Volunteers are the backbone of AVAC. We need your help! It takes over 400 faithful volunteers to run our many programs. If you are interested in volunteering through one or more of our programs, please contact the AVAC office at 724-226-0606 or through our contact page.
Volunteers are always needed in the following areas:
Family Promise of the AVAC (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)
Volunteers are fundamental to the Family Promise program: offering dignified and compassionate assistance to families who have suffered the ordeal of losing their home. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of these families. Through simple things like talking and listening to guests volunteers can provide a context for the restoration of the human spirit, when hope has been lost. Volunteers are needed to help host churches provide various services: cooking and serving meals, playing with children or helping them with homework, helping with laundry, etc.
There are a variety of tasks for food bank volunteers. Let us know which of the following you are interested in: unload deliveries, stock shelves, distribution, office work, van driver, pick up donated food, bakery pickups, holiday setup and distribution, phone calls, help clients carry their bags, and greeters.
Faith in Action
Help fight the isolation that often accompanies illness and old age. Volunteers in the Faith in Action program visit and call people who live alone; run errands; drive people to religious services, doctors and the grocery store; connect people with community services; provide light housekeeping; and do minor home repairs for seniors and people with disabilities residing in the Highlands School District area (we look forward to expanding this new aspect of our program).
You can help share the Word of God by volunteering to record devotions in our Dial-a-Devotion Ministry. It only takes a brief recording session to provide this service and participate in Jesus’ commission to go into all the world and spread the Gospel.
Produce to People
This program needs 35-40 volunteers one evening a month for approximately 4 hours starting at 4:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to do the following:
- Set-up distribution area
- Register participants for the program
- Distribute food
- Assist participants with their groceries
- Work the back line to keep items stocked & cleaned up
Can you answer our phone in a professional manner? Are you able to help with typing acknowledgement letters or help with putting our newsletter together? Can you sort and organize donations? Volunteers are needed to do all these things!
Volunteer Income Tax Preparation
Seasonal volunteers are needed to prepare simple income tax returns for economically disadvantaged families. All volunteers are fully trained and certified through our partnership with the United Way of Southwestern PA. Learn more here: AVAC VITA