Volunteer Opportunities Near Me


Volunteer with us! 

Penn-Mar offers volunteer opportunities in-person or virtually for both individuals and corporations to be a part of our mission to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) live courageously. Between our Day Learning locations in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and our numerous residential homes, there is always a helping hand needed.

To learn more about Volunteering, please contact:
Tina Chan Sweenie
Manager of Volunteer and Donor Engagement
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Corporate Volunteering

Why Volunteer at Penn-Mar?

  • Shared experiences last a lifetime.
  • Boost enthusiasm and a better work environment.
  • Walk away feeling good about yourself and that your company believes in doing good.
  • Because the people we support will leave you smiling until it hurts!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Landscaping/Beautification projects can have a significant positive impact on our homes, their residents, and our volunteer teams. By helping to prepare one of our 54 Penn-Mar homes (hyperlink), in Pennsylvania and Maryland for the summer and winter seasons, you can help create a more comfortable and visually appealing living environment throughout the seasons!
  • Hosting a workplace tour and lunch for the people we support can be a wonderful way to foster connections with your community, create mutual understanding, and invest in a more inclusive and supportive community. Some of those we support are part of our Customized Employment Program (Hyperlink), looking to gain insight; some just want to gain experience speaking with different people, while others are simply curious about what people do in their workplaces.
  • Holidays at Penn-Mar are vibrant, as it’s our way to come together to create a festive and inclusive atmosphere for all! Halloween parties, Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving feasts, meeting Santa, and End of Summer Cookouts; we enjoy a good celebration! We’re excited to invite you to support our upcoming events by covering the cost of food and fun, while also joining us as volunteers. Our events are all about creating moments filled with smiles, making a direct impact on their lives and helping us create wonderful memories together.
  • Field Day is a unique and rewarding outdoor volunteer experience. Engage in fun-filled activities alongside the individuals from our Penn-Mar Day Learning Center and Residential Programs.
  • Customized Employment, empowering Individuals for competitive integrated employment. At Penn-Mar, we’re proud to be an Employment 1st provider, dedicated to helping individuals forge meaningful paths to employment. Providing coaching, mock interviews, resume review, and mentoring are powerful ways to support individuals in transitioning into new positions and achieving success in their careers. These activities can significantly boost their confidence, skills, and readiness for their first of many days on the job!
  • Event with us! Ready to embark on a journey of inclusion and shared experiences? Creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities to join in the excitement of various events, regardless of ability or finances, allows everyone the chance to partake in the joy of communal experiences. By extending an invitation to individuals with disabilities, you’re fostering an environment of inclusion and togetherness.

Download the Onsite Projects PDF for more information.

General Volunteering

Positions of Interest

  • Holiday’s at Penn-Mar
  • Day Center Activities
  • Out in the Community – The people we support love to volunteer, too!
  • In-kind Donations – Gala Auction Items
  • Workplace Partnerships – Team building experiences
  • Career Coaching – Mock interviews, resume help, etc.

Volunteer Interest Form

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