COBYS offers these types of volunteer opportunities for groups or individuals, including:
Bulk Mailings: COBYS uses volunteers several times a year to assemble bulk mailings at the main office, located north of Lancaster near Oregon Dairy. We maintain a list and call volunteers on an as needed basis to serve 4-8 hours at a time as their schedules allow. Lunch is provided.
Fundraising Events: Volunteers are needed to help staff the annual Bike & Hike, our largest fundraising event, held the Sunday after Labor Day. Tasks include set-up, registration, serving refreshments, laying out bicycle and motorcycle routes, manning drink stops, and more.
Work Groups: COBYS utilizes occasional youth or adult work groups for projects such as painting, cleaning, yard work and mulching, and more at our various properties.
Resource Parent Trainings: Churches are needed to host monthly Monday evening training events for our foster/adoptive resource families. Host churches provide a fellowship hall for families to eat a pizza supper, a large classroom for the parents, and volunteers to provide childcare while the parents receive their training.
Unpaid Internships: The Family Life Education Department offers part-time (25-40 hours/semester) and full-time (30 hours/week) opportunities for interns from local colleges and universities.
Contact Director of Development Anne Stokes at 717-656-6580 to explore any of these volunteer opportunities.
Meeting the needs of special needs children can be difficult but also rewarding as we see the progress they make: learning to talk, strengthening leg muscles, learning what foods to feed them to gain weight, and seeing them get well when they are sick. – COBYS Resource Parents Dennis & Ann