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JBER Volunteers & Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in the Anchorage Bowl including JBER

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Jan Schnoor - Lifetime PVSA Recipient

VOY Recipients - CY 2016

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2Lt Ryan Rankin - Military Volunteer of the Year 2017

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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
Boy Scout Troop 190   Bill Sutter, 907-602-0117, Scouts
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
Special Olympics Alaska- Anchorage  POC: Franklin Rudd or Kin Ferko, emal: or phone at: 907-538-4050.
The Salvation Army Jaclyn Ellis, (907) 339-3427,         
USO Ann Jarvis 907.280.9870 or Barbara Knaak  907.406.2452

Volunteers Needed for JBER Armed Forces Color Run on May 19th

They JBER Youth Programs team is looking for volunteers for this year's upcoming Armed Forces Color Run. The Color Run is on Saturday May 19th and we are looking for somewhere around 50 volunteers from 0930-1300. We need volunteers for various duties such as: barbecuing hot dogs and hamburgers, monitoring roadways, assisting color throwing stations, the usual setup and break down, etc. If you or any one you know of may be interested please have them get in touch with me via email or they can call me at the Kennecott Youth Center 907-552-2266.

Thanks, Cody Frederick. Recreation Specialist

Comm: 907-552-2266  DSN: 317-552-2266  Fax: 907-552-1490  Address: Bldg. 6104



Otter Fest

June 2018, 1200 - 1600

Volunteer Opportunities include:

3 bouncy houses on site, on loan from Outdoor Recreation - the Jousting Bouncy, a Castle Bouncy and a Large Bouncy House.  We are looking for volunteers to help man those.


Speedball site set up as well, pending availability, and will be needing volunteers for that.


Super-cooker on site and will be making food - specifically hamburgers, hot dogs and s'mores.  We plan to have volunteers rotate in and out to cook.


A naturalist from the Eagle River Nature Center will come out and we are currently working towards additional outreach to the: Anchorage Zoo;  the Alaskan Wilderness Conservation Center;  Alaska Geological Society;  and the US Forest Service.


4 different lake races each hour.   Sign up for the races start at 1130 and the first race begins at 1230.    A new round of races starts at 1330, 1430 and 1530.    The races at 1530 will be the last races of the day. 

The races are as follows: Kids Kayak; Parent/Child Canoe; Family Paddle Boat; and Stand-Up Paddleboard. 


We intend to hand out t-shirts to all volunteers and competitors from the lake races.  Since we're cooking, food is provided for all volunteers as well.


POC: Levi Combs, Lead Recreation Assistant, 552-4261


Thank you in advance for all of your help!  

2018 JBER Volunteer Youth Baseball & Softball

Coaches Needed! (19-Total)

We still need many volunteer youth coaches.  We have a big need for Girl's fast-Pitch Softball & in the T-Ball/Coach-Pitch Divisions, for the upcoming 2018 JBER Youth Little League Baseball & Softball season.  The players range from 5 -16 years old. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!    This is our biggest sport of the year and we need many volunteers to make this happen.  The season runs from 23 April - 30 June 2018. Games are played Mondays - Friday and for the older divisions, the occasional weekends.


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

Division            Gender      Ages    Need(s)

T-Ball                B & G         5-6       2 Head & 5 Assistants     
Coach-Pitch      B & G         7-8       4 Assistants
Minors               B & G         9-10     Full
Majors               B & G        11-12    Full
Intermediate      B & G        13         Full 
Seniors              B & G        14-16    Not Sure about Team?/Enough players?

We have openings for head coaches and assistants in the following Girl's Fast-Pitch Softball Divisions:

Minors        Girls                9-10         2 Head & 3 Assts
Majors        Girls                11-12       1 Head & 2 Assts
Juniors        Girls                13-15       Not Sure about Team/Enough Players?


If you are interested in coaching please contact: Paul Caron or Cody Frederick at 552-5308.  We will send you the required paperwork and training information needed to coach.

Thank you for Volunteering!    

Boy Scouts of America

12 Volunteers Needed

The Boy Scouts of America, in an effort to provide a program for the whole family, will be opening registration for boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. In order to prepare for the awesome opportunity, two Cub Scout Packs and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (High School Students) are looking for volunteers to prepare for and provide this program.    Training is mandatory both before and after applying to include Youth Protection and Position Specific (what you volunteer for).


Our fun filled program is driven by volunteers to provide youth with knowledge and skills to make moral and ethical decisions throughout life as well as teach leadership skills to strive for success in all career fields.    The time commitment is dependent upon the position applying for but all positions will be from one to six hours per week.     Meeting days and times are typically Monday 6:30-8:00 (STEM), Thursday or Friday 6:30-8:00 Cub Scouts. both meet at the Arctic Warrior Chapel on Fort Richardson.    The STEM unit is looking for at least two volunteers and the Cub Scout packs are looking for 12 volunteers each.    Both programs run year round but take a break in the summer when school is out.




Den Leader/Assistant Den Leaders- Provide the program to youth.


Cub master/Assistant Cub master - assist Den Leaders if required and plan/conduct Pack Meetings (monthly).


Committee Members - conduct administrative duties in support of the Cub Scout Pack.


STEM - Managers coordinate/conduct meetings for the students enrolled.


Primary POC is Bill Sutter at 907-602-0117 or

2018 JBER Volunteer Youth Indoor Soccer

11 Coaches Needed - (Plus Officials)

We need are still in need of volunteer youth coaches for the upcoming 2018 JBER Youth Indoor Soccer season.  The players range from 5 -15 years old. 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!    Please talk and share with you anyone you know and to see if any of them are interested in coaching.    The
season runs from 6 February -13 April 2018.


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

Division  Gender      Ages    Need(s)

Pee Wee   B & G       5/6      Full
Bantams   B & G       7/8      1 Head & 2 Assistants
Minors    B & G         9-10    1 Head & 3 Assistants
Majors    B & G        11-12   1 Head & 2 Assistants
Juniors   B & G        13-15   1 Assistant

If you are interested in coaching please contact: Paul Caron (Youth Sports Director) or Cody Frederick (Asst. Sports Director) at 552-2266

Please contact us right away at 552-2266 if you are interested. We will send you the required training information & paperwork needed.    

Alaska Military Youth Academy


The AMYA is looking for  about six female Mentors with the Girls Platoon as soon as possible for a couple girls that do not have Mentors and a local Mentor for our out of town kids.  A few of the kids would really like to have military mentors.  We are also in need of a few male Mentors.  The Mentor program contributes greatly to the success of the Cadets.  Thanks for helping us out with finding Mentors for the AMYA program.  We are looking for positive role models that are willing to volunteer a little time and dedication to helping the students at AMYA be successful.  We ask that volunteers are willing to visit the Cadet at least twice a month, preferably weekly and that they send encouraging emails a couple times a week.  There will be one day during the cycle that the mentor can take the Cadet on an off campus 6 hour pass.  We also would like the Mentor to maintain contact and continue to encourage the Cadet after graduation from AMYA.  Applying to be a Mentor is easy.  We need an application and will complete a quick background check.  A Mentor Coordinator will complete an over the phone interview with the Mentor and there is a very simple training packet that will need to be completed.  Applications can be found on the AMYA website or download an application here.  We really appreciate your help with this.


Download the application.         

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



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.


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

Award winner

SrA Natasha Mullins

Volunteer of the Quarter

October - December 2017

SrA Giovanni Rivera

Volunteer of the Quarter

July - September

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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