Join the movement.

South Hills neighbors make the best volunteers. Last year, volunteers served more than 18,454 hours, but there’s more work to be done.

We are powered by our volunteer team members, and most opportunities require a weekly scheduled commitment.

If you are looking for a shorter term opportunity, stay tuned to our Facebook page for volunteer events!

Volunteer opportunities – Immediate

  • Provide students in grades K-5 with homework help, assist with daily programming.
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 4 – 6pm
  • Help middle and high school students with math, English, science and history.
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 5:30pm
  • School year opportunity
  • Serve as the “Face of SHIM” at the Bethel Park location.
  • Greet and direct individuals to the appropriate staff person.
  • Assist SHIM staff by answering the incoming phone calls, taking in daily donations of food and clothing.
  • Computer literacy preferred but not required.
  • Ability to climb stairs multiple times per shift is required.
  • A 4-hour shift once or twice a week (8:30am to 12:30 pm or 12:30pm to 4:30pm)

Volunteer opportunities – Ongoing

  • Provide a weekly, confidential phone call to a local senior

For more information, please contact:

Mary Amatangelo

(412) 854-9120 ext. 116
mamatangelo@shimcares.org
  • Sort and process clothing donations, stock clothing racks and manage clothing inventory
  • Volunteer one or multiple days per week; Mondays 9:30am – 1pm and Fridays 9am – 12pm.
  • Driver’s assistant is needed on Tuesday mornings from our Bethel Park location to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
  • Volunteer must be able to load and unload bags and boxes of food, up to 40 lbs.
  • Tasks include operating a pallet jack and truck liftgate.
  • On-going, weekly opportunity
  • Loading and unloading van of bags and boxes of food
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Dates and times are short notice, various locations, and TBD.
  • Help transport SHIM clients to our new location under a mile from SHIM Center.
  • Must be comfortable with immigrant neighbors and able to drive a six or 15 passenger vehicle
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Tuesday through Thursday, times may vary by day, shifts are three hours
  • Help three and four-year-olds with art projects, snack preparations and more.
  • Volunteer one or more days a week; Monday through Friday, 9 – 11am
  • School year opportunity
  • Sort and process food donations, stock pantry shelves, serve as pantry receptionist or shuttle driver
  • On-going, weekly opportunity (following food pantry schedule)
  • All activities take place between 8am- 6:15pm (no evening hours)
  • Load and stock bags and boxes at our food pantry locations
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Volunteer in three hour shifts, twice per month.
  • Weigh incoming produce from community partners, pack and store donations for distribution
  • Volunteers are needed on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from June through October.
  • Keep SHIM shining clean.
  • Provide a wide range of maintenance services (plumbing, electrical, general repairs and maintenance, painting, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Gain on-the-job experience in management, special event planning, social services and more.
  • To apply, contact Linda Lewis, our director of finance and administration, at llewis@shimcares.org or (412) 854-9120 ext. 102
  • Be a role model for middle and high school students in a group setting, plan weekly activities and off-site field trips.
  • Mentors must be 18 or older and complete mandated reporter training.
  • Volunteer one or multiple days a week; Monday through Thursday, 6 – 8pm.
  • Mentors spend at least 30 minutes each week planning activities with a co-mentor.
  • School year opportunity.

Interested in volunteering with SHIM?

Please complete this short form. Don’t worry, your information will only be used for SHIM volunteer opportunities.

What to expect.

SHIM volunteers are required to complete an application, attend an orientation and have PA Criminal Background, PA Child Abuse clearance and FBI/Act153 waiver. We accept current clearances and provide access codes to acquire needed clearances as a volunteer. Please review what to expect during the volunteer orientation process.

  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.