Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Our caseworker(s) have been excellent sounding boards throughout our current case. COBYS staff have been helpful in giving us parenting tips when we feel we need advice. We sometimes feel like a number in the county’s system, but our COBYS caseworker listens to the challenges we face and affirms us. Our caseworkers also empathize well. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy