The value of volunteers in supporting our Community Impact in Education, Health and Financial Stability is immeasurable. Whether as part of a group or on your own, volunteering makes a real difference.

Browse the list of volunteer opportunities below or complete a Volunteer Project Request to add your organization’s volunteer opportunity.

Featured Volunteer Opportunities

Family Service of Chester County

Project ONE- Volunteer Drivers Needed

We believe that all people living with HIV/AIDS have the right to accessible medical care and support services. Project ONE is a program for HIV-positive individuals in Chester County who need assistance in obtaining medical care, counseling, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, food and housing. ‍We are asking for volunteers who can help with transportation to and from medical and related appointments. All appointments are within Chester County or the near surrounding areas. There is no minimum rides or time required. Any little bit helps. Any and all interest can contact Keith Burress, Project One Program Director at kburress@familyservice.us or Erin Coldiron, Human Resources, at ecoldiron@familyservice.us.

Thank you!

For more information, please contact Erin Coldiron at 6106964900 or ecoldiron@familyservice.us
Friends Home in Kennett

1. evening visits-game playing, crafts
2. gardening
3. weekend/days for specific activities
4. Art teacher

For more information, please contact Christine McDonald at 610-444-2577 extension 202 or CMCDONALD@FHKENNETT.ORG
Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown

On March 4, 2023 CTC of Greater Downingtown is holding its 2nd annual Snowball Shuffle 5k run and 1 mile walk at Eagleview Corporate Center. We could use volunteer help in the below areas:
March 4th, 2023
Set up- 6:30am-8am (3 volunteers)
Registration table-7:30 am- 9am (two volunteers)
Raffle Table – 9am – 11am (two volunteers)
Run Marshal- 8:30 am -11am (12 volunteers)
Clean up- 10:30am -12:00am ( 3 volunteers)

For more information, please contact Karen DiVincenzo at 484-885-9603 or kdivincenzo@dtownctc.org
HC Opportunity Center/ Handi-Crafters

HC Opportunity Center is seeking Corporate Volunteer Days and one time volunteers.
Volunteers provide crucial support to our participants, and our programs, as we seek to integrate our mission to the fullest. Through the generous gift of time, talents, and personal interests, our volunteers supplement the work of our Skill Development Work Center participants and our staff members. As a volunteer, you will help us as we offer special services that are so important to the overall skill development and empowerment of our extraordinary work force and HCOC’s supported employment mission. Join our team today – come once or come often. We guarantee your volunteer time at HCOC will be great! Volunteers needed for help in our Skill Development Work Center, special events, and more. Contact Jennifer at 610.384-6990 x 205 or Jennifer.Kriesel@handi-crafters.org for information and more specific needs and details. Volunteers should be 18 years of age or older. Corporate workdays are encouraged and appreciated! 9:30-2:30 Monday – Friday, buildings are fully accessible. Please call ahead to schedule. The HC Opportunity Center provides people with various disabilities vocational job training, socialization, and the opportunity for competitive employment.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Kriesel at 610.384.6990 x 205 or jennifer.kriesel@handi-crafters.org
Chester County OIC Adult Tutoring Program

Immediate need for Volunteer Tutors! The OIC Adult Tutoring Program partners with the Chester County Library in Exton where our office is located. We provide free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners who would like help learning English, Reading, Writing, Math and test prep.

  • Training is provided online through the PA Department of Education
  • Meet with your student 3 hours per week, usually done in two 90-minute sessions
  • No teaching experience or knowledge of another language necessary
  • Meet at the library or any other public location that is convenient
  • The program and the Chester County Library offer extensive resources for tutors and students

For more information, please contact Debbie Rikess at drikess@cc-oic.org or call 610-344-4013. Ccoic.org

 

For more information, please contact Debbie Rikess at 610-344-4013 or drikess@cc-oic.org
Volunteer English Program

Become an English Tutor in your own Community (in-person or online)

Change someone’s life and see how it changes yours!
VEP trains and supports volunteers to offer personalized English tutoring to immigrants in Chester County. We strive to offer a high level of service and support to tutors and students. Key features of our program include:

*in-depth training sessions led by our expert staff
*tutors and students meet at mutually convenient times (two 90 minutes sessions each week)
*meetings are held at a mutually convenient location (local library, cafe, etc.) or using an online platform (Zoom, etc.)
*textbooks and resources are provided, and VEP professional staff provide ongoing support
*opportunities for professional development and connection with other tutors offered throughout the year

Prior teaching experience or knowledge of other languages is not required. Life experience, time, and compassion for helping others is a plus! We currently have a Wait List of students hoping to be matched with a tutor.

