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Polk County Volunteer Services is a program of the Board of County Commissioners and is open for individuals ages 16 - adult. We offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities with flexible availability. You may choose to volunteer "once a week" or "once-in-a-while"!
- College Students /Interns
- Adults of all ages
- Corporate Volunteer Teams
- Fraternities/Sororities, Civic & Social Clubs, Professional Associations, Neighborhood Associations, Athletic Teams
- Churches /Faith-based organizations: Youth, Senior Adults, Men's Group, Ladies Circles, Missions Team
- Employment Seekers (for networking & keeping skills updated)
You may download an application (PDF) here.
As of July 15, 2009, please mail completed Volunteer applications to: Polk County Volunteer Services, 2135 Marshall Edwards Dr., Bartow FL, 33830 or Fax (863) 534-5356 or email: Volunteer1@polk-county.net.
- When completing your application, be sure to indicate the specific assignment(s) you wish to register for.
- Special Events* do NOT require an application. Contact us at Fax (863) 534-5356 or e-mail and let us know which event you wish to register for.
For information on participating in the Volunteer Services Program, or to schedule someone to speak to your group please call Voice (863) 534-5580 or Fax (863) 534-5356.
Junior Volunteer Services
Our "Junior Volunteer" program will accept students ages 14 - 15 for limited assignments at various County Programs. You may download an application (PDF) here.
RSVP provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, police departments, and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs. RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers. RSVP matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to help solve community problems and offers supplemental insurance while on duty and on-the-job training from the agency or organization where volunteers are placed.
RSVP Volunteers provide a wide range of important community services in areas such as homeland security, public safety, health, education, the environment and elder care. They may tutor children in reading and math, respond to natural disasters, help to build houses, model parenting skills to teen parents, participate in neighborhood watch programs, plan community gardens, deliver meals, or help community organizations operate more efficiently. Whatever your interests and background, there is certainly an RSVP opportunity to match!
* A Special Event is an event which occurs on a specific date(s).
For information on participating in RSVP, please call (863) 534-5249 or complete our Enrollment Form.
Mail completed enrollment form to Polk County RSVP, 2135 Marshall Edwards Dr., Bartow FL, 33830 or Fax (863) 534-5356.
Polk County Historical Museum Volunteer Opportunities
The museum currently has several openings for volunteers to assist with organizing collections and greeting our visitors. For more information about volunteering at the museum, please call the museum at (863) 534-4386. The museum hours are Tuesday-Friday between 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; or Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Volunteer Position Title
Museum collections volunteers are often called "Curators" from the Latin word meaning overseer. Collections volunteers oversee the arrangement, cataloguing, and exhibition of museum collections. Research topics relevant to the collections, handle objects for the purpose of documenting, displaying or safekeeping. Additionally, they use computers and digital imaging devices to account for objects.
In addition to the requirements stated above, we ask that the collections assistant have knowledge of basic computer operations.
In addition to the responsibilities stated above, we ask that the collections assistant record information neatly and accurately.
||Museum volunteers are often called "Docents" from the Latin word meaning to teach. Docents serve as hosts to provide a welcoming atmosphere, they are on the frontline of customer service. Docents serve as interpreters of the museum exhibits helping visitors gain a deeper understanding of the artifacts and images on display. In addition volunteers assist in preserving collections by providing security in exhibit areas as well as basic operations of the museum.