Volunteer Opportunities



 In 2015, 1,000 individuals and groups throughout Reading and Berks County volunteered their time, giving a total of 14,700 hours of service to help Opportunity House. Below is a list of some ways you can get involved and make a difference.




Please contact Julia VanTine, to learn more at 610-374-4696 ext. 227.

Shelter Meals:

Last year, 96,547 meals were served in our shelter. Of these meals, over 51,000 were served and prepared by 144 generous volunteer cooking groups. These groups provided 94% of dinner, 35% of lunch and 31% of breakfast meals served. We welcome volunteers to provide our clients with meals 365 days of the year. Although a master schedule is prepared up to a year in advance, there are always openings that need to be filled. Check out our cooking guidelines here.

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Second Street Learning Center:

Volunteers are needed to provide childcare, after school activities, tutoring and more for children ages 6 weeks to 13 years old. Tutoring for school-age children occurs on the weekdays from 4:00 to 6:00, but there are many other opportunities to help out during weekday mornings, weekday afternoons and on weekends. Volunteer groups are also needed to organize special parties and programs for the children.

Please note: Those 18 and older need criminal and child abuse clearances in order to volunteer at the Second Street Learning Center. However, a recent change in Pennsylvania state law allows volunteers to obtain these clearances free of charge. Processing details will be confirmed during an interview with our Volunteer Coordinator prior to arranging your volunteer schedule.

Feel free to read a spotlight on one of our dedicated volunteers at the Second Street Learning Center to receive more insight.

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Other Opportunities:

We occasionally need assistance with projects throughout our campus and are open to suggestions if you have special skills that may assist in our success. A few volunteer projects that have been completed in the past include painting around the campus site, outdoor maintenance and landscaping, the rebuilding of specific areas and thorough cleaning and organizing of storage areas.  Another volunteer opportunity is at our Children's Alliance Center.  Due to the sensitive nature of the cases they handle, please read the CAC Volunteer Policy if you are interested in working in this area.

Please note: All special projects depend on the size and age of volunteers in your group. If you have a group that is interested in doing something of this nature, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, who would be happy to accommodate you in a way most suitable for you and your volunteer group.

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Connect With Us

Opportunity House

430 North 2nd Street
Reading, PA 19601

Phone: (610) 374.4696
Fax: (610) 374.3165