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A year of giving, Volunteer opportunities for 2020

Volunteer opportunities for 2020

With a new year, and a new decade, some people make the resolution to give back to their community to connect through fellowship.

One way to get involved in the community is through volunteering. Many local organizations need volunteers throughout the year and by sharing your time with your neighbors and friends you can help spread cheer throughout the year. Below are upcoming events and organizations that are in need of volunteers for 2020.

Take time to pause and sift through the numerous opportunities the community has to give back to make a positive impact. After all, giving back isn’t just something that has to happen around the holidays. This can be your year of giving.

For more information, contact individual organizations to get started.

January

The River Valley Regional YMCA is looking for a variety of volunteers for their six locations in Williamsport, Eastern Lycoming, Jersey Shore, Tioga County and Lock Haven. Positions available the locations include welcome center greeters, youth mentors, child watch and youth movement, special events, swim lesson assistant, facility cleaning and community outreach group volunteers. For more information, contact your local YMCA branch. To contact the Williamsport branch, call 570-323-7134 or email Mandy Minnella, marketing coordinator, at mandym@rvrymca.org.

STEP Office of Aging Ombudsman Program has volunteers trained and certified by the state Department of Aging in the investigation and resolution of complaints made by, or on behalf of, consumers of long-term care services. Ombudsmen help consumers voice concerns and exercise their rights, in order to protect the dignity, well-being and quality of life for individuals age 60 and over, in various care settings. For more information, call 570-601-9557.

The YWCA Northcentral PA, 815 W. Fourth St., is in need of Wise Options volunteers throughout the year. Official training will be provided to become certified as a victim advocate and answer the 24/7 crisis hotline or meet victims at the emergency room or hospital. For more information, contact Heather Reedear, at 570-322-4637, or hreeder@ywcawilliamsport.org.

At the World of Little League Museum and Official Store military active duty and veterans and their families are invited to visit the museum for free throughout the year. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with the exception of some Federal holidays. Visit Facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum for updates.

Jan. 8 — Save lives by donating blood during one of he many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from noon to 5:30 p.m., Muncy Masonic Lodge, 28 Brumer Pond Road, Muncy. Other blood drives in the area for January will be held at various locations and times on Jan. 10, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27 and 31. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

February

As a non-profit organization, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank relies on volunteers to fulfill their vision that no one should be hungry. Whether you’re a business or individual, there are many opportunities to volunteer in 2020 and join in the fight to end hunger. Family events are held throughout the year where children can help us sort and package food while learning about volunteerism. To start volunteering today, please email info@centralpafoodbank.org or call 570-321-8023. Must sign up in advance.

Favors Forward Foundation receives requests throughout the year from various families and individuals who are facing life-changing hardships and do not receive government support. All clients are expected to “pay it forward” in some manner as soon as they are able to. For more information, call 570-447-5697 or visit favorsforward.net.

Feb. 4 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., St. John Neumann Regional Academy, 901 Penn St., Williamsport. Other blood drives in the area will be held at various locations and times on Feb. 7, 13, 17, 20, 22, 24 and 28. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

March

Favors Forward Foundations is in need of volunteers for Raise the Region throughout March. For more information, call 570-447-5697 or visit the office at 240 Winter St., South Williamsport.

Little League International is looking for volunteers for local Little League programs in the community. With a number of volunteer positions available, as well as additional ways to help out for special events, volunteering with Little League is a great way to give back to your community. To find a league near you, visit PlayLittleLeague.org.

March 11 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drive in the area. Donate blood from noon to 5:30 p.m., Muncy Masonic Lodge, 28 Brumer Pond Road, Muncy. Other blood drives will be held at various locations and times on March 13, 17, 18 and 23. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

March 20 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Lycoming College, 5 p.m., Lycoming College Rec Center, 700 College Place, Williamsport.

March 27 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Bucknell University, 6 p.m., Bucknell University, 701 Moore Ave., Lewisburg.

May

Favors Forward Foundation is looking for sponsors for their Send a Child to Camp program. For more information call 570-447-5697 or visit favorsforward.net.

The Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) Trail Care is in need of volunteers to improve Black Forest Trail through sidehill digging, brushcutting, lopping and freshening of painted blazes. The KTA will host a free day of camping at Black Forest Trail in northern Lycoming County at the Pump Station Fire Tower site off of PA 44N. For more information contact Ed Lawrence at ktaadmin@kta-hike.org or visit www.kta-hike.org.

STEP is looking for volunteers to help distribute fruit and vegetable vouchers in Lycoming and Clinton counties. For more information, call Jane Thompson at the STEP Office of Aging at 570-601-5828.

May 1 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from 1 to 6 p.m., Trout Run Fire Hall, 241 Route 14, Trout Run. Other blood drives in the area for May will be held at various locations and times on May 6, 14, 15 and 18. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

May 9 — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its Walk MS event at 11 a.m. at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Registration starts 10 a.m. For more information, contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 1-888-344-4867 or visit WalkMS.org.

May 10 — Bring your mother to the World of Little League Museum, 525 Route 15, South Williamsport, and she will receive free admission.

May 15 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Tri-town, 4 to 11 p.m. Hughesville High School, 349 Cemetery St., Hughesville.

May 16 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Tri-town, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hughesville High School, 349 Cemetery St., Hughesville.

May 25 to Sept. 7 — From Memorial Day through Labor Day the World of Little League Museum, 525 Route 15, South Williamsport, will join 2,000 museums nationwide that offer special rates or complimentary tickets for active military and up to five family members.

May 29 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of River Valley, 4 to 11 p.m., Williamsport Area Middle School, 2800 W. Fourth St., Williamsport.

May 30 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Clinton County, 10 a.m., Riverview Park, Farrandsville Road, Lock Haven.

Jume

The YWCA Northcentral PA, 815 W. Fourth St., has volunteer opportunities year-round in The Boutique helping customers, preparing items for sale and decorating the show windows and mannequins. Shop hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The YWCA also is accepting donations of gently used women’s clothing and jewelry for the boutique. For more information, contact boutique manager Kahlie DeHotman, (570) 322-4637, kdehotman@ywcawilliamsport.org.

June 3 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drive in the area. Donate blood from noon to 4 p.m., Hillside Senior Living, 2725 Four Mile Drive, Montoursville. Other blood drives in the area for June will be held at various locations and times on June 5, 9, 11, 16, 17, 22 and 23. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

June 6 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Sullivan County, 10 a.m., Sullivan County Fairground, RR 1, Forkesville.

June 12 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Susquehanna Valley, 3 p.m., Hufnagle Park, 400 N. Fairground Road No. 611, Lewisburg.

June 21 — It is “Have a Catch for Father’s Day” at the World of Little League Museum, 525 Route 15, South Williamsport. Dads are free and anyone who has a museum ticket will have the opportunity to play catch on Lamade Stadium, where the Little League Baseball World Series is held. The stadium is open only between noon and 3 p.m. Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July

Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities include runners, drivers and meal packers. The Meals on Wheels program operates Monday through Friday and provides hot home-delivered meals to more than 400 home-bound seniors in Lycoming and Clinton counties. For more information, contact the STEP Office of Aging, 2138 Lincoln St., at 570-323-3096 or email step@stepcorp.org.

July 8 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drive in the area. Donate blood from noon to 5:30 p.m., Muncy Masonic Lodge, 28 Brummer Pond Road, Muncy. Other blood drives in the area will be held at various locations and times on July 10, 17 and 27. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

July 18 — The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Tioga County, 10 a.m., The Green, Wellsboro Park, Wellsboro.

August

Favors Forward Foundation is looking for sponsors this month for its Send a Student Back to School program. It is estimated that it costs approximately $200 to adequately outfit a child (shoes, coat and school supplies) for school each year. To “adopt a student” or for more information, call 570-447-5697, or visit their office at 240 Winter St., South Williamsport.

