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. 

Abington Senior Center: Bingo Caller, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 to 11 am. Contact: Debbie Molinaro, 570-586-8996.

Adopt a Boxer Rescue: Volunteers needed to man booth at adoption events. Volunteers are also needed to help with transporting dogs to the vet and dog walking. Foster parents also needed. Contact: Dawn Karam, or 1-877-570-0360.

Alzheimer's Association of Greater PA- volunteers needed to host "The longest day" event by organizing a bake sale, car wash, campus event, etc to raise money.  Contact Colleen Hicks at or call 412-324-7311

American Cancer Society: Volunteer needed to coordinate Road to Recovery, clerical/marketing volunteer for Mission Delivery staff, help at Health Fairs and Expos, Volunteer Recruiter.  Visit and Contact

American Red Cross: Volunteers needed to assist with smoke alarm installation, help at blood drives and fundraising events, attend community events, educate the public on disaster preparedness and more.  Contact Andy Nagy at or call 570-207-0100

American Red Cross on campus blood drives- April 15 and April 16 from 11am-4pm in the John Long Center Lobby.  Student volunteers needed to host tables in the days prior to the drive for appointments, publicity, at the canteen area and helping donors after blood donations.  Contact Heidi at 

Anthracite Heritage Museum/Scranton Iron Furnaces: Museum education and curatorial volunteers, Monday through Saturday, 9-5. All opportunities minimum age 17 or with a parent. Contact: Bode Morin, 570-963-4804 or

The Arc of Northeastern PA: Dedicated to securing for each individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to realize personal dreams through choice in how one lives, learns, works and enjoys life. Recreational Aides needed on Thursday evenings from
6-8:30 pm. Contact: Mari Pizur, 570-207-0825 or

Artists for Art/AFA Gallery: Ongoing, gallery sitters, noon - 5:00 pm. Minimum age 16. Contact: Melissa Carestia, 570-969-1040 or

Asera Care Hospice: Ongoing, Direct Care, provide social, emotional and spiritual care to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. Also includes bereavement services. Flexible times, unlimited volunteers, must be 17 years old. Ongoing, Indirect Care: administrative, clerical and medical records help. Contact Carol Burti, 1-800-870-0085 or

Catherine McAuley Center: Child care volunteers needed on Tuesdays from 11– 1 or Tuesdays from 5 -7. Minimum age 16. Contact: Jenny Blanchard, 570-342-1342,

Catholic Social Services of Lackawanna County: Food pantry volunteers, Tuesdays, 12-4. Minimum age 18. Contact Stephanie Miller, 570-207-2283, ext. 114 or

Celtic Hospice and Home Health: Visit hospice patients in Dunmore Health Care Center, Green Ridge Healthcare Center, and In-Patient Unit in Wilkes Barre. Times vary. Place “Tuck In” service calls for home hospice patients. Times vary. Minimum age 16. Contact: Marty Carr, 570-242-8691,

The Century Club of Scranton: Volunteer needed to research and write grant applications. Flexible! Contact: Renee Arledge,

Chinchilla Hose Company: Volunteer Junior Firefighters, ages 14-18 and Volunteer Firefighters, ages 18+ and Emergency Medical Services volunteers. Contact: Kevin Quinn, 570-586-5726 or email

CONCERN Professional Services: CONCERN, a nonprofit child welfare agency, has provided foster care, life skills training and delinquency services to over 14,000 children and teens since 1978. Ongoing, clerical assistance, days and times vary. Contact: Cara Wagner, 570-876-3800.

Compassionate Care Hospice: Companionship visitors with families, Certified Pet Therapists, Music and Art Therapists, Massage Therapists, Licensed Beauticians/Barbers; all flexible times. All opportunities minimum age 18. Contact: Cassie Kobeski, 570-451-1031 or

Dress for Success, Lackawanna: Ongoing: Personal shopper/site assistant, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guest presenters/speakers/mentors for career development programs. Contact: Mary Ann Iezzi, 570-941-0339 or

Dunmore Activity Hub & Cafe: Ongoing, teaching a skill or hobby, days and times vary. Lunch servers, daily, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., four volunteers needed. Chorus Director, Band Director and String instrument instruction, days and times vary. Contact: Alison Boga, 570-207-2662 or

Eckley Miners Village. Receptionist needed for weekdays, 9-5 and Saturdays; volunteers to aid in development plans; Spanish speaking volunteers also needed. Contact: Bode Morin, 570-636-2070.

