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YMCA of Greensburg Volunteer

Organization:  YMCA of Greensburg

Project Description:

The YMCA of Greensburg is currently seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of projects. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Coaching sports
  • Cleaning, repair and maintenance during annual shut down
  • General repair and maintenance
  • Helping with Early Child Learning Center
  • Helping with annual events

Time Commitment: Varies based on project

Contact: Krista Braha, 724-834-1260 x 103 or kbraha@westmorelandca.org.

 

Ongoing Support Volunteer

Organization: CASA of Westmoreland, Inc.

Project Description:

CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. is seeking an individual who is interested in providing office and administrative support to the program within the CASA office setting.  Because CASA does not have any administrative staff position, this volunteer role will be very helpful in keeping some consistency with assistance in office tasks (mailings, data entry, filing, scheduling, etc.). This individual would provide assistance with tasks around volunteer management, training, community outreach, fundraising and other activities.  The hours per week / month can be variable and based upon the volunteers schedule within the office / courthouse business hours. However, we are hoping to find an individual who is seeking to provide this support on an on-going basis.  Prior to starting this volunteer role, those interested will conduct an interview with program staff and complete clearances required by the program.  This is a great way to support CASA if being a direct child advocate is not a good fit for you.  This will help the program move forward to be a voice for more children.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per month

Contact: Mandy Zalich, Executive Director, at 724-850-6874 or casazali@co.westmoreland.pa.us

 

Food Pantry Volunteer

Organization:  Westmorealnd Community Action

Project Description:

Volunteers are needed to help distribute food at our monthly food pantry, held the third Thursday of each month.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Krista Braha, 724-834-1260 x 103 or kbraha@westmorelandca.org.

 

Fundraising Event Volunteer

Organization:  Westmorealnd Community Action

Project Description:

Volunteers are needed to help at Westmoreland Community Action's annual fundraisers in the spring and summer of 2016. Fundraisers include:

  • Purse Bash – Spring 2016
  • Poker Run – Spring/Summer 2016
  • Gold Outing – Summer 2016

Please inquire for more details.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Krista Braha, 724-834-1260 x 103 or kbraha@westmorelandca.org.

 

Head Start Volunteer

Organization:  Westmorealnd Community Action

Project Description:

Volunteers are needed to assist at local Head Start centers. Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by assuring that low-income children have access to comprehensive educational, health, and nutritional programs. Head Start centers provide preschool classrooms and a variety of supportive programs and services. Westmoreland Community Action operates Head Start centers throughout our region, including:

  • Derry/Latrobe
  • Donegal
  • Grandview
  • Greensburg
  • Jeannette
  • Kiski area
  • Loyalhanna
  • Monessen
  • Norwin
  • New Florence
  • New Kensington
  • Ruffsdale

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Krista Braha, 724-834-1260 x 103 or kbraha@westmorelandca.org.

 

Care & Share Boutique Volunteer

Organization:  Connellsville Area Community Ministries (CACM)

Project Description:

CACM is seeking volunteers (individuals or groups) to work in their Care & Share Boutique, their in-house store that sells very gently used or new items at a very reasonable price. The boutique is open to the general public Monday – Thursday 9 am – 2:30 pm and Saturday 9 am – 1 pm.

Volunteers will help sort donations received from the public. Items need to be checked for defects or stains and then sorted into the appropriate category . Volunteers must be able to walk up and down stairs and potentially stand for a moderate amount of time.

Time Commitment:  Flexible

Contact: Rita Smith, rita@connmin.org or 724-626-1120

 

Volunteer Tax Preparer - Fayette County

Organization:  Fayette County Community Action Agency - RSVP Program

Project Description:

Includes free tax and law training! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help to people with low-to-moderate incomes who need assistance in preparing their own taxes. Volunteers interact directly with people who need help preparing their own tax returns at no cost to them. Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training from IRS-certified volunteers. The hours are flexible, the training is free and the time commitment is minimal.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Magan Aston, RSVP Project Director, maston@fccaa.org or 724-430-3028.

