The city of brotherly love is a place that is abundant in wonderful volunteer opportunities. With opportunities ranging from soup kitchens to the Philadelphia zoo, Philly has places to volunteer for everyone’s taste. This article will feature three Philly specific volunteer opportunities.
#1 Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society also known as PAWS
This nonprofit, located in the old city section of Philadelphia, is a fantastic organization that is dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals in the area. PAWS is the biggest rescue organization in the city and is the only no-kill one as well. PAWS also provide adoption and foster care services for the many animals they rescue. So why does PAWS make this list? PAWS is not only a great place for animal lovers but it offers flexible scheduling and various opportunities from dog-walking to fostering an animal to doing clerical work. Here is the link to fill out a volunteer form for PAWS http://www.phillypaws.org/Contact/Volunteer.asp or you can call at (215) 238-9901.
Want to know another reason why PAWS makes the list, because honestly how many people can walk by the center and not want to adopt a cat or dog.
This organization is the region’s largest hunger relief organization in the area providing food for millions of families throughout the course of it opening its doors in 1984. Philabundance mission is to provide food for every man, woman or child who is not fortunate enough to purchase groceries, including fresh fruit and vegetables, for their family or themselves. This organization makes the list because like PAWS, this organization has flexible scheduling and a variety of different opportunities that meets anyone’s needs. Philabundance is ideal for the person who wants to make a difference in someone’s life by helping to provide a basic necessity. The link to fill out an online volunteer for is here http://www.philabundance.org/take-action/volunteer/volunteer-registration-form/ .
#3 Free Library of Philadelphia
Last but not least to complete this list is for all the book lovers, the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Free Library offers various volunteer opportunities at the main branch located on 9th and Vine streets near the Franklin Institute and also throughout the various branches. One can volunteer by shelving books or even volunteer as a book reader for the visually impaired. This organization makes this list because it has flexible hours, convenient locations no matter which part of the city you reside and you have the ability to work by yourself or with a group. To contact the library about volunteering you can either email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or call volunteer services at (215) 686-5340.
Whether you choose to volunteer to pad your college application or do it to kill some time, the city of brotherly love offers various volunteer opportunities sites such as www.idealist.org, www.volunteermatch.org or www.philacares.org provide helpful information about where to volunteer in Phily.