M1 & M2 Community Service Sites

Please click below for details about community service sites.

Other sites include the American Heart Association Heart Walk, Cambodian-Laotian Affordable Care Act (ACA), CMMSA - St. Mary's Health Screening, Forest Hill Elementary School Tutoring, Gumbo Chili Showdown, Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG Mentorship Program), Kiwanis Half Marathon (Tuscaloosa), Mental Health First Aid, Mobile Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and USA Health.

▼   Alabama Coastal Clean-up

Show your support and concern for Alabama's waterways by participating in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup. You or your organization can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished coastal area. For additional information click here.

▼   Alpha Phi Alpha Blood Drive
The Alpha Phi Alpha Sickle Cell Blood Drive is very important to the Mobile chapter of SNMA, because we regularly collaborate with Dr. Haynes to volunteer every year. The drive is usually held at the Franklin Primary Health Care Center (Medical Mall); 1303 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in collaboration with various members of the community, physicians, the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity as well as the USA Sickle Cell Center. Volunteer duties typically include helping with set up, donor registration, handing out food/drinks/tokens of appreciation to the donors and talking to/thanking the donors, as well as any form of clean up necessary.
▼   American Medical Women's Association
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
▼   Anatomy Outreach

This is a well-established program that accepts requests from local middle schools, high schools and even colleges to have one-on-one contact with medical students (and other health profession students). Medical students show and explain to these students the anatomy, physiology and pathology of normal and abnormal organs. In addition, students discuss the effects of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors such as high fat diets and cigarette smoking. Students have given positive feedback from working with this program. 

▼   Bay Community Church

We will be hosting a food-boxing event called "Fight the Hunger" at your campus where meals are put together that will be distributed to at-risk children in Haiti. We can all do our part to "Fight the Hunger," so we need everyone to take part to reach our goal. 


BELONG provides tutoring opportunities to immigrants. Contact Yohana Carillo, Parent Program Manager at (251) 656-4953.

▼   Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Alabama

Contact: Rosalyn Spencer; 334-0536 (ext 107)

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Alabama YMCA takes pride in strengthening the communities of Mobile and Baldwin Counties. In addition to providing mentoring services to local children, BBBS would like to enhance our mission by educating those we serve on the impact of health and wellness in their lives. Visit their facebook page here.

▼   The Boys and Girls Club

Contact: Donna Cunningham; Human Resources, (251) 432-1235

Students have enjoyed working at this site in the past however, background checks are required. This includes a criminal background check and Department of Human Resources check. The latter takes 4 weeks. Individual appointments are arranged through Human Resources.

▼   Buddy Ball at West Side Park

Contact: Sheryl Thomas; (251) 604-9309 or sherylpt3@comcast.net

This is a popular volunteer opportunity. This organization is part of the Division of Little League Baseball Association that works with physically disabled children between the ages of 5-18. Students will assist students directly during game and practice activities. This is also the contact for participating in Special Olympics.

▼   Camp Rap-A-Hope

Contact: Melissa McNichol, Executive Director; 476-9880

Camp Rap-A-Hope upholds the mission of providing an exceptional, normal camping experience and the related support services for children and youth who have been diagnosed with cancer at any point throughout their lifetime. Camp Rap-A-Hope’s setting allows these children to learn how to overcome challenges, both individually and as a team, form new friendships while strengthening their bond with old friends, experience acceptance, test their endurance, and above all experience love, faith, courage, and hope.

Volunteers are used in a multitude of ways: from help in getting in and out of inflatables at our events (prosthetics, weakness, blindness can prove challenging) to fishing help, to helping with arts & crafts and canoeing – every volunteer has an important role in helping children with cancer experience a bit of fun, encouragement, victories in spite of their cancer diagnosis.

▼   Center for Healthy Communities


  1. Britney Evans; 471-7708 or bduncan@southalabama.edu
  2. Mary Williams; 471-7709 or mcwilliams@southalabama.edu
  3. Robin Nicholas, Grant Specialist; 414-8001 or rnicholas@southalabama.edu

Students can volunteer in a variety of Healthy Community Programs and Projects which interact directly within the community. There are several opportunities to work health fairs during the year through Center of Excellence. The Pipeline Project is aimed at increasing the pool of minority scientists. This program will give volunteers the opportunity to work with high school students in mentoring and academic enrichment activities.

