Volunteer Opportunities in the OKC Metro Area for Families & Kids




Volunteering as a family is an excellent way to spend time together, benefit the community and teach your children about the importance of giving to others and lending a hand. When the spirit of helping and giving moves your family, check with any of these local non-profts for more information about getting involved.

[Editor's Note: For more volunteer opportunities, visit our friends at serveok.org, a project of Revive, Inc. Revive is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing awareness of service opportunities that will aid the disadvantaged in the greater Oklahoma City area.]


Animals and Animal Shelters

Best Friends of Pets
720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-0415
418-8511, bestfriendsokc.org
Help with pet adoption, education programs, special events, PetFinder and office work. Volunteers must be at least 16. Children under 16 may volunteer if accompanied by an adult.

Central Oklahoma Humane Society
7500 N Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
607-8991, okhumane.org
Volunteers 12 and older may assist in the adoption center, walk dogs and clean cages. Teens 18 and older can assist in handling of animals, surgery preparations and sterilization of surgery supplies. Help is needed at local events. A teen advisory board and foster program is available. Parents must be present with children 12-17.

Coffee Creek Riding Center 
17 E Coffee Creek Road
Edmond, OK 73034
340-8377, coffeecreek.org
Help children with a wide range of disabilities with riding lessons. The minimum age for a volunteer assistant is 13 years old.  Volunteers usually give 2 hours once a week and classes are held during the week, during the day beginning at 11:15 and last class ending at 5:00. Volunteer training sessions are held before semesters begin. Volunteers beginning during a semester, observe a class then work with a team of experienced volunteers.

Oklahoma Beagle Rescue
Norman, OK
227-9879, okbr.org
Foster beagles, do secretarial work, fundraise and more.

Oklahoma City Animal Shelter
2811 SE 29th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
297-3067, okc.gov/animalwelfare
Walk dogs, play with cats and help with shelter activities. No experience necessary. Must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check.

Oklahoma City Zoo
2101 NE 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
425-0275, okczooed.com
Volunteer opportunities include Zoo Ambassador, special events, education, diving program, animal area and horticulture. For ages 18 and up.

Paws for Life, Inc.
2424 Old Timbers Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
216-7615, pawsforlifeinc.com
An organization that works in conjunction with the City of Edmond Animal Shelter. Volunteers bathe, exercise dogs, socialize and play with cats, clean cages and give TLC to each dog and cat. Foster program available. Must be 18 years or older. Children ages 13-17 are permitted with parent or guardian. Approved volunteers must commit to working at least two times per calendar month for a minimum of four hours each month.

Pets and People
701 Inla Avenue
Yukon, OK 73099
350-7387, petsandpeople.com
Volunteers help with pet adoptions, cleaning cages, walking animals and working at the thrift store. Volunteers age 13 to 17 must fill out a required parental consent form.

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
4500 24th Avenue Northwest  
Norman, OK 73069
321-1915, secondchancenorman.org
Walk dogs and play with the cats, clean cages, help with office work and help at adoption clinics at Petco and Petsmart. Volunteers are 18 and older, however volunteers who are 16 & 17 years of age are welcome as long as their parents remain with them while they are volunteering. A liability waiver form is required if under 18 years old.

Clubs

Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma
3309 E Hefner Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73131
254-2071, campfireusa-ok.org
Adults can volunteer as a camp counselor or leader. Campground improvement is a great group or family volunteer activity.

Edmond Soccer Club - TOPSoccer Program
1502 West Danforth Road  
Edmond, OK 73003
204-7228, websitesource.net/topsoccer
Volunteers assist as a one on one buddy coach to soccer players with various disabilities. For teens to adults.

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma
6100 N Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
528-GIRL (4475), gswestok.org
Members enjoy camps, group activities and community involvement. Adult volunteers help with troops, outdoor activities and selling cookies in the schools and community. Applications available online.

Food Pantries

Feed the Children
4529 Enterprise Pl
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
601-5408, feedthechildren.org
Help prepare food and personal hygiene boxes that are sent to children and families across the U.S. For ages 14 and up. Great for groups of 10 or more.

Hope Center
1251 N. Broadway
Edmond, OK 73034
348-1340, hopecenterofedmond.com
Help with stocking and sorting groceries, processing orders, sorting clothing and household items, greeting clients and more. Individuals, church or civic groups, clubs, businesses and school groups can volunteer. Children 10 years of age and older can volunteer. Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Regional Food Bank
3355 S. Purdue
Oklahoma City, OK 73137-0968
604-7110, regionalfoodbank.org
Sort food, pack bags for senior citizens and children, sort bread or work in a green house or garden. 8 years old and up. Groups of 5 or more are welcome to volunteer. Must wear closed toe shoes.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma's Food Pantry
311 SW 5th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
246-1101, uss.salvationarmy.org
Volunteers needed to help unload and sort food items as well as fill grocery orders for families on a weekly basis.

Homeless Shelters

City Rescue Mission
800 West California Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
232-2709, cityrescue.org/act/volunteer
Help with serving meals, life skills tutoring, GED tutoring, nursery assistance and more. Groups are welcome. Volunteers that are 18 and over must complete a background check.

