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Community Outreach


Allegheny Intermediate Unit – Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Program (1401 Forbes Ave across from Duquesne)

The AIU offers free English classes to non-native speakers, courses range from beginning to advanced.

Volunteers are needed various days and times to perform one-on-one of small group tutoring for adult ESL students.


Alle Kiski Area HOPE Center (New Kensington/Tarentum)

The mission of the HOPE Center is the safe elimination of domestic violence through intervention, prevention and collaboration.

Require volunteers to attend a 45 hour domestic violence training and clearances. To shelter assistance, childcare, clerical, fundraising, community events and more. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs old, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances.


Angel's Place, Inc. (Brookline/Swissvale)

Angel's Place offers free childcare and support services to single, low-income, full-time student parents and their children, enabling parents to complete their education, secure satisfying employment, establish careers and become self-sufficient citizens.

Volunteer will be assisting the children, organizing and coordinating donation drives, organize and catalog children's library, build shelving. On-going projects include:  cleaning, yard work, talents (such as scrap booking), graphic design, filing, mailings, handyman work, organizing spaces, donations.  Requirements: State Criminal Check, FBI Clearances, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and must sign a pledge. 


Bethlehem Haven (Uptown)

Bethlehem Haven provides a continuum of care for homeless women leading to self sufficiency through residential programs and other supportive services.

Volunteers may work on meals or activities with the residents of this women's shelter. There is also a need for volunteers to do some administrative work in their office or computer lab, work in their consignment store or on special events.

Bethlehem Haven (Uptown)

Bethlehem Haven's mission is to provide a continuum of care for homeless women that leads toward self-sufficiency. Consisting of four different residential programs, as well as, other supportive services to help the homeless.

Volunteers will assist in serving meals to the residents, help coordinate activities and possibly fundraising assistance. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs old, Orientation, and an application completed.

Birthright of Pittsburgh, Inc. (Oakland)

Birthright of Pittsburgh, Inc. is the city of Pittsburgh's first pro-life pregnancy support center dedicated to providing alternatives to abortion with compassion and practical assistance.

Volunteers are needed for patient guidance, advertising, office assistance, fundraising, campus community outreach, special projects and support groups. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old, a reference check and training program is required.

Brashear Association (South Side/South Pittsburgh)

As a community agency, Brashear offers a wide variety of programs and services to enrich the lives of low income families in South Pittsburgh neighborhoods for the past 92 years.  Services include after-school and summer enrichment programs, self-sufficiency, case-management services, as well as, providing food in the food pantry twice a week.

Volunteers will assist with the children's education programs as tutors or mentors, work with job seekers at our Neighborhood Employment Center, help frail seniors or stroke survivors, etc. Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances are required.

Brother's Brother Foundation

The mission of Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) is to promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources.  All BBF programs are designed to fulfill its mission by connecting people's resources with people's needs.  BBF was founded in 1958 by Robert A. Hingson, MD. BBF has helped people in over 140 countries, working through and in partnership with local agencies that want to help their own people.  We have provided over $3,400,000,000 in goods and services, which includes $81,047 in medical supplies, text books, seeds and food.

In volunteering students would assist the Education Program by sorting donated textbooks for shipping.  BBF often receives large amounts of textbooks from publishers and other partners that need to be sorted by subject and grade level to be shipped to an appropriate location.  Must be 18 years old and be able to work on Saturday mornings.

CareBreak at The Watson Institute (Sewickley)

CareBreak is a gift of time and energy given for a few hours a week by a committed volunteer to a family caring for a child with special needs. CareBreak provides an opportunity for children and volunteers to become close through fulfilling, one-on-one experiences, while allowing the family to regroup. Typically, CareBreak is provided in the family's home.

Who is eligible to take part in CareBreak? Families of children (birth to 16 years old) who have been diagnosed with a variety of disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy and other neurological impairments from Allegheny and surrounding counties are eligible.