▼   Cambodian-Laotian Community Strengths and Resilience Project

Contact: Denise Lewis: 706-621-2497, denise.lewis@uga.edu 

The Cambodian and Laotian communities located in southern Mobile County are seeking multiple volunteers to assist community members with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Volunteer opportunities begin on November 6 and run through December 15, 2017 (the open enrollment period for the ACA). Scheduling is flexible and can be arranged to fit students’ schedules. Cambodian and Laotian translators will be available as needed. The volunteer activity will take place in Bayou La Batre at 14060 S. Wintzell Rd. This activity is associated with the Cambodian-Laotian Community Strengths and Resilience Project, a research-practice program funded through the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.    

▼   Donor to Diner (D2D)

Donor to Diner (D2D) is a service organization that aids and advocates for students facing food insecurity. We work to expand resources available to those who are experiencing food insecurity in addition to increasing awareness of student hunger. Learn more about who we are and what we do here.

▼   Dumas Wesley Community Center

The mission of the Dumas Wesley Community Center of Mobile, Alabama is to EDUCATE, EMPOWER and ENRICH our local community through collaborative programs of Christian service that: Provide for immediate human needs, Strengthen family life, Develop leadership and encourage personal responsibility.

▼   Feeding Gulf Coast

Volunteers are the heart of every non-profit organization. At the food bank, we always need volunteers for special projects or day-to-day operations. Download the Volunteer Registration Form [PDF] or the Group Volunteer Registration Form [PDF] for more information. Some types of volunteer work available include: food sorting, clerical work, special events, backpack program, community garden, gleaning, SNAP outreach, and emergency response.

We are also seeking dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers to help administer the client survey portion of the Hunger in America study during food distributions throughout the spring. A willingness to travel within our service area and basic computer skills are all that is needed. Training sessions will be provided prior to outreach to ensure that all volunteers are well prepared. If you are interested in volunteering with the food bank, please email volunteer@bayareafoodbank.org.

▼   First Christian Church of Mobile

Contact: Lee Hixon, Pastor, First Christian Church, (church) (251) 473-7979

First Christian Church of Mobile has expressed a need for volunteers. The church is located in midtown and we serve a diverse population. Over the last year and half we have attempted to minister to the working poor and the homeless in our community. 

Finally, we have a huge facility that went unused up until recently. A year and half ago, with attendance in decline the church board considered closing the doors here. Almost as a last resort an effort was made to heed the words of Christ – to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked and to minister to the sick, and God has blessed. Though we are still few in numbers, we have seen significant growth to warrant keeping our doors open. We also want to be open to your desire to reach out to the poor and homeless and we want to open our facilities to you as you look for ways to serve our city and community.

▼   Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Family Ministry is planning a Community Health and Wellness Fair. We are planning a comprehensive event that will address many of the health and wellness needs of community members. The Community Health and Wellness Fair is an annual event sponsored by Friendship Missionary Baptist Church aimed at educating members of the community about health related issues and how to live a healthier lifestyle. There will be over 30 vendors participating in the Fair this year. There will be free health screenings available which include blood pressure, body mass index, Sickle Cell Anemia, HIV, spinal and health assessments. We hope your organization will join us for this event. We would like you to assist us by setting up a booth to provide blood pressure blood pressure screenings and health information to health fair participants. If you have any questions or need additional information, please send me an email at fpreyear@southalabama.edu or call (251) 648-9773.

▼   GEMS: Girls Exploring Math & Science

GEMS is a program designed to expose young girls to math, science, and technology fields. Through this program, these girls have a chance to spend time with female role models while learning more about these fields. The American Medical Women’s Association participates in the annual GEMS workshop through an anatomy outreach session. Medical students show and explain to these students the anatomy, physiology and pathology of normal and abnormal organs through a hands-on anatomy room experience.

▼   Gentiva Hospice

Contact: Heather Tomberlin, Manager of Volunteer Services; heather.tomberlin@gentiva.com or (251) 478-9900

Hospice provides volunteer services under the direction of the Manager of Volunteer Services. By utilizing the time and talents of volunteers, hospice can offer a wider range of activities and meet a variety of special needs and interests, engaging in patient care services.

