Best Places to Volunteer near Mechanicsburg PA


Looking to share some true holiday spirit? Well, as the old saying goes, “It’s far better to give than receive.” For that reason, we’ve compiled this list of our favorite charities in the Harrisburg region.

So, grab a grocery cart, strap on a tool belt, and check out the best places to volunteer this holiday season!

Food Bank

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (CPFB)

No man, woman or child living in our area should ever have to go hungry. This is the core tenant of The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s mission. Providing nutritious meals throughout 27 counties, the CPFB works with over 1,000 partner agencies from soup kitchens and schools to church food pantries.

Did you know that every $1 you donate to the CPFB provides six nutritious meals? Donations are accepted through the organization’s website as one-time payments or can be arranged on a recurring basis.

People who want to make a direct impact are welcome to drop off non-perishable food items to any of their partnering branches. You also can donate your time by hosting a food drive or by taking part in one of their packing or meal prep events held throughout the season.


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Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area

A place to call home: it’s something most of us take for granted. However, for far too many people within our region, it’s a dream that often feels unattainable.

Habitat for Humanity believes in the power of sweat equity, from aiding local veterans to make critical repairs around their homes to helping low-income families lay the cornerstone to their future.

The great news is that you don’t need a general contractor’s license to take part. You just need to be over 18 years of age and have the drive to put in a good day’s work.

Operating teams year-round Wednesdays through Saturdays, Habitat for Humanity utilizes volunteers for a wide variety of tasks, including rehab demolition, land and garden maintenance, interior repairs, and more!

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Housing Service

Volunteers of America Pennsylvania

As one of the oldest volunteer organizations in the United States, Volunteers of America has helped fulfill the material, emotional, and spiritual needs for thousands of people living across Central Pennsylvania.

Working in close partnership with local public and private non-profit organizations, Volunteers of America provides and supports a variety of programs, including:

  • Free daycare service
  • Transportation for the elderly and disabled
  • Rehousing and support for veterans
  • Shelter and workforce development for homeless women
  • Housing for at-risk youth and young adults

To help fulfill their wide-ranging mission, you can sign up for any number of tasks, from working at one of their local thrift stores to volunteering at one of their Disability Resource Breakfasts.


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Take Part Today!

We hope that, after reading our short guide, you feel a bit more inspired to lend a hand this holiday season. To learn more about how to get involved, make sure to visit each organization’s website and don’t forget to follow them on social media.


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