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Community Service

Taking responsibility by giving back.

Central Penn College is committed to a philosophy of community service that prepares graduates to be contributing members of society.

That's why all students are required to fulfill a service assignment prior to graduation. More than just an obligation, community service is an opportunity to learn, grow and gain social skills vital to life.

You can serve on campus or in an external service organization, but you must be an unpaid volunteer. It is not necessary to perform your service all at once. Hours can be earned anytime during enrollment.

Though club membership and meetings don't count, club service projects like the Homeless Sleep Out or Soup Kitchen qualify.

All students are required to hand in a completed service log to the internship advisor with their completed internship packets. All hours must be tracked in a log.

Internship grades will not be issued without successful completion of this service requirement. Continuing Education, transfer students and students that change majors or degree levels must also fulfill this requirement. Students who have already completed an internship will need to work with their academic advisor to ensure this goal is met prior to graduation.

Below are just a few of the organizations Central Penn students have served. New suggestions for community service are always welcome, but be sure the organization qualifies before you commit.

Charitable and service organizations. Would you like to see your opportunities posted here? Please email us with all of your particulars including organization name, address, contact information (phone number and email) and a short paragraph on your activities. We'll review your information and post it to our Website in no time!

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American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the Primary Contractor for the Tobacco Control Program of South Central Pennsylvania.  This program covers 13 counties that provide tobacco related services to the communities pertaining to tobacco education and cessation.    

We are opening (2) Professional Development Positions within this program.   The primary focus would be involvement within our coalition development.   The coalition has (4) active work groups within, who have project goals to accomplish this Fiscal Year 12 (July 1 - June 30, 2012).   The coalition is looking for enthusiastic students who are interested in obtaining some practical experience within the Tobacco Control Program to assist with completion of these projects.

The description of the tasks and hours needed are explained below:   

  • A student will be assigned to one work group, approx 1-3 hours a week.  These hours could consist of coming to the American Lung Association office in Camp Hill, PA or participating in conference calls.    The position can be a 3 month period or longer depending on the student's schedule.
  • MS Office knowledge is required.  (MS Word, Power Point, Publisher, and Excel)
  • Creative, Detail Oriented, Good with Time Management, and Reliable.
  • Tasks may include some of the following: creating a survey, developing an evaluation tool, putting together a power point presentation template, making calls to healthcare facilities, designing a manual, creating marketing and advertising strategies, and participating if available in any conference calls or face to face meetings your assigned workgroup may have.    

If this sounds like an opportunity that you are interested in, please contact Tammy Kreiser.

Castaway Critters

Castaway Critters is a 501 (c) 3, no-kill, foster home, animal rescue and spay/neuter charity for adoptable dogs and cats. CC also relies on donations, grants, and a great team of volunteers and supporters. Since 2001, they have assisted and found homes for over 11,000 animals. They are always looking for volunteers for adoption events at local pet supply stores, fundraisers, and administrative tasks. You can start with an application at www.castawaycritters.org. Or email us your questions at info@castawaycritters.org.

CATRA - Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association

Since 1985 CATRA has offered an opportunity for Capital Area residents from all generations with all types of special and typical needs to establish an atmosphere of support, respect, and health. We come together in an equestrian farm environment offering a therapeutic riding experience to those able to benefit from it.

Visit CATRA’s website: www.catra.net, for more information or to complete the volunteer application.

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Girl Scouting. They make a difference in the lives of girls, in the success of families and in the growth of the communities. The strength of Girl Scouting rests on the shoulders of adult volunteers who are committed to helping today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders. Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania has training, manuals, and professional support staff to provide volunteers all the tools necessary to be successful.

We have short term volunteer opportunities available in Cumberland County! We are looking for volunteers to work with Daisies (Kindergarten & 1st Grade) or Brownies ( 2nd & 3rd Grade) girls. 

For more information, contact Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania at 800.692.7816 or visit www.gshpa.org.

Contact information:
Name: Nina Tran
Email: ntran@gshpa.org
Phone: 717-480-2499

Golden Living West Shore LTC

Our Mission

To share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare one person, one family and one community at a time.

Our Values

Make integrity and accountability your pledge. Share our passion for excellence.
Be uncompromising in delivering quality care.

We are looking for fun, energetic, volunteers to help in assisting with our residents in our long term care facility. Currently we have over 200 residents, and are looking to expand  the programs that we currently are offering.  Some opportunities that are currently available are: transporting to activities, assisting in programs, one to one championship, monthly trips (such as casinos, food, and shopping), and special events  (such as daily BBQs and outside festivals) throughout the year. We are also looking for anyone musically or artistically inclined, that would be willing to share these talents with our residents. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at the phone number listed above. A background check is required and will be provided  through the facility upon completion of application.

Position: Volunteer

Time Duration: Negotiable

Contact: Nathan Babe (Recreation Director)  (P) 717-763-7070

Golden Living West Shore LTC

770 Poplar Church Road

Camp Hill, PA 17011

Grane Hospice

Grane Hospice LogoGrane Hospice seeks to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients entrusted to them in the winter season of their lives. Volunteers are not just an afterthought, but valued and mandated members of the team who can offer their time to listen or read aloud to patients, take them outside for walks, write down patient memories, share talents (music, art, etc.).

