Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Make a difference in the life of a child, family, older adult, organization or individual this holiday season. Below, you will find volunteer opportunities and donation needs at local nonprofit organizations throughout Berks County.

To volunteer, contact the agency directly. If you fulfill a wish list, please let the organization know that you found their list through United Way of Berks County.

For more information or assistance, please contact Darby Wiekrykas or call 610-685-4574.

To search for volunteer opportunities all year long, visit uwberks.org/Volunteer

Volunteer Your Time

 

Berks County Area Agency on Aging
Holiday Drivers to Christmas Dinner

Transport seniors to/from their home to the Annual Christmas Dinner, for the 12:00 pm Holiday meal on Saturday, December 24 at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading. Transportation is approx. 11:00 am to pick up seniors and approx. 1:30 pm for return trip to seniors home.

 

Deliver Meals for Christmas Dinner

Deliver a Holiday Meal to homebound seniors who currently receive regular home delivered meals. Meals are picked up at Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, 701 Penn Street, Reading on Saturday, December 24 between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Volunteers will deliver to multiple individuals in Berks County.

Contact Ann Barlet at abarlet@countyofberks.com or 610-478-6500 X5523

Children’s Home of Reading
Holiday Elves Needed

-Sort and organize gifts weekdays November 28 until December 13.

-Holiday Decorating at the Home with the kids December 5 weather permitting.

-Holiday Gift Drive Distribution planning now until event on December 14 from 3-7 PM. Assist with greeting families, running presents and horse carriage ride.

Contact Liz B. Hafer ehafer@choreading.org or 484-577-6488.

Contact Jill Troutman jtroutman@choreading.org or 610-478-8266 X1249

Crime Alert Berks County
Shop With A Cop

We are looking for a few extra hands to wrap the presents that children choose for their special loved one(s). On Thursday, December 15, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, 20 children are paired with a local law enforcement officer to help spend $100 on their loved ones at Boscov’s North. We are looking for Gift Wrappers to wrap the presents that the children select.

Contact Chris Nein at cnein@ptd.net or 610-334-0633

Family Promise
Holiday Helpers

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner? Family Promise of Berks could use some “holiday helpers.” We need volunteers on December 13 & 15 from 2-5 pm to help take sponsors gifts from the first floor to the third floor at our office located at 325 N Fifth St. We will also need volunteers on December 19 from 4-7 pm, December 21 & 22 from 9 am-2 pm to help bring gifts from the third floor at our office down to families on the first floor.

Contact Alicia Hoffmaster AHoffmaster@familypromiseofberks.org  or 610-373-3323 X25

Friend, Inc. Community Services
Christmas Gift Distributions

Volunteers are needed on the following dates:
• December 4 , 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Gifts are dropped off from local churches and need to be carried up a flight of stairs and match the code on the gift to the bag with the identical code.
• December 16, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Volunteers assist with pantry distribution and distribute turkeys, holiday dinner boxes and gift bags for children.

Contact Cathy Dill at cathy@friendinc.org or 610-683-7791

 

Volunteer Bell Ringers

Volunteers are needed from November 25 through December 24, Monday – Saturday,
10 AM – 6 PM in Kutztown/Fleetwood area locations.

Contact Dennis Ritter at dsritter@ptd.net or 484-529-7801

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County/ReStore
Santa’s Helpers Needed at ReStore

The ReStore could use some extra help during the busy holiday shopping season. Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks including receiving donations, prepping donated goods for the sales floor, displaying inventory, general cleaning and assisting customers. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and wear closed-toe shoes. Individuals and groups of up to 7 are welcome for at least four-hour shifts. The Re-Store is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM.

Contact Eneida Powell at eneidap@habitatberks.org or 610-621-0011

Helping Harvest Fresh Food Bank
Holiday Box and Weekender Backpack Packing

Weekender Program packing for school students on Mondays from 12:30 – 3 pm or 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Packing Holiday boxes for our neighbors in need – November 19 and December 3 from 9 – 11:30 and 1-3:30 pm.

