Youth Volunteering


Younger generations have always inspired the rest of us to better our world. Idealism can be infectious, and when paired with tangible service, real change can occur. Delaware youth serve every corner of our state and are responsible for thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. For more information on programming available to youth volunteers and leaders of youth volunteers, click on one of the links below or scroll down for a list of opportunities currently available to young people in Delaware. 

 

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Current Youth Opportunities

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed

A House of Hope, Inc., Food Pantry needs volunteers to assist with >> tasks that include: >> labeling and storing food >> processing applications for new clients for services assist with food >> ordering/preparing menu for orders pack boxes for distribution Food >> distribution

3/1/21 12:00 PM + more

In Person Tutor

Tennis Rocks is looking for Volunteer Tutors to provide in person tutoring at our Tennis Rocks house located at 203 West 23rd Street Wilmington, De. 19802. Our Tennis Rocks After School/Evening Tutoring program runs Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00pm.

3/1/21 1:00 PM + more

Mobile Food Pantry Volunteers Needed Kent County

Volunteers should expect: •Tasks will vary depending on the needs of the Food Bank. •Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to volunteer independently. •Younger volunteers (ages 7-15) accepted when volunteering with a parent/guardian but must have their own account and be registered/signed up separately for each event. •Volunteers will be on their feet for the majority of the time •Some volunteers may be asked to lift and/or move boxes of food weighing up to 50 lbs. Sign Up https://fbd.volunteerhub.com/event/04038b2d-fb39-42aa-83dc-5a9945b65598

3/3/21 9:00 AM

Nanticoke Creekwatchers Fourteenth Annual Training and Season Kickoff

We are now recruiting for 2021 Nanticoke Creekwatchers! We currently need new Creekwatchers to adopt designated sites in the Bridgeville, Seaford, and Woodland areas in DE and for MD-based volunteers to adopt sites in Quantico and elsewhere. Creekwatchers will visit their adopted sites every other Sunday or Monday (their choice) from March 28/29 to November 7/8. We ask that Creekwatchers be available for 14 out of 17 sampling periods during the season. Creekwatchers make observations about their sites, take measurements directly in the water, and also collect water samples for lab analysis. Data are reported to the Chesapeake Data Explorer, which in turn is accessible to state and federal agencies, residents and visitors, and partners who need high-quality water quality data. The States of DE and MD use Creekwatchers data for Clean Water Act Reports. Lastly, NWA uses data to create an annual Nanticoke River Report Card. Our annual training will be held on Saturday, March 20 at the Trap Pond Baldcypress Nature Center from 10AM-4PM. (Training specifics will be determined by COVID and may necessitate a hybrid online and in-person training schedule.) Veteran Creekwatchers who have volunteered for at least three full seasons will be able to attend a brief refresher and kit pick-up event the week of training. Full details will be determined in March. Minors aged 13 or younger may participate with a parent or guardian. Interested? Register for training. and we'll contact you with more info about the program and available sites. If you have questions about the program, please contact BethWasden@NanticokeRiver.org.

3/20/21 10:00 AM

Volunteer with Young Athletes 2- 7 years

Volunteer for our Young Athletes Program. (2 - 7 Years) Help our Young Athletes to have fun while staying fit. Activities will be outside and will follow CDC Safety guidelines. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask. Activities include running, jumping, balance, follow the leader, songs with actions. Volunteers should be prepared to have fun during this energetic program. No experience necessary. Open to volunteers 14+ Must be available for ongoing committment as background check required.

4/13/21 4:45 PM + more

Citizens Hose Co #1, Inc

Volunteer Firefighters

Through 12/31/21

Helping at a thrift store

We need volunteers in these areas: Clothing, Receiving Donations, Shoes, Art, Linens, Crafts and Fabric, Truck deliveries and Pick Ups, Cleaning, Purses, Toys, Christmas, Organizing, Cashier, Testing Appliances, Glassware and Dishes, Merchandise Display and Pricing, Sporting Goods, Hardware. We’ll find a job for you that you will enjoy and you can volunteer as few or as many hours or days as you like!

