Join the movement.

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

Volunteer opportunities – Immediate

  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 4 – 6 pm
  • Support students in grades K-5
  • Provide homework help
  • Assist with daily programs
  • School year opportunity
  • Loading and stocking of bags and boxes of food twice per month at our Baldwin and Whitehall locations
  • Commitment: three hour shift twice per month
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Friday, 9 – 11 am
  • Help three and four year olds with arts projects, snack preparations and more
  • School year opportunity
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 3 – 6 pm
  • Help middle and high school students with math, English, science and history
  • School year opportunity
  • Assist families in SHIM’s shop-through pantry
  • Must be able to stand for more than two hours and lift 30 lbs.
  • Bethel Park Location: twice a month, 2 – 6 pm
  • Prospect Park Location: twice a month, 3 – 5 pm
  • Help transport SHIM clients to our new location under a mile from SHIM Center
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Tuesday through Thursday, times may vary by day, shifts are three hours
  • Must be comfortable driving a six or 15 passenger vehicle
  • Must be comfortable with immigrant neighbors
  • Mentor middle and high school students in a group setting
  • Plan weekly activities and off-site field trips
  • Two-hour weekly commitment
  • Mentors must be 18 or older and complete mandated reporter training
  • School year opportunity
  • Special opportunities:
    • Electronics assistant – assist with hands-on STEM activities, no formal electronic experience necessary
    • Girls Rock! Pittsburgh – female musicians help young women build confidence and creativity
    • The boys in our Youth Mentoring program want in on the musical fun, too! Volunteer male musicians are needed to get our young artists started.

Join us once a week at SHIM in Bethel Park and see the difference a phone call can make in the life of an older adult living independently in our community.

  • Loading and unloading van of bags and boxes of food
  • Dates and times are short notice, various locations, and TBD.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

Volunteer opportunities – Ongoing

  • Serves as the “Face of SHIM” and greets visitors
  • Accepts and records daily donations
  • Must have a welcoming personality, be a good communicator, have knowledge of office equipment and Microsoft Office programs, be able to climb stairs and lift 30 pounds
  • Volunteers needed for four hour shifts (8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 12:30 – 4:30 pm)

Sort and process clothing donations, stock clothing racks, manage clothing inventory

  • Mondays 9:30 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday 12:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Fridays 9 am – 12 pm
  • Driver’s assistant is needed for Tuesday mornings from our Bethel Park location to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
  • Loading and unloading a van of bags and boxes of food
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds
  • On-going, weekly opportunity
  • Volunteer will work on research and special projects, as assigned
  • Experience with data entry and analysis is preferred
  • Must be comfortable with computers and Microsoft Office
  • 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 and Fridays of the month
  • Family Center Pantry: first and third Wednesdays of the month
  • Weigh incoming produce from community partners
  • Package and store donations for distribution
  • Volunteers are needed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from June through October
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Plant, weed, maintain and harvest during the spring, summer and fall growing seasons
  • Gardening experience is helpful, but not necessary
  • Volunteers are needed at multiple locations from May through October
  • 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 Debi, 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, contact Debi Dempsey, our volunteer manager, at 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
  • Sporadic opportunity

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  Did you know?

Volunteering combats loneliness. The Campaign to End Loneliness says nearly 45% of people in the US admit to feeling lonely. The benefits of consistent socializing, like volunteering, include better brain function and lower risk for depression and anxiety.