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Information about voter registration and elections can be found at the Centre County Office of Elections and Voter Registration Website. Information on voting in Pennsylvania can also be found at VotesPA.com.
You can subscribe to a list to be notified when the agenda becomes available on the Borough's website. Council usually meets the first and third Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in a regular meeting and the second Monday evening at 7 p.m. in a work session. To see when Council is meeting, visit the Borough's Calendar. Agendas are usually posted on Friday for Monday meetings. To see a list of current agenda items, click here.
You can subscribe to a list to be notified when minutes are available on the Borough website.
A home is an investment. When you rent, you write your monthly check and that money is gone forever. But when you own your home, you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your federal income taxes, and usually from your state taxes. This will save you a lot each year, because the interest you pay will make up most of your monthly payment for most of the years of your mortgage. You can also deduct the property taxes you pay as a homeowner. In addition, the value of your home may go up over the years. Finally, you'll enjoy having something that's all yours - a home where your own personal style will tell the world who you are.
Low-income first-time homebuyers may receive mortgage and down payment assistance in the form of a zero interest deferred payment forgiveness loan. Funds are also available to assist with necessary rehabilitation. This program requires individuals to attend pre- and post-purchase budget counseling and also a homebuyer education class.
Middle-income first-time homebuyers may receive mortgage and down payment assistance in the form of a deferred payment loan that must be fully repaid upon future sale or transfer of the property or when the property is no longer the owner’s primary residence. Additional funds may be available for necessary repairs. This program also requires individuals to attend pre- and post-purchase budget counseling and a homebuyer education class.
The State College Community Land Trust purchases homes, makes necessary repairs then sells them to income qualified and mortgage ready home buyers. The buyer purchases the house but not the land underneath. The land underneath is owned by the Land Trust and is leased to the homeowner, so the purchase of the house is affordable. If the homeowner sells the house, they must sell it to another income qualified household; this will preserve affordable homes for future generations.
The Temporary Housing Foundation, Inc. purchases homes, makes necessary repairs and sells them to income qualified and mortgage ready home buyers. The homes are sold to the buyer at the same purchase price that Temporary Housing Foundation paid before the repairs. Gap financing subsidy and closing cost assistance may be available. The buyer must provide 3% of their own funds for down payment. This means families can purchase more of a house with a lower monthly payment, therefore making it affordable.
If you have lost a pet in the Borough of State College or the Township of College you can call the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191 or the State College Police non-emergency number at (814) 234-7150. Other places you might try include:
Centre County Paws also offers additional tips on where to post flyers, how to place a lost/found newspaper ad, radio announcement or online advertisement and provides the phone numbers for other local municipalities.
Dogs over three months of age are required to be licensed by January 1 of each year. Applications for licenses are available at the State College Finance Department until October of each year and at the Centre County Treasurer's Office.
If you need help with a wild animal contact the PA Game Commission at (814) 237-1857 or Centre Wildlife Care at (814) 692-0004.
Agendas for the various Authorities, Boards and Commissions (ABC's) are available a few days prior to each meeting. Minutes are available once they have been approved by the ABC.
State College Borough extends the invitation to volunteer to all State College Borough residents. Some regional ABC's are also open to residents who live outside the municipal boundaries. Special accommodations will be made upon request and whenever possible to assist individuals with a disability. The decision to appoint ABC members ultimately lies with Borough Council.
If you are interested in serving on one of our ABC’s please complete the Application for Membership on an Advisory Board form and deliver/mail it to State College Borough, Human Resources Department, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 or submit by email. Your application will be kept on file and submitted to Council for consideration when positions become available.
Recruitment for ABC members typically begins in early fall. ABC appointments are generally made at the end of the calendar year. The number of positions available varies year to year. Additional appointments may also be made throughout the year due to varying circumstances.
Terms for ABC appointments vary by ABC. See the ABC website for more information.
The Borough does maintain a Capitalization and Depreciation policy, which is published in the "Policies and Processes" section of the 2015 Budget beginning on page B-12, should you be interested in more detailed information. The policy offers guidance to management in complying with financial reporting requirements and for planning for the logical replacement of capital assets.