Through 8/22/30

CareWear Project | Volunteer Delaware 50+ Community Partner

Description: The CareWear Project consists of many dedicated members who knit and crochet year-round beautifully crafted cold weather clothing and blankets for our county’s most neediest people. Whether it is a veteran who have valiantly served our country, newborns whose mothers are children themselves with few resources, the elderly afflicted with Alzheimer’s, the homeless, those suffering from the complications of aids, or others needing help, the members of CareWear have risen year after year to the challenge of making lives a little better and brighter. CareWear members meet monthly to turn in their completed items and pick up yarn. Completed items may include adult/children/toddler/baby – hats/scarves/mittens/gloves/booties/sweaters – lap robes/blankets/afghans (M-XL) & chemo caps. Items are then sorted and stored awaiting the yearly distribution which takes place on the last Friday of October and coincides with Make a Difference Day. Knitter / Crocheter – will volunteer to make knitted or crochet items for those in need according to program guidelines/requests CareWear Support – assist staff in the coordination of program meetings, organizing of inventory in preparation for annual distribution and/or entering hours into an electronic database. To become part of Volunteer Delaware 50+ in New Castle County please click the highlighted text below then download and complete a Volunteer Delaware 50+ Enrollment Form, then either email, fax or mail the form to our NCC office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 302-255-9746. Email: Guadalupe.Murphy@delaware.gov Mail: Volunteer Delaware 50+ 1901 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720 FAX: 302-255-4462

Through 12/31/25

Nanticoke Creekwatcher

Become a Nanticoke Creekwatcher and help the Nanticoke Watershed Alliance (NWA) and partner agencies track the health of one of the healthiest Chesapeake rivers and its creeks. As a citizen scientist, you'll learn how to use awesome water quality monitoring equipment and will follow an EPA-approved protocol that allows our data to be used for policy and management decisions. The NWA provides all equipment, along with extensive training and on-going support. No previous experience is necessary; Creekwatchers must have the physical ability to walk and to carry and use equipment and must be able to follow protocol. All sites are accessible by foot. (You don't need to own or to use a boat when Creekwatching.) Minors aged 13 and older are welcome to join the team, when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please note--this program is based in western Sussex County and in Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. The program currently monitors 35 sites through the Nanticoke region in both Delaware and in Maryland. Sites are long-term, pre-selected locations. Sites vary from bridge crossings to private docks to boat ramps. Creekwatchers make observations about their sites, collect water samples for lab analysis, and take a suite of measurements directly in the water. Beyond being used by agencies for Clean Water Act reports and to track the progress of pollution-reduction strategies, the NWA also uses Creekwatchers data to create an annual water quality report card. Training will take place on Saturday, March 20, 2021, and pre-registration is required. (Specifics will be determined in March according to COVID restrictions in place at that time.) For more info, please email Beth Wasden or call at 443.944.1175.

Through 11/8/21

Greeter for Blood Bank of Delmarva Dover Center

Make a difference and help our donors feel empowered and vital as they enter the Center. Direct donors to the registration desk. You may be helping donors get a drink/snack prior to donation, and will be taking temperatures, and/or sanitizing the tablets and laminated FDA reading materials. Interact with people, and help Blood Bank of Delmarva give excellent service. Centers are located in Concord Rt. 202 near PA/DE border; Newark, DE; Dover, DE; and Salisbury, MD. All COVID precautions are being taken in all BBD centers and mobiles - you will be helping to protect our donors from this vicious pathogen. We truly could not save lives without your critical assistance. Apply here: https://www.delmarvablood.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Email: awilliamson@bbd.org or Call: 302-737-8405 ext. 819 Angela Williamson

Through 6/1/21

Greeter at Blood Bank of Delmarva Newark DE Center

Make a difference and help our donors feel great as they enter the Center. Direct donors to the registration desk. You may be helping donors relieve themselves with a drink/snack prior to donation, taking temperatures, and/or sanitizing the tablets and laminated FDA reading materials. Interact with people, and help Blood Bank of Delmarva give excellent service. Centers are located in Concord Rt. 202 near PA/DE border; Newark, DE; Dover, DE; and Salisbury, MD. All COVID precautions are being taken in all BBD centers and mobiles, and your work as a volunteer will help keep oour donors safe from the pandemic. We truly could not carry out this life-saving work without your assistance. Apply here: https://www.delmarvablood.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Email: awilliamson@bbd.org or Call: 302-737-8405 ext. 819 Angela Williamson

