Jess Matthews, Staff Writer
During the summer months, students are given time to relax and pursue their own interests as they take a break from school. Many students hang out with friends, go to the beach or on some vacation, or work a part-time job. Another way to spend the free time is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house for the day and help the community, and there are many different volunteer opportunities in the area, from working with animals, to working to conserve nature.
For animal lovers, there are multiple animal shelters in the are that are looking for more volunteers. PAWSibilities Animal Rescue in Schwenksville is looking for volunteers that could help with feeding the animals, helping with the pet adoption process, going to pet shows, and other events that the organization may attend, and volunteer information can be found at www.pawsibilitiesrescue.org. Main Line Animal Rescue in Phoenixville is accepting applications that can be found at www.mlar.org, for students that are willing to work for at least eight hours a week over a six month time frame, during that time walking dogs or socializing with the cats and other small animals. Kitty Cottage in Norristown is looking for volunteers that are willing to complete tasks from cleaning, socializing with the cats, and even fostering animals, and volunteer information can be found at www.kittycottage.org.
Don’t enjoy hanging out with animals? There is the Daily Food Pantry in Collegeville, which is looking for volunteers that can complete tasks such as give out food, collect food, and sock shelves, and students can email the organization for more information at email@example.com. Manna on Main Street is accepting applications that can be found on www.mannaonmain.org for volunteers ready to help with serving meals and work in the food pantry, and assistance in other outreach work that the organization does. Cradles to Crayons is accepting inquiry forms that can be found at www.cradlestocrayons.org for working a day in The Giving Factory, which involves hands-on processing of donated goods such as clothing, toys, and school supplies, and inspecting, sorting, and packaging donations to eventually be distributed to children in need.
For those who want to spend time outside while also helping the community, there is the Perkiomen Watershed Conservatory, which holds multiple events throughout the year, and is also accepting applications to help with tasks such as conservation and outdoor maintenance. For information about when the Conservatory will be hosting an event, a calendar can be found at www.perkiomenwatershed.org.
Not interested in any of the options here? www.volunteermatch.org is an excellent resource for finding out about many of the other volunteer opportunities in the area, including but not limited to visiting senior citizens and working with Habitat For Humanity.