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Volunteer at JASMYN


JASMYN is always looking for energetic, compassionate and youth-oriented adults (25 and older) committed to helping create a safe, affirming space for LGBTQ young people in Jacksonville. By completing our Volunteer Interest Form, you’ll hear about upcoming opportunities via a special Volunteer eNews Alert.

Youth: If you are between the ages of 13-23 and are interested in helping JASMYN, the best way to help is to participate in our various youth led programs and activities.  Young adults play critical roles in our Youth Council, Street Outreach Team & other Leadership Activities.  Contact Tim Jefferson at tjefferson@jasmyn.org for more information.

Sample Volunteer Opportunities

Food Pantry Champion

Choose a month to serve as a Champion to help ensure the shelves remained stocked with youth-friendly fare the whole month through! Our Food Pantry is available for all enrolled youth to access daily, and is also open on Tuesdays to the wider community. For many of our youth this is the only place to access to free food, condiments and personal hygiene products.  Bringing together your friends and colleagues to hold a food drive or find creative ways to support the pantry is always helpful and appreciated. We accept individual and group donations for the Food Pantry weekdays from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Contact Angela Strain at JASMYN by email (astrain@jasmyn.org) or by phone (904) 389-3857 ext 216 to claim your month today!

Download JASMYN’s Food & Hygiene Drive Fact Sheet

Food Fest Volunteer

We are currently we are seeking volunteers to provide meals (Food Fest) for our Friday night Drop-in-Center and occasional special events throughout the year (holidays, peer educators reunions and graduations, themed parties etc). We aim to always provide meals on our large programming nights; for many of our youth this will be the only hot meal of the day.

Groups or individuals can support a Food Fest. Groups/individuals purchase or prepare a meal to accommodate around 45 youth on a designated Friday night and as needed for special events.

Food Fest is our way of letting JASMYN youth know their local community supports, celebrates and believes in them. It is important to provide meals but it sends a powerful message to our youth that they are not alone and adults care.  Food fest volunteers not only help feed Jacksonville’s LGBTQ youth in need but also send a strong, and vital message that adults in the community care and support them. So thank you for making a difference in the lives of our young people!

We are open to ideas and creativity. If you are interested in being a Food Fest volunteer please call us at  (904.389.3857) or email Tim Jefferson at tjefferson@jasmyn.org to discuss details and secure your Food Fest date.

Food Fest Fact Sheet

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 Volunteer