Volunteers are offered free training, mileage reimbursement for their time on the road, free TB skin tests, drug screening, criminal background checks and all of the psycho-social services offered to the patients and families. Grane’s mission is to provide comfort and dignity for the body, mind and soul through unique, individualized, professional care plans which allow the patient to live comfortably in his or her ‘home’ surrounded by loved ones. They desire volunteers with this same heart of compassion and selflessness to join them!

4 Lemoyne Drive, Suite 201
Lemoyne, PA 17043
(717) 763-4001
Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jeneé Fetterhoff if you are interested.

Home Depot Kid's Workshop

The Home Depot Kid's Workshop is offered to kids ages 4-12. The program teaches children basic motor skills using screwdrivers and hammers via monthly projects. The volunteers would be involved with the setup of the Kids Workshop and aiding the children in the construction of the projects. Volunteers are expected to act in accordance with guidelines and values set forth by The Home Depot while aiding with the Workshop. Contact bfolk82@comcast.net or (717) 651-9699 (ask for Ben Folk). 

Homeland Hospice

Homeland Hospice encourages you to consider a volunteer opportunity to help patients at the end of their life journey and support to their families.  The mission of Homeland Hospice is “to provide the highest quality of care to patients and families during the terminal stages of life.” We are growing, and our need for volunteers to serve our patients is great! There is certainly satisfaction in sharing your time with others, but the thanks shared by patients and families is by far the most rewarding! Maybe it's companionship or reminiscence. Maybe it's calming an anxious spirit, or bringing a smile to the lonely. Or perhaps it's giving a weary caregiver the opportunity to run errands, or just briefly get away. Whatever you choose, all you need is a caring heart, good communication skills, and a commitment to care. Volunteers receive training and continued support, as well as free TB testing and background checks. Homeland Hospice serves eleven counties across south central Pennsylvania. Patient and family needs exist TODAY in your community. Your schedule can be as flexible as needed to accommodate your studies and other activities. However you choose to help, you will know that you truly have made a difference!  Please contact Leanne Porterfield, Coordinator of Volunteers at lporterfield@homelandhospice.org, or by phone at (717) 221-7890.  Thank you so very much!

 Leanne Porterfield, CVA
Coordinator of Volunteers
Homeland Hospice
(717)409-8882 or (717)364-2944

Jewish Family Service of Harrisburg

JFSH is always looking for volunteers for our respite program. Respite lets parents of special needs children take time out  and rejuvenate from challenges they face 24/7. We take kids to the zoo, bowling, and more. You would help supervise them and help them socialize with similar children. Contact Jennifer Prol, Adoption/Respite Coordinator at, (717) 233-1681.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Wishmakers on Campus program, students can create and carry out their own fundraiser to help grant the wish of a local child who is dealing with so much more than any child ever should.

Make-A-Wish Foundation's mission is to grant the wishes of children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

For more information contact Holly Fite or call (717) 295-6684.

Messiah Lifeways

Messiah Lifeways is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive netowork of senior community services and residential communities. 

Messiah Village, one of our senior living communities, is always looking for volunteers in multiple positions to help provide care and companionship for our residents. 

Please contact: 

Messiah Village
100 Mt. Allen Drive, 
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717.697.4666 | https://www.messiahvillage.org/

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

This nonprofit organization seeks to improve the quality of life of people affected by MS, serving more than 5,300 individuals. The Chapter is a driving force of MS research, relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and a cure. Volunteer activities include:  help at numerous events, internships, office assistance and MS Activists. Join the movement to stop the devastating effects of MS! Contact Barbara Bradshaw, Director of Community Development, at barbara.bradshaw@nmss.org.

New Hope Ministries

New Hope is a social service agency that helps families in poverty through financial and stability support, and runs after school programs that help the children of these families. They service families in the Enola community and children from East Pennsboro, West Creek Hills and Shaull Elementary. New hope provides a child care service after school for parents who may be working and can't afford child care, homework/tutoring help, a reading skills program, teaching of life skills to help break the cycle of poverty, an educational enrichment program to help students with math, reading, writing and English skills as well as team building activities. They also provide healthy snacks and a fitness program to promote healthy lifestyles.

The program currently meets at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 6839 Wertzville Road, Enola, PA 17025, Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

Interested students may sign up on New Hope's website, nhm-pa.org. or contact jgiovannetti@nhm-pa.net, 717-766-7333, ext 3016 or 717-329-5119. 

Northern Dauphin Revitalization Project, Inc. (NDRP)

Northern Dauphin Revitalization Project, Inc. (NDRP) is a volunteer organization committed to eliminating abandoned and blighted properties in the downtowns of Halifax, Millersburg, Elizabethville, Gratz, Lykens, Williamstown, and Tower City and encouraging business development focused on tourism, education, and technology.  Using the Main Street approach to downtown economic redevelopment, NDRP seeks students to serve in research projects within the seven "anchor" communities. Contact Dr. Ben Scott, Regional Coordinator at (717) 362-1438 or NDRPBen@epix.net.

