For families new to Moore County looking for opportunities to get involved, or longtime residents with a New Year’s resolution to lend a hand in the community, Moore County has an incredible amount of volunteer opportunities.
Interested in volunteering for a health-related organization? FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst has volunteer opportunities ranging from patient registration to office support to helping in the outpatient chemotherapy department. There’s also the Moore Free Care Clinic, located at 211 Trimble Plant Road in Southern Pines. Committed to the “to the belief that health care is a basic human need,” the clinic works to provide primary care services to low-income residents of the area who lack medical insurance. Volunteer opportunities with flexible hours are available for both health care professionals and those who would like to help with the clinic’s administrative duties, such as managing finances or working as a translator.
There are also many opportunities for those who have a love of animals. The Citizens’ Pet Responsibility Committee focuses on finding solutions to pet overpopulation in Moore County. As part of this mission, each year volunteers help present a pet responsibility curriculum to 4th grade students at all Moore County public schools as well as certain private schools in the area. Volunteers are needed to serve as teachers, co-teachers, classroom helpers, and photographers. If you’d like to work directly with animals, the Moore Humane Society is another great volunteer opportunity. Located at 5355 NC Highway 22 in Carthage, this nonprofit aims “to ensure that all animals are treated with compassion and respect.” Volunteers can work at the organization’s shelter, playing with the shelter dogs or cats, or they can assist with office duties or special events. The organization also has a need for individuals or families willing to foster pets until they are ready for adoption.
For those familiar with the international non-profit Habitat for Humanity, the Moore County area has its own community division of the organization: Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills. The organization partners with “families, volunteers and the community to build houses, communities and future generations.” Volunteers are an incredibly important part of the organization, coming together to form teams that construct homes for low-income families. Volunteers can also contribute in other areas; for example, you can work in Moore’s ReStore on US Highway 5, where the organization sells donated materials, furniture, and appliances, and all proceeds support Habitat’s housing mission in the community. Other options include helping with public relations or data entry.
Interested in sustainable, community-supported agriculture? The community-owned Sandhills Farm-to-Table Cooperative runs on volunteers in their produce box packing house and gathering sites, starting in April and running through November. There are a number of other ways to Get Involved in the co-op, including purchasing a produce box subscription.
But the volunteer opportunities don’t end there. Moore County has programs related to education, history, conservation, and so much more. So no matter how long you’ve been in the area or what your skills and interests are, this community has countless opportunities for you to get involved and give back!
Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity NC Sandhills