Volunteer in your Community

Our partners are looking for volunteers like you. There are many volunteer opportunities to fit your time and talents. Take a look at our list of partner volunteer opportunities – they’d love to have you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEER

Organization: American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge

Description: Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to a service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond to emergencies, it's through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. Join us as a volunteer in SWPA today!

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Volunteer Services, CHWPAVolunteer@RedCross.org or 888-217-9599

 

BEE KIND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Organization: Wesley Family Services, Bee Kind Program

Project Description: Administrative support could include scheduling presentations, entering data, packing supplies for each presenter and outreach for new presenters and new sites. We also occasionally plan "work days" to compile needed supplies for the curriculum.

Time Commitment: 4-12 hours per month

Contact: Shana Orlic, orlics@fswp.org or 724 837-5410 x 705

 

BEE KIND PRESENTERS

Organization: Wesley Family Services, Bee Kind Program

Project Description: The Bee Kind Program is a kindness curriculum offered to preschools, daycares, public and private elementary schools, libraries and summer camps to children from 2 years to 12 years. Each classroom receives four 30-40 minute visits from volunteers which emphasize positive social skills with developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to increase favorable behaviors such as sharing, kindness and empathy. Presenters should have some experience working with children. All volunteers are thoroughly trained by the Bee Kind Educator and are scheduled in classrooms near their homes if that is preferred.

Time Commitment: 4-12 hours per month

Contact: Shana Orlic, orlics@fswp.org or 724 837-5410 x 705

 

BOOK SORTER

Organization:  YWCA Westmoreland County

Project Description:  Volunteers sort and organize donated books into various categories, in preparation for our annual book sale fundraiser held every September.

Time Commitment: 3 hours per week

Contact:  Maggie O'Leary, Literacy Program Director, 724-834-9390 or maggieo@ywcawestmoreland.org

 

CARE & SHARE BOUTIQUE VOLUNTEER

Organization: Connellsville Area Community Ministries

Project Description: Connellsville Community Ministries is a volunteer driven local ministry that has been serving the community for over 40 years. We serve hundreds of families every month through the variety of ministries that we offer. We are always accepting new volunteers. We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in our Care and Share Boutique - sorting items that have been donated, working the information desk - answering the phone and other administrative help - and driving a small box truck to pick-up donated items and food throughout the local community.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Rita Smith, rita@connmin.org or 7246261120

 

COUNSELOR/ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER

Organization: Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Project Description:  We are currently seeking individuals who are interested in becoming counselor/advocate volunteers.  Individuals must complete 45+ hours of training and be able to commit to an average of two hours of service per week.  Examples of volunteer opportunities include empowerment counseling, facilitation/co-leadership of support groups, hotline work, legal advocacy, prevention education, community outreach, clerical support, and fundraising.

Trainings are held twice a year - typically in the fall and in the spring.

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania provides services in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties to victims/survivors of domestic violence. Volunteers are a major component of our non-profit agency, and they play a crucial role in the provision of services within our communities.  It is only with the help and involvement of people like you that we can maintain our high level of commitment to these services!

Time Commitment: 45+ hours of initial training, spread over a period of 10 weeks. Once training is complete – 10-12 hours per month of volunteer time.

Contact: Kelley McGuier, edutrain@peacefromdv.org or 724 223-5477

 

EVENT VOLUNTEERS

Organization: accessAbilities Foundation

Project Description: The accessAbilities Foundation raises money to help support our sister agencies and the services they provide to individuals with disabilities in Western PA.  Event volunteers can assist on an individual event or weekly/monthly in the office with projects preparing for an upcoming event. Event volunteers can assist with the following, depening on their skills and interests:

  • Serving as a planning committee member
  • Assisting with “day of” event tasks
  • Researching and completing online donation requests
  • Assisting with writing press releases/creating social media schedule
  • Canvassing the local area, placing posters on bulletin boards or in businesses
  • Visiting local business to acquire donations
  • Completing follow-up calls or visits
  • Large event mailings
  • Data entry/tracking
  • Copying and scanning documents
  • Sorting and filing documents

Friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide onsite guidance to help each volunteer succeed.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Barb Christner, bchristner@accessAbilities.org or 724-832-8272 x1027

 

FOOD BANK WAREHOUSE VOLUNTEER

Organization: Westmoreland County Food Bank

Project Description: Sort and repack donated food on weekdays between 9 am-2 pm at our Delmont warehouse. Limited space for those under 14 years old.

