We could use your help to educate others about manatees! 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.
“Volunteering for Save the Manatee Club is incredibly important to me,” says Karen Michaels, who has been an integral part of our volunteer team over the last four years. She particularly enjoys staffing education tables at events. “I am a firm believer that giving your time to a cause that you are passionate about encourages others to care and take action. After all, what’s more important than protecting an animal that represents only peace and joy?”
Karen, who is originally from Michigan, grew up vacationing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where she first encountered the manatee. “I fell in love with these gentle giants,” she recalls. They’re so curious and playful. When I eventually moved to Florida, I knew I had to dedicate time to manatee conservation. The best way to do that was to join Save the Manatee Club and help educate the public about these sweet souls.”
Karen’s adoption of Doc from the Club’s Blue Spring State Park adoption program was in honor of her father who was a doctor. “It seemed like a fitting memorial to my dad who loved Florida as much as I do.”
It comes as no surprise that Karen, whose passion for animals runs high, is also actively involved in animal rescue; she currently resides with three rescued dogs. Combining her love of animals and world travel, she will be heading to Thailand soon to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. Karen also volunteers for the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the Environmental Voter Project, and the American Red Cross.
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