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August 01, 2019

Where to volunteer in Philadelphia this month

Three local organizations are looking for a little help

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August is what some would call the tail-end of summer, as vacations begin to wane. It’s also a busy month for folks trying to squeeze in all of the summer activities that they can.

Perhaps, one of those things you didn’t get to yet this summer was volunteering. If that’s the case, fret not — there are still plenty of opportunities to give back to the local community.

Here, you’ll find three deserving groups in need of volunteers this month (and year-round) that will welcome you and your desire to give back. Just be sure to protect yourself from the sun and drink plenty of water! 

SHOW SOME LOCAL ANIMALS LOVE

Where to volunteer: Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue, 246 Clonmell Upland Rd., West Grove 

What you can do: Animal rescues are often built on dedicated volunteers and it’s no different at Greenmore Farm. If you have love for furry friends, Greenmore welcomes volunteers to foster dogs, help out on the farm or even provide transportation for animals in need of rescue.

How to get involved: Depending on how you’re interested in volunteering, you can fill out a foster application, volunteer application or register to transport dogs. Of course, donations are always welcome in the way of money or items from the rescue’s wish list. Find all of that information here

OFFER EDUCATIONAL MENTORING TO ADULTS

Where to volunteer: The Office of Adult Education for the City of Philadelphia, 1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1412 

What you can do: Responsible for dozens of literacy programs across the city, volunteers are always needed to promote local adult education. There are a few positions volunteers can fill: adult education tutor, adult literacy tutor, teacher or classroom assistant.

How to get involved: First, ensure that you’re able to commit to two to three hours per week for six months —tutors are typically needed Monday through Thursday, in the mornings, late afternoons and early evenings. Then, complete a volunteer training, which you can register for here

PROMOTE A HEALTHY LIFE FOR LOCAL KIDS

Where to volunteer: Vetri Community Partnership, 211 N. 13th St. 

What you can do: Help kids experience the rewarding connection between healthy eating and healthy living by empowering local children and their families to lead healthier lives with fresh food and education via hands-on experiences. Volunteers get involved with healthy eating, nutrition education and hands-on engagement.

How to get involved: Because this volunteer opportunity involves kids, it is a longer process to get involved to ensure their safety. Register for a volunteer orientation, provide clearances and register for opportunities as they arise. Learn more about that process here

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