Why volunteers? CareBreak volunteers are caring, compassionate people from all walks of life who enjoy children and want to make a difference in the lives of others. They understand that supporting a family in need is one of the most powerful ways to improve the quality of lives in their community. By giving their time, volunteers become close with the entire family and form long-lasting relationships. Also, by choosing to volunteer, these individuals have made a commitment to the child and the family---often being the first unpaid person in the child's life to do so.

Why do these families need a break? Because CareBreak kids require constant care day in and day out, the only relief from providing care that a parent may get is if their spouse or other family member watches the child. This does not allow parents to spend time together or with their other children. The CareBreak volunteers give the family a much needed break while their child with special needs is involved in social and recreational activities with a competent, caring person.

Career Literacy for the Advancement of all Youth (CLAAY) (Allegheny/Beaver Counties)

CLAAY provides high school students that are in the invisible middle with career information, activities, and guidance that help students to realize their future career goals. Students will have the tools needed to shape their career futures and the economic future of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Volunteers will assist on a one-to-one mentoring and academic support programs with high school students, which also addresses current homework and classroom needs. Pre-requisite: 3 hour training, Criminal Background Check is required.

Carnegie Library (South Side)

Carnegie Library is a community anchor fulfilling information needs and providing a place for social interaction. Our primary population served is the South Side Flats and surrounding communities.

Volunteers would assist friends of the library and staff, prepare for the annual Gourmet Sampler by picking up donated food or setup for this event. Must be physically able and must follow oral directions.


Center for Hearing & Deaf Services (Uptown)

Our agency serves deaf mental retard and mentally ill adults. Our goal is to work the those clients in a day program setting to help foster their independence in the community.


Volunteers will work with the clients in a variety of areas: Computer training, Math (budgeting), reading, mobility training and art. Suggests knowledge of sign language or willingness to learn. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age and back ground check is required.


Center for Victims of Violent Crimes (Pittsburgh)

The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime (CVVC) provides victim advocacy and support services, crisis intervention, counseling and community education programs that address the causes and impacts of all types of violence and crime. Our mission is to help individuals, families and communities survive the trauma and receive the help and healing they need. Whether you or someone you know has been a victim, or you just want to learn more, rely on us to offer caring, competent assistance, information and support. We currently serve all of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


Change a Heart: Franciscan Volunteer Program (Millvale)

Change a Heart recruits young adults who desire to serves the poor in a full-time position after they graduate from college. For one year, our volunteers live in community with each other, share spirituality with each other, live simple life styles, and work 40 hours per week at a local non-profit agency.


Volunteer activities vary depending upon the placement site, but may include: teaching life skills, counseling, mentoring, education, case management, and nursing. Pre-requisite: Single, ages 21-35, 1 year service, weeklong orientation, background check, compassion and desire to serve the poor full-time after graduation.

Chartiers Community Mental Health and Retardation Center (South Hills)

Chartiers provides mental health services to individuals and families through residential day programs and case management services.


Volunteers would be involved in small group activities including playing games, doing puzzles, making crafts and singing.


CONTACT Pittsburgh (North Hills)

CONTACT Pittsburgh run a volunteer driven 24-hour crisis and suicide hot-line for the region. Currently we have over 100 volunteers on our roster.


Volunteers are trained as a Crisis Line Specialist and Assistant Office Support. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs old, Orientation and Training, Act 33/34 Clearances paid by Contact Pittsburgh.


Dress for Success Pittsburgh (Downtown)

Dress for Success mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them professional work attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.


Volunteers will assist in sorting donated items, helping with mailers , suit drives and picking up donations. Pre-requisite: Must be 18 yrs of age, Orientation training and Registration form must be completed.


Easter Seals of Western PA (Strip District)

Easter Seals provides programs and services to over 19,000 children and adults with disabilities and other special needs in twenty counties in Western Pennsylvania.