For more information, please contact Terri Potrako at 610-918-8222 or volunteer.english@volunteerenglish.org
American Red Cross

Service to the Armed Forces – Coatesville Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service

Did you know that the American Red Cross supports veterans? One of the ways we do this is by contributing to the quality of life provided by the VA Health Care System though volunteer opportunities provided at the local VA Healthcare facility.

In this role you will support veterans by performing desired roles such as: Greeter, patient escort, refreshment cart support, lab runner, clinical administrative volunteer, recreation therapy assistant, information desk, patient visitor and many more to consider.

This role is flexible with scheduled commitment

For more information, please contact Lynn Cohen at 619-216-9785 or lynn.cohen@redcross.org
This is not an official nonprofit organization. Just someone wanting to help out

This project is a 3 part (program) project. But you can make it into a 2 or 1 part project. For each program the number of volunteers needed will vary depending on the number of children you have.

The first program is: The Preschool Tutor
For this project, you would need volunteers to help with the preschool-ages children. Depending on the number of preschool-aged children, the volunteers would either work one on one with a child or in a small group. The volunteers who help tutor the younger kids in subjects such as writing, reading, etc. The volunteers need to be at least 14 years old. They should be kind, patient, understanding, and a good role model. They should love kids and working with them.

The second program is: The Daycare Volunteers
For this program, you would need experienced volunteers who are interested in working with infants. The volunteers would need to be at least 15 or 16 years old and love working with infants up to 2 years old. This program would be a place for parents to drop off their kids when they have work and no one to watch them.

The third program is: Parents Night Out
This program would also need experienced volunteers who are interested in working with children any age. The volunteers would need to be at lease 15 or 16 years old. They should be kind, patient, understanding, and a good role model. This program would occur once or twice every month. The parents would drop off their child for a few hours. And once their ready, they’ll be able to pickup their kid. This will the parents a chance to go out with friends or stay in studying, but nevertheless it’s time to themselves.

For more information, please contact Grace Skeete at 2675242853 or graceskeete@gmail.com
Compeer Chester County

Friendship Volunteers!

Compeer volunteering is about making a new friend as well as being a friend. Are you a caring and compassionate person looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity? Then “compeering” with us may be the right fit for you.

All that’s requested is that you spend 4 hours/month with an adult you’re matched with who could benefit from encouragement and positive activities. Participants in the Compeer program are dealing with mental health challenges and have been referred to our program by a professional.

You and your friend can decide the times you meet or talk. You can choose what to do together, such as having coffee, taking a walk, shopping, or enjoying a conversation.

Volunteers receive training and can choose their friend. Pairs are matched up based on mutual interests, location, and other factors. Staff facilitate an introductory meeting and provide ongoing support. Occasional social events give you a chance to get together with other matched Compeer friends.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. We welcome adults of all ages, including those 55+, to volunteer.

For more information and an application, visit www.compeerchesco.org or call 610-436-4445.

For more information, please contact Donna Kueny at 610-436-4445 or compeerchesco@mhphope.org
Mighty Writers

Volunteer Roles

Writing Mentors (virtual, hybrid, or in-person)
Time commitment: 60-90 minutes once per week
Work one-on-one with a Mighty Writer aged 7-17 for a minimum of six months. Mentor and mentee work together to decide upon and achieve goals related to the youth’s academic, social and extracurricular ambitions.

Distribution Volunteers (in-person)
Time commitment: one 1-4 hour shift per week for 3 months
Lend your compassion and muscle to support our daily food and diaper distribution. Distribution volunteers assist with meeting and unloading deliveries, setting up a welcoming environment, engaging with community members, enforcing rules and providing upkeep.

Street Team Ambassadors (in-person)
Time commitment: one event per month
Meet our Mighty team and Bookmobiles at community fairs, high school games and/or school events. Serve as a brand ambassador, advertising MW programming, providing event support and distributing fliers, information, books and more.

Writing Assistants (in-person)
Time commitment: one 1-4 hour shift per week
Be a one-on-one homework tutor or teaching assistant. Volunteers may also assist during snack time, outdoor play and activities. In the summer, assistants work daytime hours during camp.

Learn more here: https://mightywriters.org/volunteer/

For more information, please contact Angela Gomez at 6093007323 or agomez@mightywriters.org
The Garage Youth Center-Kennett Square

Volunteers are the critical piece that allows our students to pursue their potential. Your unique experiences, talents + personality unlock our students in ways no one else can. It is only with the involvement of volunteers that our students receive the individual mentoring that changes their lives or the academic support that makes success in school a possibility. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our community and impact youth!

