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. 
As we support the health and well-being of our communities through social isolation, we recognize that the desire to help others by giving back remains strong. In addition, the needs of our neighbors and communities grow in times of crisis. We are committed to helping meet those needs while taking the appropriate precautions to keep people safe. Please click here for a list of volunteer opportunities you can do from your home and keep checking back here for more COVID-19 response opportunities as they develop. 

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, please refer to Red Cross donation guidelines and drives 

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 or eevans@bgcnepa.org

Catherine McAuley Center- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) The Catherine McAuley Center is looking for college/university level students to serve as virtual mentors/academic tutors for the children and youth enrolled in our programs. We serve a population of homeless families who may often struggle with the transition to virtual classrooms and online learning. College students acting as mentors/tutors will work with the child assigned to them, offering help and support with online assignments and class content. Please note that there will be no in-person contact involved, and all communication will take place by phone or online. Another option for interested students would be to conduct a donation drive on behalf of the Catherine McAuley Center. We are always looking for non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers, and school supplies.  Any student interested in tutoring can email Jenny Blanchard, Development and Volunteer Coordinator at jblanchard@catherinemcauleycenter.org . All student mentors/tutors must submit Child Abuse Clearance and PA Background Check forms to be eligible for the virtual tutoring program.

 

ClothesLine for Men - (IN PERSON & ON CAMPUS) assist the Center for Service & Social Justice with sorting men's clothing.  This site provides interview and life event clothing for men in need in our community.  Monday through Friday from 1-3pm.  4 Volunteers per day.  Masks and Social Distancing required.  Right near Condron Hall.  Register via Sign up Genius https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040A4BAAAC22A2FE3-clothesline1

Compassionate Care Hospice: (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) Traditionally, hospice volunteers provide companionship and emotional support in a patient’s home or nursing home during their journey through their end of life transition. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Compassionate Care Hospice has reimagined the role of a hospice volunteer. 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. Follow up companionship calls will take place throughout the semester to provide additional emotional support and companionship. We are also seeking Writing/Editing Volunteers to assist with the Biographies. This position is also remote. Contact: Cassie Kobeski, 570-451-1031 or cassie.kobeski@cchnet.net

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. Social distancing and masks required for volunteers.  Contact FOP for more information, as well as days and time.  570-348-4428

Girls on the Run- (IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL) seeking volunteer coaches for girls in grades 3-5 to help with both physical and emotional health.  Online training course and clearances are necessary.  Over 10 weeks you will meet once or twice a week doing fun and interactive lessons.  In person with the shift to virtual programming if necessary.  Contact Lori Hoinowski at Lori.hoinowski@girlsontherun.org or call 570-534-7387

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- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. School as we know it may have changed, but the need hasn't! Though volunteering for Junior Achievement in the traditional sense may not be an option at this time, you can still inspire and prepare our young people as a JA Virtual Volunteer! Visit their page at https://nepa.ja.org/volunteer/volunteer-now or contact kstransky@janepa.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) needs people who can do research on the computer, public relations, 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/

Meals on Wheels- (IN PERSON) delivery drivers and case/cooler cleaners. 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. Cooler cleaners report directly to Meals on Wheels office and work in their garage to chemically sanitize materials from 12-3pm. 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 virtual learning, and possibly helping prepare food. 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 nepayouthshelther@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

Scranton School District- (VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITY) spring tutoring program with partner school for elementary age grades. Please fill out your availability at https://forms.gle/seqbvYUbeGNs5H7cA. Questions can be directed to our Community Relations office, caroyln.bonacci@scranton.edu 

St. Francis of Assisi Clothing House: (IN PERSON) 500 Penn Ave Scranton. Walking distance of U of S. Especially in need of volunteers to sort clothing on MTWTh from 930am-12pm. Contact Exec Director Rob Williams at 570-342-5556 or email rwilliams@stfranciskitchen.org

St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen- (IN PERSON) Volunteer Hours at the Kitchen. Preparing foods only at this time. 7:30am - 12:30pm on MTuWThFSaSu (8 am – 11 am - during time when we are serving in to-go containers). 4:00pm-6:30pm on TWTh (2:30 pm – 5:00 pm - during time when we are serving in to-go containers) NOTE: Paid staff only are interacting with the public at this time.  Contact Exec Director Rob Williams at 570-342-5556 or email rwilliams@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

Weinberg Food Bank- (IN PERSON) COVID-19 Emergency Food Relief Volunteers Needed! Tuesday - Friday, 10am-12pm and 1pm-4pm in Pittston.  Please note: there is NO food giveaway at the volunteer location. To register to volunteer please visit https://www.ceopeoplehelpingpeople.org/.  Volunteers shifts are listed on their doodle form at https://doodle.com/poll/iaw6dtxeqz8a7sgm/  Select shifts at least 12 hours prior so they have time to send you a confirmation email.  Social distancing and safety guidelines strictly enforced.  Please fill out their paperwork PRIOR to arriving to save paper and pen exchange http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egzu107qk88pxwq3/a0218dkkh64sve/questions