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
- Individual Advocacy – Serve as a supportive peer and advocate for survivors of domestic violence
- Hotline Assistance – Provide emergency telephone services via our 24-hour Hotline that provides peer support, safety planning, information and referrals
- Reception/Front Desk – Assist the Emergency Shelter front desk by greeting visitors, answering Hotline calls and assisting residents
- Court Accompaniment – Accompany a survivor to a court hearing, mainly Protection From Abuse hearings
- Empowerment Counseling – work with victims and survivors to provide support, safety planning and establish short- and long- term goals
- Community Education & Health Fairs – Provide education activities in local schools, community and faith-based organizations to teach the importance of healthy relationships
- Public Speakers Bureau – Present at public forums to educate the community on victims’ needs and increase access to services for victims
- Children’s Program, Activities, and Child Care – Provide children’s activities (e.g. cooking, gardening, tutoring, arts/crafts, health/fitness, local trips) mainly to the children residing in the Emergency Shelter
- Fundraising, including the Annual Gala Committee
* All volunteers must participate in a 45-hour domestic violence training program (offered in spring and fall) prior to volunteering with the program.
The next training Volunteer Training Opportunities are in September 2019!
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact the Community Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator at 717-299-9677 ext. 3105 or email.
- 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
- 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
Poverty Simulator Volunteer
Poverty Simulations are a series of role-playing scenarios that give participants the opportunity to learn about the realities of poverty and its impact on society as a whole. Participants adopt a new persona and family profile for the purpose of the exercise.
We’re always looking for volunteers who would be interested in helping! The volunteer will hold a unique role within the simulator.