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One-Time Service Projects


Contact: Keith Jones Pomeroy, Interim Program Manager
Email: KPomeroy@messiah.edu

This is the web page for One-Time Service Projects and On-going Service Opportunities which are not part of our local Outreach Teams. These opportunities are open to any student or student group who might be interested. Community organizations are also welcome to submit requests to be posted on this page.


If you are a student, below is a list of opportunities submitted by community partners who are in need of volunteers. Please read over the projects and communicate with the contact directly.


If you are a community partner, thank you for considering the Agape Center in your search for volunteers. Please note that due to the nature of One-Time Projects, we cannot guarantee volunteers but we can spread the word about your opportunity. You may submit requests for one-time projects or for ongoing opportunities, which are not part of our Outreach Teams. If you would like to submit a request, please email Keith Jones Pomeroy at KPomeroy@messiah.edu with the following information:

  • Information about your organization and specific volunteer need(s);
  • Timeframe (date, time, address) of volunteer opportunity;
  • Contact information (name, phone number, email);
  • Expiration date of your post.

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Available Opportunities:


  • Camp Hebron

Camp Hebron is a Christian retreat center over the mountain in Halifax The camp has been running for the last 54 years but needs volunteers to keep the facilities going strong.  They are looking for volunteers to do service projects for maintenance (spring cleaning of the grounds, mulching, planting flowers), houskeeping (different cleaning projects to enhance appearances), the office (mailings and filing), the  kitchen (serving meals to our guests) and  the barn (feeding, stall cleaning,  or even leading trail rides after further training). Volunteers could come any time of the week, weekends, and weekdays. This is especially a great opportunity for students interested in ministry, camping, youth, recreation, and culinary skills.

   

Contact: Julie Braun at jbraun@camphebron.org

  • Joshua Group

Joshua Group (http://www.joshuagroup.org/), an at-risk youth mentoring organization in Harrisburg, is looking for groups to prepare a meal for the students in their after school program. If the kids do not get dinner before they go home, some of them might not have any food to eat until the next day at school. Any large group on campus could take on this opportunity. This opportunity is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and your group would provide the funds to purchase ingredients.


Here is what the project would involve.
1. Gather your group sometime before the day you plan to serve and prepare enough food to provide dinner for 40-50 kids
2. Go to Joshua Group on the day you plan to serve, do last minute meal preparations, get to know the kids, and heat and serve your meal.

Contact: Sally Snyder for details at (717) 991-3686.

 

  • Fountain Gate Church

Located in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg, we direct an after school program on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:30. Results of a survey showed that our inner city youth need help with reading and math skills, and we also have some Spanish youth who need help with their English. We would greatly appreciate any volunteers who would be interested in helping tutor.

Contact: Vickie Johnston, Youth Director

(717) 635-8520 (work) or (717) 592-1392 (cell)

soblessedvj@yahoo.com


  • I'm Worth Waiting For

Abstinence Education at Life Choices Clinic, Capital Area Pregnancy Centers. We exist to demonstrate Christ’s unconditional love to those in a crisis pregnancy through spiritual and emotional counseling, material support, and education, thus enabling them to choose alternatives to abortion.

  

Our Abstinence Education program is the “preventative” prong of our ministry, conducting hundreds of programs per school year in local public and private schools.  We educate middle and high school students regarding the wise choice of abstinence in preventing STIs and unplanned pregnancy. To accomplish this, we use college student (or college-age) volunteers to perform a program of short, humorous, interactive skits that clearly communicate the message that it is best to wait until marriage to be sexually active. Volunteers can visit our program website at www.sublistonline.com/ae to view the list of programs available. There is no minimum or maximum commitment and you can volunteer for any class, anytime.

This opportunity is perfect for students of drama, sociology, psychology or health services or anyone who just wants a service opportunity that affords them some fun! This opportunity puts the volunteer on the front line with instant gratification (not often found in ministry opportunities). If you want to use your position as a college student to speak a positive message into the lives of local teens, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.  We provide all necessary training and transportation if needed.

Contact: Lorelei Aubrey at 717-761-4410 x3002 or lorelei@capchelp.org

  

  • Angel Food Ministry

The Wolgamuth Church of the Brethren in Dillsburg, PA has opened a community support ministry through the Angel Food Ministry. We will be providing healthy, affordable food to our community on the third Saturday of each month, and we need your help to aid with the distribution. 7-10 volunteers are needed each month to help set up for the distribution, help load food items into clients' containers, and provide assistance with carrying elderly clients' food to their vehicles. The work begins around 8 AM and will end around noon, so the time commitment is for 3-4 hours. Transportation to the church can be arranged if needed.

 

Contact: Pastor Ed Robbins at

wolgamuth@gmail.com or wolgamuthchurch@verizon.net

or by calling 717-432-2749

  • Messiah Village

Messiah Village Adult Day Service is in need of some student musicians to provide music for their residents. Opportunities are available at both the Carlisle and Mechanicsburg locations. This would be a once a month commitment.

Contact: Kim Engle at kimmle7@comcast.net

  • Brethren Housing Association

Brethren Housing Association provides transitional housing for homeless single moms and their children. We are looking for individuals who are interested in working with the children while moms attend Support Group. Volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 6:20-8:00 p.m. and will need to fill out a Child Abuse Clearance form to be approved.

Contact: Jennifer Rash at (717) 233-6016 x21 or jrash@bha-pa.org

  • Cumberland Vista Group Home

I am a parent of a resident at Cumberland Vista Group Home. Are there any students who are interested in doing things with mentally challenged young adults? I was thinking of taking them for a walk, playing games with them, doing exercises-that would be great because right now they get very little exercise. Cumberland Vista is on York Road which is not to far from the college and I am sure the students would find the experience very rewarding. All of the residents come over to the college for the Special Olympics, so possible your students might already know some of them.

Contact: Barbara Witmer at (717) 763-4285

  • Good Shepherd Parish

Good Shepherd Parish, Camp Hill, is looking for individuals to help in the religious education program for children with special needs. Volunteers are needed on Monday nights, 6:30-7:30, from October to April and are required to complete a Child Abuse Clearance.

Contact: Theresa Evans at (717) 737-8216 or tevans@gsschpa.org if you are interested in sharing your time and talent with our wonderful children.

  • Inner City Harrisburg

We are looking for volunteers interested in improving inner-city education while gaining experience by tutoring one of our junior high school boys throughout this school year. Every Thursday 3:30-4:30 pm is the most ideal time to assist one of our 6th, 7th or 8th grade boys with homework, studying and improving study skills and practices. No preparation necessary. (Mon-Wed, 3:30-4:30 is also an option) Please consider this simple, yet deeply significant and impacting option to influence our Allison Hill community. Our privately funded school cannot operate without our volunteer support. Thank you!

Contact: Kari Dyrli at (717) 236-5602 or nativityhbg@gmail.com

 
  • Morning Hour Chapel

I am the pastor of Morning Hour Chapel located about 15 miles south of Messiah Collage. we are looking for one or two students to provide some leadership and treaching for junior highers. this would be a once or twice a month commitment on Sunday AM and perhaps if you wanted to some kind of a fun outting type event. it would be up to you. We have lots of ideas, we just need YOU! We would reimburse your expenses, especially gas. if you don’t have transportation I could provide it for you as I live just up the hill from the soccar field. Morning Hour Chapel has a strong legacy of children as we began as a children only church but have been a church for all ages for many years. you would be teaming up with teachers from this church so you would not be in this alone.

 

Contact: Dave Rose at 717-395-8822


*Please remember to express your interest with the contact directly*