York County human service agencies need your help. To volunteer or for details, search more than 100 agencies of the Volunteer Center of United Way of York County online database at www.unitedway-york.org and click on the “Volunteer Now” link on the right. Hard copies of the newsletter are available at United Way office, 800 E. King St., York.



Ongoing opportunities

  • American Red Cross-Hanover - Volunteers are needed to train and help with disaster services, health and safety education, food pantry, clerical or blood drives. Orientation, training and background checks are required. This opportunity is open to volunteers 13 and older. 1-800-REDCROSS.
  • American Cancer Society of York - The American Cancer Society is looking for a variety of volunteers to help with several fundraisers and events. Volunteers are needed to drive patients to and from doctors' appointments,  help deliver daffodils in March and participate in Relay for Life teams and help with Relay for Life events. Volunteers also are needed for healthy fairs and to help find building space for patients to have wig consultations. Drivers must have a current driver's license. Call Melissa Murphy at 717-397-3745.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Become matched with a child 5 to 13 years old and spend two to four times a month doing activities that provide the child with skills to manage everyday challenges. Once you have gone through the process to become a Big you will be in contact with your Little to schedule times to meet. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is a rewarding and fun but also serious responsibility. You are a role model for your Little and have the opportunity to help direct them toward healthy, happy experiences, while being a shoulder to lean on through hard times. Must complete application process. Visit www.bbbs-york.org.
  • The Broken Wall — Teen Center Volunteers - Children 12 to 18 years old come to the center to hang out, do activities, have fun and learn. The center would like to be open four days a week, but volunteers are needed to staff the center. As a center volunteer you'd be monitoring the teenagers, interacting with them, engaging in conversations with them, trying to get them to take part in the other activities that will be going on at the center; overall you'd be helping to ensure every teenager knows they are welcomed and that they walk out knowing that someone cares about them and their future. For details and an application, including a background and child abuse clearance check, call Executive Director Carrie Bailey at 717-332-1475.
  • Children's Aid Society - The Lehman Center: Childcare and Lead Facilitator - Loving people needed to help with childcare while parents attend a weekly support group Thursdays afternoons or evenings. Contact Michele McWatters, Parent Support Group Coordinator at 717-845-5771.
  • York County Food Bank - Dedicated volunteers and groups, from teenagers to seniors, can help stock and sort donated food and household supplies Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some Saturday hours are available once a month. Opportunities in working on planning and maintaining food bank events, as well as making additions to the web site and corresponding media platforms are also happily accepted. Should be able to stand, lift and bend. Prefer ongoing commitment, but willing to work with scheduling demands as we are permitted. 717-846-6435, ext. 104.
  • Cross Keys Village - The Brethren Home Community - Want to make a difference in a resident's life? Would you like to be the highlight of a resident's day? Many of our residents would love to chat, take walks, and interact with the world, but they need you to make that happen. Sign up to help our residents play games, enjoy the pond, or simply sit and chat with them. This small gesture can make a large difference in our residents' lives. Our residents enjoy their visitors. This is not a one-time opportunity. Individuals seeking reoccurring opportunities should inquire. Must be 13 or older. Registration and orientation required. Register as a volunteer by calling 717-624-5227. Help is also needed by assisting residents in Shape-up class by helping them with equipment (thera-bands, light free weights) 2:45 to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You will also help wheelchair bound seniors attend and participate in the class. Sign up for one day a week or all three. Volunteers are required to attend orientation. All volunteers must be tested for Tuberculosis, and a PA Criminal background check will be done. Volunteers must be physically able to perform the duties of the job. Registration and orientation required. For details, call 717-843-9866.
  • Penn-Mar Human Services - Volunteers are needed to greet visitors, answer phones, schedule appointments and do computer work using Microsoft office products. Volunteers in this position must be at least 18. Training will be provided. 717-227-0048.
  • York Habitat for Humanity - Opportunities include but are not limited to fundraising, home builds, special events and office assistance. Prospective volunteers should contact Kathie at the Habitat office (extension 104 or kathie@yorkhabitat.org) to discuss their particular interests. Kathie will help the volunteer get connected and/or provide the training necessary to get started. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but most opportunities are for individuals age 16 and older.
  • Y.O.U.T.H. Program Inc. - The Y.O.U.T.H. Program Inc. is looking for a volunteer, experienced working with horses. The two horses, a Paso Fino and Saddlebred, need training for western riding and cart driving for pony rides and cart rides. Someone strong with horse training experience is necessary and must be 26 or older. Debbie Mancuso, 717-873-8960. 

Youth opportunities

  • Leg-Up Farm - Leg-Up Farm provides an effective combination of therapeutic programs and services, education and advocacy for children with special needs and their families. Volunteers 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. For volunteer opportunities, call Valerie Kauffman at 717-266-9294, ext. 1180.
  • Big Brother Big Sister in School (SMART Program) - High School students volunteer to provide elementary school students with one-on-one time and attention in their school Monday through Thursday afternoons. Program takes place after school and is under the direct supervision of BBBS staff. Volunteers are local high school students within participating school districts. Must complete program application and attend training. Volunteers are required to commit for an academic year. Donna Gross, Program Director, 717-843-0051.
  • Spoutwood Farm Center - Teen Battle Chef Program. Help plant vegetables used for the Chef program. To volunteer, visit www.spoutwood.org.
  • Children's Aid Society — The Lehman Center - Childcare volunteers (ages 14 and older) are needed on a weekly basis to provide structured childcare during parent support groups. Groups meet in York 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Training provided. Needed: Thursday afternoons and evenings. Michele McWatters, Parent Support Group Coordinator, 717-845-5771.
  • Lutheran Social Services - Help residents in personal care at The Village at Kelly Drive by assisting with activities, crafts, bingo, etc.; provide entertainment; be a friendly visitor by listening, reading, writing letters, painting nails, etc.; assist with special events and bus trips. Volunteers younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. To volunteer, call Jane Kapp at 717-845-9238.
  • Family-Child Resources, Inc. - Students, families, adults and seniors are always welcome to volunteer at FCR. Year round opportunities are available. Volunteers are needed in the areas of committee work, child care aides, Halloween parade float work and much more. Students can volunteer an hour a month or more depending on their schedules and school requirements. Desiree Irvin, 717-757-1227.
  • Jewish Family Services of York - JFS of York needs people to help with occasional bulk mailings of newsletters, program announcements, etc. We also need computer-literate volunteers who can help with occasional typing. Deena Gross, Program Director, 717-843-5011.

Material needs

  • York County Food Bank - Food donations. Contact: Jeremy Swiger, special projects manager, 717-846-6435, ext. 104.
  • The Salvation Army - Non-perishable items: boxed cereal, canned tuna, canned chicken, Spam and toilet paper. Youth program supplies: construction paper, gymp, paint, clay, pool sticks for game tables and basketballs. Contact: Michelle Harris, 717-848-2364, ext. 213.
  • YWCA of Hanover - Safe Home gift cards: gas, Walmart, food (contact YWCA for needs). Contact: Robin Kercher, volunteer coordinator, 717-637-2125. Safe Home baby diapers of all sizes. Contact: Leslie Dietz, 717-637-2125.
  • Leg-Up Farm - Board games; cooking supplies: box cake/brownie mixes, cookie mixes, muffin mixes, Jello, pudding, cooking spray, sprinkles, canned icing, etc.