Volunteering Opportunities and Service Adventures are a great way to build resumes, full fill community service hours, and learn valuable skills such as public speaking and team work. Below are just a small sampling of volunteer opportunities in our area.

Please visit the Corporation for National & Community Service and VolunteerMatch.org for a more broad range of activities nationally and locally.

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  • The College of New Jersey: Engage in community service and earn college credit.  Summer Bonner Fellows are high school students who want to:
    • Engage in meaningful community service
    • Earn college credits
    • Have a two-week living experience on a beautiful college campus with peers who care enough to serve
    • Learn how to highlight community service experience during the college admission process
    • Further information and an application can be found at: www.tcnj.edu/bonnersummer
  • Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
  • Lose the Training Wheels™: BICYCLE CAMPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS.Lose the Training Wheels™, a program that teaches individuals with disabilities to independently ride a conventional two wheel bicycle, is now taking applications.    Five-day camp sessions will take place  August 8 th – 12 th , 2011 at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa and in Bucks County at Holland Middle School in Holland, Pa. To be eligible to enroll, participants must be at least eight years old. They must have a disability but be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane and be able to side-step quickly to both sides. For a complete listing of criteria for eligibility and more information, visit www.losethetrainingwheels.org . This is a wonderful and rewarding volunteer opportunity for anyone 16 years or older interested in dedicating 75 minutes each day over the 5 days of camp teaching a disabled person to ride a bike…. And you will get exercise from walking/jogging alongside your assigned camper! Applications for camp participants along with payment will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis beginning immediately.    Last year was the first year this great camp came to Philadelphia and the available spots filled up quickly.    Cost of the camp is $200. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:Saint Joseph’s University Camp:    Jeffrey Sullivan via e-mail at  lttwphilly@yahoo.comHolland Middle School Camp:    Marisa Pigeon or Deborah Stack via e-mail at  lttwbucks@gmail.com   or go to www.buckscountypeds.com .
  • The Mitzvah Bowl: http://www.themitzvahbowl.com/  Originally, we created this site as a resource for children about to have a bar/bat mitzvah; however, we have found that it has become a valuable resource for schools as well. Here, you will see a plethora of opportunities for young teenagers to find purposeful projects based upon their own personal interests.
  • The National Constitution Center is currently looking for volunteers. There are opportunities available such as conducting activities in the museum with visitors and working in many exhibit areas. If interested, contact the Center's Human Resources Department at (215)-409-6761, or volunteer@constitutioncenter.org, to request an application.
  • 2010 Summer Teen Volunteer Program: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania provides opportunities for high school students to volunteer and learn more about health care careers during the summer months. The Program begins July 6, 2010 and ends August 20, 2010. The application deadline is May 31, 2010: Eligibility-High School students ages 14-18 (or older if student is still in high school). This program includes opportunities in the Nursing Unit, Hospitality Greeter, Patient Transport, Messenger Service, Mail Delivery, Gift and Book Cart Attendant, Gift Shop Volunteer, and Emergency Department.   To learn more about the program, visit the hospital Volunteer Website at http://www.pennmedicine.org/volunteer  or here for specific Teen Volunteering Opportunities: http://www.pennmedicine.org/hup/vi_files/volunteer/teen.html.For an application, please contact the Volunteer Services Department at HUP (215) 662-2576.
  • VISIONS Service Adventures: For 20 years, VISIONS has offered summer programs on service work and cross-cultural exchange for high school students ages 14 to 18. The programs are a mix of hands-on work, intercultural living and adventurous exploration. While service is the focus, time is always set aside to explore where the student lives and works in ways that are challenging, interesting and purely fun.VISIONS, 100 North Second Street, PO Box 220, Newport, PA 17074. If interested, contact (800) 813-9283, Fax (717) 567-7853, e-mail info@VisionsService Adventures.com, Web: www.VisionsServiceAdventures.com.
  • Enrichment Alley: Are you ready to take an active role in your own education? Whether you're looking for a summer learning experience, a gap year adventure, or a school year program for a single individual or a school group, you'll find it here. Discover opportunities to immerse yourself in a single subject, participate in a field experience, join a guided travel group, or make a difference through service learning. EnrichmentAlley is a comprehensive and useful site on the web to explore educational enrichment opportunities. They plan to include an unlimited number of programs designed to enhance the learning of students of all ages. Please log-on at www.enrichmentalley.com for more information.
