Volunteer

You can make a difference


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Join our volunteer workforce and help us make a difference in our community. We will work with you to find the best match between your interests and our needs. Orientation and training are provided.

Student opportunities are available. Gain professional, hands-on experience while serving our community. Internships and community service credits are available for college and high school students.

Volunteer Opportunities

CONTACT Helpline Listener
Become a volunteer listener, answering calls from individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. Continuing education and supervision are provided.

Training:
40 hours classroom and on-the-job, offered six times a year; the next training class will be held on Wednesday afternoons from March 26 through April 30
Commitment:
16 hours per month (four 4-hour day or evening shifts) for at least 1 year; four 1-hour group supervision meetings annually; six hours of continuing education annually
Location:
Call center in Richboro, PA or Wynnewood, PA

 

Gardener & Landscape Assistant
Help us keep the shelter grounds in good condition by planting, weeding, watering and mulching.

Training:
Orientation
Commitment:
Flexible; help out weekly, monthly or every now and then
Location:
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, PA

 

Housing Link Assistant
Respond to calls from individuals throughout Bucks County who are experiencing challenges with housing. Gather information in order to refer callers to the closest and most appropriate resource.

Training:
Orientation and on-the-job
Commitment:
One 2 to 4-hour shift weekly for at least 6 months, days or evenings
Location:
Call center in Richboro, PA

 

Hospitality Assistant
Use your people skills to greet visitors, assist residents, answer the phone and help with light administrative tasks.

Training:
Orientation and on-the-job
Commitment:
One 4-hour shift weekly for at least 6 months
Location:
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, PA

 

Kidztime (Child Enrichment) Facilitator
Provide enrichment activities such as arts & crafts, games, reading or music for children of varying ages. Volunteer on your own or with a small group. Parents will participate with children.

Training:
Orientation
Commitment:
2 hours each Thursday evening during the school year
Location:
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, PA

 

Kitchen Assistant
Help us prepare and serve meals for shelter residents, and assist with cleanup afterwards. A hairnet, gloves and closed-toe shoes are required.

Training:
4-hour training, offered monthly
Commitment:
One 2 to 3-hour shift weekly for at least 6 months
Location:
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, PA

 

Office Assistant
Assist us with a variety of administrative needs including data entry, filing and mailings. Choose to float among various programs or work with the same program each week.

Training:
Orientation and on-the-job
Commitment:
At least one 3-hour shift weekly (Monday through Friday) for at least 6 months
Location:
Family Service office in Langhorne, PA

 

Pantry Attendant
Receive and sort food and other donations at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, keeping the pantry area clean and well organized in accordance with the shelter’s operating procedures.

Training:
Orientation and on-the-job
Commitment:
One 2 to 3-hour shift weekly
Location:
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, PA

 

Reassurance Caller
Call an older or disabled adult each morning to help ensure his or her well-being. Call from home, work or any other convenient location. Training and continuing education are provided for all callers.

Training:
One 4-hour training session, offered quarterly
Commitment:
5 to 10 minutes daily, allowing more time in case of emergency, for at least 6 months (substitutes may be available during volunteer vacations); participate in at least one continuing education event annually
Location:
Your home, work or any other convenient location

 

Retail Assistant
Assist with sorting, pricing, displaying and selling donated merchandise. Work alongside other volunteers and clients of Deja Vu Thrift Store/Service Learning Center. Service Learning Center clients are young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are receiving on-the-job-training.

Training:
Orientation and on-the-job
Commitment:
One 2 to 4-hour shift weekly for at least 6 months
Location:
Deja Vu Thrift Store/Service Learning Center in Levittown, PA

 

Van Driver
Transport residents of the Bucks County Homeless Shelter to appointments in the community using the agency-owned van.

Training:
Orientation and on-the-job
Commitment:
One 4-hour shift weekly
Location:
Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, PA

 

Special Events
Assist with our Back to School Drive, Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter Gala or Holiday Gift Drive.

Training:
On-the-job
Commitment:
Seasonal; depends on event
Location:
Family Service office in Langhorne, PA

 

Create Your Own Volunteer Opportunity
Work with our Director of Volunteer Services to design your own volunteer opportunity based on your skills, interests and availability.

How to Volunteer

  1. Complete our volunteer application.
  2. Meet with our Director of Volunteer Services or another Family Service staff member. We’ll contact you to schedule a convenient time to meet.
  3. Provide us with a copy of your Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check.
  4. Attend an individual or group orientation.
  5. Register for training (CONTACT Helpline Listeners, Kitchen Assistants, Reassurance Callers)
  6. Shelter volunteers only: Provide us with documentation of a flu vaccine if you are joining us during flu season.
  7. Provide us with a copy of your Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance dated within the last twelve months. Please note that you will need a money order for payment and a copy of your Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check in order to submit your clearance request.

Want to speak with us?

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Need to talk?: 215-355-6000

Housing Link: 1-800-810-4434