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September 2017 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.  


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.


ALTA (Adult Learner’s training and Assistance Family Literacy Program: Tutors (with Bachelor’s Degree) needed to work one-on-one with adult learners. Three hour a week commitment.  Call Kim Gavlick, 1-800-377-5222 ext.7325.


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


American Cancer Society: Volunteer drivers needed to take patients to and from treatment appointments.  Assignments are flexible, usually during daytime hours; drive your own car or ACS vehicle.  Road to Recovery Coordinators needed to schedule drivers; flexible hours, 5-10 hours a week. Contact: Jennifer Washney, 570-562-9749, ext. 320 or


American Red Cross:  Receptionist needed in Wilkes Barre office.  Morning or afternoon shifts available.  Contact or 570-846-3311. Visit for additional volunteer positions.  


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


Big Brothers Big Sisters – Voluntary Action Center 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


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,


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,


Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA:  Help prepare new therapy center for grand opening:  Sept. 15,

3-6; Sept. 17, 10-4; Sept. 24, 10-2.  Minimum age 14.  Contact: Jess Farrell, 570-969-7313,


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


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: 

Contact: Rich Piccolotti, 570-908-2222 ext 508 or




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.kobeskiHYPERLINK ""


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


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 Senior Center:  Kitchen help, daily 11-12. Bingo caller, M, W, F 9:30 – 11. Craft instruction,

T, W, F 10-11:30.  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.


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 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


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 or


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


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



The Greenhouse Project: Maintain beds in community garden; watering, weeding, harvesting. Flexible hours. Experienced grant writer – could lead to part time work! Contact: 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


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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Lighthouse in Scranton: Computer –literate volunteer needed to assist with some computer , iphone and website tasks.  Call Lindy Morelli, 570-341-5858

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


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:




Nativity Miguel School of Scranton: Lunch volunteer, M-F, 11:30 – 12:45.  Classroom volunteers, M & W 2:15-3. After –school helpers M-F, 3-5. Contact Kay Calvey, 570-955-5176,



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


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



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


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


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


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  In Luzerne County contact Carle Welter, 570-822-1250 or luzrsvpHYPERLINK ""


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,


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: Bernadette Jones, 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 Kenny Ganz, 570-340-5240 or

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

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 Marina Pambianco, 570-383-5180, mpam


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

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