M1 & M2 Service Learning Sites

Please click below for details about approved service learning sites.

▼   Accordia Health/Cambodian-Laotian Community Strength and Resiliency Project Health Fair

The providers at Accordia Health are hosting a health fair on October 28, 2018, from 3-7 pm at the Cambodian-Laotian Strength and Resilience Project Center at 14060 S. Wintzell Ave, Bayou La Batre, AL 36509.

Medical student volunteers are needed to assist in the procuring of vital signs, obtaining blood glucose measurements, taking a basic medical history, surgical history, family history, and social history. Students should be able to perform a basic physical exam and be able to document findings.

Cambodian and Laotian translators will be available to assist medical students in obtaining histories from patients. 

For more information about volunteering, contact Dr. Ashlen Aggen at aaggen@accordiahealth.org.

▼   Anatomy Outreach

Anatomy Outreach accepts requests from local middle schools, high schools and even colleges to have one-on-one contact with medical students (and other health profession students). Medical students explain to students the anatomy, physiology and pathology of normal and abnormal organs. In addition, students discuss the effects of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.

▼   BELONG

BELONG provides tutoring opportunities for immigrant school-age children and ESL classes for their parents. Contact Juan Torres via text at (251) 656-4953 or sign up to volunteer at www.doyoubelong.org.

▼   Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Alabama

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Alabama takes pride in strengthening the communities of Mobile and Baldwin Counties by providing mentoring services to local children. Visit their facebook page here.

▼   Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama

The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama offers opportunities to work directly with youth as mentors, tutors, sports referees/coaches, and teachers of games such as chess, pool and scrabble. Background checks are required. This includes a criminal background check and Department of Human Resources check. The latter takes 4 weeks. Call (251) 432-1235 for more information about volunteering.

▼   Buddy Ball at West Side Park

Contact: Sheryl Thomas; (251) 604-9309 or sherylpt3@comcast.net

Buddy Ball at West Side Park is part of the Division of Little League Baseball Association that works with physically disabled children between the ages of 5-18. Medical students will assist students during game and practice activities. This is also the contact for participating in Special Olympics.

▼   Camp Rap-A-Hope

Camp Rap-A-Hope upholds the mission of providing an exceptional, normal camping experience and the related support services for children and youth who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Volunteers are used in a multitude of ways: from help in getting in and out of inflatables at events (prosthetics, weakness, blindness can prove challenging) to fishing help, to helping with arts & crafts and canoeing – every volunteer has an important role in helping children with cancer experience a bit of fun, encouragement and victories in spite of their cancer diagnosis. Call (251) 476-9880 for more information about volunteering.

▼   Center for Healthy Communities

Contact: Mary Williams; (251) 471-7709 or mcwilliams@southalabama.edu

Medical students can interact directly with the community by volunteering in a variety of community programs and projects. There are several opportunities to work health fairs during the year through the USA Center of Excellence. The Pipeline Project is aimed at increasing the pool of minority scientists. This program gives volunteers the opportunity to work with high school students in mentoring and academic enrichment activities.

▼   Donor to Diner (D2D)

Donor to Diner (D2D) is a service organization that aids and advocates for students facing food insecurity. D2D works to expand resources available to those who are experiencing food insecurity in addition to increasing awareness of student hunger.

▼   Dumas Wesley Community Center

The mission of the Dumas Wesley Community Center of Mobile, Alabama, is to EDUCATE, EMPOWER and ENRICH the local community through collaborative programs of Christian service that provide for immediate human needs, strengthen family life, develop leadership and encourage personal responsibility.

▼   Feeding the Gulf Coast

Volunteers are needed for special projects and day-to-day operations. Download the Volunteer Registration Form [PDF] or the Group Volunteer Registration Form [PDF] for more information. Some types of volunteer work available include: food sorting, clerical work, special events, the backpack program and the community garden.

If you are interested in volunteering with the food bank, email volunteer@bayareafoodbank.org.

