VCLV LogoTHIS WEEK’S VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY

CENTER FOR VISION LOSS, Allentown is looking for volunteers to be “Annie’s Angels” to do home visits, read mail, and provide companionship.  Volunteers to drive customers to doctor appointments, shopping, or center activities are also needed.  Hours are flexible and are determined by need.  Training will be provided.  Call Rita Lang, 610-433-6018, [email protected].

DELAWARE & LEHIGH NATIONAL HERITAGE CORRIDOR, INC., Easton needs volunteers for a family friendly Halloween event October 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 6-8pm at Hugh Moore Park.  Volunteers can choose to help with kids’ games, serve refreshments, or be a ghost actor.  Select the hours and nights that work best for you.  Call Terri Monserrat, 610-923-3548, [email protected].

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY LV RESTORE, Whitehall is looking for volunteers (18+ years) to assist their procurement team in picking up, loading, and unloading donations.  Volunteer will be accompanied by a staff member.  Help is needed Fridays 9am-noon, 1-4pm, or all day; on Saturdays 9am-1pm.  Call Camille Urbano, 610-776-7737, [email protected].

INDEPENDENT TRANSPORTATION NETWORK LEHIGH VALLEY (ITNLehighValley), Bethlehem provides 24/7 safe, reliable, affordable transportation for seniors and visually impaired adults in the Lehigh Valley.  Drivers are needed.  Drive when and where you want.  No minimum time requirement.  A vehicle and clean driving record are required.  Training provided.  Call Karen Schiavone, 610-419-1645, [email protected].

MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Bethlehem is seeking meal delivery volunteers (18+years).  Volunteer daily or as little as twice each month, according to your availability.  Volunteers must possess a valid driver’s license and have car insurance.  Application process includes criminal background check, orientation, and on-the-road training.  Call Janet Soos, 610-691-1030 x18, [email protected].

MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD CENTER, Bethlehem is looking for Canteen Attendants on Saturday from 10am-1pm at their Allentown site.  Volunteers are also needed for their bloodmobiles.  Canteen attendants monitor blood donors after their donations, serve drinks/snacks to our donors, and ensure donors are feeling well before leaving the site.  Volunteers with flexible availability are also needed.    Orientation  scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10am-12noon.   Call Janice Brown, 610-691-5850, [email protected].

PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY THERAPY DOGS, INC., Kutztown has volunteer opportunities for all breeds of dogs to become “Therapy Dogs” and visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and other facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley.  Therapy dogs must have basic obedience training, and obey basic commands, even when excited.  Dogs should be sociable, love meeting new people, get along well with other dogs, be gentle and polite, and under owner’s control at all times.  Call Helene Skopek-Krygier, 570-814-6078, [email protected].

THE GRESS MOUNTAIN RANCH, Orefield is hosting an Open Gate Farm Tour on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1-5pm.  Volunteers are needed to help with set up/take down, parking, run bake sale and raffle, and handle the animals.  Horse volunteers must be experienced.  Live music, educational talks, Petting Zoo, and horse/pony/donkey cart rides will provide entertainment for all.  Call Kathryn Gress, 610-398-2122, [email protected].

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley has been connecting volunteers with the needs of the Lehigh Valley community for over 25 years. The organization’s mission is to engage the community to care for one another through volunteerism.

As the premier resource on volunteerism for the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities, The Volunteer Center focuses on four main areas of volunteerism: Recruitment, Placement, Recognition, and Training. The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley is affiliated nationally with The Points of Light Foundation, Hands On Network, and the Corporation for National & Community Service, and is a member of the following organizations: Volunteer Centers of Pennsylvania, the State Commission Advisory Board for Citizen Service, Keystone Service Coalition, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, and Society of Volunteer Administrators of the Lehigh Valley.

Contact the Volunteer Center to receive a brochure listing agencies in need of volunteers at 610-807-0336 or e-mail: [email protected] Visit our website www.volunteerlv.org for a larger listing of volunteer opportunities.