Consider scheduling time to volunteer during 2022 [United Way column] | Together

Consider scheduling volunteer time during 2022

This week, I opened a new calendar for 2022. It’s a waiting blank canvas filled with activities and events of interest to our family. There is excitement and anticipation that accompany pre-planning for the New Year. When we add activities to our calendar, it shows that they are appreciated as well worth our time and investment.

If you’re reading this column, you already know the benefits of volunteering for both our community and your well-being. As you begin to proactively schedule your activities for 2022, consider the benefits of using your time and talents at least once per month to help others. There are always plenty of opportunities to get involved.

– Blood Donation Center Lancaster Public Health: Donating blood is a great way to help neighbors in need. Donated blood and platelets can save the lives of trauma victims, public health patients in Lancaster undergoing surgery, new mothers and children, and people undergoing treatment for cancer. Visit or call 717-544-0177 and choose option #1.

Hands Across the Street: The Presbyterian Church of Columbia provides support to the people of Columbia and adjacent areas, including the Food Ministry, Clothing Bank, Shelter, and Daylight Restart Center. Volunteers are currently needed at the shelter from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shifts from 6pm to 9pm and from 9pm to 7am are required every night. To volunteer, send an email to office@columbia Donations of hats, gloves, scarves, hand warmers, hand sanitizer, antibacterial cleaning wipes, showers, toilets and window cleaning products are also needed. For more information, call Regina Cooper at 717-684-6271 or visit

Lancaster County Humane Society: You don’t have to be a ‘people person’ to volunteer. Turn your love of animals into a business by providing animal care, dog walking, helping with a healthy pet initiative or even organizing paperwork in the back office. The minimum age is 14; Teens between 14 and 17 years old are required to volunteer with a parent or legal guardian. For more information, call 717-393-6551 or send an email to Donations of puzzle feeders, cat milk substitute, CareFresh bedding for small mammals, dry cat food, martingale collars of all sizes are also needed.

Ask your local schools about their needs. Schools have lists of winter items needed for their students as well as needs for cleaning supplies and other things to keep our community of learners safe. Volunteers may also be required; Permits are required. Visit your local area website for more information.

Meals on Wheels provides nutritious, low-cost meals to people with temporary or permanent illness; Older adults and living alone. Or stay or convalesce. Lancaster County is covered by eight Meals on Wheels operations with different volunteer needs, including visiting, delivery, administration and cooking. Find out more by contacting your local service representative:

– Christiana/Gap: Selma Wells at 610-593-5467.

– Social Services in the Efrat Region: Barb at 717-733-4846.

Lancaster: Call 717-392-4842.

– Leites: Barbara Flossdorf at 717-626-2500.

– Mannheim: Gerry Geib at 6152-537-717 or

Millersville: Cheryl Zegers at 717-872-2415, or visit

– New Holland: Betty, Judy O’Shirley at 717-354-9150.

Heaven: Mary Glass, 717-392-4842.

Solanco: Diane Waltman, 717-786-3426.

Laurel Greer, Community Initiatives Coordinator at United Way, Lancaster County.


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