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22 Ways to Give Back in Berks

Want to lend a hand to a cause — the Berks community in general or residents in need — but don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a list of some ideas to consider. Whether you’re looking to make a monetary donation, to drop off goods or to offer up your time, there’s something for everyone here, many suggested by our Facebook followers.


Families & Community

Friend Inc. Community Services
658 Noble St., Kutztown

The multi-service social agency supports the well-being of families and individuals living in Northeastern Berks County. Volunteer help is needed with special events and to run the Northeastern Berks Food Pantry. 


Goodwill Keystone Area
3001 St. Lawrence Avenue, Reading

When you shop or donate at your local Goodwill Store or Donation Center, you are giving a hand up. Goodwill Keystone Area, a nonprofit organization, oversees operations and programs in 22 Pa. counties, including Berks. Goodwill thrift stores fund programs and services for people with disabilities who are seeking independence. Goodwill helps people transform their lives through life skills training and job coaching. 


It’s a Gift! Woman’s Exchange of Reading
720 Penn Avenue, West Reading

It’s a Gift! is the organization that gives twice. All purchases at the store benefit artisans and the organization’s benefit nonprofit of the year – this year Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks. Help is needed with manning the shop, graphic design, photography and more. Email


Junior League of Reading
1520 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing

The organization of women is committed to improving communities through effective action, developing the potential of women and more. For info on joining, email


March of Dimes Foundation

Volunteers are needed at the annual March for Babies on Sunday, May 21, at Penn State Berks Campus. Email for more information.  The March of Dimes' Mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.  


Opportunity House
430 N. Second St., Reading

Visit their website and click their “Ways to Help” tab. Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas, including to help serve shelter meals, to assist at the Second Street Learning Center, to serve on committees and more.


United Way of Berks County
501 Washington St., Ste. 601, Reading

Aims to link individuals and Berks groups to community service and volunteer opportunities throughout the county.


Health Services

Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks
529 Reading Avenue C, Reading

The nonprofit is always looking for volunteers to help and join in the fun. Programs include Pink Power Nights, support groups, educational seminars, comfort bags, a lending library and more.


The Berks County American Cancer Society
498 Bellevue Avenue, Reading

The Society is the main contact for local Relay For Life events and more.


Berks T1D Connection

The community-based organization works to improve the lives of those impacted by Type 1 Diabetes through support, education, advocacy and awareness. For more info email


Children's Alopecia Project
906 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing

Fostering awareness for alopecia, CAP also brings children suffering from the incurable autoimmune hair loss disease together through an International Camp, Alopeciapalooza, and regional CAP Kid Camps in California, Texas, Ohio and North Carolina at no charge to children with alopecia. The nonprofit is looking for members to become part of an awareness team to help raise funds for the organization and its mission. For more info email


Lifeline of Berks County, Inc.
612 Reading Avenue, West Reading

The nonprofit provides guidance for those facing an unplanned pregnancy. Monetary donations help to fund counseling, formula and diaper needs, and more.


Animal Causes

Grey Muzzle Manor

Volunteers are needed to help with property enhancement and improvements at the hobby farm that serves to heal and provide sanctuary for unwanted animals and to help the visitors who benefit from spending time with the farm residents. For more info email


Humane Society of Berks County
1801 N. 11th St., Reading

Individuals are needed to assist with animal care, dog walking, clerical work, event support, fundraising, adoption promotion and more. For more info contact Kristi Rodriguez, volunteer coordinator, at


One by One Cat Rescue

The all-volunteer, nonprofit cat rescue looks for helpers for fundraising, fostering cats, transporting cats to vet appointments, and more.


Arts & Entertainment

​Berks Arts Council
201 Washington St., Ste. 523, Reading

Presenting the Berks Jazz Fest, Bandshell Concert Series, Fast Lane Art, and Pagoda Awards, as well as providing arts grants to Berks County nonprofit organizations, the Berks Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help with events and occasional office work. 


Berks Community Television – BCTV
1900 N. 13th St., Reading

The nonprofit community media organization is looking for volunteers to help with camera operations, event coordination, phone help, mailing preparation and more. For more information contact Tyler Washington at 610.374.3065 or email


Education & Youth

Berks County Foster Grandparent Program 
(Sponsored by Alvernia University)
400 Saint Bernardine St., Reading 

As part of an intergenerational volunteer program, Foster Grandparents are regarded as role models, mentors, tutors and friends to disadvantaged youth and children with exceptional needs. The program provides a way for volunteers aged 55+ to stay active by serving the children and youth in their communities. Foster Grandparents serve an allotted amount of hours per week and receive hourly stipends. More than 30 volunteer stations include elementary schools, Head Start Centers, Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs, Family Literacy Program Centers and afterschool programs. For more information, contact Alyssa Slade, program manager, at 610.790.2884 or at


Olivet Boys & Girls Club
1161 Pershing Blvd., Reading

The organization helps youth in need, providing them with a safe, positive environment in which to thrive. Volunteers are needed to assist with tasks such as homework help, mentoring and sports activities. Background checks are required prior to being approved as a volunteer. Contact Tracy Lockhart, volunteer coordinator, at 610.373.1314 or


Senior Services

Berks Encore
40 N. 9th St., Reading

Organization volunteers help with such services as packing and delivering Meals on Wheels, preparing taxes, grocery shopping, labeling monthly newsletters and more, aimed at aiding the Berks aging community.


Little Acts of Love

Home repairs are completed for  elderly, disabled and low income homeowners at no cost by volunteers. All materials are purchased with donations from local businesses, churches and the groups attending LAL Summer Service Camps.



Berks Nature
25 N. 11th St., Reading

Become a member or donate today to help protect our environment and connect more children to nature. For more information contact Becca Gregg, communications specialist, at 

Apr 8, 2017 03:18 am
 Posted by  landscaperlady

Also, Penn State Extension has lots of great ways to volunteer. Care to improve the planet? Then join the Master Watershed Stewards or Master Gardeners!

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