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Volunteerism in Philadelphia

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


AARP Information Center • 215-629-7445

Aid for Friends • 215-464-2224
— Cooks and drivers needed.

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

American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunities
215-405-8840 •
— AMERICAN RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!!! The Red Cross is currently looking for volunteers to greet and register blood donors and serve refreshments at local bloodmobiles. Volunteers select convenient days and locations to suit their schedules. Volunteer drivers are also needed to transport lifesaving blood from bloodmobiles to the labs in center city Philadelphia. No lifting is required and vehicles are provided. Please call the Red Cross Volunteer Office if you are interested at (215) 405-8840. Join a volunteer team in your area, meet new people, and help to save a life today!

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.

CARIE • 215-545-5728

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+).

CONTACT Careline • 610-649-8102

Crossroads Hospice of Philadelphia
Contact Laurie Saint Clair
— We are looking for individuals who are willing to donate their time, labor, and love. Crossroads Hospice of Philadelphia is compassionate way of caring for terminally ill people. Crossroads Hospice care giving teams include physicians, nurses, therapists, home care aides, counselors and most importantly, volunteers, who help terminally ill patients and their families deal with one of the toughest transitions in life. Volunteers play a particularly important part in hospice and palliative care programs across the nation. They are integral members of hospice's interdisciplinary care team, providing comfort and compassion to those facing a life-limiting illness. Any interested member of the community including homemakers, retirees, college students, professionals and couples are encouraged to explore Hospice Volunteering.

Delaware County Literacy Council • 610-876-4811

Seeking Domestic Violence Telephone Counseling Volunteers
— Philadelphia agency seeks dedicated Telephone Counseling Volunteers to support women hurt by domestic violence and substance abuse. Get an 8-week training (Tuesday and Thursday evenings) and volunteer for 8 hours a month from your home. Call (215) 564-5301, extension 118, or visit now!

Elder Net of Lower Merion & Narberth • 610-525-0706

Foster Grandparent Program •
— 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.

Montgomery County: 610-272-8997
Philadelphia County: 215-685-3627
Delaware County: 610-490-1498

Goodwill Industries: 610-777-7877

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

League of Women Voters • 215-829-9495
— The League is a non-partisan political organization which provides nonpartisan election information, fact sheets and publications, information about current office holders and elections laws, and speakers.

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

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging • 215-765-9040
— Senior companion program and more.

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)
Bucks County: 215-340-1210
Chester County: 610-436-6646
Delaware County: 610-565-5563
Eastern Area: 267-518-0028
Glenside: 215-885-7650
N.E. Philadelphia: 215-331-7787
Norristown: 610-275-1960
North Penn: 215-855-9578
Perkiomen Valley: 610-489-1555
Pottstown: 610-326-9109
Main Line Area: 610-527-8806
— Use your life experience, know-how, and wisdom to make a difference.As an RSVP volunteer, you can match your talents and interests to what needs to get done in your area.

RSVP of Montgomery County
Central Area/Blue Bell: 610-834-1365
Eastern Area/ Willow Grove: 267-518-0028
Main Line/Bryn Mawr: 610-527-8806
North Penn/Harleysville: 215-855-9578
Western Area/Pottstown: 610-326-9109
Western/Upper Perkiomen: 610-489-1555
Western/Red Hill: 215-679-3610

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.

United Way • 215-665-2474

VNA Hospice of Philadelphia
One Winding Drive, Monroe Office Center • Philadelphia, PA 19131
215-581-2328 / toll-free: 1-888-467-9330
— Join our hospice team by becoming a friendly visitor to provide home-based (Philadelphia and surrounding counties) companionship and support to people with terminal illnesses and their family members. In addition to companionship tasks such as reading, praying or writing, other tasks may include help with meal preparation, running errands, light shopping and staying with patients to give the caregiver a break. Volunteers are also needed to help in the office with mailings, filing, answering the phone, collating admission packets and other interesting tasks such as making cards, crafts, and seasonal greetings that hospice staff will deliver to patients and families in need of cheer. Flexible hours, 2 to 4 hours a week.

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