Event Registration

NCJW - Thriftique

Free Event

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Volunteers are needed as Sales Clerks, Social Media Consultants, and Photographers at NCJW's Thriftique store. Responsibilities include assistance on the sales floor with customers, accepting consignments, sorting merchandise, calling consignors for returned merchandise, creating displays, marking down merchandise and scheduling consignment drop-offs and pick-ups, light moving of furniture, and if possible, photography and assistance with the online catalog on Facebook.

Dates and times vary according to your schedule.

The store is open Monday-Friday 10 am to 6 pm
Thriftique is located in Lawrenceville at 125 51st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate volunteers below the age of 14.

Volunteer Incentives
~ Volunteers that work a regularly scheduled shift once a week or more receive a 20% Discount on all regularly priced merchandise at Designer Days Boutique, Home Consignment, Thriftique and the Children’s Rooms for the duration of their regularly scheduled volunteer time.
~Volunteers that work a regularly scheduled 4 hour shift one to three times a month receive a 15% Discount on all regularly priced merchandise at Designer Days Boutique, Home Consignment and Thriftique for the duration of their regularly scheduled volunteer time.
~Volunteers that work a one-time 4 hour shift at a special event or a one-time only basis receive a 10% Discount Coupon for all regularly priced merchandise at Designer Days Boutique, Home Consignment and Thriftique.

About: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. They operate and run several consignment stores around Pittsburgh and all of the proceeds benefit the non-sectarian community service projects and advocacy of the National Council of Jewish. Helping sort and merchandise items for their stores will help the store run more efficiently and ideally bring in more customers to support the cause.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

BBYO Chapter Advisor

Free Event

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Who: Adults/Young Adults
What: Become a BBYO Advisor!
Where: There are multiple openings around the Pittsburgh area
Why: BBYO Inc. volunteer advisors are a welcomed and vital part of the success of the small group chapter model that functions throughout the organization. You can be a positive role model for Jewish teens.
MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR BBYO ADVISORS
Below are the basic minimum standard criteria necessary for all volunteers in BBYO.
Process to becoming an advisor: (click "register" for more information)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Child Attendant - Children’s Rooms in the Courts

Free Event

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Who: Teens/Young Adults/Adults/Seniors

What: Playing with the children (babies to preteens), caring for the children, serving snacks, assisting the staff members as needed.

NCJW - Home Consignment

Free Event

Date:

Volunteers are needed as Sales Clerks, Social Media Consultants, and Photographers at NCJW's Home Consignment store. Responsibilities include assistance on the sales floor with customers, accepting consignments, sorting merchandise, calling consignors for returned merchandise, creating displays, marking down merchandise and scheduling consignment drop-offs and pick-ups, light moving of furniture, and if possible, photography and assistance with the online catalog on Facebook.

Dates and times vary according to your schedule.
The store is open Monday-Friday 10 am to 6 pm

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate volunteers below the age of 14.

 

Click "Register" for more information.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sivitz Hospice - Companion Caregivers

Free Event

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Who: Caring, loving individuals who want to help Hospice patients and their families.

What: Sivitz Hospice is looking for caring individuals who want to make a real difference.  Our volunteers offer a wide variety of services for hospice patients and their families. This can include social visits, recording life histories, caregiver respite, social/emotional support.

When: At the convenience of the volunteer, volunteers are needed whenever they can donate their time.

Where: Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.  15217

Why: Provide kindness and comfort to patients and families nearing the end of life.

No professional experience is required.  Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization will train you and obtain all necessary clearances and paperwork.

**Please note that Sivitz Hospice serves patients in 5 counties, so some travel may be requested**

Available Spaces: Unlimited

I Need a Volunteer!

Free Event

Date:

Please fill out this brief form to tell us a little about yourself, your organization, and what kind of volunteer opportunity you have. Someone from the Volunteer Center will be in touch soon about matching volunteers to your needs. We hope we can help!

Please note that we ask for submissions NO LATER than two weeks prior to your event. Anything sooner and we may be unable to accommodate your request. We will post all ongoing opportunities for a period of up to one year, at which point it will be taken down for review.

Additionally, in keeping with our mission to cultivate an engaged and inclusive Jewish Community through volunteerism, the Volunteer Center does not and will not plan, recruit, or advertise for any programming or opportunities that occur between sunset on Fridays and sunset on Saturdays out of respect for the observation of Shabbat.

