Children, Youth and Education

A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club
A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club is affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Aspire Movement
We focus on personal transformation in the areas of mental, spiritual, physical and social (Luke 2:52) development through Life on Life Mentoring, Small Group Mentoring, Summer Camps, College Trips, Career Development, Leadership Development, and a network of resources to shape students' identity, purpose and destiny.
Better Basics
Better Basics provides literacy intervention, enrichment programs and educational opportunities for elementary- and middle-school students throughout Alabama.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 
Birmingham Education Foundation
The Birmingham Education Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 dedicated to increasing the number of students in Birmingham City Schools that are on the path to college, career, and life readiness.
Birmingham STEM Americorps
BETA AmeriCorps members will be placed as specialist in elementary and middle schools across the Birmingham City School District. During your AmeriCorps service, you'll receive extensive training, support and will develop professional skills. Enrichment specialists will work one-on-one or in small groups providing proven, data-driven models to students struggling with math and will also provide fun science enrichment activities afterschool.
Blueprints College Success Initiative
The Blueprints College Access Initiative that connects 21st century high school students and their families with resources and relationships so that they are equipped to graduate from high school college and career ready.
Boy Scouts of America
Camp Smile-A-Mile
Camp Smile-A-Mile’s mission is to provide year round challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families as well as young adult survivors from Alabama at no cost to the families.
Children's Aid Society
Children's Aid Society helps parents with the skills and resources they need to keep families together or, when children could not remain with their own families, other homes have been provided through foster care or adoption.
Cornerstone
The vision of Cornerstone is to be a world-class, Christ centered school in the inner city.  By challenging our students academically, developing their character, and growing their faith in God, our students will succeed in all that He has in store for them.
Desert Island Supply Company
The Desert Island Supply Co. is a nonprofit creative writing program for students in Birmingham, Ala. We offer free after-school workshops plus in-school programs in area schools. Our space in Woodlawn also serves as a hub for creative community projects and events.
Discovery Clubs of Alabama
Discovery Clubs are Bible clubs that meet in public elementary schools during after-school hours. These clubs are freely offered and teach the Gospel while also building foundations for life, developing character and changing our communities
Girl Scouts of Hoover
Today, as yesterday, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama
Today, as yesterday, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
Girls Inc. of Central Alabama
Girls Inc. offers after-school programming for girls in grades 1-8. Providing transportation from nearby schools, the program offers girls research-based programming including SMART (Science, Math, And other Relevant Technology), reading, life skills, economic literacy, and sports.
Holy Family Cristo Rey High School
Holy Family Cristo Rey High School uses the innovative and effective Cristo Rey Network model of education to bridge educational and economic divides, transforming Birmingham one student at a time.
Impact Alabama
Our mission is to engage students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.
Make Way Partners
Make Way Partners is a Christian mission agency committed to prevent and combat human trafficking and all forms of modern–day oppression by educating and mobilizing The Body of Christ.
Maranathan Academy
Restoration Academy takes a holistic approach to education through classroom instruction and life-on-life discipleship. Our students are being invited into the classroom of life by way of their teachers' homes, their community, and the global classroom. We are giving them a vocabulary to dream larger dreams for themselves.
Mitchell's Place
It is our mission to provide comprehensive, research-based, educational, social and therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in a deeply caring environment.
M-Power Ministries Education Center
M-POWER Ministries is a faith-based social services agency in Birmingham, Alabama. M-POWER was established in 1998 to provide opportunities for people to break the cycle of poverty through education and health services.
M-Power Ministries Literacy Center
M-POWER Ministries is a faith-based social services agency in Birmingham, Alabama. M-POWER was established in 1998 to provide opportunities for people to break the cycle of poverty through education and health services.
NorthStar Soccer Ministries
NorthStar Soccer Ministries promotes opportunities for investment in the lives of urban youth in Birmingham by providing a high quality Soccer Club within a holistic, Christian environment. Northstar also provides tutoring and a book club in an urban elementary school.
Operation HOPE
We serve adults, youth, disaster survivors, and employees with financial dignity programming and coaching to equip them with the financial knowledge and tools to create a secure future.
Restoration Academy
At Restoration Academy, we believe that every child in the Birmingham area deserves an excellent, Christ-centered education. Our mission is to provide this opportunity through advancing the two greatest commandments in the life of every student: to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others as ourselves.
Sozo Children
Empowering vulnerable children to become thriving leaders for Jesus Christ.
STAIR Birmingham
STAIR is on a mission to improve reading skills and self-esteem of second graders through one-on-one tutoring.
The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs
The Bell Center is dedicated to maximizing the potential of children from birth to three years of age who are at risk for developmental delay.
The Literacy Council
The Literacy Council’s vision is one of a community in which each person achieves his or her maximum literacy potential. We work to achieve this vision through our mission to develop, strengthen and support Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages services in Blount, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby, and Walker Counties
United Methodist Children’s Home
The Children’s Home has helped transform the lives of thousands of hurting children since 1890. Many of our alumni are now successful adults who are giving back to the communities which gave to them. The need continues as there are hundreds of other children who require our help
Wish 2 Enrich
This desire to fill a need for children transitioned into the Wish 2 Enrich organization, which not only strives to continue providing scholarships for these soccer programs, but also invests in the lives of children wishing to participate in art, music, dance, gymnastics, computer, and other school enrichment activities.
Workshops, Inc.
Workshops, Inc. enriches lives by providing vocational training, employment opportunities and support services to people with disabilities in Central Alabama.
YouthServe
YouthServe is committed to promoting youth volunteerism and leadership, while giving young people the tools to make positive differences in their communities.

