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Places for Teens to Volunteer in Tucson

Are you a teen who is looking for a place to volunteer in Tucson?

There are many reasons why you may be searching for volunteer opportunities in the Tucson area:

  • You have a community service requirement to fulfill for an honors society, club, or private/public school.
  • You want to bolster your resume and gain valuable career experience.
  • You are yearning to make the world a better place.

Whatever your motivation, volunteering can be a meaningful and smart way to spend your after-school, summer, and/or weekend hours.

We've compiled a list of reputable non-profits so that potential teen volunteers can quickly compare options to find a good fit for their skills, interests, and location.

These opportunities are listed in alphabetical order.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​

  • Location: 2916 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: A variety of positions are available for teens. For example, Donor Ambassadors are the first face of the Red Cross at blood drives. They welcome and register blood donors, manage the donor flow for the day, and provide the canteen services. Other positions include clerical positions supporting the disaster cycle services response program as well as support for the Service to the Armed forces program.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: 16 years old for most positions with some limited administrative volunteer opportunities for 15 year olds
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: For BioMedical services, the minimum is 15 years old with a parent. At 16, they can volunteer solo. Children, 13 years of age and older, can also take part in smoke alarm installation events with their parent or guardian where the Red Cross walks neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms.
  • Training Requirements: Getting started is easy. Create your volunteer profile. Once that’s done, you’ll have access to all of the current volunteer opportunities and you’ll just apply to ones that interest you the most. 
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: The majority of volunteer opportunities are ongoing and require at least a monthly commitment. One exception is the Summer Youth Corp program. These youth pledge to help out at least 10 blood drives during their summer break and those who successfully complete the program receive a certificate and a letter of recommendation from the Red Cross.
  • Internships/Leadership: One great opportunity for teens to take on a leadership role is to host a blood drive at their school. As the point of contact, the youth volunteer will be responsible for setting up the blood drive and ensuring its success. It is a huge responsibility that will help them develop and test a variety of leadership skills. 
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: Contact Stacey Moore at stacey.moore@redcross.org or 520-576-2874.

Assistance League of Tucson

Assistance League of Tucson is "recognized as a leading force for hope and positive change." The mission statement of the organization is "volunteers working in the Tucson community to help those in need."

  • Location: 1307 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • Teen Volunteer opportunities: Assistance League of Tucson offers the ASSISTEENS® AUXILARY program. Participation in Assisteens develops personal growth, leadership skills, poise, public speaking skills, and a sense of civic responsibility.
  • Weekly/monthly commitment: Membership begins freshman year in high school and continues through senior year. 
  • Contact: Send an email to atinfo@altucson.org.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

Child Evangelism Fellowship Christian Youth In Action | Places for Teens to Volunteer in Tucson

The mission of Child Evangelism Fellowship is to:
1. Evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
2. Establish or disciple boys and girls in the Word of God
3. Enfold boys and girls in a local church for Christian living

  • Location: CEF Offices, 5956 East 30th Street Tucson, Arizona 85711
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: In the summer, there are two opportunities for teens. The first opportunity is Christian Youth in Training, held right here in Tucson on June 10 and 11. The students who participate must be believers in Christ with a desire to learn how to teach children. The program is geared for students who are in middle school. They will be serving for two weeks as helpers in 5 Day Clubs. The second summer opportunity is Christian Youth in Action. This training camp will be held in Prescott Arizona from May 27-June 5 at Emmanuel Pines Camp. The students who participate must be believers in Christ with a desire to learn how to teach children in 5 Day Clubs. During four days of camps, they will teach children in the Prescott area with an adult mentor. Every student who participates must come with the commitment to teach two weeks of 5 Day Clubs in Pima County this summer. 
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Teens who are part of the summer ministry program will be chaperoned by another adult when they are doing ministry. These students will be middle school or high school age. Parents do not need to be with them, but they may need to give students a ride to the carpool location. During the school year, teens who are 15yrs. or older may serve on a Good News Club team with another adult present.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Middle school students are welcome to serve at the CEF office with their parents. Families are welcome to volunteer together doing yard work or office maintenance. Families may open their home for a 5 Day Club during the summer. Middle school volunteers may also assist with mailing preparation.
  • Training Requirements: All volunteers with CEF who are 18 years or older must be screened for child protection. They need to carefully read CEF's Statement of Faith and be in agreement with it. An online application is required for students who desire to serve in CYIT or CYIA. References are required in this application process.
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: Students in summer ministry with CEF will attend several pre-training classes before summer begins. They will need to be available every day of their training and be committed to serve two weeks following training. The weeks to choose from will be June 15-June 19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3, and July 6-10. High school students who serve in Good News Clubs during the school year must be available for 1 and 1/2 hours a week and will serve from September-April.
  • Internships/Leadership: High school and college students sometimes have the opportunity to serve in leadership at the CYIA training in Prescott and during 5 Day Clubs.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: Text or call Jon Habegger, the director of Pima County CEF, at 520-240-2976.

