Current Volunteer Opportunities

Many of our community partners below have limited volunteers or canceled activities during the Coronavirus outbreak.  Please contact the site before attempting to enter any facility. 
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American Red Cross- (IN PERSON) looking for volunteers to screen blood donors for temperatures, asking COVID related questions, making sure donors are registered, distributing beverages and snacks.  Training provided and background checks are necessary and will be run by the agency.  Multiple locations in Lackawanna County.  Contact Grace Palmer at grace.palmer@redcross.org or call 570-202-5801

To donate blood-  In 2022, they are scheduled for February 2 & 3 and April 12 & 13.  All drives are located in the Long Center lobby from 11am-4pm.  Appointments can be made online, in addition to walk ins.  Valid ID required.  Want to volunteer at the drive on campus? Contact Heidi.Daleo2@redcross.org

Boys and Girls Club of NEPA- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) Work with kids! Volunteers can make videos in their field of expertise (It is important to hear about different careers) for us to share on our Social Media, read a short story, tell a joke, do an art project, perform an exercise or make a healthy snack. Videos can be up to 5 minutes in length and be be made at the volunteers leisure at the location of their choice. Contact lgentile@bgcnepa.org 

Compassionate Care Hospice: Honoring a hospice patient at end of life can be just as rewarding for the volunteer as the patient.  Our student hospice volunteers provide meaningful end of life companionship and emotional support visits to our patients and their families.  Visits take place in area nursing homes or private homes and are made around the volunteer’s schedule.  In addition, we have remote opportunities such as our biography program.  Through our biography program, patients and families are able to connect remotely with a volunteer and share their life story. This walk down memory lane has proven to therapeutic and results in a beautiful keepsake. Biographies are displayed within a patient’s room at a nursing home and another copy is kept by their loved ones to cherish. Students will coordinate with patients and caregivers for an interview. Students will engage in active listening and note taking and work together to compose a biography. We are also seeking Writing/Editing Volunteers to assist with the Biographies. Contact: Cassie Kobeski, 570-451-1031 or cassie.kobeski@amedisys.com.

Friends of the Poor: (IN PERSON) Volunteers needed for Pop Up Pantries. Days, Times and Locations are variable.  Volunteers will pack bags and load food into cars. Volunteers also needed at the Jackson Terrace Food Pantry M-F 9am to 5pm.  Social distancing and masks required for volunteers.  Contact FOP for more information.  570-348-4428

Friends of the Scranton Public Library- Volunteers needed to pack up books/carry boxes after the sale on Sunday December 5th. Steamtown Mall from 3-5pm.  Easy walk from The University or take COLTS bus free with your royal card.  Contact Barbara at 570-231-1027 or barbmcgee@verizon.net

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter- (IN PERSON) YES! We are still accepting volunteers to our shelter by appointment only. Please email Volunteer@griffinpondas.com for more information. We are looking for those that would be interested in regular dog walking, cleaning within the shelter and outside of the shelter, and more! (570) 586-3700.   This site is about 20 minutes from campus and would require your own vehicle.

Junior Achievement-  (IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL) By being a JA volunteer and sharing your personal and professional experiences and skills with students from your community, you help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.  Opportunities are available in person and virtually.  For more information or to register as a volunteer, contact  Kalyca.Stransky@ja.org 

Lackawanna County 4-H- (IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL)looking for volunteers to oversee club meetings (even virtually) and/or would like to present a topic of their speciality.  There are over 150 different projects that a member may choose from. Some popular projects in Lackawanna County are Horses, Veterinary Science, Dairy Goat, Poultry, Sheep, Swine & Gardening.Contact Sandi Graham at saa224@psu.edu or call 570-963-6842

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority: (IN PERSON) Trail Cleanups. Contact: Owen Worozbyt, 570-963-6730 or oworozbyt@LHVA.org

Lighthouse House of Scranton- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) Providing Comfort, guidance, and spiritual enrichment for the wrongly convicted/ displaced  persons and their families.  Seeking volunteers who can do research on the computer, Social Media, publicity, marketing and editing as they develop new programs. Contact Lindsey Morelli at lnmrl1@aol.com . Find out more about this site at https://www.facebook.com/pg/lighthousehealingscranton/

Marywood University S.T.A.R.S. program- an after school mentoring/homework help program for local Latinx 7th-12th grade students at St. John Neumann Parish in South Scranton.  The program takes place every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm.  Volunteers will provide mentoring activities/games and one-on-one homework help.  Your own transportation necessary.  On/near the COLTS bus route, free with your royal ID.  Clearances are required.  You do not need to be bilinqual.  This site follows the Marywood academic calendar. Contact Jenny Gonzalez at jkgonzalezmonge@maryu.marywood.edu to register or get more information.

Meals on Wheels- (IN PERSON)  Delivery drivers pick up meals in coolers/cases from dropoff locations throughout Lackawanna County and delivers to clients on routes. Routes are delivered M-F between 10am and 1pm. They can usually be completed in under an hour and half.  Masks and social distancing are required. Delivery drivers need a valid Drivers License and use their own vehicles. State background checks necessary. This site is on COLTS bus route 42 Olive/Providence. Contact Lindsey Skripka at lskripka@mownepa.org  or call 570-346-2421

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - (VIRTUAL) seeking volunteer to help to create an engaging membership appeal letter that uses personal stories to engage our current and lapsed members and our community,  coordinate email and direct mail campaigns, create social media content to complement appeal letter and follow up and reminders to appeal.  Also looking for someone to update their membership list.  Training and sample documents provided, as well as a basic introduction to Canva.  Contact Marie Onukiavage at marieo@naminepa.org or call 570-342-1047.

