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Summer Volunteer Programs for Teens in North AL

Summer Volunteer Programs for Teens in North AL

  • Includes organizations where teens can volunteer - plus a few great jobs!

Summer is a great time for your teenager to work in some valuable volunteer time. Luckily for them – and for you – there are lots of places to do that in Huntsville and North Alabama this summer! But why should your young adult even bother with finding places to volunteer during their much-anticipated school break? Here’s five reasons why, along with a great list of organizations that have a summer teen volunteer program.

Reason #1: It Makes Them a Better Person
The personal development advantages of volunteering are HUGE. Teens can evolve their work ethic and leadership skills, something they just can’t achieve completely sitting in a classroom. It’s also proven when teens feel part of something bigger than themselves they develop a stringer sense of self-esteem in their personal lives.

Reason #2: It Busts Boredom & Keeps Kids Busy
Whoever said “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” wasn’t wrong. Time spent volunteering is less time spent being bored or playing video games for hours on end. Plus there are many options that also get teens outside and doing something physical and/or meaningful.

Reason #3: It Helps Them Save Money On College
Most college scholarships require at least some form of volunteer hours in order to even apply. Why not get those hours over the summer? There’s no shame in that game – volunteering is a win-win situation.

Reason #4: It Strengthens Huntsville
Spending time helping at the organizations listed below makes teens more aware of the community’s needs and how they are able to help. This sense of service will follow them into adulthood, and over time will make a huge impact on the prosperity and success of their own neighborhoods.

Reason #5: Provides an Empathetic Outlook & Teaches Problem-Solving
Today’s teens are more stressed than ever. Volunteering is an opportunity to experience and develop cognitive empathy. “If empathy helps us sympathize with how another person is feeling, cognitive empathy also allows us to try to understand someone else’s perspective and how they perceive the world, even when our feelings differ.”

NOTE: The organizations listed below offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for teens. Some have more on-site supervision than others. Some volunteer jobs are indoors, some are outdoors, and some require more physical labor than others. Parents and their teens should ask questions and discover more about each program by talking directly through the volunteer coordinator or program manager to see which programs are best for them. That said, the information here is a great jumping off point.

Where Can Your Teen Volunteer in Huntsville?


View Website | Phone: 256-519-2787
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting volunteers ages 16+
Contact: Ashley Hudson at
Needs: Volunteers to assist with various special events and live music events throughout the summer.

Burritt on the Mountain

View Website | Phone: 256-533-1365
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting volunteers ages 14+
Contact: Laura Wren, Team Volunteer Manager,
Needs: Volunteers to assist with special events, summer camps, and classes at Burritt during their summer programs for kids.

Christmas Charities Year Round

View Website | Phone:  256-837-2373
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications for 14+ ; Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Contact: Email
Needs: Volunteers to help sort & organize donations.

ChristyCare Senior Daycare

View Website | Phone: 256-604-3117
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications for 16+
Contact: Email
Needs: Volunteers to help visit with the elderly guests & help out with activities.

EarlyWorks Children’s Museum

View Website | Phone: 256-564-8100
Deadline: Ongoing for ages 15+
Contact: Fill out online form
Needs: Volunteers to help in the museum during 2024 summer camps & classes.
We offer numerous volunteer opportunities for students, adults, families and groups. You will have the chance to interact with visitors of all ages and help assist staff The EarlyWorks Children’s Museum is a unique creative environment that allows volunteers to play while they work! We offer STEM based play.

Enable Madison County Community Garden

View Website | Phone: 256-533-7775
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications now for ages 13+
Contact: Inquire by email ( or phone
Needs: Volunteers to plant, weed, and harvest produce.

Greater Huntsville Humane Society

View Website | Phone:  256-567-3790
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications for 16+
Contact: Fill out online form
Needs: General shelter cleaning, Socialize kittens & puppies, Clean litter boxes, Scoop the kennels & puppy patio, Pick up trash around facility, Seasonal landscaping work

House of the Harvest

View Website
Deadline: Ongoing for ages 14+
Needs: Volunteers to serve breakfast every Saturday morning from 6:30 – 8:30 AM and/or work a distribution station from 7-9 AM. They also need a variety of donations if you would like to host a Food & Item Drive. No appointment needed to volunteer – just show up.

