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 distance of U of S and near bus routes.  Contact Cindy Johnson at or call 570-963-6633 x2262

American Red Cross- (IN PERSON) looking for volunteers to screen blood donors for temperatures, 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 or call 570-202-7961.

Dress for Success Lackawanna- located on the 2nd floor of the Mall at Steamtown, volunteers will assist clients with picking out work/dress clothing, assisting in the career center and assisting with inventory.  Monday- Friday between 10-4.  Easy walk from campus or take the free with your royal card COLTS bus.  Contact Jen Adams at or call 570-941-0339 x1.

Dunmore Health Care Center- seeking an activities volunteer who can play music for our residents, play games like chess, checkers, card, bingo.  Week days at lunchtime or weekends.  Contact or call 570-342-7624

Friends of the Poor- Jackson Terrace food pantry- seeking volunteers to help at their food pantry any time Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.  Training provided.  Contact Ann Williams at or call 570-340-6086

Greater Scranton YMCA:  Some volunteers projects are assisting with general administrative duties, greeter for members, assisting with nursery school, coaching youth sports,  helping with fundraising. Also open to other ideas! Contact Meghan at or call 570-828-3113.  The Y is located in Dunmore, about 15 minutes from campus.

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 (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 Matt at (570) 602-3600 , email or visit

Lackawanna County 4-H- seeking volunteers for their leadership and civic engagement program with 3 area school districts focusing on girls in 9th and 10th grades. Starts mid January.  Leader application and screenings necessary. Contact Sandi Graham at or call 570-963-6842

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority:  Do you like hands on volunteer work?  LHVA has all kinds of "work with your hands" jobs for you to do!  Trail cleanups, painting, tree planting!  Summer and winter.  All tasks offer flexibility in scheduling and consideration of any physical limitations. Contact: John Morrow at LHVA at  570-963-6732 or

Meal 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  or call 570-346-2421

Montessori Preschool- 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.  Any time between Monday - Friday from 830-330 (hour at a time OK).  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 or call 570-342-1047.

Nativity Miguel School- located on the campus of Marywood University, this school serves children in grades 6-7-8.  They are looking for student volunteers to assist with their afterschool program Mon-Thurs from 3-445pm.  Clearances are necessary.  Contact principal Tim Casey at or call 570-955-5176

Nay Aug Park Christmas Light display- Nay Aug Park is looking for volunteers to do collections and work at the concession stand for our light show. It would be in two hour increments from 5pm-7pm and 7pm-9pm. Donations go to Nay Aug Park upkeep.  Register at

NeighborWorks Northeastern PA Snow Angels - NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania has started the Snow Angels program which is volunteer-based aid that assists older adults in Lackawanna County with snow removal 24-48 hours after snowfall. Volunteers are matched with clients based on residential location and will attempt to be kept within walking distance. Shovels and rock salt will be provided to all volunteers.  Volunteer can contact

NeighborWorks Northeastern PA- looking for volunteers to help seniors aging in place with home repair/yard work, landscaping, painting, safety kit installation.  Hours are flexible and depend on event days.  Training provided. Also available is a data entry position for the Aging in Place program, inputting client records (at their site located in West Scranton).   Contact Alyssa at or call 570-558-2490.

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 or call 570-909-9671.

Oakwood Terrace Memory Care- great for nursing majors, health and human service majors, etc!  Working with the elderly, volunteers will assist the activities director for any seasonal activities, games, etc.  Any day between the hours of 9-5, including weekends.  Orientation and training provided.  Located in Moosic, your own transportation necessary or bus route Pittston.  Contact Caitlynn Larnerd at 570-451- 3171 or

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 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 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 for dates and times (mostly weekend Fri-Sat-Sun, evenings and matinees).  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. Sorting clothing and assisting shoppers.  Contact Linda Mangino at 570-342-5556 option 3 or email

St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen- (IN PERSON) 500 Penn Ave Scranton. Volunteers needed for meal prep such as cutting and peeling fruit and vegetables, plating desserts as well as meal service, cleaning counters, tables and chairs.  9:00am - 12:30pm on MTuWThFSaSu or 3:30pm-6:30pm on TWTh.  Contact Bo Fuller at 570-342-5556 ext. 2 or email

St. Francis Client Choice Food Pantry- 500 Penn Ave Scranton.  Volunteers will stock shelves, light cleaning and help shoppers.  TWThF fr om 10am-2pm.  Contact Adam Lynch at or call 570-342-5556 option 5. 

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 answer questions. Contact 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 or call 570-346-8874. 

Traditional Home Health & Hospice- seeking volunteers to hospice patients at both facilities and homes, to provide increased companionship/socialization as well as respite to the families/primary caregivers.  Training is provided.  Clearances and TB test necessary (provided by agency).  Office volunteers needed too!  Interns welcome.  Days and hours are flexible.  Your own transportation necessary.  Contact- call 570-207-9286 or email

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 Terilynn Brechtel  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 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

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 or call 570-820-8002.