Culture and Community

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, BCRI reaches more than 150,000 individuals each year though award-winning programs and services.
Birmingham Museum of Art
The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to spark the creativity, imagination, and liveliness of Birmingham by connecting all its citizens to the experience, meaning, and joy of art.
Dance Foundation
The Dance Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by generous corporations, foundations and individuals. We teach 2,000 students each week through our Studio Program and Community Partnership Program. Our studios are also home to dozens of artists and arts organizations for classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances.
Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
Educate immigrant communities about their rights. Support and mobilize youth who face losing their Deferred Action protection and their ability to go to college. Collaborate with allies working with marginalized communities to stand in unity against hate.
Sloss Furnaces
Sloss Furnaces was once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world. It stands today just as it did in the late 19th century — a monument to the Industrial Revolution. With its web of pipes and towering stoves, this unique National Historic Landmark provides visitors a glimpse into Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage.
Vulcan Park and Museum
Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, watches over all of Birmingham as a symbol of the city’s iron origins–and the ever-present spark of its indomitable spirit.

Elderly

Amedisys Hospice Care
All of us need something to believe in – it’s what gives our lives purpose, meaning and groundedness. The Amedisys Foundation is committed to providing support to both our team members and our patients.
Chateau Vestavia Retirement Community
From the moment you walk through the door, you will experience the difference that is Chateau Vestavia. Family owned and locally operated, we are a part of the beautiful Vestavia Hills community. Our caring professional staff is committed to making this the most worry-free time of your life. We take time to get to know you and your individual needs while providing a warm enjoyable atmosphere so you can live life to its fullest.
Collat Jewish Family Services
Welcome to CJFS, a non-profit organization with a long-standing commitment, based in Jewish values, to care for people of every faith. We serve individuals and families at every stage of life, with a special focus on supporting independence and enriching quality of life for older adults.
Episcopal Place
Episcopal Place provides affordable housing and independent living for seniors and adults with disabilities.  Our unique partnership between HUD and the Episcopal Foundation provides 141 well appointed apartments in Birmingham's beautiful Highland Park neighborhood.
Expect Care Hospice and In Home Care
ExpectCare Staffing’s mission is to prepare our clients for a more efficient workplace while supporting their efforts and interests. Our focus is to help recognize those hard working individuals in the workplace and to support their efforts and careers.
Greenbriar at the Altamont Retirement Community
Greenbriar at the Altamont offers a unique view in retirement living. Unlike other senior living communities, Greenbriar extends a true neighborhood experience, with leisurely sidewalks, charming streetlights, quiet parks and gently restored historic homes just a stroll away. 
Vitas Innovative Hospice
VITAS Healthcare serves people with serious illnesses. Our hospice care and palliative care provide comfort to patients and preserve dignity in the face of terminal illness.

