Current Volunteer Opportunities

Agency for Community EnPOWERment of NEPA (Headstart)-  a comprehensive preschool program for low income families (birth to 5 years) needs volunteers in the classroom.  Virtual opportunities may be available as well.  Clearances required.  Centers are within walking distrance of U of S and near bus routes.  Contact Cindy Johnson at cjohnson@acenepa.org or call 570-963-6633 x2262

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

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: (VIRTUAL) 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

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 (dog walkers must commit to 40 hours during the semester) , 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) Volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership. Volunteer opportunities are both in person and virtual!  Call Kayla at (570) 602-3600 or visit https://nepa.ja.org/volunteer/ways-to-volunteer.

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) Do you love the region, its trails, and the great outdoors? Joining Ambassadors in Action is a wonderful way to use your talents, to develop skills, to meet new people, and to give back to the community.The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) and Heritage Valley Partners (HVP) invite you to join “Ambassadors in Action,” the Heritage Valley’s hands-on volunteer corps! Under the sponsorship of HVP volunteers are needed to help with trail clean-ups, heritage events, office support, and more! There are opportunities for everyone. All tasks offer flexibility in scheduling and consideration of any physical limitations. 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/

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

Montessori Preschool- (IN PERSON) volunteers needed assisting children 3-5 years in a preschool environment during the school year.  Right on campus!  712 Linden St within the Elm Park Church.  Monday - Friday from 830-330.  Training provided.  Please contact Pauline Comerford at 570-963-5458.  

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.

PA MEDI-  seeking volunteers to retrieve phone messages/medication lists/outreach events and possibly some counseling.  Training is provided and clearances are necessary.  This work can be both in person and by phone/virtual.  Great for Health Adm majors, counseling, etc.  Contact Marg Strein at streinm@diakon.org or call 570-822-1158 x 2395.  For more information visit PA MEDI

Petals for Goodness Sake- (IN PERSON) volunteers would collect flowers leftover from venues (weddings, events, funerals, etc) mostly in downtown Scranton and deliver to their site in Clarks Summit.  Hours vary from later evenings to daytime.  Also delivering small arrangements to nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living sites.  Your own car would be necessary. Petals for Goodness Sake info page.  Contact Kathy at kseno104@yahoo.com or call/text to 570-881-4737.

Scranton Cultural Center- (IN PERSON) located just a few blocks from campus, the Cultural Center is seeking volunteers to usher and help out at various children's programming and Broadway Shows.  See great shows for free!  Contact Donna at donnap@scrantonculturalcenter.org for dates and times (mostly weekend Fri-Sat-Sun, evenings and matinees).  Volunteers must be vaccinated and able to provide their covid vaccination cards.  570-346-7369 x121

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.  8:00am - 12:30pm on MTuWThFSaSu or 3:30pm-6:30pm on TWTh.  Contact Steve Dobbs at 570-342-5556 ext. 2 or email chef@stfranciskitchen.org. (please notify them in advance of coming, especially if you need to adjustthe arrival time or departure time.  The above times are subject to change if it becomes necessary to return to Grab and Go meal service)

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. https://www.volunteer.gov/s/volunteer-opportunity/a09t0000008mCKn/historical-records-transcriber A park historian is always available to answer questions. Contact megan_stevens@nps.gov or call 570-340-5339

Tomorrows at Village Park Apartments- (IN PERSON) homework tutors needed! Supervised by the onsite staff the tutors will work with children, plan and organize day to day activities, help maintain the community room, accompany staff on field trips, and supervise kids.  Monday through Thursdays from 3-5pm during the school year.  Clearances are necessary.  Orientation provided.  On the COLTS bus route (43 & 52).  Contact Valeria Lemus at valeria.lemus@betteromorrows.org or call 570-346-8874. 

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 bags to hand out to clients, bagging produce, sometimes carrying bags out to their cars, sorting clothing,  & hanging clothing at Angels Attic pantry.  Located at 410 Olive St Scranton.  Within walking distance of campus or on the COLTS bus route 40 or 36 (Wyoming Ave).  Open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.  Volunteers mostly needed in the afternoons but mornings could work too!  Contact Megan Lee at mlee@uncnepa.org or call 570-343-8835.  Training provided and a simple volunteer form.  

United Neighborhood Center Pine Brook Neighborhood Plan- needs volunteers for assisting at events, neighborhood clean ups, safe-clean & green surveying of the neighborhood.  Contact Holly at 570-346-6203 x109 or email hyorkonis@uncnepa.org

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

Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity- (IN PERSON) help with home building for a family in need in Pittston (about 15 minutes from campus,  your own car required), on the job training, no previous experience necessary.  Every Saturday (except holidays) from 9-3.  Great for individuals and groups.  Contact Mary Beth Allen at volunteer@wv-hfh.org or call 570-820-8002.