Huntsville Animal Services

View Website | Phone: 256-883-3782
Deadline: Ongoing for ages 16+
Contact: Fill out this online form
Needs: The shelter always needs help with socializing dogs and cats, walking dogs, preparing toys for enrichment programs (like putting peanut butter in Kongs) and just general tasks to help the shelter staff.

Huntsville Madison County Public Library

Deadline: Varies by branch; must be between ages 14-17 by June 1
Contact: Fill out online form or send to
Needs: Every summer, select HMCPL locations offer special volunteer opportunities for teens age 14-17. Please fill out the Teen Volunteer Application for your local Library and fulfill any additional requirements.

Huntsville Museum of Art

View Website | Phone: 256-535-6372
Deadline: Ongoing age 15 and older to be eligible to volunteer.
Contact: Laura E. Smith, Director of Education & Museum Academy at 256-535-6372 or e-mail her at
Needs: Youth volunteers assist instructors during the children’s art camps and classes.

Land Trust of North Alabama

View Website | Phone: 256-534-5263
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications now for ages 14+
Contact: Amanda Weisenberger,
Needs: Year-round volunteers that like to work outdoors cleaning and maintaining trails on these dates in 2023, all dates weather dependent.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

View Website | Phone: 256-533-0399
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications now for ages 15+
Contact: Fill out online form
Needs: Summer volunteers to help with set-up, parking, and clean up for Concerts On the Dock and other special summer events in 2024. Other duties as assigned.

Manna House

View Website | Phone: (256) 653-7883
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting volunteers ages 15+
Contact: Fran Fluhler,
Needs: Volunteers to help serve food weekly, monthly, and nightly on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM. Volunteers are welcome any day we are open, no need to sign up in advance. Work for any amount of time that fits your schedule. (Closed for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day)

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Merrimack Hall

View Website | Phone: 256-534-6455
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications now for ages 13+
Contact: Fill out online form
Needs: Volunteers are needed for summer camps; volunteers are required to be at least 13 years of age and have an interest in working with students and adults with special needs.

A New Leash On Life

View Website
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications now for ages 15+
Contact: Volunteer application
Needs: Volunteers to work at the ANLOL Thrift Store locations, help with lawn & facility care, and doing office work, events, and other special projects for one of their four locations.

North Alabama Zoological Society

View Website
Deadline: Ongoing Recommend ages: Students entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grade in high school or Undergraduates.
Contact: Apply here
Needs: Nature Camp staff will lead each camp group and hold primary responsibility for the safety of their group. They will be the lead on teaching curriculum, setting behavior expectations, and monitoring transition times during the camp day.

Raising Men & Women Lawn Care Service

View Website | Contact
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting applications for ages 8-17
Contact: Rodney Smith, Jr. message via Facebook Page
Needs: Young men and women to provide year-round lawn care for those in need, such as single moms, the elderly, veterans, and the disabled.

Senior Center of Huntsville & Madison County

View Website | Phone: 256-880-7081
Deadline: Ongoing for ages 15+
Contact: Becky Rollston, Activities Coordinator,
Needs: Volunteers to help serve lunch in the cafeteria and work on craft & community programs with the Seniors.

Senior Center of Madison City

View Website | Phone: 256-772-6258
Deadline: Ongoing for volunteers ages 15+
Contact: LaWanda Mason, Activities Coordinator,
Needs: Volunteers to participate in programs and help prepare crafts & play board games, serving lunch to our seniors. We also like to have any age teen that has a talent such as musical or dancing to entertain our seniors.


View Website | Phone: 256-520-5194
Deadline: Ongoing, accepting volunteers ages 14+
Contact: Fill out this form
Needs: Volunteers to help with Ink and Small Electronics Recycle Drive, collecting all ink cartridges, cell phones and more for recycling. Assisting with the Used Shoe Drive, collect pairs of used shoes and bring them to HTV AMBUCS to help us raise money for those in our area that need to help to pay for their AmTryke.


Did we miss your teen’s favorite place to volunteer? Leave us a comment with details and let us know!

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