Community Volunteer Opportunities

Online Opportunity

UNV Online Volunteering Service

The UNV Online Volunteering service offers individuals around the world a way to engage in development initiatives via the Internet. Many people in all regions of the world have the skills, knowledge, experiences, and ideas to make a difference for a project in support of the Millennium Development Goals and to strengthen the capacities of development organizations.

The UNV OV service helps to find online volunteering opportunities matching your personal profile and interest. Expert advice on a variety of topics, article research and editing, website development, or translations are some examples of the diverse activities that online volunteers can contribute. Skills in project management, proposal writing, or information technology; knowledge about financial, legal or environmental issues; ideas for brochure design or a feature story; or an energetic networking activity can be the missing link to the success of a development project.

Healthcare Opportunities

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce, Ground Ravdin
Volunteer Services Department
Philadelphia, Pa 19104
215-662-2576 Email:

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania offers volunteer assignments that may exist in clinical and non-clinical locations of the hospital, including nursing units, Emergency Department, hospital offices, Guest Services, Information Desks and other hospitality locations, and the scope of potential assignments is unlimited. Locations include:

• Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
• Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
• Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
• Pennsylvania Hospital
• Penn Medicine at Radnor
• Wissahickon Hospice

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
111 South 11th Street , Suite 2180
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-955-6000 / 215-955-6222
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is an academic medical center located in Center City Philadelphia. The volunteer opportunities at Thomas Jefferson include:

Patient care – Provide comfort to patients by visiting, helping with meals and assisting our nursing staff with a variety of duties.
Surgical Waiting Area – Keep families informed about loved ones undergoing surgery. Help create a warm atmosphere.
Greeter – Welcome patients and visitors to Jefferson in the hospital and help people find their way around campus.
Physical or Occupational Therapy – An opportunity for college students majoring in these areas to explore firsthand what these fields entail.
Emergency Department – Provide special support services, such as visiting with patients and their families
Sunshine Cart – Sell candy, magazines and snacks to patients and staff from a wheeled cart.
Knitters – Experienced knitters or crocheters are welcome to join our knitting circle and make friends, while creating outfits for newborns and lap blankets.
Clerical Placements – For the volunteer who prefers non-patient areas, there are opportunities in many hospital departments. Help is needed with typing, copying, answering telephones, filing, mailing and doing errands.
Penny Wise Thrift Shop of the Women’s Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital –
Arrange items for display, help shoppers and enjoy great bargains.
Teen Program – Teens between 14 years old and not yet graduated from high school can volunteer. Placements are available in many areas. Orientations are conducted in late spring, fall and mid-winter.

The Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC)
BLSB 10th , Room 1050
233 S 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19017
888-955-1212/ 215-955-6222

The Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) was founded in 1991 with approximately 30 investigators in the basic sciences. Today, the KCC has approximately 150 members that include physicians and scientists dedicated to discovery and development of novel approaches for cancer treatment. The mission of the Kimmel Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated clinical cancer center, is to increase the survival and quality of life of cancer patients by translating laboratory discoveries into new strategies to prevent, diagnose, monitor and cure human cancer. A major focus of the Kimmel Cancer Center is in translating the discoveries in the genetics, cell biology biochemistry, structural biology pharmacology and immunology of cancer made at the Center into novel modalities for prevention and treatment. The cancer center’s name recognizes the generous support of Mr. Sidney Kimmel, chairman of Jones Apparel Group, Inc.

There are three main areas of volunteer opportunities:
• Science Outreach
• Patients
• Patient Advocacy and Survivorship

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Attn: Volunteer Services
3401 Civic Ctr. Blvd., 8th Floor , Office 8574
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a place where medical miracles happen almost daily. We are a place where leading-edge research is translated into extraordinary care brought to the bedsides of thousands of sick children.
We’re also a place where healing can come, not only by medical and surgical intervention, but by the touch of a hand, a shared smile or a knowing wink. We’re a place where volunteers make a difference in the lives of children on a daily basis.
It takes a team with the right measures of technological proficiency and human touch to heal a child, and volunteers are an essential part of that effort.
Volunteers supply their special human connection — a connection of spirits that transcends miles of IV tubing and the quiet din of a roomful of monitors.
It’s the connection that can transform a foreboding maze of hallways and treatment rooms into a cozy corner of the world. It’s a connection so easily and generously made by the dedicated volunteer corps of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
If you are an adult, you must be available to volunteer a minimum of three hours per week for a consecutive three-month period, and you must be in good health and enjoy children.
Types of Assignments:
• Clerical
• Ambassador
• Hospitality
• Child Life
• Reach Out and Read

Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania
919 Walnut Street
Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Elizabeth Beil

The Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania (EFEPA) is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization that provides education, support and advocacy for people with epilepsy and their families.
Founded in 1972, we facilitate support groups, conduct educational seminars, plan special fundraising events, and provide adult, family and children’s services.
EFEPA is seeking a volunteer who can help us serve our Spanish-speaking members. We would like someone who can do translations for us in Spanish at workshops, support groups, IEPs and in our office.
Skills – Ability to speak and write Spanish and English. This opportunity will occur between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm during the work week. This position will be on an as-needed basis.

Ronald McDonald House
3925 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Linda Parry, Director of Volunteers
215-387-8406. ext 404

Volunteers at Ronald McDonald House can work from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, seven days a week. We have three different shifts of volunteers: 9am-1pm, 1-6pm, and 6-9pm (at least six people volunteer on each shift.) Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be responsible to volunteer as scheduled. Volunteer duties are varied – depending on the day of the week, time of day, occupancy rate, and number of families. Below is a list of some duties that volunteers handle at the House:
• Greet and welcome families and visitors to the House
• Register families into the House
• Answer phone calls
• Handle calls from hospital personnel, families, and visitors
• Assist with mailings
• Write thank you letters to donors
• Assist with clerical or data entry work
• Help keep kitchen and public areas well organized
• Assist volunteer groups with the evening meal

Social Service Opportunities

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
E-mail: or or

United Way targets its strategies at those critical passages in life that present opportunities for individuals and families to achieve long-term success. This approach maximizes United Way’s effectiveness because it allows us to improve lives and communities in a lasting and meaningful way. Volunteer opportunities include:
Preparing Children to Succeed in School and in Life by readying young children for kindergarten and keeping older children and youth at risk for school failure on track for high school graduation.
Building Financial Stability and Independence for Families by connecting out-of-school youth with alternative pathways to success, and by increasing the power of working families to earn higher wages and save for a better future.
Keeping Seniors Healthy and Safe at Home by expanding access to the supports they need.

Join the Campaign for Mentors- Change a Life — Become a Mentor – 215-866-MENTOR-3.
Celebrating years of support for youth mentoring programs, the United Way of Southeastern PA now takes its promotion of youth mentoring to another level. Through this multidimensional initiative, our goal is to “Close the Mentoring Gap” by recruiting, training, brokering and supporting 100,000 new adult mentors for young people who need them in our region.

It is a regrettable but undeniable fact that all too many young people today lack a sufficient level of adult involvement in their lives, whether as a result of broken families, overworked parents, or in some cases outright neglect. Young people need to know that they matter enough to attract adult attention, and they need caring adults to provide them with encouragement and advice as they take on the challenges of growing up. Research is very clear that young people who share a purposeful relationship with an adult outside their families are much more likely to regularly attend school and complete their education, and more likely to pass directly into college or the workforce upon eventual graduation. Mentored youth are also markedly less likely to be involved with drugs, alcohol, or the criminal justice system.

The Campaign for Mentors not only intends to advertise the positive effects of mentoring, but it aims to let people know that they needn’t be a hero to serve as a mentor and change a life. The true message is that virtually any positively minded patient adult can contribute to the growth of a young person in need. The Campaign for Mentors will provide orientation for all volunteers, making their entry to mentoring as smooth and productive as possible. Through a broad region-wide network of individual mentoring programs the Campaign offers volunteers a wide variety of mentoring options, allowing adults to establish positive relationships with young people in community settings, places of worship, workplaces, schools or recreation centers. In addition to recruiting legions of new volunteer mentors, the United Way also provides professional assistance to this network of mentoring program managers to improve their ability to cultivate and maintain high quality lasting mentoring relationships, and make the most out of the efforts of volunteers.

