Get Involved and Give Back: Exciting Punta Gorda Volunteer Ideas

by owl

Whether you just moved to Punta Gorda or you’ve lived here for years, there is nothing like getting out and giving back to the community.

You’re bound to make new friends, learn something new, and feel good about yourself in the process. Luckily, no matter what your interests and talents, Punta Gorda has a volunteer opportunity for you.

To get you started, I’ve compiled a list of volunteer ideas around Punta Gorda.

Military Heritage Museum: The Military Heritage Museum in Fishermen’s Village relies on over 60 volunteers to help visitors, as well as to archive and preserve the museum’s 30,000 artifacts. You don’t have to be a veteran to volunteer. For more information on volunteering, visit their website, call 941-575-9002, or stop in.

Punta Gorda Historical Society: Keep Punta Gorda’s rich history alive at the Punta Gorda Historical Society. The society provides educational information through books, plays, and slideshows. The society also gives sponsored tours of local historical buildings and takes on restoration projects. Whether you’re available for office work or maintenance, the historical society could use you. Visit their website or call 941-639-1887.

Peace River Wildife Center: You can help the Peace River Wildlife Center save our wildlife, one adorable creature at a time. The center rehabilitates and houses wounded wildlife. They offer an array of volunteer opportunities: PR writers, maintenance help, computer specialists, and educators. Check out their website for more information.

Charlotte County Library: You could spend your days around books encouraging others to read. The library uses volunteers to help in the stacks, with checkouts, clerical tasks, helping customers, and assisting in its youth programs. For more information check out their website or call the volunteer coordinator–Punta Gorda: 941-833-5460 Port Charlotte: 941-764-5562

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra: The Phantom of the Orchestra volunteer group helps our local symphony with fundraising and community awareness programs. To become a Phantom member go to their website.

Charlotte County Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS): If you’re interested in helping our public servants, the VIPS program offers a wide range of opportunities for you. From helping out at animal control, youth programs, volunteer firefighting and more. To review the entire list, visit their website and click Volunteer Opportunities.

Team Punta Gorda: Team Punta Gorda is comprised wholly of volunteers. The Team aims to advance and revitalize our community. In October 2014, it will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. One look at our beautiful downtown and you see the amazing work they do. For more information, send an email to or call 941-637-8326.

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Inc. (CHEC): Want to spend your volunteer time outdoors? The CHEC seeks volunteers to guide nature walks, maintain the trails, and garden. In addition, they have positions in the office and store. To find out more, visit their website.

Which one sounds best to you?
Are you feeling inspired? If yes, give one of these great organizations a call and get involved today!



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