Giving Back During the Pandemic: Volunteer for Blackburn Center

In 1976, a group of volunteers started what is now Blackburn Center. In the more than 40 years since our founding, volunteers continue to provide thousands of hours of service each year. Our volunteers help in a variety of ways, including:

  • Answering our 24 hour hotline

  • Distributing literature at health fairs

  • Working with children at our emergency shelter

  • Educating the commenting through our speakers’ bureau

  • Helping with administrative tasks in our office

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that we provide services — but it hasn’t changed our need for volunteers. Throughout this difficult time, we have continued to offer a range of services for our clients, from medical accompaniment to legal advocacy to counseling and therapy.

We can’t do what we do without you. Volunteers make a huge difference in our work, allowing us to expand our reach and keep providing the highest level of assistance possible. During the pandemic, our volunteers will only perform tasks that are safe given the current conditions.

You don’t need to have any special type of education or degree to volunteer at Blackburn Center. Over the past 44 years, we have had volunteers from all walks of life — teachers, students, business professionals, stay-at-home parents, and retirees. The one thing that all of our volunteers have had in common is a desire to make a difference in their community.

If you are interested in joining our mission, please fill out a volunteer application form, available here. All volunteers must attend a comprehensive training program that allows them to understand the issues that commonly face victims, survivors, and their loved ones It also helps to develop active listening and empowerment counseling skills.

We will be starting a training session later this month, and will have a training session in the spring as well. You can fill out a volunteer application form at any time, and we will contact you to get you signed up for the next available training session. Once you have received training, you can do any number of jobs for us.

Want to learn more? Reach out to us today at 724-837-9540, x 114, or contact us online. You can also fill out the volunteer application form, and we will contact you about getting started.

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About Blackburn Center

Since 1976, Blackburn Center has been providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and other types of violence and crime in Westmoreland County, and presenting education programs across this community.  You can learn more about types of abuse, our services, or ways to get help if you are a victim of violence or crime.  All of our services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL, and can be ANONYMOUS.


The official registration and financial information of Blackburn Center  may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

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