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Thomas Jefferson H.S.
310 Old Clairton Road
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

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Volunteer Opportunities

Jefferson Regional Medical Center

Jefferson Regional Medical Center would like to invite Thomas Jefferson High School students to participate at the medical center through volunteering. This is an exceptional opportunity for students.

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the health care team. As volunteers, students get the chance to learn new skills, make new friends, and acquire community service hours. This experience looks great on their resume and provides a valuable stepping stone towards career goals.

The main requirement for the program is that students be at least 14 years of age. Applications are available in the volunteer binder located in the career center or may be downloaded from Jefferson Regional Medical Center website at www.jeffersonregional.com. Upon receiving the application a personal interview will be arranged.

Questions or if you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact the Volunteer Office at 412-469-5885 or email, volunteer@jeffersonregional.com.

Homestead Rainbow Kitchen

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services is located in Homestead, PA, in the heart of the Steel Valley. Most of our program participants live in Homestead, West Homestead, or Munhall. Among the 18,000 people residing in these communities:

= 35% of families with children live at or below poverty level

= 50% of female-headed households with children live in poverty

= 17% of adults over age 25 did not graduate high school

= 51% of individuals over age 16 are employed; many of those who are employed work only part-time, or at minimum wage jobs

= 28% of individuals over age 21 are disabled

= almost 50% of households rely on Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Who We Serve...

The single parent of young children, working part-time, unable to make ends meet;

The unemployed and under-employed seeking a better opportunity;

The needy senior on a low fixed income;

The latch-key child who needs a warm meal and a smile;

The ill or disabled person in chronic need.

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services aids those in need during tough times. Through supplemental food assistance, case management, and other supportive services, we help them get back on their feet and move again toward self-sufficiency. For the elderly and disabled with few resources, the Kitchen keeps critically needed food on the table.

What We Do...

Rainbow Kitchen’s Anti-Hunger Programs provide a source of nutritious supplemental food for low-income individuals and families:

= The Breakfast Program provides a substantial, nutritious hot meal each weekday morning, serving an average of 70 people per day. Most of our breakfast participants are elderly, homeless and/or have one or more physical or mental health problems.

= The Rainbow Kitchen Food Pantry serves residents of five communities of the Steel Valley . The pantry provides a 3-5 day supply of supplemental groceries to an average of 110 low-income households each month. The Rainbow Kitchen Food Pantry served 270 registered households last year.

= Rainbow Kitchen also operates the Loving Arms Food Pantry, which serves 200 low-income elderly and disabled residents of a local subsidized apartment complex. Participants receive a 3-5 day supply of nutritious supplemental groceries every month.

= Kids Café®*, a program of America ’s Second Harvest, is designed to meet the needs of low-income children who are at risk of hunger. Operating in collaboration with area programs serving at-risk youth, Kids Café provides participating children with a hot, balanced dinner meal, Monday through Friday, year round. Last year Kids Cafe helped meet the nutritional needs of 225 hungry children.

Case Management* services are offered to individuals and families on both a short-term and an extended basis. Immediate/crisis assistance and advocacy are provided as needed, including referral to other social service agencies for additional help. The goal of extended Case Management is to provide ongoing aid to participants as they work towards self-sufficiency.

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services is proud to be partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to bring Strong Women, Strong Girls to our community. Strong Women, Strong Girls is a mentoring program for girls in grades 3 through 5, and is designed to promote self-esteem and the development of skills to help build success, now and throughout life.

Other Activities and Services

Throughout the year, Rainbow Kitchen offers a wide variety of other activities and services to enhance the well-being and quality of life for low-income members of our community, including:

= Winter coat and clothing distribution

= Adopt-a-Family holiday program; holiday gift distribution; turkey certificate distribution

= Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day dinners

= Participation in community events, particularly those targeting youth

= Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program

= Medical Assistance Transportation Program screening and bus ticket distribution

= Food stamp eligibility screening and nutrition education host site

= Host site for educational and informational presentations by other service providers

= Volunteer opportunities, and community service opportunities for youths

* These programs are funded in part by a grant provided by the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development.

How Are We Supported?

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services offers all of the above services as efficiently as possible, with the support of volunteers; food donations; foundation, business, and community service funding; charitable contributions, and an extremely small and dedicated staff. We would be delighted to have you join our volunteers. We also gratefully accept both food and financial donations, which are tax deductible.

Rainbow Kitchen Community Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization.

Program Goals

The volunteer experience will give the volunteer a positive and concrete understanding of the services at Rainbow Kitchen Community Services.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to demonstrate their concern for their neighbors in need.

Volunteers have the opportunity to gain work experience; Help improve the community, and the lives of individuals; Stay active and involved doing something that is satisfying; Learn responsibility; and "Put faith into action...."

Volunteer Opportunities

For all volunteer activities, dress is casual. Rainbow Kitchen will supply any needed equipment or supplies.

Pantry Distribution:

Every 2nd and 3rd Thursday. Time varies depending on particular volunteer activity, but range between 11:30am and 6:00pm.

Bag packing for shut-in recipients

Registration and assisting pantry participants in the shop-through area

Unloading food delivery

Re-packing fruits and vegetables

Stocking shelves

Distribution of panty extras

Assistance with annual participant survey

Loving Arms Food Pantry:

Bag packing, 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10am - 11:30am at RKCS. Pantry distribution, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30am - 11:30am at the Homestead hi-rise.

