Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
Check our calendar for 2017 NHCO Volunteer Orientations and In Service of Seniors Volunteer Orientation & Information Sessions.
Volunteer Opportunities at NHCO
- Please contact NHCO Volunteer Coordinator Harriet Gibbs at 412-408-3830 x 3204 for more information or to volunteer.
- Garden and Youth volunteers should contact Alyssa Crawford at 412-307-0069 ext 3311.
Farm to Table Conference – Volunteers are needed to staff an NHCO Garden table at the annual Farm to Table Conference each March in short shifts. Talk to people about our garden, how it benefits low-income families who use our pantries, and how volunteers can participate. Free admission to the show on the day you volunteer. Link to sign up for shifts is here.
In Service of Seniors– Provide rides in your personal vehicle, perform home safety checks or light yard work, make friendly home visits and telephone reassurance calls.
Receptionists – Answer phones, direct calls and greet visitors. If you can’t make a weekly commitment, we always need substitutes!
Administrative/Clerical Help – Make copies, send faxes, file, collate and help with thank you letters.
Data Entry – Help maintain accurate records. We provide training on various computer software programs.
Food Pantry – Organize and sort donations, or pick up donations at local businesses, congregations and schools and deliver to pantries. Cart runners are often needed at our North Boroughs (Bellevue) pantry on Thursdays. Helpers most often needed at North Boroughs and Millvale pantries.
Fluid Station Volunteers for the Pittsburgh Marathon – Cheer on our runners on Charity Mile and hand out fluid to runners. NHCO is an official charity of the marathon and is required to register a certain number of volunteers. Sign up for Mary 7, 2017 here.
Sharing Projects – Collect, organize, sort or help with distributions.
Ask the Attorney – Provide free legal help through Ask the Attorney.
NHCO Speakers & Table Attendants – Get the word out about NHCO by speaking engagements at civic clubs, congregations, school groups and businesses, or by staffing information booths at community events. Volunteers are also needed to occasionally stock our newsletters, brochures and fliers in various community locations.
Fundraising – Hold a fundraiser or donate proceeds from an event to NHCO.
Free Rides for Seniors Drivers/Dispatchers – Drivers older than 25 and ride-along dispatchers of any age are needed to provide no-charge senior transportation on our two shuttles. No special license or training required, although drivers 70 and older must agree to have a medical release signed by their physicians.
Tax Prep Volunteers – Help low-income families and individuals get their best possible tax return. registration is during December, training is provided in January. If you’ve done your own taxes, you can help! Please register at https://uwswpa.org/money-in-your-pocket-coalition/ and scroll list of sites for North Hills Community Outreach.
Community Auto drivers – Assist in picking up donated vehicles from donors’ homes or test drive vehicles. Also groups may volunteer to wash or detail donated cars.
Bell Ringers and Money Counters: NHCO is an official unit of the Salvation Army. Each year during late November and early December, we need bell ringers to staff kettles for two-hour shifts at two local sites: Kuhn’s Market on Ferguson Road, Allison Park, and Walmart on Route 8, Gibsonia. Great for groups and families with children! Money counters are needed on certain weekdays at our Allison Park office during this time as well. KETTLE VOLUNTEERS: After registering, please complete the required Salvation Army waiver.
Citrus Sale – Volunteers are needed in January each year to act as group sale coordinators for our annual citrus sale, a key fund raiser for NHCO. Volunteers are also needed the first weekend of March each year to unload, sort, run or distribute the fruit (your choice).
Pittsburgh International Auto Show – Volunteers are needed to staff a Community Auto table at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show each February. Talk to people about our Community Auto program and hand out information about donating vehicles. Free admission to the show on the day you volunteer for a three-hours shift.