Current Volunteer Opportunities
If you wish to volunteer for one of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the Community Service Office at (215)-572-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the organization in the subject line for more information.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
St. Christopher’s is seeking volunteers to assist in providing activities for hospitalized children in their patient rooms as well as the playroom. Volunteers may be asked to assist with the story telling program as well as providing entertainment and assisting with outpatient services. For more information on the opportunities available, please visit their website:
WePAC: West Philadelphia Alliance for Children
West Philadelphia students increase their literacy abilities to help build confidence and vital skills. Students with great aspirations get one step
closer to achieving their dreams. West Philadelphia Alliance for
Children is seeking leaders to assist small groups of budding
journalists in grades 5-8 conduct interviews, do research and write
about their school and community. Newspapers are published monthly and
distributed throughout the school. Writing for a school newspaper helps
boost student literacy, writing, and communication skills. If you are
interested in journalism, photo journalism, or just want to make a
difference for a student in West Philadelphia, this is the perfect
volunteer opportunity for you. Note that a minimum of 2 hours every other week is respectfully required. Contact email@example.com to find out how you can get involved.
Associated Services for the Blind –
CitySolve Urban Race
CitySolve Urban race is a unique adventure game in the city where teams solve clever clues and face fun challenges while discovering their city in a fun, new way! Visit their website or email Jason Hofsess for more information. Volunteer to participate in the race for free! All proceeds benefit Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Tree House Books
Tree House Books is looking for a myriad of volunteers:
Time Tutors: After-school tutors are needed to provide free homework
help for school-age children four afternoons a week, Tuesday to Friday,
from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Tutoring Time is the after-school program that
strives to build a community of proficient and impassioned readers,
artists, and thinkers. Tutoring Time mentors partner with children, ages
5-17, to help them find their identity, voice, and power through
education, reading, and the arts. Tutoring Time activities include
tending our back-lot garden, writing projects, and conducting art
-Magazine Workshop Volunteer: Hone your writing skills by
getting involved with The Ave, a magazine written by and for the local
neighborhood. Give instruction and staff support 5:30-7:00pm on
Wednesdays with a group of Tree House kids and other volunteers. Take
part in different creative projects such as writing, photography,
art-making, and collaborative experiments. For this specific program,
contact Magazine Workshop Coordinator Colwin Bocasan at
-Bookstore Operations Volunteer: Be part
of the volunteer staff at Tree House by providing steady support during
our daily bookstore hours 10:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday. We
could use some help selling books, creating seasonal displays, sorting
and pricing, and as always, brainstorming possible community events.
Workshop Volunteer: Do you have special skills and talents? Let us
know, and we’ll create a workshop to share your gifts with children and
adults. Do you know a lot about another country? Come be part of our
international events. Do you come up with lots of interesting ideas?
-Administrative Support Volunteer: Hours: anytime,
anywhere! We need volunteers to help with mailings, web-site design,
correspondence, and marketing. Much of the work can be done at home in
-Tree Shade Summer Program: Our Tree Shade Summer
Program is a six week summer camp with art projects, guest speakers, and
performances developed by the children. This year, our Tree Shade
program will focus on the “Make Your Space Beautiful” project. Tree
Shade camp hours are 1:00-3:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday, during the
summer. We need volunteers to help create and coordinate our summer
Visit their website or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Macaluso, at if you are interested or have any questions.
The AIDS Policy Project
Interested in medicine, medical research
and AIDS activism? How about human rights and global health? A group of
experienced HIV advocates and strategists is looking for skilled
volunteers to undertake a wide range of tasks including writing letters
to the editor and op-eds, lobbying, updating web sites and social
marketing, investigating medical research issues, meeting with
politicians or NIH officials, and more. People who have web/html, social
media, or art skills are encouraged to apply as well as people simply
interested in promoting global heath, wellness, and education.
Fundraising expertise is also desperately needed, from parties to
grants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in
getting involved in AIDS activism! Please also note your interest,
background, and skills. Also check out the AIDS Policy Project website:
If you enjoy vintage clothes, the thrift store
atmosphere and have a creative, artistic spirit, your services are
wanted and could really help a community of homeless women and children.
A transitional housing program for homeless women and children operates
a charming thrift store 4 days a week. They are looking for someone to
sort through donations and come up with attractive displays. You will
receive direct supervision from a visual artist with a passion for
community change so the work will be fun and satisfying. Your general
duties would include preparing donations for store sale, carrying bags
filled with clothing, sorting through donating items, greeting and
assisting customers, and register duties. Visit their website and click "Become a Volunteer" under "Support Drueding."
