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Times of the Islands Magazine

11 Exciting Volunteer Opportunities On Sanibel & Captiva Islands

Oct 12, 2018 07:00AM ● By Emma Eldridge
Fall is in the air. It's the season of change and thanksgiving, and it's a time for giving back to our community. From the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) to F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, we searched far and wide to find some of the best places on Sanibel & Captiva Islands that are in need of passionate and hardworking volunteers.

Below are 11 opportunities, broken down by category, which include working with animals & conservation, arts & culture, and helping our fellow man.

Animals & Conservation

As we've seen with the red tide, our environment is in need of our help and support. These organizations listed below are dedicated to taking care of our animals, domestic and wild, as well as preserving and protecting the areas that they (and we) live in. Give them a look and consider taking part in what they are doing.


J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Visitor & Education Center - Sanibel, FL

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, the non-profit Friends of the Refuge organization, supports environmental education, services, and conservation at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildli... Read More » 

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum - Sanibel FL

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum - Sanibel, FL

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island is the only museum in the United States that is solely devoted to shells and the mollusks that make them. Ours is a natural ... Read More » 

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife CROW Visitor Education Center - Sanibel FL

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) Visitor Education Center - Sanibel, FL

CROW operates a veterinary teaching hospital, patient rehabilitation grounds and education center on a 12.5-acre campus in Sanibel Island, Florida. CROW is a private, non-profit 501(c)... Read More » 

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation - Sanibel FL

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation - Sanibel, FL

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. Read More » 

Arts & Culture

Are you a lover of the arts? Do you have an interest in history and preserving it for generations to come? These organizations are always looking for volunteers to help with keeping our arts and culture a thriving part of our community.

BIG ARTS Sanibel - Sanibel FL

BIG ARTS Sanibel - Sanibel, FL

In 1979 BIG ARTS was created by and for the community, and owes its rich history to a small band of dedicated artists who drew inspiration from each other and from the breath-taking islan... Read More » 

Sanibel Historical Museum  Village - Sanibel FL

Sanibel Historical Museum & Village - Sanibel, FL

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village was founded in 1984 with a mission to preserve and share Sanibel history. The story of Sanibel is told from the Calusa and Spanish eras to the early ... Read More » 



With the holidays approaching, our fellow man is in extra need of a helping hand and loving support. Whether you can assist with providing meals for those less fortunate, help the elderly with a household project, and so on, you can be sure that each of these organizations has plenty of tasks where you can use your skills to be of service.

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club - Sanibel FL

Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club - Sanibel, FL

For more than 30 years, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has been working hard to help make our local community - and parts of the world - a better place. Read More » 

FISH of Sanibel-Captiva Inc - Sanibel FL

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. - Sanibel, FL

F.I.S.H is a human services organization, focused for over thirty years on ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visi... Read More » 

The Community House Sanibel Community Association  - Sanibel FL

The Community House Sanibel Community Association - Sanibel, FL

The Community House is a unique and special place rich in history that has been serving both Sanibel and Captiva Islands since 1927. Operated by the Sanibel Community Association (SCA), w... Read More » 

Sanibel Captiva Lions Club - Sanibel FL

Sanibel Captiva Lions Club - Sanibel, FL

The club was chartered on December 26, 1967. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Sanibel Community Center located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957. We ... Read More » 

Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club - Sanibel FL

Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club - Sanibel, FL

The Sanibel~Captiva Optimist Club Foundation is a 501 ( c ) 3 corporation, not-for-profit organization with all funds going directly to helping the kids! Mission Optimist Creed: Prom... Read More » 


As always, if we're missing any of your favorites, tell us in the comments below!