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Volunteer in Education

Barber National Institute
136 East Ave.
Erie, PA 16507

  • There are various volunteer opportunities available throughout the year.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.


Bridget Barber, RN, BSN

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Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services
329 W. 10th Street
Erie, PA 16502

Volunteering opportunities are available within the refugee resettlement program.  These include:

  • Family Friends
  • ESL (English as a second language)
  • Transportation Volunteers
  • Furniture Pick-Up/Delivery
  • Educational Mentors

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Family Services of NW PA – Big Brothers Big Sisters
5100 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509


  • The Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is looking for men, women or couples to provide guidance and to share life experiences in a one to one relationship with a child in Erie County.
  • The goal is to provide mentorship to a child, while expanding their horizons through enriching activities
  • May help with homework, go fishing, visit the zoo, teach a craft, share talents, or simply listen


  • Volunteers must be over the age of 18
  • 1-2 hours per week with a child for a minimum of one year
  • Staff provides monthly group activities as well

Paula Hayes at Big Brother Big Sister Family Center

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Erie Center on Health and Aging
406 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16507

Computer Assistants

  • Assist members with any questions and offer help during computer lab times
  • Assist instructors during class times
  • Requirements: Working knowledge of computers and the internet

Bingo Volunteer

  • Assist with selling bingo cards
  • Calling back bingo numbers
  • Bingo callers
  • Training/Requirements: Training is provided; Must be responsible with handling money

Marie Heberlein, Program Director
814-453-5072 x 18

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Girl Scout Troop/Group Leader/Assistant

Schedules regular troop meetings; helps girls plan and participate in activities and trips; meets all program and safety guidelines; and serves as the communication link for the troop with parents, service units and council.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Parent Helper

When needed, within the Girl Scout Troop, chaperone events, shop for supplies, provide transportation, help plan and organize events, meetings, etc.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Service Unit Manager

Help organize and support Girl Scout troop/group leaders in a specific area through meetings by mentoring and overseeing paperwork.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Troop Organizer/Recruiter

Manages the Girl Scout recruitment of girls and volunteers for a targeted area; identifies troop leadership and assigns girls to troops/groups.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Program Team

Coordinates Girl Scout program events/activities in a specific geographic area; serves as liaison with program staff.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Coach/Consultant

Provides support to Girl Scout troop/group leaders and other direct service volunteers.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Adult Award Committee

Promote and coordinates the Girl Scout award process by reviewing applications for approval.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Project Specialist

Share skills, help girls earn badges and explore careers while teaching your specialties.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Day Camp Volunteer

Plans and supervisors day camp programs.  Volunteers must receive Girl Scout Day Camp Training.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Girl Scout Gold Award Committee

Reviews and/or mentors Girl Scout Gold Awardees through defined process.  Volunteers must complete Gold Award Orientation and Workshop.

Girl Scout Adult Facilitator

Provide training/workshops to Girl Scout adult volunteers using established course designs.  Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings to become Facilitator of Adult Learning and have specific skill sets.

Girl Scout Camping Coordinator

Work with girls to plan and prepare for Girl Scout camp; complete Girl Scout council camp forms; and lead girls through adventurous outdoor experiences.  Volunteers must complete Outdoor Training Courses and receive appropriate certifications when needed.

Girl Scout High Adventure Specialist

Shares expertise in areas like archery, canoeing, biking and climbing.   Volunteers must complete appropriate Girl Scout trainings.

Jane Horetsky
Director, Volunteer Management
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
5681 Route 6N
Edinboro, PA 16412
T 1-800-248-3355 ext 1434
F 814-734-7701

Greater Erie Community Action Committee
18 West Ninth St.
Erie, PA 16501

Volunteer opportunities are frequently available in the following areas:

  • Adult Education
  • Case Work
  • Child Development
  • Clerical
  • Delivering Meals
  • Financial
  • Head Start
  • Information Technology
  • Mentoring

Edward Sitter, Planning
814-459-4581 ext. 439

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International Institute of Erie
517 East 26th Street
Erie, PA 16504

Refugee Services

  • Greet refugees as they arrive at the airport
  • Gather and organize household donations
  • Prepare apartments for newly-arrived refugees
  • Teach refugees to use the transportation system, the public library, the Caring Closet, etc.
  • Help refugees prepare to get a driver’s permit


  • Teach life skills (shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.) to refugee families
  • Tutor refugees in English
  • Teach a refugee basic computer skills
  • Help a refugee family prepare nutritious, affordable meals

Child Care

  • Arts and crafts
  • Childcare assistance
  • Story time
  • Teach English

*A current medical physical is required for all child care workers

Language Services

  • Provide basic interpretation
  • Translate documents

Community Outreach

  • Raise awareness about refugees in the Erie region
  • Promote refugee employment
  • Assist with organizing special events like World Refugee Day and multi-cultural celebrations

Katie White, Community Outreach Coordinator

John F. Kennedy Center
2021 East 20th Street
Erie, PA 16510

Senior Center


  • Art and/or craft instructors
  • Group leaders in current events and other topics of interest to old folks

Schedule: Any weekday(s) between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.



  • Help with homework
  • Tutors, especially in reading and math
  • Arts and crafts instructors

Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/or Thursdays

                   2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Karen Grettler, Planner
John F. Kennedy Center
2021 East 20th Street
Erie, PA  16510
Phone:  814-898-0400
Fax:  814-898-1816

Multi-Cultural Community Resource Center
554 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503

Volunteer Opportunities

  • There are many volunteer opportunities to assist tutors, classroom aides and project helpers

Kassandra Ahner, Volunteer Coordinator
814- 455-0212

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