East Main Place 
1100 East Main St.
Norman, OK 73071
447-4663, eastmainplace.com
Volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and groups for various events through the year.

Grace Rescue Mission Inc.
2205 Exchange Avenue  
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
232-5756
Kitchen work and other activities as needed. Ages 15 and up. Up to 12 members in a group.

Park Activities and Clean-up

Adopt-A-Park
3535 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
525-8822, okcbeautiful.com
For church, scouting or volunteer groups. Volunteers can choose to pick up litter, mow or make city-approved landscape improvements.

Edmond Parks and Recreation Department
2733 Marilyn Williams Dr.
Edmond, OK 73034
359-4630, edmondok.com
Helping people of all ages in the community experience the positive benefits of recreation. Great opportunities for groups such as Eagle Scouts.

Martin Park Nature Center
5000 West Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
755-0676, okc.gov/parks/martin_park
Volunteer opportunities for the whole family include planting wildflower seeds, cleaning park grounds, helping with the animals, trimming trees, leading story time and helping with craft projects. Group projects are available for school, scout, homeschool and other community teams. Activities can range from basic park maintenance to special infrastructure projects suitable for Eagle Scout badges or 4-H clubs.

Will Rogers Horticulture Gardens
3400 NW 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK
943-0827, okc.gov/parks/will_rogers
School, church and homeschool group projects available throughout the year. Assist with plant maintenance, events and other special projects.

Senior Citizen Centers

Carter Healthcare and Hospice
3105 South Meridian Avenue  
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
947-7700, Other locations can be found at: carterhealthcare.com
Volunteers can help with direct care by providing visitations, caregiver relief and reading. Ages 18 and older.

Heartland Hospice
5015 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
848-3305, volunteermatch.org
Friendly visiting, sitting, run errands and community services. Ages 18 and up.

SolAmor Hospice
1900 NW Expressway, Suite 320
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
842-0171, www.solamorhospice.com
Youth volunteers create decorations, pictures, cards and other projects as needed for patients and their families. Ages 16 and older. Direct Patient volunteer includes companionship, shopping, respite for caregiver, sitting with patients. Ages 18 and up.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society (AHPS)
396-8191
The Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society (AHPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding of the history of the town of Arcadia, Oklahoma and associated outlying farms by collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting that history. The AHPS needs volunteers for a variety of tasks ranging from maintaining the property to volunteering as a docent for the museum that is located inside the Round Barn. For more information, please contact Karla Reisenhoover at 396-8191.
 

Bethel Foundation
13003 N. Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
286-3700, bethelfoundationusa.com
Choose an area you are interested in volunteering with such as administration, events, field work, fundraising, delivery, phone back, newsletter production or volunteer coordination. Groups are welcome to volunteer. Those under 18 years of age must have parental signature and waiver.

Capitol Hill Library
334 SW 26th
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
606-3245, metrolibrary.org
Help students with reading tutoring. Homework help and reading practice is offered every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6pm. Apply online at www.supportmls.org/volunteer. Contact Jennifer Jones at 606-3245 or jjones@metrolibrary.org. 

Catholic Charities
1501 N. Classen Blvd. 
Oklahoma City, OK 73106  
523-3000, catholiccharitiesok.org
Find volunteer opportunities that match your skills, talents and interests. Help out at the Sanctuary Women's Development Center or teach English to a refugee client. Any individual, family or group can volunteer. Great for churches, youth groups, schools, etc.

Center for Children and Families (CCFI)
1151 East Main Street
Norman, OK 73071
364-1420, ccfinorman.org
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities from homework help to providing administrative support. Volunteer for a day or an evening at a special fundraising event or help with short-term projects such as organizing the Baby Pantry, painting, landscaping and maintenance. Must be 18 or older.

Christmas Connection
5728 South May
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
634-2006, christmasconnection.org
Whatever your talent, schedule or age, the children and families of central Oklahoma need your help. Assist shoppers, stock shelves, sort incoming donations, perform clerical duties or deliver collection boxes. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.

Citizens Caring for Children
730 W. Wilshire, Suite 111 & 112
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
753-4099, citizenscaringforchildren.org
Volunteer opportunities at Citizens Caring for Children vary but may include sorting and hanging clothes in our Resource Center, working with children at events, organizing inventory, stuffing and sorting mail, helping children shop during Back-to-School, playing with children at a Shelter Birthday Party, serving on a CCC committee, or other administrative tasks. Must be 18 years old and pass a background check. Children are able to volunteer at special events throughout the year.

Community Hospital Auxiliary
3100 SW 89th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
602-8296, communityhospitalokc.com
Volunteers make a difference in the lives of many by providing information desk support, hospitality cart service and escorting lost patients and visitors to their destination on campus. For adults only.

Eagle Ridge Institute
601 NE 63rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
840-1359, eagleridgeinstitute.com
Volunteer opportunities for after school youth mentors, alcohol compliance checks, alcoholic beverage sales trainers, advocates to support the reduction of alcohol and tobacco ads in convinience stores, workgroup members and more.

