Non-Profit and Volunteer Organizations

HALO No Kill Rescue Shelter

H.A.L.O. Rescue was created in 2006 with a mission to create a NO KILL safe haven for abused and abandoned animals. H.A.L.O. believes in a community where there are no more homeless pets. ​What sets us apart from other shelters is we are Indian River County’s only No-Kill animal shelter for dogs, cats and small animals. This means we do not euthanize for age, space, medical needs, or behavioral issues. Once an animal enters H.A.L.O. we make a pledge to them to provide all physical, emotional, and medical care needed until a forever home is found. While we primarily work within Indian River County to make Indian River County No Kill, we also bring in animals all over the state and even outside of Florida.

Cultural Council

The Cultural Council of Indian River County represents cultural organizations, artists, authors & musicians by providing information on local cultural events as well as tickets for select performances through our concierge service. Stop by the office to find the latest information on entertainment and things to do in Indian River County.

Mental Health Association

The Walk-In Center is designed to meet the emerging and imminent mental health needs of individuals and families in our community while enhancing the quality of their lives. The Walk-In Center provides screenings and therapy sessions to Indian River County residents at no charge and charges a nominal fee for those out of county. No Appointment Necessary…just walk in. It’s OK to get help!

Sunshine Physical Therapy Clinic is a non-profit, independent, outpatient rehabilitation center, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, providing quality services to Treasure Coast residents since 1953. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life of all our patients and offer professional services by a friendly, caring, and well-qualified staff. We service a variety of patients from children, seniors, and veterans.

The Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County

Our Mission is to establish a continuum of care for mental health made up of private and public funders, mental health providers and individuals who work in collaboration to increase access, decrease duplication, and facilitate community-wide support of mental health issues.

Women’s Care Center Vero Beach

Women’s Care Center provides free, confidential counseling, support, and education to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds help determine viability and dates 

We Care Foundation of Indian River

The “We Care” program, founded in 1991, provides free medical services to an average of 1,859 qualified Indian River County residents each year (average calculated over the past 6 years), not including radiological and surgical procedures, through the dedication of volunteer physicians, dentists and other health care professionals.  With our unwavering commitment to improving the health of our local residents, forming community collaborations and advancing the “We Care” mission, we are the organization for providing health care services to medically indigent residents in our community.

Main Street Vero Beach

Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Florida Main Street program, part of the State Division of Historical Resources and is a member of The National Main Street Center a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Across the nation, Main Street’s 4-point approach of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring has transformed the way communities revitalize, promote and manage their historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Main Streets everywhere thrive again living on as places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work, and play.

Volunteer Indian River County

Volunteer Indian River County is an online volunteer and donor opportunity system offered by United Way. This website serves to connect volunteers with over 80 not-for-profit organizations and volunteer opportunities in Indian River County. This site is presented to the community free of charge in an effort to increase the collaboration, connections, and relationships among local non-profits and community members.

For The Love Of Paws

For The Love Of Paws provides a sanctuary or new homes for pets left behind by senior citizens who can no longer care for them. There is also a Paws Pet Food Pantry to provide pet food to food banks, veteran and senior citizen organizations.

Vero Beach Power Squadron

The Vero Beach Power Squadron (VBPS) is one of more than 400 squadrons nationwide which comprise the United States Power Squadron (USPS).  USPS mission “to promote recreational boating skills and boating safety through education, hands-on training, and civic activities while providing fellowship for members.”


Stouthouse Corporation was founded as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit to preserve the home and stained glass installations designed and executed by Weldon.J. Stout, to maintain the STAF (Seth Theolonius Alvin Foster) Art Collection, to provide an artist residency for interdisciplinary creative individuals, to focus on environmental stewardship. STOUTHOUSE is open for tours by appointment.

McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden, Inc. is a private, non-for-profit cultural organization located in Vero Beach, Florida, with this mission of nurturing and enhancing a historic garden in a unique subtropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office (IRCSO) is located in sunny Vero Beach, Florida. The Sheriff’s Department is a public service facility providing a range of services for a county of over 150,000 citizens.  The IRCSO employs more than 450 employees and provides an array of services for the community.

The Manatee Observation and Education Center

The Manatee Observation and Education Center is a waterfront wildlife observation and nature education center located on Florida’s east coast in downtown Fort Pierce. The endangered Florida manatee, also called sea cow, is the main attraction. Manatees can be viewed at The Center year-round! Stand along the covered observation walkway or climb the second story observation tower to see Florida’s “Gentle Giants” resting or playing in Moore’s Creek. These are wild, not captive manatees, so one never knows when they might swim by.

