How You Can Find Purpose and Make a Difference by Volunteering
Following are three lists of volunteer opportunities that are supportive of the Greater Philadelphia community:
- Opportunities currently organized and managed by TTN Philadelphia for member participation
- Other virtual opportunities (that is, remote and without person-to-person contact)
- Other traditional (non-virtual) opportunities.
Take your pick!
Should you have suggestions for other worthy causes, please advise Community Volunteerism Committee chair Pat Nelson (email@example.com) so they may be shared with all TTN Philadelphia members going forward.
NOTE: A number of the opportunities now are on hiatus due to COVID-19. See each organization’s website for current information.
|Current TTN Organized Opportunities|
Volunteers are the heart of MANNA. Working in teams, they help with food preparation, packaging and delivery – enabling MANNA to provide all meals and counseling free-of-charge. See www.mannapa.org/apply-for-manna-meals for more information.
TTN volunteers, typically in groups of six to twelve, work a three-hour shift from 10 AM to 1 PM on the first Wednesday and the third Tuesday of each month, most often at packaging tasks. Those interested can participate whenever they are available, be it frequently or just occasionally.
To volunteer for the MANNA day(s) of your choice, register on the TTN Philadelphia Chapter Event Calendar. Contact coordinator Debbie Earle at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or would like additional details.
Read by 4th
Read by 4th is a citywide effort of over 90 organizations, public and private, convened by the Free Library of Philadelphia to significantly increase the number of city students who read on grade level at the end of their third grade school year.
TTN has partnered with Read by 4th to sponsor two volunteer tutoring opportunities to help achieve this goal:
Volunteer coaches are trained to use a structured approach to help children in Philadelphia public or charter schools – grades one and two, all beginning readers – to become proficient in reading.
Coaching for the 2020-2021 school year will be conducted remotely. Each coach will work with only one child for one hour a week at the same time each week. Flexibility in scheduling coaching time is anticipated. The program is scripted and phonics-based. No prior experience teaching students to read is necessary. Training for the coaches will be provided in advance of the program’s starting date. It is expected that the training will be held in late September. Coaches must submit their volunteer clearances before beginning work and will need a computer or tablet with a camera and a microphone and access to the internet.
Contact Mary Klein for more information and/or to volunteer your time.Historic Fair Hill
Reading Buddies at Julia de Burgos Elementary School, a partner of Historic Fair Hill, a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools, read with children in grades K–4 every week. Volunteers are assigned to a classroom and have monthly meetings for training and support. Applications are being accepted for this program. Contact Jean Warrington for more information.
TTN Children's Book Drive
TTN Philadelphia is holding its Third Annual Children’s Book Drive from Monday October 5 through Friday October 16.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on city children’s education, the need for book donations this year is greater than ever. Please help if you can!
Click here for complete information about how to donate.
As in 2018 and 2019 when more than 600 books were collected each year, the drive will provide greatly needed books to Historic Fair Hill (HFH), a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools.
The book drive complements other TTN initiatives which support Read by 4th, a citywide program dedicated to the goal of all children reading on grade level by the time they reach 4th grade.
At this time of COVID-19, HFH is focusing book collection on beginning and early readers in grades K-3. Some books will be distributed to encourage children’s reading at home while the school libraries are closed. Others may be used in the HFH “Reading Buddies” tutoring program which is planned to go forward despite the pandemic.
HFH has prepared a “Wish List” of the books that will be most appreciated. Multiple copies of the books are needed. Books not on the list – new or gently used books for grades K-8 – also are very welcome.
See the TTN Philadelphia Book Drive page for the “Wish List” with directions on how to order and have the books delivered to HFH by Amazon as well as information on self-shipping, book donation drop-off locations in Philadelphia and the suburbs, donation pick-up arrangements and making a monetary donation (instead of or in addition to books) to Historic Fair Hill.
A way to assure that your nice clothing is used for a great purpose is to make a tax-deductible clothing donation to Career Wardrobe for women and men who are entering the work force.