▼   Forest Hill Elementary School

Forest Hill Elementary School offers opportunities to work directly with youth as mentors and tutors. Call Sharon Smith at (251) 221-1275 for more information about volunteering.

▼   GEMS: Girls Exploring Math & Science

GEMS is a program designed to expose young girls to math, science and technology fields. Through this program, participants have a chance to spend time with female role models while learning more about these fields. The American Medical Women’s Association participates in the annual GEMS workshop through an anatomy outreach session. Medical students show and explain the anatomy, physiology and pathology of normal and abnormal organs through a hands-on anatomy room experience.

▼   Granting Keys to a Healthier Life

Contact: Carey McDade, M.D.; kslhealthfair@gmail.com

This is a yearly event held in September that offers free screenings - such as blood pressure, glucose, BMI, cholesterol and breast cancer - to the Mobile community.

▼   Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry located in Mobile, Alabama. HFHSWA is dedicated to eliminating poverty housing as a matter of conscience and action. Habitat builds simple decent houses in partnership with people in need in the community throughout Southwest Alabama. Through donations of time, materials and investment, Habitat houses are sold to families at no profit, financed with affordable no-interest loans. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at (251) 476-7171 ext. 229 for more information.

▼   Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect provides social and health care services for the homeless community. Volunteers are needed to help with mental and physical exams, as well as to work in interprofessional teams to triage and treat patients. 

▼   Impact Alabama

As a FocusFirst volunteer with Impact Alabama, you’ll provide free vision screenings for preschool-age children. You will utilize handheld, high-tech equipment to screen small groups of children at local Head Starts, Pre-K Programs, and daycare centers. In most cases, you will assist a trained Impact Corps Member. FocusFirst volunteers are needed August through November and January through May. 

As a SaveFirst volunteer with Impact Alabama, you’ll prepare tax returns for low-income, working families using a tax software program at community-based tax sites located directly in communities of need. You will attend two four-hour training sessions and pass an IRS test in order to be certified as a Volunteer Tax Preparer. No previous tax or accounting experience is necessary.

To learn more about volunteering, click here

▼   Joy for Johnny - Dauphin Way United Methodist Church

Joy for Johnny is a respite ministry at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church devoted to families with children with special needs. Joy for Johnny is held the 2nd Saturday afternoon (3:30 PM – 8 PM) of every month and allows parents of children with special needs to drop off their children for an afternoon of fun. Volunteers would have the opportunity to see children with special needs outside of the healthcare setting and get a true understanding of some of the challenges these families may face, not to mention have a lot of fun! 

Volunteering for Joy for Johnny requires a background check before the volunteer can participate. It is recommend to submit your volunteer application no later than the Monday before the scheduled Joy for Johnny for that month. Volunteers can indicate on the application if they would like to be a “buddy” for a child with special needs or a sibling. Volunteers can also help organize games or crafts. Contact Todd Burford at tburfo1@gmail.com or Beth Abston at babston@hotmail.com

▼   Kindred Hospice

By utilizing the time and talents of volunteers, hospice can offer a wider range of activities and meet a variety of special needs and interests. At Kindred Hospice, volunteers provide extra companionship, contribute skills that staff may not possess, serve as a link to the greater community, and bring diversity into the lives of patients by representing various ages, cultural and ethnic groups with various educational and professional backgrounds.

Examples of volunteer activities include reading to the patient, offering companionship and support, and providing caregiver relief/respite. Call (251) 478-9900 for more information about volunteering.

▼   L'Arche

L'Arche is a community for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Learn more here

▼   Lifelines Rape Crisis Center

Render personal support to traumatized families and individuals through services ranging from responding to calls for help, to providing a compassionate presence at local hospitals, to assisting with the court adjudication of cases. Intensive training is required and regularly offered in direct care volunteer positions. 

