Ongoing Opportunities

***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.***

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412 Food Rescue

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.

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A+ Schools: Board Watch

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.

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AgeWell Rides

Make a difference in a senior’s life by helping them drive to their various appointments! AgeWell Rides helps keep seniors living as independent a life as possible by ensuring that seniors who no longer drive have reliable access to rides so that they can get to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other various errands that they’d like to run. To get involved in the Rides program, volunteers must attend a 1 hour training session and submit to a criminal background check and 10 year driving history (all costs covered by JF&CS). Volunteer drivers for AgeWell Rides, must be 21+ years old with a valid drivers license and a minimum 5 years of driving experience. Additionally, all drivers must have access to their own reliable vehicle. This is a flexible opportunity with schedule dependent upon driver availability and need. Register

AgeWell Visits

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). For additional information, please click HERE .   This is a flexible opportunity with schedule dependent upon volunteer availability and need. Register

AgeWell at the JCC: CheckMates

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. Register

AgeWell at the JCC: J-Café

The J Cafe provides lunch to over 130 older adults Monday through Friday. 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+. Register

AgeWell at the JCC: Tablet Café

Volunteer at the Tablet Cafe!

AgeWell Pittsburgh has recently launched a new program, Tablet Cafe, that will provide opportunities for individuals 60+ to increase their skill and comfort level with tablets. This is a relaxed environment that provides time for leisure, online pursuits, and technology education. Tablet Cafe will run Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30-11:00am.

They are looking for volunteers to serve as daily monitors and program instructors. Daily monitors will be available during operating hours to assist users with access and oversee informal usage while program instructions will be trained to teach specific coursed that are offered through a partnering web-based provider.

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Assemble

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.


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BBYO: Chapter Advisor

BBYO volunteer advisors are a welcomed and vital part of the success of the small group chapter model that functions throughout the organization. Advisors provide guidance and work with chapter and regional leaders to enhance their skills. Advisors are also asked to assist with staffing regional weekends and are expected to be at chapter events. The time commitment for a chapter advisor is dependent upon the availability of the volunteer and the amount of activity on a chapter’s calendar. All volunteer advisors must pass a criminal background check and have access to reliable transportation. Some travel may be required. Register

Book 'Em

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.

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Bridge to College

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.

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Career Development Center: Computer Assistance

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) Register

Career Development Center: Informational Meetings

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) Register

Career Development Center: Mock Interviews

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) Register

Carnegie Library: Reading Buddies Program

We know how important it is for kids to spend time reading with positive, engaging adults, so Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is inviting interested community members to join our crew of dedicated volunteers who support youth literacy through a program called Reading Buddies. Reading Buddies volunteers are stationed in the library’s Children’s Department to support kids as they explore and learn. Reading Buddies act as caring mentors who read with kids, provide homework help, play games, learn about technology, and have supportive conversations. We are currently seeking Reading Buddies volunteers to help out at five different library locations: Allegheny (Northside), Hazelwood, Hill District, Sheraden, and West End. The volunteer commitment is just 4 hours per month, and weekend and evening volunteer shifts are available.

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Center for Women: Mentoring

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. Register

Center for Women: Networking Meetings

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. Register

Center for Women: Women Helping Women, One on One

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. Experts 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 Register

Chartiers Center

Chartiers Center is in need of a volunteer to assist with general maintenance and small projects. Volunteers do not need professional experience; personal experience and a general knowledge base may be required to support various projects. They are flexible with dates and times to suite volunteer schedules. There is a volunteer application that volunteers will complete, including a criminal and child abuse clearance (costs covered by the organizations). Register

Children’s Rooms in the Courts: Child Attendant

The Children’s Rooms in the Courts provide a safe, stress-free environment for young ones while their parents/caregivers tend to court matters, or while jurors serve. Volunteers are needed to play and care for the children (babies to preteens) serve snacks, and assist the staff members as needed. The rooms serve hundreds of children, both from families with court business and jurors, each month – volunteer assistance is always needed. This opportunity is flexible based upon availability, but it is requested that volunteers commit to a specific block of time. Playroom hours are: Monday – Thursday 8:15am to 4pm and with Friday hours varying per playroom. Volunteers have their choice of 3 locations: Family/Juvenile Court Playroom 440 Ross Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (#412-350-4588); Criminal Court Playroom 436 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (#412-350-3159); and Municipal Court Playroom 660 First Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (#412-350-6735). Free parking at Manor Parking Garage and all 3 rooms are on the bus line. All volunteers are required to get clearances.

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Children's Institute: Medical Library and Gift Shop

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, and FBI

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Circles Pittsburgh

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 and then deliver the meal.