Christian Family Care

Christian Family Care's mission is to strengthen families and serve at-risk children in the name of Jesus Christ.

  • Location: Christian Family Care Tucson Offices can be found at 6063 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712. The CFC Thrift Store is currently at 1066 S. Pantano Rd. Tucson. After May, the CFC Thrift Store will be located at 7667 E Speedway Blvd.
  • Teen Volunteer opportunities: Teens can help at the Thrift Store. The Thrift Store supports the organization's “Safe Families” program, which is dedicated to foster care prevention.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Ages 17+
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Ages 16+
  • Training Requirements: CFC will train according to the desired volunteer job. An online registration form is needed. Volunteers will need to read CFC's Statement of Faith and be in agreement with it.
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: "Come as much as you would like."
  • Internships/Leadership: None are available at this time. 
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: Contact Howard Saccoliti, the Statewide Volunteer Manager, at 602-396-2574.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona strives to address the root causes of hunger. They believe that access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food is a basic human right, and that empowered people and their communities thrive.

  • Location: The warehouse and garden are at 3003 S. Country Club Rd (Country Club and 36th Street). Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Farm is at 2405 S. Cottonwood Lane (near A mountain).
  • Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are welcome on Saturday mornings from 7am-10am at Las Milpitas Community Farm. There are also limited opportunities for volunteers 16 and older to help load food in cars during drive thru distribution at 3003 S. Country Club from 7-10am on Thursday mornings. Volunteers must register beforehand.
  • Age minimums/restrictions: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers under age 16 can volunteer in the garden or on the farm when accompanied by an adult.
  • Contact: Send an email to volunteer@communityfoodbank.org.

Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona

Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona Teen Volunteers

The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona exists to "make diapers, incontinence supplies, and period products available in times of need through collaborative community relationships." They envision a community "where diapers, incontinence supplies, and period products are always available to those who need them."

  • Location: 1050 S. Plumer Ave.
  • Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers serve in a variety of positions. Volunteer opportunities include diaper bundling, monthly order packing and distributions, and a variety of warehouse tasks. For updated volunteer opportunities and scheduling, download the Golden Volunteer app.
  • Age minimums/restrictions: Family-friendly opportunities available. 14 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. 15 years old and up may attend independently with a signed parental consent form.
  • Training requirements: Most tasks require minimal training.
  • Weekly/monthly commitment: None
  • Contact: 520-325-1400 or elisabeth@diaperbank.org

GAP Ministries

GAP Ministries exists to "Stand in the GAP for those in need, bringing HELP to Children, HEALING to Families, and HOPE to our Community."

