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Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities for 2002

Compeer of Lebanon County's Waiting List continues to grow and Compeer is looking for adult volunteers to be a friend and provide social support to a neighbor on the road to recovery from a mental illness -- People lake Jason, a Civil War buff and ice hockey fan from Palmyra who has minimal contact with people outside of his family circle. Or, someone like Sarah, a Lebanon area woman who enjoys houseplants, crafts, and walking. As a Compeer volunteer, you can positively impact the life of a person in recovery from a mental illness by offering the simple gift of friendship.   This volunteer opportunity does not take away any time from your work or family.  All it takes is sharing a few hours a month doing the things you like to do already -- sports, music, a hobby, sharing a pot of coffee, fishing, or a walk in the park -- you decide.  You'll select your new friend based on similar age, interested, background and locality. Compeer volunteers receive preliminary training from Compeer staff as well as ongoing support and supervision throughout their Compeer relationship. No clinical experience required. Call Compeer of Lebanon County at 272-8317 or visit www.compeer-lebanon.org for more information.  Alternative training times are also available for the convenience of our volunteers.

United Christian Church Home

We are looking for a volunteer who has a friendly cat that would enjoy visiting our residents. Visits can be weekly or biweekly, and days and times of visits are flexible.

Volunteers are needed tovisit with Nursing residents for 1 hour a week. Days and times can be flexible.

Scrapbooking volunteer needed to assist activity department in making a scrapbook. Short term volunteer opportunity. We will work with your schedule.
Call Susanna Varner, (717) 867-4636

The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon:

Tutor Training Workshop.

Be among the first to receive your 15-hours of Tutor Training in the newly-remodeled IU 13 Building. Call the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon at 274-3461 to register for the November training sessions. They will be held on the following Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9 P.M.

November 11,13, 18, 20, and 25th.

$15 will cover the cost of the training manual and materials.  
Call Cathy Roth, (717) 274-3461 or email cathy@adultlit.org

Renova Center:
Volunteers needed to visit the residents, help on excursions, and make craft items at home that can be sold at craft fairs. Clubs or Organizations are also invited to sponsor birthday parties or holiday parties, and provide music, entertainment, or Bingo at the Center.
Call Becky Duke, (717) 274-0493 or email renova@ptdprolog.net

Philhaven: Front Desk Greeters Needed - Volunteers who enjoy people to help greet visitors.  Responsibilities include providing good customer services, handing out visitor name tags, and directions to various locations throughout the building; helping with key sign-outs and miscellaneous clerical responsibilities.  Times needed:  Tuesday/Friday 8 am - 12 noon; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am-1pm.  Call Evie Zook Volunteer Coordinator  270-2485

Wernersville State Hospital:
Organizations to provide parties for groups of patients (Bingo, Birthday Parties, Game Nights).
Also friendly visitors needed to visit with patients who do not have family or friends living in the area. Call Karen Moyer, (610) 670-4164 or email kdavismoye@state.pa.us

Mental Health Association:  MHA is in need of active board members to serve as volunteers dealing with education advocacy and fundraising participation to support issues of mental health and mental illness in the community.  Also need volunteers for specific fund raising events. (10-20 hours)  Contact Janet Frick, 717-273-5781

Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council -

  • Needed:  Leaders, Assistant Leaders needed for all age level troops.  Leaders plan and carry out activities with troop.  Time commitment:   9-10 months per year, 3-4 hours per week.  Training provided for all Girl Scout positions.
  • Short term positions also available, such as event committee for various programs, consultants who share skills/mentoring girls.  Call for more details. 

Gwen Ward, 717-273-2151

Cornwall Children's Center -
Volunteer opportunities include (but are not limited to) rocking babies, reading stories, playing games.  Volunteers are always welcome. Must be 16 or older.
Call Jamie Yordy, Interim Director.  717-274-5764

  • Luthercare Child Care Program - Volunteers needed for reading stories 8:30 - 11am or 2:30-5:30p.m. Monday through Friday.  Any time during these hours. 
  • Also, Baby cuddling 6am-6pm at Annville site.  Volunteers would need a recent physical (within 3 months), TB test biannually. 