Educational Opportunity Centers Inc- Seeking student volunteers to chaperon field trips, tutor, mentor, be a guest speaker, put together informational packets, work table at career fairs, photography for field trips, social media support.  Located in Edwardsville PA, about 30 minutes from the University of Scranton.  Volunteers will need their own transportation.  Contact or call 570-331-6755

End of the Year Drive- University of Scranton.  - hosted by The Center for Service & Social Justice the EOTYD collects all the items that students would normally discard at the end of the academic year.  A team of more than 20 underclassman undertake the effort to collect, sort and distribute the donations, volunteering to stay on campus after final exams.  Donations are given to area agencies in need such as Friends of the Poor, Community Invention Center, Leahy Family Center, and Safety Net. Volunteers  needed before, during and after finals.  Register online at

Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art: Volunteer Tour Guides for K-12 groups (must be available 10-1, Monday through Friday. Contact Stefanie Colarusso, 570-346-7186 ext 516 or 

Friends of the Poor:  Volunteer driver to pick up donation at grocery store, one morning a week, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Receive men’s clothing donations, one morning or afternoon a week, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Sister Ann Walsh, 570-348-4429 or

Friends of the Poor:  Food Pantry volunteers at Jackson Terrace (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) and Valley View Terrace (9:30 – 1:30). Minimum age 18. Contact Ann Montoro Williams, 570-340-6086 or

Geisinger Community Medical Center: OR Waiting Room, variable times, M-F; ICU Waiting Room and Emergency Room, variable times. Minimum age 18. Contact: Kristy Jankowski, 570-703-8709 or

Geisinger Mountain View Care Center: Volunteers needed to help Auxiliary either as an active member or by assisting with resident celebrations and other social events. Contact Ann Marie McKeel, 570-344-6819 or Tricia Capwell, 570-341-0050.

Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern PA, Inc.: Digital scanning , Monday - Thursday from 9 am-2 pm; Clerical help, Monday - Thursday from 9 am-2 pm; Genealogical research, Monday - Thursday from 9 am-2 pm. Minimum age 16. Contact: Maureen Gray, 570-383-7661

Gino J. Merli Veterans Center: Activities volunteers, Saturdays and Sundays 1:30 – 3:30, minimum age 14; entertainers, daily, 1:30 – 3:30; piano player, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Special Occasions, 9:30 – 10:30 and 1:30 – 3:30. Contact: DeLores Davis, 570-961-4380 or

Girls on the Run: Volunteer running coaches that inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.  Clearances required and are paid by the agency.  Sites are Waverly elementary, South Abington elementary and Dunmore. Your own transportation necessary.  After school hours.  Contact or call 215-896-8940

Goodwill GoodGuides: Mentors for “at risk” youth (especially males), one year commitment; 4 hours a month, flexible. Peer Mentors: age 16 – 17. Adult Mentors: 18+. Contact Kaitlyn Karzenoski or Juan Madrigal, 570-343-1166 ext. 480 or

Greater Carbondale YMCA: Ongoing, cleaning toys, special events, office assistance and building/grounds, afternoon and evenings. Contact: Heather Murphy, 570-282-2210 or

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter: We welcome the public to visit our animals and walk dogs (must be 18+ years to walk/handle animals) six days a week (closed Tuesday) from noon to 4 p.m. Community service and school project hours are available with advance approval through the fundraising department. Ongoing, weekend event volunteers as well as supply drive organizers are always needed. Contact 570-586-3700 x514 

Griffin Pond Animal Shelter St. Patricks Day Parade help- help the GP during the parade on Saturday March 14 collection donations/being a dog walker/handler through the parade.  Parade starts at 11am.  Downtown Scranton.  Easy walk from Campus.  Contact or call 570-586-3700

Heartland Hospice: Ongoing, patient visits, flexible days and times. Ongoing, respite for
caregivers, flexible days and times. Contact: Patrice Powell, 570-822-4979 or 570-290-0294.

