How You Can Help
From working with children in our childcare centers to helping sort clothes or food at Angel’s Attic, United Neighborhood Centers has a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your interests and talents. We will work with you to help you find the center and times most convenient for you.
SENIOR CENTERS: Volunteers needed to assist staff with planning and implementing activities at the Senior Community Centers. Volunteers also assist with the noon meal and provide socialization for the seniors. Volunteers who can independently lead an activity are most needed. Examples of activities include computer instruction, arts & crafts, exercise, cards, etc.
COMMUNITY SERVICES: Volunteers are needed to work with UNC’s Community Services Department in a direct service capacity. Angel’s Attic provides food and clothing to community members in need. Volunteers assist with making food bags, folding clothes, stocking the pantry, filing, answering the phone, carrying packages for clients to their car and general organizing.
TEEN CENTERS: Volunteers needed to assist staff with planning and implementing activities with youth ages 13-18. Youth come to the center in the evening for recreation and socialization. Volunteers who can independently plan & lead an activity are most needed. Some examples of activities that have been led by volunteers include cooking, chess, dancing, basketball tournament, SAT prep, creative writing, individual & group tutoring, career planning, board game tournament, card tournament, theater workshop, computer classes and karate. UNC welcomes volunteers to work with the youth and is open to any creative idea for activities in the centers.
LEADERS IN TRAINING: The Leaders in Training program is a weekly group for disadvantaged youth. The goal of the program is to develop leadership skills among youth who may not have all the structure and opportunities of other teens. Volunteers can assist with group activities and serve as mentors to individual youth. UNC asks that a volunteer be able to consistently commit to one evening per week.
CHILDCARE: UNC childcare centers need volunteers to assist with group activities, meals, story time and one-on-one play.
All volunteers working with children or teens must have copies of both the PA Child Abuse History Clearances and PA State Police Criminal Record Check done within the last year. The state police form can be filed online with a credit card or both can be mailed with a money order (Child Abuse Clearance) or check for PA State Police Clearance. Volunteers cannot start until clearances are received.
United Neighborhood Centers also participates in many seasonal volunteer opportunities such as the United Way’s Day of Caring and our Thanksgiving Food Basket program. Keep checking back for more information on these programs and how to get involved. These holiday programs are great ways to get your church, school or other medium to large group involved.
For more information on how you can start volunteering, please contact our Community Services Director at 570-343-8835.
Please see Tutor Opportunities for more information.
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United Neighborhood Centers is always willing to accept both monetary and physical donations of any kind. Angel’s Attic is always looking for new or used clothing, shoes or personal hygiene products. Any unwanted household items will also be accepted for use in our supportive housing programs.
Currently, the management and youth of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Apartments are in the process of transforming one of the common area rooms into a “Youth Room”. We currently have few resources to help them make this a reality. Donations that might help to make this room more comfortable are being accepted. We are looking for living room furniture such as couches, chairs, end tables, etc. Any other donation that would be appropriate for children 5-15 years old would also be appreciated.
If you are interested in making a donation please go to our DONATE NOW page to make an electronic contribution or mail your contribution to 425 Alder St. Scranton, PA 18505.