  • Location: 2861 N. Flowing Wells Tucson AZ 85705
  • Teen Volunteer opportunities: Teen volunteers can assist in the Community Warehouse during the summer and on school breaks, Mon-Fri, between the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm. Tasks might include sorting, organizing, pricing, putting things on the shelf for nonprofits to receive, light cleaning. Teen volunteers may also help off-campus at the Treasures & More Resale Store (Pima & Craycroft). Store hours are Tues-Sat, 9:00am-5:00pm.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Ages 16+
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Pre-teens and younger teens can come if they are highly supervised. Middle school groups may come with a 5 to 1 ratio of kids to adults. Families with small children can help at home by organizing clothing drives or making cookies for foster kids.
  • Training/Application requirements: Begin by filling out an application. For groups, click the Volunteer Now link in the Group Volunteer section. For individuals, click the Volunteer Now link in the Individual Volunteers section. You will be contacted for scheduling soon after submitting your application.
  • Weekly/monthly commitment: There is no minimum requirement for volunteering. GAP Ministries is happy to have people partner with them to serve and better the community.
  • Internships/Leadership: None are available at this time.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: Jobs may be available for ages 18+.
  • Contact: Send an email to volunteer@gapmin.com or call 520-392-8282.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity's vision is "a world where everyone has a decent place to call home."

  • Location: 3501 N. Mountain Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: There are many opportunities available for teens - Construction, Marketing, HabiStore, or Volunteer Services.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Ages 16+
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Ages 16+
  • Training Requirements: Potential volunteers should fill out a quick online profile to be able to sign up for upcoming orientations, events, or builds.
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: Volunteer opportunities vary from one day to long term. Generally, Habitat for Humanity asks for a 6-month commitment with at least 2 shifts per month. This may vary depending on the opportunity.
  • Internships/Leadership: Internships are offered for teens, 16 years or older, in many different areas of habitat to include Youth Board Member, Construction, HabiStore retail, Volunteer Resources, and Marketing.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: Please email the Volunteer Resources Manager at volunteer@habitattucson.org. 

Hands of Hope Tucson

Breakdown Tucson Teen Volunteers Hands of Hope | Places for Teens to Volunteer in Tucson

Hands of Hope Tucson is a Christ-centered organization promoting a culture of life, hope, and healing. This is accomplished by caring for those facing unplanned pregnancy, revealing the truth about the unborn person, teaching sexual integrity, and offering a path to healing from an abortion experience.

  • Location: 5240 E Knight Dr #122, Tucson, AZ 85712
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: Hands of Hope is looking for year-round volunteers for their BreakDown Tucson Team. BreakDown Tucson is a group of local teens who bring a powerful, dynamic message to their peers. "By integrating relevant drama scenes, contemporary and hip-hop dance, and state of the art sound, lighting, and visual media, we expose lies young people often believe about who they are. Our one-hour performance educates and empowers youth to fight for their future and lives!"
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: 13 years of age minimum with parent permission. Teens in high school are preferred. 
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Hands of Hope Tucson hosts two large community events each year: RaiseHope Walk for Life and an annual fundraising Gala. Families and individuals are needed to help run both of these events. 13 is the minimum age.
  • Training Requirements: All volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation then go through an interview process with a pillar (area) manager.
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: Yearly events require a training day, event orientation day, and a commitment on the day of the events. BreakDown Volunteers meet on a weekly basis and perform monthly at high schools and middle schools all across Tucson throughout the school year. 
  • Internships/Leadership: There are many leadership opportunities on the BreakDown Team.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: For more information, please visit givehopetucson.com and click on the Get Involved/Volunteer button. 

Harmony Hospice

The Mission of Harmony Hospice is to "provide excellent and compassionate hospice care while creating a community bond through the professional services of our medical staff and volunteers."

  • Location: 1200 N El Dorado Pl., Ste. B-200, Tucson, AZ 85715
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: Client Support, Administration, and Community Events
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: If teens are visiting patients (client support), they must be accompanied by a parent until age 18. If teens are volunteering in an administrative capacity, they do not need to be accompanied by a parent.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Minimum age to volunteer is 16 years of age.
  • Training Requirements: There is an application packet that must be completed. Background and reference checks are done. An interview is scheduled with the volunteer coordinator. Orientation Training must be completed (4 hours in person and 10 hours online training).
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit to 2-4 hours per week. Because of the extensive orientation training that must be completed by all volunteers, one-time volunteer opportunities are currently not available.
  • Internships/Leadership: None are available at this time.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Liu mliu@harmonyhospice.org or 520-284-9334

Make-A-Wish Arizona

Make-A-Wish Arizona Volunteers

Make-A-Wish Arizona grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy.