In general, three factors are used to determine the method and timing of replacement: cost, useful life and salvage value. There are, however, some assets (e.g. computers) that have a negligible salvage value at their useful life, so useful life is the only deciding factor for replacement. Computers and Equipment are replaced according to their estimated useful life of 3-7 years. Vehicles, on the other hand, are replaced according to their estimated useful life of 3-12 years, provided that the vehicle under consideration also meets the Borough's minimum mileage/hours use requirement.
The Nuisance Property Ordinance is incorporated into the Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code, Section 806  Rental Housing Permit Suspension for Nuisance and Criminal Violations. Select the link below and the button at the top of the front page of the Code to go directly to Section 806 .
The State College Borough Codification of Ordinances can only be viewed and printed in Adobe Reader or a similar PDF reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, it can be downloaded for free by clicking the link that follows. If you continue to have problems viewing the Codification, please contact the Administration Department at (814) 234-7110. The Codification can always be viewed at the State College Municipal Building during normal business hours.
Accuracy of the ordinance information provided here cannot be guaranteed. Utilization of information is at users' sole risk. The information provided is periodically updated, but may not contain the latest amendments. Users should review the latest ordinance texts available at the Borough offices before legal proceedings.
The most up to date Borough Codes can be viewed at the State College Municipal Building, Administration Department, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801. Please call the State College Borough Administration Department at (814) 234-7110 for more information.
The Borough periodically participates in the National Citizen Survey to gather data on how residents view Borough services, amenities, staff and the community in general. This information is used in our decision making processes along with internal performance measurement of the quality of Borough services, efficiency of work flow and effectiveness of staff actions. Borough departments also periodically hold open houses on current projects to gather community input and provide information to those directly affected by construction projects or new programs.
The Borough offers an e-mail and text message notification system, called Notify Me. You can sign up to receive notification when agendas and minutes are available for Borough Council and all Borough ABC's.
Borough Council greatly appreciates public comment from residents, business owners and other interested parties. At each Council meeting the public can come forward to comment during the Public Hour on issues not addressed in the agenda. In addition to the Public Hour, Borough Council holds public hearings on specific issues as needed.
Formal complaints about the administration of actions or decisions made by Borough Council should initially be put in writing and addressed to the Borough Manager. The Manager is appointed by the elected council to employ and manage all staff and to ensure council decisions are implemented.You can reasonably expect the Manager to give your complaint proper consideration or direct it to an appropriate person to consider, and you should receive a helpful response.A response from the Manager may:
Sometimes a issue of concern relates directly to a decision of the elected Council, rather than an action or decision of the Borough Administration. As Borough staff are required to implement the decisions of the elected Council, it may require a formal Council decision to resolve the particular problem.
If you want to find out about a Council decision, the minutes of the Council should include both the report considered by the Council and the precise wording of the Council decision. Minutes are available for public inspection online and by request after adoption by Council. Previous Council meetings can also be viewed online at C-NET's website.
If you wish to raise a concern with the elected Council, you should contact the Borough Administration Department to find out more information on how you can do this. Possible ways to raise a concern with the elected Council include:
In some cases, the process of making formal Council decisions involves public consultation. Sometimes this consultation is required by law and other times it is undertaken voluntarily by the Council. Borough Administration will generally be able to adviseyou if there is a public consultation process where you can participate.
Please contact the State College Borough Administration Department at (814) 234-7110 or email us with any questions.
The Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Returns can be obtained by visiting the Centre Tax Agency webpage or by contacting the tax office at (814) 234-7120. It should be noted that taxpayers do have the option to file the local tax return on-line through the eFiling module. The eFiling module can be accessed through Online Services.