Volunteers will assist in school programs and adult day service center. One-day special event opportunities also. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age, Act 34 and Act 151 required.


Epilepsy Foundation, The (Central/Western Pennsylvania)

Epilepsy Foundation is a private, non-profit service organization providing public education and supportive services to individuals and families affected by epilepsy and seizure disorders. Our mission is to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research. Our primary goal is to support a life without compromise for all persons who have epilepsy or a seizure disorder.


Volunteers will be developing and providing input on new programs, products, and events geared towards the youth with epilepsy, their peers, and the community surrounding them. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs of age, Orientation training period, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance, brief seizure recognition and first aid training.


Family Hospice and Palliative Care (South Hills)

Family Hospice and Palliative Care is one of the first not-for-profit hospices in Pittsburgh. Today, we are the largest not-for-profit in the region, it serves communities in eleven counties in Western Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide compassionate, quality comfort care that enhances the lives of the people with life limiting illness and their families. The population we serve is anyone with a life limiting illness.


Volunteers will be trained to be a supportive presence with our patients and families, along with supporting office staff and organized activities. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs of age and attend 12 hour training. 


Gilda's Club Western PA (Strip District)

Gilda's Club mission is to provide a place where people with cancer and their families and friends join with others to build social and emotional support s a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and non-profit, offers support groups, lectures, workshops, and social activities.


Volunteers will assist in organizing meals and/or activities, present a lecture or workshop, play with kids in our special playground called Noogieland, gather items on a wish list. Pre-requisite: Orientation, Background Check, and Child Abuse Clearance.


Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support (Munhall-Homestead/Squirrel Hill)

Good Grief Center is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to be a resource center and safe place where all who have experienced the pain of death may come to work through loss and learn to manage grief. GGC is the only bereavement resource center in the region offering comprehensive services that include peer support, resource and referral information, support groups, and a lending library. There is no charge for these services.


Volunteers will assist in many different areas from training to peer support to greeting visitors, mailings and events. Pre-requisite: Orientation, Training, Clearances may be needed along with current GPA.


Grane Hospice Care

A locally owned hospice company serving the Pittsburgh Area and surrounding counties.  Our patients are 18 and over with the majority being senior citizens.  Hospice provides comfort for the body, mind and soul through unique individualized care plans that allow the patient to live comfortably at the end of life.  Our patients are either in a house, skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility or hospital.

Volunteers can perform a variety of tasks. Requirements are as follows: must be 18 yrs old, background check, and orientation

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (various locations)

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank collects and distributes food to eleven counties in South Western Pennsylvania. By helping to assist soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, after school programs, senior high rises, drop-in centers, neighborhood food assistance and emergency agencies, meals on wheels, regional food banks and community centers over eighteen million pounds of food are distributed per year.


Volunteers are needed for projects including repackaging food and grocery products, and assisting with Special Events. The Food Bank works in conjunction with the Food Farm, which raises fresh produce to serve the hungry. There are opportunities to plant, weed, and harvest produce.


Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 8:30 am - 11:00 am, at the Food Bank in Duquesne, greet and escort volunteers to the Volunteer Activities Center as well as doing some light clerical tasks.


Every 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Carrick Regency Senior High Rise, volunteers are needed to help distribute food boxes.


Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (throughout Allegheny Cty)

GPLC provides free literacy instruction to adults throughout Allegheny County. Serving approximately 2,000 students, both American-born and foreign-born.


Volunteers will do one-on-one tutoring, assist with small classes, and conversation partnering. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs of age, orientation, approximately 12 hours of tutoring training.


Gwen's Girls.......inspiring new destiny (Northside/Point Breeze)

Gwen's Girls was founded in 2002 to address the gender specific needs of girls in the Pittsburgh community. Because girls are historically the most under served population in the country, this organization's mission is to empower girls, ages 8-18, to have productive futures through holistic, gender-specific programs, education and experiences.


Volunteers are needed to mentor and tutor clients, provide clerical and special project assistance and many other opportunities.


