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. 

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 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 or

Center for Service & Social Justice, University of Scranton- summer volunteer opportunity for currently registered students: We Care meal program: providing meals to those most in need in the Scranton area each week.  Volunteers are needed Tuesdays and Wednesdays June 15 and 30, July 6, 14 and 21 and August 4, 18 and 25.  Sign up for one or two hour shifts – 8-9am, 9-10am, 10-11am or 11am-Noon. Contact or call our office at 570.941.7429.   Located on campus in the DeNaples Center.

City of ScrantonUniversity of Scranton faculty, staff, and students are invited to join on Saturday, June 12 from 10 - 11:30 am to volunteer in support of the Scranton City Pride weeklong cleanup event. For the cleanup, we will be picking up trash in the Hill section of Scranton spanning from Jefferson Ave. to Harrison Ave. from Mulberry Street up to the 800 blocks. Sign up at:
Anyone interested in helping with this event is asked to meet at the University’s parking lot on the corner of Mulberry Street and Madison Avenue on Saturday, June 12 at 10 am to pick up trash bags and gloves. Questions? Email

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

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

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter- (IN PERSON) YES! We are still accepting volunteers to our shelter by appointment only. Please email 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.

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 or call 570-963-6842

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

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 Find out more about this site at

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  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 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 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  or call 570-650-6207

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

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

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

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 or call 570-340-5339

Summer Camp Hub:    Summer Camp Hub provides educational resources for students and parents. This is a list of online volunteer opportunities that college students can participate in. Students will be tutoring younger students from underserved communities in all types of courses ranging from English, writing, math, science, and more. Some programs require a minimum time commitment, while others have no commitment length requirements.    Link to source:                

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 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 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  Volunteers shifts are listed on their doodle form at  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