The goal of Career Wardrobe, an independent nonprofit 501(3)C, is to help people who are transitioning into the workforce dress appropriately and with confidence. Work clothes are distributed to individuals who are preparing to interview for work. When they are offered a job, they are eligible for three additional work outfits - all free of charge.
Career Wardrobe now is open and accepting no-contact donations at its Lansdowne location until donations begin at the organization’s new location in September. Donations may be made on Tuesdays 12 PM – 4 PM at 62 West Marshall Road, Lansdowne, PA 19050. Use the front door entrance only and place bags/boxes in the bins provided. Assistance unloading cars and/or transporting items is not available.
Current donation requirements are as follows:
Limit donations to a maximum of five bags or boxes per person.
Schedule an appointment by email to email@example.com if your donation is larger than five bags or boxes.
Clothing items should be freshly cleaned and packaged in bags or boxes. Bags and boxes cannot be returned. Clothing on hangers cannot be accepted.
Donations of accessories should be wiped with cleaning wipes or diluted rubbing alcohol and placed in bags or boxes for transport.
Donations should not be made if anyone in the donor’s household has been sick or diagnosed with COVID-19.
Professional and Casual Clothing for All Identities: Suits, dresses, separates, shoes and maternity wear of all sizes; scarves, ties, belts and jewelry; purses, briefcases and wallets.
Uniform Items (For Individuals Entering Service or Medical Fields): Scrubs, white tops/blouses, polo shirts; black, navy and tan/khaki bottoms; black or white shoes, clogs or sneakers, steel-toed boots.
Other Items: Coats and formal wear; new/unused toiletries, beauty products and make-up; gift cards to serve individual client needs and/or office purposes.Top
|Other Virtual Opportunities|
Create the Good (createthegood.aarp.org)Create the Good honors AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus’ guiding principle “to serve, not to be served” by connecting people with simple activities, time-flexible opportunities and a wide variety of interests.
The Create the Good website functions as a search engine so you can find the volunteer jobs that suit you best. To zero in on the ones closest to you, enter your ZIP and then select “Show Only Home/Remote Opportunities” at the upper-left of the page. Among the wide assortment you might find are: digital fraud fighter, family helpline counselor, grant writer, audio-book recorder…just to name a few.
American Read Cross (redcross.org)American Red Cross volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services in local communities. A wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities also are available.
Utilize the Red Cross search engine to find the volunteer opportunities – including virtual – that are of interest and available in your locality.
To find a blood drive near you, input your ZIP on redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive and
make an appointment to donate.
CareerVillage (careervillage.org)CareerVillage seeks working or retired professionals to give career advice to high school students from low-income communities.
Students in high schools throughout America log onto the CareerVillage website to ask questions about careers they might want to pursue after college and the path they need to follow to get there. In a short timeframe each week, you can type out the answers to these career questions that can help set dozens of students on the right path. All of your suggestions are made publicly available on CareerVillage.org so all students can benefit from them.
Crisis Text Line (crisistextline.org)Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer counselors who work remotely -- anywhere with a computer and a secure internet connection.
Volunteer counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them “from a hot moment to a cool calm” through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. A four-hour per week commitment (ideally 200 hours in one year’s time) is required and a 30-hour online training program, which is free, is a prerequisite. The greatest need for counselors is for the 10 PM - 6 AM EST timeframe.
Delta Community Supports, Inc. is a non-profit corporation operating in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Since 1977, Delta has empowered individuals to live fulfilling lives through a wide-range of community-based services. From foster care and adoption services to support services for adults with developmental disabilities, Delta Community Supports helps people grow and thrive through all stages of life.
Delta Community Supports is launching a new partnership with Harcum College to provide the organization’s supervised independent living participants (youth preparing to age out of foster care) all of the classes necessary to receive an Associate Degree. Funding is needed to supply the 27 students enrolled for the fall with camera-equipped computers so they may participate in online classes. Refurbished laptops are available at $150-$175/each. Contact Maggi Kirk, development and donor services officer for the Philadelphia Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and/or to offer financial assistance.
Hosts for Hospitals (hostsforhospitals.org)Hosts for Hospitals provides low-cost lodging and caring support at volunteer host-homes for patient-families coming to Greater Philadelphia for medical care.