 

Volunteer Tax Preparer - Westmoreland County

Organization:  Westmorealnd Community Action

Project Description:

Includes free tax and law training! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free tax help to people with low-to-moderate incomes who need assistance in preparing their own taxes. Volunteers interact directly with people who need help preparing their own tax returns at no cost to them. Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training from IRS-certified volunteers. The hours are flexible, the training is free and the time commitment is minimal.

Time Commitment: Flexible

Contact: Krista Braha, 724-834-1260 x 103 or kbraha@westmorelandca.org.

 

Bee Kind Program Presenter

Organization: ParentWISE Program of Family Services of Western PA

Project Description: 

Bee Kind is a positive social skills program that visits preschool through elementary level classrooms four different times for 30-40 minutes per visit.  The presenters read a story, lead a discussion and follow up with a craft or group activity that relates to the story’s theme.  All materials and lessons are provided.  Must be experienced working with children and comfortable leading children in various activities. 

Time Commitment: Minimum of four 30-minute visits to a classroom

Contact: Shana Orlic, Parent and Community Educator/ Bee Kind Educator, at orlics@fswp.org or 724-837-5410 ext 705.

 

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)

Organization:  CASA of Westmoreland, Inc.

Project Description:

INVESTIGATION

You carry out an objective examination of the situation, including relevant history, environment, relationships and needs of the child. 

FACILITATION

You identify resources and services for the child and facilitate a collaborative relationship between all parties involved in the case, helping to create a situation in which the child’s needs can be met. 

ADVOCACY

You speak up for the child by making recommendations regarding the child’s best interests in a written court report.

MONITORING

You keep track of whether the orders of the court and the plans of the child protective services agency are carried out and you report to the court or collaborate with the child protective services agency when any of the parties do not follow those orders and plans. 

As a CASA volunteer, you have direct and sufficient contact with a child to carry out an independent and valid investigation of the child’s circumstances, including the child’s needs and wishes, so as to be able to make sound, through and objective recommendations in the child’s best interest.  This contact should occur in person to provide you with first-hand knowledge of the child and his/her unique personality, abilities and needs.  While social contact is permitted with the child to develop trust and a meaningful relationship, you function as an objective advocate for the child and not as the child’s attorney, caseworker, counselor, mentor or parental figure. 

You will explore all aspects of your role in greater depth throughout CASA training. 

Time Commitment:  30 hours of initial training spread over 10 weeks, then a commitment to the program for a minimum of 18 months.

Contact: CASA Westmoreland at 724-850-7874. Additional information and volunteer applications are also available at www.westmorelandcasa.org.

 

Food Pantry Volunteer

Organization:  Connellsville Area Community Ministries (CACM)

Project Description:

CACM is seeking volunteers to assist with their food pantry.  The pantry is open the first three Tuesdays, the first three Thursdays and the first Saturday of every month.

Volunteers will help with:

  • Sorting donated food
  • Packing boxes for distribution (Mon/Wed)
  • Picking up food from food drives or local stores
  • Unloading food trucks
  • Restocking all food items (on shelves and freezers)
  • Distributing food boxes to clients
  • Monitoring extra food items being distributed
  • Completing forms with clients

Time Commitment:  Flexible based on availability

Contact: Please visit www.connmin.org, and print a volunteer application. Complete application and bring to Connellsville Area  Community Ministries.

 

accessAbilities Office Volunteer

Organization:  accessAbilities, Inc.

Project Description:

Volunteers are needed to support the everyday tasks of the accessAbilities office staff in the following capacities:

  • Clerical Support - Will assist with filing, copying, scanning, etc.
  • Multi-line Phone Support - Will assist with answering and transferring calls
  • Special Event Helpers/Planning Committees - Will assist with preparations and day-of tasks.
  • Public Relations/Marketing - Will assist with social media, writing press releases and more.  Can also attend trade shows and health fairs on behalf of the agencies.

