Check out local volunteer opportunities

July 13th, 2015 11:00 am

The following volunteer opportunities are for individuals 18 years and older. To volunteer, use the contact information included in the details for each opportunity. To have your organization listed, visit the United Way of Wyoming Valley’s Volunteer page at

American Red Cross, Wyoming Valley Chapter

Reception Team Members: greet visitors and answer telephones

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

Special Events: assist with all aspects of coordination of the chapter’s special fundraising events

Hours: various depending on event

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

Local Disaster Volunteers: assist with disaster response in own community

Hours: various

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

Office Support/Data Entry: aid the department with various office tasks

Hours: Monday – to Friday; various between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

“Be Red Cross Ready” Facilitators: to provide an educational and enjoyable presentation in schools and communities about being prepared for emergencies and how to care for common first aid situations

Hours: various

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

Health Fairs/Public Awareness Events: assist with Red Cross informational tables at various events throughout the community

Hours: various

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

American Red Cross Blood Services

Fixed Donor Site Volunteers: volunteer at blood drives at the Blood Center in Hanover Industrial Park. These drives are on a set schedule; same days/times every week. Volunteers can work as greeter, escort or canteen.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Contact: Susan Kalkhuis-Beam at 610-865-4400 ext. 219

Commission on Economic Opportunity

Food Packers: volunteers pack boxes of supplemental food for area low-income seniors.

Hours: Saturdays; flexible shifts between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Contact: Maura Modrovsky at 826-0510

Homework Helpers: help children in grades kindergarten through sixth grades with homework at the Kids Cafe afterschool program. Volunteers may stay and eat dinner from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m.

Hours: Monday to Friday; shifts available 3-4:30 p.m. at the Kids Cafés at Heights-Murray Elementary School and 4:45-5:30 p.m. at Dodson Elementary School

Contact: Maura Modrovsky at 826-0510

Food Pantry Workers: volunteers are needed to greet families upon arriving at the food pantry, complete registration forms for first-timers, and to pack bags of food for distribution.

Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30-4 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-noon

Contact: Maura Modrovsky at 826-0510

Community Counseling Services

Senior Peer Counseling Program: volunteers to provide one-to-one supportive counseling to senior citizens confined to their home or who are uncomfortable in a mental health setting. Must be age 55 or older, able to drive own vehicle. Mileage reimbursement. Orientation training necessary regarding aging issues

Hours: Weekdays, one to three hours per week based on commitment

Contact: Rhonda Tillman at 836-3118

Compassionate Care Hospice

Telephone Support: provide telephone support to patients and caregivers. Must enjoy conversing with people and have a positive outlook. Orientation training necessary regarding the hospice philosophy

Hours: Sunday to Saturday; one to three hours per week based on commitment

Contact: Becky Klepadlo at 346-2241 or 317-8817

Music Therapy Volunteers: provide light instrumental or vocal volunteer support to patients in facility or residential settings. Must have previous experience in a performance capacity in school, church or organized group. Orientation to hospice philosophy training provided

Hours: Monday to Friday; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Becky Klepadlo at 346-2241 or 317-8817

Companions: based on patients’ interests: companionship, reading, playing games, encouraging life review, grocery shopping, etc. Orientation training on hospice philosophy needed. Volunteers must have a natural love for people and writing skills to document events of each visit

Hours: Sunday to Saturday; one to three hours a week based on commitment

Contact: Becky Klepadlo at 346-2241 or 317-8817

Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

Community Service Volunteers: help reclaim abandoned mine lands and clean up acid mine drainage to make areas safer and healthier. Help to provide cultural and educational opportunities to area youth and adults. All volunteer opportunities are posted on

Hours: Monday through Friday; very flexible and varying hours

Contact: Robert E. Hughes at 371-3523

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Greeter: greet and direct patients and visitors entering the facility.

Hours: Monday to Friday; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Four-hour shift preferred

Contact: Barbara Coyle at 808-3435

Guest Services Volunteers: greet, direct and escort visitors and patients to the medical center. Deliver mail and flowers to patients.

Hours: Saturday and Sunday; four hours service per week. Free parking. Meal provided.

Contact: Barbara Coyle at 570-808-3435

Repeat Boutique Volunteers: Organize and display merchandise. Assist customers. Operate resale shop located at GSWB campus.

Hours: Wednesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Contact: Barbara Coyle at 570-808-3435

Gift Shop Volunteers: Assist customers. Organize and display merchandise. Operate hospital gift shop. Free parking and meal provided.Hours: Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Contact: Barbara Coyle at 570-808-3435

Waiting Area Volunteers: Geisinger is seeking a friendly ‘people’ person willing to provide friendly and reassuring service and information to visitors and family. Free parking and meal provided.

Hours: Monday-Friday; several shifts open between 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Contact: Barbara Coyle at 570-808-3435

Heartland Hospice

Hospice Volunteers: Patient visits, respite for caregiver, running errands, patient phone calls, clerical help in the hospice office. Training provided and required. Background check required.

Hours: Flexible depending upon volunteer availability and patient need; Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., flexible hours on weekends

Contact: Louise McNabb at 570-654-0220

Hospice Community Care

Volunteers: visit patients in their homes, nursing homes and at our in-patient units. Volunteers also make bereavement calls and provide transportation and clerical services. Volunteers must be 18 or older and will undergo a criminal background check.

Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Contact: Kelly McAndrew at 288-2288

Jewish Community Center

Front Desk Volunteers: answer phones, greet members, accept payments, handle outgoing mail

Hours: Monday to Friday; the front desk is open 8:30 a.a.-7 p.m.

Contact: Rick Evans at 824-4646

Camp Volunteers: camp at the JCC campsite in Idetown during the summer months. Maintenance and kitchen help

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Contact: Rick Evans at 824-4646

Maintenance Department Volunteers: help the JCC Maintenance Department clean the building and windows, maintain bathrooms, help with set-ups for meetings and programs

Hours: Sunday to Friday; day or evening shifts

Contact: Rick Evans at 824-4646

Little Flower Manor and Saint Therese Residence, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: activities, bistro, gift shop, laundry, reception and in-house transportation.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as needed

Contact: Laura Garron at 823-6131 ext. 256 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Luke’s Villa of the Diocese of Scranton, formally Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: transport residents to and from spiritual and recreational services and programs.

Hours: 9-11 a.m. Sunday through Saturday; 1-3 p.m. as needed

Contact: Sherre Sabecky at 826-1031 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Salvation Army

Van Driver Volunteers: must have a valid driver’s license and complete an on-line driver’s test provided by the Salvation Army’s divisional headquarters; not required a all times; regular and back-up drivers needed.

Hours: Vary; Tuesday noon-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.; Wednesday 4:45-6 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.; Thursday 4-5:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30-9 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m.

Contact: Lt. Sharon Tressler or Lt. Ted Tressler at 824-8741

Wyoming Valley Dog Owners Group

Dog Park Volunteer: Help with park maintenance and with fundraising events. Dependable volunteers including those who specialize in specific areas such as grant writing, landscaping, construction, etc. are needed.

Hours: various on an as-needed basis

Contact: Liza Roper at 288-8122