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Community Fundraiser

We are looking for forward thinking, community based individuals to be volunteer fundraisers for the Federation’s Annual Campaign. A community-wide fundraising effort that addresses the most pressing needs and issues at a moment’s notice that does everything from feeding the hungry, to helping the unemployed, to supporting families with special needs, and funding Jewish education. 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. Phone calls and outreaches can be made on your own time, your own schedule, even in the comfort of your house, or you can join us for any of Federation’s fundraising events! The best part about this is that people of all ages can volunteer and help out! Sign up today! Register

Cribs for Kids: Safe Sleep Kit Assembly

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 Register

Family House

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. Register

Family House: Food Pantry Drive

Family House provides a special “home away from home” for patients and/or their families who are in Pittsburgh for treatment of serious or life-threatening illnesses. By offering convenient, affordable housing in a home-like environment, Family House reduces the emotional and financial stress for people facing a medical crisis in a city where they may be strangers. Since its founding in 1983 by community leaders and university physicians, Family House is fortunate to have provided a refuge for more than 150,000 guests who may have otherwise spent days and nights in Pittsburgh area hospital waiting rooms. Family House’s four homes located in the Oakland and Shadyside areas offer the comforts of home and convenience to loved ones – often in times of great duress – at affordable rates. Whether here for treatments, trauma, or transplants, Family House staff and volunteers give families the peace-of-mind to focus on the care of those closest to them. Each house has it’s own kitchen and a pantry that is ALWAYS in need of supplies. Family House is ALWAYS accepting pantry donations. Please direct all questions to Emily Bernstein at ebernstein@jfedpgh.org.

Follow the Reader

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 Squirrel Hill 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 requires a monthly commitment , usually one Wednesday morning per month, from September-May. All Volunteers are required to have an up-to-date PA Criminal Reference Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and FBI Clearance. Register

Higher Achievment

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.

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I.M.P.A.C.T.S. Adult Mentoring

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. Volunteer at 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. 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. All activities occur at 6140 Station Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Volunteers must be 18 years or older to participate.

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Jewish Family & Children's Service: Employment Mentor

Jewish Family and Children’s Services needs volunteers to be a resource to refugees on employment and financial literacy skills and to cultivate a positive relationship with your mentee. They are looking for compassionate and interested volunteers with good communication skills and comfort working with non-or limited English speakers. Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by someone over 18. Responsibilities can include but are not limited to; English language practice, practicing basic job skills, working on financial literacy, exploring education or cultural places in Pittsburgh, and responding to questions.
You must be able to commit to 1-2 hours a week or biweekly at a mutually agreed upon time for a minimum of three months. Required training and orientation is provided along with case supervision and continuing education. Act 33 & 34 clearances are required but are free for volunteers.
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Jewish Family & Children's Service: In-Home Volunteer

Jewish Family and Children’s Services needs volunteers to help a newly arrived refugee family adjust to their life in America by providing in-home, culturally sensitive acculturation support. They are looking for compassionate and interested volunteers with good communication skills and comfort working with non-or limited English speakers. Minors are welcome but must be accompanied by someone over 18. Responsibilities can include but are not limited to; English language practice, daily living skills, bus training, community outings, activities with children, and homework help.
You must be able to commit to 1-2 hours a week or biweekly at a mutually agreed upon time for a minimum of three months. Required training and orientation is provided along with case supervision and continuing education. Act 33 & 34 clearances are required but are free for volunteers.
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Jewish Family & Children's Service: Workshop Facilitator

Jewish Family and Children’s Services needs volunteers to provide refugees with employment and financial skills to help them become self-sufficient. They are looking for people with experience or interest in leading group workshops, a willingness to learn how to teach with an interpreting, and comfort working with non-or limited English speakers. Responsibilities can include but are not limited to; facilitating hour-long workshops using a prepared curriculum, adapting learning materials, discussing education materials with a supervisor, and responding to questions. Topics vary but may include banking, check writing, mock interviews, job readiness, time management, money management, and cultural orientation.

The time commitment is flexible, requiring only 1 or 2 hours a month. Required training and orientation is provided. Act 33 & 34 clearances are required but are free for volunteers.

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Jewish Association on Aging: Sunday Bingo

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) Register

Jewish Relief Agency: Love in a Box

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 meet one Sunday a month at 9am at the Chabad of Fox Chapel (1343 Old Freeport Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238)

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Junior Achievement: JA in a Day

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. Register

Junior Achievement: Kit Recycling

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. Register

Junior Achievement: Weekly Teaching

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. Register

Lawrenceville Organic Community Garden

The mission of LOCG is to promote urban food production and community building. Everyone is welcome to come and get involved! They’re located in the corner at Butler St. and Stanton Ave in the Allegheny Cemetery. Come in the main entry, walk past the brick admin buildings and look for our bright blue garden shed. At the end of the work day, gardeners are invited to harvest fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to take home. Register

Living in Liberty

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.