Habitat for Humanity - Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)

Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity's mission is to eliminate, substantial housing in Allegheny County and across the globe by building adequate, affordable houses for families who are in need. Since 1986 sixty houses have been built. Partner families work on their homes along with other volunteers. We rely on support from corporations, faith-based groups, campus chapters and individuals.


Volunteers will assist in areas of fundraising, grant writing, and web development. Help with construction, painting and clean-up, must be 16 and have parental permission, under 18 cannot use power tools, ladders or work on roof.


Homelessness Ends with Advocacy Training and Housing (HEARTH) (Ross Township)

HEARTH is a non-profit organization that serves the homeless women with children in Allegheny County.


Volunteers will assist in preparing apartments for incoming families. Complete an inventory of the apartment and restock if necessary. Cleaning tasks, such as, washing dishes, linens and towels, wiping surfaces, removal of garbage and vacuuming, making beds, stocking kitchen with food items, appropriately arranging furniture and preparing a "Welcome Basket". Pre-requisite: Interview with CRC and general orientation with a tour of facility, at least 16 years of age, Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances.


Hosanna Industries Inc. (Allegheny/Beaver/Butler/SWPA Cty)

Hosanna Industries is a faith based mission that serves low income families in building or rehabilitating homes.


Volunteers are needed to assist in working on homes and in other projects that help the community.


Jubilee Association (Hill District)

Jubilee Association is a place were everyone is always welcome! The association provides comprehensive social services to address the needs of the homeless, disadvantages and marginalized people of Pittsburgh.


Volunteers are needed to provide assistance in any of the following areas: Soup Kitchen, Child Care Center, clinic, adult education center and an after school program. The Soup Kitchen is an excellent opportunity to help out in the community.


Light of Life Family Friendly Resource Network (Northside)

Light of Life Ministry helps the homeless and the impoverished of Pittsburgh to find hope and purpose by equipping them with the tools necessary to transform their lives.


Volunteers are needed to assist the mission in providing basic needs for the homeless.


Lutheran Service Society (North Hills)

Lutheran Service Society brings people together in ministries to enhance the quality of life and promote the dignity of those in need through congregations and community partnerships.


Volunteers will be needed to deliver meals on wheels to homebound seniors and provide assistance at senior centers, including clerical duties and other needs. 


Make-a-Wish Foundation (Downtown)

Make-a-Wish foundation grants wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Our foundation grants wishes to children from 2 1/2 to 18 years of age. We are celebrating 26 years!


Volunteers will assist in clerical needs, fundraising, marketing and program services and upcoming events. Must be over age 21 and graduated if working with families; however, no pre-requisite needed for special events volunteering.


Miryam's/Bethlehem Haven (Uptown)

Miryam's/Bethlehem Haven is a homeless shelter for women with mental health concerns. They also have a day drop in program for any women in need.


Volunteers are needed to serve lunch or dinner, and participate in games at this daytime drop in program for homeless women. Groups may also assist with their monthly birthday party or taking women to the computer room, library or with movie nights.


Nabhi Christian Ministries (NCM) (Lincoln Lemington)

Nabhi Christian Ministries is a non-profit faith-based organization dedicated to enhancing impoverished communities by reducing havoc and creating healthy environments through a provision of services that mentor, train and develop quality citizens of all ages. NCM has targeted at risk youth ages 12-18 for over ten years to reduce violence of the possibility of high risk youth starting or continuing delinquent behaviors.


Volunteers would assist in organizing the community library (on-site) , inventory and check-out system. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs of age, training, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances (Act 33 & 34).


National Student Partnerships (Uptown)

NSP nations only student run year round volunteer service organization that links people in need with the resources and opportunities necessary to become self-sufficient. This organization is a student driven non-profit organization that works to bridge the gap between university students and their surrounding community. Volunteers will work with low income individuals in the areas of employment, housing, childcare, etc to link them with resources they need.


