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Where to Volunteer in Tucson

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There can never be a cap on volunteering to help others in a community.  In Tucson, there are many organizations who are aimed at this idea.  This page will serve as a resource for individuals who are interested in finding a new place to volunteer in the city.

Border Action Network

Mission: "Border Action Network formed in 1999 and works with immigrant and border communities in Arizona to ensure that our rights are respected, our human dignity upheld and that our communities are healthy places to live. We are a membership-based organization that combines grassroots community organizing, leadership development, litigation and policy advocacy."

P.O. Box 384, Tucson, AZ 85702

Phone: 520-623-4944


Mission: "BorderLinks envisions a world in which people, within and across social borders, respect and care for each other, value and celebrate differences, and build healthy and just communities where everyone has equal opportunity for a full and dignified life."

620 S. 6th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701

Phone: 520-628-8263

Boys and Girls Club of Tucson

Mission: "The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is to provide building-centered programs, professional staff, and a safe environment to assist youth in developing self-esteem, values, and skills."

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Phone: 520-573-3533

Clean Forest Project 

Mission: "Clean Forest Project is dedicated to bringing communities together to combat the epidemic of illegal dumping on our public lands and to promote good stewardship practices."

10627 E. Northern Crest Drive, Tucson, AZ 85748

Phone: 520-232-2502

Community Gardens of Tucson

Mission: "The all-volunteer nonprofit Community Gardens of Tucson establishes and maintains community gardens and provides ongoing education that enables Tucson residents to grow food successfully and sustainably in garden communities within their neighborhood."

2940 N. Santa Rosa Place, Tucson, AZ 85712

Phone: 520-795-8823

GAP Ministries

Mission: "It is our mission to shelter children who have been abused and neglected. We are committed to showing love and acceptance through practical community service. We believe there is a mandate that requires us to defend the cause of the orphan, the widow, the hungry and naked. Serving those in need, we fulfill this mandate and make a positive impact to our community."

7974 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704

Phone: 520-877-8077

Habitat for Humanity Tucson

Mission: "Habitat for Humanity's goal is to eliminate poverty housing in Tucson."

621 W Lester St., Tucson, AZ 85705

Phone: 520-326-1217

National Community Health Partners

Mission: "Provide education and support to empower diverse, at-risk and under-served U.S. populations. Collaborate with community stakeholders in adapting scientific research to address local health needs.  Develop innovative strategies to improve population health.  Design and implement programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate."

3365 N. Campbell Avenue, Suite 141, Tucson, AZ 85719

Phone: 520-795-9756

No More Deaths

Mission: "No More Deaths is an organization whose mission is to end death and suffering on the U.S./Mexico border through civil initiative: the conviction that people of conscience must work openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights. Our work embraces the Faith-Based Principles for Immigration Reform and focuses on the following themes:

• Direct aid that extends the right to provide humanitarian assistance
• Witnessing and responding
• Consciousness raising
• Global movement building
• Encouraging humane immigration policy."

PO Box 40782, Tucson, AZ 85717

Phone: 520-495-5583

Student Mentor

Mission: " is a nonprofit organization matching college students seeking career or academic advice with professionals nationwide."

19630 Allendale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Mission: "United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona was built on the belief that together, we can accomplish more than any individual or organization can alone. We are working to Advance the Common Good by focusing on Education, Income and Health; the building blocks of a good life. With these blocks as the foundation, we can have a healthy quality of life, strong workforce and brighter economic future. We're bringing together the hearts, hands and minds of our community to make it the best place it can be for our children and families. We invite you to be a part of it—all you need is an open heart, a willingness to make a difference and the courage to take action. UNITED, there’s nothing we can’t do."

330 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 200, P.O. Box 86750, Tucson, AZ 85745

Phone: 520-903-9000

Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona

Mission: "Volunteer Southern Arizona inspires, prepares, and mobilizes people and organizations to strenthen the community through service."

924 North Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711

Phone: 520-881-3300



This is only a short compilation of a few places where individuals can volunteer is endless.  Many more organizations do exist in the greater Tucson area that rely on the work of helpful and willing volunteers.  

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