Holy Family Residence- seeking volunteers to participate in therapeutic activities for our elderly residents; reminiscing groups, theatrical performances with residents/for residents; art therapy; craft projects; decorations for holidays/activities; music therapy, games, visits, parties, making technology available to our residents.  Located on the U of S/Marywood COLTS bus route.  Operates daily.  Contact Lisa Baker at 570-343-4065

Home Health Care Professionals and Hospice: Office Filing, sealing envelopes, etc., 8-4:30. Volunteers to visit patients and caregivers, 8-4:30. Evenings possible. Minimum age 18. Contact Jack Munley, 570-876-2900, ext. 2244 or

Hospice of the Sacred Heart: Visitors at patient’s homes or wherever they call home; flexible times. Clerical assistance, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Telephone contact. Inpatient Unit Needs: Guardian Angels, Clerical Duties, meal assistance. Contact: Ann Seechock, 570-706-2400.

Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School- seeking volunteers for group tutoring in K-8 math, english and language arts.  Monday through Friday during the school year from 3:15-4:15pm at their East Mountain Scranton location, 1615 E Elm St.  Clearances are required and fees will be paid by the agency.  This site is close to a COLTS bus route, which is free to U of S students with their royal cards. Contact Maria Rozaieski, Principal, at or call 570-941-4100.

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary- seeking volunteers at their Dalton location, 333 Oak Dr, about 20 minutes from Scranton.  Working with rescued animals- produce sorting, barn cleaning, education program assistance, nature trail check, visitation with rescued farm animals, fund raising and more.  Dress for outdoor work!  2-4 blocks of time between 9am-3pm on Saturdays (or Sundays by prior arrangement).  Great for groups!  They are also having their spring clean up on Saturday April 4 from 10am-2pm.  Your own transportation necessary.  Contact Sarah at or call 570-763-2908.  

Jewish Community Center: Adult Senior Center lunch assistant and Clerical Assistant for Senior Center, M,W, Th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. All opportunities, 18 +. Contact Louise McNabb, 570-346-6595 ext. 135.

The Jewish Home of Eastern PA: Play games with residents, help with transport to activities, assist with the exercise program, friendly one on one chats, assist with feeding (additional training needed for feeding), or you design an activity!  2 blocks from campus at 1101 Vine St.  No need for transportation!  For more info, please contact Melissa Zyats, director of healthy aging, at or call 570-344-6177 ext 1113. 

Junior Achievement of NEPA- looking for college students to work with small groups of 5th graders in a simulated town, helping run businesses and learn about money.  Fridays between 8:15am and 1:15pm.  No experience necessary.  Orientation provided.  Transportation available free on the COLTS bus route with your royal card, route 28.  Contact Kaylca Stransky at or call 570-602-3600.  

Lackawanna Blind Association: Volunteers needed to assist blind and visually impaired clients during activities, serve coffee, escort clients walking and shopping at Walmart, helping at sensory development program/crafts.  Hours available Monday-Friday.  Training provided.  Easy walk from campus- 228 Adams Ave.  Contact Mary Claire Boylan at or call 570-342-7613 x4.

Lackawanna County Conservation District: Enjoy the Outdoors! Ongoing, Environmental Task Force, flexible days and times. Contact: Cheryl Nolan, 570-382-3086.

Lackawanna River Corridor Association: General office assistance: daily, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. minimum age 16. Contact: Barb Semian, 570-347-6311 or

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

Leahy Community Health & Family Center-  Clinic Volunteers assist with medical clinic activities; Food Pantry Volunteers put together and provide bags of food for clients; Office Volunteers assist with daily office activities; Trained Medical Scribe Volunteers assist doctors and providers with patient record documentation during patient visits; Language Interpreters provide language translation services to non-English speaking patients.  Clearances are necessary.  Training provided.  ON CAMPUS (Basement McGurrin). Office open Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30; Medical Clinic Thursdays 1-6PM.  Contact Maria Vitale at or call (570) 941-6112   

Make-A-Wish Foundation: Volunteers needed for fundraising and events, days and times vary, any age; Wish Granting Volunteers, age 21+. Contact: Maggie O’Brien, 570-341-WISH or