Aug. 4 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drive in the area. Donate blood from 1 to 6 p.m., Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, 1220 Northway Road, Williamsport. Other blood drives in the area August will be held at various locations and times on Aug. 7, 13 and 17. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Aug. 20 to 30 — Volunteers are always welcome to help out at the Little League Baseball World Series, and those interested in the opportunity can email support@littleleague.org. Large groups of volunteers, or volunteer organizations, can also help out by working concession stands to help support their groups. Anyone interested in this opportunity should email Melissa Singer at msinger@littleleague.org.

September

STEP Office of Aging volunteers are needed throughout the year to assist at senior centers or lead activities, including art classes, fitness classes, arts and crafts and more. For more information, call STEP Office of Aging, 2138 Lincoln St., at 570-323-3096 or email step@stepcorp.org.

The American Cancer Society will be holding the third annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign. This event begins in September and ends in October. For more information about volunteering with Real Men Wear Pink, call American Cancer Society office at 570-326-4149 or email Ellen Bokeko, ellen.bokeko@cancer.org.

Williamsport Bicycle Recycle, a non-profit community bicycle shop in the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., needs volunteers throughout the year to help with their teen and adult bicycle repair programs. For more information call 570-916-2940 or email williamsportbicyclerecycle@gmail.com.

Sept. 2 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from noon to 6 p.m., Pennsylvania College of Technology Bush Campus Center, One College Ave., Williamsport. Other blood drives in the area for September will be held at various locations and times on Sept. 3, 4, 18 and 29. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

October

Favors Forward Foundation’s “Adopt a Family for the Holidays” program will begin accepting sponsors and clients this month. The goal is to provide gifts to those families that due to hardships are unable to afford the basics for a happy holiday for their children. To “adopt” a family for the holidays or for more information call 570-447-5697 or visit favorsforward.net.

North Central Sight Services Inc., 2121 Reach Road, offers a variety of ways to help prevent blindness and to help those with vision loss stay independent. They are looking for volunteers throughout the year to assist with helping clients go to the doctor or even grocery stores. Contact Tracy Haas, programs and services director, at 570-323-9401, ext. 124 or email tracyh@ncsight.org. Volunteer applications are available at www.ncsight.org.

Oct. 2 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Muncy Valley Hospital, 215 E. Water St., Muncy. Other blood drives in the area for October will be held at various locations and times on Oct. 19, 21 and 26.

November

Nov. 6 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from 1 to 6 p.m., Trout Run Fire Hall, 241 Route 14, Trout Run. Other blood drives in the area for November will be held at various locations and times on Nov. 11, 12, 13 and 25. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Nov. 18 to Dec. 15 — The World of Little League Museum, 525 Route 15, South Williamsport will be partnering with Toys for Tots as a collection site. Bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more before Dec. 15 to the museum and receive one free admission (a great stocking-stuffer!). All items benefit Lycoming County residents.

Nov. 21 — The World of Little League Museum, 525 Route 15, South Williamsport, will hold “Kids Day.” Take the opportunity to meet with non-profit youth organizations and learn about their programs and visit the museum for free. There will be a surprise guest sponsored by the WVIA and activities for children.

December

STEP is looking for volunteers for Santa’s Seniors to help sort and pack holiday gift/food items for over 400 homebound seniors. For more information, call 570-326-0587.

The Salvation Army partners with the Sun-Gazette for the annual Santa Fund, which helps to raise money over the holiday season for people in need. Community members can donate to the Santa Fund through The Salvation Army or the Sun-Gazette. Read the Santa letters during the campaign from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day for more information.

Dec. 4 — Save lives by donating blood during one of the many blood drives in the area. Donate blood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Muncy Valley Hospital, 215 E. Water St., Muncy. Other blood drives in the area for December will be held at various locations and times on Dec. 17 and 22. For more information about American Red Cross, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Dec. 8 — Visit with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. at the World of Little League Museum, 525 Route 15, South Williamsport and tour the Museum at no charge.

— Charitable organizations, clubs and other groups are encouraged to send their volunteer needs and fundraising event information to the Sun-Gazette to be published throughout the year. Send future event information to thingstodo@sungazette.com, or send high quality photos from your events to life@sungazette.com for consideration to be published in a future edition.

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