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JBER Volunteers & Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in the Anchorage Bowl including JBER

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907-384-1517  JBER Volunteer Coordinators   907-552-4943
Volunteer Agencies
Agency Point of Contact
Alaska Fisher House Jenny Hall or Tracey Martiny 907.222.1673
Alaska Military Youth Academy Deb Morton 907.428.7337
Alaska State Defense Force  COL (AK) John C. James 907.428.6819 and search for Alaska State Defense Force on FaceBook
Alaska Veterans Museum Jann Scherrill  813.545.6957
American Red Cross Christy Cook 907.552.5253
ASYMCA  Brina Lynch    Main line 907.552.9622 and direct line 907.753.6134
ASYMCA Bargain Shop  Trixie Bauld or Laura Fox, 907.552.9622
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska Heather Hauser,,    907.231.5663
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) Denise  Osborne      907.793.3209
Cub Scouts, Pack 423 Raúl A. Rovira Santerre    907.887.3450
Habitat For Humanity Erika Shedlarski  907.868.3673
JBER Library Tesha Mulkey   907.384.1640
JBER Youth Sports Paul Caron 907.552.2266
Junior Achievement of Alaska Amarin Ellis   907.344.0101 Ext #2
Project Healing Waters Jan Schnorr   907.538.1818
Senior Veterans Group:
Anchorage Senior Activity Center (ASAC) 
 Maria James Cell 907.227.5503 or 907.770-.2000 Msg. Only
The Salvation Army Kimberly Dickens  907.339.3429  website
USO Ann Jarvis 907.280.9870 or Barbara Knaak  907.406.2452

Anchorage Running Club 

(Click here) to view Volunteer Event List Openings

  The Anchorage Running Club's (ARC) RunFest event is coming up this August 17th - 20th. There will be many events that weekend and the ARC is looking for many volunteers. The ARC is a non-profit organization and relies on volunteers to help ensure the smooth operation of their events. This event is huge and there are currently over 340 volunteer openings! Here is a link to view a schedule of the events:

  One of the goals of the ARC and Anchorage RunFest is to raise scholarship funds for Alaska high school runners to help out with their education expenses. Each year the ARC receives dozens of applications and chooses outstanding students to receive college scholarships. This years the ARC will award $2,500 to six students for a total of $15,000!

  Due to the number of volunteers needed, the ARC has a website set up to volunteer. Sign up to volunteer and help make the Anchorage RunFest Annual event a success! To do so, go to and click the red "volunteer" button. From here, you can view all volunteer openings and the shift times.

   Before you can sign up for an event you will be required to create a profile. To create a profile click the "sign in" button at the top and then click "register" to make an account. Create a user name and password, then click next. On the Join Code screen, leave it blank and click next. On the user details screen, all you need to fill out is your email and phone number, nothing else is required. Click next to proceed to the conformation screen. If everything is correct, click next. Now that you have a profile, click on any volunteer shift you would like to help with.

  On August 20th, we still need volunteers for the following positions:

- 10 people for setup (around 0630)
- 30 people for route flaggers/teardown

  You may volunteer for both positions if you'd like. I encourage the flaggers to volunteer as groups of friends to stay occupied between runners. Bring music if you'd like and be ready to cheer!

*These open slots do not require you to sign up on the website. Please email me to sign up.*

**All volunteers receive a free dry fit long sleeve shirt, free entry into the pasta buffet on the 19th, and a free entry in a future running event! Details will be provided to those who sign up.**

***If you are interested in volunteering, please email either the Event Volunteer Coordinator Ruth Bratz at or SSgt Antonio Ocampo at ***


2017 JBER Youth Basketball & Cheerleading Season 

Parent Handout and Game Days info

We need a lot volunteer youth coaches for the upcoming 2017 JBER Youth Basketball & Cheerleading season.    The players range from 5 -13 years old.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Please talk w/your troops and to see if any of them are interested in coaching.    The season runs from 18 September to 17 November 2017.     Please let us know right away if you intend on coaching. 