NEPA Youth Shelter- (IN PERSON) seeking volunteers to monitor the teen room, making sure they are on task with their school work, and serving dinner, additional tasks as needed. Volunteers will need valid clearances. Social distancing, masks and sanitizing are necessary. Within walking distance of the U of S (541 Wyoming Ave) and also on the COLTS bus route. Contact Maureen Maher-Grey at nepayouthshelter@gmail.com or call 570-909-9671.

Quigley's Shelter Pets- (IN PERSON) dedicated to aiding cats and other unwanted or abandoned small pet animals, and other injured or hurting outdoor creatures, the shelter is seeking volunteers for pet care and interaction (mostly cats). Physical location is in Olyphant PA, about 15 minutes from the University of Scranton. It is not walkable but is on the COLTS bus route. Social distancing and masks are necessary. Contact Scott at scottqsp@epix.net  or call 570-650-6207

Ritz Performing Arts Center- 222 Wyoming Ave, Scranton.  Looking for Ticket Takers, pass out playbills, ushers.  December 3-12.  Various times.  See shows for free!  Easy walk from campus.  Contact Carole Mason at carole_mason217@yahoo.com

St. Francis of Assisi Free Clothing Store: (IN PERSON) 504 Penn Ave Scranton. Walking distance of U of S. Especially in need of volunteers to sort clothing on MTWTh from 11:00 am- 2 pm. Contact Linda Mangino at 570-342-5556 option 3 or email kitchen@stfranciskitchen.org

St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen- (IN PERSON) 500 Penn Ave Scranton. Volunteers needed to prepare salads and desserts, help serve and clean up after meal service.  9:00am - 12:30pm on MTuWThFSaSu or 4:00pm-6:30pm on TWTh.  Contact Steve Dobbs at 570-342-5556 ext. 2 or email chef@stfranciskitchen.org.

St. Joseph's Center- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) Our Day Program clients, prior to COVID-19, were participating in many interesting community experiences, and engaging in special interest groups, such as fishing groups, exploring other cultures (making cultural meals, listing to music associated with the target culture, etc.). With the current restrictions, we have a need to have folks record some interesting experiences to be shared with our clients. Some of these videos could be used as tutorials for client participation (cooking, crafts, exercise etc.) while others may be an experience that our folk may not be able to easily take part in (a mountain climb/hike, skydiving!) but will enjoy the experience. The possibilities are endless. Volunteers could either video record the activity, or take still photos and edit creatively, or pass it along to our Community Outreach Coordinator, Jeanne, who can edit as well.  Contact Rich Brazill at 570-342-8379 ext. 1466 or rbrazill@stjosephscenter.org

Steamtown National Historic Site- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) Volunteers needed to use a personal computer with Internet access and MS Word, transcribe digitized historical records from the Steamtown NHS Archives. The digitized docs will be emailed to the transcriber, who will email back the transcriptions. Most records currently being transcribed deal with routine operations of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad early in the last century. Work at your own pace. A park historian is always available to answere questions. Contact Bill_Fischer@nps.gov or call 570-340-5339   

United Neighborhood Centers - (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES) Become a tutor or teacher to adult learners via telephone or zoom on reading, writing, citizenship education, and English as a second language. Qualifications necessary are fluency in English, good communication skills, an enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and basic understanding of Zoom or a willingness to learn. Responsibilities include completing a tutor training and commit to at least 2 hour per week. Contact Audrey at agolosky@uncnepa.org or call 570-346-6203

United Neighborhood Centers- (IN PERSON) Prepare food boxes to hand out to clients, bagging produce, stocking shelves with non-perishable items, & taking out recycling at Angels Attic pantry.  Located at 410 Olive St Scranton.  Within walking distance of campus or on the COLTS bus route (Wyoming Ave).  Tues-Wed-Thurs from 9am-5pm.  Contact Toni Broden at tbroden@uncnepa.org or call 570-343-8835.  Training provided and a simple volunteer form.  

United Neighborhood Centers- (IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL) Do you play the guitar, keyboard, violin, or drums? Would you be interested in donating an hour or two of your time each week to help teach youth ages 13 to 18 the basics of one of these instruments? UNC is looking for volunteers for a new youth music program. The hours are flexible and instruction can be done in-person or virtually. If you're interested in volunteering, please call (570) 961-1592 ext. 105

CEO/Weinberg Food Bank- (in person) We are looking for volunteers to help pack food boxes. Nowadays, CEO's packing site in Pittston Township is welcoming volunteers only a few times per month. Because of the logistics involved, the focus is on groups from 3 to 10 participants in two shifts, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, weekdays. The site welcomes volunteers on the 3rd and 4th weeks of the month. We have two shifts available in November. If your group can participate during November, send me an email or text with the date and shift that would be suitable, and I can check for availability.  Grace Nava 570-500-7578 or email gnava@ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org