During this time of physical-distancing, patients with critical medical situations still must travel to Greater Philadelphia for non-elective, out-patient care. Those in need include families with sick children, adult and pediatric oncology patients and pregnant women with medical complications. Hosts for Hospitals is recruiting and placing patient-families at private-setting lodging such as AirBnBs, in-law suites, carriage houses or homes/apartments where the hosts are away. If you are able to provide such accommodation, contact Hosts for Hospitals executive director Mike Aichenbaum at 484.380.2999 and email@example.com.
Integrate for Good was launched in 2017 to expand opportunities for people with disabilities to contribute their time and talent for the purpose of strengthening local communities.
Integrate for Good now offers its most popular service endeavor to people of all abilities on Zoom every Friday from 2 PM - 3 PM. “The Sleeping Mat Project: Home Addition” readies volunteers to turn grocery bags into “plarn,” a material that can be used to make sleeping mats for people experiencing homelessness in the Philadelphia community. For more information and/or to register for a Zoom class, see https://secure.givelively.org/event/integrate-for-good/the-sleeping-mat-project-home-edition. Questions? Email Bev Weinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People’s Emergency Center (pec-cares.org)People’s Emergency Center (PEC) is located in West Philadelphia. PEC seeks to change the life trajectory for the families who seek its services and inspire them to achieve housing security and financial stability. For families, children, and youth experiencing homelessness, PEC offers more than 235 affordable housing units, job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology classes.
This is an advocacy opportunity to:
- Reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (prior Congressional proposals) [S262/HR1779], and fund at a higher level than $127.3 million to combat sex trafficking and other forms of forced labor and discrimination, increase length of stays in emergency shelter from 21 to 30 days and edit the definition of youth homelessness according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); and/or
- Pass the Homeless Children and Youth Act, bi-partisan legislation that would make it easier for homeless children, youth, and families to receive homeless assistance by amending the definition of homelessness to better reflect a youth’s experience.
The Key Skills Hub is the Philadelphia Foundation’s marketplace for volunteerism where the community and the corporate sector of Philadelphia meet to work towards improving the quality of life of city neighborhoods and beyond. The Hub matches passionate, skills-based volunteers with opportunities to donate their time to nonprofits seeking assistance in the areas of business strategy, marketing, accounting, graphic design, human resources, website development and more.
The Key Skills Hub pairs those who want to volunteer with the cause they most care about. With over 140 different project types, there are two ways to be involved: 1) consultation calls (get on the phone with a nonprofit to help answer burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges or give feedback); and 2) projects (work with a nonprofit to complete critical undertakings such as graphic design, website development, copywriting and more). See http://www.philafound.catchafire.org/keyskillshub to browse projects and questions posted by nonprofits, submit an application and resume to advise interest and, once matched up with the organization of choice, get to work!
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. Now, at this pandemic time, SCORE is offering Real-Time Mentoring, a live, interactive online platform where mentors can help business owners with personalized advice and invaluable resources.
SCORE offers four different volunteer roles, specifically:
- Mentor (offer confidential business mentoring services, either in person or online)
- Subject matter expert (provide focused knowledge based on your professional skills or industry)
- Workshop presenter (lead local workshops, seminars and events to help entrepreneurs meet their goals and achieve success)
- Chapter support role (share your skills in marketing, tech, finance, fundraising and more to help expand the outreach of SCORE).
SeniorLAW Center (seniorlawcenter.org)The SeniorLAW Center provides a wide range of services in its mission to protect the legal rights and interests of the elderly. The organization was the 2019 recipient of $25,000 from TTN Philadelphia’s Giving Circle to support the needs of grandparents and other elders raising young relative children, many of whom have been abandoned, neglected or abused by their birth parents.
Currently working or retired Pennsylvania attorneys can provide limited representation pro bono services to older Pennsylvanians through the SeniorLAW HelpLine, which offers free legal advice, counsel, information and referrals to seniors throughout the Commonwealth. This enables seniors to access legal advice and information from the comfort and privacy of their homes, and overcomes obstacles of access for those isolated by illness, disability, mobility, transportation and even language. In addition to this opportunity for lawyers, related volunteer work also is available for working or retired paralegals and social workers.