Time Commitment:  2-3 hours

Contact: Louise Wilhelm, Volunteer & Food Drive Coordinator, louise@westmorelandfoodbank.org or 724-468-8660 x13

 

FOOD PANTRY DELIVERY & GROCERY SHOPPER

Organization: Laurel Area Faith in Action

Project Description: Pick-up food pantry boxes one Tuesday morning a month and deliver to elderly care recipient. Shop for groceries for home-bound elderly care recipient two times a month, picking up list and money, shopping, and taking groceries into the home. Volunteer schedules shopping at their convenience.

Time Commitment: Food pantry pick-up and delivery: 2 hours per month. Grocery shopping: 3-4 hours per month.

Contact: Jane Kerr or Sandi Sherba, faithinaction@msn.com or 724-539-4357

 

FRONT DESK VOLUNTEER

Organization: accessAbilities Inc.

Project Description: accessAbilities is a growing Greensburg non-profit  looking for volunteers to help cover their new reception area.  Schedule yourself for the hours that work best for you! Volunteers at the receptionist desk will assist with checking in visitors and helping to answer and transfer incoming calls.  Friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide onsite training.  Additional opportunities and tasks will be available depending on the volunteer’s skills.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Barb Christner, bchristner@accessAbilities.org or 724-832-8272 x1027

 

HOTLINE/SHELTER VOLUNTEER

Organization: Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Project Description: After completing our Crisis Intervention Counselor Training (which is 70+ hours of readings, class time, role plays, and supervised time on the hotline), our volunteers help us staff the 24-hour hotline, the shelter, and community awareness programs.  We typically hold only two training sessions a year and the spring session begins soon!

Blackburn Center provides services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, including sexual abuse and incest; and for the people that care about them.  These services include a 24-hour hotline providing crisis counseling, counseling, support groups, medical and legal advocacy, therapy for sexual assault victims, an emergency shelter for victims of intimate partner violence, and student and community awareness programs.  We are in the process of expanding our mission to work with victims of other crimes.

Time Commitment:  70+ hours of initial training, then 8 to 12 hours a month

Contact: Beth Babyak, Education/Outreach Program Manager, 724-837-9540 ext. 114  or bethb@blackburncenter.org

 

LITERACY TUTOR

Organization:  YWCA Westmoreland County

Project Description: As part of their literacy program, the YWCA Westmoreland County is currently seeking Literacy Tutors. After participating in a 10- hour training at the YMCA in the Laubach method, each tutor is paired with an adult who wants to improve his/her reading and writing skills. Tutors typically work 3 hours per week with their students. Please call for more information.

Time Commitment:  10 hour training program, 3 hours per week tutoring

Contact:  Maggie O'Leary, Literacy Program Director, 724-834-9390 or maggieo@ywcawestmoreland.org

 

MENTOR VOLUNTEER

Organization:  Big Brother Big Sisters of the Laurel Region

Project Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region is seeking caring adult volunteers to serve as mentors to local children facing adversity. Mentor opportunities range from spending time reading with a child in a local elementary school to exploring our local community/region with children with limited experiences. Please contact BBBSLR to find out what mentoring opportunity might be the perfect match for you!

