Our mission is to link individuals and groups to community service and volunteer opportunities throughout Berks County. We also provide various networking opportunities to nonprofit organizations who want to learn more about how to effectively recruit and work with volunteers who are involved with their agencies.
The Volunteer Center offers a variety of volunteering opportunities to suit your interests and schedule.To find volunteer opportunities at agencies throughout Berks County, search our on-line volunteer matching service by clicking on Volunteer Now.
Your family benefits by sharing a meaningful experience where you can learn about your community together and strengthen the family bond.
Volunteering helps children acquire an understanding for diverse groups of people at a younger age. Finally, research has proven that children who are exposed to volunteer opportunities earlier in life are much more likely to continue volunteering in their adult years.
High School/College Volunteering
Volunteering builds a variety of skills that are vital to success in today’s world. You learn communication and social skills by interacting with diverse groups of people. You become more aware of your community and the tasks that need to be done to make it a quality place to live and work. You also can learn job-related skills that further your potential for future success. Colleges and employers consider volunteer experiences a plus for their applicants. Check out the Youth Summer Volunteer Guide for interesting things to do this summer.
Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and a great way to enrich your own life. A Florida State University study found that older adults who volunteer just two to three hours a week live happier and healthier lives. You feel good about helping others, meet new people, teach through your own life experiences and can do new things you may never had the chance to try before (but wanted to)!
The Volunteer Center of the United Way of Berks County can help you find a volunteering opportunity that is right for you.
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:
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.