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American Red Cross of Monroe County

The American Red Cross needs volunteers for all blood drives in the area. Duties include check in/registration, escorting people, food table monitoring and much more. It is also always appreciated for students to come out and donate blood. They are also in need of interns to help with computer work and completing small projects.

For further information on volunteering and dates of blood drives check out their website at or call at (570) 476-3800. To get involved as a volunteer at the blood drive Contact Jacqueline Dercole at American Red Cross by phone (800) 432-8045 or (570) 793-6715 or by email at

American Cancer Society

Fundraising Volunteers: We are looking for fundraising volunteers (assistance with Relay For Life, special events) and the hours are flexible. Good opportunity for students who are majoring in communications, advertising, media, photography etc. Please reach out to Lisa Hoey to volunteer at

Drivers: We also need volunteer Road To Recovery drivers to take patients to and from their cancer related appointments. You need to be at least 18 years of age, have a good driving record, proof of insurance, a reliable vehicle or use and ACS vehicle, a clear background check, and computer access, laptop or Ipad. Rides are provided during the day, Monday-Friday and the hours are flexible. You can volunteer as little or as much as your schedule allows. Please call (800)-227-2345 or to learn how you can volunteer.

Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (AWSOM)

AWSOM is an animal shelter for Monroe County’s stray, homeless, neglected or abused animals. They are currently looking for shelter volunteers to assist in animal care and dog walking. They are also looking for animal lovers to help out with fundraising.

For more information and to apply for volunteering, please visit: or call (570) 421-DOGS.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Monroe County

This organization is in need of volunteers to be a big brother or big sister. One hour per week is required, and for students on break, one phone call is required. The volunteer requirement is one year as a Big Brother or Big Sister in the community or at JM Hill Elementary.

The organization is also in need of site based volunteers to work at J.M. Hill Elementary which is just minutes from campus. For more information on becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, please contact Jenna Sargent at (570) 421-2877 or by email at

Brodhead Watershed Association

Pocono Heritage Land Trust

Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission

Brodhead Watershed Association is looking for volunteers to assist Theresa Merli and Rob Sedwin with soliciting donations for the Silent Auction; and assisting with general set-up and organization on the evening of the dinner. If you are available to help in any or all of these BWA Dinner volunteer positions, and would like more details, please contact BWA at

Throughout the year they also need volunteers to take photos of Stroud Region Parks in use for promotional purposes, 1-2 Volunteers needed for Brodhead Watershed Association.

Pocono Heritage Land and Trust is looking for volunteers for their trail work every third Saturday of every month. There is a standing Greenway Volunteer Work Day on the Greenway trails every month.Contact Rebecca at or contact Dawn Gorham (PHLT) at if you are interested in getting involved.


Devereux is a residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities. The residents range in age from adolescents to geriatrics. They need help with both residents and their day program with activities; they are also looking for administrative help in their offices. Every year they look for volunteers to help with their Special Olympics events every season. For more information contact Miranda Swartwo at

Developmental Education Services of Monroe County

This organization helps to provide professional care for the severely handicapped so they can remain a part of their family and community. Developmental Education Services is currently looking for some volunteers to help do some one time outside yard maintenance at our facility (weeding, spreading mulch, planting, etc.). They also need volunteers throughout the week to help with community activities, bowling, gym program, etc.). For more information contact Carol Miller at (570) 421-8893 or by email at

Easton Hospital

They are in need of volunteers to help with information desks in both lobbies they ask that volunteers work in four hour shifts between 8am-8pm. For more information contact Audrey Prokopowich at (610) 250-4066.


This organization provides equine-assisted activities for children and adults. They are currently in need of responsible and reliable volunteers to work with the children leading horses. Commitment to a 10-week session is required. They are looking for leaders as well as side helpers, but for leading there is a required training session. They have trainings monthly on Saturdays. For more information please contact Pat or Evon at (570)992-7722 or by email at or

Girls on the Run Poconos Chapter

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 program for girls in the third to seventh grade. They are always looking for volunteers to help with their program as assistant coaches, running buddies, and other various tasks. They are also looking for volunteers at their programs running at multiple local school districts such as Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary, Stroudsburg Middle School, Notre Dame, East Stroudsburg Elementary, and at JM Hill Elementary School. For more information about their program visit their website: To volunteer or for additional information please contact Dolores Everett, Council Director by email at, or by phone at (570) 807-8185.

Golden Living Center

Golden Living Center is a long term nursing facility, which is looking for volunteers to work with residents helping with activities time, games, bingo, crafts and other activities. They are looking for volunteers any day between 11am-4pm. They are located right across from Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono. If you are interested in volunteering contact Dylan at (570) 421-6200, or by email at

Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary

Lakshmi Cow Sanctuary has volunteer positions available for ESU students. The hours are flexible mostly taking care of cows, cats, and chickens. They are located about 9 miles from ESU in Bangor. For more information visit or to volunteer contact Sankar Sastri at (610) 653-7079.

Latino American Alliance of NEPA

The Latino American Alliance is looking for volunteers to do research, checking on new clients, setting up appointments, faxing, and coping. For more information or to volunteer contact Johanna, Community Services Coordinator, at (570) 420-3725.