Mentoring Resources Online
Citizen Diplomacy International CDI (formerly known as IVC of Philadelphia)
1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215 -683-0999
Siobhan Lyons, E-mail:

Who We Are:
CDI is an international relations organization and the “door” to the greater Philadelphia community for guests of the U.S. Government as well as individuals and corporations seeking professional connections to the people and institutions of our region.
We are the region’s citizen diplomacy organization, fully believing in the power of exchanges: exchanges create human bonds and enduring relationships that build bridges of cooperation and understanding between peoples.
Our core program is the State Department’s prestigious “International Visitor Leadership Program,” but that’s just one of several programs we administer. IVC has two divisions that cover all our work: The Center for International Development and the Center for International Business.
As the region’s leading international organization, we link businesses and institutions with hundreds of rising and established leaders each year. We are a non-profit, volunteer-based “citizen diplomacy” organization whose network of volunteers was nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. We administer the U. S. State Department’s leadership exchange programs (since 1954), and the City of Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Program (since 1997). CDI arranges the local itineraries and ‘American experiences’ for hundreds of delegations annually. We identify experts in various fields to meet with the guests; we develop relationships for academic, cultural, civic and business institutions; and help prevent future wars by making friends with the world’s new leaders.
Who We Work With:
We work in partnership with the foreign affairs agencies in Washington: State Department and the United States Agency for International Development. We also arrange for guests of foreign governments, companies and organizations to meet their American counterparts. We work with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and administer Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Program, and provide free export assistance to Philadelphia’s companies through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
What We Do:
We are matchmakers, using Philadelphia as a “classroom” for democracy and free market development. CDI’s staff designs carefully crafted programs and professional itineraries for high-level guests from abroad to meet their Philadelphia-area counterparts and gain an understanding of the U.S. We identify experts in the Greater Philadelphia region and match them with visitors and with CDI members who create “American cultural experiences” for them. Annually, the staff of CDI arrange thousands of meetings with area experts, our ‘citizen diplomats.’
Why We Exist:
We work to make friends with the world’s new leaders, make contacts for business and prevent future wars by putting Americans and guests from abroad “face to face.” We help strengthen democratic institutions abroad and foster cultural understanding among nations. We promote Philadelphia’s economy and historic contributions to the world. We were formed in 1954 when the State Department asked the City of Philadelphia to participate in high level leadership exchange programs. Over the years a network of councils have developed across the U.S. and we are now part of a network of tens of thousands of Americans, ‘citizen diplomats’ who open their offices, courtrooms, classrooms and homes to visitors from outside the United States. This network of volunteer citizen diplomats is what makes our work unique.
Citizen Diplomacy Program:
CDI’s Citizen Diplomacy Program engages area residents and institutions with distinguished guests from abroad for professional exchanges. These volunteers are experts in their fields, from law, art, government, education, free markets and journalism, to that of simply being an American. They meet with members of parliament, presidential advisors, economists, business leaders, mayors, arts, library and university administrators, journalists and others who can affect positive change in their countries. Our Citizen Diplomats are generous with their time and expertise.

What better role for Philadelphia to play than as a classroom for democracy and free market development? Every year hundreds of distinguished visitors arrive here eager to learn about federalism, rule of law, local governance and other areas important to building or rebuilding their countries.
The CDI works in partnership with the U.S. Government, the City of Philadelphia and hundreds of talented Philadelphia-area volunteers who help rewrite constitutions for new democracies, privatize industry for emerging free markets, train entrepreneurs and share their methods of overcoming community problems.
CID programs make available to visitors…
Discussions with Philadelphia-area experts from hundreds of fields
Training courses and internships on democratization & free market transitions
Study visits to courts, classrooms and businesses
Networking with area government, business, academic and civic leaders
Discussions and “shadow days” with American counterparts
Dinner in the homes of Philadelphians
Creative American cultural experiences
“Behind the scenes” glimpses of American life
You can participate in our many programs and…
Share your expertise with rising leaders from 145 countries
Open your business, courtroom, classroom or home to colleagues
Provide an internship for an entrepreneur
Become an American “mentor”

Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center/Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
4842 Ridge Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Contact: Jude Henzy
AAYTE Center Administrative Assistant
E-mail: or or

The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis Center wants to create and promote opportunities to improve the quality of life of young people through tennis and education.
The mission of Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education (AAYTE) is “to create and promote opportunities to improve the quality of life of young people through tennis and education.” To do so, AAYTE targets children ages four to eighteen years, many from underserved, at-risk, multicultural populations. Through recreation, academic and mentoring services, AAYTE provides these youngsters with positive life lessons and teaches important personal skills such as self-discipline, self-reliance, good sportsmanship and non-violent conflict resolution, all in a constructive, safe and nurturing environment.
AAYTE annually provides qualified instructors, equipment and positive opportunities to more than 8,500 children, most of whom participate at little or no cost through the AfterSchool and Community Programs, The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center indoor programs and the National Junior Tennis League’s outdoor summer program. Using tennis as the vehicle, the programs teach positive, rewarding lessons, building confidence and providing a framework of personal discipline. In addition, AAYTE offers a safe haven for children during after-school hours and summer breaks, when they are most vulnerable to drugs, crime and violence.

America Reads/America Counts
215-279-7450 / 212- 992-READ / 1-800-433-7327
E-mail: or or or

The America Reads Challenge calls on all Americans to help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of 3rd grade. Please call/email for volunteer opportunities.
Best Buddies Pennsylvania
491 Allendale Road, Suite 302
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610-992-9400; E-mail: or

Best Buddies ® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to more than 1,300 middle school, high school, and college campuses across the country and internationally. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States. We have accredited international programs on six continents with additional country programs under active development. Our six formal programs – Best Buddies Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e -Buddies® and Jobs – will positively impact more than 350,000 individuals this year. Best Buddies also is systematically implementing our 2010 initiative that will witness the organization’s continued significant growth, both domestically and overseas. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute services to the community that equate to more than $70 million USD.
When people with disabilities are unable to attain or maintain a job, it is most often due to an absence of social skills rather than an inadequacy to perform the work required. Best Buddies introduces socialization opportunities and job coaching, providing the necessary tools for people with intellectual disabilities to become more independent and, correspondingly, more included in the community
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
BBBS SEPA Program Office
123 S. Broad Street, Suite 1050
Philadelphia, PA 19109
E-mail: or

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest youth mentoring Organization in the Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country – including yours.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.
Our Mentoring Programs Work
National research has shown that positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentors have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. By participating in our youth mentoring programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are:
• More confident in their schoolwork performance
• Able to get along better with their families
• 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
• 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
Project H.O.M.E.
Paige Dennis
Volunteer Coordinator
1515 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa 19130
215-232-7272 ext. 3015
E-mail: or

The mission of the Project H.O.M.E. community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.
Project H.O.M.E. achieves its mission through a continuum of care comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.
Project H.O.M.E. is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.
Project H.O.M.E. is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are vital to our work and our community. Project H.O.M.E. relies on the commitment and passion of volunteers in all of our sites and programs. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Come discover how your unique skills and ideas can make a difference in the Project H.O.M.E. community.

Some volunteer opportunities include:
Be a Friend: Share some of your time and talents one on one with a resident. Benefit from each other’s knowledge and life stories. Help a resident with daily living skills like budgeting, cooking, laundry-the opportunities are endless!
Share a Hobby: Share with residents a special skill or talent that you have like yoga, sewing, pottery, guitar playing, creative writing, or anything else.
Prepare a Meal: Come to one of our safe haven residences and prepare and serve lunch or dinner to residents. No need to be a culinary artist—you qualify if you know how to boil water!
Tutor: Assist students in our Adult Learning Program. Residents need study buddies to encourage them with their literacy skills, GED work, and computer training.
Mentor a Student: Get involved in Project H.O.M.E.’s After School programs for children and teens. We are looking for people who can commit to a weekly session with a student in North Philadelphia

Hunger Walk (Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger)
1725 Fairmount Ave., Unit 102
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215- 430-0555; E- mail: or

The Walk Against Hunger brings people together to raise funds that assist struggling families in our region with food. The money raised at the Walk Against Hunger is distributed to organizations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey that provide food and other services to families and individuals.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Inc.
1518 Walnut Street, Suite 712
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Ariel Goldring 215-735-8818;

The mission at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia has always been to inspire and empower young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential to become productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a lineup of tested and proven nationally recognized programs that address today’s most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
More than 25 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development, and athletics.