Click Here for the Calendar
Click Here for Ongoing Opportunities

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Community Fundraisers

Free Event

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Are you a people person? Do you connect with our community and understand its needs? We could use your help.

We are looking for forward thinking, community based individuals to be volunteer fundraisers for the Federation's Annual Campaign.

The Annual Campaign is at the core of what we do, providing essential, unrestricted dollars for the organizations that provide amazing services to our community and to those in need around the world.

It's the Annual Campaign that addresses the most pressing needs and issues at a moment's notice, that feeds the hungry, helps the unemployed, supports families with special needs, and funds Jewish education.

Please, on behalf of the thousands of men, women, and children who are in desperate need of a better life, help us ensure our community survives and thrives. There is no better time to get involved because, through the Jewish Federation, you can make a world of difference and deliver the gift of hope to those in need. Invest in our community and spread the word.

This opportunity is flexible based upon availability. Volunteers can do some of this work from the comfort of their own homes.

The Jewish Federation will provide all necessary training to help you become the great community fundraiser you can be.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Meals on Wheels

Free Event

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Who: Looking for volunteers or helpers who can deliver meals to senior citizens.

What: Volunteers will deliver meals to those in need. Mileage is offered for the drivers as well.

When: Weekdays from 11am-1pm. This volunteer opportunity is flexible and can work around your schedule.

Where: Wilkinsburg Community Ministry- 702 Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, PA, 15221.

Why: Help those in the community that are in need of food!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

WorkAble Clients - Volunteer Mentor

Free Event

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WorkAble provides career counseling and coaching to unemployed residents of Allegheny County.  Mentor's are needed!  Be a mentor to those trying to get back into the workplace by providing them support and giving them the confidence to succeed!  In their role, mentors provide emotional support as well as practical guidance on resume and cover letter writing, job search skills, and interview skills. Training will be provided.

This is a flexible opportunity based upon availability and need.  All activities will take place at Jewish Family and Children's Services (located at 5743 Bartlett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Follow the Reader

Free Event

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Have fun reading to kids while their teachers have a few extra minutes to prepare for the rest of the day!  Volunteers are needed to read stories, sing songs, and have fun leading a story time for children at the South Hills JCC. Follow the Reader is a partnership between the Volunteer Center, the JCC, and PJ Library. PJ Library will provide materials for the volunteers in advance.

This opportunity is a monthly commitment of a few hours, usually in the morning and takes place in several locations.  They are the Squirrel Hill JCC, South Hills JCC and Adat Shalom.

All Volunteers are required to have an up-to-date PA Criminal Reference Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and FBI Clearance.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

AgeWell at the JCC: J Cafe

Free Event

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The J Cafe provides lunch to over 130 older adults Monday through Friday, 11:00am-1:00pm.  Volunteers assist those older adults who are not able to get their lunches and at the same time, interact with all of our participants so that they feel comfortable and appreciated.  Other responsibilities include managing the J Cafe to make sure the utensils, plates, napkins and beverages are in full supply. Volunteers range in age from 15 to 85+.

* All volunteers must have their criminal background check.
The link for the PA State Criminal Background Check is https://epatch.state.pa.us.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

AgeWell at the JCC: CheckMates

Free Event

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This is a telephone reassurance program consisting of older adult volunteers making weekly phone calls to other older adults who may be isolated, homebound or lonely.  Through our trained volunteers and social workers, we are able to connect those CheckMate recipients with additional support and community resources in order to help them remain independent and in their own homes.  Through CheckMates, volunteers and participants develop phone relationships that have lasted for years.

**Please note that all volunteers must have their criminal background check prior to volunteering for the CheckMates Program.
The link for the PA State Criminal Background Check is https://epatch.state.pa.us.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) - Sunday Bingo

Free Event

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Make a difference in the life of a senior by visiting the JAA and socializing!

The JAA is looking for volunteers to play bingo with the residents, escort seniors to and from the multipurpose room, and socialize for a few hours each Sunday.  For some seniors, this is their favorite part of the week and the only time they have visitors.

Bingo is played Sundays from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the Charles Morris Multipurpose Room at the JAA (located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sivitz Hospice - No One Dies Alone

Free Event

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Who: Caring, loving individuals who want to help Hospice patients and their families.

