Voluntourism Initiative

Voluntourism enables our guests to volunteer with a local organization during their stay with Southern. Our employees are active in the community, and we want to give our guests the opportunity to help make a difference during their time here too. Southern's vision is to be the most caring company on the Gulf Coast, and we are thrilled to celebrate our 25th Anniversary by giving back to the communities that support us. 


Alaqua Animal Refuge believes that every abused, neglected and homeless animal deserves a second chance. Alaqua provides protection, shelter and care to animals in need, and advocates for their welfare through educational outreach and community programs. Volunteer activities include working closely with the animals, office work and lending a hand at special events.  LEARN MORE

Keep Pensacola Beautiful

Keep Pensacola Beautiful educates people to take action and improve the community of Escambia county. Additionally, the organization cleans over 80 parks and boat ramps. Volunteers focus on beautification, recycling and litter awareness and prevention. Beach  and park clean ups are available upon request, or join in on one of Keep Pensacola Beautiful's events.  LEARN MORE

Emerald coast science center

The Emerald Coast Science Center strives to inspire and grow a scientifically engaged community. The center promotes STEM educations and public outreach in Okaloosa county. Volunteer activities include exhibit development and maintenance, care taker opportunities and more. If you love learning and science, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.   LEARN MORE

Choctawhatchee basin alliance

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance promotes swimmable, fishable waterways in the community through monitoring, education, restoration and research. Volunteer activities include oyster gardening, monitoring water quality, creating reef breakwaters and more. Coming soon, CBA will offer a bird-watching initiative for volunteers to monitor the species native to the Emerald Coast.  LEARN MORE

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation's mission is to build the foundation of art and culture in the community. MKAF is known for its cultural events and children's educational outreach programs. Also, MKAF partners with over 50 schools in Northwest Florida to deliver a diverse art education curriculum. Volunteers can assist at one of the foundation's many events or serve as an artist mentor.  LEARN MORE

FRIENDS of camp helen state park

The Friends of Camp Helen State Park is a Citizen Support Organization dedicated to preserving, maintaining and improving the park through volunteer projects, community events and fundraising. The organization offers a standing Volunteer Workday each Thursday from 9am to 12pm. Volunteers will focus on maintenance and natural resource management throughout the park.  LEARN MORE