Abington civic, educational, health care, law enforcement, recreational, religious, and social service groups and organizations share volunteer reuqests here. Those interested in volunteering can review this list and make contact to explore oportunities.
Volunteering: Where and How You Can Give Back
Wednesday, June 12, 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Held at Holy Redeemer Counseling Center at The Provincialate of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, 521 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley
No matter how old you are, volunteering is a successful way to enrich your life through service to others. In this interactive program, you will design a way to give from your heart and learn how to make volunteering more effective for you and for the organization for which you are volunteering.
Registration: 1-800-818-4747 or visit holyredeemer.com/events.
Teen Volunteers Needed for Abington/Roslyn Reads Program
Open to those in 6th-12th grades
Help young children with their reading skills by reading to them. Help inspire a whole new generation of readers to love books
Earn Service Learning hours
Abington Program held June 24-July 30 in 1-hour
sessions: Mondays, 6:00 or 7:00 p.m.: Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. Select one or more sessions.
Roslyn Program held June 24-August 19 in 1-hour sessions: Mondays, 1:30 or 6:30 p.m.
Mandatory Training : Choose either Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. or Saturday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.
Training held at Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington
Register for Abington program at the Abington Free Library Information Desk or call 215-885-5180, ext. 13 www.abingtonfreelibrary.org
Reigster for the Roslyn program at the Roslyn Branch Library, 2412 Avondale Avenue, Roslyn 215.886.9818
Volunteers Needed for InterFaith Food Cupboard
Cupboard located at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington,
The Food Cupboard provides bags of groceries to help feed our neighbors in need>
Information: Rebecca at
Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard – Volunteers Needed
The Holy Redeemer Food Cupboard, located on Townsend Road in Northeast Philadelphia
Volunteers needed to help Monday through Thursday mornings with client distribution.
General assistance also needed to stock and bag food
Receptionist needed to answer phones in the afternoon.
Members Needed for Teen Advisory Board
Become a leader at the Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington.
Earn service learning hours.
Help select new teen books, plan programs, and coordinate fund-raisers.
Come to the Adult Information Desk for a membership application or download the PDF application.
Registration: Come in person to the Information Desk, call 215-885-5180, ext. 13, or
Abington Memorial Hospital
Volunteers are welcomed as a significant part of the healthcare team, helping staff provide quality health care and services. Assignments are based upon individual skills, interest, and availability as well as the needs of the hospital.
Morning, afternoon, and evening assignments are available in patient care, clerical, fundraising, or community-based positions.
Information and application: 215-481-2490 or email
Women’s Board of Abington Memorial Hospital
The Women’s Board is looking for those who would like to become auxiliary members. Auxiliaries raise money for nurses’ scholarships, hospital needs such as medical equipment, and other aspects of hospital connected associations such as Safe Harbor and The Parenting Center at Abington. This is an opportunity to meet a new group of women and enjoy activities together, such as guest speakers, a variety of socials, and trips. There are eight auxiliaries from which to choose. There are also opportunities to volunteer time at one of the hospital’s two gift shops--The Fountain and The Rainbow—or Abbie’s Thrift Shop. There are many opportunities to help with special events throughout the year. Information: Nancy in the Women’s Board office at 215-481-2500
Abington Library Needs:
Donations: Donate books, movies, audiobooks, music, and current textbooks; jewelry and small collectibles. Volunteer at the Bookcellar or help with Friends' activities.
Friends: Become a Friend Friends of the library hold meetings in the Community Room on Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 20
and May 15. Information: 215-885-5180 ext. 36
Abington Township Police Department
Police Athletic League - The Abington Police Department operates its Police Athletic League (PAL) center at Glenside-Weldon Elementary School as a way to prevent juvenile crime and violence by giving young people supervised places to enjoy a wide variety of activities with friends and have fun. These sites are open most Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00-11:00 p.m.
Adults (college and older) - Volunteer support is needed to cover all areas where kids participate in activities. People can come once to sample this opportunity. They might oversee kids signing in, sell refreshments at the snack table, or supervise activities. If they enjoy the experience and want to return, they are asked to complete some necessary paperwork. They may then choose to commit to a monthly or weekly schedule.
Students - High school students not only participate in PAL activities, but also they can earn service learning credit by helping with special volunteer jobs.
