Volunteer Centers

HandsOn Jacksonville
Judith A. M. Smith, DM, President
judy@handsonjacksonville.org
(904) 332-6767

Mentoring Partners

Duval County Public Schools
Vicki Drake
Community Involvement Coordinator
1701 Prudential Drive – Room 606
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Phone: (904) 390-2935
Fax: (904) 390-2421
Email: Drakev1@duvalschools.org

National Service Programs — AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Duval Reads!
Carolyn Lynn
CIS of Jacksonville
One Riverside Avenue, Suite 400
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone:  (904) 366-6328
Fax:  (904) 366-6360
Email: clynn@cisjax.org
Website: www.cisjax.org
Program Focus:  Education
Program Year:  Sept – Aug

AmeriCorps members provide reading tutoring services to students in grades K-12.  Members also participate in community events to promote, encourage, and support family and adult literacy.  The goal of the program is to increase reading skills of students through individual and small group reading tutoring.

AmeriCorps Youth Transition
Chelsea Rhodes
The Arc of Jacksonville
1050 North Davis Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Phone: (727) 688-6145
Fax: (904) 358-3800
Email: crhodes@arcjacksonville.org
Website: www.arcjacksonville.org
Program Focus:  Education
Program Year:  Aug – July

AmeriCorps members provide transitional services for young adults with developmental disabilities in partnership with the University of North Florida.  Members mentor the transitional program participants to help them succeed in class work and developing social and independent living skills. In addition, members provide various services at a child care center, a women’s health center, volunteer center and other U.N.F. student services programs.

Florida Conservation Corps AmeriCorps
Talbot Islands State Park, Duval County
Emily Schwerin
Florida Park Service AmeriCorps Coordinator
Bureau of Operational Services
Department of Environmental Protection
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
(850) 544-3596
Email: Emily.Schwerin@dep.state.fl.us
Website: www.floridastateparks.org
Program Focus: Environment
Program Year: Jan – Dec

As part of Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators), AmeriCorps members focus on invasive exotic plant management and trail improvements in Florida’s state parks. Spending a majority of their time outdoors, members treat and survey for invasive exotic plants in addition to performing trail improvements and assessments. Members also recruit volunteers to assist with invasive exotic plant management, and educate park visitors and the local community about the damaging effects of invasive exotic plants on Florida’s unique ecosystems.

Teach For America Jacksonville
Jennifer Spurlin (Interim)
Cordinator, Regional Team Operations Assistant, Executive Director
Teach For America – Jacksonville
214 North Hogan Street, Suite 134
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 353-6517 x31116
Fax: (904) 354-1589
Email: Jennifer.Spurlin@teachforamerica.org
Website: www.teachforamerica.org
Program Focus: Education
Program Year: Aug – July

AmeriCorps members serve as full-time teachers in K-12 classrooms in Duval County Public Schools.  The program recruits college graduates to serve two year terms as public school teachers.  The intent of the program is to place crucially needed highly qualified teachers in schools with significant numbers of high-risk students.  Members are paid a salary by the school system and receive a financial education award upon successful completion of service.

National Service Programs — National Direct

Beaches Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorps
Beaches Habitat for Humanity
Sarah Rutkowski, AmeriCorps Site Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
1671 Francis Avenue
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Phone: 904-241-1222
Fax: 904-241-4310
E-mail: sarah@beacheshabitat.org
Website: www.beacheshabitat.org
Service Area: Other Human Needs
Program Year: Sept-Aug

Members serve in construction, construction development, youth and family services, or resource development. Each member works closely with a staff supervisor and alongside volunteers and partner families to assist in tasks ranging from home construction to after school programming to event planning.

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA
HabiJax
Jen Betkey, AmeriCorps Site Manager and
Data & Education Manager
2404 Hubbard St
Jacksonville, Fl 32206
Phone: 904.208.6666
Fax: 904.798.2708
E-mail: jbetkey@habijax.org
Website: www.habijax.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HabiJaxFans
Service Area: Other Human Needs
Program Year: September-August

Members serve in construction, volunteer and partner services, or community development. Each member has a direct supervisor on staff and is given the opportunity to serve alongside volunteers, staff members, partner families. Members assist the affiliate in completing many tasks including leading construction jobs, recruiting volunteers, working with partner families, recruiting partner families, or community outreach.

North Florida Health Corps AmeriCorps Program
Jennifer Larramore, MPH
Program Coordinator
Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition
644 Cesery Blvd Suite 210
Jacksonville, FL 32211
Phone: 904-723-5422 ext 115
Fax: 904-253-2442
E-mail: jlarramore@nefhsc.org
Website: www.nationalhealthcorps.org/north-florida
Service Area: Other Human Needs (20, 20)
Program Year: Sept-Aug

Members serve with existing primary care and community-based sites to provide health education, screenings, HIV testing, patient medication assistance, and insurance enrollment. Members serve to
increase access to health care and other community services as well as decrease health disparities.

Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) – Jacksonville
John Schoenig
University of Notre Dame
107 Carole Sandner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-631-8709
E-mail: jschoeni@nd.edu
Website: http://ace.nd.edu/
Service Area: Education

ACE is a two-year service program offering college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools across the southern United States. Because we believe that good teachers need excellent formation, ACE prepares its teachers in an innovative Master of Education program at Notre Dame. ACE teachers represent a broad variety of undergraduate disciplines, with a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. While teaching, participants live in small communities of 4-7 members and together share the many challenges and rewards of beginning teaching.

City Year Jacksonville
Kendra Roberts, Recruitment Director
Corey Determan, School Partnerships Director
6 East Bay Street, 5th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-423-2100 (main); 904-423-2101 (recruitment)
Email: cdeterman@cityyear.org or kroberts@cityyear.org
Program Focus: Education
Program Year: Aug – July

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. This innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young (17-24 year old) AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.