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PLEASE NOTE: Immediate needs exist at the following organizations:

Berks Encore - Volunteers are needed to do the grocery shopping and deliver the groceries to the homes of individuals age 50 or over who have difficulty getting to a grocery store or doing their own grocery shopping. Volunteers must possess a current Pennsylvania driver's license, automobile insurance coverage and a clean DMV record. Please contact Rita Phillips 610-374-3195 X225 or rphillips@berksencore.org

Hope Rescue Mission - Although they are not allowing volunteers in the building at this time, they are allowing meals made outside of the facility to be donated if people are interested. They are feeding between 160-180 men breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please contact Jayme Eenigenburg at volunteer@hopeforreading.org

New Journey Community Outreach - Two volunteers are needed daily to make sandwiches and pack lunch bags. Also 2 volunteers are needed to fill the brown paper bags with canned and boxed food items for Pantry Day. No exposure to the public. Please contact Denise Harner, Food Program Coordinator at 610-375-3310 for available days and times.

Miller-Keystone Blood Center - Blood supplies are critically low. Contact 1-800-223-6667 or visit www.giveapint.org

United Way of Berks County continues to work closely with community agencies by helping to recruit volunteers. However, some agencies are struggling with mandated closures and their volunteer opportunities may be on hold. If you are able to volunteer, please contact the agency to confirm they are open and are accepting volunteers. Some opportunities such as packing lunches and Meals on Wheels are active and need volunteers.


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Local Wish Lists

Some orgnaizations are experiencing immediate needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Their lists are noted in RED. To see the local wish lists, visit the link below.


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Early literacy is key to future success in life. Help kids in our community become better readers by volunteering with Ready.Set.READ! Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions.


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Tips for Volunteering

 Unsure of where to begin? Check out some tips on how to find the right volunteer opportunity for you.


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United Way's Volunteer Center links individuals and groups to community service and volunteer opportunities throughout Berks County. To get started, click the "search" button above. If you need assistance, please contact Darby Wiekrykas at darbyw@uwberks.org or 610-685-4574.




Would you like to learn more about volunteer issues or how to recruit, retain and recognize volunteers? Do you want ideas on how to develop a volunteer program or how to target special volunteer groups for a volunteering opportunity? If so, come to one of the FREE Volunteer Center Networking Sessions.

Networking session topics include Orientation to the UWBC Volunteer Center and Volunteer Solutions, Volunteer Recruitment, Volunteer Retention, Volunteer Recognition, Targeting Special Volunteer Groups, Volunteer Program Development/Implementation Assistance, and Social Media

The sessions will also provide networking opportunities with other organizations who are involved with volunteerism efforts. Feel free to bring ideas, suggestions and any other information that may be relevant to the specific topic of the networking session.

Please email Darby Wiekrykas or call her at (610) 685-4574 regarding specific dates and times for sessions or for more information.