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50+ Ways to Volunteer in Delaware

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Written on: April 2nd, 2019 in Blog Posts

Are you looking for ways to get involved and to help out your community? Luckily, there are so many ways in Delaware to give back. Below are just a couple of resources and organizations that can help you volunteer.  


Featured Volunteer Opportunity: Supporting Basic Needs

All Delaware students deserve to be able to learn in a comfortable environment that meets their basic needs. That’s why Governor John Carney, Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long and the Department of Education are stocking basic needs closets in 45 high-needs Delaware schools. Sign up to donate supplies or organize a drive for your community

Feeding the Hungry

Whether you can donate food or donate your time – here are great ways to help fight hunger and food insecurity:

1. Food Bank of Delaware

2. Meals on Wheels of Delaware

3. Ministry of Caring Delaware 

4. DHSS List of Delaware Food Banks 

5. Volunteer for Harry K Foundation which works towards ending childhood hunger in Delaware 

6. Newark Area Welfare Committee 


Every child needs someone to look up to. Sign up to be a mentor to a child in your community, and you can be that person. 

7. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware

8. Creative Mentoring of Delaware

9. Delaware Girl Scouts

10. Volunteer Delaware 50+

11. Urban Promise in Wilmington 

12. SCORE- Mentoring entrepreneurs in Delaware

13. Become a mentor in the Christiana School District 

Happy group of people organized donated food items while volunteering in local food bank.

Supporting Kids 

From building reading skills, to helping sick kids and supporting their families, below are organizations that serve kids in Delaware:

14. Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware

15.  Child INC.

16. Read Aloud Delaware

17. Ronald McDonald House Delaware

18. United Way of Delaware

19. Children and Families First 

20. Reeds Refuge Center 

 The Arts 

Support the arts in your community and help out local organizations: 

21. Delaware Art Museum 

22. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 

23. Opera Delaware 

24. Volunteer Opportunities compiled by the Delaware Division of the Arts

25. Newark Art Alliance

26. Creative Center for the Arts 

27. Hagley Museum 

In the garden. Nice pleasant strong man holding a spade and digging in the garden while planting a tree

Working with Animals 

For animal lovers, get involved to help your local population of furry friends: 

27. Delaware Humane Association

28. Forgotten Cats

29. Faithful Friends Animal Shelter 

30. Paws for People

31. Brandywine Valley SPCA 

32. Tri-state Bird Rescue 

33. Changing Fates Equine Rescue of Delaware

Health and Well-being

Here are some organizations that need volunteers related to health: 

34. AARP: Create the Good

35. Cancer Support Center Delaware

36. Delaware Hospice

37. Easter Seals of Delaware 

38. Division of the Visually Impaired 

39. Become a Volunteer at Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI)

Volunteers for the nonprofit organization Habitat for Humanity work building new energy efficient houses for low income partner families

 Outdoor Opportunities

40. Habitat for Humanity New Castle 

41. Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity

42. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity 

43. New Castle County Parks and Recreation 

44. Delaware State Parks 

Other Opportunities

45. New Castle County Book Buddy Program 

46. New Castle County Libraries

47. Our Daily Bread 

48. Interested in becoming a volunteer fire fighter? Find a company near you. 

49. New Castle County Department of Community Services 

50. Adopt a Family DE 

For even more organizations and opportunities, please visit the Volunteer Delaware website. The above list is not a full list of all organizations in the state. If we are missing your organization, please use the contact us button to let us know to add you to the list. 

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