Contact Heather Matz at hmatz@helpingharvest.org or 610-926-5802 X 220

Hope Rescue Mission
Helping through the Holidays

We would love for you to be part of making the holiday season merry and bright for our HRM guests. Would you consider preparing a meal to serve at lunch or dinner? Or help serve a meal that our kitchen provides. Daily mealtimes are 11:30 lunch or 6:00 pm dinner.

Contact Jayme Eenigenburg at volunteer@hopeforreading.org or 610-743-4945.

Lifeline of Berks County
Giving Tree Assistants

We would appreciate your gift of time volunteering to help us organize the Christmas donations and keep our storage area ship-shape. Duties include sorting gifts and calculating their value. Opportunities are available from December 20 through the end of February.

Contact Debbie Baker at debbieb@lifelineofberks.org or 610-374-8545

Opportunity House
Serve/Donate A Meal

Seeking a meaningful way for your business, club, association, church, group of friends, or family to live the season of giving? Make a meal for our shelter clients! You donate the food for the meal, and then prepare and serve it on the day of your choosing OR prepare the meal and drop off at shelter entrance. Lunch and dinner dates available!

Contact Stacy Perlaki at sperlaki@opphouse.org or 610-374-4696 X231

ProMedica Hospice
Holiday Crafters Wanted

Are you or your group creative and artistic? Are you willing to create colorful bedside decorations to bring holiday cheer to our patients? Many of our patients are in nursing facilities and have few visitors. Your decorations can add cheer to their holidays and let them know that others are thinking of them. Hospice provides quality of life to patients who most likely have six months or less to live. Call for details.

Contact Lori Gourama at lori.gourama@ProMedica,org or 610-373-6898

Safe Berks
Holiday Meals

Looking for small groups to cook dinner or sponsor a local restaurant to provide dinner for the residents of our Safe House. We have 40-50 people which includes parents and children. We appreciate if food can be delivered hot and ready to serve by 5 PM. Please bring earlier if you need us to re-heat food. Many dates are available.

Contact Mindy McIntosh at mindym@safeberks.org or 484-468-9637

 

Volunteer Gift Wrappers

We are seeking volunteers to gift-wrap at the Berkshire Mall, evenings and weekends from December 1- 24. All proceeds benefit Safe Berks.

Contact Heather Fink giftwrap@safeberks.org or 610-373-1206 X115

The Salvation Army Hamburg Service Center- 700 S 4th St., Hamburg
Volunteer Bell Ringers

Volunteers are needed for 2-hour shifts from November 26 through December 24, Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM in Hamburg, Leesport, Temple and Bernville area locations.

Contact Kettle Coordinator at redkettlehamburg@gmail.com or 610-562-3576

 

Gift Assistance

Volunteers are needed for 4-hour shifts on the following dates at the Hamburg Field House.

December 6-9, 9 AM – 1 PM, Volunteers sort gifts.
December 12-13, 9 AM – 1 PM, Pick-up remaining gifts and continue sorting organize tables, and final preparations.
December 14, 9 AM – 4 PM, Assist with distribution of gifts.
December 15, 9 AM -4 PM, Assist with distribution of gifts, tear down and clean-up.

Contact Amy or Dee at hamburgtsa@gmail.com or 610-582-8440 until November 30

The Salvation Army Reading Corps- 301 S. 5th St., Reading
Kettle Bell Ringers

Business groups, organizations, civic clubs and individual volunteers are needed to ring the bells at the kettles in various locations throughout Berks County from November 19 through December 24.

Contact Yesenia Mejia at Yesenia.mejia@use.salvationarmy.org or 610-373-5208 EXT207

Toys 4 Tots
Santa’s Helpers

Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting, bagging family applications and helping at family pick up dates during the first 3 weeks of December. Apply here berks-pa.toysfortots.org.

