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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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 (spread over 10 weeks) and be able to commit to 8-12 hours of service per month. 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 food donations, or create boxes with a tape gun at our Delmont warehouse on weekdays between 9 am -2 pm. Individuals, families and groups are welcome.

Time Commitment:  2-5 hours

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

 

FOOD PANTRY SUPPORT

Organization: Fayette County Community Action Agency

Project Description: Help provide food assistance to allow families to focus on getting back on their feet rather than where their next meal will come from. Tasks could be packing food boxes, distributing food boxes, sorting food, lead teams, inspecting food quality, and more.

Time Commitment:  1 hour

Contact: Magan Aston, maston@fccaa.org or 724-437-6050 x4276

 

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

 

RACE VOLUNTEERS

Organization: Latrobe GLSD Parks & Recreation

Project Description: We need people to help with various aspects of our races (Rabbit Race, Turkey Trot, etc.). Volunteers can help put together race packets a few days before the race. They can also help with various things on race day such as set up/clean up, parking, and water stations.

Time Commitment: 3-4 hours

Contact: Craig Shevchik, Craig@latroberecreation.org or 724-537-4331

 

RETIRED & SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Organization: Fayette County Community Action Agency

Project Description: RSVP is the largest network of adult volunteers in Fayette County. We bring adults age 55 and older together with an ever-expanding group of nonprofits, community centers, food programs, aging services and more. Through a personal matching process, we connect you to organizations and opportunities where you can apply your life experiences, skills, and interests to meet community needs and improve community life right here in Fayette County. RSVP has volunteer opportunities all over Fayette County. You can serve in your immediate town or neighborhood, or branch out beyond your day-to-day surroundings. You can volunteer as frequently as once a week or month, or sign up to be on-call for special projects. We offer opportunities for every skill level, across many different areas of interest. Here is a brief list of areas RSVP volunteers are serving in today:

  • Children Services: helping as tutors, mentors, grief support, special projects
  • Adult Services: computer skills instruction, tax assistance, business counseling, finance tutoring, home delivered meals, senior center programing, data entry and collection, telephone assistance, food preparation.
  • Community Needs: food assistance, Food Bank assistance, programs for families, crisis centers and hotlines, food preparation
  • Health Care: assisting in family programs, health fairs, leading nutrition classes, basic screening, data entry and collection, outreach activities
  • Community, Arts and Culture: New Opportunities now available.
  • Consumer Education: Opportunities coming soon! Provide financial education services to disadvantaged residence of Fayette County. Teach groups and individuals about healthcare benefits, Medicare, insurance fraud, and how to advocate for oneself or a loved one in long-term care environments
  • Advisory Committees/Leadership opportunities: Various organizations need volunteers to serve in leadership roles and as community board members.
  • One-time Events: Do you like variety? This list of events is ever changing. Please call for the most up-to-date list of one-time events.
  • Other Volunteer Opportunities: Many organizations need your help to carry out daily clerical, administrative, bookkeeping, and receptionist responsibilities.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Magan Aston, maston@fccaa.org or 724-437-6050 x4276

 

SPRING CLEAN-UP FOR SENIORS

Organization: Laurel Area Faith in Action

Project Description: We currently have group volunteer projects available at the homes of four seniors, including outdoor maintenance and clean-up at:

  1. Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe/Unity Township - Trimming and bagging shrubbery around the home, mostly at the porch area, including holly bushes and evergreens.
  2. Armel Road, Latrobe - General spring clean-up in the yard, including flower bed maintenance.
  3. Rt. 130 Greensburg/Unity Township - General yard clean-up, including clean-up of twigs and branches before mowing can begin for the year.
  4. Bethel Church Road, Latrobe/Unity Township - Trimming six 4-foot shrubs, raking leaves and gravel (from winter snow plowing) and mulching. Also, cleaning out a shed and hauling away unwanted items to St. Vincent DePaul.

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Sandi Sherba, Program Director, 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

 

VAN CLEANING/DETAILING

Organization: ACHIEVA 

Project Description: The Arc of Westmoreland has 18 residential homes with mini vans and an additional 20 vehicles in our Vocational Department that are used daily to transport our participants into the community.  These vehicles all need a spring cleaning!  Interior especially. The detailing can be done on our campus. All vans do not need to be completed in one project. The number of volunteer and length of volunteer time can determine the number of vans detailed. We can supply all cleaning products!

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours

Contact: Sharon Greene, sgreene@achieva.info or 724-837-8159

 

YOUTH COACHES

Organization: Latrobe GLSD Parks & Recreation

Project Description: We are always looking for volunteer youth sport coaches to coach various teams. Sports include: soccer, girls basketball, baseball, and deck hockey. Coaches are provided with a manual for the sport they are coaching which outlines various drills and things to cover at practice.

Time Commitment: Few hours per week

Contact: Craig Shevchik, Craig@latroberecreation.org or 724-537-4331