Lehigh Valley Health Network

They are looking for volunteers to help at information desks, check-in areas, and other areas. For more information check out their website at and click on volunteers or call at (610) 969-2850.

Monroe County Conservation District

They are looking for volunteers to help with environmental tasks such as seed link sales, bird seed sales, their annual Bio Blitz, and need help with prep work for various projects they are working on. For more information contact Brian Hariman at (570) 629-3061 or by email at Check out their website at

Monroe County Meals on Wheels

This organization needs volunteers to deliver food to homes in the local community. They deliver food Monday-Friday from 10-11:30a.m., and students must have an automobile and proper insurance in order to participate. Looking for volunteers to transport meals to 2 apartment buildings West Gate and Milestone Corners both about 10 miles round trip from ESU. Contact Katherine at (570) 424-8794 to volunteer or donate, or for more information visit

Pocono Family YMCA

Pocono Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with special events such as family fun night that they have twice a month on Saturdays from 5-9pm or throughout the week to help with administrative or office tasks. For more information contact Nicole Hill at or by phone at (570) 421-2525.

Pocono Alliance

Volunteers are needed for a new program called Running Bridges out of Poverty which aims to help families work to get out of poverty. They also need volunteers every Thursday from 5-8:00pm. Volunteers will work with the families with children to provide a daycare while in the mentoring session from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesdays. Volunteers will also be given a meal with the families at 5:30 at the beginning of each program session. They are also starting a new program Monroe in Motion which is working to help keep our youth active and healthy.

They need volunteers to be on a task force, computer help, and office volunteers from 9am-4pm specifically students who are computer savvy.

Please contact Ruth Piancone at or by phone at (570) 517-5367 to volunteer.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono is looking for volunteers to provide assistance in several areas throughout the hospital. Before beginning, there is a screening process. For further information, please contact the Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono Human Resources Department at (570) 476-3360.

Pocono Pines Clymer Library

This Library is in need of volunteers, they offer flexible schedules, common shifts though 10-1, 1-3, and 3-5 most week days except Tuesdays they have a late shift available from 4-8pm. They are also open Saturday from 1pm-5pm. They need help shelving books, checking in books, and checking out books.

If you are interested in volunteering contact Dianna Lake at (570) 646-0826 on Mondays and Tuesdays during the day, or on Thursdays between 2:30 – 8pm. She can also be contacted by email at

Pocono Services for Families and Children Monroe County Head Start

Pocono Services for Families and children is looking for volunteers to help in the classrooms, with activities, reading, lunchtime, playground time, as well as with clerical help in the office. They are looking for immediate help from someone who has experience in working with a Mac that can help with communications and marketing. They are very flexible with schedules for volunteers and open 5 days a week from 6:30am-6pm.

If you are interested in volunteering contact the Community Resources Coordinator Chris Garvey at (570) 421-2711 ext. 238 or by email at

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP has volunteer opportunities working with seniors. Volunteer tasks include things like helping with grocery shopping, friendly visits, phone calls, mentoring, minor home repair, reading, park trails & clean-ups, and clerical tasks in their office.

If you are interested, contact Merrell at the RSVP office at (570) 420-3747 or by email at

Slate Belt Heritage Center

The Slate Belt Heritage Center is a local museum in Bangor, Pennsylvania. They preserve the historic and ethnic traditions of the Slate Belt, which is the Bangor & Pen Argyl School District area. They run completely off of volunteer participation and are looking for volunteers, they are open from April thru November on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-3. They need volunteers to inventory, do computer work, and take desk duty. They are also looking for people to be on duty while the museum is open. They also use History majors or those interested in history that might be interested in being a curator and spend some time in the museum studying, researching, and helping with displays.

For more information contact Marc Blau at (570) 897-5459 or by email at Check out their Website at, and they are also on Facebook & Twitter.

Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church Food Pantry

The Helping Hands food pantry needs volunteers to help bag food on the Monday Before the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month. They also need volunteers on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 4:00-4:30pm to pick up bags and help out in the kitchen.

Donations are also always appreciated please call Maryann by phone at (570) 421-0750 for more information.

United Way of Monroe County

United Way is looking for volunteers to help with communications and marketing projects. They need volunteers to help assisting in the office, organizing volunteers, scheduling trainings and helping with fundraising. They are also looking for individuals who are computer savvy to help with working on databases, outlook, and constant contact. They also have internships available for administration, web design, communications, and marketing.

For more information on volunteering or applying for an internship contact Mathilda Sheptak at (570) 629- 5657 or email her at

Youth Infusion

Youth Infusion is an organization that creates both school-based and community-based programs for youth in northeast Pennsylvania. They have the following volunteer/internship opportunities available. Tech savvy students to assist with website updates and social media account updates. Students to serve as youth program leaders for their 4th grade Shape Up/Youth Triathlon Program at Stroudsburg Intermediate Elementary School, 3rd grade in school projects, Trips for Kids after school and Saturday mountain biking rides, and Tobacco Free Youth Campaign After School Program at East Stroudsburg South. They are also looking for volunteers/interns for Grant writing assistants (research and writing) and event staff for events such as Youth Triathlon program.

Please contact Erica Velander at for more information. All are welcome, and these are just a few of the many opportunities that are available.