Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to contribute to the local community and many organizations looking for assistance. This list provides some idea of those opportunities. If you would like to recommend an organization, please email

Recommended Organizations
Recommended by Joel Taxel, former head of the language and literacy education department in the College of Education:
"Advocating for children by becoming a CASA, a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children, is a meaningful, gratifying way to help children who desperately need assistance. CASAs in our community do have an impact."

Recommended by Sharron Hannon, former director of public relations for academic affairs in the Office of the Provost:
“If you enjoy community theater and supporting talented young people, Oconee Youth Playhouse often needs volunteer help with their musical theater productions — from sewing costumes to constructing sets to helping with concessions. Email me ( if interested.”

Recommended by John Langone, Professor Emeritus, Communication Sciences & Special Education:
"I have been an active participant in the Clarke County Mentor Program for about 4 years and it has been my most rewarding experience to date. There is a long waiting list of children who desperately need mentors. I believe that UGA retirees could be a stable influence for many students."

On-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Georgia Museum of Art

Performing Arts Center

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

*HandsOn Northeast Georgia, a program of Community Connection of NEGA, maintains a searchable database of organizations looking for volunteers and also sponsors an annual volunteer fair. Contact them to match your skills and time available with local needs:

The list of organizations below was compiled by a UGARA volunteer.

Athens Area Homeless Shelter

Athens-Clarke County Libraries

Athens Community Council on Aging

Athens Humane Society

Athens Regional Medical Center

ESP (Extra Special People)

Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

Free IT Athens

Girl Scouts

Learning Ally (Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)

St. Mary’s Hospital

Town and Gown Players