Inglis House
2600 Belmont Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-878-5600 or 215-581-0718
E-mail: volunteer@ .

Inglis House is a wheelchair community serving younger adults, 17 years and older, with physical disabilities. Inglis Foundation is the parent corporation of several entities that provide programs and services designed to enable people with physical disabilities to enjoy life with the greatest amount of independence and mobility. Services include an adult day program, affordable and wheelchair accessible housing, care management, community employment, medical and mobility equipment, personal care assistance, specialty nursing care and the
Drink-Aide ® adaptive water bottle.
Inglis staff will work closely with you to match your interests and schedule to just the right opportunity. Here are a few examples of how Inglis volunteers enrich the lives of Inglis House residents:
Accompany residents on regularly scheduled trips to local shopping malls, sporting and entertainment events and cultural destinations
• Play cards and games
• Share special talents and hobbies
• Lead discussion groups
• Staff the in-house convenience store, The Nook, offer clerical assistance to Inglis staff, even act as lobby receptionist
• Garden outdoors or tend plants in residents’ rooms
• Assist with arts and crafts
• Help residents in the in-house computer lab
• Assist with holiday programs
Simpson House
2101 Belmont Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1628

Simpson House is an accredited continuing care retirement community where you can enjoy an active, independent lifestyle and at the same time have a plan in place for the future. Simpson House features a vast array of healthcare services right on our own campus – near spouse, family and friends – without the inconvenience of moving. You and your family can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll always be cared for and provided the support you need to maintain your independence
The only quality you really need to possess is an open heart and the ability to care. Come join our century old tradition of compassionate care for the elderly. Opportunities include:
• Visiting
• Writing Letters
• Walking
• Reading
• Playing Bingo and Other Games
• Shopping
• Holiday Decorating
• Exercising and Outdoor Activities
• Gardening
• Current Events Discussions
• Prayer Groups and Bible Study
Artists and Performers
• Musicians and Music Students
• Singers, Choirs, Hand Bells
• Actors, Storytellers
• Artists and Art Teachers
• Crafters

Special Olympics
2900 Southampton Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
215- 671-5069 or

Represent Special Olympics-Phila at various community events
Plan, write and disseminates news and features stories including photographs, radio and TV material through all media outlets.
Research, write , produce and coordinate the creating and distribution of Special Olympics publication and public education materials.
Participate in the state level public awareness campaign.

2323 Ranstead Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

MANNA is a diverse community of ordinary men and women extending themselves to do extraordinary things.
MANNA nourishes the mind, body and spirit of clients, volunteers and supporters alike.

Drawn from all walks of life, the young, old, urban and suburban come together with one common goal: to promote wellness through nutrition in communities living with, affected by, and fighting HIV / AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illness.

Formed in 1990 by members of the First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, MANNA is not-for-profit, non-sectarian. MANNA provides essential and specialized services to men, women and children living with HIV / AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illness in OVERVIEW
Preparation and delivery of over 600,000 meals annually requires a high degree of organization. MANNA is unique in that in addition to its internal infrastructure, its capacity relies upon sustaining the volunteer corps that comprises 97% of the agency’s workforce.

MANNA was founded on the principle of volunteerism. Providing a means for community volunteers to contribute to the fight against AIDS is an essential component of MANNA’s mission. Indeed, MANNA’s volunteers are the connecting thread through the nutritional program and continuum of services, providing ongoing support and encouragement to clients.

MANNA’s meals are prepared and delivered thanks to the caring commitment of more than 1,000 volunteers annually. Contributing an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 hours of uncompensated service each year to MANNA’s kitchen, client delivery routes, administrative offices, and fundraising activities, MANNA volunteers represent a mosaic of caring citizens.

