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Allegheny Youth Development (Carrick)

AYD is a Christian mission dedicated to improving young lives through education. At-risk students in grades six through twelve come to our North Side center for academic mentoring.

Volunteers will help and encourage students with studying. Must be positive, have an energetic attitude and punctual for all study sessions.


Auberle for Children and Families (Mon-Valley/McKeesport)

Auberle's mission is one of caring and healing for abused, neglected and troubled children.

Volunteers are needed for tutoring and mentoring. Groups could do games and activities nightly, monthly birthday parties, and assist with several special events. This organization asks you to share any individual talents or gifts with their children.

Beginning with Books is an early intervention literacy program dedicated to low income families with young children.

Volunteers are needed at local elementary schools, Philip's Elementary (Southside) and Weil (Hill District), both within walking distance of Duquesne's campus for reading and conversation once a week over the school lunch period.


Brashear Association, Inc.

Brashear Association works with many low-income families in the South Pittsburgh region to foster and develop self-sufficiency.  Founded in the settlement house tradition, the agency continues to serve families at the grass roots level.

Volunteers are needed for food pantry every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Holiday Assistance Programs in November and December. Neighborhood Employment Center; various food and toy drives throughout the year and educational programs.  Requirements:  Brief training and Act 33/34 clearances with children's programs.

Career Literacy for African American Youth (CLAAY)

A program of Duquesne University is seeking enthusiastic and motivated volunteers who want to positively contribute to the lives of high school students. 2005-2006 is the third program year of CLAAY.

Check out the web site http://www.iet.duq.edu/claay and look under Learn About CLAAY/Press Coverage for articles on CLAAY in Duquesne University's Spring 2005 magazine and the Pittsburgh Business Times article May 27-June 2, 2005 issue.


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.


Family Resources (East Liberty)

Family Resources services to prevent and treat child abuse by strengthening families and neighborhoods.

Help is needed with the therapeutic preschool for children who have been abused or neglected, tutoring, assisting at the Family Retreat Center, and with special events and public relations.


Ferns Foundation Incorporated (Penn Hills)

Ferns Foundation is an organization with a desire to help young women and girls realize their full potential, equipping them with tools necessary to succeed and lead in today's world.

Volunteers are needed to uplift and guide young women and girls through mentoring.


Goodwill Literacy Initiative (Southside)

Goodwill Literacy Initiative provides quality adult education and GED preparation. Additionally, participants can receive employment education training, counseling, and job opportunities for those with disabilities, economic disadvantages and other barriers for employment. These programs are meant to help individuals reach their full potential.

Tutors are needed in the Goodwill Literacy Program. Great opportunity to help adults learn!

Students need help with basic reading and simple math.

Students need help with algebra, social studies, science and writing to prepare for the GED test.

Students need help with developing English skills in English as a Second Language program.

Students need help with basic computer literacy skills.

Volunteers are needed day and/or evening hours.


Grandview Elementary (Allentown)

We are looking for math and reading tutors for all grades. Times are very flexible!  There are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after-school programs (2:45 - 3:00), or you could do one-on-one daytime tutoring for an hour anytime during a school day.  Grandview Elementary is just a short drive or bus ride from the South Side!


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.


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.


Homeless Children's Education Fund (Various locations)

Homeless Children's Education Fund ensures that homeless children have equal access to the same educational opportunities and experiences as their peers. We work with children (ages 5-13) to provide educational resources and programs while they live in shelters with their mothers.

Volunteers will assist in tutoring children with homework and reading, special events, collection drives as service projects, school supplies, arts/crafts. Pre-requisite: Commit one school year if working with the children, Child Clearances are required.


Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (Downtown)

Since 1919 Junior Achievement has been committed to educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics. Our mission is to ensure that every child has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system hoping to inspire and prepare students to succeed.

Volunteers present free enterprise, business and economics activities in K-12 school classrooms. Each volunteer receives a kit of materials a guide and online training. Training is required.


Just Harvest (Southside)

Just Harvest is an organization that promotes economic justice and works to influence public policy and to educate, empower and mobilize the citizens of our community toward the elimination of hunger and poverty.

Volunteers are needed to assist in the Fall-Just Vote Campaign and the Spring-Tax Campaign. Training is required and pass certification test all, all others receive orientation on the job.