Time Commitment:  1 hour per week- unlimited

Contact: Becky Coccia, 724-837-6198 or becky@bbbslr.org

 

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS

Organization: accessAbilities Foundation

Project Description: The accessAbilities Foundation is looking for volunteers to provide office support to the administrative and program staff at our Greensburg offices. We recognize that each person has their own reasons for volunteering and brings to the table their own unique qualities, so we'll help match your needs to our agency needs.  Office volunteers can help with weekly or monthly projects, depending on their availability:

  •     Data entry/computer work
  •     Copying and scanning
  •     Sorting, alphabetizing and filing documents
  •     Assembling large mailings
  •     Answering multi-line telephone
  •     Assisting with follow-up phone calls
  •     Formatting letters and other documents
  •     Assembling manuals

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Barb Christner, bchristner@accessAbilities.org or 724-832-8272 x1027

 

OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS

Organization: accessAbilities Foundation

Project Description: The accessAbilities Foundation assists in promoting our sister agencies and the services they provide to individuals with disabilities in Western PA. Outreach volunteers have the opportunity to help with one or more of the following:

  • Researching and recommending grassroots marketing opportunities in various counties in Western PA
  • Assisting with writing press releases/creating social media schedule
  • Canvassing the local area, placing posters on bulletin boards or in businesses
  • Visiting local business to share/provide brochures
  • Completing follow-up calls or visits
  • Making presentations to community groups
  • Attending trade shows and health fairs to share agency information
  • Writing articles regarding participant stories, agency history, etc.
  • Assisting with creating the quarterly e-newsletter

Friendly and knowledgeable staff will provide onsite guidance to help each volunteer succeed.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Barb Christner, bchristner@accessAbilities.org or 724-832-8272 x1027

 

PARENTWISE PROGRAM ADVISTORY COMMITTEE

Organization: Wesley Family Services, ParentWISE Program

Project Description: The ParentWISE Advisory Committee meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5 pm.  The purpose of the committee is to support the ParentWISE Program in friend and fundraising.  The ParentWISE Program offers parent and caregiver support and education to eliminate child abuse and neglect as well as family and community violence.  Primary tasks include preparation for the Annual ParentWISE Ice Cream Blast held each July, assistance in the Annual Fund Drive and Baby Bank Fund Drive, advocacy for children and families and support of families and communities.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hours per month

Contact: Julie Cawoski, cawoskij@fswp.org or 724 837-5410 x 701

 

TELEPHONE REASSURANCE VOLUNTEER

Organization: Laurel Area Faith in Action

Project Description: Call assigned list of elderly care recipients one time a month on behalf of program.  The objective of the call is to touch base with all recipients and to discover unmet needs. The benefits give the recipients an overall sense of security knowing someone is keeping in touch.  They look forward to their "friend" calling to check in and there is a great opportunity to build new relationships for both the volunteer and recipient.  Calls are made at volunteers schedule and average 10-15 minutes per call.

Time Commitment: 2-4 hours per month.

Contact: Jane Kerr or Sandi Sherba, faithinaction@msn.com or 724-539-4357

 

THRIFT SHOP CHASIERS & CONSIGNMENT DATA ENTRY

Organization:  YWCA Westmoreland County

Project Description:  The YWCA Thrift Shop, located at 221 South Maple Avenue in Greensburg, is looking for volunteer cashiers and volunteers to enter consignment items into a database. The shop is open 10 am - 4 pm Monday through Friday with extended hours until 7 pm on Thursdays.  Volunteers typically work three hour shifts once per week.

Time Commitment:  3 hours per week

Contact: Diana Basick, YWCA Thrift Shop Director, 724-834-4339 or dianab@ywcawestmoreland.org

 

VETERAN'S PROGRAMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Organization: Wesley Family Services, Homeless Veteran Services

Project Description: The Wesley Family Services Homeless Veterans Program serves homeless and near homeless Veterans in Westmoreland County with housing assistance, emergency food and hygiene products, Veteran Shuttle Van Services and Helping Hand Funds to cover utility bills, car repairs, household good purchases etc. Volunteers are needed for the Veteran Advisory Committee that meets every quarter to review services and strategize friend and fundraising initiatives.  Advisory Committee members host food and hygiene product drives, develop fundraisers to add to the Veteran Helping Hand Fund and attend outreach events in the community for the program.

Time Commitment: 12 hours per year

Contact: Lisa Carey, careyl@fswp.org or 724 837-5410 x 707