Do you want to give back to your community, but aren't sure where or how to start?
To make it easy for you to connect with organizations in need, Patch is running a special end-of-year series, The 12 Days of Volunteering. Through Jan. 1, we will bring you one volunteer opportunity a day from a local nonprofit group.
Day 12: Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Perhaps best known as the home of Winter the Dolphin, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium provides wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to local animals in need. Volunteers work alongside staff members and interns to provide educational opportunities for the community and to assist with the operation and upkeep of the facilities.
There are volunteer opportunities at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in the following areas, according to the aquarium website:
- Animal care
- Sea turtles
- Aquatics/water quality
- Guest services
- Front desk and membership desk
- Gift shop
The aquarium also has a summer sea turtle nesting volunteer program and special volunteer opportunities for divers and youths.
The aquarium, which is currently raising money for a $12 million expansion, also accepts donations and other kinds of support, including:
- Annual memberships
- Adopt An Animal program
- School fundraisers
- Boat/automobile donations
- Corporate partnerships
- Winter's paver path program
- Animal care fund
Donations to the aquarium are tax deductible. For information on giving to the aquarium, and for updates on current projects, visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium website, or call 727-441-1790. The aquarium is at 249 Windward Passage in Clearwater.
About this column: This special 12-day series looks at ways residents can volunteer and make a difference in their communities in 2012.