Tinker Camp

Volunteer Project Name: Tinkering Camp

umeProject Description: At Tinker Camp, youth ages 8-14 will learn, discover, and create using electronics and other materials.  

What will the Student Volunteer to Do? Student volunteers will work directly with youth to build circuits and create projects.

Date of Event: Saturday, April 9, 2016 

Time: TBD (9-3pm?)

Location: LaVale Library, 815 National Hwy, La Vale, MD 21502 – Phone:(301) 729-0855

Who Should the Student Contact?   Jessica Mellon, 4-H Educator, University of Maryland Extension-Allegany County

How Should they Contact Them? jmellon2@umd.edu or 301-724-3320

Who will Supervise Them? Jessica Mellon

What will the Student Learn?  The student will learn circuitry basics, gain experience working with youth in a non-classroom setting, and learn STEM education best practices. 

Is an application or contact information required? Volunteers must meet with Jessica Mellon in advance of camp to discuss plans and preparations.    

Students who volunteer should complete the ACM forms – listed on Page 7 – in the SL/CE Student Handbook found at this link. Please return your forms to the Service Learning and Civic Engagement office – located in the Humanities Building in room 11a.


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Somerset, Pennsylvania


ViaQuest Hospice and its caring professionals strive to be a refuge for patients and their families. Serving over 250 patients in 8 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, our mission is to assist our patients in maintaining dignity and quality of life in their final days while also providing support for caregivers, families and loved ones. ViaQuest Hospice staff strives to assist our patients in living each day to the fullest by focusing on comfort care, pain management and relief of distressing symptoms. We offer our patients and their families spiritual and bereavement counseling, as well as emotional support.

Patients receive care wherever they call home, whether that is their personal residence, the home of a family member, or a care facility.  Volunteers are an essential part of the interdisciplinary team providing care.  Serving as a hospice volunteer is an excellent way to fulfill course service requirements for a wide range of majors, gain experience in your chosen field (or explore a new field!), boost a resume, build a network and to grow as a person.

Possible Projects:

No minimum hours are required.  Volunteers are free to choose how much time they would like to give.

Volunteers provide a smiling face, a hand to hold, and a sharing of love and compassion.

Companionship services can include                         

  • Talking and listening
  • Reading
  • Cards/Games/Puzzles
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Recording of life memories:  scrapbooking, photo organizations, memoirs

Respite services can include

  • Errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light cleaning
  • Landscaping
  • Child Care

Bereavement services can include

  • Care Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Visits
  • Assisting with Memorial Services

Spiritual Care services can include

  • Scripture reading
  • Prayer
  • Hymns


How to Become a Volunteer

Those interested in volunteering should contact Kim DiPiazza, Volunteer Coordinate, to arrange to receive an application packet

Phone:   724-292-7696

Email:  kimberly.dipiazza@viaquestinc.com

To become a volunteer:

  • Complete Application packet
  • Criminal Background Check (cost covered by ViaQuest) – the form is included in the application packet
  • Tuberculosis screening (cost covered by ViaQuest) – available at any local MedExpress.  Instructions are included in the application packet
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer Orientation Program – scheduled at your convenience.  Orientation takes 1-3 hours at a location convenient to you
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer On-Site Training Program – you will meet a patient/patients

Upcoming Events:

Refer to Website

Interested in volunteering here?  Please describe your interest and availability below and click submit!



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