Hospice philosophy and service depend upon both professional and volunteer workers to fulfill organizational, patient, and family needs. Volunteers are an essential component of hospice care. Volunteers provide extra companionship, contribute skills that staff may not possess, serve as a link to the greater community, and bring diversity into the lives of our patients by representing various ages, cultural and ethnic groups with various educational and professional backgrounds.

The volunteer assignment: The volunteer is a part of the patient's plan of care and includes the specific tasks the volunteer is to perform. Examples include: reading to the patient, keeping the patient company, companionship and support, and caregiver relief/respite.

▼   Granting Keys to a Healthier Life

Contact: Carey McDade, M.D.; kslhealthfair@gmail.com

This is a yearly event held in September, that offers screenings to the community of Mobile for free in the areas of blood pressure, glucose, BMI, cholesterol, and breast cancer. We also invite a local pharmacy to provide flu vaccines to those who desire them. Other booths from the most recent event include healthy eating and exercise, vaccines for children, sickle cell foundation and screening, WIC program, and Health Spring Insurance. We hosted our first college fair this year with representation from USA, SHC, Jackson State University, Alabama State University, and Bishop State CC. Student's will participate in performing blood pressure, glucose and BMI screenings under the supervision of Dr. McDade or a nurse. Information sheets are also provided to health fair participants regarding these screenings.

▼   Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama

Contact: Stephanie VanArsdale, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator; 476-7171

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry located in Mobile, AL. HFHSWA is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing as a matter of conscience and action. Habitat builds simple decent houses in partnership with people in need in the community throughout Southwest Alabama. Through donations of time, materials and investment, Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit, financed with affordable no-interest loans.

▼   Harvest Home

Contact: Ms. Emma Perryman; 478-8768

Emma’s Harvest Home is a Residential Co-Occurring Rehabilitation Program for Women. Co-occurring means that the clients have at least one mental health disorder in addition to substance abuse or dependence. As part of their treatment program, they offer clients 4 group sessions daily Monday through Friday. Students might benefit from the opportunity to sit in on group sessions and lead a group on appropriate subject matter. They may also be interested in attending some of the support groups with clients such as AA, NA and Celebrate Recovery. Other opportunities include arts & crafts, gardening, low-impact exercise or fun games or activities that would get the clients motivated.

▼   Homeless Connect

The purpose of the event is to count the number of homeless people, required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and provide social and health care services for people who are homeless. Volunteers will be needed to help in mental and physical exams, treatments or supervision the pre-professionals to work in interprofessional teams screening, triaging or providing treatments for the patients. Help will also be needed in setting up the day before and clean up following the event.

▼   Impact Alabama

You can see the descriptions for the programs in which COM students can be involved by visiting the FocusFirst and SaveFirst web pages, located under "Initiatives" on the homepage. These are the programs available to volunteers in Mobile.

▼   Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

IHI is a club for professional students that are interested in improving patient safety. IHI is organizing a tent at The Biggest Loser Run/Walk in order to educate participants and family about obesity risks and to counsel individual on exercise, diet, and self-care. Many types of professional students will be invited to participate in this event, including physician assistants, nursing students, pharmacy students, physical therapy students, and medical students. Volunteers will contribute by collecting individual's weight and height, administering surveys that screen for metabolic syndrome, counseling on health practices, and setting up and breaking down the event. The event coordinator is Pam Johnson, DNP, MSN, RN and her email is pamjohnson@southalabama.edu.

▼   L'Arche

Contact: Sr. Becky Holly, L'Arche Mobile

L'Arche is a living community for individuals with intellectual disabilities, including:

  1. Make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
  2. Foster an environment in communities that responds to the changing need of members, while being faithful to the core vales of our founding story

Engage in the diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society
SNAP's (Special Needs Athletic Program) mission is "to give developmentally disabled citizens of Mobile, and Baldwin County Alabama area, the opportunity to participate in a recreational sport with other of the same skill level and to have fun doing it"...L'Arche works to partner their special athletes with mentors to help them learn the game of bowling, to develop their skills and to be a positive role model."

