Best Places to Volunteer

Best Places to VolunteerLooking for ways to give back this holiday season? As a friendly neighbor in the community, we hope to shine a light on a few local non-profits that can use your help!

Continue reading to see our list of the best place to volunteer around the Harrisburg region before lending a hand today!

Caitlin’s Smiles

Caitlin’s Smiles Craft KitsTime spent inside a hospital is often filled with long hours and very little to do. This is especially true for children facing chronic and life-threatening illnesses. To help bring joy to these little warriors, the Caitlin’s Smiles organization was created.

Founded to honor the life and spirit of Caitlin Hornung, this non-profit distributes arts and craft supplies to hospitals and clinics, giving children a much-needed creative outlet. In 2018 alone, Caitlin’s Smiles delivered over 162,214 craft kits to children throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and beyond.

This immense undertaking can only be accomplished with help from a hard-working network of volunteers. From collecting supplies, filling care kits, to taking part in special events and fundraisers, there’s many ways to share a smile with a young boy or girl in need.

Joshua Group

Joshua Group Coat DonationEvery child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest potential regardless of race, gender, academic ability, or economic level. That’s the belief which has guided The Joshua Group for over 20 years.

Each day, over 200 children and teens walk through the doors of the Joshua Learning Center to participate in their “childhood to career” programs. Operating year-round, these future scholars and community leaders get the support they need to achieve goals both in and outside the classroom.

Volunteers can get involved in several ways-from helping students with homework to cooking and serving nutritious afternoon meals. If you’re short on time but big on heart, Joshua Group appreciatively accepts donations including:

  • School supplies
  • Household and cleaning supplies
  • Personal care items
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Office supplies

Rebuilding Together Greater Harrisburg

Rebuilding Together Greater HarrisburgA safe place to lay your head at night. Most of us take this for granted. For too many, a safe, warm house is only a dream. That’s why since 1994, RTGH has been strapping on their tool belts to make sure all our friends and neighbors have a place they can truly call home.

Providing free home repairs to low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners, RTGH fixes everything from roofs to the plumbing in hopes of providing both comfort and dignity to those most in need.

Those looking to roll up their sleeves and swing a hammer can sign up to join one of their work crews. Repairs are done throughout the year on need-by-need basis. RTGH also hosts 5K run/walk events during the warmer months.

Give Back This Holiday Season and Beyond!

A little help goes a long way towards building a better community. If you’re feeling inspired after reading our list of the best place to volunteer, we encourage you to check out these great organizations today!

To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit them online and don’t forget to also follow them on social media for updates on special events and more!