  • Location: Kids For Wish Kids can be started in your local school or community!
  • Volunteer opportunities: The Kids For Wish Kids program is an opportunity for local kids and teens to help grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions living in their own community. Make-A-Wish Arizona makes it easy for children, their leaders, and their mentors to reach goals with a turn-key tool kit that offers suggestions and directions on building fundraising projects that can be completed by an individual or school, a club or group of funds, or with a community youth group.
  • Age minimums/restrictions: The Kids For Wish Kids program is open to students currently enrolled in elementary to high school.
  • Training requirements: No training required! Contact Make-A-Wish Arizona for a toolkit to get started!
  • Weekly/monthly commitment: The commitment is yours to make, fundraising can take place over one day or over the length of the school year!
  • Contact: Torrie Yerkovich, tyerkovich@arizona.wish.org, 602-343-9437

Make Way for Books

Make Way For Books Tucson Volunteer | Places for Teens to Volunteer in Tucson

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed.

  • Location: 700 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson AZ 85705
  • Teen Volunteer opportunities: Teens are invited to do book drives for Make Way For Books at their schools, clubs, sporting teams, etc. There are no other volunteer opportunities available to teens at this time.
  • Internships/Leadership: None are available at this time.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: Ally Baehr, ally@makewayforbooks.org, 520-398-6451

More Than A Bed

More Than A Bed Tucson Teen Volunteer Opportunities Adoption | Places for Teens to Volunteer in Tucson

More Than a Bed's mission is to support foster, kinship, and adoptive families and the children in their homes by providing for practical needs. Specifically, those practical needs include anything a family might need to care for a child (baby items, diapers, strollers, cribs, beds, clothing, shoes, houseware goods, books, blankets, etc).

  • Location: 3637 North 1st Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85719
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities include: (A) Cleaning donated shoes so they appear new for the children to have. The work area is heated/cooled and this would be a sitting job. (B) Sorting clothes. Verify if the clothing is appropriate for foster kids to wear (no skulls, skimpy tops, negative images, stained clothing, rips in jeans...) then sorting based on gender and size. Everything else goes into other bins for other partner missions. (C) Hanging clothing that will be saved for other seasons/holidays. (D) Organize Household Items in the warehouse - blankets, books, toys, baby formula. (E) Pod attendant - there are 2 shipping pods outside the warehouse that hold larger items (beds, cribs, mattresses, car seats). If a family needs a bed, for example, teens can help retrieve the bed and give it to the family. (F) Special Events.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Ages 17+. Background checks are required so the teen will need to have a photo ID /driver's license.  
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: It's tough to find things for young children under 10 to do at the warehouse. There's a lot of moving parts to the daily operation of the warehouse.
  • Training Requirements: A background check is conducted if the volunteer doesn't have a level one fingerprint clearance card. All volunteers fill out a record that indicates the time they volunteer. 
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: More Than A Bed is open Tues, Thurs, & Fri from 8:30am - 12:30 pm and the 2nd and 4th Sat from 8-11am. Volunteers may help out on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • Internships/Leadership: None are available at this time.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: For additional information, volunteers can contact Stefanie Mathon at stefaniem@morethanabed.org or at 978-360-0602. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Teen Volunteers - Ronald McDonald House Charities Tucson

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), provides comfort and support to families and children facing serious illness or injury. The Ronald McDonald House provides a "Home Away from Home" for families who must travel to Tucson for medical care. The 24,000 square foot house has 28 bedrooms and private bathrooms, 4 kitchens, a reading room, great room, playroom, and outdoor play area. The House serves over 600 families per year from communities throughout Southern Arizona, as well as the surrounding region.