Taxpayers that appeared on the tax rolls for the various municipalities and school districts that comprise the Centre County Tax Collection District for the 2012 tax year were automatically mailed a tax return with a preprinted PIN. This PIN is unique to a taxpayer and cannot be shared with the taxpayer's spouse. If you are unable to locate your tax return or if you did not receive a return, you can contact the tax office at (814) 278-4709 to request a PIN. You will be asked to provide your Social Security Number. Your PIN will be mailed within 2 working days to the address that is on file with the tax office. Should you need to update your address, please call the tax office for instructions. If the spouse of a taxpayer has no income and did not receive a tax return with a PIN, do not enter his/her information as a joint return since you must have both PINS available to electronically submit a tax return.
An extension form with applicable payment must be submitted to Centre Tax Agency by the due date as indicated on the extension form. An extension form DOES NOT grant an extended time to pay a balance due and DOES NOT waive penalty and interest. It only extends the time to file a local Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Return. Centre Tax Agency would also accept a copy of the Federal or State extension form if filed by the due date.
Call 911 immediately! Even a small fire can get out of hand very quickly. The 911 dispatcher will send out a call to the Alpha Fire Company to respond to your fire emergency.
Centre Region Code Administration provides for a fire safety program under the regulations of the Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code.
No person, firm, business, association or corporation shall operate a place of assembly, business, education, factory, mercantile, hotel, motel, assisted living facility or storage facility or rent such space to a person, firm, business, association or corporation until a fire safety program license (permit) has been issued by the Centre Region Code Administration. Fire Safety Program licenses (permits) are not transferrable and are only valid for a specific tenant, occupant, franchisee, business, or legal entity. If the occupying entity changes, a new fire safety program license shall be applied for within 5 calendar days of the change occurring.
Visit the Centre Region Parks and Recreation website for more information.
State College offers housing assistance at two apartment complexes located in State College: Arnold Addison Court Apartments and Bellaire Court Apartments.
Arnold Addison Court Apartments is a 89-unit apartment building, located at 126 East Beaver Avenue, in Downtown State College, that serves both elderly and disabled persons. Applicants must be at least 55 years of age or handicapped. There are income limits for eligibility. For more information call (814) 238-0400.
Bellaire Court Apartments is rental community containing 18 one-bedroom apartments. One of the apartments has been made accessible to individuals who use a wheelchair and is not reserved for senior occupancy. Residents must be able to live independently.
Income eligible residents, former residents, and relatives of resident of Centre County and adjacent counties are eligible for an apartment at Bellaire Court. Residents of State College Borough and parents of Borough residents receive priority on the waiting list for apartments. Tenants pay only 30 percent of their monthly income as rent. There currently is a waiting list for apartments, but an application may be filed at any time.
Fair Housing practices are guaranteed by the State College Fair Housing Ordinance. Protection is provided based on the following categories: race, color, religion, age (40 and above), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, mental or physical handicap, presence of trained guide or support animals, marital status and familial status (pregnancy and children).
It is unlawful to refuse to sell, lease or otherwise withhold any dwelling; falsely deny housing was available; discriminate in terms of sale, rental occupancy,or in service or facilities; discriminate in financing or advertising; or to intimidate, interfere or coerce to keep a person from exercising his/her rights under the Fair Housing Ordinance.
For questions regarding the Fair Housing Ordinance, please contact the State College Department of Planning and Community Development at (814) 234-7109.
All applications need to be completed online. If you do not have access to a computer, one is made available to use in our parking office to submit your application. If additional accommodations are needed to assist in the completion of the online application, please contact the Human Resources Department by phone at (814) 234-7115 or via email.
If you feel an ordinance violation has been issued improperly or because of extenuating circumstances beyond your control, an appeal may be filed by filling out and submitting the form online or by printing and submitting the form by mail. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services by phone at (814) 234-7191 or by e-mail. To submit an appeal you must provide:
Submit an Ordinance Violation Appeal
Applicants must pre-register with the State College Borough Human Resources Department to be eligible to test. Application materials are made available each year in early spring. A preliminary application form must completed and returned to the Human Resources Department. A testing fee is also required to register. You may pay by check (made payable to State College Borough), pay in person at the State College Borough Human Resources Department, or pay online. Your preliminary application and payment must be received by the registration deadline. If the testing fee payment would create a financial hardship for you, please contact State College Borough Human Resources Department at (814) 234-7115 to request a testing fee waiver.