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Mollie's Meals

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.

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Money in Your Pocket Coalition: Free Tax Preparation Program

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

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Monumental Mission Ministries

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.

This opportunity is flexible based on volunteer availability and need. Volunteers are asked to have access to their own reliable transportation and are able to lift a minimum of 30lbs. Register

National Council of Jewish Women: Thriftique

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 125 51st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Unfortunately, they cannot accommodate volunteers below the age of 14.
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Neighborhood Learning Alliance

The Neighborhood Learning Alliance (NLA) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their after school programs for K-8 students. Volunteers are needed to work with elementary school children on reading skills and STEM projects as well as to provide homework help for middle school students. This after school programs run Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm and volunteers are asked to commit to 2-3 hours a week. Act 33 & 34 clearances are required but all costs are covered by the NLA.
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OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring

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.

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Reading is Fundamental: Everybody Wins!

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.

For more information click here

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Sivitz Hospice: Companions

Sivitz Hospice is looking for caring individuals who want to make a real difference. Volunteer companions offer a wide variety of services for hospice patients and their families. This can include social visits, recording life histories, caregiver respite, and social/emotional support. Sivitz Hospice serves patients in 5 counties, so some travel may be required. No professional experience is required. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization will train you and obtain all necessary clearances and paperwork. Volunteers are needed at their convenience or whenever they can donate their time. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization is located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217 Register

Sivitz Hospice: Massage Therapy

Sivitz Jewish Hospice is looking for licensed Massage Therapists who are willing to volunteer their skills for their patients. The benefits of Massage Therapy include relaxation, and a reduction in stress and muscle tension. Must present a current copy of license. This opportunity is flexible based upon availability and need. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization is located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217 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** Register

Sivitz Hospice: Music Therapist

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. This opportunity is at the convenience of the volunteer, based on schedule and need. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization is located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217 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** Register

Sivitz Hospice: No One Dies Alone

Sivitz Hospice is looking for caring individuals to help out with 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 acts as a surrogate family member to allow the patient to die with dignity and ensure that he or she will be remembered. This opportunity is flexible based upon the availability of the volunteer and the needs of the organization. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization is located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217 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** Register

Sivitz Hospice: Reiki Training

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. This opportunity is at the convenience of the volunteer, although 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. Sivitz Jewish Hospice Organization is located at 200 JHF Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15217 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** Register

Squirrel Hill JCC: Family Place Assistant

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.) Register

South Hills Interfaith Movement: Crush Hunger Hero

The South Hills Interfaith Movement is looking for volunteers to pickup and deliver donations from local grocery stores to stock SHIM’s food pantry. This is a weekly opportunity taking place every Thursday, but is flexible in terms of the time for pickup and drop off. Volunteers for this opportunity must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs and have a valid PA state drivers license.

All SHIM volunteers need to complete an application, attend an orientation, and have PA Criminal Background and PA Child Abuse clearances which are free for volunteers.

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The Sunshine Club

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!

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United Way: Be a Middle School Mentor

Recognized as the region’s largest school-based mentoring initiative, BAMSM matches caring adults with middle school students for the duration of their middle school years (grades 6-8). Research indicates the 40-60% of students who drop out of high school disengage from their education during their middle schools years, destroying their chance of future success. Although typically overlooked, providing additional support and encouragement to this group can result in students who stay engaged and graduate from high school on time. All volunteers are screened, trained, and supervised by the mentoring agency and assigned a school and mentee. Volunteers are particularly needed at Colfax, Obama, and Sterrett

*All volunteers must have PA Act 33 and FBI clearances.

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UPMC Canterbury Place

UPMC Canterbury Place is looking for volunteers to work in their gift shop. The gift shop offers residents and staff the opportunity to shop on site which is particularly important for residents who are not able to leave the facility. Residents who are not able to shop in a traditional setting love having the opportunity to spend real or prize money and a friendly gift shop attendant helps to brighten their day. The giftshop is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2pm-4pm and Friday 10am-4pm. Volunteers are asked to work for a minimum of 2 hour shifts within the given timeframe, but they are flexible to work with various schedules.

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UPMC Heritage Place: Bingo

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. Register

Wilkinsburg Free Store

The Free Store just opened a new location in Wilkinsburg and needs volunteers to assist with donation drop off. Every Wednesday from 2:00pm-5:00pm is designated donation drop off, and they could use five volunteers to help accept and sort the donations as well as general store organization. This could be a one time or ongoing commitment, so registering is only a one time commitment. The Wilkinsburg Free Store is located at 619 Penn Ave.
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WorkAble: Client Volunteer Mentor

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) Register