Through 6/1/21

Greeter at Blood Bank of Delaware Salisbury Center

Make a difference and help our donors feel great as they enter the Center. Direct donors to the registration desk. You may be helping donors get a drink/snack prior to donation, taking temperatures, and/or sanitizing the tablets and laminated FDA reading materials. Interact with people, and help Blood Bank of Delmarva give excellent service. Centers are located in Concord Twp Rt. 202 near PA/DE border; Newark, DE; Dover, DE; and Salisbury, MD. All COVID precautions are being taken in all BBD centers and mobile - you will be responsible for helping protect our donors against this fearsome pathogen. Your assistance truly could not be more critical. Apply here: https://www.delmarvablood.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Email: awilliamson@bbd.org or Call: 302-737-8405 ext. 819 Angela Williamson

Through 8/31/21

SAT Tutors

Virtual Opportunity to tutor students preparing for SAT

Through 1/27/23

Ambassadors

Interact and promote TUGI events on social media, get exclusive opportunities for TUGI panel/speaker events and giveaways.

Through 1/27/22

Community Outreach

Reach out o organizations and schools on a local and international level to partner with The Urban Garden Initiative.

Through 1/27/22

Virtual Reading Angel

Show children the importance of reading. Virtual Reading Angels allows caring community members to read to kids online. The earlier that children develop a life long love for reading, the more likely they will succeed. You can help during this time of crisis, right from the sofa!

Through 2/1/22

Administration Volunteers Needed Georgetown Campus

Have a knack for computers, data entry, filing, etc? Consider helping out our administration team! All computer savvy volunteers are welcome to lend a hand. Volunteer Requirements Four hours each month One community event every two months Junior Volunteers (require chaperon): 8-12 years old Volunteer: 13+ Apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-georgetown/

Through 2/4/25

Pet Adoption Counselor Georgetown Campus

Train to become an adoption counselor and help us match pets with their forever homes. Work closely with our staff to learn the steps needed to process adoptions at our shelter. Volunteer Requirements Four hours each month One community event every two months Junior Volunteers (require chaperon): 8-12 years old Volunteer: 13+ To Apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-georgetown/

Through 2/4/25

Animal Photographers Needed Georgetown Campus

Help us capture all of our shelter pet’s unique quirks through photography! Your photographs will be used to update our website and social media accounts. Photographers are expected to bring their own supplies. Volunteer Requirements Four hours each month One community event every two months Junior Volunteers (require chaperon): 8-12 years old Volunteer: 13+ To Apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-georgetown/

Through 2/4/25

Animal Shelter Junior Volunteer

If you are between 8-12 years of age, you can join our junior volunteer program! After you and your chaperon or guardian (18 years+) have both submitted volunteer applications and have attended a volunteer orientation you are welcome to volunteer within our organization. Junior volunteers can tag along as chaperon or guardians help out, and participate in several activities such as puppy socialization, kitten socialization, grooming, reading to companions, etc. under your Chaperon/guardians supervision. To apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-georgetown/

Through 2/4/25

Dog Biscuit Baker Georgetown Campus

Want a group activity that helps the shelter dogs? Consider baking homemade dog treats for our canine residents. The BVSPCA has several approved recipes that are easy to make. Drop off the homemade treats during shelter hours. Drop Biscuits off to shelter during business hours. https://bvspca.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Dog-cookie-recipies-v2.pdf

Through 2/4/25

Homemade Cat Toy Makers Georgetown Campus

Would you like to help our feline friends stay entertained? Create fun and easy cat toys to provide entertainment and enrichment for the cats and kittens while they are in our care. For instructions to make toys click the link below https://bvspca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Homemade-Toys-for-Cats.pdf

Through 2/4/25

Homemade Cat Toy Makers New Castle Campus

Would you like to help our feline friends stay entertained? Create fun and easy cat toys to provide entertainment and enrichment for the cats and kittens while they are in our care. Drop completed toys to Brandywine Valley SPCA during bussiness hours. For instructionsto make toys: https://bvspca.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Homemade-Toys-for-Cats.pdf

Through 2/4/25

Dog and Cat Program Volunteers Georgetown Campus

Work closely with staff to meet all the needs of our adorable adoptable pets including training, exercising, grooming, and other enriching activities. To apply go to https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-georgetown/

Through 2/4/25

Camp Counselors for Hagley’s Summer Camps (Life Long Ago and STEM):