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society motivates people to improve the quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture. PHS also produces and manages a variety of shows, competitions, and programs throughout the year.
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Pennsylvania
Direct Care volunteers are wanted to spend time with patients in all facets of their lives- reading, talking, crocheting, prayer, etc. Indirect Care Volunteers are also needed to spend time in the office doing administrative work or aid in presentations at volunteer fairs and health fairs.
Jewish Relief Agency
Interested in Jewish culture and working with Jewish citizens in the Greater Philadelphia area? JRAid is looking for individuals who are willing to donate hour-long blocks of time to provide transportation for seniors to and from doctor's appointments, the grocery store, or on short errands. Most do not need any special assistance. To view current opportunities, visit their website or contact the JRA via email:
Red Cross Lifeguard
If you are interested in becoming a Red Cross lifeguard, visit their website for information on enrollment.
Franklin Institute Volunteer
The Franklin Institute is looking for volunteers with an interest in science to join their team. Volunteers will need customer service experience as well as public speaking skills to assist in several different areas of opportunity at the museum. Training will be provided and volunteers will be asked to offer educational support in the museum's exhibits, present interactive activities to visitors and assist with special events. Visit their website below for details and instructions on how to apply.
Hospice of Philadelphia
Everyday the Hospice of Philadelphia, a team of volunteers, nurses, and various other individuals take care of those facing terminal illness. Volunteers are being requested to join the Hospice Cheer Team that will make cards and crafts, especially during the holidays, in order to brighten up the day of those suffering. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate, and the only requirement is that you have a compassionate heart and a creative mind. Please visit their website or contact Valerie Turner at Hospice of Philadelphia via email.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Neglected/Abused Children
volunteers are empowered by the courts to advocate for abused or neglected
children. Volunteers fight for and protect a child's fundamental right to be
treated with the dignity and respect that he or she deserves. Volunteers are thoroughly trained and well supported by professional staff
to help with each case. Volunteers must pass a background check, participate in a 30-hour
pre-service training course and agree to stay with a case until it is closed.
For more information about the program and qualifications, visit their website.
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society
The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to assist in turning over rooms for cancer patients a few hours a day, as well as drivers to drive Hope Lodge vans to and from treatment centers. Hope Lodge, located in Cheltenham next to Fox Chase Cancer Center, provides no-cost lodging for cancer patients who live outside the Philadelphia area. If you would like to volunteer at Hope Lodge, please contact the Arcadia University Community Service Office.
Wissahickon Park Restoration
Join Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers in restoration projects throughout Wissahickon Park. Help is needed in removing invasive trees, shrubs, and ground cover, planting native species, as well as similar tasks. We provide all the tools, you provide the muscle! Visit their website for upcoming fieldwork events and other volunteer opportunities, or contact Susannah Beckett, the Field Director.
Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild
The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to to the continuation of traditional maritime skills through maintenance and operation of two historic vessels, the barkentine Gazela and the tugboat Jupiter. The Gazela is a 100-year old vessel that represents the last of a strong breed of Portuguese built wooden square riggers. The Juniper is a tugboat built in 1902 that played a significant role in the development of commerce and transportation in the Delaware Valley. As volunteers, crewmembers assist in the maintenance of each vessel and in the proper running of the ships during their summer trips. Both ships are functioning are sail all over the Atlantic with other tall ships. Visit the Guild's website or contact the Volunteer Coordinator via email or phone for more information.
William Way (LGBT)
A core base of over 250 active volunteers enables the small staff to plan and facilitate programs and services. The Center offers many ways to volunteer, so there's truly something for everyone. Whatever volunteer opportunity you choose, volunteering is a great way to give back to our community, meet new people, get involved, and have fun. There are also opportunities to craft your own volunteer experience! Get started as a volunteer by attending a New Volunteer Orientation, the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm at William Way. The orientation explains more about the Center, gives you an in-depth overview of all volunteer opportunities, and registers you to volunteer with the programs that interest you most.
Urban Blazers is an all-volunteer organization based in Philadelphia that organizes in a partnership with a small group of selected partner schools, nonprofits and agencies focused on youth development. Each year, we serve hundreds of underserved youth in urban Philadelphia, providing them with opportunities to go biking, hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting, rock climbing and more. A volunteer application can be found on their website.
Bridge Project aids those coping with emergencies involving health, legal,
financial, personal, and professional needs, while building an awareness for
jazz sounds produced by local musicians and others.
Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue (GPSAR) Volunteer
A Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue Volunteer (GPSAR) helps in locating people that are missing. GPSAR is contacted by local law enforcement when specialized search management skills are needed. Members are asked to train twice a week and expected to get FA/CPR along with other more specialized training during their probationary period. As a GPSAR volunteer you will learn different aspects of emergency services, and train to refine your skills so that you can serve the community to the best of you abilities.
Volunteering for hospice is a very rewarding experience. By serving people who are making choices on how to live their remaining days of life, volunteers learn more about themselves and what really matters. Volunteers may participate in friendly visiting, reading, conversation, quiet companionship; provide support and companionship to surviving family members; filing, data entry, records maintenance and mailings; maintain a welcoming outdoor environment for residents and visitors; participate in health fairs and community event information tables; and assist with holiday celebrations and annual events.
Laurel House: Providing a Home for Teens in Crisis
The mission of the Laurel House is to provide a home for teens in crisis, transform lives, and strengthen families. Working alongside a staff of trained professionals to provide support in an empowering and non-judgmental way, and use your time to advance positive social change. Currently, volunteer positions are needed for fundraising events, public relations, and the facility committee. Visit their website for more information and the latest needs for volunteers.
Adopt a Platoon
Adopt-a-Platoon is a nonprofit 501C-3 organization managed nationwide by volunteer mothers to ensure that deployed United States Service members in all branches of the military are not forgotten by providing needed mail support and to promote patriotism in our schools and communities. For more information you can visit their website below.
Briar Bush Nature Center
Youth volunteers assist the Briar Bush staff by handling many jobs that are important and also time consuming. At the same time, volunteers have the ability to learn and experience things unique to this suburban nature center. Basic requirements for all volunteers include a love of nature, dependability, and dedication.
Chestnut Hill Hospital
A number of volunteer positions are available to to participate in a hospital dynamic. Interacting with doctors and patients alike, valuable insight and experience can be gained in a number of ways. Visit their website, or contact Tiffany Whaley by phone or email below.
Aid for Friends - Breakfast Bags
Aid for Friends is in need of volunteers to make breakfast bags for the senior citizens and shut-ins that they service. These meals, along with the frozen dinners and soups we normally provide allow many of our shut-ins to eat 3 meals a day - all for free. Use a clear plastic bags like the ones used for our meals. Items we've seen in the breakfast bags: miniature boxes of cereal, orange juice cartons, packets of oatmeal, tea bags, instant coffee, pudding, fruit cups, boxes of raisins, plastic utensils, napkins. 4 or 5 items in each bag is plenty but they must be non-perishable. *Heavily sugared cereals are not good for many of our clients. P lease do not put in the bags any of the following: cookies, muffins, fresh fruit or apple sauce cups that come with an aluminum top that can be easily punctured. The most important item to enclose: a hand-made card letting the shut-ins know they are thought of. You can sign your name and the name of your school, Church or Youth Group. Many do the cards on computers. Our client/friends love to hang these notes on their refrigerators. Bags can be sealed by tying a knot or you can use a twist tie or colored ribbon.
TeamChildren: Digital Divide Program
Teamchildren has collected, repaired, and distributed over 11,000 computers helping more than 50,000 childrean gain access to this crucial form of communication. Now these children are crossing the digital divide and are gaining tools and opportunities to compete effectively in the 21st century. TeamChildren is looking for volunteers who can assist in all different aspects of their organization. Computer science major? This is a perfect opportunity to get practical experience and serve others! Never touched any part of a computer aside from the power button? The folks at TeamChildren can teach you everything you need to know! Visit their website for more information or call to begin your volunteer experience!
Cheltenham Arts Center
Cheltenham Arts Center nurtures the creative spirit of the community through instruction in the visual arts, exhibitions, theater performances, and concerts. The Center is looking for volunteers in several areas including: administration, board committees/subcommittees, exhibitions, facilities fundraising, special events, etc. View the latest list of volunteer opportunities and and complete the volunteer application on their website:
Bethesda Project is a faith-based community which builds families among frail and vulnerable poor people of Philadelphia. Since 1984, Bethesda has worked in collaboration with local church communities and social service agencies to offer shelter services to homeless men struggling with serious physical, psychological, and behavioral problems. The Shelter Program offers men who are homeless daily meals, showers, clothing, casework assistance, and transportation to church shelter sites every night of the year. More information about Bethesda Project and the volunteer application can be found on their website:
Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly
Since 1959, Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly has reached out in friendship and love to isolated elderly who are growing old alone, without the support of family or friends. Little Brothers gives emotional and practical support to these elderly friends through friendly visits, help with small household chores, running errands, and advocating for needed services. More information about Little Brothers and the volunteer application can be found on their website. Volunteers are needed as friendly visitors, helping with small chores and errands, as well as with advocacy.