We have openings for head coaches and assistants in the following Basketball Divisions:

Division                Gender                 Ages                     Need(s)

Pee Wee              B & G                    5/6                        4 Head & 4 Assistants

Bantams              B & G                    7 /8                       5 Head & 6 Assistants

Minors                 B & G                    9 - 10                    6 Head & 6 Assistants

Majors                 B & G                    11 - 13                  4 Head & 4 Assistants

We have openings for head coaches and assistants in the following Cheerleading Divisions:

Pee Wee              B & G                    5/6                        1 Head & 2 Assistants

Bantams              B & G                    7/8                        1 Head & 2 Assistants

Minors/Majs       B & G                    9-12                        1 Head & 2 Assistants


We also attached links to our Anchorage Military Community Little League& Youth Sports web sites, if you want some information on our upcoming programs.

We have also attached the itinerary so you know when the events are going to take place and tentative game days.   We have attached the sports registration form in case you are signing up any of your kids.    Please contact us right away at 552-2266 or email if you are interested.

Thank you again for volunteering!


Visit Anchorage

Downtown Log Cabin & Visitor Information Center

Visit Anchorage is looking for individuals to volunteer part time in the downtown Log Cabin and the Visitor Information Center. These positions provide information to visitors and tourists to our great city!

Weekday & weekend hours available year round with fun opportunities to see Alaska! If you love Anchorage and want to be part of the Big Wild Life visit our website at click on “For Alaskans” then “Volunteering at Visit Anchorage” for the job description and volunteer application form.

Applicants MUST complete a volunteer application form. The point of contact for volunteers is Brenda Carlson at 907-257-2319 or at We are located at 524 W. 4th Avenue Anchorage, Alaska.               

            Project Healing Waters Volunteer Opportunities

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) Alaska hosts fly fishing clinics and outings with activities that include fly tying, rod-building, fishing education, float tubing, fly casting, as well as fishing outings for grayling, rainbows, dollies, salmon, etc. aimed at bringing participants together with knowledgeable volunteers during the learning process. Active military members and civilians who have tying, rod building, fishing education, and casting skills are invited to become volunteers for PHWFF. The number of participants has increased substantial during the past several months so additional volunteers are needed. Please consider donating your time to help active military personnel and veterans with disabilities learn how to fly fish and welcome them into our fishing community. Meeting times and locations are listed below along with other contact information. 

               Anchorage:  William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30 PM


               Wasilla: VA Clinic, Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 PM




               Facebook: Project Healing Waters Alaska



Habitat For Humanity
NEEDS 40-50 Volunteers!!!  View flyer

Habitat For Humanity is looking for strong and motivated volunteers who are not afraid to get dirty and want to help make a difference today, which will help us ALL to build more homes in the future.

Many Hands Make Light Work!!!!     We will provide food, music and lots of fun!

Please call us at 907-868-3673 or send us an email at  by August 7th!


Thank YOU for ALL YOU DO!!!!!                         

ASYMCA Bargain Shop Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers who can do the following: a) Sorting through donation  b) Stocking/Organizing shelves  c) Heavy lifting  d) Cleaning  e) Greeter/Customer Service 

Here how you can get involved:  Visit the ASYMCA Bargain Shop during business hours, contact our Welcome Center at 552-9622, or email us at   Point of Contacts are:  Laura Fox or Trixie Bauld.


If you have additional questions, please contact the Bargain Shop during business hours at 753-6134, or our Luke Avenue Welcome Center at 552-9622, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.


The ASYMCA Bargain Shop Hours:   Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm First Saturday of the Month from 9:00am to noon.


Volunteers Needed for the Library

Back to School - STEAM Event 7 - 11 August
View STEAM Event flyer

The Library would like (10-15) volunteers, aged 15 and older to help with set-up, program and clean-up.  It would be August 7-11, from 1300-1530 each day. 


Our STEAM program is about science, technology, engineering, arts and math. It is designed for K-6th graders.  We are also providing a preschool program separately from the STEAM that some of the volunteers may help with. 


POCs are: Jody Evans or Tesha Mulkey at 907.384.1640            

2017 JBER Volunteer Youth Outdoor Soccer

Coaches Needed (20- Total)! + Officials

This is our one of our biggest sports of the year and we need many volunteers to make this happen. The season runs from 11 July - 10 September 2017. Games are played Mondays -Friday.
Please let us know right away if you intend on coaching. (Click Here for the 2107 Coaches Application - Soccer)

We have openings for head coaches and assistants in the following Soccer Divisions:

Division                   Gender            Ages                    Needs

Pee Wee                   B&G               5 - 6                    4 head & 3 Assistants

Bantams                    B&G              7 - 8                     2 Head & 2 Assistants

Minors                       B&G               9 - 10                  2 Head & 2 Assistants

Majors                       B&G               11 - 13                2 Head & 3 Assistants

Paperwork needs to be turned in at the Kennecott (Elmendorf) Youth Center front counter or faxed us a copy to 552-1490.