Call Donna Wennerholt 717-274-2831.

PA Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America - The boy scouts have several opportunities for volunteers.  From the Troop, Pack or Crew level up to District Committee.  At the unit level, there are opportunities to work with youth and administrate in the unit.  At District level, adults set up events like camporees and scouting for food, plus much more.  Call or write for more information on how you can help the Boy Scouts.  Chris McKinnell  717-394-4063;  PA Dutch Council, Boy Scouts, 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA  17601

Good Samaritan Hospital

Volunteer opportunities exist in many areas, from the kitchen to the Emergency Room. If you would like to join our team, please call. 

Call Cindy Smith,  717-270-7685 or email csmith@gshleb.com

Lebanon Community Library - Volunteers needed for cleaning books, washing windows, painting, filing, shelving, children's programs and crafts in summer, circulation desk, and inventory.

Call Alice Light,  717-273-7624 or email alight@hotmail.com

Sexual Assault Resource & Counseling Center (SARCC)

  • Volunteer Sexual Assault Counselor:  40 hours training (provided by SARCC).  Duties: counsel hotline callers 5pm - 8 am, one or two nights per month.
  • SARCC Auxiliary:  2 hours orientation.  Duties: sit with agency displays at health fairs, help with fundraisers.  Call Joan Weaver, 717-272-5308

Domestic Violence Intervention: 

  • Certified DVI Volunteers Needed: Take Hot Line calls in P.M. at their homes.
  • To become a certified volunteer, there is a 40 hour training, held two times a year, Spring and Fall.
  • Other opportunities for non-certified volunteers include work around the shelter, etc.

Call 717-273-7154 or fax 717-279-7932

Palmyra Nursing Home:

  • Volunteers are needed at any time between 10am and 8pm Monday - Saturday.  Different opportunities are available: painting nails, helping with BINGO, playing games, doing crafts or reading and visiting with our residents. 
  • A volunteer is also needed Saturdays to assist with BINGO and other activities. 

Call Milissa Furman, Activity Director, 717-838-3011

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Lebanon County:


  • Volunteer Opportunity:  Mentors needed, age 16 and above, to form loving relationships with children between the ages of 7 and 16.  No special skills needed!  Involves approximately 1-2 hours three or four times per month.  Hours are at the discretion of the volunteer.

Call Julie Baum, Special Projects Coordinator, 717-272-4443 email: BBBS@nbn.net

Lebanon Valley Brethren Home:

  • Volunteers needed for: Water Pitchers - fill with fresh water and ice - pick up and deliver back to residents' rooms.  This volunteer position requires one hour of your time.  Need someone every other Sunday morning at 9:00a.m.; Tuesdays at 3p.m.
  • Also need people for feeding at mealtimes. (training provided).  Time commitment for transport and feeding assistance would be 1 1/2 hour either at 11:30am or 4:30pm.  If just feeding assistance only (45 minutes) noon and 5pm. 

Call Donna Fernsler, 717-838-5406

Lebanon YMCA:

Volunteers for Youth Activities 

YMCA Youth Center

Minimum age: 16




YMCA Teen Dances

(until January 8, 2002, then every other Saturday evening)
Minimum age:18

Every Saturday Evening.........8-10:30pm

Basketball Scorekeeping

Minimum age: 14

Varies- call for Information

Contact person for above: Brian Weidler, Program Director -- 273-2691 ext. 115 or email bweidler@lebanonymca.org

ECC Retirement Village

  • Escorts are needed for Sunday mornings, to assist with taking residents to and from Sunday School Service by pushing them in wheelchairs or walking with them, 9:15 - 11:15a.m. 
  • Volunteers are needed to escort residents to the Beauty Shop at our Stone Ridge Campus, Wednesday and Thursday mornings form 8:30 a.m. to approx. 11:30 a.m.