Contact Sue Koch at suzanne.koch1970@gmail.com

Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading
Reading Royals Stuffed Animal Night

On December 3 6-8:30 PM, we will be working with the Reading Royals to assist them in their annual stuffed animal night which always yields a large turnout! YVC youth will be given a free ticket to the Royals game and will be working the entrances at the Royals to hand out stuffed animals to attendees who may have forgotten to bring one along. After the Royals score their first goal all attendees will throw their stuffed animal(s) on to the ice. That is where we come in. YVC youth will be on the ice to gather all the stuffed animals. After all of the stuffed animals are gathered, we will then be counting, sorting and organizing. The stuffed animals will be donated to local organizations within the community for Christmas!

Contact Lindsay Sites at lindsay@voiceupberks.org or visit Reading Royals and Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading

 

Fulfill a Holiday Wish

 

16th & Haak Elementary School
Winter Collection

The school is collecting socks, gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats for our students. Any sizes from PreK to adult since we have 4th graders, and some are very tall. We would also take gift cards to purchase some of these items for our students as well. Most of our students are walkers so we want them to have their heads, feet, and hands warm on their way to and from school during the winter months.

Contact Julie Zimmerman zimmermj@readingsd.org or 610-371-5760

American Cancer Society
Hope Lodge Wish List

Hope Lodge in Philadelphia is where cancer patients and their caregivers, including Berks County residents, stay at no cost to receive their cancer treatment. The lodge has a wish list of products https://amzn.to/3knP13N  that they would love to help provide the best daily experience for their guests and a few items for those who stay over during the holidays.

Contact Dee Mathis dee.mathis@cancer.org  or 717-727-0821

Berks Coalition To End Homelessness (BCEH)
Santa’s Helpers

Adopt an emergency shelter family and provide children’s gifts by December 15.

Contact Tracey York at tracey@bceh.org or 610-463-5915 or 610-372-7222

Berks Connections/Pretrial Services (BCPS)
Share Christmas Joy

BCPS coordinates a Holiday Gift Project each year to serve children of incarcerated or justice-involved parents. This year’s wish list includes stuffed animals, children’s hats, scarves and gloves, new or gently used books (for all ages), coloring books, 24 packs of crayons and stocking stuffers. Donations should be delivered by November 18 to the BCPS office at 19 N Sixth St., Fourth Flr., Rdg. Donors are asked to call the BCPS office first to set up a time to deliver their donation.

Contact Vanessa Starr at vstarr@bcpsreentry.org or 484-260-3860 x3043

Berks Encore
Operation Santa

Please help us to brighten our Berks County Seniors’ Holidays this year. We will be putting together Christmas Gift Bags for Meals on Wheels recipients this holiday season. Our goal is to provide a gift bag to our 725 meals on wheels recipients and we are asking your help! If you can sponsor a collection drive for needed items or as an individual or business you are able to donate either items and/or gift cards in any amount that can be used to purchase items, you will help us to make this goal a reality. Gift bag suggestions include individual bags/packs of snacks like cookies, chips, pretzels and other goodies for them to enjoy. All donations and gift cards (grocery stores, Sam’s, BJ’s) should be dropped off at any Berks Encore Center no later than Friday, December 2.

Contact Rita Phillips at rphillips@berksencore.org or 610-374-3195 X225

Bethany Children’s Home
Special Holiday Collection

Please join us in helping youth who will be residing at Bethany Children’s Home this holiday season. Through your special gifts you will create new positive memories in their life. For many this will be their first Christmas with personal gifts. Bethany youth are between 10 and 21 years of age. We kindly ask that all items are new and unwrapped. We are unable to distribute used items to the youth. We appreciate age-appropriate gifts with the consideration of parental warnings, modesty and safety. Other items available in addition to below list. All gifts are needed by December 20.

Contact Jennifer 610-589-4501 X305 to schedule your drop off

Cottage Needs:  Zippered waterproof mattress cover – twin. tower fans, comforters for girls, lightweight twin-size blankets, towels, washcloths, pillows, all-plastic hangers, mp3 players, flat irons, Dust Busters, bagless vacuum, air fryers, plastic laundry baskets, deodorant, cocoa butter.

Gift Cards: Walmart, Target, Lowe’s, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Boyer’s, Redner’s, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, Ulta, Ross, Sheetz, WAWA, Foot Locker, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Domino’s Pizza, Giant, Turkey Hill, and local greenhouses.