The State College Borough accepts payments of the State College Borough Real Estate Tax online. Please note that this option is not available for the State College Area School District Real Estate Tax.
Within 24 hours of a snow event, property owners are required to removal all snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property.
If your question hasn't been answered please feel free to contact the Borough of State College Parking Department at email@example.com or (814) 278-4769. You can also stop in to see us in the municipal building at 243 South Allen Street. Our office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays.
Parking violations can be paid with a credit or debit card on the Parking Portal. You can also pay with check or money order in the mail or with cash, check, or money order in the parking office.
Parking violations may be appealed within 48 hours of issuance. Appeals can be filed on the Parking Portal.
Yes. The Beaver, Fraser and Pugh garages allow 24/7 public parking. Simply pull a ticket at the entrance gate and pay it when you leave.
Parking permits may be purchased on the Parking Portal with a credit or debit card. You may also buy a parking permit in the parking office with cash, check, or money order.
Monthly permits for the Beaver, Fraser, and Pugh garages must be closed by returning the permit card to the Parking Office before the effective closure date. Commuter, McAllister Deck, Sparks Lot, and Barnard Lot permits must be closed by sending an email linked to your permit account to firstname.lastname@example.org with your closure date.
Parking on the street between 2 and 6 a.m. is not permitted throughout downtown and most of the Borough. Parking permission may be requested by contacting the parking office. Click here for more information on overnight parking.
On-street meters can be paid with coins or a credit or debit card. The rate is $1.25/hour with a $0.75 minimum payment for cards. You can also pay remotely with Parkmobile.
Free motorcycle parking is available on the street in designated areas at the following locations:
400 E College Ave
100 Heister St
100 McAllister St
200 W College Ave
200 S Allen St
No on-street parking is permitted from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monthly motorcycle permits are available for the Beaver Garage for $35/month. Permits may be purchased on the Parking Portal and are subject to availability.
Yes, there are ADA only spaces located in the downtown garages, lots and on-street meters. A valid handicap placard must be displayed to park in these spaces and payment must still be made if required. A valid handicap placard gives an additional hour grace period beyond your payment expiration time at any metered space. For a full list of handicap space locations please click here and select the "Handicap Parking" tab.
Commuters may purchase a monthly permit from the Borough that enables them to park their vehicle on designated streets close to the downtown. The fee is $45 per month. Additionally, the Borough has a night-time permit for Beaver Garage (4 p.m. to 4 a.m.) for employees that work in the evenings that costs $35 per month.
For more information on the Merchant Validation Program and a complete list of participating merchants please click here to visit the Downtown Improvement District website.
Yes, Penn State University Police and State College Police have purchased and trained police officers on Tasers, devices that use an electrical impulse to briefly immobilize violent or resisting suspects that provides a safer option for arresting individuals who are clearly at risk of harming themselves or others. The devices, commonly carried by police nationwide, will be carried by State College Police officers and Penn State University Park police officers effective February 24, 2015.
Accident reports are available at the Police Department from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please call us at (814) 234-7150 prior to coming to get the report to verify that the report has been completed and is available. There is a fee for copies of the report.
Additionally, as part of our participation in the CARFAX Police Crash Assistance program, all crash reports for State College Police Department are now available for purchase online.
No, we do not have any jail facilities at our Department. All arrested individuals are transported to the Centre County Correctional Facility located at 700 Rishel Hill Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488. You can call them to ascertain if someone is in their facility at (814) 355-6794.
The Department has a house check program where officers will frequently check on your residence while you are gone. You will need to complete a Vacation Home Check Request form in the event the officers need to contact you while you are away. You can call (814) 234-7150 for more information.
The Department is committed to maintaining a professional force and, in this regard, if anyone has a complaint concerning an officer's actions, he/she is encouraged to speak with a Department representative about the incident. No one should feel that any sort of retaliation will come as a result of complaint. The department will diligently investigate the complaint.
