You want to do your part. You’re ready to give back. You like being helpful and want to make a difference in the lives of people here in our community. Hmmm…Sounds like you’d be a good volunteer!

There are many ways to get involved at Bell . Tell us what you  like to do, what inspires you, what you’re good at, and we’ll help you find a way to plug in.

Bell volunteer options are limited right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ll update this page with opportunities as they become available and/or as virtual options are developed. 

Some in-person options we look forward to offering again in the future may include (but are certainly not limited to): coordinating a collection of goods, painting a room, organizing, teaching a craft or life skill, assisting with mailings, weeding & planting, handling donations, giving haircuts, tutoring children,  or putting together a fundraiser.

Internships are also available for students to gain experience, hone skills and build a portfolio.


Ready? Step one is is to fill out a Volunteer Info Form.   Have questions or want more information, contact Outreach Coordinator Janel Fox at 717-848-5767, ext. 515.

All Bell volunteers must be capable of interacting with community members, agency staff, and service users in a pleasant and professional manner. Sensitivity to challenges faced by individuals with mental, intellectual, and economic disability is essential.


Holiday Carolers

Imagine the glee on people’s faces when they open the door to see and hear you and your friends singing songs of the season!  Contact Janel Fox at jfox@bellsocialization.com to arrange.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Share the joy of receiving cheerful holiday greetings by writing your best wishes in cards to send to Bell program recipients. Contact Janel Fox at jfox@bellsocialization.com for details. 

Trim the Tree

Do you have Christmas tree balls, lights, or other holiday decorating items you no longer use? Make up a box of good condition, working décor to share and contact Janel Fox at jfox@bellsocialization.com to schedule a drop-off.

Cookies & Cocoa

Put together a package of  store-bought (only) cookies and some instant hot cocoa mix (for water) and wrap it up in a box or bag and we’ll deliver it to bring cheer to Bell service users.  Contact Janel Fox at jfox@bellsocialization.com for details and to make arrangements.

Contributing Writers

Meet the people of Bell and help us tell their stories.  We’re looking for volunteers with a passion for listening to people’s life stories, and the ability to shape what is heard into written word.  All ages (9 and up) welcome to apply.  Essays, poems, songs, Q+A.; your style. Use the online volunteer info form to apply.

Donor Love Ambassador

If you know your way around a computer, have good written & oral communication skills, pride yourself on your attention to detail, and would have enough self motivation to work independently on- or off-site, APPLY NOW.

Your volunteer work will include data entry, follow up thank you notes, some basic online research, filing, and making direct calls to established Bell supporters to clarify information and/or say “Thanks.” Initial training will be held at our main Bell office in downtown York. Once you (and we) are comfortable, some of the tasks of this  position easily may be done from home as your schedule allows.

Anticipated weekly commitment of two or three hours.

Special Event Volunteers – Spring 2021 [tentative]

Bell’s Big Bed Race event is scheduled for April 2021, and we need volunteers for all aspects to raise funds and awareness of  the agency and its mission.

Duties may include attending planning sessions, preparing materials, making phone calls, assisting with mailings, event set-up, the event itself,  and tear down. Creativity, flexibility, and an ability to interact with community members, agency staff and service users in a pleasant and professional manner, and present a positive image of Bell.  Hours will vary between 5 and 10 hours per week depending on need.

Some volunteer opportunities with Bell require background checks and/or clearances to assure the safety of children and individuals with disabilities with whom we work. You will be made aware prior to accepting a position if that is a requirement for your role. These are FREE checks which you complete online. To speed up the sign on process, you are welcome to bring your clearances with you to your interview.

Background Check         ChildLine Clearances