Volunteers would be assisting community members secure employment, affordable housing, apply for public benefits, and to help them achieve their goals and become self-sufficient. Pre-requisite: Training and Orientation


New Hope Assisted Living (10 minutes from Downtown)

NHAL is a gracious assisted living facility with 30 residents.


Volunteers are needed to interact with senior resident in a variety of capacities, including Bingo, Sing-A-Longs, crafts, walks, exercise, shopping trips, trips to the park or Bible study. This is an excellent opportunity for groups.


North Hills Community Outreach (North Allegheny County)

North Hills Community Outreach mission is an interfaith non-profit organization that addresses the spiritual, emotional , physical and material needs of people in crisis, hardship and poverty. NHCO provides information and education, makes referrals, and facilitates access to resources to bring immediate help in a manner that preserves dignity and demonstrates the love of God.


Volunteers will assist receptionist duties, data entry, food pantry, faith in action caregivers, free rides for Senior bus drivers and dispatchers, holiday gift wrap and bell ringers, seasonal sharing projects, organize special fund raisers and events, run errand and make deliveries, mailings, and more. Pre-requisite: Orientation (volunteering and programs), and Criminal Background Check.


North Shore Community Alliance (Northside/Manchester)

NSCA is a non-profit organization that has been helping families in crisis, addressing issues including housing, employment and parenting for over 100 years.  A lot of the work relies heavily on the support of the volunteers. 


Volunteers are needed to assist in after school programs, homework help, and mentoring with elementary aged children. Volunteers are needed to assist with bingo and senior citizens programs.  Additional volunteers are needed to assist with income tax preparation and dollar energy fund application. Volunteers working with the after school program must be 18 years old, have background check, child abuse clearances and personal transportation to the site.  


Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (Oakland)

OPDC is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose overall mission is to revitalize Oakland. The mission is accomplished in our three programmatic areas: community organizing, real estate development, and work force development.


Through the Keep It Clean, Oakland program, volunteers would be involved in litter pick ups, gardening and planting, painting, distribution of educational materials such as recycling, tenant rights, code violations, and finding off-campus apartments, and other neighborhood clean up and beautification activities.


Old Economy Village (Ambridge)

Old Economy Village is a historic representation of a successful 19th century society.


Volunteers are needed for a variety of projects in each of the following areas. Gardening, Office Assistance, Building Maintenance, Education, Collections, Library, Marketing, Special Promotion, and Special Events.


Pennsylvania Women Work (Downtown)

Pennsylvania Women Work's mission is to promote the economic self-sufficiency, ensure the empowerment of single parents, displaced homemakers and individuals in transition. As an advocate for educational and economic equity.


Volunteers would help in our Working Wardrobe by sorting and hanging clothing, also assist clients in choosing an outfit for an interview or a new job.


Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (Southside)

PAAR is a rape crisis center designed to respond to survivors of sexual violence with crisis intervention counseling and to educate the community to prevent sexual violence. Also advocates for systems to respond to and prevent sexual violence.


Volunteers may work the hotline as a crisis counselor or provide daytime advocacy along with assisting with clerical work and special events. Pre-requisite: Orientation, child abuse clearances and 40 training period.


Pittsburgh Cares (Downtown)

Pittsburgh Cares' mission is to increase community engagement through volunteerism and enhance the impact of regional service partners. There are over 3,500 volunteers in our network, who support more than 100 non-profit organizations in the Pittsburgh region. It works to connect these volunteers of all ages to flexible community service projects throughout the area.


Volunteers will assist in a wide range of projects for more than 100 non-profit organizations and matching students to projects that they will enjoy.


Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (Downtown)

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is dedicated to fostering a healthy vital downtown. By marketing Pittsburgh as a great place to live, work, and play.


Volunteers are needed to help market Downtown Pittsburgh as a great place to shop, dine, work, play and live. Volunteers are mainly needed during major special events, which includes Light Up Night.


Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association (Coraopolis)

PVGP is our nation's largest vintage race event and the only one over 150 staged on city streets. It has 1200 volunteers that make it possible to donate proceeds to charity.


Volunteers will assist during race week by constructing the course, directing traffic and soliciting donations. No requirements are necessary.


POWER (Swissvale)

POWER provides alcohol and other drug addiction services designed specifically for women. There is a half-way house in Swissvale and an out-patient office uptown, staff in all regional offices of children, youth & families.


Volunteers are needed to drive residents to appointments, setting up and tearing down for our fashion show fundraiser at Heinz Field.


Providence Connections, Inc. (North Side)

Providence Connections, Inc. mission is to strengthen families by providing an environment for continuous support and learning. A ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence, partner with parents and offer opportunities for adults and children to reach their full potential. The movement's vision is that all families will have quality programs to promote and strengthen the family unit. It provides a daycare for infants and preschoolers and has an after-school program for children 6-12 years old.


Volunteers are needed to assist staff with children in the daycare and after-school programs. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs old, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances. 


Rainbow Kitchen Community Services (Homestead)

Rainbow Kitchen provides hot meals to all homeless and needy people, along with shut-in bag packing and distribution.


Volunteers would assist in registration, packing bags, escorting families through the food pantry and serve meals in the morning.


Schenley Heights Community Development Program (Hill District)

Schenley Heights mission is to develop, nurture, and support those within our community helping them to succeed.


Volunteers would assist in tutoring students on a one-on-one basis, in reading and math, science and writing, develop special projects like gardening or hands on science; activities; and homework. Pre-requisite: orientation, back-ground check, child abuse clearance.


Union Project (East Liberty/Highland Park)

Union Project is a gathering place that encourages and promotes creative expression, civic engagement and neighborhood building through social enterprise, job training, and social programming.


Volunteers will assist with activities such as maintenance projects, stained glass restoration, event prep and staffing. All volunteers must fill out a waiver upon arrival.


Wireless Neighborhoods

Wireless Neighborhoods is an alliance of community and faith organizations committed to using partnerships, technology and training to improve communities capacity to support children's education, promote economic development and address other social barriers facing residents.


Volunteers would be helping with homework, assisting with activities and recreation at after-school programs. Pre-requisite: Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances.


World Peace One (Group Genie) (Global Focus)

World Peace One (Group Genie) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based here in Pittsburgh. Our mission is to help people look at their lives and make changes that improve quality of life for all.


Help is needed developing materials and a web site about political empowerment, co-leading discussion groups, tabling events, helping with fund raisers, and designing promotional materials.


World Vision (Sewickley)

World Vision strives to give hope to those who struggle in difficult places. Throughout the world many people live in poverty and need, with a single act of kindness one can intervene and change the destiny of an individual or an entire community.


Volunteers will assist in processing and inventorying donations in the warehouse (clothing, shoes, medical, sporting goods, etc.) answer telephones, input data and work on long-term projects.


YWCA Bridge Housing (Brushton/Homewood/Wilkinsburg)

YWCA Bridge Housing provides shelter and support to women and their children after their stay at a crisis shelter. The goal is to help families break the cycles of homelessness and poverty.


Volunteers are needed for mentoring, tutoring, and playing with children after school. We are also looking for volunteers interested in presenting workshops for the women on topics that affect their lives such as childcare, housing, domestic violence, nutrition, etc.  Volunteers set their own hours and volunteer as little or as much as they would like. Pre-requisite: Child Abuse Clearances.


YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh (Homewood)

YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh's mission is to empower women and eliminate racism. Specifically working with the housing programs to provide housing support and services to homeless women and their children.


Volunteers are needed to monitor and interact with the children (ages 1-15) while their mothers attend a monthly support group. Fun activities for all to participate in. Pre-requisite: 18 yrs old, Orientation, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances are required.