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The Jimmy Carter Leadership Program has partnerships with numerous entities located in Americus and Plains, Georgia. Students the option to choose volunteer work within the community to fit individual interests.

Community Partners

Andersonville National Historic Site of the National Park Service

Location:
496 Cemetery Road
Andersonville, GA 31711

Contact:
Jennifer Hopkins
229-924-0343 ext. 201
Jennifer_hopkins@nps.gov

Program Information 

Andersonville NHS includes the Civil War site of Camp Sumter military prison, Andersonville National Cemetery, and the National Prisoner of War Museum. Our mission is to preserve the resources and stories that illustrate the experiences of American prisoners of war throughout U.S. history and to educate the public about the deadliest ground of the Civil War.

Job Description 

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • assisting at the museum information desk 
  • assisting with maintenance of the national cemetery
  • participating in special events such as Memorial Day and Wreaths Across America
  • assisting with our Avenue of Flags
  • participating in our Living History Weekend by portraying a Civil War soldier or civilian (re-enactment). 

Requirements:

  • Minimum age 18 for visitor center, maintenance, and Avenue of Flags; no minimum age for special events or living history. 
  • Training will be provided.
  • For living history, period correct dress will be provided.
  • For other activities, appropriate dress includes short or long-sleeved shirt (a volunteer shirt may be provided), long pants, and closed toe shoe

Hours:

Museum: 9 am-4:30 pm daily

Cemetery: 8 am-5 pm daily

Other tentative dates and times:

  • Living history-11/8/19 4 pm-9 pm, 3/7/20-3/8/20 all day.
  • Avenue of Flags-mornings of 9/6/19, 9/25/19, 11/1/19, 11/13/19, and 4/3/20. Events 9/19/19-9/20/19, 12/13/20-12/14/20, 5/23/20-5/26/20.

Books for Sumter Children

Location:
307 East Lamar St
Americus, GA 3170

Contact:
Candy Riccardi
229-938-1946
riccardil@bellsouth.net

Program Information

Books for Sumter Children is associated with Ferst Readers. Our organization offers free books to children from birth to 5 years of age in hopes of improving literacy in Sumter County.

Job Description

Students can assist with registration of children living in Sumter County 0-5 years of age. Also, students can work with our registrar, Anne Isbell, director of Lake Blackshear Regional Library, helping to sort through registration forms, entering data into the computer, verifying addresses and other information, etc.

Most work will take place at the Lake Blackshear Regional Library, 307 E. Lamar Street.

Requirements

Little training is involved. Students should be friendly and outgoing.

Hours

During the hours for the Lake Blackshear Regional Library and for special events.Contact Anne Isbell at 229-924-8091. 

The library is open as follows:

Monday & Wednesday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 AM -8:00PM         

Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00PM

Boys & Girls Club of Albany — Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Unit in Plains, Georgia

Location:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany
Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Unit

401 Waymon Street
Plains, Georgia 31780

Contact:

Terri Wooden, Unit Director
229-824-5357
twooden@bgcalbany.org

Program Information  

MISSION

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

GOALS

We have three priority outcomes…

  •   Academic Success: graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment
  •   Good Character & Citizenship: be an engaged citizen involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character
  •   Healthy Lifestyles: adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.
  •   Facilitate developmentally appropriate activities/programs.
  •   Assist members with homework.
  •   As appropriate, participate in program/ service outcome measurement processes and data collection requirements. (i.e. facilitate a pre and posttest for members).
  •   Timely request of materials, equipment and other resources needed for program facilitation

ACTIVITIES

See sample schedule below:

Sample Schedule 

In addition to Power Hour (homework time), GA Shape (30 minutes of physical activity everyday), visual arts, culinary arts, lyricism, and STEAM, we also offer gardening, computer lab, games room, anti-bullying, and more!

Job Description

OVERVIEW

Implement curriculum that exposes members to a broad range of interesting, developmentally appropriate areas such as the arts, education, technology, sports, life skills and leadership.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •    Facilitate developmentally appropriate activities/programs.
  •    Assist members with homework.
  •    As appropriate, participate in program/ service outcome measurement processes and data collection requirements. (i.e. facilitate a pre and posttest for members).
  •    Timely request of materials, equipment and other resources needed for program facilitation

Requirements

Minimum of 18 years of age. 