Art Studio: Michael’s, JoAnne Fabric, GoggleWorks and Shutterfly gift cards, wrapped canvases, canvas boards, canvas paper, acrylic paint, premixed acrylic pouring paint, acrylic gel medium, acrylic modeling paste, Gesso (white, black & clear), clear semi-gloss finish spray paint, spray paint assorted colors, fabric paint, paint pens, tabletop easels, washi tape, scratch art paper, calligraphy pens inks, Pony Beads (including numbers and letters), Masonite board, gold leaf, Stabilo pencils, artist’s pens, rubber stamps and ink pads, rub-on transfers, 3D string art kits, Diamond Art kits, dream catcher kits, sand art supplies, macrame cord, stencils, letter and number stickers, origami paper,

Contact Carolyn Shultz Spano at cspano@bethanyhome.org or 6610-589-6827

Breast Cancer Support Services
Secret Santas

Please check our Amazon Wish List link: https://a.co/2Dfr2wC

Contact Vanessa Collins at vanessa@bcssberks.org or 610-478-1447

Children’s Home of Reading
Wish List

Businesses, groups and individuals are needed to fulfill donations. Wish List of items includes any art supplies, car models, hygiene products male and female (bodywash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner), electric rechargeable razors and hair/beard for male and females, journals, composition books, sketchpad, large bottles of acrylic paint all colors, large containers of tie dye pigment, eyeshadow, lip gloss, Chapstick, cocoa butter sticks, nail polish and remover, cotton balls, clock radios, solid color hoodies male & female adult sizes L, XL, XXL, XXXL, baby wash, laundry detergent non allergenic, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair products gel, wax, curl, hairbrushes, combs, ethnic hair products, silk pillowcases, inspirational pillows non-religious, card games multiple players, graphic novels, adult coloring books with colored pencils, gel pens, modeling dough, bracelet making supplies, fidget toys, Rubics cubes, led strip lights, popular music for guitar, keyboard and ukulele, drum practice pads with sticks, baseball, football, Pokémon cards, trading card sleeves, 1000 to 3000 piece puzzles Disney, candy, animal or hero themed. Tickets in packages of six to movies, museums, concerts, sporting events, mini golf, skating, gardens, festivals of all kinds, raceway, adventure opportunities. Coupons for free ice cream, soft pretzels, subs, tacos, sundaes etc.

Contact Liz B. Hafer ehafer@choreading.org or 484-5776488 (C) 610-478-8266 X427

Clare of Assisi House
Holiday Gifts and Gift Cards

Help the women have a happy holiday season by providing the little things they need such as personal hygiene products including body wash, soap, loofas, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and feminine hygiene products (pads/tampons). We can always use gift cards from Walmart, Boscov’s and Target to buy other needed items. Please call to arrange a time to drop off items prior to 5 PM on Friday December 23.

Contact Pam Mills at pam.mills@clareofassisihouse.com or 484-869-5483

Dayspring Homes
Personal Care Kits

Assist residents with kits including shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hairbrush, ChapStick, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, wet wipes, tissues etc. Also gift cards to Walmart, Target, Giant and Redner’s in any amount would be helpful.

Contact Vicki Swain at vswain@dayspringhomes.org or 610-376-5648 X228

Friend Inc.
Holiday Donations

We are always in need of personal care items, hygiene care etc. as well as food for furry cat and dog friends.

Contact Cathy Dill at cathy@friendinc.org or 610-683-7791

Hannah’s Hope Ministries
Gift Giving

Please help our mothers and children have a Happy Holiday by donating gift cards from Walmart, WAWA, Sheetz or Boscov’s or children’s girl clothing 2T, footless pajamas 2T, boys clothing 3T, Toddler size 9 shoes, toddler size 5 shoes, girls’ clothing size 5, children’s socks for boys and girls.