Environment, Outdoors and Animals

Alabama Animal Adoption Society
The Alabama Animal Adoption Society is a nonprofit organization supported entirely by private donations and volunteer effort serving the Greater Birmingham, Alabama area. Along with our volunteers and caring, adoptive families, we're giving animals a chance to live.
Alabama Wildlife Center
Our trained Wildlife Help Line specialists provide free advice and information on how to deal with all kinds of wildlife problems and emergencies.
Aldridge Botanical Gardens
Aldridge Botanical Gardens is a venue for visitors to experience how nature and art can work for the mutual benefit of both.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens promotes public knowledge and appreciation of plants, gardens and the environment and receives, raises and administers resources for these purposes.
Birmingham Zoo
From Trails of Africa to the Children’s Zoo and everything in-between, the Birmingham Zoo features animals from all over the world, with signage highlighting the Zoo’s amazing animal care, conservation initiatives, and Species Survival Plans.
Black Warrior Riverkeeper
Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. We are a citizen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation, and public health throughout our patrol area, the Black Warrior River watershed.
Cahaba River Society
Cahaba River Society is an educator, expert resource, and collaborative partner working to protect and restore the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life.
Greater Birmingham Humane Society
We exist to promote the humane treatment of people and animals through education, advocacy and services.
Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Jones Valley Teaching Farm encourages academic exploration and achievement through food, farming, and the culinary arts.
Railroad Park Foundation
Hailed as "Birmingham's Living Room," Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham's downtown area with Southside and UAB's campus.
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is a 1,040 acre nature preserve located in the eastern portion of Jefferson County, Alabama in the City of Birmingham's historic South East Lake neighborhood.

