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Family Volunteer Opportunities in the OKC Metro

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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-profits for more information about the wealth of opportunities available for families to volunteer across the Oklahoma City metro.

This page is sponsored by Ready. Help. Go. A state of Oklahoma Be A Neighbor initiative that is leveraging connections with Oklahoma nonprofits, elected officials and community groups to support our neighbors who need help.  Within this initiative, all Oklahomans are able to help. Each phase represents a way Oklahomans can rally together. The initiative is currently in the Ready phase. Find out how you can help and share the video below with a friend. Together, we’re stronger.

(Last updated Oct. 23, 2020)


Important note: Due to closures and social distancing safety precautions, the following opportunities might be temporarily unavailable or modified. Please contact organizations directly to verify details. 

Volunteers Sought for Statewide COVID-19 Vaccination Effort

The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts at more than 50 points of vaccine dispensing (PODs) locations statewide. Any Oklahoma resident or individual employed in Oklahoma can apply to be part of the OKMRC. Many members have medical training, but others have no special training prior to joining. Possible roles for volunteers include Vaccinator, Form Review, Registration, Traffic Control, Runners, assisting the elderly and sanitizing. Background checks are conducted on all volunteer applications. For additional information, or to apply, please visit

Socially Distance Volunteer opportunities for families

Little. Read. Wagon

Little. Read. Wagon needs volunteers to help hide books during Spring Break in OKC metro parks as part of their #Look4ABook project. Families can find out more details by messaging Little. Read. Wagon on Facebook or by emailing

Infant Crisis Services To-Go Packs

Most of the families served at Infant Crisis Services are struggling to provide even the basic necessities to their children. That means providing healthy snack options are totally out of reach for many families. By creating Healthy Snack Packs for Toddlers, you will be creating healthy and stronger families. Hygiene items are a luxury when you are in a financial crisis. Many of the families served at Infant Crisis Services have older children who need to smell and feel good. Hygiene bags will help them boost their self esteem, and relieve the family from some financial stress.

Coats are an important need during the cold winter months. Infant Crisis accepts gently-used baby and toddler coats as well as new ones on their Amazon wish list.

Restore OKC 

Restore OKC is welcoming families to help with their school gardens. The gardens do more than produce food, they are a tangible expression of beauty & hope. Because students missed the opportunity to plant their garden beds, Restore OKC wants to plant them and keep them going all summer so students return to an incredible bounty in their “backyard!”  Restore needs your help, sign up to weed and plant with your family while safely “distanced” as it’ll just be you and your loved ones on site!

Sisu Youth Services

Sisu offers emergency resources for at-risk youth. Families can help by donating the items needed for the youth to learn how to cook at meals at the shelter. Your family can browse a preselected menu and donate the items needed to make that meal.  Or you can take part in the daily meal train and provide a meal for the youth at the shelter.

Filling Tummies

Filling Tummies provides resources to enhance the livelihood of Oklahomans. They have a mobile pantry food bus, a community garden as well as other community programs aimed at fighting hunger. Families can help by organizing a food or donation drive with their family, church or neighborhood. They also need help picking up donations and assisting with food giveaways. Follow their Facebook and Instagram pages to find out more about upcoming volunteer activities.

Whiz Kids

Whiz Kids, a division of City Care, is a faith-based, one-on-one volunteer tutoring and mentoring program that serves at-risk children in OKC and they could use help! Fall 2020 semester weekly sessions will be 45-minute digital sessions. Find more information, or sign up to volunteer by visiting

Reading Buddies

ReadOKC, the literacy program that’s part of our Oklahoma City Public Schools Compact, is requesting volunteers to participate in its Reading Buddies, which will take place online this fall. If you’d like to help, visit

Curbside Meal Volunteers Needed for OKCPS

To support the School Nutrition Services (SNS) team, volunteers are needed to help hand out curbside meals Monday through Friday. Volunteers help fill the gap so that the trained SNS team can focus on preparing food while volunteers hand it out curbside. As a reminder, volunteers will follow the safety guidelines OKCPS has in place such as wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing while handing out meals. Current OKCPS volunteers can sign up here. New volunteers should complete the volunteer application before signing up.

Animals and Animal Shelters

The Bella Foundation
PO Box 20035
Oklahoma City, OK 73156
Help with animal adoption events, low-cost vaccine clinics, fundraising, transporting animals and fostering.  Children under 18 require guardian permission.

Best Friends of Pets
720 W. Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101-F
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Help with pet adoption, pet food distribution, education programs, special events, PetFinder and office work and various duties in the spay/neuter clinic. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer without a parent or guardian. Volunteers at least 10 years old may volunteer with a parent or guardian present.

Coffee Creek Riding Center 
17 E Coffee Creek Road
Edmond, OK 73034
Help children with a wide range of disabilities with riding lessons. The minimum age for a volunteer assistant is 13 years old.  Volunteer training sessions are held before semesters begin. Volunteers beginning during a semester, observe a class then work with a team of experienced volunteers.

