Volunteer Opps
Listed below are just a few volunteer opportunities that are available in the Somerset County area!

-The Somerset Historical Center offers opportunities for Somerset County children as well as those visiting from surrounding areas to learn about early agriculture and related issues in western Pennsylvania. Roles include on-site demonstrator, seasonal in-classroom demonstrations, behind the scenes prep work and many other opportunities. Share some of your time, build an interest or skill you already have, or learn something new with this volunteer job.

Elementary School Tutors – Volunteers are a great asset to children and teachers. Numerous school districts welcome volunteers to work one-on-one or with small groups of children to improve reading and math skills. Placement is available at Somerset, Berlin, Meyersdale, North Star, Rockwood, Salisbury and Windber School Districts, and also Head Start classrooms.

MEALS ON WHEELS - Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver meals in Rockwood, Stoystown, Hooversville, Boswell, Jennerstown, Hollsopple, Friedens, Berlin, Davidsville, Meyersdale and Somerset areas. Meals on Wheels relies on volunteers to operate.  Drivers, carriers and substitutes welcome.

SOMERSET COUNTY BLIND CENTER - If you enjoy shopping and other local activities this job is for you. Center clients from the South Center Somerset facility and Windber area need volunteers to assist them as they move through the store or attend the Mountain Playhouse.

ESCORT DRIVERS - The Area Agency on Aging medical transportation service needs drivers with vehicles to transport area residents to in-county and out-of-county trips.  Accept only trips that suit your schedule.  Expenses and mileage are reimbursed.  Call Connie for details.

RECEPTIONIST/OFFICE SUPPORT - All of the following organizations welcome volunteers to expand their mission and serve clients better through various in-office jobs: Veteran’s Affairs, Next Step Center, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, New Day – Somerset Office, Somerset, Inc., Area Agency on Aging and Laurel Arts.

SOMERSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - The Chamber needs weekend office hosts to provide information to visitors and answer phone requests.  Volunteers are scheduled based on availability.  Choose a set day each month or be a flexible substitute.  This is a great way to share your knowledge and enthusiasm about Somerset County and surrounding areas.

LIBRARY SUPPORTERS - Your local library needs help!  The Somerset County, Somerset Borough, Meyersdale and Windber libraries are all in need of additional manpower to do any number of "no stress" tasks.  Try one of the many jobs that would greatly benefit your library.  Recent reports have documented the lack of funding for libraries, and volunteers stretch those valuable dollars.  lend a hand so libraries can continue to serve their constituents.

SALVATION ARMY - The Somerset Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to serve as program assistants for service projects and support roles.  Interviewers would be trained to assist low-income clients with applications and forms necessary to determine appropriate resources.  Food clerks are needed to organize and restock shelves and make up bags and boxes for clients.  Call the Salvation Army for details.

AREA AGENCY ON AGING VOLUNTEER OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM needs to expand.  Volunteers are trained to do on-site visits with residents at nursing homes and residential care facilities.  Volunteers might deal with questions about rights and responsibilities or policies and procedures.   A professional Ombudsman oversees the program.  Facilities are located in Addison, Berlin, Central City, Confluence, Davidsville, Fort Hill, Friedens, Jerome, Meyersdale, Rockwood, Salisbury, Somerset, Stoystown, Ursina, Wellersburg, and Windber.  

AREA AGENCY ON AGING APPRISE PROGRAM - Volunteers who like working with forms, applications, and numbers are needed to assist their peers with Medicare and other insurance issues, as well as rent/property tax rebates and PACE applications. Training for new volunteers is provided periodically. New volunteers can shadow a trained volunteer and most work in teams. Volunteers select one or more days a month to see people by appointments made by the Agency at agency locations.

Browse the website for the Corporation for National Service to find opportunities locally and nationally in your area at www.joinseniorservice.org.

Let us assist you in making the best choice on a volunteer job that pleases you and benefits the community.  Our dedicated staff is available to answer any questions you may have by calling 1-814-443-2681 or 1-800-452-0825.