Cochise Cares

Community & Civic Engagement

Not only is community our middle name, but it is also who we love to help. Cochise College’s staff, faculty, students, alumni, and friends have huge hearts and a commitment to give back to our community. Cochise Cares was developed as a way to connect groups and organizations who need volunteers with the college to promote their events and allow our college community to help.

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Community Impact

Cochise College's Impact

Hours listed below only reflect January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 and are self-reported.

The Cochise College app also allows for easy entering of service hours. Find the Cochise College app in the app store for your device and click on the Cochise Cares icon.

2018 self-reported information (pdf).

Service Organizations

Volunteer Hours

Total Hours
Total Volunteers

Volunteer Hours Submission

Service Opportunities

Upcoming Service Events

Start your community and civic engagement by signing up to volunteer with one of the many opportunities from community organizations. Check out the many upcoming events and activities that need volunteers.

Reading Tree (Monthly event) Currently postponed due to COVID-19.

The Reading Tree is a monthly literary circle designed for Pre-K through 5th grader students. It meets one Saturday a month from 10 am – 11:30 am. We are looking for volunteers to read books and also help design appropriate crafts and activities for the students after reading time. Earn volunteer hours for your resume, or practical hours for your degree. For more information please contact Karly Scarbrough.

Rising Sun Run 2020

On October 10, 2020 from 5:30 am – 10 am we are looking for volunteers to assist with course marshals for a 5K, 10K, and 1/2 marathon in the City of Sierra Vista. This event is sponsored by the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary and supports vocational scholarships for local students. To sign up please email Pete Huisking.

Empty Bowls 2020

Date to be Determined: Cochise College will be hosting the Empty Bowls Project to raise money for the food pantries on both campuses. The event will be in the Student Union Community Room. We are looking for volunteers to serve soup, sell bowls, set up and clean up the event, and more. For more information about volunteering email Jenn Wantz.

If you are an organization looking to advertise an event in which you need volunteers please complete a request form.

College Clubs

Cochise College club activities encourage leadership and service while also giving students the opportunity to have fun, socialize and learn time-management skills.

Many campus events are the result of student clubs and organizations, which are governed by the Student Government Association. If you want your time on campus to be more than class time, you can make it happen by joining a student organization.


Students setting up nesting boxes

Students install a nesting box

Volunteers in the news

Sierra Vista Herald column for President Rottweiler discussing our volunteers.

Rotaract Club and Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Mu Zeta Volunteer Project

On March 1, 2019 the students from the Rotaract Club and Phi Theta Kappa met in Tucson to assist Pi Beta Phi in their book distribution project. Thousands of books were sorted, packed, and loaded to deserving organizations. 11 participants completed 1.5 hours each of service. Pictures from the project can be viewed on the Phi Theta Kappa – Alpha Mu Zeta Facebook page.

Sierra Vista Campus High Desert Nature Trail:

Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Mu Zeta Chapter, improved the High Desert Nature Trail in the Fall of 2018 by installing nesting boxes to increase songbird populations.

Organization Connection

Are you a local organization who needs volunteers? Complete the form to be included in the organization connection. Organizations will be loaded at the end of each week.

Are you a staff, faculty, student or friend of Cochise College? Explore organizations in your areas of interest.

Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Vista

Looking for tutors during the school year, every Monday through Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm, youth participate in a program called Power Hour. During this time, all youth must participate in tutoring, homework help, or one of our high-yield learning activities. Great opportunity to polish teaching skills. Contact the Boys and Girls Club


Since 1993, CANTER (Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources) has been providing youngsters and adults with a therapeutic riding program that helps with balance, posture, strength, dexterity, self-confidence and much more. The CANTER facility, located at 7388 E. Chief Joseph Drive in Sierra Vista is accredited by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and is one of three Premier Accredited riding centers in the state. Contact CANTER via email to volunteer.

American Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross is always looking for donors and volunteers to help out with blood drives. There are several each semester on both the Douglas and Sierra Vista Campuses. Visit the American Red Cross website to find a drive near you.

Douglas Food Bank

The Douglas Food Bank provides those in need with food items. Help is needed with unloading, organizing and distributing food donations. Every 3rd Monday of the month (except holidays) 7:00am-noon Tuesday’s & Thursday’s Pantry Visits 8am.  The address for is 660 G Avenue Douglas, AZ 85607.  Contact is Raul Hernandez at

Ronald McDonald House of Tucson

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children and their families.

Our house in Tucson provides no cost lodging to the families of children receiving medical treatment in Tucson. A majority of the residents at our Tucson House are Cochise County residents.We all love “comfort food.” At Ronald McDonald House, the term takes on new meaning through the home-cooked meals we provide at no additional cost to our guests. Our Chef for a Day program is a satisfying, creative and fun way for a group to volunteer. Put together a team (of no more than 12 people) to come and prepare a meal for the residents.

Do you volunteer at your church? Teaching Sunday school, cleaning pews, yard work, assisting in Bible study teaching, etc. All hours in which you are not paid count towards your volunteer service award. Make sure to log your hours.

Adopt an Area

Adopt an Area is helping keep Sierra Vista a beautiful, livable community.