Volunteer in MANNA’s kitchen and help with meal preparation and delivery. Offer administrative assistance in MANNA’s offices. Lend a hand at one of MANNA’s many fundraisers. Learn about volunteer opportunities.

MANNA requires that volunteers attend a mandatory Volunteer Orientation before getting started. Please consult the Volunteer Orientation Schedule (under Sessions) on the sign-up form and request information. Orientations are held at MANNA’s offices (12 S. 23rd Street) every other Thursday, begin promptly, and last approximately 45 minutes .Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

US Dream Academy
1599 Wharton Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146-3196
215- 339-1090
Maurice Williams E-mail:

The U.S. Dream Academy works to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration, while bridging the digital divide, strengthening our communities, and preparing our children to meet the challenges of the new millennium. Through Dream Teams comprised of staff, mentors, parents, corporate partners and community volunteers we surround our children with caring, dedicated, and professional adults.

With a commitment of one hour a week for a year, you can provide hope for the collateral victims of crime – the children of prisoners.

3616 South Galloway Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 339-0900
E-mail: or

All warehouse volunteer activities
take place at our Berks Location:
302 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by rescuing surplus food and distributing it to local organizations serving people in need.
Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by rescuing surplus food and distributing it to local organizations serving people in need.
Approximately 27% of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste each year while millions of people go hungry. Philabundance works to change this contradiction.
Philabundance was founded in 1984 to help fight hunger in the Delaware Valley while reducing food waste. Concentrating its efforts on perishable foods, Philabundance has developed a food distribution system that includes direct delivery and local hubs. On January 1, 2005, Philabundance combined forces with the Philadelphia Food Bank, which had concentrated on non-perishable food, to provide a “Full Plate of Services” to member agencies. Our food distribution now includes a Walk-Through, where member agencies can “shop” for items not listed on the menu.
Over the years, Philabundance has also developed specific programs to try to address the nutritional needs of specific vulnerable populations in the Delaware Valley, particularly children and seniors. For information about specific programs, check out the Programs and Events portion of this web site.
Last year, Philabundance provided approximately 22 million pounds of food to our member agencies

The Arc of Philadelphia/PDDC
2350 West Westmoreland St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Jamie O’Brien or Tanya Regli , 215- 229-4550; E-Mail:

Once a month, we host an arts and crafts program for adults with developmental disabilities. This program gives people with disabilities a chance to socialize and make friends– and most of all, have fun. It really makes a difference in the lives of people who sometimes have problems with isolation and loneliness on the weekends.
We are looking for someone who wants to make a difference in the life of others. That’s it. You don’t need to have any special artistic skill. The program is four hours once a month and it’s a lot of fun!

Amnesty International, USA Mid-Atlantic Region
Eastern Pennsylvania Area Coordinator
Emilia Gutierrez, 202-544-0200; Philadelphia: 215-586-3642; E-mail:

Area Coordinator (AC): an experienced volunteer who represents the organization in an assigned area by serving as an advisor to local groups and members-at-large. The Area Coordinator acts as a liaison between groups, staff, and other AI groups; promotes area-wide initiatives, and acts as a spokesperson for AI where appropriate. An AC typically commits for a minimum of two years. The AC works under the guidance and supervision of Regional Office staff, including a Field Organizer and/or the Deputy Director.
Cultivate and Assist Local Groups:
As an AC, you provide groups with valuable assistance and support in organizing meetings, recruiting members, locating resources, participating in local and regional events, and sharing ideas for their human rights activism.
• Communication is key. Introduce yourself to groups in your area and give them your contact information. Contact groups at least once a month via phone and email (flexible depending on number of groups in your area). Make personal visits to group meetings when possible.
• Make sure groups have a clear understanding of AI’s mission, and be sure that they are operating within it.
• Inform and update groups about AI news, local and regional events and about opportunities for involvement with various AI programs and actions.
• Provide assistance in: planning an action calendar that is exciting yet realistic to achieve, identifying and meeting training needs, developing and implementing fund-raising activities, and planning and executing AI campaigns.
Recruit and Organize New Members:
• Work with Regional Office staff and other volunteer leaders to identify possible new groups and support their efforts to organize, including making sure they receive appropriate information and resources.
• Assist in the identification and development of local leaders.
• Help build local networks: encourage the integration of the work of local groups with student groups and other coalitions engaged in human rights work.
ACs Help Organize:
• Special events such as protests, tabling and concerts with student groups
• Events and area meetings with other state leaders
• One event or fund-raiser per year
Stay In Touch With Your Regional Office:
• As an AC, it is imperative that you keep in contact with your Regional Office. They need to hear from you on a regular basis.
• Educate yourself – know whom you represent and what the issues are:
o Attend area and regional meetings, including Regional conferences
o Attend AI workshops and training meetings
o Read AI informational materials (Connect, Regional Office mailing, and visit the website for updates, etc)
o Be clear and consistent with groups and individuals about the goals and objectives of AI’s work.

