Volunteering for a local group, organization, or cause allows you to give back to your community, which can be a rewarding experience. In Red Lion, Pennsylvania, there are many ways you can donate your time and talents to serve others. Here are six places where you can offer your services in the Red Lion area.

York County Libraries

Book shelves half filled in a library

The York County library system relies on volunteers to serve in its 13 locations throughout the county, including the Kaltreider-Benfer branch in Red Lion. Volunteers with York County Libraries help shelve books, provide clerical support, or assist with children's programming. As a volunteer, you can use your skills and talents to connect with community members who use the library. For example, you may help library members find books and materials, read stories to children, answer questions at a customer service desk, or assist with book sales.

Anyone age 13 or older can sign up with York County Libraries. To enlist, you must apply and pass several background checks. Once you obtain these clearances, you can schedule an interview, and the library will place you in a position. For more information, visit the York County Libraries website.

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Community REACH

Founded in 1974, Community REACH has supported York County families for nearly 50 years. The not-for-profit agency aims to provide families in need with food, supplies, clothing, and other support. The organization has a dedicated staff and volunteers who perform various tasks, such as distributing food, collecting warm coats, and teaching educational classes. Whether you prefer to work directly with families or perform behind-the-scenes administrative work, there's a position with Community REACH.

You can browse the organization's current volunteer openings on its website. Once you see a position that interests you, complete the online application registration. You'll need two references to vouch for your character and abilities. Community REACH also requires potential volunteers to submit child abuse and state police clearances to work with the organization.

Red Lion Roars

Red Lion Roars is a nonprofit organization that develops and supports the arts, culture, and recreation in the Red Lion community. The organization actively seeks people to help with its events, which benefit arts and recreation opportunities in Red Lion. As a participant, you'll help plan, prepare, and run these events, such as the Easter Egg Hunt in Fairmount Park and the cigar raising on New Year's Eve. Red Lion Roars also hosts the Suds and Songs Festival, an annual event with local bands and food trucks, and Art in the Park, which highlights local artists and crafters.

To volunteer with Red Lion Roars, you can submit an online application. Provide your availability so the organization can best match you with opportunities. If you'd like to be involved with the organization's future, you can also express your interest in becoming a board member.

Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter

If you have a heart for animals, consider donating your time to the Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter. This nonprofit animal shelter provides safe, secure homes for cats. You can volunteer to foster cats and kittens before they're adopted. Fostering can last between 10 days and several months, and the shelter will work with you to find a foster cat that fits your lifestyle and schedule. Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter also needs volunteers who can work in its stores to feed, clean, and care for cats. These helpers also assist with events to promote the cats and raise money.

You can begin the volunteer process by filling out an online application. Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter will ask about your availability and interests. You'll also have to submit two references for consideration. A volunteer coordinator will contact you after you submit your application to discuss the next steps.

York County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

You can make a life-changing difference for children by sharing your time with the York County CASA program. York County CASA provides volunteers with tools and training to offer support to children who have experienced abuse or neglect. As a York County CASA volunteer, you'll advocate for a child in the foster care system until they're placed in a safe, permanent home. You'll attend court hearings, meet with the child in their current placement, maintain a case log, and work with CASA staff to submit written recommendations to a judge.

To become a York County CASA volunteer, you must be at least 21 years old and have enough time to attend hearings and meetings for the child. The CASA program requires volunteers to commit to an 18- to 24-month period and complete necessary background checks. You'll complete 45 hours of pre-service training before you begin volunteering and 12 hours of in-service training each year you continue to volunteer. You can begin the application process by completing an online application.

York Habitat for Humanity

Join the nearly 9,000 other volunteers who help York Habitat for Humanity build safe, affordable homes for low-income York County residents. This volunteer-driven organization creates new and rehabilitated housing. It offers qualified families interest-free 30-year mortgages to help them afford new homes. Depending on your talents, you can contribute in one of several areas, including construction, community service, or fundraising. There are opportunities for all skill levels and interests, even if you've never used a hammer or power tool.

You can find current volunteer opportunities with York Habitat for Humanity on its website. Once you find a volunteer activity that interests you, you can sign up online. You can also contact the organization's volunteer services manager by calling 717-854-6168, extension 106.

Now you know more about six volunteer opportunities in the Red Lion area. Do any of these opportunities interest you? Do you already volunteer with a group or organization we should add to our list? Send a message to Apple Chevrolet of Red Lion so we can include it. We care deeply about giving back to the Red Lion community and making it a better place to live. You can learn more about our commitment to community involvement on our website.

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