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We invite you to become an active and involved neighbor in your community and volunteer with Penn’s Village. Penn’s Village is a neighbor-to-neighbor organization of people in central Philadelphia who live independently in their own homes as they age.Our volunteer opportunities are matched to your interest and schedule.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU



Provide a Ride

Transportation volunteers provide rides for members using their own car. This may encompass rides to health appointments, pharmacies and food stores, primarily within and around central Philadelphia. Penn's Village drivers are asked to use their own cars. All drivers must agree to a driving record check and provide Penn's Village with a copy of their insurance card, vehicle registration and license.

Be a Companion

Companions make friendly visits in person and/or telephone calls to members who may be isolated and/or unable to go out frequently. Often the companion and member sit and talk, watch TV, read a book or play a game together. Companions may also go for walks, out to lunch or to a movie or cultural site, or read to a member with low vision. Sometimes there is a special request such as listening to or playing music, doing crosswords, or sharing other stimulating activities.

Do Minor Home Repairs

Volunteers change a light bulb or HVAC filter, hang a picture, open or close a stuck window, or provide other light home maintenance.

Provide Technology Assistance

Tech-savvy volunteers offer assistance with computers – both PCs and Macs – as well as with SMART phones, iPads, and voice-activated systems.

Run an Errand

Volunteers may, for example, go to the cleaners, take a package for shipping, pick up a prescription, go to a food market, etc.

Be a Health Pal

Specially trained volunteers accompany a member to health appointments as support persons and a second set of ears.

Provide Administrative Office Support

Volunteers handle phone calls and email requests, register persons for programs, provide IT support, prepare mailings, do filing and handle general administrative tasks, supplementing our lean part-time staff.

Participate in a Penn's Village Committee

Volunteers with specific interests and/or expertise participate on one or more committees such as: Fundraising, Finance, Marketing & Communications, Membership & Welcoming, Services and Program. Committees help manage and lead Penn’s Village.

Provide Emergency Pet Care

Volunteers walk a dog or feed a pet when a member needs temporary help caring for a pet.

Assist with Home Organization

Volunteers help a member organize a closet or personal papers or with a decluttering project. Some help members organize and pay bills.

How it Works


Member service requests are emailed to volunteers and volunteers respond back by email if they would like to complete the request. Penn's Village can also contact volunteers by telephone if email is not an option. There is no required time commitment. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers. If you are interested please complete the Volunteer Application form, email info@pennsvillage.org or call us at 215-925-7333 for more information.

Penn’s Village hosts regular volunteer training sessions. Volunteers are screened through references, interviews and background checks through IntelliCorp.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Penn’s Village! If you are interested in volunteering, please submit a volunteer application to start the process.

Click HERE for the form in a PDF format
Click HERE for the form in a Microsoft Word format
Click HERE for the form in an Apple Pages format


See a printable version of our Volunteer Flyer 2020