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Volunteer & Donate Items During COVID-19

Now more than ever is a time for our community to stand together. You can help by volunteering your time to support local projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community. Below are current volunteer and donation needs.

 

A few notes before volunteering or donating items...

  • Stay at Home orders are in effect, and you should stay at home as much as possible. Volunteer activity to deliver basic needs is approved as essential travel.

  • The health and safety of volunteers, staff, and clients is the number one priority. Please review the Recommendations for Volunteer Engagement in Coronovirus Response prior to participating in any volunteer activity.

  • To volunteer for a project, please contact the organization directly.

  • You can also help our community through the Crisis Response & Recovery Fund.

  • Check this page regularly, volunteer and donation needs are updated daily.

Nonprofits can submit volunteer need details here.

Donation Needs

Home-Sewn Face Masks

Organization: Keystone Health

Location: Sew from your home! Masks will need to make their way to Chambersburg

Donation Details: Keystone Health needs hand sewn face masks (for adults and children) to be used by employees and patients. For a pattern and instructional video visit keystonehealth.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information

Contact: Deliver masks to the white tent outside Keystone Urgent Care, 111 Chambers Hill Dr., Chambersburg.

Cleaning Supplies and Paper Products 

Organization: Noah's House and Gracie's Place

Donation Details: With residents staying at home, they are going through cleaning supplies and paper products quicker than expected. Any donations are appreciated.

To Donate: Contact Maggie Lloyd, mlloyd@noahshouse.org to make arrangements.

Baby Items

Organization: Pregnancy Ministries Inc.

Location: Chambersburg

Donation Details: Need donations of larger size diapers, specifically size 5.

To Donate: Drop off Tuesdays 8a-8p, Thursdays 9a-4p, and Fridays 9a-12:30p at 338 Lincoln Way E., Cburg. Office is closed to public, so ring doorbell and leave donations by door.

Contact: Linda Barr, 717-267-3738, lbpmi@pa.net

Home-Sewn Face Masks

Organization: Wellspan Health

Location: 1660 Orchard Dr., Chambersburg

Donation Details: Wellspan is asking for home sewn face mask donations in a specific design to best protect their employees. View the design and instructions here.

To Donate: Please place up to 20 masks in one clear ziploc bag and deliver to 1660 Orchard Dr., Chambersburg between 7am-3:30pm. 

Questions: Call 855-851-3641

Bedding & Cleaning Supplies

Organization: House of Hope

Donation Needs: Pillows, twin sheet sets, cleaning and laundry supplies, ladies size 6-10 underwear and socks, sanitary products, gift cards to purchase gasoline, board games, puzzles, and craft supplies.

To Donate: Contact Bernadette Bowman, 717-729-7338, ihateheroin@comcast.net

Personal Care Items

Organization: Women in Need

Donation Needs: Unisex pajamas, unisex robes, men/women's underwear, hairbrushes, hair ties, wide tooth combs, ethnic hair care products, bar soap containers, shower caddies, shower caps, body lotion, body wash, razors, shaving cream, dental floss picks, mouthwash, kid's toothbrushes, and shampoo/conditioner.

To Donate: Contact Kim Sloat, 717-264-3056, kims@winservices.org

Forehead Thermometers & Masks

Organization: Chambersburg YMCA

Donation Needs: In an effort to be prepared to offer further child care options, the Chambersburg YMCA is seeking necessities to ensure the health and safety of participants. They hope to secure 10 no-contact forehead thermometers and face masks for everyone that will be working with the children.

To Donate: Please contact Melanie Cook for purchase or donation options: mcook@chbgy.org

Cleaning Supplies

Organization: Franklin County Homeless Shelter

Donation Needs: Large trash bags, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and shelf-stable food. Any foods will be accepted.

To Donate: Contact Trudy or Karen, 717-267-3669, twesley@sccap.org

Meal Kits and Gift Cards

Organization: Veteran's Multi-Service Center

Donation Needs: Gas gift cards, meal kits, new towels and blankets, and grocery store gift cards.

To Donate: Contact Sandy Thomas, 717-599-8835, sandy.thomas@vmcenter.org

Cleaning Items

Organization: Over the Rainbow Children's Advocacy Center

Donation Needs: Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and spray, disposable gloves, and trash bags (4 gal. and 13 gal.).

To Donate: Contact Rebecca Voss, bvoss@overtherainbowcac.org, 717-504-8491

Personal Care Items

Organization: Waynesboro Community & Human Services

Location: 123 Walnut St., Waynesboro

Donation Needs: Shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, toilet paper, paper towels, and sizes 6 and 7 diapers.

To Donate: Call 717-762-6941 to coordinate drop-off.

NOTE FOR FOOD DONATIONS: Food is a great need right now, so we encourage donating shelf-stable items from your pantry or make a monetary donation. Please avoid bulk-buying while grocery shopping, since stores are already struggling to keep staples on the shelves for everyone.

Food for Elderly

Organization: Franklin County Area Agency of Aging

Drop-off Times: Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-3pm

Donation Details: Shelf-stable food and ready to heat and eat shelf stable meals. (Many of the seniors they help do not have a stove, only microwave).

To Donate: Drop off food donations at the sidewalk outside the Senior Center, 600 Norland Avenue Suite 11, Chambersburg. Ring the doorbell to alert staff.

Contact: Sandra Bolinger, (717) 263-2153, slbolinger@franklincountypa.gov

Food - St. Thomas Area

Organization: St. Thomas Food Bank

Location: United Methodist Church, 360 St. Thomas-Edenville Rd.

Donation Details: St. Thomas Food Bank is seeing many more families and are in need of NON-EXPIRED shelf-stable food to meet the demand.

