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Volunteer Opportunities

To sign up for a Volunteer Opportunity listed below, contact Paula Henry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 717.724.4057.


Administrative Support

An East Shore agency needs volunteers to perform administrative tasks such as greeting visitors, answering phones, directing calls and filing. Good communication skills on the phone, flexibility and friendliness are a must for this position. This opportunity is available weekdays during regular business hours. Volunteers are asked to work two or three hour shifts either weekly or bi-weekly.

Special Event Support

An East Shore agency needs volunteers, either individuals or groups, to support an annual theater fundraising event. Volunteers will solicit sponsorships and secure silent auction items. The opportunity will begin in January 2017 and last for approximately four months.

Walk Team Ambassadors

An East Shore agency needs volunteers to recruit participants, both groups and individuals, to participate in a fundraising walking event in in May. Training will be provided and the opportunity will be available February through May 2017.

Patient Care Volunteers

An East Shore hospice facility needs volunteers to assist patients either at the facility or at patients’ homes. Volunteer duties may include: friendly visits for companionship, run errands for patient or family, provide respite for caregivers so they can run errands, read to patient, help with meal preparation, or assist with transport of patient to appointments. Good listening skills, a caring spirit and compassion are the qualities needed for this opportunity. Minimum age is 19.

Resident Companion

An East Shore nursing home needs volunteers to interact with residents and assist staff. Volunteer duties may include: establish friendly relationships with residents and interact with staff to assure each resident is receiving care according to their individual care plan, assist staff with set-up of various small and large group activities, help transport residents, or help with light clerical duties as needed. Excellent communication skills and being able to work independently are qualities needed for this opportunity. Minimum age is 16.

Gift Shop Operator

An East Shore nursing home needs volunteers to operate their gift shop. The duties to be performed are: stock shelves and organize merchandise, take cash and make change, operate cash register and complete light clerical duties as needed. Excellent communication skills and a love of working with seniors are qualities needed for this opportunity. Daytime shifts available seven days a week, from noon until 4:30 p.m. Minimum age is 16.

Nature Center Volunteer

An East Shore nature center needs a front desk volunteer to greet visitors, answer phones and help with a small gift shop. This opportunity is available Tuesday and/or Friday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. You can choose one day or both. Free parking is available.

Day Center Manager

A West Shore agency needs a volunteer to help with some day to day activities of a busy center which assists homeless families. Volunteer duties include facility management (inside and outside), recruitment and scheduling of volunteers, and management of special projects. The number of hours per week varies depending on current service projects. Some duties can be performed from home with an internet connection. Good communication and organizational skills are a plus. Daytime, evening and weekend hours are available.

Radio Reading

An East Shore agency needs volunteers to record themselves reading publications, to be aired on a radio station for listeners who are blind. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and will be subject to a reading audition.  The opportunity is available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. On the job training will be provided.  

Receptionist

An East Shore agency needs a volunteer(s) to answer a five line phone, transfer calls, take messages and greet visitors. A pleasant phone voice and some receptionist experience are helpful. The opportunity is available during regular business hours, Wednesday and Friday. You can choose to do one day or both or choose to schedule two or more days a month. Scheduling is flexible. Free parking is available.

Weekend Volunteer Opportunity

An East Shore agency needs volunteers to cover four-hour weekend shifts at a medical facility. Volunteer duties include answering the phone, keeping common areas straightened, stocking supplies and interacting with families of sick children. Interested volunteers must be compassionate and have good people and listening skills. Training is required and provided by the agency.

Friendly Visitors/Shoppers

An East Shore agency needs volunteers for friendly visiting and/or food shopping for home-bound seniors residing on both the East and West shores. This opportunity offers extremely flexible scheduling and tasks can be done during daytime, evening or weekend hours. Interested volunteers should be dependable, friendly and enjoy interacting with senior citizens. Training and ongoing support are provided.

Drivers

An East Shore agency needs drivers on the first and third Wednesdays of the month to drive blind and/or visually impaired individuals to support groups in the Harrisburg area. This opportunity requires 3-4 hours of time. Interested volunteers should be friendly, outgoing and have reliable transportation. Mileage reimbursement is available if needed.

Mentors

An East Shore agency needs volunteers to mentor youth, ages 11-16, in conflict resolution skills on Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Training and ongoing support are provided. Interested volunteers should enjoy working with youth and be willing to obtain child abuse clearances and a background check (paid for by the agency).

Tutors

An area agency needs tutors and classroom aids. This opportunity is extremely flexible and offers both East and West Shore locations as well as daytime and evening hours. Interested volunteers should be friendly, patient and enjoy working with adult learners, many of whom are ESL students. Training and ongoing support are provided.

Animal Lovers

An East Shore agency needs volunteers to help prepare horses for riding lessons for people with disabilities as well as various farm chores. This opportunity has daytime, evening and weekend opportunities. Interested individuals should be able to work around all sorts of animals and comfortable interacting with children and adults with disabilities. 

Information & Referral Volunteers

An area agency needs volunteers to answer phones and provide information to callers.  The phones are staffed 24/7 with flexible scheduling during daytime, evening and weekend hours.  Volunteers also have the option of answering calls at home after a probation period.  Interested volunteers must be willing to complete a 40 hour training to learn about available resources and develop active listening skills. 

Mentors for Homeless Moms

A faith-based agency in Harrisburg needs mentors for single homeless mothers moving towards self-sufficiency.  Volunteers must be willing to commit to a minimum of one year building a warm supportive relationship.  Training and on-going support for volunteers are provided. 

Homeless Mom Support Volunteers

A faith based agency in Harrisburg needs volunteers to assist single homeless mothers with transportation, babysitting, job search assistance, and other services. Training and on-going support for volunteers are provided.

Library Assistants

Volunteers, age 14 and older, are needed to help library patrons with downloading and accessing electronic  library materials.  The position requires basic understanding of e-Readers and e-Audio players and a commitment to serve one or two (1-2) hours each week.  The ability to troubleshoot digital device compatibility is extremely helpful.  Support and training on Overdrive software is provided as needed.  These positions require patience working with all types of people with all levels of computer experience.  The libraries open at 10 AM and close at various hours, at locations throughout Dauphin County.

Volunteer ESL Tutors

Adult volunteer tutors are needed to provide support to Carson Long Military Academy’s international students, one evening a week from 7-8 p.m. during the school year, with a focus on vocabulary and reading aloud.  Carson Long, the nation’s oldest boarding school to provide military leadership training, is an all-boy school, enrolling college and career preparatory students in grades 6-12.  Carson Long is located just off the square in New Bloomfield, Perry County.

Furniture Bank Volunteers

A West Shore agency needs volunteers to assist clients in selecting furniture and household goods, unpacking donations and stocking shelves, helping clients take selections to their vehicle.These opportunities are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 3-4 hour shifts.  Help is also needed to make phone calls to arrange time and dates for donation pick-ups.  The hours for making calls is flexible.

Concert Volunteers

To take tickets, usher, and work coat room for HSO Classical (Masterworks) and Pops concerts. Season runs October – May with an orientation date in mid-September. Please sign up to serve as a concert volunteer at http://harrisburgsymphony.org/volunteer.html. Upon receiving your inquiry/sign up, you will be contacted to designate available dates for which you would like to volunteer. Perk: Free admission to HSO concert. Hours:1 hr and 45 min prior to concert start til concert end (roughly 4 hours). Concerts are on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. For more information, go to http://harrisburgsymphony.org

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