  • A Broader View Volunteers: Welcome to A Broader View Volunteers! We offer international volunteer projects for the globally-minded individual searching for a unique travel experience. A Broader View is a non-profit international volunteer organization offering short and long term volunteer programs in developing countries around the World. Our volunteer abroad projects are available year round in Central America, South America, Asia and Africa in 9 different countries and 28 locations. For more information, please vivit www.abraoderview.org.
  • Youth For Understanding: Youth For Understanding (YFU) is one of the world's oldest, largest, and most respected international exchange organizations. Today, YFU USA administers the Youth For Understanding programs in the United States. Please visit www.yfu-usa.org for more information.
  • Landmark Volunteers: Landmark volunteer is a non-profit organization that gives high school students the chance to make a real difference in the world around them. They offer one-week spring and two-week summer volunteer opportunities with leading environmental, historical, cultural and service organizations. You will have the opportunity to work in a team with 12 other high school students from around the country who, like you, want to make a difference in the world around them. Volunteers who conduct themselves well receive a letter of recommendation and earn community service credit. Visit www.lvsummer.org for more information.
  • Fibromayalgia Groups of Phila., PA: This group is looking for volunteers to help physically challenged people. The volunteer will receive a certificate of honor as they merge to a position at work place. Also a reference any where the volunteer decides to go. If interested, please contact Linda J. Osborn (215) 884-1504, 135 Cedar Street, Jenkintown, PA 19046
  • Caring Hospice Services: Caring Hospice Services is in need of volunteers to help in their office. Duties would include collating information packets for distribution to our clients in area nursing homes. Attention to detail is needed as well as a sense of humor, as this task is necessary yet time-consuming. The time required is one to two hours a week, in Fort Washington, between the hours of 8:30am to 5pm. Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly would be fine. One-time visits would also be helpful. Call (215) 619-7650 or 1-800-390-2998 for more information. Caring Hospice Services is located on 400 Commerce Drive, Suite C, Fort Washington, PA 19034
  • Holy Redeemer Health System: Volunteers can assist in a variety of settings. They receive orientation and training, ongoing supervision and a chance to explore the healthcare industry. As a volunteer, you will assist us with providing compassionate, holistic care to those in need. You must be 14 years old to join.Call 1-800-818-4746 for more information.
  • Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH): AMH offers both volunteering opportunities and community service hours. If you would like to volunteer, visit the links listed below for more details on the programs offered. High School students (ages 14 and over) who need community service hours for school credit may do so as an Abington Memorial Hospital volunteer if they agree to serve a minimum of 50 hours. Only high school seniors who have been AMH volunteers for one full school year prior to May of their senior year are considered for May senior community service projects. Students without prior AMH volunteer experience may volunteer at Abbie's Thrift Shop for a two to three week project as a special accommodation. If you would like to join the team of more than 1,500 hospital volunteers, contact: Volunteer Resources Department, Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001, (215) 481-2490, (215) 481-4954 (fax), www.amh.org, amh-volunteer@amh.org (email).              
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • Ability to volunteer for 12 months consistently, working one 2 1/2 hour shift per week on the assigned day and department.
      • Professional reference or recommendation by a non-family member or school guidance counselor/advisor.
      • Ability to articulate why s/he wants to be a Volunteer and why s/he should be selected for the AMH HS student volunteer program.
      • Attendance at monthly meetings with the Volunteer Resources Manager and/or designated Student Volunteer Program Team Lead.
      • Compliance with all AMH Health & Physical exam requirements and/or immunizations.
      • Consistent professional demeanor, reliability and dependability.
  • Elkins Crest Health and Rehabilitation Center: Volunteering opportunities include community service requirements, holiday visits, intergenerational programs, and Adopt-A-Grandparent. Elkins Crest is an Extendicare Facility committed to providing quality care and services for its residents. Volunteers are able to endow the residents with extras in their lives--personal attention, warmth, concern, service with a smile, and an ear to listen--which helps complete their feeling of self worth and personal fulfillment. For more information call Virginia Kober, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, (215)379-2700.
  • The Franklin Institute Science Museum: Please note, only juniors and seniors may apply. Volunteers are given an opportunity to learn all about planning and presenting activities to children. This experience will be valuable to you, in that you will learn about Science education, how to work with peers, and different ways to make learning fun for elementary school aged children. In addition to all that the students will learn, students may also earn the opportunity to gain paid positions at the Franklin Institute during their spring and/or summer breaks. Please click on the link below for more detailed information.
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