Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley sees uptick in volunteer opportunities

Written by on May 14, 2021

Nicer weather, more vaccinated people means nonprofits can increase their workforce.

By Brittany Sweeney

May 13, 2021

The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley connects community agencies and volunteers with projects in need.

Executive Director Karen Smith says that’s been tough over the past year, as many of their volunteers are older and among the most vulnerable populations.

“We are starting to see a little bit of an uptick. It’s not anywhere near what we would have seen pre-pandemic when it comes to volunteer opportunities, but we definitely have started to see more organizations starting to think about how they can engage and what that would look like for them and for the volunteers,” Smith says. 

Although the pandemic kept many senior volunteers at home, she says, people still found a way to pitch in.

“We have continued to see volunteers that have come out that have said, we’re coming out no matter what and there’s organizations, whether it’s Meals on Wheels, Second Harvest, a lot of the shelters, they’ve continued to see some of their core volunteers come out and yet they still had to limit the number of people that would be allowed to be involved with their organization.”

Outdoor and virtual events as well as summer programs will make volunteer opportunities more accessible, Smith says. 

Organizations looking for help can reach out to the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley directly, as can individuals looking to pitch in and donate their time.

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