Igniting the Passion to Help, Part 2
50 Midstate Charities and Nonprofits to Support by Volunteering
113 E. Main St., Hummelstown
(717) 566-4122, manada.org
Mission: “Manada Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to preserving the natural, historic, agricultural and scenic resources of Dauphin County through land conservation, environmental education and community engagement.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Field work, education, tree planting, property maintenance, native-plant sale, gardening, greenhouse assistance, trash clean-up, fundraising, public outreach, events and office assistance.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central Pennsylvania Chapter
2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 104, Harrisburg
(717) 652-2108, nationalmssociety.org
Mission: “People affected by MS can live their best lives as [they] stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Advocacy, fundraising events and more.
The Nature Conservancy – Pennsylvania
2101 N. Front St., Bldg. 1, Suite 200 Harrisburg
(717) 418-9518, nature.org
Mission: “To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Habitat and preserve maintenance/management, administrative, outreach, conservation programs, preserve-committee meetings, government relations and more.
1514 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg
(717) 234-2468, plannedparenthood.org
Mission: “To provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual. To advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. To provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality. To promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral and social implications.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Search and register for volunteer opportunities at plannedparenthood.org.
Project Share of Carlisle
5 N. Orange St., Suite 4, Carlisle
(717) 249-7773, projectsharepa.org
Mission: “In response to God’s call to love one another, and bolstered by the generosity of volunteers, staff, recipients, gleaning partners and donors, Project SHARE’s food-pantry programs and partnerships meet the evolving needs of people on their journey to freedom from want.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Food distribution, high tunnel, farmstead, gleaning and more.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania
745 W. Governor Road, Hershey
(717) 533-4001, rmhc-centralpa.org
Mission: “To serve children and their families by providing compassionate and accessible support through programs and health care partnerships.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and the family room, baking, pantry/supply room, deep cleaning, Red Shoe Crew, special events, Guest Chef program and more.
The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region
1122 Green St., Harrisburg
(717) 233-6755, pa.salvationarmy.org
Mission: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Tutoring assistant, nutrition-education classroom aide, lunch and recess buddy, classroom aide, kindergarten readiness, after care, food pick-up driver, food pantry, breakfast program, childcare helper, kettle volunteer, volunteer driver, gift sorting and distribution, client application assistance, arts and crafts helper, cook, general senior program volunteer, marketing front office, greeter, phone calls, League of Mercy volunteer and more.
Special Olympics PA – Area M
P.O. Box 382, Summerdale
(717) 732-6756, sopam.org
Mission: “To provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Coach, coach assistant, competitions volunteer, athlete recruiting if teacher or worker in contact with individuals with intellectual disabilities, publicity, committees, fundraising and more.
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania
55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill
(717) 737-3477, ucpcentralpa.org
Mission: “To assist infants, children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families achieve their goals of development, growth, independence and full citizenship.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Volunteering at their centers and group homes, serving on board and committee, assisting with special events, serving as advocates in the community and more.
United Way of the Capital Region
2235 Millennium Way, Enola
(717) 732-0700, uwcr.org
Mission: “The mission of United Way of the Capital Region is to improve lives in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties by identifying the most pressing community needs, finding solutions to those needs and demonstrating how these solutions are making a difference.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Walk-team ambassador, patient care, resident companions, gift-shop operator, nature-center volunteer, day-center manager, radio reading, receptionist, friendly visitor/shopper, driver, mentor, tutor, information and referral, mentor for homeless moms, library assistant, ESL tutor, furniture bank and concert volunteer.
Vickie’s Angel Foundation
511 Bridge St., New Cumberland
(717) 774-3800, vickiesangelfoundation.org
Mission: “To allow the family to focus on their cancer and getting better while allowing Vickie’s Angel Foundation to help them with paying their bills. At the same time to offer comfort with love, faith and hope.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Assisting with Vickie’s Angel Walk and SMT Turkey Trot, website updating, correspondence, office filling, help with press releases and experienced grant writing.
The YWCA Greater Harrisburg
1101 Martket St., Harrisburg
(717) 234-7931, ywcahbg.org
Mission: “The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
Volunteer Needs/Opportunities: Winter overnight shelter volunteer, day care (design and lead a lesson, activity or project; classroom supervision assistance; classroom organization and cleaning; reading; musical entertainment; and host-parenting workshops), Camp Reily (design and lead an activity, supervise swimming or lunch, teach swimming lessons, serve as a guest speaker for campers), Domestic Violence Legal Center (volunteer family law attorney, data entry and document management, legal secretary), economic and neighborhood development, YouthBuild program tutor and mentor, clerical assistance, form translation, grounds maintenance/painting and more.