Volunteer Basics

Anyone can be a volunteer, but if you haven’t volunteered before, getting started can be a bit overwhelming. With hundreds of non-profits and opportunities to choose from, it helps to have a plan. There are a few things you can think about that will help get you started, such as knowing how much time you have and what interests you’re most passionate about. Regardless if you are a company or individual, first determine a passion, impact, then place.


Passion Card     Impact Card     Place Card


Individual Opportunities 

Group Opportunities 

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your community and provide a service to others. Visit PA211.org/GetInolved to browse local opportunities by location, type, and interest! 


PA 211

Group volunteering is fantastic for team building or simply making a big impact in a short ammount of time. Check out the below team resource guide for information on how to get started! 


Group Resource Guide


PA 211 Map

Volunteer Clearances

Volunteer opportunities that include interactions with agency clients or sensitive information often require that volunteers complete a background check. These requirements vary between agencies so it’s important to know what clearances you need for your specific opportunity. The below guide will walk you through how to obtain the most commonly required clearances for volunteers in Pennsylvania.

Volunteer Clearances

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