volunteer stocking the pantry

Share your time and talents. Volunteer with SHIM.

South Hills neighbors make the best volunteers. And in the last year, volunteers served over 20,200 hours - that’s 842 days of non-stop volunteering by the South Hills community. But there’s more work to be done. Join our community of neighbors helping neighbors!

Upcoming volunteer orientations at SHIM Center. RSVP is required.

Monday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m.

To discuss a volunteer opportunity for you, your family or group, or to RSVP to attend an upcoming orientation, contact Rebecca Maletto-Cornell, our volunteer manager, at bcornell@shimcares.org or 412-854-9120 ext. 106.


These opportunities are of immediate need as of 2/3/17
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 4:00-6:00pm. Currently, Thursday volunteers are greatly needed.
  • Support students in grades K-5
  • Provide homework help
  • Assist with daily programs

Act as a SHIM representative to provide valuable information for SHIM's programming and events. Must enjoy being and working in a public setting.  Various locations with non-traditional hours.

Sort, process and stock donated clothing, shoes, linen and soft household items, and assist clients with their shopping needs when necessary.

Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at our Bethel Park location.

  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Support students in grades K-5
  • Provide homework help
  • Assist with daily programs
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:00am-11:30am
  • Help 3 and 4 year olds with arts projects, snack preparations and more
  • Sort and process food donations
  • Stock pantry shelves
  • Assist families in SHIM’s shop-through pantry
  • Pantry receptionist
  • Pantry shuttle drivers
  • Baldwin United Presbyterian Church Pantry: second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
  • Bethel Park Pantry: second and fourth Thursdays of the month
  • Prospect Park Pantry: first and third Wednesdays of the month
  • Organizations like scouts, sports teams, schools, clubs and more are invited to volunteer your time with SHIM. Sign up for an existing opportunity, or reach out to create one for your group.
  • Host a drive for SHIM. Learn more at shimcares.org/give/host-drive
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Help middle and high school students with math, English, science and history
  • Keep SHIM shining clean
  • Provide a wide range of maintenance services (plumbing, electrical, general repairs and maintenance, painting, etc.)
  • Assist in planning the annual SHIM Holocaust Observance
  • Serve as liaison between SHIM and your house of worship by sharing updates in congregation communications, organizing drives, helping recruit volunteers

Ability to stand for 2-3 hours, willingness to work with people of different backgrounds and levels of spoken English ability.

Guide clients around the pantry and help them select food. Follow posted guidelines/instructions from pantry coordinator. Help restock shelves as needed and during slow periods.

First and third Wednesday of each month at our Prospect Park location.

Slots available:
9:45 - 1:00 pm
2:45 - 5:15 pm

  • Tend gardens during the spring, summer and fall growing seasons
  • Harvest produce that is distributed through SHIM pantries
  • SHIM welcomes you to create an even that’s all your own! If you’re celebrating a birthday or other social gathering – turn it into a gift that can help others. Work with Rebecca, our volunteer manager, to have proceeds from your event support SHIM.
  • Gain on-the-job experience in:
    • Management
    • Special event planning
    • Social services and more
    • To apply, Rebecca Maletto-Cornell, our volunteer manager, at bcornell@shim-center.org or 412-854-9120 ext. 106.
  • Mentor new job seekers by sharing your professional expertise
  • Provide career guidance
  • Participate in mock interviews
  • Assist with electronic job applications and job search activities

Interested in Volunteering with SHIM?

Please complete the short form below.

SHIM volunteers are required to complete an application, attend orientation and have PA Criminal Background, PA Child Abuse clearance and FBI/Act153 waiver. Additional clearances and/or training will be required for those involved in any of SHIM's child based programs.

Few opportunities are suitable for children under the age of ten (10).