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volunteer opportunities

The Volunteer Action Center is a division of the United Way of Wyoming Valley that serves as a community resource in matching the skills and interests of volunteers with the needs of non-profit agencies. These volunteer opportunities for individuals ages 18 and older are published weekly in the Times Leader. To volunteer or to have your organization listed, call Maureen Jordan at 829-6711, extension 236. Web site is www.unitedwaywb.org.

Swetland Homestead, Wyoming

Volunteers: Tour guides for historical home. Help arrange children’s programs.

Hours: Weekends: noon to 4 p.m.

Requirements: Training will be provided.

United Rehabilitation Services, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: Assist a committee in current fundraising activities and events throughout the year.

Hours: Weekdays: 3 to 4 p.m.

United Way of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: Willingness to translate for Latino individuals at various agencies.

Hours: Volunteer(s) will be contacted on an as needed basis. Name will be placed in a database.

Requirements: Must be fluent in Spanish and comfortable translating face to face.

More volunteers needed: Join one of five panels that review programs at Participating Organizations who apply for United Way funding.

Hours: Monday – Friday: times vary with each panel. Approximately 30 hours per year from fall to early spring.

Requirements: Training provided.

Valley Crest Adult Day Care, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: Entertainers – singers, dancers, choral groups, drama, comedy performances that would be of interest to the participants.

Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Requirements: Need not be professional. We welcome community groups, seniors, children, students, and clubs.

More volunteers needed: “Community Guest Program” – individual/groups to demonstrate, share or discuss hobbies or interests.

Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Requirements: Need not be professional. We welcome individual/groups, seniors, hobby groups, collectors, etc.

Visiting Nurse Association, Edwardsville

Volunteers: Office work includes: helping with mailings, etc. Transporting patients and families for MD visits and food shopping. In-home respite for families. Assistance at the Inpatient unit with activity planning, visiting patients, and clerical work. Telephone bereavement contacts.

Hours: Flexible.

Requirements: An orientation program is provided to prepare the volunteer to assist patients, family and staff. Good interpersonal skills are needed to interact with staff, patients and families.

More volunteers needed: In Hospital Service Volunteer – assist in transporting patients by wheelchair when discharged, sort and deliver patient mail, light computer duties and deliver flowers and packages to patients.

Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Requirements: On-the-job training will be received from the volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers of America, Wilkes-Barre

Volunteers: To sort and organize items such as baby clothes, formula, diapers and other miscellaneous supplies.

Hours: Flexible.

Requirements: Training provided.

West Pittston Library, West Pittston

Volunteers: Assistance with Web site and data input.

Hours: Flexible.

Requirements: Computer literate requiring minimum supervision.

West Side Food Pantry, Kingston

Volunteers: Answer telephone, pack and hand out orders, help with deliveries.

Hours: Monday and Thursday: 1 to 3 p.m. take orders, Tuesday and Friday: 9 to 1 1:30 a.m., pack and hand out orders once a month – help with deliveries.

Requirements: Onsite instruction: ask volunteers to give 2 to 3 hours a month.

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