The Sunday Love Project (sundaylove.org)
The Sunday Love Project’s mission is to share food among the homeless while simultaneously building community. The group normally provides three sit-down meals weekly at the Church of Holy Trinity near Rittenhouse Square. Instead, with the COVID-19 epidemic, the Sunday Love Project is running a “Sandwich Drive” which offers sandwiches on a to-go basis seven days a week.
The Sunday Love Project needs volunteers to make and wrap 100 sandwiches at home for pick-up and distribution to people in need. Click through the link at the top for full details including the online sign-up sheet and pick-up contact information.
Tech Owl (techowlpa.org)Tech Owl, together with its partners and Assistive Technology Resource Centers, accept contributions of functioning electronic tablets and notebooks, then cleans and donates them
without charge to Pennsylvanians with disabilities so they may communicate with their friends and families.
Disabled people’s need for communications devices is especially critical at this time of COVID-
19. See techowl.org/form/connect-with-tech-donor/ to learn what equipment is accepted and
how to make your donation.
UPchieve connects low-income youth with live academic support to help them on their path to achieving upward mobility. The focus is on providing free, 24/7 math tutoring to high school students.
Volunteer tutors work directly with students in the UPchieve virtual classroom, providing either math tutoring or college counseling, to help them improve their grades, academic motivation, and chances of going to college. There is no formal time commitment or set schedule to volunteer. Tutors receive a text when a student needs help and, if you happen to be free when you get a request, you can log-in and respond. UPchieve helps to ensure volunteers are ready to work by providing subject-specific review materials and training on how to be a good coach.
VolunteerMatch is another search engine that permits exploration of hundreds of virtual volunteer opportunities in cause areas like health and medicine, children and youth, education, community building and more.
To capture the biggest swath of options, enter “United States” and “Get Started” from the VolunteerMatch home page and then select “Virtual” from the upper-left corner of the jump page. Of note, you also can click “Help with COVID-19” to see the opportunities specifically related to the current health crisis.
|Other Traditional (Non-Virtual) Opportunities|
6ABC Call For Action (6abc.com/business/contact-call-for-action/153635)
6ABC’s Call for Action program helps individuals get resolution in instances when they have been thwarted by businesses or government agencies and no one seems able or willing to solve their problem. The Call For Action office is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers. These volunteers give the consumers a nonthreatening place to turn to, act as a neutral third party and offer them guidance from start to finish.
Volunteers are needed to help resolve consumer complaints, either by mediation or referral. The most important qualification is a sincere desire to help people resolve consumer problems they have been unable to resolve themselves. You need to be available from 10 AM to 3 PM on the same day each week and a one-year commitment to the program is requested. Training is provided. The 6ABC Call for Action office is located at 4100 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131.
Bartram's Garden (bartramsgarden.org)
Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department. The organization’s mission is to protect and enhance the landmark Bartram's Garden and House, advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening, and art and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world.
Bartram’s Garden hosts “Volunteer Days” from April through October when volunteers work with staff on seasonal tasks like weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning and light maintenance. In addition, the organization is in search of volunteers to help keep records about its historic public arboretum and hand-process a wide assortment of seeds collected from the garden.
Bethesda Project (bethesdaproject.org)Bethesda Project is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing and supportive services to adults experiencing chronic homelessness in Philadelphia.
While Bethesda Project’s volunteer program is on hold now due to COVID-19, in-kind donations with an emphasis on priority items, including hand sanitizer, bleach, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray and wipes, liquid hand soap, rubber and latex gloves, face masks and forehead scanner and disposable thermometers, as well as prepared/easily reheatable meals are requested. All donation deliveries to Bethesda Project’s emergency shelter for men at 907 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 must be coordinated in advance by contacting email@example.com. Note: Bethesda Project is not able to pick up donations.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) trains and supervises community members to engage with, support and advocate for children in the foster care system. Children who have a CASA are more likely to find safe permanent homes and succeed in school and half as likely to re-enter the foster care system.