Complete an application here

Sign the Confidentiality Statement here

To learn more, call (251) 602-0909

▼   Light of the Village (LOV)

Contact: Morgan Carnley, morganc@lightofthevillage.org.

Light of the Village is a front-line, hands-on ministry. LOV's programs include:

  • After school program 2 afternoons a week
  • 8-week Summer Bible Camp
  • In-school tutoring at 3 local schools
  • Bible study on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings

LOV's outreach events educate the community on the health concerns that directly affect them and help them find the resources they need to live healthier lives.

▼   Mobile Mental Health Outreach

The USA College of Medicine chapter of PsychSIGN offers health screenings for hypertension, depression, and substance abuse during November and February at local shopping centers. Informational brochures on depression substance abuse, anxiety, and teen suicide are disseminated, as well as contact information for CarePointe, which is the point of entry for services offered by AltaPointe and the USA Department of Psychiatry. 

▼   Mulherin Home

The Mulherin Home is a residential facility for 34 mentally challenged individuals ranging in age from 17 to 64 years old. Volunteer opportunities include interacting with the residents through conversation with them and participating in their many activities. Call (251) 471-1998 to learn more about volunteering.

▼   Penelope House

Penelope House is a residential shelter for battered women and their children who have come from domestic violence situations. It is a safe haven for those who have no other resources and provides a variety of needed services - including counseling, job acquisition, training for the GED and legal assistance. The Department of Family Medicine operates a weekly on–site clinic, staffed by residents and faculty from the department. In order to assure the safety of the women and children, clearance is required to enter. Opportunities include children’s activities, health and safety education, positive role modeling for the children, etc. Call the Volunteer Coordinator at (251) 342-2809 for more information.

▼   Ronald McDonald House

Volunteers help make Ronald McDonald House a ‘home away from home” for every guest, family member and visitor. Volunteers know the House inside and out and approach their volunteerism with full commitment. For additional information, click here.

▼   Saad Hospice

Contact: Taffy Busby, Volunteer Coordinator; (251) 343-9600 ext. 8939

Where can you volunteer?

  • In a nursing home
  • In patients' homes
  • In Saad Hospice offices

How can you volunteer?

  • Call patients as needed
  • Visit patients and give caregivers a break
  • Provide support and companionship
  • Offer spiritual and bereavement support
  • Write and distribute special occasion cards
  • Provide office/administrative support
▼   Salvation Army

The holiday season offers several volunteer opportunities with the Salvation Army, mainly the Salvation Army Angel Tree desk at the mall, working in the Angel Tree Warehouse and Red Kettle Bell Ringers.

Additional year-round opportunities also are available. Learn more here

▼   St. Mary's Home

Founded in 1838 as an orphanage, St. Mary's is the oldest residential program in Alabama. Currently it is a residential treatment facility for abused, abandoned and neglected children in the community. Its mission is to promote normal growth and development in these children, who range in age from 6 to 22 years. Opportunities: tutoring, recreations. Visit their facebook page here. Call (251) 344-7733 for more information.

▼   Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The SNMA hosts an event called "Breaking Barriers - Reaching for Healthcare Careers." The purpose of the event is to spark high school students' interests in pursuing careers in healthcare. 

▼   USA Student-Run Free Clinic

The USA Student-Run Free Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that provides health screens and wellness checks to the homeless population of Mobile. 

Volunteer duties range from checking in the patients, using the "Readiness to Change" scale to identify patients who will most benefit from the educational health counseling, taking a history and short physical, and participating in multi-disciplinary group discussions.

▼   Victory Health Partners

Victory Health Partners exists to minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the medically underserved by providing affordable, quality health care services. Our patients are low income uninsured people - those who do not qualify for government funding programs and cannot afford health insurance. Often the only access to physician care is through the emergency rooms of local hospitals. This is expensive and all too often ends in financial devastation for the patients and their families.

Volunteers triage our patients, take basic medical history, blood pressure and determine their reason for the visit. Call (251) 460-4062 for more information.