Call Lori Meckley 717-866-6541 or email lmeckley@eccrv.com

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging:

Volunteer Ombudsmen needed to promote and advocate for high quality care for nursing and personal care home residents. Ombudsmen provide information about resident rights and assist in exercising those rights. Training is provided. For more information contact Melissa Meiskey 717-273-9262 or email mmeiskey@lebcnty.org

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging:

Volunteers are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels to elderly who are unable to prepare their own meals.  Volunteers deliver meals between 11a.m. and 12 noon and may deliver one day a week, one day a month or as a substitute as needed.  Must have own vehicle, a valid driver's license and a warm smile!  Training is provided!  Call Michelle Kopecky 717-273-9262.

Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging:

Volunteers are needed for the APPRISE program.  APPRISE is a health insurance counseling program for older Pennsylvanians.  Volunteers assist clients with insurance paperwork.  APPRISE clients are scheduled by appointment Mondays from 12 noon until 4:00p.m. and Wednesdays from 9am to noon at the Lebanon Senior Center, 710 Maple St.  Training is provided.  Call Michelle Kopecky 717-273-9262.

GSH Hospice: Volunteers needed to provide emotional support by empathetic listening to patients and their caregivers. Light household chores and running errands are among other opportunities to serve. Weekly contact is preferred. Call Marie Eva Harter 717-270-7672 or send email to mharter@gshleb.com

Cedar Haven Nursing Home: Volunteers are needed to transport residents in wheelchairs to crafts and physical therapy. Days and times are Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. Contact Diane Kline 717-274-0421

Hope - Helping Our People in Emergencies: Volunteers needed as case interviewers on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Training will be provided. Call 717-272-4400 for more information.

Cornwall Manor:
Volunteers, needed for ongoing or one-time events, visiting with nursing home residents, caring for gardens, delivering library books, or helping with the therapeutic activity staff. Opportunities are endless. - - - Individuals (at least age 14) or groups (of all ages) are welcome.

For more information on volunteering or to register for the training session(s), call Kathleen Hetrick at 273-2647, ext. 8295.

American Red Cross:
Drivers needed.  Approx. 4 hours about One day per month - Reimbursed expenses for trip to Wilkes-Barre area.  Contact Dawn Vitez, 273-2671 or email redcross@nbn.net

The Arc of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties seeks Volunteers:

The Arc of Dauphin and Lebanon Counties is an agency that provides advocacy, referrals, and other services to people with mental retardation. The Lebanon County office is looking for people interested in assisting with an Independent Monitoring Project.

The goal of the statewide Independent Monitoring Project is to assess quality of life for people with mental retardation in our communities. Monitors visit people with mental retardation in their homes to complete a questionnaire that addresses areas such as health and safety, recreation and community involvement. Each visit, for which monitors receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement, takes approximately one hour to complete. The monitors are trained in sue of the questionnaire and other paperwork, confidentiality and current trends in the field of mental retardation.

Monitors can be people with developmental disabilities, interested citizens, and parents or family members of people with mental retardation.

This project can have a great impact on the lives of people with mental retardation. People interested in volunteering for this project or for more information may contact Ingrid Magill, Lebanon County Project Director at 717-270-5307

Veterans Affairs Medical Center:
Qualified drivers needed to provide transportation for veterans with appointments at VA.  Opportunities available anytime, Mondays through Fridays, daytime hours. Van provided through the DAV transportation program. Lunch may be provided.  Contact Kathy Trostle, 717-228-6030 or Bill Smith 717-272-6621 x4596 or email kathy.trostle@med.va.gov

Friends of All Animals:
Foster homes needed for cats and kittens requested by this Animal Rescue Group. For these and other opportunites call or visit the website at http://www.friendsofallanimals.org. Contact Gloria Pushnik at 717-272-6466.


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