Hope for Families Center

The Homeless Family Center provides Emergency and Transitional Shelter for Homeless Families from Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee Counties. 

The 4th Street facility can accommodate seven families in the Emergency Shelter and twelve families in the Transitional Shelter which translates into a total of 72 individuals that may be housed on any given day. In addition, three stand-alone homes are occupied by families who have transitioned from the Center to greater self-sufficiency.

Florida Public Relations Assoc, Treasure Coast

The FPRA is the largest association for public relations professionals in the state of Florida. More than 1,000 professionals work together to enhance and promote the public relations profession by providing a variety of services, benefits and opportunites to grow in the field of public relations/communications/marketing.

National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum

The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat divers. The Museum promotes public education by providing hands-on opportunities for all ages to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits.

Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County

We’ve made a loving promise to the animals. We are the only animal shelter in Indian River County that promises to accept all animals, regardless of age, health, behavior, or adoptability. We also promise to provide a full range of services to keep animals “out of the Shelter” and in loving homes.

Hibiscus Children’s Center

Hibiscus Children’s Center is a non-profit organization that is successfully breaking the vicious cycle of child abuse with the support of local community. The mission of Hibiscus is to maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected by providing prevention, early intervention, and advocacy in quality residential, assessment and recovery programs.

McLarty Treasure Museum

The McLarty Treasure Museum is located North A1A on Orchid Island, north of Windsor and Vero Beach, Florida. The museum occupies part of the former site of the Survivors’ and Salvagers’ Camp – 1715 Fleet, and is part of Sebastian Inlet State Park. It houses exhibits on the history of the 1715 Spanish treasure.

Center for Spiritual Care

Our Mission is to provide individual and small group spiritual and holistic growth experiences leading to personal clarity, emotional empowerment, freedom and authenticity.We Do This in an interfaith setting, through spiritual direction, psychological counseling and programs and services that strengthen the relationship between body, mind, spirit and creativity

Archive Center & Genealogy Department

The Archive Center and Genealogy Department is specialized and unique from the rest of the Indian River County Main Library. Since the department was voted the ‘Best Genealogy Library in a small town’ people travel a long way to use the collection. In addition, the Florida and local history collection is very extensive. Since the hurricanes of 2004, the library has received 10-15,000 photographs and 50,000+ documents.  

Indian River Genealogical Society

The Indian River Genealogical Society, Inc. had its beginnings when the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century met and discussed forming a genealogy society to help their members and increase membership. On 6 April 1983, the first meeting and founding members met—Louise Auten, George Wilson, Freda Hoppe, Carolyn Scagnetti, Ruth McConathy, Edward Hungerford, Martha Dodd, Burton Holt and Mabel Lutz. The original meeting place was the social hall of the Roseland United Methodist Church. Since 1991 when the new library was built, the Society has met in the large meeting room at the Indian River County Main Library.

The Arc of Indian River County

The Arc is the oldest local 501 (c) 3 non profit dedicated to meeting the needs of people with developmental disabilities in Indian River County. The Arc was founded by a group of parents, friends, volunteers and professionals.

Environmental Learning Center

ELC is a nature center ready for your discovery. 64-acres. On an island in the Indian River Lagoon, north of Vero Beach, FL. Discovery Station w/ aquariums and exhibits. Stroll boardwalks. Gift shop. Boating, canoeing, hikes.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located just off the western coast of Orchid Island in the Indian River Lagoon east of Sebastian, Florida. The refuge consists of a 3-acre island that includes an additional 2.5 acres of surrounding water and is located off the east coast of Florida of the Indian River Lagoon.

Laura Riding Jackson’s Home

Inspired by the life and work of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson, the foundation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, promotes a passion for the written word through literary programs for writers of all ages in Indian River County. In addition, with its focus on history, literature and the relationship of man to the natural world, the foundation preserves Laura’s home as an example of environmentally sensitive Florida architecture.

Senior Resource Association

For more than 40 years, Senior Resource Association (SRA) has provided services to support and advocate for independence and dignity of older adults in Indian River County. Every day, our Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Care, and Community Coach transportation programs provide wellness and peace of mind for seniors and their families as well as adults aged 18 and older who need supervised care. Senior Resource Association, in conjunction with Indian River Transit, also manages GoLine, the public transit system with 15 fixed routes throughout Indian River County. Residents and visitors of all ages catch the bus at no charge.