With more than 5,300 abused and neglected children living in foster care in Philadelphia, the needs for CASAs far outweighs the number of volunteers currently participating in the program. Many more CASAs are needed! CASAs are prepared for this important work with a 30-hour training program that includes the role and expectations of volunteering. There are no educational or experience requirements to participate. For more information, see http://www.casaphiladelphia.org/volunteer-us-casa-or-edm-volunteer.
Cradles to Crayons (cradlestocrayons.org)Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age twelve living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. The organization collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are processed and packaged by volunteers and then distributed to disadvantaged children across Pennsylvania through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.
A volunteer shift in Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Factory Warehouse, which is located at 4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144, involves hands-on processing of the donated goods that flow in on a regular basis. Each station in the warehouse includes inspecting, sorting, and packaging donations to ultimately be distributed to the children Cradles to Crayons serves.
The Gift of Life Family House (giftoflifefamilyhouse.org)
The Gift of Life Family House serves as a “home away from home” for transplant patients and their families by providing temporary, affordable lodging, meals and supportive services to those who travel to Philadelphia for transplant-related care.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at The Gift of Life Family House, which is located at 4th and Callowhill in Philadelphia, including: 1) for groups of up to ten, providing, preparing (on or off-site) and serving a meal for the transplant families in residence; 2) driving the shuttle vehicles to transport guests to doctor appointments and hospitals; and 3) purchasing items from the Family House Amazon Wish List to keep Family House stocked with basic home necessities.
MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, MANNA empowers people to improve their health and quality of life. A significant increase from just one month ago, MANNA delivered 34,545 meals (21 meals per week per client) to clients and their families this past week.
Due to COVID-19, TTN Philadelphia volunteers are on hiatus from their normal twice-monthly shifts in the MANNA kitchens where they most often help to package client meals for distribution. However, another volunteer opportunity – one that requires minimal contact – is open: namely, meal delivery. Volunteer drivers pick up meals for delivery at MANNA where a staff member brings the meals to the driver’s vehicle. Delivery itself is no-contact. Masks and gloves are provided. The volunteer brings the meal to the client’s door, knocks or calls, and then steps back six feet and observes to ensure the meals are retrieved. A Pennsylvania criminal background check, which can be done online, is required. Contact MANNA coordinator of volunteer service Taylor Perkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up or get more information.
Penn Museum (penn.museum)Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum is one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in its care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.
Docent volunteers lead gallery tours on behalf of the Penn Museum. The content for these tours, which are 50 minutes in length and focus on one of the cultures highlighted in the museum’s galleries, is developed in consultation with the guide program manager, lead gallery docent, as well as curatorial sections. Tours are open public tours or tours for private events. Docent volunteers must have at least one year of educational experience in order to qualify. Training for the docent program is quite rigorous.
Mayor’s Volunteer Corps (phila.gov/programs/mayors-volunteer-corps/)
Volunteer opportunities are available for a variety of cause areas including children/youth, community, education, health, hunger and seniors. The website serves as a search engine for you to find the opportunity that suits your interest and capabilities.
The Mayor's Volunteer Corps connects Philadelphia volunteers to high-quality, rewarding service opportunities that are aligned with the Mayor's initiatives. The program is coordinated by the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (OCEVS).
At the Philabundance Hunger Relief Center volunteers – individuals and groups of up to 30 – help pack and sort donated food and prepare it for distribution. At this time of COVID-19, however, volunteers may not include anyone who is in the high-risk category, e.g. is age 65 or older or has an underlying health condition.
Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Of the people Philabundance serves, 30% percent are children and 16% percent are seniors. Others who seek food assistance include people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, students and working-class families.
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (philashelter.org)Since its founding in 1991, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) has moved 325 families, 910 individuals from homelessness to stability. The PIHN program provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing. Equipped with new skills and relationships, 92% of the assisted families do not return to shelter programs after their PIHN experience. PIHN offers a safe and child-friendly alternative to more chaotic public shelter settings, allowing families to remain intact. Because PIHN is small, it accommodates intact couples, single father households, adolescent boys, as well as a single woman with children. Of note, PIHN is the recipient of the Special TTN Giving Circle COVID-19 donation of $10,000.