  • Location: 2155 E. Allen Rd., Tucson
  • Volunteer opportunities: answering telephones, greeting families and visitors, making up rooms so they are ready for new families, organizing kitchens, organizing playroom, storing and organizing donations, assisting with special projects, restocking linens and supplies
  • Age minimums/restrictions: Volunteers must be at least 16 and all volunteers must be fully Covid-19 vaccinated.
  • Training requirements: Training starts on the first day of volunteering and continues as new duties are assigned.
  • Weekly/monthly commitment: Minimum 6-month commitment, one day a week for a 3-hour shift.
  • Contact: Christine LaBoy, claboy@rmhctucson.org, 520-326-0060

St. Joseph's Hospital / St. Mary's Hospital

St Josephs Hospital Tucson Teen Volunteers | Places for Teens to Volunteer in Tucson

Tenet's mission is to improve the quality of life of every patient who enters their doors. 

  • Location: St. Joseph's Hospital is at 350 N. Wilmot Rd. St. Mary's Hospital is at 1601 W. St. Mary's Rd. 
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: Front lobby Information Desk, Surgery ICU Information Desk, Dial-A-Volunteer to escort, deliveries, and wheelchairs after proper training.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Teens starting at age 16 may volunteer as Junior Volunteers with parent consent and must clear health screening and orientation prior to starting.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Volunteer opportunities are open to those interested starting from 16 years of age and up. 
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: There are no one-time volunteer opportunities. To maintain high standards of care, volunteers agree to commit 100 hours in a one year period.
  • Internships/Leadership: None are available at this time.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: 520-345-9441 or travis.williams@carondelet.org

The Salvation Army

Teen Volunteers - The Salvation Army Tucson

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 the love of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Programs include an adult rehabilitation center, hospitality house shelter, emergency disaster services, and numerous community centers.

  • Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers are especially needed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to set up, serve and dish out food, clean up, and decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Assistance is also needed with food drives and toy drives. The Salvation Army is also looking for groups of people to do volunteer bell ringing from Nov 21-Dec 24.
  • Age minimums/restrictions: You must be 18 to volunteer alone. Teens, ages 13-17, can volunteer with an adult.
  • Training requirements: No training requirement. Volunteer forms need to be completed.
  • Weekly/monthly Commitment: The only commitment required is what you signed up for on any given day.
  • Contact: Shawna Kroh, shawna.kroh@usw.salvationarmy.org, 520-322-2003

Tu Nidito Children & Family Services

Tu Nidito Children and Family Services exists to create a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief. 

  • Location: 3922 N. Mountain Ave (between 1st & Campbell)
  • Volunteer opportunities: Direct Care Volunteers work directly with children, teens, and/or caregivers impacted by serious medical condition or death. Direct Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, complete all required paperwork, participate in all required training, pass a background check, and make a minimum commitment of 1 year. In-Direct Care Volunteers work behind the scenes to ensure all  programs have the administrative and financial support they need to be successful. In-Direct Volunteer roles vary widely but include: Office Volunteers, Special Events, specialized group projects, and select Internships.
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering without a Parent: Ages 16+
  • Age Minimum for Volunteering with a Parent: Families can volunteer together, but group projects are limited and offered on an as-needed basis.
  • Training Requirements: Direct Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, complete all required paperwork, participate in all required training, pass a background check, and make a minimum commitment of 1 year.
  • Weekly/Monthly Commitment: There is a one year commitment for Direct Care Volunteers.
  • Internships/Leadership: Yes.
  • Paid Part Time Jobs for Teens: None are available at this time.
  • Contact: 520.322.9155 or info@tunidito.org

Are you a teen (or are you parenting a teen)? You may also be interested in 40 Things for Teens To Do in Tucson, the Pima County Summer Youth Program (jobs for ages 14-21), Summer Camps for Teens, and our free weekly newsletter.

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