▼   Lifelines Rape Crisis Center

Render personal support to traumatized families and individuals through services ranging from responding to calls for help, to providing a compassionate presence at local hospitals, to assisting with the court adjudication of cases. Intensive training is required and regularly offered in direct care volunteer positions. All volunteers must meet the Volunteer Job Requirements, which can be found here:

Complete an application, click here

To find out more information, call: (251) 602-0909

▼   Light of the Village (LOV)

Contact: Morgan Carnley, Jobs Counselor; 406-0221 or morganc@lightofthevillage.org or emcarnley@gmail.com

Light of the village is a front-line, hands-on ministry. LOV's programs include:

  • GED and job skills program and training 4 days a week
  • After School program 3 afternoons a week
  • 8-week Summer Bible Camp
  • Lawn care business (Yard Dawgs) employs local at-risk youth
  • Bible study 5 days a week
  • All at NO COST to the individual

Apart from having fun and enjoying the season, the Fall Festival and other community outreach events serve as an opportunity to engage new children and families and introduce them to the services we offer year-round. Through partnerships with organizations like Christian Medical Ministry of South Alabama and the Women's Resource Center, this event is also able to educate our community on the health concerns that directly effect them and to find them the resources they need to live healthier lives.

▼   Men of St. Joseph Outback Weekend

Rob Moreland, Communications Director; (251) 272-9394

The MOSJ Outback Weekend is a family oriented, guided couples retreat, focused on developing stronger relationships. Camper couples come as husband/wife, or parent/teen pairs. The weekend is focused on couples and is not open to individual campers. The weekend is supported by a large base of volunteers (100+) who prepare all the meals, set up and tear down tents, clean bathrooms and grounds, park cars, and a host of other things.

▼   Mobile Mental Health Outreach

The USA College of Medicine chapter of PsychSIGN plans to offer health screenings during November and February at local shopping centers for hypertension, depression, and substance abuse. Informational brochures on depression substance abuse, anxiety, and teen suicide will also be disseminated, as well as contact information for CarePointe, which is the point of entry for services offered by AltaPointe and the USA Department of Psychiatry. Each event should last for at least 4 hours.

▼   Mulherin Home

Contact: Melody Gartman, RN; 471-1998

This is a residential facility for 34 mentally challenged individuals ranging in age from 17 to 64 years old. Their disabilities include Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, birth defects and others, with a range in severity. Opportunities include interacting with the residents through conversation with them and participating in their many activities.

▼   Penelope House

Contact: Joan Duncan, Volunteer Coordinator; 342-2809

Penelope House is a residential shelter for battered women and their children who have come from domestic violence situations. It is a safe haven for those who have no other resources and provides a variety of needed services, from counseling, job acquisition, training for the GED, court advocacy, legal assistance and help with securing housing, and anything else that a family needs to get back on its feet. The Department of Family Medicine has operated a weekly on–site clinic, staffed by residents and faculty from the department for the past 9 years. In order to assure the safety of the women and children, clearance is required to enter. Opportunities include children’s activities, health and safety education, positive role modeling for the children, etc.

▼   Refugee Program of Catholic Social Services

Contact: Israel Butt, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Refugee Resettlement Program; Jana Curran jcurran2@cssrrp.org or (251) 432-2727.  If no answer call Catholic Social Services main number at (251) 434-1550.

Volunteers help the refugee achieve self-sufficiency and feel welcome in Tucson. They are the backbone of the MRS resettlement program. As a mentor, English tutor, or other type of contributor, volunteers provide immeasurable services to refugees. The volunteer can serve as the refugee's closest ally, advocate, and friend. See Volunteer Positions below for more detailed information.

▼   Ronald McDonald House

Our Volunteers truly help to make Ronald McDonald House a ‘home away from home” for every guest, family member and visitor that has ever had any experience with our House. Their dependability and willingness to contribute their time and care helps to create a safe and welcoming environment where families can stay together when they need it the most. Our volunteers know the House inside and out and approach their volunteerism with full commitment and have the knowledge of what the House really means to everyone involved. For additional information, click here.

▼   Saad Hospice

Our companies goal is to serve Hospice with heart and give our patients the best experience during their time of illness. 

Where can you volunteer?

  • In a nursing home
  • In patients home
  • In our offices

How can you volunteer?

