Volunteer Opportunities

Abington civic, educational, health care, law enforcement, recreational, religious, and social service groups and organizations share volunteer requests here. Those interested in volunteering can review this list and make contact to explore opportunities.

Rydal Park Volunteers Needed 
A very specific volunteer need at Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown, an active adult community.
Volunteers to help run the film for our residents every Saturday night, 7:00–8:00PM
You can then leave or you are welcome to stay and watch the film
Once a month acceptable
Older teens can get service hours!
E-mail Daniel HERE or private message him via Facebook page HERE.

Safe Harbor 
Volunteers needed for support group year September 2017-May 2018
looking for caring, compassionate, energetic individuals
This is Abington Health’s Program for Grieving Children, Teens, and Families.
Age-appropriate support groups to children ages 4-18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.
Young Adult group for participants aged 19-30 and an adult Moving On Group.
Volunteer facilitators assigned to a support group that meets one evening every other week, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Volunteer training: Tuesday, August 8, Thursday, August 10, 6:00-9:00 PM; Saturday, August 12, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Held at Safe Harbor, which is on the 4th floor of the Pennwood building at the Schilling campus.
Information:  Debbie Teasdale, Safe Harbor Program Director, 215-481-5775 or Deborah.Teasdale@jefferson.edu.

Volunteer Young Life Leaders Needed
Is your heart passionate for high school students to have a relationship with God?
Are you interested in forming intentional relationships with teens and hanging out with them on their turf?
Must be post-high school, preferable by a couple years:  young adults through retired adults
Work with students in the Abington area
Young Life is a nonprofit, non-denominational Christian outreach to high school students.
Young Life welcomes ALL kids, regardless of their background
Information:  Area Director Jeff Pearson @ jeffpearsonyl@gmail.com 845.239.3518

Special Police Unit
Perform services for the community:
ttraffic control; passive security at community social, school, and business events; crossings for houses of worship; and assistance in emergency situations.
Contact Abington Police Department Sgt. Sean Williams  @ swilliams@abington.org or Ofc. Roger Gillispie @ 267.536.1077.

Aid for Friends Dinners
Help assemble meals for the homebound and needy elderly in our area.
Those receiving meals pay nothibng for this service.
3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 PM
Held at Living Word Lutheran Church, 1250 Easton Road, Roslyn
No experience necessary
Information:  215.884.2821

Abington Police Athletic League
Do you enjoy interacting with kids?
Come as often as every weekend or consider once a month.
You Can:
Be Supervisory Eyes and Ears
Join in activities with kids, playing games, shooting hoops, etc.
Teach a Skill or Share a Talent
Run a Special Activity
Observe and bring your ideas; you know what kids like!
Abington PAL center located at St. John of the Cross School |
2741 Woodland Road, Roslyn
Every Friday and Saturday, 7:00-11:00 PM
Information:  Dave Rondinelli, Abington Community Policing 267-536-1074

Joint Town Watch: Town Watch, Block Watch, Dog Walk & Watch
Town Watch:  patrol your communities in two-person teams
Watch for suspicious activities, unsafe conditions, and potentially dangerous situations.
You are strictly observers who promptly report these conditions to the Abington Township Police Department
You are the ‘eyes and ears’ of Patrol Officers
Block Watch and Dog Walk & Watch members observe their immediate neighborhoods and  report unusual or suspicious activities to police.
Membership requires background check and training program, commitment of four hours per month for patrol.
Membership in Block Watch requires background check and a commitment to being a good neighbor while observing and reporting abnormal activities. Membership in Dog Walk & Watch requires background check and attendance at one training class.
Information:  Abington Police Community Service Officer Dave Rondinella:  267.536.1074 or drondinelli@abington.org

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Work with girls in specific grade levels
Help them get exposed to new experiences, earn badges, take field trips, etc.
Have a direct impact on girls’ lives as they learn and discover and help to make the world a better place.
Meeting times are flexible with your schedule and support and training are provided.
Information: Dale Moelter, Membership Manager, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, 760 W. Sproul Road, Suite 101, Springfield, PA 19064; 610-328-3100 ext. 1303 or 297.443.0026

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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 beckphoto2002@yahoo.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 volunteer@amh.org

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/Roslyn 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

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.
Cost:  Free
Registration:  Come in person to the Information Desk, call 215-885-5180, ext. 13, or emailLCummings@mclinc.org

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.
  • 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.

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 dlinn@dca.net This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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.

Information: Dave Rondinelli, Abington Community Policing at 267-536-1074.

Abington YMCA

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 VolunteersDo 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. 1822

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.

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 WriterThis 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.

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.
Information:   215-938-3238.

RSVP of Montgomery County

Pennwood Building, Suite 605, 2500 Maryland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 267-518-0028 or rsvpeastern@rsvpmc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

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.

Y Ambassadors

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