Contact Joy Kessock at joy.kessock@hhopeministries.com or 610-451-5984

Hope Rescue Mission
Helping through the Holidays

Amazon Gift Cards or our Amazon Wish List are great ways to partner with Hope Rescue Mission. There are many needs over the winter months, and this is a wonderful gift for those we serve. Amazon Wish List.

Contact Jayme Eenigenburg at volunteer@hopeforreading.org or 610-743-4945

Lifeline of Berks County
Baby Gifts

Are you looking for a non-profit to give to this holiday season for yourself or as a gift in honor of another person? Why not give to a mother and baby in need? Lifeline helps pregnant mothers and infants up to their first birthday. Consider giving newborn outfits, bottles or receiving blankets. For a more detailed list of needed items contact the agency.

Contact Debbie Baker at debbieb@lifelineofberks.org or 610-374-8545

Literacy Council of Reading
Transportation Assistance

Winter student transportation is needed during December, January, February and March.  BARTA monthly passes are a great help.

Contact Beverly Hirneisen at bev@lcrb.org or 610-670-9960

Mary’s Shelter
Santa’s Helpers

Please join us in helping make Christmas special for all of our kids newborn to age 18. Our Amazon Smile wish list has all of the items used year round and can be purchased anywhere you love to shop. Gift cards to Redner’s, Giant, Target or Walmart help our youth set up their first apartment. Gift cards to McDonald’s, Sheetz, WAWA etc. make a wonderful “extra” treat to brighten the Holidays. Also diapers newborn through size 6.

Contact Sue at office@marysshelter.org or 610-603-8010

New Journey Community Outreach
Christmas Giving

Help us provide warm and nutritious meals this holiday season by helping in our daily soup kitchen.  We are looking for bagged lunches or made ahead meals that can be heated here and portioned for lunch distribution. We serve an average of 200 lunches a day. We’d love to have your group working in our kitchen to help spread warmth and hope to our neighbors.

Contact Jeff Laylon at jlaylon@njcoinc.org or 610-375-2662 X24

Olivet Boys & Girls Club
Santa’s Helpers

Christmas gift donations are needed for our Olivet Boys & Girls Club youth. Our members enjoy gift cards (food places, WAWA, Walmart, Target, Berkshire Mall), arts, crafts and paint supplies, speakers and board games or life-sized games Please drop off donations to the Olivet Administrative Building, 1161 Pershing Blvd., Reading.

Contact Abigail Frost at abigail.frost@olivetbgc.org or 610-373-1314

Opportunity House
Winter Boots

Adult (men and women) and children (boys and girls) boots are needed any sizes.

Contact Stacy Perlaki at sperlaki@opphouse.org or 610-374-4696 X231

Reading School District
Knight’s Closet Collection

Personal hygiene supplies, school supplies, backpacks, gently used coats sizes elementary school to high school, leggings and sweatpants are always needed.

Emily Snisky sniskye@readingsd.org or 610-371-5935 x 54126

Rock Hollow Woods Environmental Learning Center
Send a Child to Nature Camp

Sponsor a child to attend one of Rock Hollow Woods’ nature camps. These children will be immersed in an authentic nature experience with certified teachers, along with certified teachers which includes hands-on exploration of creeks, forests, meadows and wetlands. They get dirty, have fun, learn about the natural world around them, become environmental stewards and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Contact Michelle Zeitz at infor@rockhollowwoods.org or 610-582-0415

Safe Berks
Holiday Gift Donors

Please consider donating unwrapped gifts for the holiday season for parents and children who reside in our Safe House, transitional housing, or utilize our other services – this adds up to over 100 parents and children at any given time. Children’s ages range from infancy up to 17 years. Please contact Safe Berks for a list. You may also “sponsor” a family for Christmas by providing gifts for the whole family.

Contact Francine Scoboria at francines@safeberks.org or 610-370-7812

St. Catharine Senior Apartments
Christmas Dinner for our Seniors

Help us make our Christmas dinner a success by donating gift cards or gift baskets to support low-income seniors. All items received will either help purchase the food for the dinner or gifts for those in need.