For more information, please contact Antony da Cunha at 3025133011 or tony.dacunha@garageyouthcenter.org
Heatherwood Retirement Community

We are looking for volunteers to help with activities in a variety of ways and are flexible on days and times for those activities. There are many volunteer opportunities for individuals here, including but not limited to playing instruments, leading games (Uno, Bingo, etc.), leading informational programs, leading devotions, leading sing-a-longs, and leading crafts.

For more information, please contact Maureen Stackhouse at l7178750957 or mstackhouse@centurypa.com
Surrey Services

Surrey inspires and enables all of us, as we age, to live with independence and dignity, and as engaged members of the community.

Home

We offer numerous ways to help with the various programs we offer. We currently need help with:
-Cafe Servers: (M-F, 11:30-1:30pm)
– Greeter/ receptionist: ( W & F, two hour shifts)
– Dishwasher (Mondays)
-Volunteer Drivers: ( hours vary)
-Grocery shoppers: ( shifts vary)
-Friendly phone calls ( shifts vary)

For more information, please contact Diane Kochinsky at 484-321-6102 or dkochinsky@surreyservices.org
The Clinic

We provide free quality healthcare to the uninsured in an atmosphere that fosters dignity and respect for our patients. Since our doors opened 20 years ago, we have provided over 150,000 patient visits. We are a non urgent family care office that has many on site specialists. We have a wealth of open volunteer needs…physicians, nurses, behavioral health, clerical, bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese in various roles, helping with patient financials, fundraising or assisting with fundraisers, and exterior maintenance of our office. We are open Monday through Friday 9-4pm with Monday evening hours until 6pm. All volunteers are required to be Covid19 vaccinated.

More information is found on our website: www.theclinicpa.org and applications under “volunteer”

For more information, please contact Wendy Wellener at 610-935-1134 ext. 33 or wwellener@theclinicpa.org
SILO

Every Thursday from 4-7pm, volunteers work together to plant, weed and harvest vegetables from our Growing Together Community Garden.
*Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information, please contact Melissa Pacella at 6107159952 or melissa@oxfordsilo.com
Volunteer-Assisted Ride Program

What is Volunteer Assisted Ride?
VAR is a volunteer driver program that connects CVIM drivers with patients who need rides to medical appointments at Community Volunteers in Medicine. This includes patients who would otherwise miss out on important visits to community medical centers and testing at area hospitals.

Who would I be transporting?
Patients with minimal resources who do not have access to safe and reliable transportation, but still need to get to important medical visits within Chester County.

Do I have to drive all the time?
No! Every ride is worth its weight in gold. Once you are oriented and set up to select rides on the online system, it’s up to you how many times a month you choose to volunteer. Your hours will be tracked automatically. We are available to answer questions or address concerns!

Check out the flyer to learn more.

For more information, please contact Marie Frey at 610-836-5990 x106 or mfrey@cvim.org
American Red Cross

Duty Officer aka Dispatcher (Virtual Opportunity)

So you want to provide support for your neighbors who have been affected by a home fire or other event but responding on-scene isn’t your cup of tea?

The Duty Officer is the Ring Master of our disaster response efforts, acting as the coordinator for each aspect of a response. They are the direct point of contact for all response requests that come to our Region and the first voice those looking for our help speak with, be they our partners from one of the hundreds of fire departments within our region or the client displaced as a result of a disaster event. The Duty Officer also works to put together a team of responders to travel to the event scene and deliver the Mission of the Red Cross, addressing the unmet needs of those affected.

In addition, the Duty Officer serves as a communications lifeline for the responders, supporting them as they deliver our mission. The Duty Officer is also the documenter and historian for each response, tracking our response effort through detailed yet concise notes. And they can do it all from the comfort of their own couch.

For more information, please contact Lynn Cohen at 610-216-9785 or lynn.cohen@redcross.org
Meals on Wheels of Chester County

Pick up meals at 11:15 at Harrison House and deliver to clients living in and around Coatesville, PA. Any day of week. Once or twice a month or weekly. Takes one and a half hours. Use own car.

For more information, please contact Donna Little at 610-430-8500 or meals@mowcc.org
American Red Cross

Hurricanes, Tornados, Wildfires…Oh My! We Need Your Help!
Are you ready to deploy and help people who have lost everything? We need you to help our humanitarian mission to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies and disasters!