What: Sivitz Hospice is looking for caring individuals for their No One Dies Alone program. Volunteers can talk to the patient, hold his/her hand, or just be a loving presence in the room. The volunteer will act as a surrogate family member to allow the patient to die with dignity and ensure that he or she will be remembered.

When: This opportunity is flexible.

Where: Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.  15217

Why: Provide kindness and comfort to patients and families nearing the end of life. We try to make these 1 to1 matches beneficial to all involved.

No professional experience is required.  Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization will train you and obtain all necessary clearances and paperwork.

**Please note that Sivitz Hospice serves patients in 5 counties, so some travel may be requested**

Available Spaces: Unlimited

AgeWell Rides

Free Event

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Who: Volunteer drivers for AgeWell Rides
What: Volunteers will drive senior citizens who do not drive to doctors appointments,  religious services, classes, or to shop.
When: This is a flexible opportunity to fit your schedule.
Where: This varies depending on where they need to go.
Why: Make a difference in a senior's life by helping them drive to their various appointments!

* volunteers must have their PA State background check.
The link for the PA State Criminal Background Check is https://epatch.state.pa.us.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family House

Free Event

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Volunteers provide a "home away from home" for Family House guests traveling to Pittsburgh for specialized medical treatment. You will help provide guests with clean linens, give house tours, and most importantly, offer a welcoming presence to those in need.

This opportunity is flexible based upon availability and need, but Family House asks for a commitment of a few hours each month.

Family House has 4 facilities in Oakland and Shadyside.  All facilities are on or near a bus route.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Mollies Meals Delivery

Free Event

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Mollies Meals is a program of the Jewish Association on Aging in which senior and home-bound adults receive kosher home delivered meals.  Volunteers are needed to deliver kosher meals to residents in the Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland, or South Hills area.  Deliveries take approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours and should be delivered before noon.

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Cribs for Kids

Free Event

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Cribs for Kids® is a nationally recognized organization that strives to make sure that every infant makes it to their first birthday. In doing so, they make sure that mothers who may not be able to afford a crib are able to receive one through their program. Volunteers are needed to assemble Safe Sleep Environment Kits, which includes many items to help children sleep safely.

Volunteers are needed Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm

Cribs for Kids is located at 5450 Second Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15207

This listing is for Young Adult and Adult volunteers

Available Spaces: Unlimited

IMPACTS Adult Mentoring

Free Event

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Who: Volunteers 18 + with a passion for helping people!

What: Volunteer with I.M.P.A.C.T.S. An Adult Education and Employment Program with EECM.Volunteers are needed to mentor participants in the employment program, conduct resume and job interview workshops, tutor adults in math and reading, and teach computer skills.

Where: 6140 Station Street (formerly Penn Circle North) Pittsburgh, PA 15206

When: Volunteer times/days are flexible however, due to the nature of services, EECM prefers volunteers to commit to a specific day/time for at least a 3 month period of time.

Why: Volunteers can use their skills to help individuals break the cycle of addiction, poverty and homelessness by giving them access to the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Family Place Assistant

Free Event

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Offered through the JCC, Family Place provides a chance for parents to relax while their children explore books and toys and interact with other children. Volunteers are needed to help tidy up at the end of the day, and sanitize toys to keep germs at bay.

This opportunity is flexible within the confines of the Family Place schedule (Monday-Friday, 3pm - 5pm). All activities take place in the Squirrel Hill JCC (located at 5738 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217.)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Jewish Relief Agency - Love in a Box

Free Event

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The Jewish Relief Agency's Love in a Box program is a monthly food distribution program. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds meet as a community to pack non-perishable kosher food, load their cars with boxes, and deliver food and a smile into the homes of those in need.

Volunteers are needed to help pack and deliver boxes of food once a month to families and individuals in need. JRA is looking for volunteers who can lift heavy boxes and have access to their own transportation. Volunteers will meet at 9:00am at the Chabad of Fox Chapel to pack meals, load up, and deliver the meals.

Address:

1343 Old Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238)

Map and Directions

Volunteer Party Host Registration

Free Event

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Volunteer Parties are a great way to get involved and make a difference in the community. Please fill out this form to host a Volunteer Party sometime soon!

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sivitz Hospice - Massage Therapy

Free Event

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Who: Caring, loving individuals who want to help Hospice patients

What: Sivitz Hospice is looking for licensed Massage Therapists who are willing to volunteer their services for hospice patients.  The benefits of massage therapy include relaxation, and a reduction in stress and muscle tension.