Time Commitment:  Hours vary depending on task and volunteer’s availability.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is located at 2900 Seminary Drive, Bldg B, Greensburg, PA.

Contact:  Barbara Crosby, Volunteer Coordinator, at 724-832-8272 ext. 1028 or voloffice@accessAbilities.org

 

PUMP (People Under Mission to People) Volunteers

Organization:  Connellsville Area Community Ministries (CACM)

Project Description:

This program generally is active in the summer months and consists of work groups locally and from around the United States. PUMP projects can vary, but typically include light home repairs: painting rooms, decks and garages; staining decks; building handicap ramps; building porches; etc. Participants pay $150.00 per person to cover the costs of materials.

Duties include:

  • Assembling a work crew
  • Choosing a week to participate
  • Fill out all necessary paperwork provided
  • Completing the work duties assigned by CACM

Contact: Dan Guthrie, PUMP Coordinator, at 724-626-1120 or Dan@connmin.org.

 

Park Clean-up Volunteers

Organization: Latrobe Unity Parks & Rec

Project Description:

Volunteers are needed for Latrobe Unity Parks & Rec annual spring parks clean-up at Legion Keener Park and Cardinal Park (both located in Latrobe).

Time Commitment:  Aproximately 3 hours

Contact: Jeanne Ashley, Executive Director Latrobe-Unity Parks & Recreation, at 724-537-4331 or jeannelpr@msn.com.

 

Skilled Medical or Office Volunteers

Organization: Majesty Care Clinic

Project Description:

Majesty Care Clinic is currently seeking skilled volunteers to fulfill the following medical and administrative roles:

  • Physician
  • CRNP
  • PA
  • nurse
  • accountant
  • IT
  • Office manager

Majesty Care Clinic provides free health care to residents ages 19 to 65 who do not have health insurance and who fall below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.  Volunteer providers receive free malpractice insurance through HRSA and the FTCA act and treat our patients with illnesses or chronic diseases.  Other professionals maintain the office, electronic medical records, scheduling, record keeping etc.

Time Commitment: As little as one 4-hour session per month, or as much as able.

Contact: majestycareclinic@gmail.com or call 724-691-0216.

 

"Ally" Volunteer for Circles Connellsville Area

Organization:  Connellsville Area Community Ministries (CACM)

Project Description:

Circles Connellsville, a local chapter of the national Circles organization, works to improve the situations of low-income families through a personal mentoring approach. Through the long-term and consistent support of peers and volunteers, low income families are mobilized to achieve economic stability.

Circles Connellsville is currently seeking "Ally" volunteers:

  • Middle to upper income families who build intentional relationships with a low income family to help them become self-sufficient. An Ally volunteer commits to one family for a period of 18 months as part of a five to seven-person team that helps a family work themselves out of poverty.
  • In addition to other activities, an Ally volunteer will assist with weekly meetings, including providing a meal, assisting with set-up and clean-up and assisting with child care.

Contact: Shelly Auer, Assistant Director, at 724-626-1120 or shelly@connmin.org. More information at www.connmin.org.

 

Special Event & Office Volunteers

Organization:  accessAbilities, Inc.

Project Description:

accessAbilities, Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist with office duties, as well as planning and organizing for upcoming events:

  • 5K – September 27, 2014
  • Murder Mystery Dinner – March 7, 2015

Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers may serve as Event Committee Members, to assist with planning and volunteering at various special events. Tasks may include putting up posters prior to the event, selling tickets and working registration tables at the event.

Office Volunteers

Seeking volunteers who have basic clerical and computer skills and can complete related tasks, as well as some receptionist duties.  Also seeking volunteers to assist with marketing and public relations projects.

Time Commitment:

Special Event Volunteers

Event Committee Members meet once a month for about one hour for planning purposes.  Volunteers also work approximately 5 hours at each event.

Office Volunteers

As little as 3 hours a week, Monday - Friday. Open/flexible hours.