Edmond Animal Services
2424 Old Timbers Drive
Edmond, OK 73034
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 to volunteer alone. Children ages 13-17 are permitted with a parent or guardian.

Free to Live Animal Sanctuary
Edmond, OK
Help with adoption events, to socialize and care for the animals, clean the facilities, laundry, maintenance and more. Volunteers must be at least 14-years old to work in the cattery and 18-years old to work in the kennels.

Forever Yours Dog Rescue
Oklahoma City, OK
Help with adoption outreach, fundraisers, animal transportation, website and paperwork. Volunteers must be 18 yrs of age or have a parental consent letter.

Midwest City Animal Welfare
7221 North East 36th St
Midwest City, OK 73110
Help with adoption events, kitten socialization, photography, office tasks, cleaning of kennels, transportation, training, fundraising and fostering. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Moore Animal Welfare and Adoption Center
3900 S I-35 Service Road
Moore, OK 73160
Help with animal care and grooming, walking dogs, adoption events and training. Volunteers must be over 18 years to volunteer shelter, or at least 16 and accompanied by a guardian.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Shelter
2811 SE 29th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Opportunities are available for all ages. No experience necessary. Application required. Volunteers between 13 and 18 years old must have an accompanying adult over the age of 21 at all times. Anyone under age 18 can consider joining our Kids for OKC Animals program.

Oklahoma City Zoo
2101 NE 50th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Volunteer opportunities include Zoo Ambassador, special events, education, diving program, animal area and horticulture. For ages 18 and up for most opportunities. Some special events allow volunteers as young at 8-years old with a chaperone.

Pets and People
701 Inla Avenue
Yukon, OK 73099
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.

Safe Haven Animal Rescue
PO Box 76089
Oklahoma City, OK 73147
Help maintain adoption facilities at PETCO & PetSmart, assist with events and foster care.

Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
4500 24th Avenue Northwest
Norman, OK 73069
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 & Civic groups

Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma
3309 E Hefner Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73131
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
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 Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
528-GIRL (4475),
Members enjoy camps, group activities and community involvement. Adult volunteers help with troops, outdoor activities and selling cookies in the schools and community. Applications are available online.

Food Pantries

Feed the Children
4529 Enterprise Pl
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Help prepare food and personal hygiene boxes that are sent to children and families across the U.S. For ages 12 and up. Great for groups of 10 or more.

Hope Center
1251 N. Broadway
Edmond, OK 73034
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.

Moore Food & Resource Center
2635 N Shields
Moore, OK
The Food & Resource Center is a client-choice pantry that allows clients to select their own food, rather than receiving a pre-packed or standard bag of groceries. Help with client support, sorting, stocking and more. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Pine Pantry
NW 16th St & Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK
Pine Pantry is a community-supported free food pantry that creates a space to address the need of food insecurity in our community. Anyone is invited to contribute non-perishable food items.

Regional Food Bank
3355 S. Purdue
Oklahoma City, OK 73137-0968
Sort food, pack bags for senior citizens and children, sort bread or work in a greenhouse or garden. Opportunities available for 8 years old and up. Individuals or groups of any size are welcome to volunteer. Must wear closed-toe shoes. Beginning June 1, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will welcome the public back to its Volunteer Center. Volunteer shifts will be available Monday through Friday. On Mondays, a morning shift will be offered while morning and afternoon shifts are available Tuesday through Friday. Shifts are limited to 30 people who must be 16 years of age or older. Visit to sign up.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma’s Food Pantry
311 SW 5th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
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
Help with serving meals, life skills tutoring, GED tutoring, nursery assistance and more. Groups are welcome. Volunteers 18 and over must complete a background check.

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

Park Activities and Clean-up

3535 N. Classen
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
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
Helping people of all ages in the community experience the positive benefits of recreation. Great opportunities for groups such as Eagle Scouts or anyone interested in helping.

Martin Park Nature Center
5000 West Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Volunteer opportunities for the whole family include planting wildflower seeds, cleaning park grounds, trimming trees and more. 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
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:
Mandy Mortenson, Vounteer Coordinator 834-6955
Volunteers can help with direct care by providing visitations, caregiver relief and reading. Ages 18 and older.

Heartland Hospice
2802 N Kickapoo
Shawnee, OK
Friendly visiting, sitting, run errands and community services. Ages 18 and up.

New Century Hospice
3500 NW 39th St
Oklahoma City, OK
Volunteers can help with administration, friendly visits, errands as well as patients and caregiver support. Ages 18 and up.

SolAmor Hospice
1900 NW Expressway, Suite 320
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Youth volunteers create decorations, pictures, cards and other projects as needed for patients and their families (ages 16 and older). Direct Patient volunteers include companionship, shopping, respite for caregiver, sitting with patients (ages 18 and up.)

Other volunteer opportunities for families

Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society (AHPS)
107 E Highway 66
Arcadia, OK 73007
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.

Bethel Foundation
13003 N. Western
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
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.