We are seeking shelter workers and healthcare professionals as we continue to support disaster relief efforts connected to the wildfires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes that are happening now, all over the country.

We provide all training and cover your costs if you agree to deploy, that is travel, lodging and food. You must be 18, complete a background check and complete orientation and training, and be willing and available to deploy for 10 – 14 days.

For more information, please contact Lynn Cohen at 610-216-9785 or lynn.cohen@redcross.org
American Red Cross

Serve smiles at Chester County Blood Drives! Blood Drive Donor Ambassadors are needed in Chester County at mobile Blood Drives or at the West Chester Blood Donor Center. In this vital role, you will serve as a greeter to blood donors and be responsible for checking them in, making sure they are registered and observing all established safety protocols and CDC guidelines as well as help out at the refreshment area post blood donation. Training required. Shifts are 4 – 6 hours and you are asked to commit to one to two shifts per month. Help thank those who give the gift of life!

For more information, please contact Lynn Cohen at 610-216-9785 or lynn.cohen@redcross.org
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Award Gala Committee

If funds permit, the Award Gala Committee will be in charge of organizing and planning an end of tax season Awards Program.  This committee would take care of all aspects of the evening including decorations, awards, catering, side shows, speakers etc.  Our aim is to make an enjoyable and fun time for volunteers and spouses to come together to celebrate achievements and friendships made through our VITA program.

As with any position that brings into contact with volunteers and possible taxpayers, a very short conduct exam is required for this position.

 

Customer Care Team

Smiling, greeting and treating every individual as a guest of honor will be your best quality for this position!  There is no tax law needed, but a very short Volunteer Standards of Conduct quiz is required.

Our Customer Care team manage the waiting area by greeting all taxpayers as a VIP; hand taxpayers forms to complete, and offer drinks and snacks, if provided at the site.  Once the taxpayer has finished filling out their intake forms, the Customer Care Team site representative will introduce them to the next available Intake Specialist.

Easy-peasy, but a very valued and important role as we aim to have the best customer service in town!

 

Facility Team

The facility team is responsible for opening a site; preparing laptops, monitors, scanners, phones and printers so they can communicate together.   If there is any set up needed of table or chairs, the facility team would assist with this process.

At the end of the shift, it is the responsibility of the Facility Team to lock all equipment and supplies away prior to locking up.

No tax law is needed for this position but a very short, Volunteer Standards of Conduct quiz is required.

If choosing this position, we encourage you to also sign up for one or more of our other positions.  It’s not mandatory, but would give you something to do during the shift instead of leaving and coming back to close.

Sometimes, we have individuals who are willing to work with the Site Coordinator and Partner for just the initial set up in January at the beginning of tax season to make sure everything is operational as far as computers, scanners, etc.  This would also fall under the Facility Team.

 

Photography Team

Do you enjoy taking pictures?  Our VITA team is always in need of photographers to visit various sites and take random pictures of our VITA team.  These photos will be used in videos, publications, advertisements, news releases, award banquets, websites, Facebook and promotional or education material in any medium.

Any and all pictures will become the property of LTM and cannot be sold or used for any other purposes.

Because you will be interacting at VITA sites with volunteers and taxpayers a very short conducts quiz is required for this position.

 

Catering Team

When funds are available, we would like to be able to provide lunches, dinners etc. to our hard working volunteers when their shift runs into the lunch or dinner time hours.   Snacks and drinks for our customers are another way of showing hospitality to our taxpayers, making them feel welcome and cared about.

Catering may take on many forms.  It may be as simple as picking up hoagies, pizza or other items to deliver to the site.  It may be calling a caterer to deliver to the site.  For those who love cooking, it may mean you get to show off your latest creations.

Because you would be interacting with volunteers and taxpayers, a quick conduct exam is required for this position.

 

Intake Specialist

Intake Specialist are our front line tax preparers and most needed position.  There will be more choices for this position than any other.  Smiling, scanning, and making every taxpayer feel like the most important person in the room will be your specialty.

Besides enjoying interactions with taxpayers, our Intake Specialists check taxpayers paperwork to make sure we have all needed documentation to prepare the return.  Intake Specialists will scan paperwork and enter taxpayer’s basic information into our software.  Our goal is superb customer service!

When not processing a walk-in client, an Intake Specialist may prepare returns within their certification level.

Basic or Advanced tax law is required for this position.  However, if you have no tax experience, that’s okay … we will teach you everything you need to know.

