Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that participating in volunteer organizations can greatly strengthen your resume? It’s not only a great networking opportunity, but also can help you fill in gaps in employment on your resume, and provide you with additional experience and marketable skills. Additionally, it can speak volumes to a potential employer about who you are as a person.

American Foundation for Children with AIDS, Inc.
Harrisburg, PA
AFCA is a non-profit organization that helps HIV+/AIDS children and their guardians in sub-Saharan Africa who have no other access to aid. AFCA is an efficient and highly effective grass roots organization that acts primarily as a conduit between the extreme needs of accredited partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and the vast resources of the western world. AFCA provides readily available, life-saving anti-retroviral medicine, medical equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, and emergency supplies that are requested by our partners for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS so that the afflicted, at-risk children can have hope to grow up free of the devastating effects of this disease. Currently, AFCA is working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Beverly’s Birthdays
North Huntingdon, PA
To provide birthday celebrations for homeless children living in shelters in the Pittsburgh region.

Big Brother and Big Sisters
National Organization
Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Bike & Build, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

Bright Futures Farm
Spartansburg, PA
We are a 501(c)(3) equine charity that saves, rehabilitates, and finds loving, forever homes for horses that have been abused, abandoned, or rescued from shipping to slaughter. We also provide permanent sanctuary to elderly and disabled horses that former owners have callously discarded.

Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
The Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (CSCP) is dedicated to providing, at no cost to members, a comprehensive and professional program of emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body and spirit of people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. CSCP offers programs at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park and other Philadelphia-area locations. Please call the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia at (215) 879-7733 or toll free at (888) 819-3553. Visit CSCP’s website at cancersupport-phila.org for more information, “like” CSCP on Facebook, and follow CSCP on Twitter@CSCPhiladelphia.

Landenberg, PA
“Carasmark seeks to inspire hope in the lives of children and their families by meeting their practical needs.”

State College, PA
“Centre Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM) will serve and advocate for the medically underserved residents of Centre County, Pennsylvania.”

“BACKGROUND: CVIM is a free-standing, community-based, non-profit organization that has been providing free medical and dental care, medications, and case management services to uninsured residents of Centre County, PA since 2003.”

COSACOSA art at large, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
COSACOSA art at large, Inc. is a non-profit organization creating new public art specific to the concerns of Philadelphia neighborhoods in direct, long-term collaboration with city residents. COSACOSA reasserts art's original role as a catalyst for community dialogue, creative cooperation, and positive change. Since 1990, COSACOSA projects have brought together thousands of citizens of diverse backgrounds and differing abilities to learn about art, about each other, and about how to work together.

Habitat for Humanity
National Organization
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat welcomes all people—regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or any other difference—to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter.

Littlestown, PA
“The mission of Hoffman Homes for Youth is to be committed to promoting personal growth and achievement of those we serve through continuous quality improvement, education, staff development, and the use of evidence-based practices.”

Homeless Children’s Education Fund
Pittsburgh, PA
Our Vision: That all children and youth experiencing homelessness will receive the necessary educational resources, guidance and opportunities to launch them on a path of success in school and in life.

Marina’s Kids
Glenside, PA
Our mission is to help disadvantaged children across the world to build a better future.

Mighty Writers
Philadelphia, PA
At Mighty Writers, Philadelphia kids learn that writing with clarity leads to a lifetime of success.

Mind Your Own Mind
Ardmore, PA
The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle and high schools as well as college students. Our outreach programs enlighten families and educators about the warning signs so often masked by normal adolescent behavior and promote open dialogue in schools and at home to encourage families to seek appropriate help.

New Leash on Life USA
Penn Valley, PA
New Leash on Life USA is a new generation prison dog-training program that saves the lives of shelter dogs by training and socializing them to enhance their adoptability while helping inmates learn to train and care for dogs. With New Leash on Life USA, dogs live in the cells with their inmate trainers 24/7, making New Leash dogs highly desirable for adoption and ensuring the long-term success for both humans and canines.

Operation Troop Appreciation
West Mifflin, PA
“To build and sustain the morale of deployed troops, enabling them to complete their missions with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.”

R.A.C.E. Fund
Harrisburg, PA
To preserve the lives of thoroughbred racehorses and racetrack pony horses who can no longer race or work by providing a funding source to help pay for their care and well being during their transition to retirement and adoption. Encourage horsemen and the racing industry to give back to these gallant creatures who have given so much to them by advocating for the horses to receive mandatory funding for their welfare and well being when they can no longer race. Work to put an end to horse slaughter in the United States.

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team
Philadelphia, PA
Our mission is to assist displaced pets and their people 24/7 and free of charge to ensure that all family members are taken care of during a disaster at their home. We are a 501(c)(3) animal welfare and emergency services nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the American Red Cross SEPA Chapter to provide emergency transport, shelter and veterinary care to animals involved in residential fires and other incidents. We also work within a network that includes veterinary care facilities, boarding facilities, kennels and training facilities, animal rescue groups and fosters in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

Sarah Heinz House
Pittsburgh, PA
“To empower all youth, especially those who need us most, to Laugh, Learn and Lead.”

Southwinds Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA
“Southwinds' mission is to provide residences for developmentally challenged persons in the community, while enhancing their quality of life and offering opportunities for specialized programs, social involvement, and independence. Our focus continues to be breaking down the isolation and segregation experienced by developmentally challenged persons by providing them with extensive services that promote their independence, dignity and equality.”

Philadelphia, PA
SquashSmarts, founded in 2001, seeks to enrich the lives of disadvantaged urban youth in Philadelphia.

Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania provides essential housing, employment and other vital supportive services to eligible veterans, service members and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life. Working in collaboration with over 100 local service providers, the Veterans Leadership Program is the only agency in Southwestern Pennsylvania which provides job search and retention assistance, career counseling, transitional and permanent housing, life skills training, and total case management of support services at no cost to veterans and their families as well as members of the National Guard and the Reserves.

Woman Against Abuse, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
The mission of Women Against Abuse is to provide quality, holistic and compassionate services, in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in persons who have been victimized by domestic violence. The program and services offered by Women Against Abuse are guided by a philosophy of service that seeks to empower women and respect their diversity.

York Rescue Mission
York, PA
To maintain a non-sectarian organization for the advancement of the kingdom of God through the gospel of Jesus Christ and to do missionary, relief and rescue work of all kinds in York and surrounding areas, and such other places that the Board of Directors may deem advisable.

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