Brillant Book Clubs
 Brilliant Book Clubs is a lunch break book buddy program for at-risk Elementary Schools in Oklahoma City. Volunteers meet in school with two to three students during their lunch break to talk, eat, and read a book together. For 18 & older.

Caleb’s Cause Foundation
10443 N May Ave #603
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Help provide food, clothing and basic necessities to local children in need. Families with children of all ages are welcome to help once a month, once a quarter or once a year.

Calm Waters
4334 NW Expressway Ste 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Volunteers have the option to serve in several capacities including facilitating small groups, assisting with special events or performing administrative duties. Must be 18 or older.

Catholic Charities
1501 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Center for Children and Families (CCFI)
1151 East Main Street
Norman, OK 73071
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. Group opportunities available.

Civic Center STARS
201 N Walker Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
When the curtain goes up at the Civic Center Music Hall, its 300+ volunteer ushers and ticket-takers become the STARS of the show, providing essential front-of-house services to ensure guests have an enjoyable experience. The STARS program requires a long-term commitment and is best suited to individuals who can work one or two nights per month. Candidates must be age 16 or older and go through on-site training.

Crossroads Youth & Family Services, Inc
1650 W Tecumseh Rd
Norman, OK 73069
321-0240 ext 315
Leave a lasting impact on a child’s life through playing video games, shooting hoops or just hanging out. Must be 21 or older.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma
600 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
DSACO has a consistent need for volunteers throughout the week. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, and fill out a simple application form. See website for a list of opportunities available.

Moore Faith Medical Clinic
224 S Chestnut Ave Ste 100
Moore, OK 73160
Assist with fundraising, scheduling, greeting, check-in and other office duties. Volunteers must be 15 and older.

Positive Tomorrows
P.O. Box 61190
Oklahoma City, OK 73146
Be a mentor, lunchroom volunteer, help with the after school program, read to a classroom, help with special events and birthday parties or conduct a drive for current needs. Group opportunities available. Must be 16 or older.

Peppers Ranch
3172 Peppers Ranch Dr
Guthrie, OK 73044
There are a variety of ways volunteers of all ages help serve the needs of the children, families and the ranch including a tutoring program, community service days, birthday celebrations and more.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City
940 NE 13th St, Ste 3100
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Get together with friends, family, or co-workers to plan a menu and prepare a comforting evening meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Children 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please plan to prepare for 25 people.

Sharing Tree
5728 South May
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
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. Help needed in July for school referral deliveries. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year.

Citizens Caring for Children
730 W. Wilshire, Suite 111 & 112
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
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,  donate toys during their Joy 4 Kids program, 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.

Eagle Ridge Institute
25 W 3rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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 convenience stores, workgroup members and administrative support. Volunteers needed to help within therapeutic foster care and to help with the recruitment of new foster families. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old.

Edmond Mobile Meals
601 NE 63rd St
Edmond, OK 73003
Volunteers can help with meal delivery and work in the kitchen. Group projects are available.

Habitat for Humanity
5005 S. I-35 Service Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Individuals or groups can help with the construction and maintenance of 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. If under age 18, parent or guardian must sign a liability waiver.

Harn Homestead & Museum
1721 N. Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Duties include assisting with children’s field trips, admissions, tours, assisting at special events, Land Run Reenactment and more.

5600 S Walker
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, music talents, encouragement and building friendships. Must be age 16 or older. Background check, fingerprint and TB test required free of charge.

The HUGS Project
720 W. Wilshire, Suite 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Help fill care packages to troops, make hats, goody bags and cooling ties. Great for the whole family. Afternoon and evening calls only, please. Please call first. Open Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and most Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Infant Crisis Services
4224 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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
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
various locations
Help tutoring and other special programs. Apply online at

Operation Christmas Child
Fill shoe boxes or similar sized containers with items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items, creating gifts that can make a significant difference in the lives of hurting children around the world. Pack your boxes for a boy or a girl in a specific age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. You can drop off your boxes during National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19 at a local drop off location.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Norman, OK 73072
There are a variety of opportunities available at Sam Noble including being gallery docents, collections, information desk volunteers and Discovery Room volunteers. Volunteers must be 18 or older, except for 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
440 NE 70th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-6407
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
Ages 16 and up can volunteer as an individual or group to work on special projects, serve in classrooms, and more.

The Children’s Center
Donald W. Reynolds Complex
6800 N.W. 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
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. Teens can participate in a seven-week summer volunteer program.

The Children’s Hospital
1200 N. Children’s Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
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.

United Way Volunteer Center
1444 NW 28th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Find volunteer opportunities from agencies all over central Oklahoma.

White Fields
7127 N County Line Road, N.E.
Piedmont, OK 73078
Volunteers needed to assist in the long term boys home with various needs for boys ranging from youth to young adult. Families and individuals can find many ways to volunteer such as mentoring, tutoring, reading buddies, office help, making welcome baskets, campus beautification, hosting hygiene item drives, planning recreation activities and event volunteers. Group opportunities available.

various locations
Volunteer opportunities for adults available throughout the year for fundraising, youth sports and special events.

2460 NW 39th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-8956
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.

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