When: At the convenience of the volunteer, volunteers are needed whenever they can donate their time.

Where: Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization, 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.  15217

Why: Provide kindness and comfort to patients and families nearing the end of life.

Current Massage Therapy Certification and License is required and must be presented.

**Please note that Sivitz Hospice serves patients in 5 counties, so some travel may be requested**

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sivitz Hospice - Reiki Training

Free Event

Date:

Who: Caring, loving individuals who want to help Hospice patients and their families.

What: Sivitz Hospice is looking volunteers who want to learn how to do Reiki for their patients. Reiki is a Japanese non-physical technique used to help promote relaxation and a sense of calmness throughout the body. There will be a one day comprehensive training program at the JAA, with class size limited to 5.

When: At the convenience of the volunteer, volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least 4 hours a month for at least a 6 month period after training is provided.

Where: Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217

Why: Provide kindness and comfort to patients and families nearing the end of life.

No professional experience is required. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization will train you and obtain all necessary clearances and paperwork.

**Please note that Sivitz Hospice serves patients in 5 counties, so some travel may be requested**

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sivitz Hospice - Music Therapist

Free Event

Date:

Who: Caring, loving individuals who want to help Hospice patients and their families.

What: Sivitz Hospice is looking volunteers who can play a musical instrument at a patient's bedside.  Music often decreases a patient's anxiety and promotes relaxation.  The gentle music will surely brighten a patient's day as they face end of life challenges.

When: At the convenience of the volunteer, based on schedule and need.

Where: Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.  15217

Why: Provide kindness and comfort to patients and families nearing the end of life.

No professional experience is required.  Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization will train you and obtain all necessary clearances and paperwork.

**Please note that Sivitz Hospice serves patients in 5 counties, so some travel may be requested**

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Center for Women - Mentoring

Free Event

Date:

Co-established by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh (JWF), the Center for Women provides programming, services, and referrals to women in transition with the goal of financial literacy and economic independence.

The Center for Women is looking for people to volunteer for their mentoring program. Mentors will...
-Provide support or guidance for a period of 6-12 months as a woman navigates a life
transition such as a divorce or change in careers.
-Financial Mentors are asked to commit to a period of 3 to 6 months working with a
woman on her budgeting and basic financial needs as she learns to manage her own
finances after a transition.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Center for Women - Women Helping Women, One on One

Free Event

Date:

Co-established by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh (JWF), the Center for Women provides programming, services, and referrals to women in transition with the goal of financial literacy and economic independence.

The Center for Women is looking for women to volunteer for their One on One program.

Expert volunteers will meet with CFW program participants for 1 hour appointments to provide individualized assistance in areas such as:

-Financial Planning

-Budgeting

-Insurance Planning

-Resume Writing

-Interviewing Tips

-Developing Business Plans

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Center for Women - Networking Meetings

Free Event

Date:

Co-established by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Pittsburgh Section and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh (JWF), the Center for Women provides programming, services, and referrals to women in transition with the goal of financial literacy and economic independence.

The Center for Women is looking women to meet with program participants in a networking environment and help them make connections to reenter the workforce.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

UPMC Heritage Place - Bingo

Free Event

Date:

UPMC Heritage Place provides quality health care to residents and offers a variety of programs that meet the needs of people who no longer require hospital care, but need 24-hour nursing and other personal care services.

Volunteers are needed to visit, socialize, and assist for a couple of hours with two weekly Bingo games.

Bingo is played Mondays at 6pm and Thursdays at 2pm in the common area at UPMC Heritage Place (located at 5701 Phillips Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15217).

The opportunity is open and ongoing, with fixed times. Some paperwork through UPMC may be required dependent upon frequency.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Career Development Center - Computer Assistance

Free Event

Date:

The Career Development Center (CDC) is a division of Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS), a non-profit, non-sectarian, multifaceted social service agency. The CDC develops innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the Pittsburgh workforce. Their services address the needs of a wide range of job seekers, including those just starting a career, considering a job/career change or recently laid off. They also offer programs customized to meet the unique needs of specific job seeker populations, including mature workers, immigrants and at-risk youth.