Health Services

Addiction Prevention Coalition
Addiction Prevention Coalition helps to prevent substance abuse by facilitating student led drug prevention programs, connecting individuals to recovery resources and fostering community collaborations.
AIDS Alabama
AIDS Alabama devotes its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives and works to prevent the spread of HIV. 
American Cancer Society's Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge
Hope Lodge is a charitable project run by the American Cancer Society offering cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when they are being treated in another city away from home.
American Red Cross Birmingham-Jefferson Chapter
American Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief and helps people during disasters.
American Red Cross Bloodbank
American Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides disaster relief and helps people during disasters.
Autism Society of Alabama
Autism Society of Alabama improve services for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy.
Birmingham Aids Outreach
The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV / AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services.
Children's Hospital
Children’s of Alabama believes in the importance of effective communication in order to deliver the best possible family-centered pediatric care to all our patients and families.
Crisis Center of Birmingham
Crisis Center of Birmingham serves the unmet needs of people experiencing personal crisis or mental health issues and respond with services that promote coping, emotional health and well-being.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides information about cystic fibrosis and finances CF research that aims to improve the quality of life for people with the disease.
Disability Rights and Resources
The interactive, evidenced based workshop was developed by Stanford University and teaches participants real-life skills for living a full, healthy life. Participants learn how to take small steps towards positive changes and healthier living. The workshop will build participant confidence and improve their ability to manage day-to-day life.
Down Syndrome Alabama
Down Syndrome Alabama is a lifelong Awareness, Acceptance & Advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome.
Glenwood Autism & Behavioral Health Center
Glenwood provides an array of services which are devoted to supporting and treating children and adults impacted by autism spectrum disorder and children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. Services include educational, vocational, diagnostic services and treatment based interventions which are based on best practice and dedicated to improving outcomes and the quality of life of every individual served.
Kid One Transport
For Kid One, the mission is simple: transport children and expectant mothers to necessary health care services.
Lakeshore Foundation
At Lakeshore, our mission is to enable people with physical disability and chronic health conditions to lead healthy, active, and independent lifestyles through physical activity, sport, recreation, advocacy, policy, and research.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Magic Moments
Magic Moments is the only wish granting organization devoted exclusively to creating magic moments in the lives of children in Alabama with chronically life threatening medical conditions. A magic moment allows children and their families to forget, even if just for a little while, the fear and pain of their illness.
M-Power Ministries Health Center
At M-POWER, we are engaging with the people of Birmingham and providing paths out of poverty.We are providing the educational resources necessary for the poor in our community to obtain and retain gainful employment.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
People affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
Norwood Resource Center
Social services organization in Birmingham, Alabama
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House Charities is an American independent nonprofit organization whose stated mission is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.
Sober Living America
Sober Living America’s vision is to serve people seeking help with addiction, regardless of their financial situation. When a loved one asks for help, we believe they should get it today.
The Arc of Jefferson County
The Arc of Central Alabama serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through comprehensive and quality programming, advocacy efforts, education and awareness, all in an effort to ensure each person affected by I/DD has the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential for the most independent life possible.
Mary Frances Colley
The Bell Center
Children come from throughout central Alabama with a wide variety of special needs and diagnoses ranging from cerebral palsy and Down syndrome to autism and rare genetic disorders. However, children are not required to have a diagnosis or qualifying delay to attend The Bell Center. As a result, The Bell Center also serves many children who were born prematurely or who do not have a specific diagnosis.
The Exceptional Foundation
The Exceptional Foundation is a non-profit organization that enhances the quality of life for individuals of all ages with developmental challenges by providing social and recreational activities designed to promote healthy living, support social relationships, improve functional skills, and foster community involvement.
Triumph Services
Triumph provides independent living skills, employment, social skills training, and counseling for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Turning Point
Our mission is to transform the lives of men suffering from addiction through a faith based twelve step recovery program focused on the power, love and restoration found in God's word.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham provides quality programs designed to promote self reliance, present choices, and improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.

Holistic Services

Aletheia House
Aletheia House is a community-based organization that has been providing low-cost substance abuse treatment and prevention services to individuals, and the communities in which they live, since 1972. It is one of Alabama’s largest providers of substance abuse treatment, substance abuse/HIV prevention, employment services, health care and affordable housing.
Christian Service Mission
Christian Service Mission is committed to loving the underserved and under-resourced people in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. We serve these communities through acts of service by providing spiritual, social, and tangible resources for the purpose of seeing healthy change in the areas we serve.
Eastern Area Christian Missions
Food pantry
East Lake United Methodist Church
At East Lake United Methodist Church, we strive to be “In the Neighborhood for Good.” Through our worship, diner, after school program, and other outreach efforts, we seek to love our neighbors and reach out beyond our doors. Our call is to love. We want everyone to know that they are loved more than they can possibly imagine!
Greater Birmingham Ministries
Greater Birmingham Ministries (GBM) was founded in 1969 in response to urgent human and justice needs in the greater Birmingham area. GBM is a multi-faith, multi-racial organization that provides emergency services for people in need and engages the poor and the non-poor in systemic change efforts to build a strong, supportive, engaged community and pursue a more just society for all people.
Hands on Birmingham
HOB provides flexible hands-on volunteer opportunities for busy people.
Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham
The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham serves people in need without discrimination. Whether it’s a hot meal, a safe place to sleep,  assistance paying a water bill, or a more long-term solution – The Salvation Army is here to help. 
The Birmingham Dream Center
The Christ Health Center in Birmingham offers help for physical needs by providing state-of-the-art primary healthcare, dental care, counseling and pharmacy services with the potential to serve more than 30,000 patients annually.
United States Department of Justice
Our mission is to faithfully execute the priorities of the Department of Justice and the United States by aggressively prosecuting violations of federal criminal law, rigorously representing the United States in civil actions, and staunchly protecting the U.S. Treasury by using all legal means available.
Urban Ministry
Urban Ministry is a faith-based nonprofit focused on working with the residents of West End to build a thriving community. As an urban mission of the United Methodist Church, we work closely with our sister organization, Community Church Without Walls, to extend compassion and opportunities for wholeness to everyone in the West End community. We do this by listening to the community, engaging their gifts and strengths, and building programs that affirm their dignity as children of God.
YWCA Family Resource Center
YWCA Central Alabama is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
YWCA of Central Alabama
YWCA Central Alabama’s vision is to create a more caring community. We work every day to make a positive change in the lives of individuals and in the community. Our focus is on four main areas: affordable housing, quality child development programs for children of homeless and working poor families, domestic violence services, and social justice programming.