  • Must complete volunteer application, to include: (Volunteer application available from the PJCLP Director in SSC, room 3437.)
    • Three professional references
    • Background check (to be run and paid for by Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany)
    • Drug test
    • Signed waiver & release 

Hours

  • Between the hours of roughly 4:45pm to 7:00pm Monday through Friday
    • Would not need to be daily, can be flexible in terms of hours and days of week, but would need to commit to a minimum of 2 hours each week

Children in Need of Services (CHINS) Southwest Georgia Children Alliance

Children in Need of Services (CHINS)

Southwest Georgia Children Alliance

800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive

Americus, Georgia 31709

Contact:
LaToya Ross
229-931-4488
latoya@sowegachildren.org

Program Information

Goals: 

  • To reduce Department of Juvenile Justice involvement
  • Reduce child welfare involvement
  • Improve school outcome
  • Reduce detention
  • Develop a community system of care to reduce status offenses

Mission: Together, we can create healthy lives for our children.  We are the prominent regional community resource for children and families through nurturing, education, mentoring, advocacy, empowerment and child-abuse prevention.

Local activities: Community Resource Fairs, CASA activities (e.g., assist with pinwheels)

Job Description 

  • Attend court on behalf of CHINS to advocate for child/family
  • Conduct family assessments
  • School/home visits on child and family
  • Group session and activities

Requirements

  • Attend court on behalf of CHINS to advocate for child/family
  • Conduct family assessments
  • School/home visits on child and family
  • Group session and activities

Hours 

Monday - Friday hours are flexible. We will work with student according to their school schedule. 

Court (approximately 4-5 hours)

Groups (e.g., Pillow Talk) (1 hour)

Office related work (e.g., filing, making copies, creating parenting education book, sending parenting education letters) (4 hours) 

The Fuller Center for Housing

The Fuller Center for Housing

701 S Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Americus, GA  31719

Contact:

David Snell
229-942-2861
dsnell@fullercenter.org

Program Information

The Fuller Center for Housing is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit that provides homeownership opportunities to those of limited means who have no other access to the resources to own their home.  The Fuller Center has partner organizations in 80 U.S. cities and 20 other countries.  The work of these groups is to build and renovate houses in partnership with families in need.  Our local work is directed by the Americus/Sumter Fuller Center for Housing, with whom you are currently discussing partnership opportunities.

Beyond our work in Americus we have projects across the country and around the world that invite volunteers.  Our Global Builders program offers horizon-expanding experiences in purposeful international travel.  Work teams spend seven to ten days at one of our projects in Peru, Haiti, Nepal and a number of other sites working with local folks building and repairing homes. A number of teams from GSW have participated in this program over the years.

Stateside we have a number of projects, some in Georgia (Albany, Macon, Lumpkin, Henry County, Cordele) that are easily accessible.  We also have a number of projects in the Mississippi Delta region, one of the poorest areas in the country.  The sites accept volunteers as well.

Job Description

All of the projects described above rely heavily on volunteer labor.  The tasks range from simple clean-up to carpentry, painting and landscaping.  All of the sites have project managers who oversee the work, provide job training, assure the quality of the work, and promote safety.  Any of these sites expose the volunteers to the challenges facing America’s poor.  The Mississippi Delta work is especially eye-opening. 

Additionally, unpaid internships are available in a number of area—supporting our Bicycle Adventure team, social networking, public relations and photography/videography.

Requirements

None of these projects require skilled workers and all have construction leaders who instruct the volunteers in the tasks they are assigned to.  Federal regulations limit the work that volunteers under the age of 18 can do, such things as operating power tools and working on roofs or ladders. There are no limitations on the jobs those over 18 can do.  As these are work sites volunteers should dress accordingly in clothes that could get damaged or dirty.  We ask that closed-toed shoes be worn for protection.  Otherwise all are welcome.  Accommodation can be made for students with disabilities.

Hours

Days and hours will be arranged with the hosting Fuller Center partner organization. 

Hands of Hope Pregnancy & Resources Center

Hands of Hope Pregnancy & Resources Center

111 Habitat St.
Building C
Americus, 31709

Contact

Amanda Anderson, Center Director

Jessica Woosley, Client Program Director

229.928.5027

handsofhopeprc@yahoo.com

Program Information

We are a non-profit Pregnancy Resources Center that helps those in a crisis or unplanned pregnancy. Our mission and goal is to educate her (& those she would like to bring) about her options. We educate about abortion, parenting, and adoption so she can make an informed decision about her pregnancy and knows of the community resources & referrals that are available to her. We are a non-judgmental center that is there to help her through each step of the way, not just for the moment, the pregnancy, but also for years to come.

