Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for The Hartford Nationals

Lakeshore is excited to partner with the City of Hoover and Move United to host The Hartford Nationals July 12-18, 2024. This is the nation’s largest multi-sport event for athletes with a disability. Register to volunteer as an individual, community or corporate group.

Current Volunteers

Online access to VICNet allows you to:

  • Schedule volunteer time
  • View your schedule
  • Check your service hours
  • Update your personal information

Log in to volunteer portal

Your login is the email address you provided on the volunteer application.

Steps to Become a Volunteer

  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. Complete the online background screening. Once we have received your application you will be sent a link to complete the background check. You will have 30 days to complete.
  3. Complete Online Orientation.
  4. Schedule a tour and interview with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  5. First day to volunteer — introduction to procedures and requirements.

What else do I need to know?

  • You may not use nicotine products of any type and volunteer.
  • You will have to “unplug” from all electronics while you volunteer — no cellphones, tablets, or personal computer use. We also request that you refrain from taking photographs while volunteering unless that is a specific task you are asked to complete on behalf of the organization.

Adult Volunteers

Adult Volunteer Application

You are considered an adult volunteer if you are not enrolled in any college course or degree program, are over the age of 18 and have a minimum of a high school diploma or a GED.

Are you interested in finding a rewarding way to give back? As an adult volunteer there are endless possibilities to do so. A few options include:

  • Assisting the front desk with clerical work
  • Greeting or giving tours to members and guests
  • Assisting fitness or aquatics staff
  • Assisting with recreation or athletic programs and events

Most volunteers are assigned a three-hour timeframe one day a week. You will keep your same assignment each week unless otherwise specified. Also, the majority of our assignments are during the weekday. We do offer limited opportunities to volunteer in the evenings and on weekends during special events.

College Student Volunteers

College Student Volunteer Application

You are considered a college student volunteer if you are taking one course or working towards a degree, and are a high school graduate or have a GED.

Lakeshore offers several fulfilling volunteer opportunities for college students who are seeking to gain hands-on experience and have fun working with adults and children with physical disabilities and/or chronic health conditions through physical activity, sport and recreation activities.

We know there may be many demands on your time, but we certainly hope you will consider us when you are choosing a place to volunteer.

Do you just need Observation Hours?

Observation Application

We understand to meet certain criteria for a class, students may be required to complete observation hours. We are happy and willing to share our work at Lakeshore with you so you can gain a better understanding of the value of partnering and working with individuals with a physical disability and/or chronic health condition.

Observation is available within any program area of Lakeshore with appropriate planning. Individuals can observe a maximum of six hours; if more time is needed the volunteer application process including a background check must be completed.

Observation times must be scheduled through the Volunteer Coordinator at least two weeks in advance.

Group Volunteers

Group Volunteer Application

Groups of five or more from a company, civic organization or student group may conduct a one-time volunteer project for Lakeshore Foundation. All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to participate in group projects. Complete the Group Volunteer Application form or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 205-313-7432 to discuss group volunteer opportunities further.

Teen Volunteers

Lakeshore’s summer teen volunteer program runs June through August for teens ages 16 to 18 who have not graduated from high school. Once a teen has participated in our summer program, he or she is then qualified to volunteer year-round at Lakeshore Foundation. By volunteering at Lakeshore, teens will build leadership, teamwork and customer service skills. They will also gain a better understanding of why being active in fitness, recreation, sport and research opportunities is critical to individuals with a physical disability and/or chronic health condition. Summer teens will work in a variety of program areas within Lakeshore including athletics, aquatics, fitness, membership, communications or recreation. Summer Teen Volunteer applications are open until Monday, April 8, 2024. Apply here.


  • Minimum age requirement: 16
  • One letter of recommendation from non-family members must be included with the application.
  • Time Commitment: Summer volunteers are expected to be able to attend a minimum of one full week of summer camp and/or 40 hours of daily summer programming.
  • All applicants will be scheduled for an online virtual interview with the Lakeshore Summer Program staff.

This program is selective in admission; we often have more teens applying than we have positions available.