Hunger and Homelessness

Avail
Avail provides integrative counseling services to help individuals, families, and couples in Alabama to create positive change and growth in their lives. Avail promotes and supports wellness in all areas of life for people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations. We utilize goal-focused, person-centered techniques to assist clients in finding their direction and purpose by utilizing a collaborative and judgment-free approach.
Brother Bryan Mission
Serving the economically, emotionally, and spiritually impoverished men of the Birmingham area.
Changed Lives Christian Center
Changed Lives Christian Center (CLCC) is a Christ-centered ministry managed by and in partnership with The Foundry Ministries, that offers transitional housing for men who desire to break the cycle of homelessness in their own lives, whether from the economic recession or other personal issues such as substance abuse and/or mental illness.
Tyrone Machlin, Brandon Lackey
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
No one in Alabama should go hungry. And we believe there is a solution to the problem of hunger in Alabama. For every person who is currently in need, there are even more people in Alabama willing and able to reach out with a helping hand.
Firehouse Shelter
Firehouse Ministries serves the chronically homeless male population, men who traditionally have the most barriers and are the most expensive to serve, for both the nonprofit and the community at large.
First Light Women's Shelter
First Light is a Center for Homeless Women and Children located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. It offers the only emergency shelter accepting homeless women and families 24 hours a day in the area.
Grace House Ministries, Inc.
Grace House's comprehensive approach seeks to end the cycles of poverty and abuse that are so prevalent in the lives of the girls that we serve by educating, equipping, and empowering them to become mature, Godly women.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people ​together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Jessie's Place
Jessie’s Place, a shelter for women and children.
Jimmie Hale Mission
Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission, Inc. is a Christian-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which includes a homeless shelter for men, a shelter for women and children, after-school Bible clubs, recovery programs, learning centers, and thrift stores.
Magic City Harvest
Magic City Harvest has been recovering excess food to help combat hunger and reduce food waste across Jefferson, Shelby, and Talladega counties. Our primary focus is recovering and distributing perishable food donated from grocery stores, restaurants, schools and hospitals.
Pathways
Pathways is a United Way agency that serves approximately 1,600 women and children experiencing homelessness in the Birmingham area each year.
The Community Kitchens of Birmingham
The Community Kitchens is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides lunch to the hungry 365 days per year from St. Andrews and Grace Episcopal Church in Woodlawn. Annually this amounts to over 65,000 meals served to help stop hunger.  The doors to Community Kitchens are open to all. No one is required to attend a religious service, rich or poor are equally welcome-they only need to be hungry.
The Foundry
The Foundry Ministries restores hope and rebuilds the lives of the addict, the ex-inmate and the destitute through Christ-centered Rescue, Recovery and Re-Entry.
The LoveLady Center
Empowering women, through faith-based initiatives, so they can return to society as well-equipped women of God. The program is about empowerment, hope and a belief in the value of each and every human life.It is our mission to help women rebuild their lives and walk forward with faith-driven hope for the future as a contributing member of our community.
Become a Community Partner
If you have a need for Samford volunteers and would like to be listed in the community partners database, complete the volunteer request form and email it to Stephanie Patterson.