Interested in helping keep Sierra Vista a beautiful, livable community? Consider adoption! There are several amenities you can take under the wing of your family, group, or organization. Here are the current opportunities:

Adopt a Multi-use Path
Adopt a Public Recreation Space
Adopt a Neighborhood Park
Adopt an Event
Adopt a Street

Friends of the San Pedro River

Friends of the San Pedro River is the face and voice of the San Pedro River. Friends is a mostly volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to conservation and restoration of the river through advocacy, education, interpretation, and fieldwork. They coordinate closely with the BLM and the land manager of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The group engages with the local community and its leaders to promote the river as a vital and treasured resource.

Cochise County Fair Association

Cochise County Fair Association is a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the people and products of Cochise County, Arizona by providing a venue for the exposition of their cultural heritage, economic possibilities, and the educational achievements and projects of our citizens. Volunteers are needed to perform office work, grounds work, cleaning, painting etc. Contact this organization via email at

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Sierra Vista. VITA, working with Catholic Community Services, the Goodwill Employment Center and Arizona at Work in Sierra Vista, provides free tax preparation to low-income families, seniors, disabled individuals, and limited-English speakers. Additional locations in Tombstone and Douglas, Arizona.

Additional volunteers for the next tax year are needed!  This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the IRS income tax system and learn job skills and responsibilities while contributing to our community.  Some of the advantages of the program include:

No previous experience required,

IRS provides free software, classroom and on-line tax law training and materials,

Community Partners provide mentors for training purposes,

Flexible volunteer hours,

Various volunteer duty positions, and

It’s a great way to make new friends.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. In addition to preparing Federal and Arizona Tax returns, volunteers are needed to greet taxpayers and help organize their paperwork, manage tax sites, and handle quality control, and assist with Spanish/English interpretation. For more information contact Norman Wigton.

Boulder Crest Retreat

Boulder Crest’s mission is to provide free, world class, short-duration, high-impact retreats for combat veterans and their families. We exist to solve the mental health crisis and to heal our military members, veterans, and their families dealing with PTSD and combat-related stress, so they can live productive, fulfilling, and service-oriented lives at home.Our greatest volunteer need is the day-to-day support necessary for maintaining a 5-star experience and facility for our deserving military and veteran families. This includes grounds maintenance (planting in the garden, weeding, mulching and creek mucking), maintaining beautiful facilities (turning over cabins, making beds, cooking, and kitchen cleaning), and general office and administrative support. Please note that during PATHH, volunteer opportunities are only available to adults, due to the nature and intensity of the program. All contributions of time make a meaningful difference and are critical to our overall success. Contact Codi McCaw at to get more information.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 14

The DAV in Sierra Vista is an active organization that empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They are always looking for volunteers in many different capacities. The DAV website has more information about how to get involved.

Honor Flight Southern Arizona

Would you like to be a guardian? Guardians play a significant role to ensure that every Veteran has a safe and memorable experience. From the moment the Veterans arrive at the airport, until we return them to their loves ones, Guardians are asked to treat these heroes as if they were family and ensure every Veteran has a sage and honoring experience. Guardians applications and more information is available on their website.

International Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief Organization (IHADRO)

Our mission is to be a responder to individuals and organizations in times of need; delivering humanitarian and disaster aid scale at no cost to the receiver. Volunteers will have various type of duties to include but not limited to; drywall/debris removal, donation management, food and supply distribution. Website for organization and contact email at

AZ Town Hall

Arizona Town Hall is a non-profit organization that brings diverse people together to solve critical and often divisive policy issues. Learn more on their website about how you can get involved.

Get involved in your local governance!

City of Bisbee

City of Douglas

City of Sierra Vista

Kiwanis Club of Sierra Vista

Our club sponsors several student leadership programs in Sierra Vista:  Buena High School Key Club, CAS Key Club, CAS Builders Club, and Huachuca Mountain K-Kids, Ft. Huachuca K-Kids and Smith Builders Club.   These student leadership programs help over 250 students learn about service and leadership each month.

Our service projects include highway clean up, Honoring Distinguished High School Graduates, Canned food drive for local food banks, TERRIFIC Kids Program, Bring Up Grades Program, Don’t Meth With Us Program, awarding three high school scholarships and our Young Children Priority One project- reading to Preschool students and giving them books to promote literacy.

Rotary Clubs

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.

Listing of the Rotary Clubs in Cochise County

Bisbee Rotary Club

Douglas Rotary Club

Sierra Vista Rotary Club

Sierra Vista South Rotary Club

Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club

Sierra Vista West Club

Friends of the SV Animal Shelter

This organization augments the financial ability of Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center with assistance for emergency medical care and rehabilitation of shelter pets and to increase public awareness of animal health and welfare issues in Cochise County. Email Jane Strain at for more information.

Awards and Recognitions

Presidential Community Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

They encourage you to take a look around, be inspired and take positive action that changes the world.

Find out more about this program on the Presidential Service Awards website.

Student Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award is designed to honor an individual who has contributed at an extraordinary level of dedication.

Please join us in honoring the students that so generously share their time and talents with staff, students and members of the community every day during the annual Red and White Awards Ceremony in April. If you know of someone whose help to others has been truly remarkable, please encourage them to log their service hours so they can qualify to be recognized as a Volunteer of the Year!

2018 Student Volunteer of the Year – Connor Fletcher (Sierra Vista Campus) and Sarah Ntifu (Douglas Campus)

2018 Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year – Rebecca Orozco