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Volunteer at JASMYN

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with JASMYN! We welcome energetic, compassionate and youth-oriented adults (25 and older for events where youth are present) committed to helping create a safe, affirming space for LGBTQ young people in Jacksonville. Your work with JASMYN demonstrates to our youth that our local community supports, celebrates and believes in them.

Email Liz Nolan at lnolan@jasmyn.org and you’ll receive a follow-up email with detailed information and our next e-newsletter about upcoming opportunities, including volunteer orientation. The next Volunteer Newsletter will be emailed in early September.

Upcoming sessions of Volunteer Orientation are scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 12-1 PM and Monday, September 16, 5:30-6:30 PM. If you have already gone through the volunteer orientation process, you do not have to go through it again in order to volunteer.

Volunteer Orientation is required in advance of volunteering at activities involving JASMYN youth such as the River City Pride Parade in October or the House Ball in December. Orientation is not required for community events such as Strides for Pride in April or the Coming Out Day Breakfast in October.

Here are some of the ways you can help:

  • Food & Hygiene Pantry Champion – keep shelves tidy and stocked with youth-friendly fare
  • Food Fest Champion – bring a hot meal for Friday Night Programming and Holiday Gatherings
  • Grounds & Garden Work Days – attend to outdoor areas to beautify the campus
  • Welcome Home Kits – gather everything a youth needs to set up their first apartment

Special Events – Community

  • April – Strides for Pride 5K
  • October – Coming Out Day Breakfast

Special Events – Youth

(Note – all events with youth present require advance orientation.):
  • May – Alternative Prom
  • October – River City Pride
  • December – House Ball

Opportunities for Teams

Are you and your team looking for a great activity for community outreach? The JASMYN staff would love to engage with your group. For more information, download JASMYN Volunteer Opportunities for Teams.

The LGBTQ youth at JASMYN are an inspiration as they navigate a world that is not always open or receptive to them and they do so with fierce courage, backed by a committed group of JASMYN staff and volunteers. Through JASMYN, I have witnessed the youth create community, cultivate strength and ownership of their identity, be connected with resources in their community to foster their continued growth and develop awareness of healthy behaviors and relationships. JASMYN youth, staff and volunteers are agents and creators of the change they seek and I am honored to be a part of the momentum.

- Tina Vaughn JASMYN Community Trustee Council Member