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Employment & Volunteer Opportunities in Philadelphia

The following list is just a small sample of organizations that need your help or that offer stipends for volunteers.

 

Rover Community Transportation
484-696-3854
www.riderover.com

— We know driving a school bus takes a special type of person. A person who cares about others, and most of all, a person who is conscientious, safety minded and dependable. So if you are interested in working 20 to 30 hours per week driving school children to and from school each day, we can be your perfect opportunity for great employment. Other Opportunities include: Coach Drivers, Public Transit Drivers, Paratransit Drivers, Various Office Openings.



Abington Free Library Adult Literacy Program Volunteer
215-885-5183

American Red Cross, Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter
215-299-4000

Alzheimer's Association
800-272-3900
— Volunteer opportunities are available in the Chapter office helping with programs, services, and special events.

Better Business Bureau of Eastern PA
215-985-9313
— Volunteer opportunities for answering telephones, complaint handling, mediation and arbitration, public speaking, data entry, receptionist and clerical duties.

Chore Connection
Mid County Senior Services
610-353-6642
— Volunteers are matched with low-income older adults in Delaware County who need help with household chores, yard work, transportation and other odd jobs.

Community Resource Development Program
Mid County Senior Services
610-353-6642
— Services Provided: volunteer chores and transportation for low income elderly; registry of home repair and chore workers for older adults (60+).

Experience Corps
215-204-8585
— Older adult (55+) volunteers work in elementary schools to help children succeed by tutoring, reading aloud, storytelling and writing activities. Volunteer as few as 2 hours a week or as many as 15 hours/week. Some stipends available.

Family Friends
215-204-3193
— An in-home support program in which older adults (55+) visit families that have children with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Volunteers visit families once a week for two hours. Receive an stipend for each visit.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum
215-448-1163
Volunteers are needed to help visitors in our interactive exhibits. Individuals who have a science or education background and enjoy working with children are encouraged to apply. Please contact the number above to request a volunteer application or information on other volunteer opportunities.

Full Circle Theatre
215-204-9386
— A culturally diverse ensemble of actors ages 14 to 92 which uses interactive and improvisational theatre techniques to assist audiences to explore social concerns and develop problem-solving strategies. We perform at conferences, schools, hospitals, community and senior centers. We are recruiting male and female actors (ages 55+) to participate in the theatre. No previous acting experience is required.

Foster Grandparent Program
www.seniorcorps.org
Montgomery County • 610-630-0201
Philadelphia County • 215-685-3627
Delaware County • 610-490-1498
— Low income volunteers age 60 and over commit themselves twenty hours per week to give affection, understanding, and stimulation to handicapped and special needs children. Benefits: tax exempt stipend. Stipend doesn't affect subsidized rent, SSI, food stamps.

Goodwill Industries
610-777-7877

Green Thumb, Inc. Pennsylvania Program State Office
800-854-1578
817 Market Street
www.greenthumbpa.org

League of Women Voters
215-829-9495

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
800-222-1754

MANNA (Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance)
215-496-2662
— MANNA provides 3 meals for approximately 2000 people, Monday-Saturday. We have volunteer opportunities available in the kitchen, distribution, delivery and special events.

Meals on Wheels
— Volunteers can be drivers, deliverers, kitchen helpers, bakers, and Steering Committee members. Volunteers do much more than prepare and deliver meals. Daily, they bring a cheerful greeting, observe the well being of the client and handle emergencies when necessary. Commitment can range from several hours per week to 2-4 hours per month.
Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels, 215-248-0660
Kosher Meals on Wheels, Inc., 215-878-9888
Meals on Wheels, Homelink Division, Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, 215-844-8441

The National Council on the Aging, Inc.
County of Delaware Services of the Aging
610-713-2100

Older Women's League
202-783-6686

Philadelphia Reads
215-851-1748
— Reading coaches and book sorters needed. PHILADELPHIA READS works to promote best practices pertaining to literacy efforts for pre-school and school-aged children from Philadelphia's most needy communities. All volunteer reading coaches must attend a three hour training session. Minimally, we require a one hour per week commitment for a three month time period. However, you can volunteer more hours and days at your convenience. The more time you commit, the more impact you will make. For more information or to receive an information packet, please contact us!

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
215-331-7787

Taylor Hospice
800-538-9729
— Volunteer opportunities are available in a community-based hospice to help in the office, or to offer comfort & care to terminally ill patients and their families by being a "friendly visitor". All training is free.

Temple University Center for Intergenerational Learning
215-204-6970
— Opportunities available for seniors to visit families with children with special needs and to mentor and tutor elementary aged children.

United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
www.uwsepa.org/volunteer/volunteer.html

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