Marley’s Mission: Ongoing, farm chores, flexible days and times, minimum age 16, over 18 requires clearances. Ongoing, event volunteers, flexible days and times. Ongoing, driver needed for transporting clients, times vary, use of organization vehicle, minimum age 21, clearances needed. Contact: Traci Berardelli, 570-587-HOPE or

Marywood University: Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) tutors. Tutor GED/ESL students. Contact: Selina Shrestha, 570-961-4757 or

Meals on Wheels of NEPA: Meal Delivery Volunteers, Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – noon. Pet Food Distribution, times vary. Contact: Chris Zelno, 570-346-2421 or

Melting Pot Intercultural Activity Center: West Scranton.  Site is on the COLTS bus route.  Dance instructors (share simple American dances like Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance) any Mon or Wed 12:30-1 or 1-1:45.  Also knitting, crocheting or needlework teachers, Mon Tues or Wed from 10:15-11, 12:30-1 or 1-1:45.  Contact

Moses Taylor Hospital: Greeter in ER, shifts available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Contact: Mary Moskwa, 570-770-5957.

Muscular Dystrophy Association: Volunteers needed for the Black and Blue Ball on Friday April 17 from 4-10pm at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.  As a volunteer you will register attendees, assist with event set up and clean up, engage in community outreach and help manage day of the event activities.  Contact Brian Dungan at or call 610-391-1977.  Easy walk from campus.

National Remember Our Troops: Volunteers needed to “man” card signing donation tables at various locations throughout the area. Contact:

Nativity Miguel School of Scranton: Lunch volunteer during the school year, M-F, 11:45 – 12:45.  Clearances necessary.  After–school helpers M-Th, 3-4:45. Contact 570-955-5176 

NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania: Volunteer based home repair services, days and times vary. Contact: Ellen Holden, 570-558-2490 or

NEPA Youth Shelter Afterschool Teen Drop in Center- located at 541 Wyoming Ave Scranton, open Mon-Thurs 2:30-9pm and Fridays 2:30-10pm.  Volunteers will monitor various activities in rooms, prep snacks, serve dinner, tutor, teach a skill or hobby, help with laundry.  Internship opportunities available.  Contact Maureen Maher-Grey at or call 570-871-0299

Northeast PA Pet Fund and Rescue: Volunteers to man table at adoption events. Volunteers to transport dogs to and from the vet. Grant researchers and writers. Contact Shannon Ceccoli 570-357-8032 or

Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic: Administrative help, assist in lobby on event days. Contact: Pat Arvonio, 570-270-4444.

Oak Leaf Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Inc.: Ongoing, Horse Handlers and Side walkers needed for program for children and adults with special needs. Contact: Loretta Dragon, 570-945-3922 or

Order of the Alhambra- Special Olympics Bowling!  Every Saturday morning from 10:30-11:30am at Chacko's Family bowling center, 195 North Wilkes-Barre Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.  Your own transportation necessary.  Contact Ada Magni at or call 570-693-1338.

Outreach Center for Community Resources- FRIENDS afterschool program at Skyview Park Apts Community Room.  Volunteers needed Tuesdays from 230-430pm helping kids in grades 1-5 with homework and art projects.  Training provided.  On the COLTS bus route- Valley View/Hilltop.  Contact Angela Seibert at or call 570-558-7579.

Personal Home Healthcare and Hospice –Volunteers needed to visit with patients, flexible time (minimum age 18); Office volunteers, minimum age 16, 8 – 4:30. Contact Cathy Bacinelli, 570-342-3314 or

Petals for Goodness Sake - Spreading joy and beauty to residents of nursing homes, hospice care and assisted living facilities through repurposing donated flowers.  Volunteers are needed to pick up donated floweres from venues , accompany and distribute flowers to residents' nursing home rooms.  Contact Kathee Senofonte at or call 570-881-4737

Ronald McDonald House of Scranton: Ongoing, House Volunteers, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, Family Room Volunteers at Moses Taylor Hospital assisting guests, monitoring room, some pediatric visiting (age 18 and up). Contact: Bridget Slagan, 570-969-8998,

Ronald McDonald House of Scranton- volunteers needed at Mogehan Sun Hotel & Convention Center setting up their annual culinary event, Gourmet Gala Roaring 20s event on Sunday March 22 either 930am-1pm or 630-10pm.  Volunteers should be able to lift and move heavier items.  Your own transportation required, about 15 minutes from Scranton.  Contact or call Richard Bradshaw at 570-696-8998.

SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy, a program of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania: Ongoing, literacy tutors, we train, must be 18 years of age. Training and tutoring hours are flexible, 3 hours per week. Volunteers also needed to lead a small Beginner ESL Class. Contact: Daysi Carreto, 570-346-6203, ext. 14
Scranton Cultural Center: Volunteer ushers for fundraisers, concerts, children’s performances, days and times vary; volunteers also needed to conduct tours. Contact: Maria Santomauro, 570-346-7369, ext. 121.

Serving Seniors, Inc.: Ongoing, Ombudsman, assist with residents' rights, 18 years of age or older, flexible times, unlimited volunteers. Ongoing, day care centers, schools/universities/scouts visit with residents in nursing/personal care homes, flexible times, unlimited volunteers. Ongoing, friendly visits with residents in nursing/personal care homes, flexible times, unlimited volunteers. Contact: Lisa Torch, 570-344-3931, ext. 665 or

South Side Active Older Adult Community Center: Congregate meal help, M-F, 10:30 – 12:30. Administrative help, M-F, 11:00 – 1:30. Front Desk Help, M-F, 8:30 – 11:00. Contact Amy Kazmierski, 570-346-2487 or

St. Francis of Assisi Clothing House: Clothing sorters and distributors, Tues., Wed., Thurs.,11:30 - 2:00. Contact:  or Terry Macciocco, 570-342-5556.

St Francis of Assisi Food Pantry: Volunteers needed to work one day each week (either Tue., Wed., or Thurs. from 12-2) at client choice food pantry at the St. Francis Commons Building. Contact Terry, 570-342-5556,#3
St. Joseph’s Center Baby Pantry: Mondays and Wednesdays 9-noon and Tuesdays and Fridays, 1-3, Minimum age of 18 years old. A volunteer seamstress, 1-2 hours per week any day between Monday and Friday and anytime between 8am and 2pm. Minimal mending, mostly sewing name labels on personal clothing. Contact Stephanie Nichols, 570-342-8379 or

St. Joseph’s Center Adult Day Program: Welcomes volunteers, even as small groups, to read, to talk to, listen to music or to interact in the way you are most comfortable with the program participants. This will be held either late morning, 10- 11am or early afternoon, 12:30- 1:30pm. Contact Kathy Norton,

Steamtown National Historic Site: Volunteers needed in various areas of the park: visitor services, railroad operations, restoration shop, roundhouse, grounds maintenance, administration, cultural resources, special events. Orientation and training provided for all areas. Contact Bill Fischer , 570-340-5240 or Fischer, William

Traditional Hospice: Volunteers needed to sit with patients, read, play cards or just listen. In-office clerical assistance, M-F 8:30 – 5. Minimum age 18. School or community groups needed to put together gifts for patients. Contact: Lisa Morgan, 570-207-9286 or

United Neighborhood Centers - Carbondale Senior Center: Receptionist needed on Tues. and Thurs., 8:30 – 12:30. Contact: Nancy Brown, 570-282-6167.

VNA Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County: Companionship visits to patients in their homes or health care facilities, flexible times, minimum age 18. Clerical support in Olyphant office, Tues-Fri,
8 a.m. to noon or noon -4 p.m., minimum age 18. Contact Marina Pambianco, 570-383-5180 or

Weinberg Food Bank- helping at the food bank in Pittston pulling orders, stocking shelves, tidying pallets, and making boxes of food low income elderly clients.  Volunteers should be able to lift and carry.  Anytime Monday through Friday from 7am-3pm and some Saturdays.  Training provided at the site.  Your own transportation necessary, about 15 minutes from Scranton.  Contact Amanda Brueckler at or call 570-908-2222

Weinberg Memorial Library- on campus book sale-  Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, from noon until 4 p.m., in the fifth-floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. A special preview sale will be held on Friday, April 24, for Friends members and Schemel Forum members.  Carrying books, setting up the sale, cashier, helping patrons to their cars, etc.  To volunteer, please contact Alyssa Charney at 570-941-7807, email or stop by the Weinberg library.

WVIA Public Media: Receptionist, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact: Amber Loomis, 570-602-1123