Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at ACHIEVEability. Your help assists us in providing the best services for our families and communities we serve. You can offer your support by tutoring one of our parents who is attending college, providing free tax preparation for members of our community, or painting one of our homes for new families entering our program. 

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There are numerous programs and activities in need of your energy and talents. We provide information about those programs below. If you are interested in helping to make a difference, please contact Events Manager Brian Hoskins at 215-748-8814 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please note that volunteers providing direct services to our parents and children will need to submit a Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check. Also, if you would like to work with children, we ask that you complete a Child Abuse Clearance. These forms are not necessary if you are planning to work on one-time service projects.

Time slots are listed below to give you an idea of the time commitment required for each position; it does not mean that you must volunteer for each of the days included in each category. Volunteer jobs are based on availability.

Tutoring

Help parents with college assignments or help children with homework and improvement of basic skills. Volunteers must attend a tutoring training session, after which they must commit to one volunteer session a week for the duration of a semester. Typical tutoring hours for ACHIEVEability parents and children are:

  • Monday through Thursday, from 4:00 – 6:00pm
  • Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 – 8:00pm
 

Tax Preparation

Assist the ACHIEVEability Community Services Office to provide free federal and state tax preparation services for members of the community. IRS certified training will begin this fall. Last tax season, we succesffully prepared tax returns for 392 community residents. In all, these residents received $670,212 in tax refunds.


   

Housing Makeover Teams

Are you looking for a team building activity for your company, your department or your group? ACHIEVEability can provide the perfect outlet for this need. Help ACHIEVEability prepare homes for new families to rent. By participating in this "Day of Caring" project, your group can clean, paint and/or do minor repairs to ACHIEVEability homes. In turn, your group will walk away from the project with a strong sense of accomplishment, knowing that they successfully helped to ready a home for a family in need.

We are flexible with scheduling. Each service event should be at least four hours to be able to produce meaningful results. If a team has more time to offer, we will avail of the extra help.

   

Community Services Office Support

The ACHIEVEability Community Services Office can use your support in various forms of volunteer services:

  • Office Coverage (answer phones, greet guests, data entry)
  • Intake Services (provide assistance for processing utility bill and security deposit assistance)
  • Employment Awareness (help maintain employment resources and information within the Community Services Office)
  • Outreach Calls (assist with quarterly phone banking to local residents and community stakeholders)
  • Tabling Events (host a table at various local events)
  • Housing Counseling (help potential homeowners purchase their first home) 

   

Corporate Volunteerism

By partnering with ACHIEVEability, your company or department can help the agency maximize its fullest potential by providing skills based volunteerism. The expertise of your company or department can help us to improve our program performance, prove value and guide investment decisions. Specifically, you can assist ACHIEVEability by providing resources for staff development, evaluations of operations and technology, guidance for marketing and public relations, and assessments of our strategic planning and program delivery.

   

Donation Drives

Help collect various items for ACHIEVEability families to help them achieve their goals. We provide our families with items throughout the year that many of us take for granted.

  • Back-to-School Book Bag Drive – Help ACHIEVEability children and parents succeed in their academics by organizing a donation drive for back-to-school items. Each year, ACHIEVEability provides its children and parents with fully supplied new book bags including: spiral bound notebooks, loose leaf paper, composition books, pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, calculators, pencil sharpeners, glue, etc.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner Drive – Help ACHIEVEability parents to provide a healthy and nutritious Thanksgiving dinner to their families. Each Thanksgiving, ACHIEVEability provides a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the works! This includes the turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce!
  • Holiday Gift Drive – Each Holiday Season, ACHIEVEability helps its participants to provide warm Holiday spirits for their children. Help organize a donation drive for age appropriate gifts for children ages 0 to 18. You can even enjoy the Holiday spirit by wrapping the gifts and joining ACHIEVEability at the annual Holiday Party!

For more information about our donation drives, please contact Events Manager Biran Hoskins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 215-748-8814.

   

New Opportunities at ACHIEVEability

  • Mentoring a participant
  • Adopt-a-family
  • office time; clerical help
  • and more!

For more information please contact the ACHIEVEability Development Department at 215-748-8809 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

ACHIEVEability Development Staff:

  • Brian Hoskins, Events Manager/Development Specialist
  • Sandra Whitfield, Donor Relations Officer/Executive Assistant