Building, sharing, serving, caring: Volunteering in our Hattiesburg Community

Here are some great ways you can get involved in the Hattiesburg community this semester!

Ongoing Opportunities

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The Children’s Center for Communication and Development is in need of volunteers to help in their classrooms during the week.  Visit to learn more about what they do at the center. If you would like to volunteer, go to their office to fill out a form in JB George Room 109. Contact Monica Bridges at if you have questions.

Special Events

014b3f8daaf278f16b1e8d7e823e9ff9acccc364.png Each year The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at USM hosts The Children’s Center Classic, a 5k/10k/Fun-Run. The event uses 150 volunteers to help on race day with things like on-site registration, participant check-in, cheering on the race course, handing out refreshments, etc.

The race is February 17, 2018, and it starts on Pride Field. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the race is typically over by 12:00 pm. Volunteers can sign-up on the race website The deadline to receive a volunteer t-shirt is January 26. Contact race coordinator at if you have questions!



Extra Table

The mission at Extra Table is to end hunger and drive down obesity in Mississippi by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with new, healthy food in bulk to help feed those in need. They have quite a few events this semester and need your help! Contact Stacy Ahua at or 601.467.1670 to volunteer. You could also get an organization you are a part of on campus to adopt an event!

-February 17
-SoPro Tap Room
-Volunteer time: 11:00a-5:00p
-Help serve food, set up and clean up at event, help with ticket sales/registration

-Number of Volunteers needed: 15-20

Ed Gives to Extra Table!
-February 26
-Ed’s Burger Joint
-Volunteer time: 4:45p-9:00p
-Folks willing to man the Extra Table table in shifts. Probably won’t stay until 9p
-Number of Volunteers needed: 3-5

Purple Parrot Wine Festival
-April 6
-Purple Parrot
-Volunteer time: 8:30-10:00p
-Help with clean up and moving furniture–lots of strong guys!
-Number of Volunteers needed: 6-10

Over the Edge
-April 7
-The Carter Building in Downtown Hattiesburg
-Volunteer time: 8:00a-5:00p
-Help with set up, staging, registration, directing traffic, rappeller training and MUCH more. *Will need to know final volunteers about 2 weeks in advance of event.*

Power to Fight Hunger Golf Tournament
with Mississippi Power
-April 19
-Timberton Golf Course


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Midtown Minion 5K: Thames Elementary

Thames is having a race on March 3, 2018. The proceeds will go to getting better equipment for their playground. They need volunteers on Saturday, March 3, from 7am-9:30am to help with handing out race packets, guiding runners along the course, and clean up after the race.  Contact Christie Moss, assistant principal, at 601-580-4205 or by email at To learn more about the race, visit their event on Facebook: Midtown Minion 5K.


Science Fair Judges & Floor Monitors
USM Region I Science and Engineering Fair (SEF) will be February 16 for about 250 students, grades 6-12. On April 13 they will host about 500 students, grades K-6. Volunteers would assist Region I staff with judging/scoring projects and enforcing the rules of the judging floors.
Two types of volunteer roles are needed:
   – Judges:  This role can be expected to stay roughly three hours. Judging starts at 9:30 a.m. and should last until lunch.
– Floor monitors:  Volunteers are in charge of making sure the students are in front of
their projects, assist parents, and answer any questions about the layout of the venue. They are needed at the beginning of the fair (8:30 a.m.) and will be needed throughout the fair. Lunch will be provided to all that volunteer.
Please sign up at if you want to judge or–fair-day-volunteers or to sign up to be
a floor monitor. If you have any questions, contact the USM Region I Science and
Engineering Fair (SEF) at 601.266.4779.

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