Job Description

Many different ways to help at the Pregnancy & Resources Center, from client advocates to office help, organizers of baby boutique, event planning and much more.

Requirements

18 years old or older. Training is available, (call 229.928.5027 to register), business casual dress. Applications are available for pick up. References and background check are required.

Hours

Monday 12-5 
Wednesday 12-4 

Volunteer hours are more flexible based upon the position/job that an individual is responsible for.

Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, Inc.

Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, Inc.

606 McGarrah Street

PO Box 6111

Americus, GA 31709-6111

Contact
Sonny and Ginger Pinckard
229-873-2090
pinckard@sonnysandgingersnaturestudies.com

Program Information       

Responding to the call of Jesus Christ, the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry feeds the hungry, promotes physical and spiritual health, and brings people together in a community of love. 

HHFP provides food monthly for Sumter County residents who qualify based on USDA guidelines. Open the first four Tuesdays of each month.

Job Description

Leadership Program students can help by 

 

  • sorting and packaging foods
  • running assembly line (Mondays)
  • bagging fresh vegetables (in season)
  • carrying, or helping to carry, foods to vehicles of clients

Requirements

  • On- the-job training 
  • Willingness to work 
  • Comfortable modest clothes
  • Shoes must be closed-toe

 

Requirements

(Most work will be in the warehouse area and temperature will be fairly hot.)

Hours

Mondays: 7:15 – about 9:00 AM

Tuesdays: 7:00 – 11:00 AM        

Jackson Street After-School Program (at First Baptist Church)

Jackson Street After-School Program (at First Baptist Church)

First Baptist Church

221 S. Lee Street

Americus, GA 31709

Contact
Pat Turner
(229)942-5283
pattamericus@bellsouth.net

Program Information

Provide academic support, building positive relationships

Job Description

Work with students who need academic support

Requirements

  • Age 17
  • School dress

Hours

Tuesday & Thursday during the public school year 3:15 – 5:00 pm

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site

300 N Bond Street

Plains, GA 31780

Contact:
Beth Wright
229-824-4104 ext. 200
Beth_Wright@nps.gov

Program Information 

Jimmy Carter NHS preserves resources and shares stories associated with the Carters and community of Plains. Visitors can explore three sites: Plains High School, Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm, and Plains Depot. The site participates in community events and provides curriculum-based education program to area students.

Job Description 

  • Interpretation - greeting visitors at PHS, Boyhood Farm, and Depot
  • Education - assisting with curriculum-based programs
  • Resources - museum/archives Maintenance - gardening or janitorial 

Requirements 

  • Training would be provided on-site. 
  • Volunteer shirt, hat, and name tag are provided. 
  • Two references are needed.

Hours 

Daily minimum commitment - 2 hours

Hours/days can vary depending on interest and staff availability.

Lake Blackshear Regional Library

307 East Lamar Street

Americus, GA 31709

Contact Person
Beth Tanner
229-924-9010
btanner@lbrls.org

Program Information

Lake Blackshear Regional Library in Americus serves as the hub for libraries in five counties in this area of the State.  It provides numerous services to residents, including summer reading programs, computer access, homework help, as well as typical public library resources.

Job Description 

The Leadership Program student will work with the library staff to gain an understanding of the inner workings of a public library, how a library affects its community, and how the library can benefit the Leadership program student.

Volunteers will learn the library’s layout and the way we assist patrons.  

Duties may include:

  • Shelving books
  • Reading to children
  • Aiding patrons on computers
  • Locating reading material
  • Assisting with programming

Requirements

  • No training needed
  • Minimum age is 18
  • Casual attire, although no shorts, tank tops or flip flops

Hours 

Monday & Wednesday: 9:00am-6:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm

Sunday: Closed 

Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation

Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation

225 Hospital Street

Plains, GA 31780 

Contact Person
Nikki Ball
229-824-7796 ext. 233
hball@ethicahealth.org

 

Program Information 

We are a 100 bed facility that offers the following services:

  •      24-hour skilled nursing services Pharmacy services
  •      Hospice services
  •      Medicare and Medicaid certified Transition care program Specialized Cuff Tracheotomy care
  •      24-hour Respiratory Therapy services

Job Description 

  • Assisting staff with getting residents to and from activities 
  • Socializing with residents
  • Taking residents on walks around building
  • Painting nails, reading, spiritual activities, watching TV, playing games, etc. 
  • Assisting staff with daily activities
  • Creating and leading an activity (arts and crafts, a game, etc.)
  • Background Check- will be completed by Volunteer Packet at facility
  • Orientation - to be done at facility

 

Requirements 

  • Background check - will be completed by Volunteer Packet at facility
  • Orientation - to be done at facility

Hours 

We are open 7 days a week 365 days a year.