Victim Services Volunteer - The Victim Services program recognizes that people need to vent when they have been victims of crime. Victim Services volunteers meet at the police station on Tuesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m. With training and direction from a supervisor, they are given reports and asked to contact victims. The caller allows the person to vent and expresses compassion for the situation. Volunteers make suggestions for ways to avoid becoming a victim again and offer to send pertinent brochures with helpful information. Typical crimes that victims suffer include cell phone theft; having wallets, purses, or packages stolen at the mall; having cars broken into and contents taken; identity theft involving stolen credit cards; and domestic disputes. If a victim's experience was particularly difficult, the volunteer team might make a follow-up call.
Volunteers In Policing (V.I.P.) - Those 18 and older may serve the Abington Police Department as Volunteers In Policing (VIPs). They are asked to give four to five hours a week. This time is flexible for day and evening volunteering. Possible jobs can include community outreach programs to seniors, home security surveys, clerical and phone work, data input, department tours, and assistance with special events.
Information:Dave Rondinelli, Abington Community Policing at 267-536-1074.
General Volunteer Needs - The YMCA needs volunteers to help with greeting people and serving refreshments for special occasions and handling the phones in general. Interested applicants should call Colleen Provost at 215-884-9622 ext. 1855 or stop by for an application.
Teen Advisors and Volunteers - Do you care about teens? Do teens seem drawn to you? Are you interested in making a difference in the lives teens in the community? Then we are looking for you!! The Adolescent Services Program at the Abington YMCA needs adult volunteers and advisors to assist with teen programming. To explore this opportunity, please contact Angela Jacovini at, 215-884-9622 ext. 1856.
Sports Volunteers - Volunteers are needed in all leagues as scorekeepers, officials, and coaches.
Youth soccer leagues for Saturday afternoons
Youth roller hockey leagues for Saturday afternoons
Women's volleyball league on Monday nights
Men's 4v4 basketball league on Thursday nights
Men's 5v5 basketball league on Saturday afternoons
Contact Ramon Ryanr at 215-884-9622 ext. 1822z
Briar Bush Nature Center
Nature Trail Guides are needed to lead school groups on short (less than 1/4 mile) walks through Briar Bush Nature Center's 12-acre nature preserve. Briar Bush staff will train you. Then, you follow several classes until you feel comfortable. Demand for hikes is greatest in spring and fall. You will be asked to help about once per month during busy time.
Groups range in age from preschool to 3rd grade. We split visitors into small learning groups- guides teach a maximum of 12 students at one time, accompanied by teachers and/or parents.
Our volunteers and staff are a close-knit group. Everyone is invited to meet once a month for a brown bag lunch. Come join the team and help us continue to be one of the best loved spots in our community!
Become a Volunteer - Adult or Family
As a non-profit, Briar Bush could not accomplish its goals without the help of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers assist with nearly every aspect of operation, including maintaining buildings and grounds, creating exhibits, caring for resident animals and wildlife, and delivering environmental programming to thousands of visitors. Basic requirements for all our volunteers are a love of nature, dependability, and dedication. Whether you have a lot of time or very little, we would like to find a way for you to make your mark at Briar Bush.
Contatc: Amy Krauss, Development Director, 215.887.6603 or www.briarbush.org
Center for Parenting Education
Fundraiser - This person should have a heart for parenting and parenting education and can either have fundraising experience or be willing to be trained. Work will involve direct mail to individual and corporate donors and expanding and developing the current fundraising program.
Grant Writer - This person should have a desire to support the parenting education process and either have a familiarity with grant writing or be interested in learning about it. This job will involve using the internet to identify grant opportunities for The Parenting Center at Abington and contacting foundations to obtain guidelines as well as responding to requests for proposals.
Marketing Person - This volunteer should have some marketing experience in order to help develop a marketing strategy and get the word out about Parenting Center programs.
Office Worker - This person should have computer experience in order to help with data entry and word processing.
Public Relations Volunteer - The ideal volunteer has experience with public relations, communication with the media, and writing news releases and using other vehicles to advertise the programs and purpose of the Parenting Center at Abington.
Cradle of Hope
The Cradle is a nonprofit organization that provides a temporary home for single women who are faced with a crisis pregnancy. They assist them in becoming responsible, healthy, and productive parents. These young mothers are moved toward continuing education or full-time employment as well as permanent housing. The Cradle is located in the Glenside Area.
Women Volunteers needed to provide transportation, sort donations, and help with childcare on site from 10:00-2:00 once or twice monthly
Men and Women Volunteers needed for maintenance and handyman jobs
Information: 215-572 5937.
