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June Volunteer Calendar

The Voluntary Action Center Volunteer Calendar, a 1997/98 project initiated by Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, appears monthly.  The calendar provides information on volunteer opportunities within some nonprofit organizations.   Agencies needing volunteers include:

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, dawn@adoptaboxerrescue.com or 1-877-570-0360.

The Advocacy Alliance: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program. Become an advocate for a child or sibling group in the foster care system. A trained CASA volunteer is appointed by a judge to be an advocate for children, to give them hope, support and encouragement and to ensure their voices are heard as the juvenile justice system seeks a safe, permanent, and nurturing home for them.  Training starts this spring. Contact:  Joan Peterson,

 570-558-3971 or jp@theadvocacyalliance.org.

American Cancer Society: Road to Recovery volunteer drivers needed to take patients to their cancer-related appointments. Drive your vehicle or ACS van. Times vary on Mondays-Fridays between 7 am and 5 pm; Drive ½ day or a full day, ages 18 through 84. Office volunteers needed to help with clerical and marketing projects, 10 am – 1 pm or 1 pm-4 pm.    Contact: Jennifer Washney, 570-562-9749, ext. 320 or Jennifer.washney@cancer.org.  Also Relay For Life- Wallenpaupack Area, anyone who wants to be involved and is between the ages 12 and up! For more information about Relay For Life contact Cindy Delaney, 570-562-9749, cindy.delaney@cancer.org .

American Red Cross:  Join the Home Fire Campaign. Help install smoke detectors in Taylor homes on June 1 from 9-3 and in Pittston homes, June 17, 9-3. Minimum age 16. Contact  Andy.Nagy@redcross.org or 570-846-3311.

Anthracite Heritage Museum/Scranton Iron Furnaces: Arts on Fire volunteers, June 3, 9-4.  Museum education and curitorial volunteers, Monday through Saturday, 9-5.  All opportunities minimum age 17 or with a parent.  Contact:  Bode Morin, 570-963-4804 or bmorin@pa.gov

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 mpizur@thearcnepa.org

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

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 carol.burti@aseracare.com

Boys & Girls Club of NEPA: Homework helpers needed, 2:30 – 4:00 daily. Contact Laura Gentile, 570-342-8709 ext. 114 or lgentile@bgcnepa.org 

Catherine McAuley Center:  Child care help needed on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from  

 5-7. Minimum age 16. Contact: Jenny Blanchard, 570-342-1342, jsblanchard24@gmail.com

Catholic Social Services:  Clerical volunteers, Monday thru Friday, anytime from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Receptionist, Monday thru Friday, anytime from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Minimum age of 21. Contact:  Sr. Janet Jeffers, I.H.M., Executive Director of Lackawanna County Catholic Social Services,

570-207-2283 ext. 131 or jjeffers@cssscranton.org

Celtic Hospice and Home Health: Visit hospice patients in Dunmore Health Care Center, Green Ridge Health Care 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, carrm@celtichealthcare.com

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

Chinchilla Hose Company: Volunteer Junior Firefighters, ages 14-18 and Volunteer Fire Fighters, ages 18+ and Emergency Medical Services volunteers.  Contact:  Kevin Quinn, 570-586-5726 or email krquinn1@aol.com

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.

Commission on Economic Opportunity/ The Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank: is in need of volunteers to assist with the packing of senior food boxes to be delivered throughout Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wyoming and Luzerne Counties.  Boxes are packed on the first three Saturday mornings of each month between 9:00 am and noon at the Food Bank’s Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Center for Healthy Living located in the CenterPoint Business and Commerce Park at 185 Research Drive in Pittston.  Volunteer opportunities are also available for groups during the week.  Interested volunteers should contact Rich Kutz, Food Bank Director at 570-760-4374 or  rkutz@feedingamerica.org

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 cassie.kobeski@cchnet.net 

 

Deutsch Institute:  Ongoing, office volunteers.  Times vary between Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.  Contact:  Johanna Belt, 570-348-1968 or deutsch@epix.net.

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 lackawanna@dressforsuccess.org

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 dunmoreactivityhub@gmail.com

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.

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 programs@everhart-museum.org

Friends of the Poor:  Volunteer drivers for NEED A RIDE Program, providing transportation to medical appointments for citizens of Carbondale area. Volunteers must have valid PA driver’s license.  Van provided.

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  friendsofthepoor.pa@gmail.com

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 kajankowski@geisinger.edu

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 or info@grsnp.org 

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 delodavis@pa.gov

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania: Whittier Elementary Girl Scouts at Recess, June 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 and Adams Elementary Girl Scouts at Recess, June  5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Minimum age 18, must have background checks.  Call 800-692-7816 or customercare@gshpa.org

 

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 goodguides@goodwillnepa.org

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

The Greenhouse Project: Maintain beds in community garden; watering, weeding, harvesting. Flexible hours. Experienced grant writer – could lead to part time work! Contact: info@scrantongreenhouse.org or stop for application Thursday, 4-6.  

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 Anastasia Daniels 570-586-3700 x514 or anastasia@griffinpondanimalshelter.com 

Habitat for Humanity: Volunteers needed for: lawn care at properties in Scranton, build days every Thursday and every other weekend (no prior experience needed), Board members and management volunteers.  Contact:  volunteerhabitatlackawanna@gmail.com

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.

