“Manatee Season” is here, when manatees return to warm water refuges in Florida during the cooler winter months. Come volunteer with us as we set up education booths across the state at a variety of festivals and fairs. If you’re passionate about manatees and have some time to spare, fill out our Online Volunteer Application (see link on this page).
We Need Volunteers!
You can help Save the Manatee Club by becoming a Club volunteer. SMC volunteers staff tables at manatee-related events, engage in speaking presentations, help out in the SMC offices, write letters and send e-mails on issues of concern to manatees, and report information to manatee researchers. You can make a difference for manatees!
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Online Volunteer Application.
For those wishing to inquire about earning community service hours at the Club’s office in Maitland, Florida, please do not fill out the Online Volunteer Application form. For eligibility and availability, contact Janice Nearing, the Club’s Volunteer Activities Coordinator, at email@example.com or call 407-539-0990.
Janneke Bogyo moved to Florida in 2004 from the Buffalo, New York area and took up residence in The Villages in Sumter County. She soon discovered manatees, fell in love with them, and was inspired to look for ways to help make a difference in their lives. Finding Save the Manatee Club during an Internet search, she immediately signed up to volunteer and has been dedicated to our cause for the past five years.
“I feel that we can all make a difference,” says Janneke. “If we just make an effort and get involved with something that matters. Manatees matter to me so I feel I’m contributing to something important.”
Janneke, a retired school teacher, enjoys tabling at Save the Manatee Club events when she isn’t travelling the world. “I try to do the trips mostly as hiking or biking adventures, so that I can truly experience the environment and culture of the places I visit,” explains Janneke. Next year, she plans to be South America bound.
Melissa and Mike Fishman from Rockledge in Brevard County, Florida wear their volunteer T-shirts and caps whenever they table at events for Save the Manatee Club. Join our volunteer team and earn points through the Volunteer Rewards Program to get your free shirt and cap.
Earn It, Pin It, Show It!
Save the Manatee Club presents a variety of service pins to further recognize and honor the efforts and importance of our loyal volunteer/members. The special, customized pins are earned by registered volunteers who staff education tables for the Club at events, help out in our Maitland office, or give manatee presentations for the Club at local schools, libraries, etc. Wear the pins on the Club’s lanyard which holds the volunteer name tag, or on the Club’s volunteer cap or t-shirt.
See the Pins