Glenside Kiwanis Invites New Members
Offers many service opportunities throughout the year. Part of mission: “…Dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.” Find out more by attending a regular meting held the first and third Wednesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. at North Penn VFW, 2519 Jenkintown, Road, Glenside, or call Marty at 215-887-3039.
RSVP of Montgomery County
Pennwood Building, Suite 605, 2500 Maryland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 267-518-0028 or
Volunteers: RSVP of Montgomery County is offering volunteers a chance to go out into the community and generate a change in society. Volunteers will meet critical needs of members in the community through the volunteer impact programs which RSVP has to offer. RSVP can help determine which volunteer opportunities are best suited for each individual volunteer. Volunteers can be placed in schools, hospitals, residential facilities, historic homes, museums, and nature centers. There is free transportation for volunteers 65 years and older. Volunteers can choose to be a tutor for children and adults with no or low literacy skills. They can also become a mentor for children facing challenging conditions, or they can choose from many other options. Sharing yourself and your time can be life-changing not only for someone else but also for you.
RSVP of Montgomery County is a non-profit agency that promotes volunteer services among area residents 50 and older and is affiliated with the Corporation for National and Community Services.
Townwatch in Abington Township
Townwatch groups are active in neighborhoods throughout Abington Township. They comprise residents--your friends and neighbors—who are dedicated to keeping the community a safe, clean, and orderly place in which to live and work.
How it works: Members patrol the community in two-person tams in private vehicles equipped with cell pones or radios. They report to the Abington Police Department on suspicious activity, unsafe conditions, and potentially dangerous situations. They function strictly as observers and reporters, never putting themselves at risk or becoming personally involved in incidents. Each member patrols once every four weeks for approximately four hours an evening.
Information: Dave Rondinelli, Community Policing, 267-536-1074.
Tutors Needed for Literacy, GED, and ESL
Volunteers are needed to help students with literacy, GED, or ESL (English as as a Second Language). Adult students need to improve their reading, writing, math, and/or English skills. No experience necessary; tutor training and support provided by the Abington YMCA. Hours are flexible but volunteers are asked to give at least 1 1/2 hours per week
Volunteers and students can arrange to meet at the Abington YMCA Education & Technology Center, the Abington or Roslyn Branch libraries, or a local coffee shop. Information: Susie Baldauf at 610-649-0700 ext. 1402.
Women’s Center of Montgomery County
8080 Old York Road, Suite 200, Elkins Park (Elkins Park Square), 215-635-7340. Visit www.wcmontco.org or Volunteer Director Deanna Linn
. A 24-hour hotline at 1-800-773-2424 for victims of abuse - Counselors will handle a variety of related issues such as shelter and food or just being a listening ear. Volunteers in two different areas are needed:
Direct Service Volunteers receive 45 hours of training in counseling/active listening. This includes a minimum eight-hour internship listening to experienced counselors in preparation for handling hotline calls.
Community Education Volunteers receive orientation and then train by shadowing experienced volunteers. Some of their responsibilities include staffing tables at expos and malls, presenting programs in schools (such as Hands Are Not for Hitting for younger children and Healthy Relationships for older children), and attending police role calls to familiarize officers with the Permission Slips program to put victims of violence in contact with The Women’s Center.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older. There are opportunities for both men and women.
Willow Grove Literacy Council
“Learn to Read Free!” -- For both American-born and Immigrant Adult Students
The Willow Grove Literacy Council tutors both American-born and immigrant adults one-on-one and depends strictly on volunteers. It gives the adults free books and assigns tutors who help them to speak, read, and write English. Volunteers help students to reach their goals, which may include obtaining their GED, U.S. Citizenship, or learning life skills. There is no budget for this nonprofit group as all services and supplies are contributed. The Council receives no State Literacy funds but administers the organization free. Students come from the surrounding suburbs as well as from Philadelphia. Many local churches offer free tutoring space. The Upper Moreland Library handles phone calls and mail. For information contact Antoinette at 215-576-1878.
For active older adults who would like to volunteer their time in special areas of interest at the Abington YMCA, 1030 Old York Road, Abington. Options include: Serving as greeters and giving tours; Teaching a skill or sharing an interest to middle school and high school students, such as knitting, nutrition, basic finance, games of strategy, etc. To explore how you might volunteer, contact Angela Jacovini, 215-884-9622 ext. 1856