The CDC offers career counseling and assessment services, job application skill development (resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and more) to package and position potential applicants for a competitive advantage, help formulating and conducting a strategic job search and providing the encouragement and support along the way.

There is even an Online Learning Center, providing easy, affordable access to numerous self-paced tutorials and instructor-led courses to enhance professional and personal development.

This is an opportunity that is ideal for technologically savvy volunteers. The CDC is looking for a few people to help teach and expand client knowledge of computer skills and basic computer applications such as the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).

This opportunity is flexible based upon the availability of the volunteer and the need. All activities take place at the CDC (located at 5743 Bartlett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Career Development Center - Informational Meetings

Free Event

Date:

The Career Development Center (CDC) is a division of Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS), a non-profit, non-sectarian, multifaceted social service agency. The CDC develops innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the Pittsburgh workforce. Their services address the needs of a wide range of job seekers, including those just starting a career, considering a job/career change or recently laid off. They also offer programs customized to meet the unique needs of specific job seeker populations, including mature workers, immigrants and at-risk youth.

The CDC offers career counseling and assessment services, job application skill development (resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and more) to package and position potential applicants for a competitive advantage, help formulating and conducting a strategic job search and providing the encouragement and support along the way.

There is even an Online Learning Center, providing easy, affordable access to numerous self-paced tutorials and instructor-led courses to enhance professional and personal development.

The CDC is looking for volunteers to make themselves available to offer advice and guidance for potential job seekers looking to break into their field. The volunteer would be asked to be available for either a phone call or face-to-face meeting to discuss the company or industry, and necessary education and skills that these types of organizations are looking for. The volunteer is under no obligation to provide a reference for a job seeker. This is an ideal opportunity for those that have broad knowledge of a company or industry - especially those who have or had management-level positions.

This opportunity is flexible based upon the availability of the volunteer and the need. All activities take place at the CDC (located at 5743 Bartlett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Career Development Center - Mock Interviews

Free Event

Date:

The Career Development Center (CDC) is a division of Jewish Family & Children's Service (JF&CS), a non-profit, non-sectarian, multifaceted social service agency. The CDC develops innovative programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the Pittsburgh workforce. Their services address the needs of a wide range of job seekers, including those just starting a career, considering a job/career change or recently laid off. They also offer programs customized to meet the unique needs of specific job seeker populations, including mature workers, immigrants and at-risk youth.

The CDC offers career counseling and assessment services, job application skill development (resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and more) to package and position potential applicants for a competitive advantage, help formulating and conducting a strategic job search and providing the encouragement and support along the way.

There is even an Online Learning Center, providing easy, affordable access to numerous self-paced tutorials and instructor-led courses to enhance professional and personal development.

The CDC is looking for volunteers to play the role of a potential employer in an interview workshop, which will help clients to become comfortable and hone their interview skills. Mock interview sessions would last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Ideal volunteers for this opportunity are people with some experience in human resources or supervisory/hiring roles. All volunteers are asked to participate in an advanced Interviewing workshop prior to starting with this volunteer opportunity.

All activities take place at the CDC (located at 5743 Bartlett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Monumental Mission Ministries - General Volunteer

Free Event

Date:

Monumental Mission Ministry is a church group that runs programs geared towards low-income families, the working poor, and senior citizens. Some of their programs include the following: Family Ministries (which helps with clothing, food, and referrals); emergency food and clothing; food preparation workshops; and a Glean Your Share program.

The Mission is currently searching for volunteers to assist with the following needs: food truck unloading, stocking pantry shelves, making food packages for customers, light housekeeping, and light administrative assistance.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Junior Achievement - JA in a Day

Free Event

Date:

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in over 30 counties in Western Pennsylvania.

JA in a Day is a program wherein volunteers teach 5-7 45 minute lessons in either Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness, or Financial Literacy.

This opportunity has a fixed schedule, depending upon class calendar and volunteer need. Junior Achievement provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Junior Achievement - JA Weekly

Free Event

Date:

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in over 30 counties in Western Pennsylvania.

JA Weekly is a program wherein volunteers teach a 45 minute lesson in either Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness, or Financial Literacy over the course of 5-7 weeks.

This opportunity has a fixed schedule, depending upon class calendar and volunteer need. Junior Achievement provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Junior Achievement - Kit Recycling

Free Event

Date:

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. Corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in over 30 counties in Western Pennsylvania.

