Following is a summary of the volunteer opportunities available through the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. Please note that most CAP volunteer activities require three background clearances (Child Abuse, Criminal and FBI). If you do not have the clearances, CAP will provide forms and related information about the application process.
The Atlas Initiative
- Prepare, donate and serve a simple evening meal for families in Columbia (Mondays) or Lancaster City (Thursdays)
- Provide child care for 2.5 hours on Monday or Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:30p.m.
- Become a supportive friend (Ally) to a low-income individual/family
- Share your area of expertise pro-bono with low-income individuals by assisting them with important skills such as resume writing, financial planning, job searching, home repairs, credit counseling, navigation of financial aid and college expenses, legal services, budgeting, interview skills, public speaking, GED tutoring, etc.
- Share your expertise with low-income individuals working to achieve greater stability by making a presentation at an Atlas meeting on topics such as low-cost nutrition, resume writing, public speaking, first aid certification, college preparation, interview skills, job searching, supporting children with special needs, self-care while living under stress, etc.
Domestic Violence Services
- Serve as a supportive friend and advocate for survivors of domestic violence
- Provide emergency telephone services via our 24-hour Hotline that provides peer support, safety planning, information and referrals
- Assist the Emergency Shelter front desk by greeting visitors, answering Hotline calls and assisting residents
- Accompany a survivor to a court hearing, mainly Protection From Abuse hearings
- Deliver prevention education services in local schools, community and faith-based organizations
- Facilitate a support group for Shelter residents and non-residents on a variety of domestic violence related topics
- Provide prevention education activities in local schools, community and faith-based organizations to teach the importance of healthy relationships
- Present at public forums to educate the community on victims’ needs and increase access to services for victims
- Provide children’s activities (e.g. cooking, gardening, tutoring, arts/crafts, health/fitness, local trips) mainly to the children residing in the Emergency Shelter
- * All volunteers must participate in a 45 hour domestic violence training program (offered in spring and fall) prior to beginning to volunteer with the program.
- Read to children in the classroom
- Provide support during field trips
- Create learning materials for classrooms
- Share special talents with Head Start centers (e.g. musical performance, puppet show, cooking/nutrition activities, health and fitness)
- Participate in projects related to center improvements/enhancements
CAP Board of Directors
Please contact us to express interest in serving on our agency’s governing board.