Volunteers Opportunities are available from 8 am - 8pm each day.

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth

The Methodist Home for Children and Youth

 100 Mill Creek Road

Americus Ga 31709

Contact
Ella Jordan
229-924-9550
ella.jordan@themethodisthome.org         

Program Information

The Methodist Home provides multi-faceted residential care in South Georgia to address the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children across the state. We serve children ages 8 to 18(+) and we accept referrals from Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC), and parental custody in special circumstances. We have campuses in Macon, Americus, Valdosta, Columbus and St. Marys. 

Job Description

At the Methodist Home our volunteers help with an array of activities including tutoring, working events, administrative services, and general groups with the girls (i.e., arts and crafts, games, bible study, etc).

Requirements

Individuals must be 21 years or older to volunteer. We can only accept volunteers under the age of 21 under special circumstances. 

Hours

The hours/days/times for volunteers vary.  Volunteers must meet with Program Manager and Residential Director to schedule dates and times for activities.

Partners in the Early Education of Children with Handicaps (PEECH) Program

Partners in the Early Education of Children with Handicaps (PEECH) Program

3003 Cherokee Street

Americus, GA 31709

Contact
Dana Hernandez
dana.hernandez@gsw.edu
229-924-3031

Program Information 

We serve/teach children aged 3-5 with disabilities.

Job Description

We have preschool special education classes in which we serve, teach, and love our students.  Volunteers will be encouraged to play and interact with our students as well as assist the teacher.

Requirements

  • Background check
  • Casual dress – no tank tops, shorts, jeans, or any other inappropriate dress for a school environment

Hours

Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:00

Restoration Church of Americus

Restoration Church of Americus
Community Based Free Restoration Reading & Tutorial Program

 1213 Douglas Circle
Americus, Georgia

 

Contact
Corliss Taylor and Pamela Williams
229-389-8385 (Time 5 pm – 8 pm) / 229-944-0279
burns879@bellsouth.net / pamela.williams0210@gamil.com

 

Program Information

To aid in positively impacting the future of children in our community

Job Description

The leadership program students may aid the children by reading with them individually or in groups of two or three. Also, assist small group leaders in the educational based games and activities designed to increase necessary skills in reading, writing, and math. 

Requirements

Casual and comfortable is the dress code. Additionally, we are requesting participants who are at least 18 years of age and willing to serve children from socioeconomically disadvantaged homes. Volunteer training is August 24th at 11:00; training can be arranged at a time mutually convenient with the student and the program coordinators.

Hours

Thursday beginning at 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Program begins September the 5th.

Rylander Theatre

Rylander Theatre

310 W. Lamar Street

Americus GA 31709

Contact
Heather Stanley
229-931-0001 ext 11
director@rylander.org

Program Information 

The Rylander Theatre is an historic live performance theatre in Downtown Americus Georgia that plays host to national and international professional touring artists, community theatre productions, and rentals ranging from local dance recitals to civic meetings/conferences. There are opportunities for applicable experience in marketing, customer service/patron experience, technical theatre (lights, sound, backstage rigging, etc.), and artist hospitality. 

Job Description 

Leadership Program students will be asked to assist in various capacities for marketing, customer service/patron experience, Box Office sales, artist hospitality, and technical theatre. These assignments will be determined by the Leadership Program student's capabilities, interests, and previous experience. 

Requirements

Casual but professional dress is suggested as the Leadership Program student may be required to go out into the community as a representative of the Rylander Theatre to place promotional posters in Downtown businesses or conduct business with other City of Americus Department Heads on behalf of the Rylander staff. Any students with previous experience in theatre/live performance/church lighting and sound are a bonus. 

