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We invite you to become an active and involved neighbor in your community and volunteer with Penn's Village. We are a neighbor-to-neighbor organization of people in central Philadelphia who live independently in their own homes as they age. Our volunteer opportunities are matched to your interest and schedule, and there is no required time commitment. Penn's Village hosts regular volunteer training sessions. Volunteers are screened through references, interviews and background checks.

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Transportation volunteers provide rides for members using their own car. This may include rides to health appointments, pharmacies and food stores, primarily within and around central Philadelphia. All drivers must agree to a driving record check and provide Penn's Village with a copy of their insurance card, vehicle registration and license.
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Companions make friendly visits in person and/or telephone calls to members who may be isolated or who may be unable to go out frequently. Often the companion and member sit and talk, watch TV, read a book or play a game together. Companions may also go for walks, out to lunch, to a movie or cultural site, or read to a member with low vision. Sometimes there is a special request such as listening to or playing music, doing crosswords, or sharing other stimulating activities.
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Volunteers change a light bulb or HVAC filter, hang a picture, open or close a stuck window, or provide other light home maintenance.
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Tech-savvy volunteers offer assistance with computers – both PCs and Macs – as well as with Smartphones, iPads, and voice-activated systems.
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Volunteers may, for example, go to the cleaners, take a package for shipping, pick up a prescription, go to a food market.
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Specially trained volunteers accompany a member to health appointments as support persons and a second pair of ears. 
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Volunteers handle phone calls and email requests, register persons for programs, provide IT support, prepare mailings, do filing and handle general administrative tasks, supplementing our lean part-time staff.
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Committees help manage and lead Penn’s Village. Volunteers with specific interests and/or expertise participate on one or more committees such as: Fundraising, Finance, Marketing & Communications, Membership & Welcoming, Inclusiveness & Diversity, Services and Program.  
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Volunteers walk a dog or feed a pet when a member needs temporary help caring for a pet.
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Volunteers help a member organize a closet or personal papers or with a decluttering project.  Some help members organize and pay bills.
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Volunteers contribute articles to the newsletter, The Village View, to the Penn’s Village blogs, and to stories for other community publications.
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If the support you wish to give isn't listed here, please contact us to discuss your interests.  We're always happy to help where we can.

If you're interested in providing any of these services, click the button below to get started!

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of Penn’s Village! If you are interested in volunteering, please submit a volunteer application to start the process.

Our Volunteer Application can be completed on-line.

Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.

Services are provided by volunteers. Under no circumstances shall Penn’s Village be liable for any indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages arising out of or in connection with your use of volunteer services. By accepting this service, a member will not seek to hold Penn’s Village responsible for any injury or damage caused by such volunteers. Please click here for the Penn’s Village full liability statement.