Contact: Barbara Crosby, Volunteer Coordinator or Barbara Christner, Director of Development and Marketing at 724-832-8272.

 

Hotline Volunteer

Organization:  Blackburn Center Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Project Description:

Blackburn Center offers a volunteer training class twice a year for people interested in providing supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The next training class will begin in mid-September 2014.  The training is a combination of classroom work and self-study.  Total training time is 70 hours, plus a practicum.

Volunteer counselors answer Blackburn Center’s 24-hour hotline and offer options, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Blackburn Center offers additional training for volunteers interested in helping at our shelter.

Volunteers are able to work flexible hours, and may do some work from home. In addition – and most importantly – they make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic and sexual violence.

More information and a volunteer application form can be found on our website www.blackburncenter.org.

Time Commitment:

70 hours of training over 12 weeks plus a minimum of 10 hours of supervised time on the hotline.

After the training has been completed – 8 to 12 hours per month of volunteer time on the hotline.

Contact:  Beth Babyak, Education/Outreach Program Manager, at 724-837-9540 x114.

 

ACHIEVA Volunteers

Organization: ACHIEVA

Project Description:

ACHIEVA is seeking volunteers to help improve the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. Opportunities include:

Service recipient volunteers

Do you want to work directly with participants in our services? Attend local community events, club meetings or other group events with participants in our residential services and parenting education program. Our participants have a wide variety of interests that they could enjoy with a friendly volunteer.

Activity volunteers

We have a variety of projects that we can always use help with from planting a flower garden to painting a room. This is a great option for groups, too!

Office/clerical volunteers

We can use your help with data entry, filing, phone calls, copying, and more at our offices.

Special event volunteers

Help in the planning on of our biggest fundraisers of the year, the Pittsburgh Promenade Auction (March, 2015).

Time Commitment:

Commitment varies depending on area of interest.

Contact: Jamie Rhoades, Director of Development at jrhoades@achieva.info or 412-995-5000 x526

 

Faith in Action Technology Mentors

Organization:  Laurel Area Faith in Action

Number of Volunteers: 10

Time Commitment:  Up to 2 hours per week

Project Description:

Technology in Action is a new program offered to residents of the Greater Latrobe, Ligonier, and Derry areas aged 60 and older who need some instruction or troubleshooting with technology including cell phones, computers, downloading applications like Skype, eReaders, cable tv, Facebook and Twitter, etc.  This does not include help with computer viruses or installing routers.

Volunteers can help at workshops or one-on-one in the home. Volunteers choose which services and hardware they are comfortable with and schedule the times for help, based on their availability.

Contact: faithinaction@msn.com; 724-539-4357

 

HAVIN’s 2nd Chance Shop

Organization:  Helping All Victims in Need (HAVIN)

Location: 2nd Chance Shop, 245 Market Street, Kittanning, PA 16201

Number of Volunteers: Open

Time Commitment: Volunteers can work a few hours per week or month at the shop

Project Description:  Volunteers will help at HAVIN’s 2nd Chance Shop, located at 245 Market Street in Kittanning, PA.  Volunteers may help with sorting donations, stocking shelves and serving customers.  Volunteers must pass a criminal and child abuse clearance (there is no charge for the clearances). Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am – 5 pm; Friday 10 am – 6 pm; and Saturday 10 am – 1 pm.  Volunteering at HAVIN’s 2nd Chance Shop will benefit survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Contact: Deb Rosensteel, 2nd Chance Shop Manager, at 724-543-3663 or drosensteel@havinpa.org

 

Park Clean-Up and Painting & Assembling Benches

Organization:  Latrobe-Unity Parks & Recreation

Number of Volunteers:  6-8

Time Commitment:  3 hours/project

Project Description: Spring clean-up is needed at several different park locations in Latrobe. In addition, new park benches need built and painted.

Contact: Jeanne Ashley, Executive Director, at 724-537-4331 or jeannelpr@msn.com

 

Fayette County Human Service Council Family Fun Fest (June 21)

Location: Fayette County Fairgrounds

Number of Volunteers:  15+ total for various tasks, detailed below. (Middle school age children could help with some tasks; high school and adults are needed for others.)

