Volunteering and Community Service in Pennsylvania
The benefits of volunteering go way beyond what you might think. Aside from being able to help others and better your community decades of research indicate that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.
Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone! Groups, friends, families, individuals, young and old alike can all find ways to contribute to their community. Finding the right volunteer opportunity for you, your family is all it takes. Take a look through the resources listed below and get involved today!
Interested in AmeriCorps Seniors?
AmeriCorps Seniors (formerly known as Senior Corps), a part of the AmeriCorps agency, is the premier and largest senior volunteer agency in Pennsylvania and the United States. Through AmeriCorps Seniors three programs – RSVP, Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion – volunteers have nearly unlimited opportunities to apply their experience to make a positive, lasting impact.
Foster Grandparents Program: Mentor and guide students to higher academic achievement. The Foster Grandparent Program connects role models like you with students with exceptional needs.
RSVP: Find a service opportunity that you are passionate about. With RSVP you can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities in your community.
Senior Companion Program: Serve as a friend and companion by providing assistance and friendship to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks. The program aims to keep seniors independent longer, and provide respite to family caregivers.
These resources may list volunteer opportunities in your area.
Resources for Volunteer Managers
These resources provide training, networking, and or professional resources in volunteer management.