Volunteer

Volunteering at CAP

Following is a summary of the volunteer opportunities available through the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County. Please note that most in-person CAP volunteer activities require three background clearances (Child Abuse, Criminal and FBI). If you do not have the clearances, CAP will provide forms and related information about the application process.

Domestic Violence Services

  • Serve as a supportive friend and advocate for survivors of domestic violence
  • Provide emergency telephone services via our 24-hour Hotline that provides peer support, safety planning, information and referrals
  • Assist the Emergency Shelter front desk by greeting visitors, answering Hotline calls and assisting residents
  • Accompany a survivor to a court hearing, mainly Protection From Abuse hearings
  • Deliver prevention education services in local schools, community and faith-based organizations
  • Facilitate a support group for Shelter residents and non-residents on a variety of domestic violence related topics
  • Provide prevention education activities in local schools, community and faith-based organizations to teach the importance of healthy relationships
  • Present at public forums to educate the community on victims’ needs and increase access to services for victims
  • Provide children’s activities (e.g. cooking, gardening, tutoring, arts/crafts, health/fitness, local trips) mainly to the children residing in the Emergency Shelter

* All volunteers must participate in a 45-hour domestic violence training program (offered in spring and fall) prior to volunteering with the program.

Head Start

  • Read to children in the classroom
  • Provide support during field trips
  • Create learning materials for classrooms
  • Share special talents with Head Start centers (e.g. musical performance, puppet show, cooking/nutrition activities, health and fitness)
  • Participate in projects related to center improvements/enhancements
  • Garden clean up and weeding in Nature’s Classroom
  • Host an Early Head Start supply drive (diapers, formula, books, even clothing items!) or a backpack drive for Head Start Pre-K students

Food Distribution Center

  • Host a food drive with non-perishable food items

Navigation

  • Provide stability kits for families (basic toiletries, bus passes, basic housing needs including cleaning materials, gift cards for groceries, etc.)

Senior Centers

  • Visit the center to play games with members
  • Donate yummy baked goods or fresh flowers to brighten up the center
  • Share your talent with a performance or presentation

PAT

  • Gift cards to give away at Groups Connections