Project H.O.M.E. is a nationally recognized non-profit organization based in Philadelphia whose mission is to provide permanent solutions to homelessness and poverty through housing, education, employment, health care, and the revitalization of a low-income community. More information about Project H.O.M.E. and the volunteer requirements can be found on their website.
Volunteers are welcomed at the Abington Police Athletic league. Volunteers can be supervisory eyes and ears, participate with the kids, offer to teach skills or run an activity, etc. Bring your ideas and come once a week or once a month- whatever your schedule allows. To volunteer, please call Dave Rondinelli, Abington Community Policing Department at the phone number below. Visit their website for more information.
The Girl Scouts are encouraging any college student over the age of 18 to volunteer and bring their unique perspective, skills, and time to help further the mission of the Girl Scouts and contribute to the community. Volunteering for the Girl Scouts is a wonderful way to complete service hours, perform volunteer work, and give back to the community while developing leadership skills, building self-confidence, and gaining resume building experience. Visit their website.
The Pennsylvania SPCA is currently collecting toys, towels, and linens to care for homeless animals in shelters. Towels are used to bathe the animals to ensure that they look their best when placed for adoption. Towels and bed linens are also used to keep newborn puppies and kittens warm throughout their stay. The items can be brought to the Pennsylvania SPCA at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19134. The Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for Volunteers to help in various ways around the shelter and outside the shelter. A volunteer application can be found on their website. Bring your interests, skills, and talents. Apply today!
VITAS Hospice Volunteer
A VITAS Innovative Hospice Care volunteer provides respite (sit with a patient while the caregiver takes a break), friendly visiting to patients and their families at home or in a nursing home, driving a patient or family member to appointments, accompanying a patient to a church function, wedding, beauty shop, play, ballgame, run errands to the grocery store, drug store, post office, make telephone calls to home bound patients and families, make telephone calls to the bereaved, assist with programs and special events. VITAS is looking for kind and caring people to help terminally ill patients and their families. Friendly visits, simple errands, providing a listening ear and the gift of friendship at a crucial time in someone's life can make a real difference in that person's life. Yours, too! Visit their website to get more information and complete a volunteer application.
Congresso de Latinos Unidos, Inc Mentor
Congresso is an organization aiming to strengthen Latino communities through social, economic, educational, and health services; leadership development; and advocacy. There are a number of volunteer roles available including: mentoring a young person, and tutoring a student. Have other skills you want to put to the test? This organization could provide the perfect opportunity to do so!
Morris Animal Refuge
The Morris Animal Refuge has served as a refuge for a abused and abandoned animals for over 125 years. Positions working directly with animals are few and involve intensive and often dirty work, and since work with these animals can be hazardous, volunteers undergo a training session in animal handling procedures . Volunteers must be available on a regular and consistent basis. The Refuge is located at 1242 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. To apply, download and complete the application on their website and deliver it in person to the Refuge where they will speak to you about volunteering and give you a tour around the Refuge.
Philadelphia Zoo Volunteer
Work outdoors and indoors caring for small mammals and domestic farm animals, performing cleaning, feeding, and grooming activities. Interact with the public in the Children’s Zoo and communicate conservation messages. Volunteer information and applications are available on their website.
Volunteers for Peace
Volunteers for Peace is a non-proft membership organization that offers placement in over 3000 volunteer projects in more than 100 countries. VFP also organizes 50-60 service projects in the United States each year. We exchange volunteers with our international partners, who organize the projects taking place in their own countries. For a complete list of projects and opportunities, vist the website.
Heifer International strives to end world hunger by giving those in needy situations the ability to create a sustainable food economy. The cornerstone of Heifer's philosophy is to give families and communities animals and other food sources and teach them the importance of using these animals in a lasting way. To learn more about Heifer's initiatives and projects and how to get involved, visit their website.
Action Without Borders
Action Without Borders connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. AWB is independent of any government, political ideology, or religious creed. Our work is guided by the common desire of our members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect. AWB is a great resource to find jobs, internships, and volunteer positions with non-profit organizations all over the world and country. Find the perfect opportunity for yourself on their website.
***This page was last updated June 25, 2012.***