Become a Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Under each category, you will find a list of volunteer opportunities offered at your life plan community and across the agency. Each listing includes the name of the volunteer opportunity, a description, meeting time and a contact, if applicable. Take a look at how you can get involved!

Contact your volunteer services coordinator, Teresa Lawyer, at 717.227.8550, ext. 30550 or email [email protected] for more information.

Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community

Residential Living

Card Makers
Card Makers create greeting/holiday cards for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Making greeting/holiday cards for resident population
  • Delivering cards in person or by mail

Environmental Services/High Touch Cleaner
Volunteers help with light housekeeping.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Using cleaning solution and cloth to support infection control
  • Wiping high touch areas such as light switches, hand rails, door knobs, call bells, closet knobs, and other designated areas

Friendly Visitor
Volunteers visit residents to provide friendship and support. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with assigned residents on a regular basis
  • Providing a listening ear and supportive conversation
  • Participating in activities like reading, writing, playing cards and games or going for a walk.

Life Enrichment
Life Enrichment volunteers help staff conduct programs for residents and/or help residents participate in these programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with games, crafts, set up or clean-up for programs
  • Accompanying residents to and from the programs
  • Organizing supplies or materials
  • Assisting with clerical tasks

Music
Music volunteers provide vocal or instrumental entertainment or support for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing vocal or instrumental programs to residents during parties, worship service and special events
  • Playing piano for worship services, special events or activities
  • Leading group singing

Off-Site Escort
Volunteers accompany residents on outings or to appointments off campus. Responsibilities include but not are limited to:

  • Accompanying residents on outings or to appointments on an agency vehicle including medical appointments, group trips to restaurants, theatre trips or other outings.

Pet Therapy Visitor
Pet Therapy Visitors provide a trained pet to safely interact with residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Visiting with residents on a regular basis
  • Creating opportunity for residents to safely touch and interact with pet.

Seamstress
Volunteers mend clothing for residents. Responsibilities include but not limited to mending clothing for residents and sewing on buttons by hand or machine.

Worship Volunteer
Worship Volunteers assist with worship services for residents. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Helping prepare church bulletins
  • Changing altar cloths
  • Arranging altar flowers
  • Making calls to schedule organists and piano players
  • Escorting residents to/from services
  • Passing out bulletins, hymnals or hearing devices
  • Assisting with seating people
  • Reading scriptures
  • Assisting with communion
  • Collecting offerings

Personal Care

Beverage Delivery
Volunteers assist the nursing staff with providing residents with fresh water or other cold beverages as scheduled throughout the day. Responsibilities include but are not limited to delivering water or other cold beverages to each resident in a caring, efficient and timely manner.

Dining Services
Dining Services volunteers assist dining room staff with setting up the dining area. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and setting dining room tables
  • Filling condiments/cereal racks
  • Folding napkins
  • Simple food preparation
  • Washing dishes

Greeters
Greeters welcome and direct visitors as they enter the building. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Meeting and greeting people as they enter the building
  • Assisting visitors in completing the screening forms and recording visitors’ temperatures
  • Offering directions and assistance in locating residents
  • Answering and forwarding phone calls to appropriate team members

Life Enrichment
Life Enrichment volunteers help staff conduct programs for residents and/or help residents participate in these programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with games, crafts, set up or clean-up for programs
  • Accompanying residents to and from the programs
  • Organizing supplies or materials
  • Assisting with clerical tasks

Mail Assistant
Mail assistants help the receptionist organize mail by room number and then helps to pass it out and deliver it to other residents.

Worship Volunteer
Volunteers assist with worship services for residents. Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Helping prepare church bulletins
  • Passing out bulletins and hymnals

Skilled Care & Rehabilitation

Life Enrichment
Life Enrichment volunteers help staff conduct programs for residents and/or help residents participate in these programs. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with games, crafts, set up or clean-up for programs

Mail Assistant
Mail assistants help the receptionist organize mail by room number and then helps to pass it out and deliver it to other residents.

Worship Volunteer
Volunteers assist with worship services for residents. Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Helping prepare church bulletins
  • Passing out bulletins and hymnals

Volunteer Opportunities Across the Agency

Hospice

There are many opportunities to volunteer with Hospice, whether you want to help once a week, once a month or even just a few hours a month.

Weekly volunteers assist by:

  • Providing friendship and companionship to hospice clients.
  • Providing aromatherapy, massage therapy, music, reading and more to hospice clients.
  • Offering respite so family caregivers can run errands or take care of other personal business.
  • Offering support to a family throughout the 13-month bereavement period.
  • Assisting with office work, mailings, photocopying, filing, assembling information packets and other duties.

Monthly volunteers assist by:

  • Providing aromatherapy, massage therapy, music, reading and more to hospice clients.
  • Assisting with office work, mailings, photocopying, filing, assembling information packets and other duties.
  • Helping with fundraising and development programs.
  • Delivering or baking bereavement bread for a family after the death of a loved one and offering condolences.
  • Sewing handmade memory bears for a family after the death of a loved one.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact volunteer coordinators Cathy Sweeney at 570.599.5390 or [email protected], or Kathryn Yaroschuk at 717.217.3520 or [email protected]hc.org. Additionally, please fill out the volunteer form.