Provide us a copy of your CPR & 1st-Aid (SABC) Training certifications or CAMS print-out showing training. We will let you know if you need it/are due. If you don't have CPR training, our trainer does the training and we can get you scheduled.

Contact us right away at 552-2266 if you are interested.        

Junior Achievement of Alaska (JA) Volunteer opportunities


Link:  Attached is our current list of opportunities for you to review

  As always, I will provide all necessary program materials and training to ensure all volunteers feel comfortable and prepared before going into the classroom.

 POC is and front desk number is 907.344.0101 EXT 2.

Richardson Thrift Shop Volunteer Needs

We are in desperate need of volunteers at the thrift shop the week of the 14th-18th of March. I understand that this is spring break but also a great opportunity to help those teens earn some volunteer time!!     

As all of you know we are absorbing the Airmen's Attic and revamping the Warrior program currently run at the Richardson Thrift Shop. We are reworking the system we currently have to support our E4 and below families to now include E5 and below Soldiers and Airmen with the possibility of special shopping days for E6 to be able to use he benefits as well.

We are planning to close the shop the week of spring break as this move will require all of our attention to finish by Friday so that we can have our Grand Re-Opening on Saturday the 19th.

We are in need of volunteers to assist in carrying/moving shelves, unloading and hanging clothes, and whatever other task the manager finds that day.

The hours we need volunteers:  Monday-Friday with 3-4 volunteers in each 2 hour block
10-12, 12-2, 2-4

We will pay for childcare during this time up to 20 hours of volunteer time. We also ask that no children under the age of 11/12 come with to the shop during this time.

Thank you for you assistance and please call/text with any questions you might have.

Jo Rachow, 907-750-0008

JBADD is seeking volunteers

Listed below are: date of operations, # of current volunteers and # of volunteers needed for JBADD to operate smoothly.

When: Friday, Saturday and US Federal Holidays.  Hours of Operation: 2300-0400 (volunteers can show up as early as 2200).
Where: 2nd Floor of the Warrior Zone on JBER-R (Bldg 655 near Fire Station 4).
Dress: Casual Civilian Attire

Details: Single point of Entry/Exit- Please see attachment.  Civilian clothes will be worn, try to dress for the weather.  IMPORTANT!!-JBADD may provide 2 vehicles if they are available or you may have to use your POV.

ALSO IMPORTANT!!-One Male and Female driver must be present to pick up both Female and Male passengers. This protects anyone picking up someone of the opposite gender. Warrior Zone will have internet, TVs, computers, games, gaming systems, DVDs, and a quiet study area. Simple 5-6 volunteer hours for your next EPR or Award Packages. After the shift, make sure that the building is secure and the rooms are clean.

Make a plan and if that plan fails call JBADD. 

JBADD Hotline- 384-RIDE (7433)             View the JBADD Flyer

ASYMCA Atwood Military Lounge (AML) Volunteer Opportunity

Did you know that the ASYMCA Atwood Military Lounge (AML), located in the Ted Stevens International Airport, provides service to an average of 1,000 visitors each month? The lounge, which is open 16 hours a day, 365 days a year, gives visitors from all branches of service and their dependents a safe, quiet place to relax while traveling throughout Alaska. Daily operations are handled by volunteers, with support and overall program management by the ASYMCA. While we work hard to keep things running smoothly, it is really the extraordinary efforts of our volunteers that has made the lounge such a success for over 30 years.

Interested volunteers can view monthly schedules and sign up for shifts on the AML Volunteer Spot sign up: . Please feel free to contact the ASYMCA if you have any questions, or need assistance with
signing up for a shift.

Do you have a group that is looking for a volunteer opportunity? Units & Booster clubs that 'adopt' the lounge for a 2 or 4 week period are eligible for honorarium funding of up to $1,000 from the ASYMCA. This is a great way for groups to earn volunteer hours and raise money for Booster Club projects! Contact the ASYMCA for more information about the Adopt-A-Lounge Program.

Become a Mentor with the Alaska Military Youth Academy

Make a Difference.

The Alaska Military Youth Academy is an accredited High School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) for young Alaskans who are between the ages of 16 and 18 years old and at risk of not completing their educational goals.