River of God Church

River of God Church is an active, contemporary church with many event volunteer opportunities. The church hosts Community Night w/Fireworks, Picnic Celebration, Pumpkin Fest, Lite the Night, Harvest Carnival, Christmas Dinner Theater, Easter Production, Weekly Coffee Bar. Student can serve as anything from coffee bar attendants to carpenters, plus dozens of other fun and rewarding jobs. Students will be overwhelmingly welcomed and appreciated for their efforts. Visit them at 747 Wertzville Road, Enola, PA 17025.

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center

Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides a family centered education and therapy program for infants, children and adolescents with developmental delays and disabilities in the Lancaster county area. Their goal oriented approach maximizes each child's ability to function as independently as possible within the community. We have volunteer projects available throughout the year at the Center and our special events. For more details, contact Marie Johnston at mjohnston@schreiberpediatric.org.

NEEDED: Volunteer Summer Administrative Assistant 
Flexible days 
20 hours per week
Position available immediately
Working in the Financial Development Office

YOU can play a major role in helping the thousands of children with special needs at Schreiber.  Help us by designing flyers, brochures and other marketing pieces related to events such as Phonathon, Softball Weekend, Palooza, Rubber Duckie Race™ and our Golf Tournament. Writing newspaper articles, organizing supplies, bulk mailings, data entry and much, much more will round out this exciting summer opportunity. You will be working with all segments of our constituents from Board members, professional staff, community leaders and other volunteers.

Come for a tour of the Center and meet our kids! Contact Marie TODAY if you are a college junior/senior looking for great non-profit experience for your resume.  mjohnston@schreiberpediatric.org

NEEDED: Volunteers for 3rd Annual Phonathon

We are hosting our 3rd Annual Phonathon starting Sunday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 6.  We need you to help call our current supporters – first, to thank them for their generous support and second, to ask for a gift to the Phonathon campaign. Last year, we were able to raise an amazing $40,000 to support the work we do for the children that come to the Center for help. 

Just imagine the influence your call as a Schreiber grandparent or parent, will have on our supporters. 

Please consider joining us here at the Center on one of those nights (May 3 through May 6) from 5pm-8:30pm.  We NEED your help to make this campaign a success! 

Contact Marie TODAY to say you can help out.  mjohnston@schreiberpediatric.org

Shining Light Thrift Shop

Shining Light Thrift Shop (SLTS) is a non-profit ministry of the Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick. They provide clothing, household goods and furniture to the homeless and economically disadvantaged of the Harrisburg community. They do this through free and discount programs based on household income. They are in need of volunteers that can help in their store doing many different tasks such as sorting clothes, tagging clothing, hanging clothes, and more. Contact Connie Hanna at (717) 234-2436 or ShiningLightThriftShop@gmail.com.

UCP Central PA

For more than 50 years, UCP Central PA has served people of all ages with any type of disability. They provide programs and services to more than 3,500 individuals and families throughout Central PA.  Volunteer opportunities are available in adult day programs, childhood programs, special events and administrative support at their offices.

Contact Casey Hurst, Community Relations Coordinator churst@ucpcentralpa.org or (717) 975-0611 ext 217.

United Way of the Capital Region (Enola)

Volunteers are wanted to assist with some simple research. The project simply involves going on the Internet and "Googling" names of prospective supporters to get a correct phone number. We have work stations available Monday through Friday during regular business hours (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM), and a staff person available to answer any questions. Offices are located so close to the College. For details, please call (717) 732-0700, ext. 39. You also may contact Jennifer Daniels at (717) 732-0700, ext. 31.

Volunteer Firefighters

West Enola Fire Co has a Free live-in program for college students that are currently Volunteer Firefighters. They also seek volunteers to help with projects and fundraising. The fire company has constructed new living quarters complete with full kitchen, bunk rooms, locker rooms, laundry, entertainment room, and wireless internet access. Contact Chief Dressler at 717-732-1919 or visit www.westenolafire.com

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

The Whitaker Center, housing an IMAX theater, performing arts theater and 3-story hands-on science center, welcomes Central Penn student volunteers to join their team, offering the best in customer interaction. Internships are also available. Contact Michelle Hornberger, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, at (717) 724-3857 or mhornberger@whitakercenter.org.


WITF, Central Pennsylvania's public broadcasting entity includes a TV station, FM radio station, and magazine. Volunteer activities include: Answering calls during our TV and FM membership campaigns; representing WITF during special events, fundraisers, and concerts; assisting our FM and TV production departments; helping to prepare bulk mailings; facilitating parenting-education workshops for WITF's Ready to Learn Program, and much, much more! Contact us at volunteer@witf.org or (717) 910-2942. 

Community Service Requirements

Bachelor's degree: 50 hours Associate degree: 25 hours


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