Junior Achievement Kit Recycling is a program wherein volunteers come in to sort and repack extra educational materials that have been sent back from JA lessons at the schools they serve. By sorting and combining the recycled supplies, JA is able to keep costs low on some of its programming.

This opportunity is flexible, based upon availability and volunteer need.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

AgeWell Visits

Free Event

Date:

Make a difference in a senior’s life by visiting with them!

AgeWell Visits keeps seniors social by ensuring that they have people to talk to and share small tasks with.  Seniors ages 65 and up can request a friendly visit in their home from a volunteer who has been screened and trained*  This opportunity is great for young families with children, high school students (who will visit in pairs), and adults of all ages.

*To get involved in the Visits program, volunteers must attend a 1 hour training session and submit to a criminal background check (all costs covered by JF&CS).

This is a flexible opportunity with schedule dependent upon volunteer availability and need.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring

Free Event

Date:

The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program is a non-profit that recruits and trains older adults (age 50+) as volunteer tutors in grades K-4 in reading, writing and oral communications in the Pittsburgh and Woodland Hills School Districts.

No experience is required and OASIS will cover all supplies and training.  Clearances are required and OASIS will support applicants in completing applications and will pay for all documents.

This is a flexible opportunity within the confines of a normal Monday-Friday schedule during the school year, with need in both morning and afternoon.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Book 'Em

Free Event

Date:

Book 'Em is an all-volunteer books-to-prisoners project.

Volunteers are needed, particularly those with experience in coding and know Java Script and Google Docs who can help with maintaining the database.

This is a flexible opportunity and can be done from a volunteer's home. Computer skills are a must.

Available Spaces: 8

Living in Liberty

Free Event

Date:

Living in Liberty offers a secure safe house for victims of human sex trafficking and does street outreach with victims on the streets. Women rescued from commercial sexual exploitation live at a safe house at an undisclosed location in the Greater Pittsburgh area. There they receive a range of services in a loving, caring environment, including emotional and spiritual support, healthcare, education and skills training, food, clothing, legal counseling, and more.  They are currently looking for volunteers to do street outreach, help in their thrift store, assist with special events, and interact with the women they serve.

**Some volunteer positions may require a background check.

Address:

Living in Liberty
7805 McKnight Road
Pittsburgh, PA
15237

Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Reading is FUNdamental - Everybody Wins!

Free Event

Date:

Everybody Wins! is a lunchtime literacy mentoring program pairs second and third grade students with a caring adult to build a meaningful relationship while sharing conversation, good books, and literacy-related activities for one hour a week. These consistent, one-on-one experiences increase a child’s opportunity for success, both academically and in life.

They are looking for volunteers at Pittsburgh Faison (Homewood) and Pittsburgh King (North Side) elementary schools.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

A+ Schools: Pittsburgh's Community Alliance for Public Education

Free Event

Date:

Board Watch is a grassroots effort involving trained volunteers who attend Pittsburgh Public School Board meetings to observe and evaluate the School Board on their governance. Volunteers use a report form developed by A+ Schools to record what they see and hear during the meetings. The collective forms from volunteers are analyzed and the data is translated into a grade on governance. When students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools receive their report cards, so does the School Board.

**Volunteers must be city of Pittsburgh residents and attend a 1.5 hour training prior to volunteering.

Circles Pittsburgh

Free Event

Date:

Circles Pittsburgh aims to inspire and equip Pittsburgh area families and communities to resolve poverty and thrive.  It is a nationally-known, proven, and innovative way of connecting people across socioeconomic lines in an effort to move people & families out of poverty through mentorship and weekly meeting.  Volunteers are needed for two distinct opportunities.

Child Care

They are looking for individuals in babysitting at the meetings.  Volunteers meet at Eastminster Presbyterian Church (205 N. Highland Avenue) every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm.  All volunteers must complete their Child Abuse History Clearance which is free for volunteers.

Cooking

They also need individuals to prepare meals to be served at the weekly meetings.  Each meeting serves between 20-40 people dinner prior to the mentoring program.  Volunteers meet at the Repair the World Workshop (6022 Broad Street) every Tuesday from 4:00-5:30pm to cook at EECM and then deliver the meal to the Eastminster Presbyterian Church for the meeting.

Please comment with which opportunity you're interested in volunteering for.