One of the requirements for our Cadets to be successful is that they have a mentor who is willing to visit with, support and keep them encouraged during their stay with us (Residential Phase) and for one year afterwards (Post Residential Phase). A percentage of our Cadets come from rural locations around the state and do not personally know anyone in the Anchorage or Mat-Su area that can support them. Some of our Cadets also come from less than ideal family circumstances and/or communities and have no support system that is willing or able to encourage positive life choices. It is for these kids, we ask for your help.

By volunteering as a mentor, you are agreeing to commit to a time investment in the life of a young Alaskan and to build up tomorrow's future. You would be a vital part of encouraging a student (referred to as a Cadet) to pursue their dreams; you may help provide tools and shed light on opportunities that they haven't considered. You will witness the transformation of kids with doubtful futures into young men and woman with the educational tools and emotional capabilities to succeed in the next stage of their life. We are certain that this opportunity will have a positive, lasting effect on your life as well.

The minimum time commitment is simply a weekly visit for one hour each week on the JBER, Camp Carroll Campus during the 22 week Residential Phase and, when geographically feasible, during the 12 month Post-Residential Phase.

Volunteer mentors must be 21 years old or older, the same sex as the Cadet they are mentoring, not live in the same household, and able to pass a criminal background check.

We'd love to have you on board.   Please visit our website at or follow us on our facebook page (Alaska Military Youth Academy ~ AMYA)  to find out more about our program.

If you would like to make a difference in a young person's life, please contact Deb Morton at 907-428-7337 or

Become a Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters

POC: Suzy Hambach,,  907-433-4627

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you'll ever do.  Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child's future for the better by empowering them to achieve.   The best part is, it's actually a lot of fun.  You and your Little can share the kinds of activities you already like to do.

Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat a pizza with extra anchovies. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever it is you enjoy, odds are you'll enjoy them even more with your Little--and you'll be making a life-changing impact. Volunteering just a few hours a month with a child can start something amazing. So why not apply to be a Big today. We have a particular need for male volunteers!

· All programs require a minimum one year commitment, and can be done individually or with your spouse/partner in a Couples Match 

NEW opportunities at the JBER Hospital for American Red Cross!

We are starting the "Red Cross Battle Buddy" program: Volunteers will be hanging out with patients in the Multi Service Unit who are waiting for slots at long term facilities. Volunteers will be assigned patients who have no family in Alaska, Veterans who are homeless and patients who need more attention. These volunteers will be providing general comfort and companionship to these patients (reading, chatting, playing games). This is a great position for someone who works full time but still wants to give back to the community. Hours and time commitment is VERY flexible.

Also recruiting volunteers for: 
Welcoming Volunteers;  Phlebotomist (credentials needed); Pharmacy Support (no experience necessary); Case Workers for Red Cross Messages

Contact: Christy Cook 907.552.5253 (JBER) or at 907.646.5410 at ARC on 235 E 8TH Avenue, Ste 200.

*** Volunteer Opportunites for Youth ***

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Youth application only needs to be filled out if the individual is going to be volunteering over and over again throughout the year.   For volunteering at events, such as GIFT distribution, they will not need to fill out the form.   For a quick view of volunteer opportunities that would be a good fit for youth, go to

Download Center

DODI 1100.21 Volunteer Service in the DOD

673d ABW Commander's Guidance  

Volunteer Agreement - DD Form 2793   

Quarterly Volunteer Nomination Form

Note: The Volunteer Hours Spreadsheet must be submitted monthly by all units and organizations on the approved / authorized Excel spreadsheet. It is recommended that the Quarterly Volunteer Nomination Form be completed using MS Word. Email the JBER Volunteer Coordinator at to get these forms.

Volunteer Awardees

Volunteer of the quarter

Mark Meyer

Volunteer of the Quarter

April - June

Volunteer of the Quarter

Lt Ryan Rankin

Volunteer of the Quarter

October - December 2016

Volunteer of the Quarter

A1C Alexis T. Jackson

Volunteer of the Quarter

July - September 2016

Volunteer of the Quarter

MSgt Gregory Jones  

Volunteer of the Quarter

April - June 2016

Leigh Ann Cullman

Leigh Ann Cullman

Volunteer of the Quarter

(Oct - Dec 2015)

Volunteer Excellence Award

Pikkwan Boston

2015 Volunteer Recognition Ceremony



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