Diversity Groups and Support For Women

Planned Parenthood-Southeastern Pennsylvania
1144 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-351-5500 – See more at:

From teens to senior citizens, our diverse network of volunteers donates thousands of hours Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania each year. Our team of dedicated volunteers is crucial to helping us provide, promote, and protect reproductive healthcare services. Join us!
Step 1: Fill out an application. All volunteers are required to complete an application.
Step 2: After we receive your application, we will contact you about scheduling a 30 minute interview.
Step 3: We will contact two professional references following the interview.
Please understand that filling out an application does not guarantee a volunteer position. The application process can take up to 4-6 weeks. If you have any questions about our volunteer program, please send us an email.

Massoni Center
21 S. 12th Street, Floor 8
Philadelphia, PA 19107

To inquire about a volunteer opportunity (excluding the Trans Health Conference options) please contact Perry at 215-563-0652 ext. 222 or

Please note that at this time, we are NOT accepting volunteers at our medical center.

Positions available as of 11/1/2016:

Outreach Volunteers
Outreach/Tabling at Community Events (as needed)
Small Group Project Opportunities Available
Front desk concierge at our Washington West location (12th and Locust)
Become a Mazzoni Center Community Champion by hosting your own event

Trevor Project
Contact- Siobhan Mangal

Volunteer Mission
The Trevor Project is dedicated to recruiting qualified volunteers to provide life-saving, life-affirming support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. As the heart of The Trevor Project, our volunteers accomplish societal and individual change by creating safe spaces for LGBTQ youth in crisis and promoting awareness of Trevor’s resources. Through their endeavors, Trevor is dedicated to uplifting and supporting our volunteers as they work to empower LGBTQ youth nationwide.
Programmatic Volunteer Opportunities
TrevorChat /TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer instant messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression and suicide. Volunteers need access to a computer in a private location with a strong internet connection, and should be comfortable with instant messaging and with using the Internet.
Trevor Lifeline volunteer are trained to answer calls on the Trevor Lifeline from young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. This is an onsite volunteer opportunity and those interested need to live near our Call Centers which are located in LA and NYC.
General Opportunities
Engagement volunteers support the Community Engagement Department by leading volunteer orientations, tabling at recruitment fairs, and training incoming volunteers in basic Trevor 101.
Event volunteers support The Trevor Project at various events throughout the year including TrevorLIVE, Pride and Trevor Ambassador City fundraisers. Tasks may include event set-up and strike, escorting VIP guests, guest and volunteer check-ins, gift bag assembly and more.
Admin Volunteers help Trevor staff members with mailings, filing and other administrative tasks. When projects become available, volunteers are contacted depending on their interests, availability and skills. This is an onsite volunteer opportunity only located in LA & NYC.

ACLU-American Civil Liberties Union-Philadelphia Office
Philadelphia Office
P.O. Box 60173
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Toll free: 877-PHL-ACLU (745-2258)
Fax: 215-592-1343

Founded in 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty. We are a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting our individual rights and personal freedoms.
Through advocacy, education and litigation, our attorneys, advocates and volunteers work to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law. We stand in defense of the rights of women and minorities, workers, students, immigrants, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and others who have seen bias and bigotry threaten the rights afforded to all of us in this country by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Because the ACLU of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization with limited resources, we rely on volunteers and interns to accomplish our work.