Please Note: We are at capacity for volunteers and holiday activities for the month of December 2016. However, you may complete your background check now to get ready for 2017. To find out other ways to help during the holiday, please click here.


Did you know that we still have volunteers with us today that have been with us since 1995? Whether you are a new or returning volunteer, we all play a vital role in the growth and impact of the Sulzbacher Center. “When you better the lives of others, you better your own life,” as the late I.M. Sulzbacher said. Volunteering with the Sulzbacher doesn’t just benefit those in need; it enriches Jacksonville with civic-minded individuals bettering our community.

Volunteering is #GoodForTheSulz.


INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS: We have opportunities for you to tutor our youth, help our adults with job searching, prepare and serve a meal, assist at an event, or choose your own adventure. Those with dental or medical experience are also recommended to volunteer in our clinics.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS: If you are a group of 5 or more people, we have opportunities for your group to host an enrichment activity, assist at an event, or choose your own adventure. Business, civic, and religious groups are all welcome to volunteer.

MEAL GROUP VOLUNTEERS: If you are a group of 5 or more people, we have opportunities to prepare and serve a meal in our kitchen.



All individual volunteers and group leader volunteers must first complete the following steps. Individuals under 18 years of age must have an adult complete the process on their behalf.

STEP ONE: Complete a background screening. We kindly ask that all our volunteers cover the $8.00 processing fee, but if you are unable to cover this cost, you can contact us.

STEP TWO: Shortly after your background screening has cleared (5-7 days), you will be emailed our volunteer application. Please complete this as soon as possible.

STEP THREE: Once you have submitted your application, you will be emailed an invitation to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation.

STEP FOUR: After attending an orientation, you will now be an official Sulzbacher volunteer and ready to schedule your shift(s).

Overall, it can take up to 2 weeks to complete the entire process, but this keeps our residents safe, our volunteers educated, and the Sulzbacher running.


Please note at this time that we are unable to work with court-mandated volunteers. Also note that volunteers needing community service hours are responsible for planning ahead to complete these hours, as we cannot guarantee hours for last minute requests.

Individuals 12 to 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. If you are under 18, we encourage you to help out by hosting your own donation drive for urgently needed materials. Call 904-394-8082 to see what materials we could use.


If you have any questions about volunteering with the Sulzbacher, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jairid Pacileo, at 904-394-1368 or by email.