Since so many of the families PIHN serves are employed in service industries, with COVID-19 they now are working fewer hours, making less income, and likely to have even more material needs. Donations of meals, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and personal supplies are requested. Drop-off donations at PIHN, located at 7047 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119, must be scheduled by appointment at 215.247.4663 (extension 8) for Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays. Supermarket or tobacco-free Walmart gift cards also are welcome and should be mailed to PIHN executive director Rachel Falkove at the address shown above.
In addition, PIHN requests advocacy of the Housing Alliance of PA’s campaign to establish legislation that will create a statewide rental assistance program that stabilizes the rental housing market – greatly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis – for both low-income tenants and landlords. See housingalliancepa.org/take-action/#/ for more information.
Philly Reading Coaches (ost.phila.gov/philly-reading-coaches/)
Philly Reading Coaches (PRC) is a program that combines early reading support, access to books and community volunteers to boost reading skills for Philadelphia’s children. The program works by pairing trained volunteers with students – kindergarten through third grade – and providing child-guided reading experiences that help build reading skills and motivation.
Committed volunteers spend a minimum of one hour, once a week, reading one-on-one with a youngster, helping her/him to gain confidence in their reading abilities and discover the love of reading. Reading sessions take place after school between the hours of 3 PM and 6 PM. See the website (above) for a map of PRC locations and the form to complete to express interest in volunteering.
Project HOME’s Grocery LifeLine (roonga.com/projecthomegrocerylifeline)Project HOME's supportive housing programs offer permanent, subsidized housing for individuals and families who had been homeless. Most residents come to Project HOME from a safe haven, a shelter or from the streets. In conjunction with Roonga, which arranges online collection drives, Project HOME now is sponsoring Grocery LifeLine to help the very vulnerable at this time of COVID-19, particularly individuals with underlying medical conditions and individuals who are elderly and living well below the poverty line.
There are four simple steps to become a Grocery LifeLine:
- Select a recipient profile (insert link: roonga.com/projecthomegrocerylifeline) to receive a confirmation email with all pertinent details including the person’s address
- Purchase (or order for delivery) items from the resident’s personalized grocery list
- Label all bags with the resident’s contact information provided in their profile (if purchasing and delivering yourself)
- Deliver (or direct delivery of) the groceries to the Project HOME resident within 5-7 days of your sign up, between 10 AM – 4 PM. For delivery, there should be no entry to the building. Merely ring the front bell and wait for someone to come to the door. You, or the delivery person, can then leave the groceries there and a community member will deliver the groceries to the resident’s apartment.
Philadelphia’s newest Ronald McDonald House at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, located on Erie Avenue in front of the hospital’s main campus, provides a haven for families of children being treated at St. Christopher’s and other area hospitals. Ronald McDonald Houses provide lodging, comfort and support to families who travel 25 miles or more for medical treatment.
Ronald McDonald House Charities (philarmh.org)
Volunteer opportunities at Ronald McDonald House are many and varied and include: welcoming families and visitors to the House, answering phone calls, assisting with mailings, providing support for special events, helping with clerical work, keeping the kitchen and public areas well organized and driving the van at scheduled times or as needed. In addition, volunteer groups – such as TTN peer groups or SIGs – can provide the ingredients and then prepare and serve dinners and weekend breakfasts and/or meals-to-go.
Vetri Community Partnership (vetricommunity.org)Vetri Community Partnership was founded in 2008 by chef Marc Vetri and restauranteur Jeff Benjamin to help kids experience the connection between healthy eating and healthy living.
The organization is looking for enthusiastic volunteers with a passion for nutrition education to assist Vetri professionals as they guide students through recipes, teach important nutrition lessons, and highlight science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Volunteer opportunities are available at sites throughout the Philadelphia area, specifically for these three efforts: 1) Vetri Cooking Lab - assisting in an after-school program combining cooking and nutrition; 2) EAT360 – serving food samples to students in school cafeterias; and 3) Mobile Teaching Kitchen – helping with demonstration cooking classes on a travelling food truck.