Hours

The Rylander Theatre business hours are Tuesday--Friday, 11am-4pm, with many events taking place on nights and weekends.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

204 North Prince St.

Americus, GA 31709

Contact Person
Misty Belcher
229-924-5154
misty.belcher@uss.salvationarmy.org

Program Information 

Our Mission Statement:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. We assist locally with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and furniture.

Job Description

  •      Jobs will consist of hanging clothes in warehouse and in store 
  •      Helping to keep storeclean and organized
  •      Taking out trash, and recycles
  •      Stocking store
  •      Helping to keep warehouse organized andclean

Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Requires background check that is provided by TheSalvation Army
  • Requires volunteer application

Hours 

Any time Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:30

Important

If you would like to volunteer at The Salvation Army, please pick up the additional form from the PCLP director in her office. You do not need to complete this form if you are volunteering to stand by a Salvation Army kettle during the Christmas holiday season.

SOWEGA CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

SOWEGA CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)

800 GSW University Drive

P.O. Box 732

Americus, Georgia  31709

Contact
Karan Albritton
229-931-4488
karan@sowegachildren.org

Program Information

The Mission of Southwest Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (SOWEGA CASA) is to recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children throughout Southwest Georgia.

Goal: CASA volunteers provide a voice for children in court by making sure their best interests are considered by the courts, social service system, and community service providers; thus, assuring the child’s right to an appropriate placement and permanent home.  

Local Activities: We participate in events at GSW, First Friday, local events in the 12 counties we serve to bring awareness to our program, etc.

Job Description 

  • Filing 
  • Records Request
  • Phone Calls to foster parents and relative placements to gather information about Christmas
  • Distribute Christmas presents
  • Assist with fundraising activities
  • Assist with community awareness

Requirements

  • Application Completion
  • Background check 
  • Minor training 
  • Be available on days scheduled to volunteer
  • Dress casually 

Hours

Monday - Friday and hours are flexible. We will work with students according to their school schedules. 

Sumter Chapel

Sumter Chapel

193 Southland Road

Americus, GA 31709

Contact

Drew Anderson
229-322-5056
drew@sumterchapel.com

Program Information

Providing spiritual growth for adults, teens, and kids. Serving those in need in our community.

Job Description

We are in the process of doing some minor renovations to our property (mostly painting) to prepare it for the people & families we will serve. We are also looking for volunteers with our music, teens, kids, & more.

Requirements

18 is the minimum age. We will provide training and perform our own background checks if necessary. References only needed as requested. Dress is “work clothes” for renovation tasks & casual for other activities.

Hours

Any day & time students would like to help with the renovations.

Mostly Sundays between 9:30 am and Noon are the other activities.

Sumter County Parks & Recreation Department

Sumter County Parks & Recreation Department

408 Rucker Street

Americus, GA. 31719

Contact Person
Tim Estes
229-924-4878
Tim.estes@sumtercountyga.us

Program Information  

Provide organized youth sports activities for children ages 5 – 12 as well as a year round gymnastics program for children 18 months and up. We also provide parks and rental facilities as well as public swimming pools and a splash pad. 

Job Description  

  • Volunteer coaching opportunities in soccer, basketball and baseball 
  • We also operate our concessions “in house” and can use assistance as servers. 

Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Appropriate dress is casual modest
  • All volunteers must complete an application and submit to a criminal history/background check

Hours 

Office Hours are 8:30AM – 5:30 PM with activities and programs during the evening hours (usually 5:00 – 9:00 PM)

Sumter County Schools ASTEP Program

Sumter County Schools ASTEP Program 

100 Learning Lane 

Americus, Georgia 31719

 

Contact
Mrs. Natacha A. Merritt, Director of Finance 
229-931-8500 or 229-942-0992 (workcell) 
nmerritt@sumterschools.org

Program Information

ASTEP is designed to provide an environment to promote social development,anopportunitytodeveloprelationshipswithlike-minded students and the perfect place to explore, play and becreative.

Job Description

There will be need for a student leader to help with homework assistance, monitoring of students during routine play, group leader for fun while learningactivities,servingofsnacksduringthegroupbreakandmonitoring in the hallway when students are taking a restroombreak.

Requirements 

  •      Georgia DECAL requires a national fingerprint background check
  •      Dress is business casual but comfortable enough to engage with the students
  •      Coaches are allowed to wear shorts and tennis shoes Mondays through Thursdays for gym and outside play activities 
  •      Each participate will receive hands-on training with the help of their co-workers and the center coordinator, who is the leader at the school level

Hours 

The program times are Mondays through Fridays beginning as early as 2:15p.m.until6:15p.m.Onearlyreleasedays,thework scheduleis 11:00a.m. until 6:15 p.m. We are not open on school holidays or breaks.