Legal Resources for Women (YWCA) (Downtown)

Legal Resources for Women mission is to empower women, particularly indigent and low-income, by providing low cost legal education and referrals for compassionate, qualified and affordable legal representation.

Volunteers would assist in data entry, filing, sending out correspondence, answering telephones and mass mailings. Training is required.


Pittsburgh Rooney (Accelerated Learning Academy) (Brighton Heights)

Pittsburgh Rooney is an Accelerated Learning Academy for middle school aged children who may require additional academic skills focusing on Math and Literacy.

Volunteers will assist in after school programs including the homework club for Math and Literacy. Pre-requisite: Orientation, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances.


Project Choice

Volunteers assist in the after school program for approximately two hours of tutoring young adults on Monday's and Wednesday's.


Propel Schools (Homestead/KennedyTwp/McKeesport/Turtle Creek)

A not for profit independent public school of choice using a Kindergarten through 8 model.

Volunteers are needed at the sites to read to students, tutor, teach computers, and provide office help as needed.


Prospect Elementary School

Boys' Mentoring Program

Male students are needed to be mentors to boys in grades 3-5. Mentors will work with the same child one-on-one for at least one semester. Mentoring sessions will occur once a week on either Tuesday's or Thursday's after school for one hour. Formal training will be provided by Family Links and a basic curriculum will be set up for each session. There will also be chances to attend field trips with the kids. This program will be starting in mid-October. You can make a positive difference in a child's life!

If interested, please contact Angela at the DUV office, duamericorps@duq.edu or 412-396-1377.


Providence Connections, Inc.

Providence ministers to families and provides services such as day care, after-school and teen programs.

Volunteers are needed to help with tutoring, child care, teen programs, as well as, reception and clerical duties. Pre-requisite: Age 18 yrs old, Orientation, Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances.


Radio Information Service (RIS) (South Side)

RIS is Pittsburgh's only radio reading service that broadcasts the reading of printed materials for people who have vision problems or who, because of other disabilities or frailty, have difficulty reading or holding standard print material.

Volunteers will assist in clerical tasks such as filing, data entry, mailings, running errands, etc. A student may also audition to become a volunteer reader. No requirement for clerical help, but becoming a reader must pass a voice test/audition and attend a three hour orientation.


Regional Environmental Education Center (Upper St. Clair)

REEC is a non-profit environmental education facility serving all of Southwestern PA. Our mission is "highlighting" the connection between people and the natural world of Southwestern PA. The center offers school, scout, family, and adult programs, as well as, children's camps and special events.

Volunteers will assist in administrative duties, educational programming, and public outreach. Pre-requisite: Orientation on first day of volunteering.


Second Chance (Homewood)

Second Chance supports kinship foster care that provides stability, continuity, maintaining a child's cultural identity and contact with their birth. By placing children in the homes of the birth family's relatives or friends, can better concentrate on their efforts to improve their lives and home environments in preparation for eventual reunification.

Volunteers will assist children with tutoring and mentoring, homework help, Literacy programs, Chess Club, Arts and Crafts, Cultural and Recreational Trips, Rites of Passages Programs. Pre-requisite: Background Check and Child Abuse Clearances are required.


Shaler Area Activities for the Handicapped (Shaler)

SAAH provides three ten week aquatic sessions a year for handicapped children and young adults. These sessions are held on Sunday mornings from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The fall program will begin early October. The sessions are taught by an adapted aquatic instructor.

Volunteers would teach swimming skills to the students. Paperwork is to be filled out to become a volunteer.


Shepherd Wellness Community (Bloomfield/Shadyside)

Shepherd Wellness Community is a safe, compassionate community, empowering people affected by HIV/AIDS to live with dignity. The community is a gateway to help newly diagnosed people find services and support. Peer support empowers members to deal with anxiety, depression and other life issues related to living with HIV/AIDS.

Volunteers would assist in helping prepare, serve, set-up and clean-up for our Friday night dinners along with helping with mailings and our benefit.


Smart Futures

Smart Futures is an on-line mentoring program for high school students that helps them plan for post secondary and career success. On-line volunteers are needed to help guide and motivate students through the process.

Volunteers will complete on-line training, 10 on-line activities and commit to emailing the student assigned to them on a weekly basis for 10-12 weeks.  Requirements: On-line Training, PA Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse Clearance Forms.


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.