There's Still Time to Give Back: Week 3 Recap
Find a last minute volunteer opportunity, or check out some great places to volunteer if your New Year's resolution is to start giving back to our community as we recap Sparkt's top picks this week.
Volunteer to prepare or bring a home-cooked meal to Ronald McDonald House. You'll be feeding out-of-town families who are living at the house while their children are being treated in Pittsburgh hospitals. There's a need 365 days a year, and it's a great opportunity for groups who want to volunteer together and show a little Pittsburgh hospitality.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank needs volunteers for their "Produce to People" program, which distributes fresh produce, like potatoes, carrots, onions, cabbage, sweet potatoes and apples, to people in need. You'll be sorting and distributing healthy food to people who may not eat as well as they should because they can't afford to.
This organization has the perfect opportunity for people who like to tinker with and fix computers, or people who like to do something that benefits kids whose families or schools can't afford technology. Every Friday Computer Reach has "Volunteer Work Day" at their workshop at Construction Junction in Point Breeze. Volunteers refurbish computers that are distributed to non-profits in 39 states and 36 countries.
There's still time to volunteer at Jubilee Kitchen in the Hill District for their annual Christmas Dinner. They're serving 10 am to 11:15 am. Volunteers will also pack dinners for take-out or delivery to shut ins. If you can't make it, the organization needs volunteers to serve at their soup kitchen 365 days a year.
Many non-profit organizations in our area have "Wish Lists" of items they need to support their missions. Most of them have these lists posted on their websites, some are starting a trend of registering for Amazon Wish Lists, where donors can buy items from the list and have them delivered directly to the charity. It's a great way to help without even leaving your home, or, if you want to do more, organize a "Wish List Drive" for your favorite group.
This organization's mission is to help people achieve their dreams through learning. They offer one-to-one tutoring and small class settings, proving a safe, supportive environment for adults to learn reading, writing and math skills, prepare for high school equivalency exams, and gain skills to transition to jobs or college. They need volunteers to get all that good work done.
There are lots of adult and teen opportunities at the Pittsburgh Zoo, and believe it or not, they can include hands-on contact with some of the smaller animals. In addition to docents, who take people on tours, help with kids camps and in the Kids Kingdom, certified SCUBA divers are needed to help with maintenance of the aquarium's fish and aquatic mammal tanks.