Volunteer or Intern

Volunteer

TESTIMONIALS

"I completed my internship/externship and volunteer at the Sulzbacher Center. It was a wonderful experience. I volunteered in the medical facility. I met the most amazing staff"- Maria

"The opportunity to be able to take time and serve dinner to Sulzbacher residents is uplifting and rewarding. Wish there was more time!"- Carolyn 

"Grateful that I had the opportunity to help. Would love to do it again. Very glad you are there to help the families who need you."- Lisa

 

THE MISSION

Did you know that we still have volunteers with us today that have been with us since 1995? Whether you are a new or returning volunteer, we all play a vital role in the growth and impact of the Sulzbacher Center. “When you better the lives of others, you better your own life,” as the late I.M. Sulzbacher said. Volunteering with the Sulzbacher doesn’t just benefit those in need; it enriches Jacksonville with civic-minded individuals bettering our community.

Volunteering is #GoodForTheSulz.


THE OPPORTUNITIES

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS: We have opportunities for you to tutor our youth, help our adults with job searching, prepare and serve a meal, assist at an event, or choose your own adventure. Those with dental or medical experience are also recommended to volunteer in our clinics. Learn more.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS: If you are a group of 5 or more people, we have opportunities for your group to host an enrichment activity, assist at an event, or choose your own adventure. Business, civic, and religious groups are all welcome to volunteer. Learn more.

MEAL GROUP VOLUNTEERS: If you are a group of 5 or more people, we have opportunities to prepare and serve a meal in our kitchen. Learn more.

 

THE PROCESS FOR INDIVIDUALS

Individual volunteers must first complete the following steps. Individuals under 18 years of age must have an adult complete the process on their behalf.

STEP ONE: Complete a background screening. We kindly ask that all our volunteers cover the $8.00 processing fee, but if you are unable to cover this cost, you can contact us.

STEP TWO: Shortly after your background screening has cleared (5-7 days), you will be emailed our volunteer application. Please complete this as soon as possible.

STEP THREE: Once you have submitted your application, you will be emailed an invitation to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation.

STEP FOUR: After attending an orientation, you will now be an official Sulzbacher volunteer and ready to schedule your shift(s).

Overall, it can take up to 2 weeks to complete the entire process, but this keeps our residents safe, our volunteers educated, and the Sulzbacher running. For various reasons, we cannot promise a certain amount of volunteer hours per month.

 

THE PROCESS FOR GROUPS

A group is considered 5 or more people. Each group must appoint a Group Leader(s) who must be there any time the group volunteers. The Group Leader must complete the following steps on behalf of the group.


STEP ONE: Complete a background screening. We kindly ask that all our volunteers cover the $8.00 processing fee, but if you are unable to cover this cost, you can contact us.*** If your group is working with children, each member of the group must complete a background screening. 

STEP TWO: Shortly after your background screening has cleared (5-7 days), you will be emailed our volunteer application. Please complete this as soon as possible.

STEP THREE: Once you have submitted your application, you will be emailed an invitation to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation.

STEP FOUR: The Group Leader can attend a regularly scheduled orientation or an orientation can be scheduled with the entire group off-site or at the Sulzbacher.

STEP FIVE: After attending an orientation, you will now be an official Sulzbacher volunteer and ready to schedule your shift(s).

Overall, it can take up to 2 weeks to complete the entire process, but this keeps our residents safe, our volunteers educated, and the Sulzbacher running.

 


THE FINE PRINT

Please note at this time that we are unable to work with court-mandated volunteers. Also note that volunteers needing community service hours are responsible for planning ahead to complete these hours, as we cannot guarantee hours for last minute requests.

Individuals 12 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. If you are under 18, we encourage you to help out by hosting your own donation drive for urgently needed materials. Call 904-394-8082 to see what materials we could use.


THE CONTACT

If you have any questions about volunteering with the Sulzbacher, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 904-394-1368 or by email.

 

Intern

The Sulzbacher Center supports internship/shadowing programs that provide growth and learning opportunities to students pursuing higher education and practical experience. Internships assist students in reaching their educational goals by giving them the opportunity to perform tasks taught in classroom instruction in a real world setting. Interning/Shadowing provides the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your subject while helping us meet the goals of our vision: Ending homelessness one person at a time.

Students planning to take an internship should begin by conferring with the Volunteer Coordinator. Assignment of interns is made by the department in which the student hopes to intern/shadow.

*Internship v. Shadowing- Interns provide services and perform tasks under the supervision of their designated supervisor. Those who are shadowing follow and observe but are not to perform any tasks directly with clients.

Qualifications- Student interns must be involved in education or training programs designed to provide students with professional experience in the furtherance of their education and training.

Procedures- The policy and processes for student internship programs consists of 4 steps. 

Step 1: Before being introduced or assigned to a supervisor, the applicant must complete an acceptable resume and send it to EmilyKnight-Smith@tscjax.org “Intern Application” in the subject line. The resume will be sent to the correct Sulzbacher contact and applicants will be contacted if there is available space.

Step 2: Interns/Shadowers must complete a background check through Verified Volunteers (use the link provided on page). This process can take from 3-10 days, a notification will be sent when the background check has been processed.

Step 3: Submit a volunteer application which will be sent after background check processing. This application will take a few minutes.

Step 4: Applicants must attend an orientation about the Policies of the Sulzbacher Center. Adding to attendees’ knowledge of the Center will ensure that interns are informed advocates for the homeless and impoverished in Jacksonville, helping us in our mission to empower homeless and at risk women, children and men through health, housing and income services thereby restoring hope and self-sufficiency.

*If shadowing, it is highly recommended that you join us at an orientation. However, if you cannot attend, you must contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Emily Knight-Smith at (904)394-1368. Note: if you do not attend and then wish to volunteer, you must go to an orientation.

Step 5- After clearance, applicants will be put in contact with the supervisor of your subject department and you will then arrange a time to come on campus and begin your internship/shadowing.

 

 

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