Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities From March 2018 Newsletter

Spruce believes that our generation has so much to give to the causes we care about, so we put out the call for area nonprofits to advertise their opportunities to get involved in our newsletter.

Please read on for this month’s opportunities! (Disclaimer: Please note that as an all-volunteer organization, Spruce is not able to vet these organizations or opportunities and encourages you to do your own research.)

Ahimsa House Philly (of The Purblind Project)

About this opportunity: On April 22, Ahimsa House Philly will have an earth day fundraiser to support its community garden. Please come and show your support. Ahimsa House Philly has free classes daily and frequent volunteer days. All its teachers are volunteers, so if you would like to teach a class please come by one of its existing classes.

For more information: Contact ahimsahousephilly@gmail.com

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

About this opportunity: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is a Philadelphia-based mission-driven 501(c)3 organization serving the Greater Philadelphia area. It is dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language. Al-Bustan is seeking to add additional members to its board of directors. Board members serve a term of 3 years and are eligible to serve 2 more terms of service (up to 9 years) before they must rotate off the board. The Board of Directors meets 5 times per year and has several committees that engage board members in the organization’s work: governance, finance, and development. Committee meetings are held in between board meetings. Board members are expected to serve on a committee and attend at least 4 of 5 yearly board meetings, as well as participating in various Al-Bustan programs.

Al-Bustan is looking for individuals with one or more of the following specific skills and/or areas of expertise:

  1. financial management and/or accounting
  2. personnel Georgia E Gregory Interdenominational School of Musicmanagement/human resourcesZfundraising and development
  3. social media, communications and public/media relations
  4. active involvement with the education, arts, and/or business community

For more information: Please see this information sheet for more information about this opportunity and how to apply.

Georgia E Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

About the opportunity: The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music is seeking a volunteer to help build and monitor their website or to provide training on how to update the website. They’re also looking for assistance with their current social media platforms, advice on other social media platforms they should investigation, design help, and social media post help.

For more information: Please contact Joyce Drayton at gegisom@aol.com

MVP360 Community Programs

About this opportunity: We are in need of program facilitators, coaches, photographers, videographers, scorekeepers, referees etc. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with MVP360. You don’t need technical sports experience you just need to be reliable because we have an entire community depending on us. We’ll continue to do what we do, but it would be nice to do so much more. Mostly Saturdays and Mondays. Some Wednesdays as well.

For more information: Contact Felix Agosto at mvp360@outlook.com

Philly Girls in Motion (PGiM)

About this opportunity: PGiM is currently seeking board members and race committee members. Board members have bi-monthly meetings and participation in board committees is required. PGiM is also looking for volunteers (and runners) for its “See Chicks Run” 5k/10k race, scheduled for June 3, 2018. You can register to run here.

For more information: Contact Jillian Green at JGreen@phillygirlsinmotion.org

Sky Community Partners

About this opportunity: On Saturday April 21st, Sky Community Partners will have its 4th Annual Point Breeze 5K and Health Fair. The Point Breeze 5K and Health Fair is to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer and to promote healthy living. The event will take place at Wharton Square Park on 23rd and Wharton Streets.

For more information: Please view this flyer and this flyer. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.


About the opportunity: Join our great community of volunteer instructors and assistants. TechGirlz hosts free technology workshops for middle school girls. The workshops are on weekends and weeknights and happen both in Philadelphia and the suburbs. New opportunities to volunteer each month, and a great way to network. Join our community and help inspire the next generation of girls in tech!

For more information: Contact Danica Pascavage at danica@techgirlz.org

West Philly Food Not Bombs

About this opportunity: Picking up, cooking, sharing and cleaning up food that would otherwise be wasted. every Friday from 2:30-5:30 we need volunteers, and people to simply come enjoy food & get free produce.

For more information: Contact ahimsahousephilly@gmail.com.


Author: Elizabeth Starrantino

Elizabeth Starrantino is a Spruce Foundation alumni board member and chair of the organization’s communications committee. She spent five years in non-profit marketing and fundraising, and knows from first-hand experience the difference dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers make to move organizations forward. She got involved with the Spruce Foundation because she knows her peers have the skills and drive to be those volunteers and make that difference, and she wants to help connect them to the causes that need them so they can start making Philadelphia even more awesome than it already is.

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