Sumter Faith Clinic

SUMTER FAITH CLINIC

127 S Jackson Street
Americus, GA 31709

Contact Person

Jeremy Wicker

229-924-4849

sumterfaithclinic@gmail.com

Program Information

The Sumter Faith Clinic is a volunteer medical ministry that seeks to serve our community by addressing both physical and spiritual needs. Our mission is to promote the health and well-being of Sumter County's uninsured and underserved by providing them with compassionate medical care at no cost. Our prayer is that through our efforts to help them, they will find healing and hope in Jesus Christ.

The Sumter Faith Clinic serves patients who live in Sumter County who do not have any form of Medical Insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid, and whose yearly household income is less than twice the federally designated poverty level.

Job Description

The Sumter Faith Clinic is staffed by volunteers who serve one or two shifts a month. Volunteers sign up to help in one position based upon their gifts and skill sets. Volunteer positions include the Front Desk, Nurse, Medical Provider, and Prayer. We also have families and small groups that volunteer to come in and clean the clinic once a quarter.

Requirements

Most volunteers come and serve with us one afternoon or evening and then decide if they would like to continue serving and we give them an application to fill out, including references. We do not have age requirements, in that all volunteers work on a team and are never alone with another adult. We train new volunteers by providing them verbal and written instructions for the position. Our volunteers are asked to dress modestly and comfortably.

Hours

Mondays       5:45 – 9:15 PM                   

Thursdays     12:45-5:15 PM

Some shifts are shorter than others depending on how many patients come through. We normally do not stay this long for either shift, but on occasion we do. Some volunteers also are only able to work a couple of hours at a time and we work with them to make it possible for them to serve.

If a small group of students wants to come together for a couple of hours to clean the building, we can set that up for almost any time that they are available.

Sumter Humane Society

Sumter Humane Society

108 Industrial Blvd

AmericusGA 31719

Contact Person
Ruth Olson
229-924-0268
ruth@sumterhumanesociety.org

Program Information 

Our Mission: To save the lives and reduce suffering of the homeless and abandoned cats and dogs in Americus and Sumter County.

Job Description 

  • Students can help in many ways at the shelter.    
  • If they come in the morning they can help clean cat pens and tidy up the building before we open fortheday.
  • Afternoons are usually filled with walking the dogs outside on a leash, socializing cats and dogs in our adoption room, or giving puppy baths.

Requirements

  • We train on site and have all ages assist us.
  • Students must dress in clothing that is not tight or low cut. No dresses, short shorts, or flip flops. 
  • Must be prepared to get dirty and wet if giving baths.

Hours

We accept volunteers anytime we are at the shelterexcept Sunday. We start cleaning at 8:00am and are here until 5:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, until noon on Wednesday, and until 2:00pm on Saturday.

UGA Extension / Sumter County 4-H

UGA Extension / Sumter County 4-H

127 William Bowen Pointe

Americus, GA 31719

Contact Person 
Crystal Perry
229-924-4476   
crperry@uga.edu

Program Information

The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills, and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. 

This mission is accomplished, through "hands on" learning experiences, focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Job Description 

Objectives:

  • to provide supervision for youth during event(s)
  • to assist as needed with the overall coordination and facilitation of event

Responsibilities could/may include:

  • provide transportation to, from and during the event as needed
  • cooperate with event coordinators, county Extension staff, and other volunteers in implementing event activities
  • supervise housing including check in, clean up and check out 
  • supervise youth including discipline, housing, and emergency needs
  • enforce 4-H code of conduct and policies of event
  • complete necessary reports following event
  • follow the behaviors as outlined in Adult Behavior Guidelines when Working with Youth

Responsible to:

  • county Extension staff person and event coordinator

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • completion of required screening, paperwork, and training
  • interest in youth and enthusiasm for working with young people
  • ability to work with youth while nurturing positive self-esteem, decision making
  • skills, responsibility and leadership in youth
  • ability to work and communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms
  • ability to handle sensitive issues, discipline and emergency situations

 

Hours

Varies, depending on the activity/event.  Contact Extension staff for specifics regarding activity/event.