JBER Volunteers & Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities in the Anchorage Bowl including JBER

Send Email to:  673 FSS/FSFR Family Programs

907-384-1517  JBER Volunteer Coordinators 




2022 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games June 24-26​


Join us for the 2022 Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games! Come cheer on the athletes or sign up to volunteer! Volunteer Hotline: 907-222-7625 ext. 608 or volunteer@specialolympicsalaska.org
Contact Info: Kenzie Barnwell, Executive Director: mackenzie@alaskahuts.org; 907-362-7721


Alaska Huts


Alaska Huts is a nonprofit committed to building and maintaining backcountry lodgings that promote camaraderie, stewardship, outdoor education and Alaska’s cultural heritage. We operate Manitoba Cabin on the Kenai Peninsula, a family-friendly Hut facility that has given thousands of people a way to experience the grandeur of Alaskan wilderness. In addition to groups and individuals who rent a bed or yurt to stay and enjoy the facility, support from donors and businesses made it possible for school groups and nonprofits to use the hut for place-based education and fostering positive connections to the outdoors for kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.

We plan to expand our hut facility at Manitoba by erecting a third yurt and are in need of volunteers to help move building materials early this summer.

Project details: We are looking for volunteers to help haul construction materials such as lumber and plywood to build our new yurt (the longest size being 16 ft). The materials will need to be hauled by hand approximately a half mile on a well-established four-wheeler path.

Group size: 6-12 would be ideal.

Time commitment: This will be a full day project. The site is located on the Seward highway, about an hour and forty five minutes from JBER. It is about a 15 minute walk from the parking area to the hut facility.

Date: Ideally, we'd love to have a volunteer group coincide with our annual Woodstock event on June 5, when Association members and volunteers haul in wood to supply the facility for the coming winter. However, we can be flexible if another day works better for a group. The project needs to be completed after the snow melts and the ground dries, and before June 13.

Contact Info: Kenzie Barnwell, Executive Director: mackenzie@alaskahuts.org; 907-362-7721


JBER Youth Coaches Needed


Year round volunteer opportunities to support youth sports.  If you are interested in coaching please check out our JBER Sports & Anchorage Military Community Little League websites & Facebook Pages:http://jberlife.com/youth-sports/

JBER Youth Sports Facebook Page link:https://www.facebook.com/JBERYouthSports/ Kennecott Youth Center Facebook Page Link:https://www.facebook.com/KennecottYC/




Children's Lunchbox began when schools closed as a result of COVID-19, but even now The Children’s Lunchbox is distributing or partnering with other agencies to distribute pantry boxes to food-insecure children and families. 

Pantry boxes provide a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal for a family of four, are given out in multiples to feed entire families, and no questions asked. These distribution sites are open to anyone, no questions asked. 

For more information and instructions on setting up pantry packs check out this PDF



Mayor's Military Appreciation Day Picnic Volunteers

20 volunteers are needed to help at the Mayor Military Appreciation Day Picnic for parking, trash, set-up and teardown.

All Volunteers will have the chance to enjoy the picnic as well.  Please sign up at the link below.



Community Clean Up Day for the Mountain View Neighborhood


Community Clean Up Day for the Mountain View Neighborhood on Saturday, May 22 from 10am to 4pm. Please contact Nick Bachman Programs Associate (907) 865-5213 | (207) 776-3720



Red Cross - Local Volunteer Opportunities


Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Case Worker

Ensure military families' needs are met when faced with an emergency. - Conduct follow up calls to local clients, ensuring that the family’s needs were met during their time of need. - Maintain strict confidentiality of any case notes, names and other personal information in accordance with Red Cross policies - Understand and apply Service to Armed Forces (SAF) policies, procedures and protocols related to Red Cross client services consistently and correctly - Support the follow up process to include making follow-up calls to military members and/or families to determine if their needs are met, providing other follow-up actions needed for complete and timely client service -  Acquire a working knowledge of local, state and federal resources aiding military members, families and veterans - Maintain professionalism and conduct as stated in Red Cross policy

Time commitment one day a week for a few hours. Training to be accomplished prior to starting.  Approximately 10 hours. Can work from home or office on base.

Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) Hospital volunteer

Provide assistance with tasks in a clinical setting; support staff in a variety of direct and indirect patient care activities as well as enhance the morale of patients. Multiple vacancies throughout the hospital.

- Hospital Pharmacy - BX Pharmacy - Information Desk - Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital (Will need to fill out volunteer package with VA Service office). Time commitment at least one day a week for 3-4 hours.  Will have to in-process the hospital and attend HIPAA training. 