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 jmunley@hhcpinc.com

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

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: Ongoing, visiting residents, daily, 10-11:30 a.m./1-4:30 p.m./6-8 p.m., unlimited volunteers. Ongoing, speak Russian or Yiddish with residents, daily, 10-11:30 a.m./1-4:30 p.m./6-8 p.m., unlimited volunteers. Ongoing, feeding residents, daily, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m./4:30-6 p.m., unlimited volunteers. Ongoing, musical entertainment, daily, 2:30-4 p.m./6-8 p.m., unlimited volunteers. Ongoing, read to residents, daily, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., unlimited.  Contact: Prashanta Priest, 570-344-6177 or ppriest@jhep.org

Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Inc.:   Volunteers needed to teach financial literacy skills, citizenship skills and work readiness skills to K-6 grade class. Volunteers needed throughout Lackawanna County.  Contact:  Maria DeLucca, 570-602-3600 or mdelucca@janepa.org

Keystone Mission: Building maintenance and cleaning; folding and sorting clothing, 9-4 daily. Food Bank/Clothing distributions is on Thursdays at 12:45 – 3:30. Kids Klothes Line is on Wednesday at 9:30 – noon.  Data entry is on Thursdays at 1-3:30.  All opportunities minimum age 18 yrs. or accompanied by parent. Contact:  Kathy Regan, 570-871-4795 or Kathy.regan@krmalliance.org

 

Lackawanna Blind Association:  Volunteer Drivers, days and times vary.  Craft Class Assistant, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Minimum age 18. Contact:  Janet May, 570-342-7613, ext. 5 or jmay@lackawannablind.org

Lackawanna College Environmental Education Environmental Center:  Program leader, summer volunteer camp volunteer, special skills, trail maintenance, Light Clerical/office Work.  Contact:  Sharon Yanik, 570-842-1506 or yaniks@lackawanna.edu.

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 lrca@lrca.org

 

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority:  Trail Cleanups.  Contact:  Owen Worozbyt,

570-963-6730 or oworozbyt@LHVA.org

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 mobrien@pawv.wish.org 

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 traci@marleysmission.com.

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

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 czelno@mownepa.org

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

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

Nativity Miguel School: Lunch servers to set up 11:30- 12:30, serve food and clean up, and playground monitors 11:45 to 1:00, age 18 and over.  After school mentors, 3:00 to 5:00.  Contact Kay Calvey, 570-955-5176 or kcalvey@nmscranton.org.

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

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 ruby7773@aol.com.

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute: Team captains needed for C.A.S.U.A.L. Day (colon cancer awareness campaign).   Contact Amanda Marchegiani, 570-941-7984 or Amanda.marchegiani@scranton.edu.

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 Loretta@oakleafthc.org

One Life to Live Pet Rescue and Adoption, Inc.:  Foster or Adoptive Homes needed for dogs arriving in Scranton.  Contact:  Debbie, 570-341-1997.

PathStone:  Volunteer Mentor program for ex-offenders reintegrating in community.  Must be at least 21 years of age, able to attend training program and willing to commit to the program for one year.  Contact:  Eve Centrelli (570) 822-1234 or (570) 344-2311, or email ecentrelli@pathstone.org 

Reaching Indians for Christ International: Volunteers are needed to teach English as a Second Language, help with homework, and to teach basic computer classes. Board Members also needed. For more information contact Rev. James Nischal, nnischal@gmail.com

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP):  Volunteers ages 55+ for variety of community involvement projects including  delivering meals to homebound, APPRISE Medicare counseling, ESL tutoring, food pantries, mentoring and many others. In Lackawanna County, contact Diane Brown, 570-347-5616 or dbrown@vacnepa.org In Luzerne County contact 570-822-1250 or luzrsvp@vacnepa.org 

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:  Ben Loomis (House Volunteers) or Ashley Johnson (Family Room Volunteers), 570-969-8998.

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. 

The Senior Companion Program of Telespond:  Ongoing, senior volunteers 55+ residing in Lackawanna County of low or moderate income. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Contact:  Nancy Grzenda, 570-347-7911 ext. 323.

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 servsen@epix.net

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 orakazmierski@uncnepa.org.

St. Francis of Assisi Clothing House: Clothing sorters and distributors, Tues., Wed., Thurs.,

11:30 - 2:00. Contact: stfkitchen@gmail.com 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 any time between 8am and 2pm. Minimal mending, mostly sewing name labels on personal clothing.  Contact Stephanie Nichols, 570-342-8379 or snichols@stjosephscenter.org.

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, KNorton@stjosephscenter.org .

Steamtown National Historic Site:  Clean-up volunteers needed on April 22. 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 Kenny Ganz, 570-340-5240 or Kenny_ganz@nps.gov.

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: Kathleen Haikes, 570-207-9286 or kathleen.haikes@traditionalhomehealthcare.com.

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, 7 days a week, minimum age 18.  Clerical support in Olyphant office,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m., minimum age 18.  Contact Claire Festa, 570-383-5180.

Voluntary Action Center:  Volunteers needed for fundraising events: whether you are a kind hearted citizen who enjoys volunteering at events or a corporate neighbor who prides yourself on giving back to the community – we have a role for you!   Contact:  Maureen Shea, 570-347-5616 ext. 207 or mshea@vacnepa.org.  Big Brothers Big Sisters has ongoing volunteer opportunities for men and women to become a mentor for children facing adversity. Become part of a strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one relationship that can positively change a child’s life forever.  Contact EDavis@vacnepa.org.

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.

The Wright Center for Primary Care:  Ongoing, food pantry volunteers.  2nd Wednesday of each month between 9:30 a.m.  and 11:30 a.m.  Contact:  Marah Lettieri, 570-383-9934. 

The Voluntary Action Center is a United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties agency.  The Volunteer Calendar is not an all-inclusive list of volunteer opportunities.  For additional volunteer opportunities, please contact:  The Voluntary Action Center, a clearinghouse for volunteers at 570-347-5616 or visit www.vacnepa.org

Non-profit organizations in need of volunteers who would like to place items in this calendar can contact Voluntary Action Center, 829 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA  18510, call 570-347-5616 or email npost@vacnepa.org.