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Current Opportunities

Please check out these local volunteer opportunities:

Alice Paul House

The Alice Paul House, located in Indiana, offers services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other violent crime. They are seeking individuals who want to volunteer to help the victims. Alice Paul House provides a free training course that all volunteers must go through. Volunteering would include answering the 24-hour crisis hotline, providing assistance with child care, empowering victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes to help themselves. After training, volunteers are responsible for three four-hour hotline shifts a month.

Clearances Needed: Child Abuse and Criminal Background

If interested, please contact Melodee Gett, education specialist/volunteer coordinator, at 724-349-444 or melodee@alicepaulhouse.org.

American Language Institute

The American Language Institute (ALI), located in room 206 in Eicher Hall on campus, is seeking individuals who want to help international students learn English and culture in America. It is important for the volunteer to have an understanding of different cultures and language learning, but not necessarily. The volunteering is called American Culture and English (ACE) Tutoring, which is a tutoring session in the format of one-to-two interaction in English meeting twice a week on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.

If interested, contact the ACE Tutoring supervisor with any questions at ALI-tutoring@iup.edu. When you are ready to apply, complete the ACE Tutor Application and submit it to the ALI main office, 214 Eicher Hall. We accept applications year-round.

Beacon Ridge

Beacon Ridge, located at 1515 Wayne Avenue in Indiana, is looking for assistance with activities in their Activities Department. Volunteers interested must get along well with others in order to work with their generic population.

If interested please visit the office to complete an application, of if you have questions contact Debbie Fenner at 724-349-5300.

Birthright of Indiana County, Inc.

Birthright, located at 271 Philadelphia Street in Indiana, is looking to train staff counselors to support help support women through unplanned pregnancies, answer crisis calls, and welcome and care for walk-ins. Computer skills are needed to complete the job, and volunteers must be able to commit to at least three hours a week.

If interested, send a resume to Deb Herman at deb@birthrightindianacounty.org.

Center For Family Life

1. The Center For Family Life, located at 125 N. 5th Street in Indiana, is looking for volunteers to greet families that come to the center for supervised visits as well as providing child care during nurturing parenting classes and support groups. Knowledge in child development is preferred. Volunteers are needed Tuesday mornings for groups, Wednesday evenings for classes, evenings to greet families, and Saturday to greet families.

Clearances Needed: Child Abuse and Criminal Background
If you are interested, please visit the office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to fill out an application.

2. The Center for Family Life is also looking for volunteers to do some manual labor, such as painting and moving items, as well as clerical work such as answering phones. Volunteers are needed at any time from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Clearances Needed: Child Abuse and Criminal Background
If you are interested please visit the office, call Kristina Taylor-Porter at 724-463-8595, or e-mail cflandcac@gmail.com to apply.

Communities at Indian Haven

Communities at Indian Haven, located on 1675 Saltsburg Avenue in Indiana, is looking for volunteers to play musical instruments, play games with, and sing for groups within. Volunteers must be friendly, outgoing, positive, and able to read and write.

Clearances Needed: Criminal Background (facility provides free of charge)

If interested, please visit the office, send in your resume, or call the office at 724-465-3900 to get in contact with Kim Cobaugh or Bernadette Hodak.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, Pa.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana is seeking four dynamic volunteers to assist in our Religious Education Department.

  1. Nursery Care Assistant: Assistant the nursery care provider with our youngest children; nurturing a safe environment for young children, infants through age three, on Sunday mornings.
  2. Greeter/Classroom Assistant (Pre-kindergarten-1st grade): Assist to support the atmosphere for a Montessori-like curriculum for children. Tasks: Readying the art area, greeting children, setting up snacks for the end of class, and assisting the teacher. 
  3. Classroom Assistant (second grade–fourth grade): Assist the classroom teacher with activities and lessons with our youth using a Unitarian Universalist Curriculum that focuses on sports, medicine, food, science, building and exploring while learning about Unitarian Universalist history. 
  4. Classroom Assistant (sixth grade–ninth grade): Assist the classroom teacher with activities and lessons with our youth using a Unitarian Universalist Curriculum that focuses on a long tradition of  Unitarian questioning and searching, loving kindness and good works. Knowledge in child development preferred, and prospective volunteers should send a resume to Penny Vick, 285 Twolick Drive, Indiana, PA 15701, or email pennyvick@gmail.com

Hopeful Hearts

Hopeful Hearts, located at 728 Church Street in Indiana, is a nonprofit organization that works to help grieving children, adolescents, and their families. Hopeful Hearts is looking for volunteers to help out with daily operations of a nonprofit organization.

    E-mail hopefulhearts@verizon.net or call 724-349-3888

    Indiana County Humane Society

    The Indiana County Humane Society, located at 65 Haven Drive in Indiana, is looking for volunteers to help in various ways with animals. Hours are very flexible, and help is always needed! Come help clean, play with cats, or take dogs on walks! This is an ongoing volunteer opening.

    If interested, please stop by the office to complete an application, or contact Marie Twal or Lisa Grosch at 724-465-7387.