Camp Haven

We are a non-profit organization based in Vero Beach, Florida helping the residents of Indian River County recover their lives. Camp Haven provides shelter and stability while residents rebuild their lives with professional counseling, job opportunities, hope and encouragement.

United Way of Indian River County

United Way of Indian River County is a locally governed and managed non-profit organization consisting of nine full-time staff and run by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. We are one of 1,800 locally run United Way affiliates worldwide. Last year over 700 volunteers from the community helped further United Way’s activities and goals.

Auxiliary of Indian River Medical Center

The 500 plus members of the Auxiliary serve in more than 30 departments and service areas. These include various offices and waiting rooms, outpatient endoscopy, emergency department, cancer center, recovery room, reception/escort/courier services, Stork Club, the Pink Corner Gift Shop and the Thrift Shop at 1855 14th Avenue, and many more.

Operation HOPE Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Operation HOPE)

Operation Hope

Operation Hope is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to providing support, education, and assistance to families in need regardless of race, color, or religion.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer.

American Red Cross – N. Treasure Coast

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Gifford Youth Orchestra

To provide education, experience, and training in various cultural and performing arts, including music, drama, dance, and the vocal arts for the youth of Gifford, Florida (and neighboring Indian River County communities), with a core focus on mastering stringed instruments.

The Salvation Army of Vero Beach

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Gifford Youth Achievement Center

The Gifford Youth Achievement Center, Inc. provides a holistic approach to meeting the needs of children and families in the Gifford community of Vero Beach/Indian River County, FL.  We are in the business of helping children and families build successful lives through education, life-enhancing activities, and opportunities. Gifford Youth Achievement Center believes that everyone deserves to meet their highest potential to achieve their greatest dreams. Programs include year-round academic, social, cultural and recreational activities for youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Gifford Youth Achievement Center operates to promote a foundation whereby the multiple barriers faced by the citizens of the Gifford Community/Indian River County area may be alleviated and/or replaced by goals that promote the ability of youth and adults to live in a productive community whereby maximizing the quality of their lives. We also envision the Gifford Youth Achievement Center to foster holistic and balanced living by establishing a mechanism for individual growth and development for all residents.

Keep Indian River Beautiful

Keep Indian River Beautiful is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

Indian River Habitat for Humanity

Indian River Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action. Habitat provides simple, decent, affordable, energy efficient homes through purchase and renovation of abandoned and/or previously owned homes, new home construction and neighborhood revitalization projects.

United Against Poverty

United Against Poverty is a registered 501c3 nonprofit with campuses in Indian River County, Orlando, and St. Lucie County Florida. Our mission is to serve those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers.

The Source Ministries

THE SOURCE is a full-time resource center and Christian outreach mission for the homeless and less fortunate.

Friends of St. Sebastian River, Inc.

The Friends of St. Sebastian River is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with the mission to maintain and improve the health and beauty of the St. Sebastian River and its watershed.

Dogs For Life

Dogs For Life specializes in training Hearing Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs and Service Dogs for veterans & non-veterans to assist with daily challenges, as well as the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress. Dogs for Life also operates a  Dog Park at 12th Street and 16th Avenue that provides a clean and safe environment for dogs to exercise and socialize. Annual membership is $100 for dogs that are inoculated, neutered and social.

Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County, Inc.

Youth Sailing Foundation’s mission is to provide Indian River County with educational, recreational, and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment. Lessons, on a fleet of donated boats, are free for children from age 8 to 18 during the school year. Both on-the-water and in-the-classroom training are used by volunteer instructors and coaches to teach sailing.

Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery is a community of people who are using the practices of mindfulness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity to heal the pain and suffering that addiction has caused in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. The Refuge Recovery community feels confident in the power of the Buddha’s teachings, if applied, to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction.

SafeSpace, Inc.

SafeSpace provides a refuge where victims can heal from the devastating effects of domestic violence and build their self-esteem while they are working towards a future free from violence.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.)

SCOREis a national organization of volunteer business entrepreneurs and executives which was founded in 1964. Nationally there are almost 400 chapters and over 10,000 counselors. The Treasure Coast Chapter has been assisting businesses since 1972.

The Junior League of Indian River, Inc. (JLIR)

The Junior League of Indian River, Inc. (JLIR) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. It’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services, Treasure Coast

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast, a United Way Member Organization, serves the needs of the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St Lucie Counties.