To Donate: Contact Sue Gipe at 717-369-2437

Food - Dry Run Area

Organization: Valley Ministries Food Pantry

Location: 20344 School Rd, Dry Run

Donation Details: In need of NON-EXPIRED shelf-stable food. Can especially use peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, cereals, and cake/cookie mixes. (FYI, they have a thrift shop including clothes at $5 per bag. They are accepting household donations. All money raised goes directly to the food pantry.)

To Donate: Contact Rhonda Eckenrode at 717-349-7618.

Food - Chambersburg

Organization: Falling Springs Presbyterian Food Pantry

Location: 221 N. Main St., Chambersburg

Donation Details: Donations needed of non-expired shelf-stable food.

To Donate: Drop off donations Mon-Thurs, 8:30-4, outside the church office. The office is closed during pandemic, but items can be left at the door and use the buzzer to notify staff donations are there.

Contact: 717-264-5715 ext. 220

Food - Greencastle

Organization: Storehouse Community Food Pantry

Location: 3845 Buchanan Trail W., Greencastle

Donation Details: Monetary donations needed to purchase food. Also will accept donations of non-expired shelf-stable food.

To Donate: Call Connie and Pete at 717-597-8242 to arrange donation.

Food - Waynesboro

Organization: Waynesboro Community & Human Services

Location: 123 Walnut St., Waynesboro

Donation Needs: Peanut butter, snack pack pudding packs, granola bars for backpack lunches (FYI: This has gone from approx. 150 kids a weekend to 500+), canned meat, and other non-expired, shelf stable food for food pantry.

To Donate: Call 717-762-6941 to coordinate drop-off.

Volunteer Needs

Help with Food Distribution

Organization: The King's Kettle Food Pantry

Location: Shippensburg

Days/Times: First three Mondays and Tuesdays of each month at 4:30pm

Project Details: Mondays: Sort boxes of food and other items to stock shelves. Tuesdays: Bag groceries and load into cars for clients. Donations (monetary or food) are also appreciated.

Health & Safety: They have gloves and fabric masks, but volunteers may also bring their own. Volunteers are encouraged to wash hands and keep 6 feet apart.

To Volunteer, Contact: Pastor J.R. Wells, 717-816-6829,  jrwells55@yahoo.com

Adopt a Nursing Home

**Volunteer from Home Project**

Organization: Franklin County Area Agency on Aging

Project Details: Help residents feel less alone and more connected to the community by performing acts of kindness. Sending special foods; pizza; ice cream; greeting cards; drawings by children; crafts; solo games; coloring books, pencils, colored markers, small puzzles, puzzle books, word games and any creative of signs of caring just to let residents know we are here for them.

To Participate, Contact: Payton Mummert, Franklin County Ombudsman at 717-977-2272.  

Help with Food Distribution

Organization: Storehouse Community Food Pantry

Location: Greencastle

Date/Time: July 15 from 12-4pm and August 12 from 12-4pm

Project Details: Pack boxes with food and load into vehicles.

Health & Safety: Limited masks and gloves available; volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if possible. Hand sanitizer and hand washing station available.

To Volunteer, Contact: Connie and Pete, 717-597-8242

Pen Pals for Seniors

**Volunteer from Home Project**

Organization: United Way of Franklin County and Franklin County Area Agency on Aging

Project Details: Community members are invited to send encouraging and friendly notes, poems, drawings, and stories to people in our community who might be happy to read something from a friendly pen. If you write a note or send something uplifting 💌 the Agency on Aging will deliver it 📬 to places in the community where your letters will be received and appreciated.

To Participate: Address your letters to "Dear Friend" and mail to:
Franklin Senior
Franklin County Area Agency on Aging
600 Norland Ave., Suite #11
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Help with Food Distribution

Organization: Valley Ministries Inc.

Location: Dry Run

Date/Time: First Wednesday of each month, 10am-1pm and 4:30-6:30pm

Project Details: Pack boxes with food and load into vehicles.

Health & Safety: Organization practices social distancing with volunteers spaced 6ft apart. Please bring your own face covering.

To Volunteer, Contact: Rhonda Eckenrode, 717-349-0067, valleyministriesinc@outlook.com

Community Garden

Organization: NETwork Ministries

Location: Chambersburg

Project Details: Help grow some food, enjoy time outside in fresh air, and lend a hand at a safe distance from others. Volunteers can spend some time tending to the community garden at the corner of Redwood St. and Buchanan St.

Health & Safety: Volunteers will be scheduled so no interaction with others outside your household. Please wear your own face covering.

To Volunteer, Contact: Ben Raber, 717-264-4640 (leave voicemail if no answer), networkchambersburg@gmail.com

Help with Food Distribution

Organization: Shippensburg Produce & Outreach

Location: Shippensburg

Date/Time: Tuesdays 3-6pm

Project Details: Runners will bring boxes of food to cars. Need 2-3 volunteers each Tuesday.

Health & Safety: Maintain 6 feet for social distancing, hand washing sinks available, and masks/gloves provided.

To Volunteer, Contact: Karen DeShong, info@shipout.org, 717-477-9100

Cards of Cheer

**Volunteer from Home Project**

Organization: Grand Point Church

Project Details: Show gratitude to our local health care workers. Write notes expressing thanks and encouragement. These cards will be placed on the windshields of health care workers to find after their shift.

To Participate, Mail to:
Cards of Cheer

c/o Grand Point Church

2230 Grand Point Rd
Chambersburg, PA 17201

Want to volunteer year-round?

Complete the volunteer sign-up form below to learn about volunteer opportunities throughout the year from United Way of Franklin County.

NOTE: This is not a sign-up form for COVID-19 volunteer projects. To volunteer for one of the projects listed above, please contact the responsible organization directly.

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Phone: 717-262-0015

Location: 182 S. Second St.

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