Camp Counselors support Camp Instructors during the running of Hagley Summer Camps. These opportunities are for youth volunteers, age range 15-18. This activity will earn approximately 60 hours of volunteer time. Each camp will have 2-4 Camp Counselors. Counselors assist with activity set-up, preparation and clean-up; group management and conflict resolution; and setting a friendly, engaging atmosphere throughout the camp week. There are two camp sessions: July 12-16 and August 2-6. Daily report times are 8:00 am-4:30 pm. Life Long Ago Camp immerses campers into life in a 19th century black powder factory and workers’ village, exploring different activities common during the 1800s and participating in tasks specific to a powder factory. During STEM Camp, campers investigate scientific and engineering concepts and complete hands-on challenges, focusing on a different topic each day and ending with a Science Expo. Note: 1) Training (2 days) is provided in advance of camp week (dates TBD). Training is mandatory. 2) You must commit to the full week of camp. 3) You will be interviewed for this activity prior to final assignment. If interested, please sign up (if already a Hagley volunteer) and we’ll be in touch for interviews in March/April. If you are not a Hagley volunteer email http://jstewart@hagley.org for information on how to sign up.

Through 7/5/21

Thrift Store Volunteers Needed

In -Store volunteers needed to help with Processing & hanging clothing Processing & pricing wares Cleaning & pricing furniture Processing & pricing electronics For more information go to https://godswaydelaware.org/help-us-volunteer/ or call 302-422-3033

Through 2/5/25

Food Bank of Delaware Volunteers

A Day in the Life of a Food Bank of Delaware Volunteer Every day in the volunteer room is a little bit different than the day before. Volunteers could be asked to do a number of different activities. These activities are determined by the Volunteer Coordinator/Manager as well as the current and future needs of the Food Bank of Delaware. On a normal day in the volunteer room we could be making senior meal boxes, USDA boxes, helping out in the healthy pantry center, creating backpacks for our Backpack Program, sorting or boxing frozen foods (we will always tell you if we’re sorting freezer product so that you can come dressed and ready to be in the fridge!), creating donated meal boxes, or sorting through donations! https://www.fbd.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/

Through 2/5/25

Food Bank of Delaware Volunteers

A Day in the Life of a Food Bank of Delaware Volunteer Every day in the volunteer room is a little bit different than the day before. Volunteers could be asked to do a number of different activities. These activities are determined by the Volunteer Coordinator/Manager as well as the current and future needs of the Food Bank of Delaware. On a normal day in the volunteer room we could be making senior meal boxes, USDA boxes, helping out in the healthy pantry center, creating backpacks for our Backpack Program, sorting or boxing frozen foods (we will always tell you if we’re sorting freezer product so that you can come dressed and ready to be in the fridge!), creating donated meal boxes, or sorting through donations! https://www.fbd.org/volunteer/

Through 2/5/25

Adoption Counselor

Train to become an adoption counselor and help us match pets with their forever homes. Work closely with our staff to learn the steps needed to process adoptions at our shelter. Requirements: Four hours each month One community event every two months Junior Volunteers (require chaperon): 8-12 years old Volunteer: 13+ To Apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-new-castle/

Through 2/9/25

Administration Volunteer Brandywine Valley SPCA New Castle Campus

Have a knack for computers, data entry, filing, etc? Consider helping out our administration team! All computer savvy volunteers are welcome to lend a hand. Requirements: Four hours each month One community event every two months Junior Volunteers (require chaperon): 8-12 years old Volunteer: 13+ To apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-new-castle/

Through 2/9/25

Dog and Cat Volunteer Program New Castle Campus

Barandywine Valley SPCA is seeking volunteers to work closely with staff to meet all the needs of our adorable adoptable pets including training, exercising, grooming, and other enriching activities Requirements: Four hours each month One community event every two months Junior Volunteers (require chaperon): 8-12 years old Volunteer: 13+ To apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/volunteer-application-new-castle/

Through 2/9/25

Junior Volunteer Program New Castle Location

If you are between 8-12 years of age, you can join our junior volunteer program! After you and your chaperon or guardian (18 years+) have both submitted volunteer applications and have attended a volunteer orientation you are welcome to volunteer within our organization. Junior volunteers can tag along with as you help out, and participate in several activities such as puppy socialization, kitten socialization, grooming, reading to companions, etc. all under your supervision. To apply https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/#apply

Through 2/9/25

Greeter at Dagsboro Center (SPRING 2021)

Help out at our soon-to-open center in Dagsboro, Delaware, coming March / Aprlil 2021! Hours are not yet set but you can begin to train now and can volunteer on mobile drives to get experience. Volunteering as a greeter at the Blood Bank involves sanitizing surfaces and donor materials, taking temperatures, and assisting reception. You'll be helping us turn the generosity of our donors into lifesaving infusions.

