school students work along side staff restocking pantries, storing donations, and performing light housekeeping and light yard work. They also facilitate children’s activities and make treats for the families.

Teens must be at least 15 years old.
The summer program begins shortly after school lets out for the summer and continues as the teen’s schedule allows during the school year.
The application process begins in March with a tour for the parents and teen. The application can be completed and guidelines signed at that time. Bright Futures scholarship applications need to be signed off by staff and the school counselor before beginning the program.
After an orientation, teens schedule a 3-hour shift from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm (weekdays only).
Teen Cuisine program offers service hours for providing a home-cooked meal for the West House families.
Contact Lise Fields in St. Pete by email or call 727-767-8166.
For Tampa, email Laura Wright or call 813-254-2398, ext. 317.


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