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Bridge to College

Free Event

Date:

Bridge to College runs two distinct after-school college prep programs for high school students Monday-Friday:

1-Lighthouse Program teaches leadership and career readiness through the media arts of film, photography, graphic design and music production.  They need individuals to serve as homework helpers and have two sessions daily; either 3:30-5:00pm or 5:30-7:00pm

2-Scholar Project is designed for students who have pre-registered for a more academically intensive college preparation course.  They need volunteers to assist with homework hour from 3:00-4:30pm.

Location: Westinghouse, 1101 N Murtland St, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Ideally, volunteers should commit to one day a week, every week, to enable a mentoring relationship to develop.  All programs take place at Westinghouse High School.

*Note that Act 33 and 34 clearances are required and are free for volunteers.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Higher Achievement

Free Event

Date:

Higher Achievement is a rigorous after school and summer academic program which aims to close the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities.  The program runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30pm.  They are seeking volunteers to mentor middle school students for one of those evenings, volunteers choice, on a consistent weekly basis.  The time is broken into two sections with the first hour being devoted to mentorship.  In the last half hour mentors meet in the mentor lounge to debrief, reflect, as questions, and share advice.

**Note: There are multiple orientations offered throughout the year, but attendance at one is required.  Act 33 and 34 clearances are required and are free for volunteers.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Assemble

Free Event

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Assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talks, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Assemble hosts these activities at their space in Garfield’s Penn Avenue arts district and at events throughout Pittsburgh.

They are looking for volunteers to mentor students in their STEAM program.  This afterschool program runs Monday-Thursday from 4:00-6:30pm with each day focusing on a different theme.  All volunteers must complete their Act 33 and Act 34 clearances.  Clearances and more information can be found on the Assemble website.

 

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Children's Institute-Medical Library and Gift Shop

Free Event

Date:

The Children's Institute in Squirrel Hill is seeking a dedicated and reliable volunteer to assist in their medical library and gift shop three days a week.  The opportunity requires Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday availability from 12:00-1:30pm.  Free parking is provided on site.

*Note: Clearances are required: Act 33 & Act 34 are free for volunteers and FBI clearances

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Money in Your Pocket Coalition-Free Tax Preparation Program

Free Event

Date:

The Money in Your Pocket Coalition (MIYPC) is now searching for volunteers to join us in providing free tax preparation to low-income households during the 2016 tax season. From January through mid-April, the MIYPC provides low-income families in Southwestern PA with free tax preparation to ensure their access to valuable tax credits that can help them achieve financial stability.  This United Way Program serves families in Allegheny County and each refund dollar helps to pay for basic necessities like food, clothing, housing, and more.

Help them have an even greater impact in the community during the 2016 tax season by committing 3 or more hours per week at one of the 17 MIYPC tax sites in Allegheny County. Volunteers choose their schedule and tax site location and are trained and certified by United Way and the IRS before serving at the site. Registration is now open for Allegheny County volunteers, so be sure to register early to secure a spot at your preferred tax site and in the free MIYPC trainings.

Internships and continuing education credits are available for students, attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, and enrolled agents.

For more information please visit www.swpafreetaxes.org

Available Spaces: Unlimited

412 Food Rescue

Free Event

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412 Food Rescue aims to fight hunger by collecting fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be discarded and directly distributing to community organizations that serve those in need. We do this 100% by volunteers who use their cars and bikes to pick up food from our retail donors and deliver directly to our community partners across Allegheny County. They are expanding our volunteer network and are looking for both regular and ad hoc volunteers. Regular volunteers have a designated weekly pick up and drop off location. Ad hoc opportunities are their "on the fly" pick ups/drop offs and are posted on their social media accounts. All of their volunteer opportunities average 30 minutes and are tailored to be convenient to your neighborhood, commute, and schedule.

Volunteers must have a valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle.

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Sunshine Club

Free Event

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The Sunshine Club is a program of Chabad of the South Hills that pairs up volunteers with seniors for bi-weekly visits.  These visits deliver smiles and bring a bit of sunshine into the lives of local Jewish seniors.  This is a very flexible opportunity that only requires a listening ear and a kind heart.  Once volunteers are paired with a senior they work to create their own schedule of visits based upon individual availability.  This opportunity is bases in the South Hills and are working with South Hills Senior Homes, but volunteers from all areas are welcome!

Available Spaces: Unlimited