Through 12/31/21

Serve happiness at our Dagsboro DE center! (SPRING 2021)

Make a positive difference in your life and your community! Be the friendly person we need to serve snacks and drinks to our blood donors after they donate. You serve a very important role in watching the donors during snack time, making sure they are doing well and calling for assistance if needed. You interact with people, making them feel comfortable and good about their donation and time given to save lives! Volunteer your time with the Blood Bank of Delmarva and make a difference in your life, the lives of the donors, and the patients getting the lifesaving blood they need! Centers are located in Concord Rt. 202 near PA/DE border; Newark, DE; Dover, DE; and Salisbury, MD. All COVID precautions are being taken in all BBD centers and mobiles. Apply here: https://www.delmarvablood.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Email: awilliamson@bbd.org or Call: 302-737-8405 ext. 819 Angela Williamson

Through 12/31/21

Disaster Responder

Purpose: To participate in all DAT program support and capacity building activities necessary to ensure effective service delivery during a DAT response. Location(s): Montgomery County Responsibilities: Disaster Action Teams provide 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, particularly house fires, ensuring that those affected have access to resources for basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. This position is responsible for the tasks involved in the Disaster Action Team program including: Supporting the annual goals, Regional Disaster Officer (RDO) objectives, and regional/chapter plan for DAT services through participation in meetings, projects, and local response activities. Completes all required training and maintains current training standard as DAT program requirements change. Attends regular team meetings and training as required by the region/territory. Completes assigned projects and local response activities according to the needs of the DAT program. (Preparing vehicles, response materials, administrative support of the DAT program and other tasks assigned by the DAT Leader.) Time Commitment: Hours are flexible. Volunteers may commit to fixed duty days or may be "on call." Typical disaster responses require 4-6 hours. Volunteers would need to be available at least 3-4 days per month. Due to COVID, this position can be performed in person or virtually. Qualifications: Recommended qualifications: Ability to: Follow and execute requests received from supervisor with little or no supervision. Adapt to change, negotiate compromise and tolerate ambiguity. Build effective relationships with others who can help with work-related goals. Team member may work towards the DAT Service Associate response position. Development Opp: With additional training there are opportunities for individual and leadership development to serve as: -DAT Service Associate on a DAT response. -DAT Team Leader in support of the DAT preparedness. -DAT Supervisor on a DAT response. Additional training is available across all service lines to orient volunteer to additional activities and opportunities within the Red Cross. Training: Required: Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview Disaster Action Team Fundamentals National Capital and Greater Chesapeake Region The American Red Cross aspires to be an organization fully committed to diversity and inclusion by creating and maintaining a diverse, high-performing workforce of employees and volunteers who reflect all communities we serve; by cultivating a collaborative, inclusive and respectful work environment that empowers all contributors; and by leveraging diverse partnerships - all of which helps to ensure culturally competent service delivery supported by effective community leadership and engagement.

Through 7/29/22

Help Write TUGI's Newsletter

Research opportunities, submit content and create the design for TUGI's Newsletter. Must have strong research and writing skills and be able to use graphic design software.

Through 6/30/21

Grant Writing Researcher

Research grants that align with TUGI's mission and help with grant applications. Skills: Persuasive writing skills, organized, spreadsheet expertise, prior grant writing experience desired.

Through 6/30/21

Curriculum Developer

Develop a variety of curriculum(worksheets, slideshows, activities) to educate on environmental topics. Skills: Creativity, Background in environmental science/education.

Through 6/30/21

Create Blogs and Social Media Post

Create post for TUGI Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, Tiktok and other social media platforms. Create media (art, articles 750-1,000 words, photographs) around environmental issues and TUGI's mission to be uploaded monthly.

Through 6/30/21

Community Service Projects for Students

Volunteers in this category generally have a small amount of required community service hours to complete for educational project requirements associated with a school or community group. Students can volunteer independently if at least 16 years old (with parent/guardian approval). To apply for a community service project go to https://bvspca.org/get-involved/community-service/ Opportunities available in Kent, Sussex and New Castle County

Through 2/4/25