Habitat for Humanity
5005 S. I-35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
232-4828, centraloklahomahabitat.org
Individuals or groups can help with construction and maintenance on homes being built. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and groups must have a ratio of one adult per five youth ages 16 and 17.

Harn Homestead & Museum
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
235-4058, harnhomestead.com
Duties include administering children’s craft projects, admissions, tours, assisting at special events, Land Run Reenactment and more.

HUGS Project
720 W. Wilshire, Suite 119
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
651-8359, thehugsproject.com
Help fill care packages to troops, make hats, goody bags and cooling ties. Great for the whole family. Afternoon and evening calls only, please.

Infant Crisis Services
4224 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
528-3663, infantcrisis.org
Help with sorting, matching and hanging clothing, outdoor jobs, stocking or assembling diaper packs or toddler and infant packs. Must be 10 years or older to volunteer. 13 years and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Please keep groups to 15 people or less.

March of Dimes
5100 N. Brookline Ave., Suite 270
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
943-1025, marchofdimes.com
Families can volunteer or individuals. Take part in selling sponsorship opportunities, recruiting new volunteers, coordinating outreach to mission families, serving on the Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee, assisting with marketing communications or public relations, craft projects, events and more.

Metropolitan Library System
300 Park Avenue  
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
606-3762, Other locations can be found at: supportmls.org
Volunteers provide homework help, write book reviews, fundraise, instruct arts and craft and more. Each February volunteers are needed for the Friends of the Library book sale. Must be at least age 14 to volunteer with Friends of the Library. Must be 12 or have completed the 6th grade and up to volunteer at any library location.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Norman, OK 73072
325-1652, snomnh.ou.edu
There are a variety of opportunities available at Sam Noble including being gallery docents, information desk volunteers and Discovery Room volunteers. Volunteers must be 16 or older. The Teen Volunteer Program is an eight-week volunteer experience for students who have successfully completed 6th grade and not yet entered their senior year of high school.

Shiloh Camp
601 N.E. 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-6407
858-7011, shilohcamp.org
Individuals, groups and families are welcome to volunteer. Call ahead of time to coordinate a project that would interest you such as landscaping, administrative work, help with the animals or seasonal decorating. Must be 18 or older to be a camp counselor or volunteer alone.

Sunbeam Family Services
616 N.W. 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
528-7721, sunbeamfamilyservices.org
Ages 16 and up can volunteer as an individual or group to work on special projects, do administrative work, serve in classrooms, serve meals to residents and more.

The Children's Center
Donald W. Reynolds Complex
6800 N.W. 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
470-2284, tccokc.org
Work directly with children in education classes and other capacities or assist with special projects and events. To work directly with the children, you must be at least 17 years of age and commit to a service period of at least six months. Volunteers under the age of 17 are eligible to apply for other volunteer positions.

The Children’s Hospital
1200 N. Children's Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
271-4870, oumedicine.com
Volunteers provide needed support to families who have a child at the hospital, work at the gift shop, deliver toys from the toy cart and more. The greatest need is for M-F hours. Must be 18 or older. A Junior Volunteer program is available for those 16-18 years of age.

United Way Volunteer Center
1444 NW 28th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
523-3581, volunteercentraloklahoma.org
Find volunteer opportunities from agencies all over Oklahoma.

White Fields
7127 County Line Road, N.E.
Piedmont, OK 73078
302-5123, whitefieldsok.com
Families and individuals can find many ways to volunteer like mentoring, tutoring, making welcome baskets, office help and more.

YMCA
500 N. Broadway Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
297-7777, Other locations can be found at: ymcaokcjobs.org
Volunteer opportunities for adults available throughout the year for fundraising, youth sports and special events.

YWCA
2460 NW 39th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-8956
948-1770, ywca.org
Become a crisis hotline volunteer, work in childcare, provide office support or volunteer with special events. Groups of volunteers can help with grounds beautification, painting and preparing meals. Must be 18 or older.

Websites for more info on volunteer opportunities:

animalshelter.org
christianvolunteering.org
healthcarevolunteer.com
oklahomahomeschool.com

volunteer.gov
volunteermatch.org
knowit.newsok.com/charity-oklahoma/giving

Reader Comments:
Jan 28, 2014 08:10 am
 Posted by  hcr-swwecare

Do you have time to put a smile on someones face or touch there heart? where looking for volunteers that would be able to assist our patient with reading to them,visiting with them and assist with social events and holiday decorating.we have a wide variety of age group that would be pleased that someone would take an interest of just listening to them.
if you interested please contact
Kimberly Smith
405-632-7771
405-885-7614
looking forward to hearing from you.

Jan 28, 2014 08:13 am
 Posted by  hcr-swwecare

HCR-MANORCARE
5600 SOUTH WALKER
OKLAHOMA CITY,OK 73109

Do you have time to put a smile on someones face or touch there heart? where looking for volunteers that would be able to assist our patient with reading to them,visiting with them and assist with social events and holiday decorating.we have a wide variety of age group that would be pleased that someone would take an interest of just listening to them.
if you interested please contact
Kimberly Smith
405-632-7771
405-885-7614
looking forward to hearing from you.

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