Pittsburgh | Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

OPCD’s School2Career youth program breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing at-risk youth for college and career success. School2Career is looking for subject tutors to help students study during the after school hours of 4:00-5:30 PM.

Higher Achievement Pittsburgh operates two achievement centers serving over 100 middle school students from Pittsburgh’s Homewood and Hill District neighborhoods. Higher Achievement focuses on these two neighborhoods because of the legacy of need and the great opportunity to partner with long-standing community programs. They are looking for mentors to join them on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Volunteer opportunities include after school help, “Saturday Crafternoon” help, and providing extra hands at Assemble’s First Fridays exhibit & 21+ nights.

Circles East Liberty is an anti-poverty organization that partners individuals within the community with those living in poverty in order to provide them with the tools and support they need to get out of poverty. There are volunteer opportunities to cook a meal for a Circles meeting for around 40-60 people as well as opportunities to provide childcare during weekly Tuesday evening meetings.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh empowers people to transform their lives through lifelong learning, digital literacy and connections to others. Our focus this year is to recruit volunteers for their Reading Buddies Program. Reading Buddies act as caring mentors who read with kids and provide homework help during drop in hours. The library also has a wide array of other volunteer opportunities that our fellows are able to connect you with.

412 Food Rescue addresses the disconnect in distribution—in supply and access—by rescuing food about to go to waste and directly distributing to organizations that serve communities in need. As a volunteer you will distribute unsellable, fresh food from their source to nonprofit and community organizations in need of food.

Just Harvest educates, empowers and mobilizes people to eliminate hunger, poverty, and economic injustice in our communities by influencing public policy, engaging in advocacy, and connecting people to public benefits. Volunteer opportunities include working at a tax clinic, working a booth at a farmers market, helping individuals with their SNAP applications, as well as many more options!

Grow Pittsburgh works to teach people how to grow food and promote the benefits gardens bring to our neighborhoods. They believe access to locally-grown, chemical-free fruits and vegetables is a right, not a privilege. Grow Pittsburgh envisions the day when everyone in our city and region grows and eats fresh, local and healthy food. Volunteer opportunities include working at the Garden Resource center or acting as an aide for an in-school gardening class.

Weekly Gardening Opportunities

We work with a wide range of community gardens located in the East End neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. Our fellows work alongside volunteers at these gardens Monday-Thursday evenings. If you are interested in more information as gardening season approaches, please email us at [email protected]