Pantry bag packing

Assistance with pantry distribution

Assisting with shut-in delivery

Special Projects:

Special opportunities can be designed for groups and individuals such as:

Preparing bag lunches for breakfast participants

Unpacking and storing donated and purchased food and supplies

Re-stocking pantry shelves

Organizing canned food, and non-food drives (toiletries, cleaning supplies, etc.) for RKCS participants

Organizing special occasion gift drives for RKCS participants

Organizing winter coat drives

Assisting with coat drive distribution

Assisting with special holiday meals

Building maintenance; planting flowers, general cleaning, etc.

Assisting with our quarterly newsletter mailing

Maybe you have some ideas for special projects you would like to share with us?...

For more information, please contact Lori Roadway at 412-464-1892.

Or go to: http://www.rainbowkitchen.org/

* Please be aware that all volunteer time is scheduled in advance.

Jefferson Hills Library Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.)

MISSION: To promote Literacy in the community

The Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) is comprised primarily of 8th – 12th grade students who are involved in promoting literacy in the community. Since teens have very busy schedules, there are no set time requirements for belonging to T.A.B.; however, it is important to be committed to the purpose of the organization. Those students who are active in T.A.B. will receive credit hours for their participation. Library volunteerism is useful for educational purposes such as college resumes, and scholarships. In addition, these service hours can be used toward scouting, rotary club, religious, ethnic, political, and other service awards.

The Teen Advisory Board enables student to gain important leadership, communication, and social skills while providing a valuable service to the community. This organization is invaluable for students pursuing a degree in education, library science, social service, or other related fields because it enables them to help children and teens develop lifetime learning skills. In addition, teens gain a greater understanding of the library’s importance in the community while implementing important tasks which are needed for the library’s function.

Lastly, volunteering at the library is a great way of meeting new people, developing lasting friendships, and helping the people in our community.

THE TEEN ADVISORY BOARD implements the following tasks:

1. Help with the Children and Teen Reading Programs. This includes the “Summer Reading Program” as well as the “In School Reading Program”. During the “Summer Reading Program”, teens can help with craft projects, reading, drama, and child supervision. During the “In School Reading Programs” teens can participate in the “Back to School Program”, Jefferson Hills’ “Light Up Night” celebration, as well as other programs which encourage children to read.

For the teens, the library has community service project, book discussions, crafts, and Wii Games available.

The Teen Advisory Board Members are positive role models for the children and they help to facilitate and implement many of our programs.

2. Lead a Teen book discussion

3. Assist with Book Sales

4. Write reviews of materials that might be of interest to teens.

5. Shelf and organize reading materials in the Children’s and Young Adult areas.

6. Serve as mentors for younger te4ens by becoming active in the “Tween Programs”.

7. Serve as a leader on the Teen Advisory Board

8. Recruit other teen volunteers.

9. Organize supply area

10. Create bulletin board displays

11. Compile data bases of volunteers, school contacts, programs.

12. Help collect used Children and Young Adult literature which can be shared by Teen sin the community.

I you are interested in becoming a Teen Advisory Board Member and would like to help with any of the services listed above, please pick up a form in the volunteer binder and return this sheet to Ms. Garbisch in the guidance office.

Questions about the program may be directed to Ann Zettl at 412-655-7741.

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society

Animal lovers are needed to help care for animals at the Fallen Timber Animal Shelter in Elizabeth. The shelter is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to the public and opened on Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The number to call for information is 412-751-2010.

Light of Life Ministries

Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Good Friday meals are served at the Mission and at several Senior Citizen high rises. Volunteers are needed to help greet guests, serve and clean up after the meal. Thanksgiving volunteer positions fill up very quickly. Call in September or early October to help on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t forget that people need help every day, however! Breakfast and dinner are served Sunday through Saturday for the homeless and needy at Light of Life. Volunteers must be age 12 or older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Brenda Mucci, Manger of Volunteer Resources at (412) 803-4161 or email brhoades@lightoflife.org for more information.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

It may not sound glamorous, but the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank could really use your help with sorting, inspecting & boxing food donations, especially food salvaged from Giant Eagle grocery stores. Or you can also help out at any of their 350 agencies – food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters –though which food is distributed to the most vulnerable people in our area. Contact Deirdra via email (dgross@gpcfb.org) or phone (412)460-3663, ext. 211 to help find the right place for your talents and enthusiasm.

Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh

Do you need community service hours?   Come and join this summer for a volunteer experience you will never forget when they take teens who are blind or vision impaired to Kennywood, Pittsburgh Pirates games, Camp Kon-O-Kwee and other fun places.   The dates are July 6- August 7.   Call 412-368-4400 ext. 3430, Nancy, Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

The Residence of Whitehall

The Residence of Whitehall which is opening on January 17th is looking for students to volunteer their time with the residents there.  The Residence of Whitehall is a retirement community and the people living there would enjoy your company. It's a great opportunity for volunteer hours.   If interested, please contact Lori Pifer, Enrichment Coordinator, The Residence at Whitehall, 4750 Clairton Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236, telephone number 412-885-1500.  
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