    Indiana Free Library

    The Indiana Free Library, located on 845 Philadelphia Street in Indiana, is looking for a volunteer shelver. You’ll play an important role in helping the library better serve its patrons. Duties include shelving materials in the proper place in the library, checking the shelves to ensure that they are in order, and sorting carts of materials to be shelved. Must be at least sixteen years of age; confident with arranging English-language materials alphabetically and numerically; able to push and pull moderately heavy loads and to kneel, bend, climb, and stretch frequently; detail oriented, precise, reliable, responsible, and able to work independently.

    Training is provided, and student must be willing to commit to at least a full term (Fall semester, Spring semester, or Summer session) of volunteer service by working from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. one or two days a week (excluding Fridays and Sundays).

    Clearances Needed: Child Abuse and Criminal Background
    If interested, please visit the library to complete an application by April 30, 2012.
    Contact Person: John Swanson — 724-465-8841 or iflshelving@gmail.com.

    Indiana Players, Inc.

    Indiana Players Inc., located on 725 Philadelphia Street in Indiana, is looking for help with box office ticket sales, ushers to assist patrons, stage crew to set and change the stage for scenes, and with other miscellaneous duties as needed such as costuming, make-up, costume changes, etc. Volunteers must be proficient in math, enjoy working with the public, and willing to work hard and get dirty as well as clean up.

    Volunteers are needed on Saturdays to help clean up, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for help with performances.

    If interested, please call the office at 724-464-0725.

    IUP Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP)

    IUP SNAP, located in 239 Zink Hall on IUP Campus, is a physical activity program for children and adults with disabilities. Please visit the Special Needs Activity Program website for more information. No clearances needed.

    Interested volunteers with positive attitudes are encouraged to e-mail Dr. Lorenzi at David.Lorenzi@iup.edu to apply.

    The Jimmy Stewart Museum

    The Jimmy Stewart Museum, located on 835 Philadelphia Street in Indiana, is looking for volunteers to assist their guests at the ticket booth and museum, as well as to help with other light duties. Volunteers should be friendly and well-spoken. This is an ongoing opportunity.

    If interested, please visit the office or contact Tim Harley, director, or Pauline Simms, volunteer, at 724-349-6112.

    Moorehead House, a senior living community located at 116 Madison Circle in Indiana, is looking for volunteers at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. every Saturday in April. Volunteers are needed to call Bingo, bowl with the residents, etc.

    If interested, please contact Anna Bernard at 724-465-9606.

    St. Bernard’s Regional Catholic School

    St. Bernard’s Regional Catholic School is looking for before- and after-school help. Participants in this program can either volunteer their time or be paid through federal work study. You would tutor the children, read to them, coordinate activities, etc. The students are in elementary school. St. Bernard’s needs people for before school, 7:45–9:00 a.m., and after school, 3:00–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. You would pick a few times a week that work best in your schedule. St. Bernard’s is looking for people immediately and for next semester. In order to participate, you will need your Pennsylvania criminal background check, Pennsylvania child abuse clearances, and your own transportation. (FBI background check for out-of-state residents in lieu of Pennsylvania background).

    In order to participate in this program, you must contact Denise Swope, St. Bernard’s principal. Denise can be contacted by phone at 724-465-7139.

    The United Way of Indiana County, located at 982 Philadelphia Street, is looking for volunteers in several skill areas to help with several special events. It also has a need for volunteers to help assemble mailing packets, make non-sales telephone calls/e-mails, and, if possible run errands locally in Indiana County only. Skills needed for the job include an ability to use office equipment, such as a fax machine and copier, and good communication skills by way of telephone, e-mail, etc. Hours are variable.

    If interested, please send your resume to Terri Dominick at uwdominick@verizon.net, or by phone with additional questions at 724-463-0277.

    VNA Family Hospice and Palliative Care

    The VNA, located at 850 Hospital Road Suite 3000 in Indiana, is looking for volunteers to keep patients company, run errands, read to patients, write letters, play games, encourage patients to tell their life story. Volunteers also work in the office and help with bereavement follow-up with families.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license. 20 hours of training provided. Work will be done in the office and at patients homes and facilities in Indiana County. Two to four hours a week desired.

    Clearances Needed: Criminal Background
    If you are interested in volunteering please contact Ms. Cicola between office hours of 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at 724-463-8711 or by e-mail at mcicola@vnaindianacounty.com.

    Indiana County YMCA

    The Indiana County YMCA, located on 60 North Ben Franklin Road in Indiana, has volunteer opportunities for students looking to get involved in the Indiana community. There are a variety of opportunities available, many of which will last throughout the school year. These include:

    • Youth programs in art and sports
    • Senior programs in art
    • Fitness Center and Recreation Center Attendants
    • Preschool programs
    • Coaching in youth soccer, youth basketball, and flag football league
    • Teen volunteer center
    • Senior Center volunteer
    • Offide aid/greeter
    • And more!
    • Currently looking for volunteer coaches for our youth soccer and lacrosse programs

    Clearances Needed: Child Abuse and Criminal Background
    If interested, please call Shawn Sebring or Steve Frye at 724-463-9622, or stop in for a volunteer application.

    • Office of Service Learning
    • c/o Career Development Center
      Pratt Hall, Suite 302
      201 Pratt Drive
      Indiana, PA 15705
    • Phone: 724-357-2235
    • Fax: 724-357-4079
    • Office Hours
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.