If you have questions regarding these volunteer positions please contact Rita Conley, Service to the Armed Forces Regional Program Manager, American Red Cross of Alaska Email: rita.conley@redcross.org, Phone: 907-552-5253, Link: https://www.redcross.org/local/alaska/volunteer.html

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Red Cross of Alaska.




Habitat for Humanity Anchorage


At Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, we build! But swinging a hammer is not a requirement for volunteering. We welcome people from all walks of life to join us in our mission to make affordable housing a reality for hard-working families in our community. Whatever your experience, stage of life, skill set, or passion, there is a place for you here.

Be a construction volunteer: While home construction and renovation isn’t the only way to serve at Habitat, it is a big part of what we do. Volunteering on a worksite is perfect for those who want to get their hands dirty and learn a thing or two about construction.

Volunteer at ReStore: ReStore is a key part of how Habitat builds and renovates homes for those who need decent, affordable housing. ReStore is perfect for those who enjoy being creative with retail and helpful to customers – and it’s great for team-building, too!

We welcome individual volunteers, as well as groups of all kinds. Spending a day helping others can be a great team building activity for a group from your workplace, church, family, club, or civic organization. And volunteering isn't just good for others - as it turns out, it's pretty healthy for you also. Who knew? To volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, sign up today.

For groups or questions: Please contact Sarah Burtner by email at sburtner@habitatanchorage.org or by phone at 907-868-3671 ext. 6.




Alaska Search and Rescue Association


We have a few search and rescue teams in the Anchorage area that are always looking for new volunteers and provide a great opportunity for military members to engage in a very meaningful way here in the Anchorage bowl.

All of the teams listed below are Alaska Search and Rescue Association members and are made up of volunteers who respond to support Alaska State Trooper, 11AF Rescue Coordination Center, and US Coast Guard managed search and rescue operations.

Alaska Incident Management Team for Search and Rescue (AIMT-SAR) at: http://alaskasar.org/aimt-sar-team/

Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG) at: http://amrg.org/

Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs at: http://asard.org/

Anchorage Search Team (urban searches, often supporting APD) at: http://anchoragesearchteam.org/

Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol at:  https://www.anchoragenordic.com/

Civil Air Patrol - Alaska Wing at:  http://www.akwg.cap.gov/

Matantuska-Susitna Search and Rescue (MAT+SAR) at:  http://matsaralaska.org/

These organizations provide a community service opportunity that military members can join and become qualified in to join real search and rescue missions, have a significant impact on their community, and save lives. They will also help military members develop life long skills that they can carry on to their next assignments.

POC is Jim Mullin at JMullin@aimt-sar.org AIMT-SAR IC/OSC/AOBD ASARA Director for Western AK    (m) 907-406-5575




Boy Scouts of America



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 mailto:bill.sutter.bas@gmail.com?subject=BSA


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 http://www.anchorage.net 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 Nedra Anderson, HR Manager Phone: 907-257-2328 Email: nanderson@anchorage.net Log Cabin at 524 W 4th Ave               


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


               Email:  PHWAlaska@gmail.com


               Facebook: Project Healing Waters Alaska


               Website: http://www.projecthealingwaters.org/programs/locations/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's how you can get involved: Visit the ASYMCA Bargain Shop during business hours, contact the Bargain Shop at 753-6134, or email us at bargain.shop@akasymca.org Point of Contact: Debra Templeton.

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 10:00am to 2:00pm



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 at www.asymca.org/alaska-mcl 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! Email the ASYMCA at welcome.center@akasymca.org 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 www.akmya.org 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 deborah.morton@alaska.gov.


Become a Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters


POC: Suzy Hambach, suzy.hambach@bbbsak.org,  907-433-4627  www.bbbsak.org 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 


*** 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 https://volunteer.usawest.org/Home.aspx





Download Center

DODI 1100.21 Volunteer Service in the DOD

JBER Volunteer Guidance 

Volunteer Agreement - DD Form 2793 (must download)  

Quarterly Volunteer Nomination Form

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Air Force Form 1206 (must download)

Note: The Volunteer Hours Spreadsheet must be submitted monthly by all units and organizations on the approved/authorized Excel spreadsheet(s). It is recommended the Quarterly Volunteer Nomination Form be completed using MS Word. Email completed forms to the JBER Volunteer Coordinator 673FSS.FSFR.FamilyPrograms@us.af.mil or call 907-384-1517 for any volunteer program questions.

Reporting Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS)

Individual Volunteer Hours Spreadsheet

JBER Volunteer Names and Hours Spreadsheet

For more information on how to utilize and who can utilize this database contact the JBER Volunteer Coordinator (JVC) at 384-0261 or 1517