Time Commitment: Help is needed 8:30 am – 3 pm. (The event is open to the public from 10 am – 3 pm). Volunteers could work 2 - 3 hours or all day.

Project Description:  Volunteers are needed to complete the following tasks during the The Fayette County Human Service Council Family Fun Fest on June 21, 2014:

  • Set up and supervise outdoor games for children (hoola hoops, obstacle courses, etc. for 2-5 year-old and 6-10 year-old areas).
  • Keep tables and grounds around food area clean  (1- 2 volunteers needed)
  • Keep coolers filled with water and ice (could also do other jobs) (2 volunteers needed)
  • Work at entrance booth/give out tickets (2 volunteers needed)
  • Gate keepers at entrance (welcome people, tell where to park) (4 volunteers needed)
  • Direct parking: Help agency personnel know where to unload cars and park (4 volunteers needed)

Family Fun Fest gives families an opportunity to spend a fun day together while learning about social, health and educational services offered by Fayette County providers. Agencies provide a free activity while informing parents about their services. All stage performances and other entertainment is free as well as the hot dogs, fruit and drink.  Family Fun Fest welcomes about 2,000 guests and will be held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.

Contact: Sister Annette Frey, Community Liaison - Rendu Services, at afrey58@yahoo.com or 724-437-5478

 

Childwatch Program

Name of Organization: Valley Points Family YMCA New Kensington Branch

Location: Valley Points Family YMCA New Kensington Branch, 800 Constitution Boulevard,  New Kensington, PA  15068

Number of Volunteers: 3 – 4

Time Commitment: 6 – 12 hours per week

Project Description: Provide care for children 6 months – 6 years while their parents are exercising.  Volunteers can work either morning or evening shifts.  Morning shifts are from 8:45 am – 11:15 am Monday- Friday. Evening shifts are from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday and Wednesday or 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday.  Looking for a minimum commitment of two mornings or two evenings per week.

Contact: Crystal Smicik, 724-335-9191

 

Youth Monitor

Name of Organization: Valley Points Family YMCA New Kensington Branch

Location: Valley Points Family YMCA New Kensington Branch, 800 Constitution Boulevard,  New Kensington, PA  15068

Time Commitment: 4 – 12 hours per week

Number of Volunteers: 3 – 4

Project Description: Supervising youth 8 – 14 years old in a recreational room at the YMCA.  Would actively engage kids in activities and build relationships. Must be available 4:30 – 8:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Looking for a minimum commitment of two evenings per week.

Contact: Jason Halfhill, 724-335-9191

 

WCA Projects & Events

Name of Organization: Westmoreland Community Action (WCA)

Time Commitment: Varies per project, please inquire for more details

Number of Volunteers: Open

Project Description: Various opportunities are available in volunteering for WCA projects and events:

  • Distributing food at our monthly food bank (third Thursday of every month)
  • Volunteering as an income tax preparer
  • Helping at a Head Start Center
  • General office work and reception
  • Helping at our annual fundraiser events:  Wine Tasting on 4/11/2014, Poker Run on 7/26/2014 and the Golf Outing on 8/8/2014

Contact: LaQuicha Anderson 724-834-1260 ext: 101 or landerson@westmorelandca.org

 

Shop Demo Depot Volunteer

Name of Organization: Westmoreland Community Action (WCA)

Location: Shop Demo Depot, 23 West Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666

Time Commitment: 2 – 4 hours (store hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm)

Number of Volunteers: 10 – 20

Project Description: Complete various tasks inside and out of the shop, including:

  • Sorting/separating donated materials
  • Cleaning/stocking shelves
  • Painting (structure and murals)
  • Landscaping
  • Brush/debris removal

Contact:  Ken Czerpak, Store Manager, Shop Demo Depot, at 724-552-0491 or kczerpak@westmorelandca.org