  • Call patients as needed
  • Visit patients and give caregivers a break
  • Provide support and companionship
  • Offer spiritual and bereavement support
  • Write and distribute special occasion cards
  • Help in office, administrative support

Whatever your talent or ability to contribute, we have meaningful opportunities.  You can contact to Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator, Taffy Busby, at (251) 287-8910 directly if you are interested in volunteering or have additional

▼   Salvation Army

Contact: Katie Emer; Katie_Emer@uss.salvationarmy.org or (251) 459-6143

There are tons of volunteer needs right now for the holiday season...mainly manning the Angel Tree Desk at the mall, working in the Angel Tree Warehouse, and Red Kettle Bell Ringers...click here for more information. Additional year round needs are also available, just click here.

▼   Saraland High School

Medical students volunteer to assist with the Career Development Program by providing mock interviews and feedback to the students.

▼   South Alabama Cares

Contact: Tyloria Crenshaw, Executive Director; 471-5277 (ext 20) or tcrenshaw@southalabamacares.org

This agency located at 2054 Dauphin Street offers HIV testing. Students would be involved in pre and post test counseling of clients. In addition to offering testing on site, there are outreach activities to offer testing in the community.

▼   Southeast Asian American Store Owner's Association (SAASOA)

SAASOA is an Indian organization that represents the Indian community in the city of Mobile, Alabama, and hosts the annual Festival of Diwali and Christmas Health Fair. Local pharmacists will lead the health fair with medical students taking the vital signs of guests. Following the health fair, there will be authentic Indian food, empowering seminars, and vibrant Indian dancing.

▼   St. Mary's Home

Contact: Andrea (Andy) Rehm, Director, Volunteers & Public Relations; 344-7733 (ext 32)

Founded in 1838 as an orphanage, St. Mary's is the oldest residential program in Alabama. Currently it is a residential treatment facility for abused, abandoned and neglected children in our community. Its mission is to promote normal growth and development in these Children, who range in age from 6 to 22 years. Opportunities: tutoring, recreations. Visit their facebook page here.

▼   Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The SNMA hosts an event called "Breaking Barriers - Reaching for Healthcare Careers." The purpose of the event is to begin sparking high school students' interests in pursuing careers in healthcare. The event will open with an introduction from the health professional panel and an icebreaker for the high school attendants. The students will then break into 2 sessions, one of which will cover professional development and the other, a clinical skills lab. Lastly, the students will all reconvene in order to discuss the case and participate in a Q&A session with a panel of professional students discussing such topics as professional school admissions, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and standardized exams.

▼   Student Run Health and Wellness Clinic

The student run wellness clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic with the goal to provide health screens and wellness checks to the homeless population of Mobile. Students from the College of Medicine will be expected to work with other students from the Nursing, Physician's Assistant, and Social Work departments. Volunteers are expected to stay for a round table conversation after the patients have left to go over some interesting cases and common themes seen throughout the day.

The duties of volunteering from the College of Medicine will range from checking in the patients, using the "Readiness to Change" scale to identify patients who will most benefit from the educational health counseling, taking a history and short physical, and participating in multi-disciplinary group discussions.

▼   Tutoring Opportunities (New Home Seventh Day Adventist Church)

Contact: H. Micah Weech, Pastor; micah.weech@scc-adventist.org

New Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church provides opportunity to tutor all children of all grades. The greatest needs are in the areas of math, science and reading. The goal is to improve every child's grade by one letter grade every report care period. This is only possible if we have volunteers to help us teach the kids. It will also be an added bonus to see young professionals actively engaged in furthering their education to inspire the kids to work hard and strive for a better future for themselves. We serve a light meal everyday because many of the kids are hungry due to a lack of food in their homes.

▼   Victory Health Partners

Contact: Kim Garrett, Development Director; 460-2928

Victory Health Partners exists to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the medically underserved by providing affordable, quality health care services. Our patients are low income uninsured people - those who do not qualify for government funding programs and cannot afford health insurance. Often the only access to physician care is through the emergency rooms of local hospitals. This is expensive and all too often ends in financial devastation for the patients and their families.

Volunteers triage our patients, take basic medical history, blood pressure and determine their reason for the visit. They take more information for new patients but it is basically the same process. This area of the clinic offers great training for medical students as here they have the most patient interaction. This is a vital role at Victory because it is the patients first encounter and interaction with our people.