 

Basic Tax Preparer

Our basic preparers are normally first year tax preparers.  No experience is required, as we train you in tax law and how to use the IRS TaxSlayer software.  You will always have access to multiple helps from written guides to instruction from other preparers at the site.

Along with preparing returns you will be required to help answer the phones.  If you are considering the basic position we encourage you to also choose the Intake Specialist position which is our number one need at sites.

 

Advanced Tax Preparer

Our advanced tax preparers are normally second year or above volunteers.  We train you in advanced tax law, how to do quality reviews, and how to use the IRS TaxSlayer software.

In additional to preparing and reviewing returns, you will be required to help answer the phones.

If choosing the advanced position we encourage you to also choose the Intake Specialist position which is our number one need at sites.

 

Mentor

Mentors are advanced preparers who enjoy sitting with new volunteers to guide them through their first return.  Mentors enjoy the one-on-one guidance they give to the new volunteer which helps them gain confidence as a first time tax preparer.

When not mentoring, the mentor will assume the role of an intake specialist or advanced volunteer, preparing basic and advanced returns and doing quality reviews.

 

Lead Volunteer

A step up from Advanced preparer is the Lead Volunteer.  This new position is for those who are certified as advanced preparers and enjoy helping other volunteers with questions as they work through their tax returns.

Lead volunteers will prepare basic or advanced tax returns, and do quality reviews.

Sometimes a site does not have a Site Coordinator present.  When this happens a lead volunteer will be able to check the phones for messages, return phone calls, and will be trained how to e-file returns at the end of the shift.

Site Coordinator training is required for this position, but will not entail all the responsibilities of the stipend Site Coordinator role.

 

Site Coordinator

Site Coordinators are advanced preparers who have previously shadowed and learned from another experienced Site Coordinator.

Site Coordinators take on many roles such as opening the site if a facility team has not already done so, checks the phones for messages and returns calls.  The Site Coordinators main role is to be available to the other volunteers to help them with questions as they prepare returns.  A Site Coordinator can prepare basic or advanced returns and do quality reviews.

At the end of the shift, a Site Coordinator will electronically file all returns prepared during the shift and check to make sure they are accepted by the IRS.  If not accepted, they troubleshoot to find why and correct the return for re-submission.

If a surprise inspection takes place, the Site Coordinator is the one who answers the questions and speaks with the IRS representative.

This particular position is at the top of the list, has more responsibilities than other volunteers, and thus is a stipend position.

 

Trainers

As we move toward short video training sessions, we can always use those interested in helping us out.  Commitment for this can be for classroom, video, zoom or webinar training.  If you’re great at communication, and wish to give this a try, please don’t hesitate to check this off as one of your interests.   Remember also that not all training is for tax law.  With all our new ways to get involved, not all are tax related.  We’ll even write your script for you … all you need is a good speaking voice and willingness to give it a try!

 

Tax Education Team

Life Transforming Ministries is receiving more and more requests for someone to speak to various groups about tax implications and answer general tax questions. We are building a list of individuals who would be willing to participate in such an endeavor.  If you would be willing to consider this, please check this off as one of your interests.

 

Spanish Interpreter

Our Landenberg VITA site is in great need of Spanish interpreters.  Our free tax service strives to be the most accurate and best we can be.  If you speak both Spanish and English, this is the position for you!  Having interpreters is an excellent way to guarantee the consistency and high quality of all of VITA’s important work in the community.  Because you would be interacting with taxpayers, a very short volunteer conduct quiz is needed for this position.

For more information, please contact Donna Laird at 610-380-9099 or dlaird@quietrevolution.org
Education Support Assistants – LA Communidad Hispana

Provide support to teachers and students in our GED classes (in Spanish), citizenship classes, and other Education Programs.

For more information, please contact Norma Diego-Flores at 610-708-1016 x247 or ndiego-flores@lchps.org
Youth Mentoring Partnership

One-on-one mentoring opportunity with youth grades 6 to 12. One year minimum commitment.

Many nonprofits welcome dedicated individuals to assist with:

  • Collection drives for clients-from gift cards to personal care items to food
  • Clerical work and greeting clients
  • Sorting donations
  • Helping prepare and serve meals to those in need
  • Grounds and building maintenance
  • Visiting and driving
  • Giving workshops and entertaining
For more information, please contact Alex Penman at 484-557-9151 or alex@youthmp.org
Good Works

Volunteer to help repair homes in Coatesville, Phoenixville and West Chester for the elderly, disabled, or single parent families. Corporate workdays available.

For more information, please contact us at 610-383-9247 or volunteer@goodworksinc.org