Contact Michele Campbell at mcampbell@holyfamilysl.org or 610-743-5374

The Salvation Army Hamburg Service Center- 700 S 4th St., Hamburg
Angel Tree – Children & Seniors

Tags are available to provide Christmas gifts for low-income families with children and seniors aged 60+ living on a fix income.

Contact Amy or Deeat hamburgtsa@gmail.com or 610-582-8440 until November 30

The Salvation Army Reading Corps- 301 S. 5th St., Reading
Adopt an Angel

Generous donors are needed to sponsor children and seniors for our Angel Tree Program. Angel Tree tags are provided based upon request by the donor. Gift suggestions are provided by families and seniors.

Contact Yesenia Mejia at Yesenia.mejia@use.salvationarmy.org or 610-373-5208

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding
Wish List

We have an Amazon Wish List available http://a.co/3RQImR3. for people to donate to our program who may not live close, who cannot make it to the barn, or may simply enjoy online shopping. With prices ranging from $5 to $500, the wish list consists of items that are either heavily used at the farm or are desperately in need of replacement. Please include your name on the gift receipt at checkout so that we can properly thank you.

Contact Ally Sternat at amsternat12@gmail.com

Wernersville State Hospital
Personal Gift Giving

Brighten a resident’s Christmas with a small gift!  Items include shampoo, conditioner, body wash, scented lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, body powder, alcohol-free hair gel, chap sticks, slipper socks with grippers, gloves (men only), winter hats, baseball caps, purses with small handles, wristlets, canvas carryalls, lipsticks, hair ties and scrunchies, memo pads (no spiral backs), adult coloring books (no staples), word search books, decks of regular playing cards, UNO card game, Skippo Card game, cards, stationery, sketch pads and crayons. Please contact below to confirm day and time you will be arriving to drop off donations prior to delivery week. No wrapping paper please, we need large and extra-large gift bags, tape and gift tags.

Contact Kathy Ellett at kellett@pa.gov or 610-670-4164

Western Berks Free Medical Clinic (480 Big Spring Rd., Robesonia)
Support Efforts to Provide Free Health Care to Adults w/o Health Insurance

Donations of Staples (office supplies) and Walmart (diabetic supplies for patients) gift cards, white copy paper, US forever postage stamps, boxes of tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and bottled water.

Contact Stacie Dreibelbis at clinic@wbfmc.net or 610-693-6207

Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge-Promotes the visibility of Native Americans
Agency Support

Shop our Amazon Wish List to help us build our community outreach. Gift card donations for small gifts and local community experiences for our Firekeepers (youth ages 12-18).

Contact Amanda Funk at amanda@widoktadwen.org or 484-258-2817

YMCA of Reading and Berks County
Baby University Wish List

The Baby University Program needs assistance with donations of various items, including, filler paper, 1-inch binders, 1-2 year pocket planners, baby wipes, baby bath wash, lotion, picture frames, sippy cups, family games (Uno, Roll & Play, Connect Four), journals. Toys: push pull, educational toys that teach shapes, counting, colors and writing.

 

Transitional Living Wish List

The YMCA is home to several transitional living programs for males and females and the residents are in need of various items, including, cook ware, dish towels and rags, bath towels and wash rags, twin sheets, twin blankets, maxi pads, tampons, shampoo, conditioner, body gel, scented lotions, toothpaste, soaps, deodorant, chap sticks, socks, gloves and winter hats. We are not accepting clothing, books, plush or stuffed toys.

Contact Gena at gpinagarcia@ymcarbc.org or 610-378-4748

Child Care and School Age Classrooms Wish List

The Child Care center needs assistance with donations of various items including ,area rugs, giant plush stacking rings, mini baby kitchen, CD player with Bluetooth, dress up clothing, children’s music CDs, bean bag chairs, hard cover books, Lego table and Legos, ride on scooters, wiki sticks/water beads, Bluetooth radio, Magna-tiles building blocks, art supplies (crayons, markers), mini air hockey table, dodge balls, foosball game, and large comfortable chairs.

Contact Shelley Eppihimer at seppihimer@ymcarbc.org or 610-378-4728