The Department does not solicit via the telephone. Any calls by another entity should be thoroughly analyzed and double checked before donating.
For more information about hiring procedures, visit our Career Opportunities.
No, however, the American Lung Association offers radon kits that can be purchased at: https://www.lung.org/local-content/_content-items/our-initiatives/current-initiatives/mpor-radon-awareness.html
West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread by infected mosquitos. So the best defense against the West Nile Virus is not giving them a place to breed. The State of Pennsylvania provides a wealth of information on their website.
Albert M. Lavan is the contact for the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program in Centre County. Mr. Lavan can be reached by phone at (814) 355-6791.
Pennsylvania's West Nile Virus Control Program
Any property owner desiring the connection of a service or lines to their premises must make a written application on the form furnished by the Authority giving all information required, at least twenty (20) days before service is required, which application must be approved by the Authority or its duly authorized agent before the water will be supplied. When required in writing by property owner, application for water service may be received from a tenant under the condition that the owner acts as a guarantor for the payment of all charges. Such action shall not relieve the owner of any obligation which exists under the Rules and Regulations of the Authority.
According to PA Act 287, anyone digging in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must contact Pennsylvania One Call at 8-1-1, before beginning excavation to avoid damaging underground utilities.
Yes, Pennsylvania Act 101 mandates recycling for many communities including State College, College, Harris, Ferguson, Harris and Patton. All residents and businesses are required to recycle the following:
In addition to these items, the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority will no longer accept covered devices (electronics) as refuse.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority (CCRRA) is responsible for curbside recycling in State College. To contact CCRRA call (814) 238-7005 or visit the CCRRA office during regular operating hours, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CCRRA’s transfer station is located behind the mall at 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte, PA 16823.
Recycling drop-off bins are available 24/7.
The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority provides red bins for residential recycling and blue bins for multifamily housing units and commercial recycling. Visit CCRRA's website to find out how to obtain a bin.
State College Borough provides bins for both trash and organics recycling. Each property is assigned two distinctive carts, one to be used for regular trash (black lid) and one for organic waste collection (green lid). Through a mailed survey, each residence had the opportunity to select the size cart to be used for each collection: 35-gallon (2-3 tall kitchen bags), 65-gallon (4-6 tall kitchen bags) and 95-gallon (7-9 tall kitchen bags). Contact the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135 with any questions.
Curbside refuse and recycling collection occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Bulk and brush item collection begins on Monday of each week unless there is a holiday.
Routes are planned to allow early access to areas where parked cars will pose a problem for collection vehicles. Curbside collection of trash and recycling, including organics, occur on the same day. Check the map provided or call (814) 234-7135 to find out the day of your collection.
Yes, see the holiday refuse schedule for more information.
Holiday Refuse Schedule
Automated collection is a new collection method in State College, but is used across the Commonwealth and around the world. Each residence is provided a wheeled cart for refuse and a wheeled cart for organics. Carts are rolled to the street on collection day. The collection truck will lift and dump the container, replacing it at the curb. The operator almost never leaves the truck and controls the entire process from the driver’s seat.
Place your carts at the curb the night before collection day. Carts must be placed out for collection by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Retrieve your carts by the end of your collection day. Crews work 10-hour days; therefore, your carts may be collected late in the day. Please wait an appropriate amount of time before calling in a missed cart.
Yes, if you use the correct bags. For example, paper grocery bags are compostable. Compostable plastic bags are also available. Do not use “bio-degradable” bags, unless the product also says “compostable.” Even "bio-degradable" bags may breakdown into compounds that are undesirable in finished compost.
At-door service is offered for residual waste (garbage) for a fee unless you have a medical exemption. As with other recycling, organics must be taken to the curb. To request medical exempt status for at-door collect, please contact the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135.
Bulk items are collected on a regular weekly schedule, except during holiday weeks. It is necessary to call in or complete the web form to request a bulk item collection. Call (814) 234-7135 to arrange for bulk pick up or select the "Submit a Service Request" button on the Borough's homepage to access the bulk item request form.
During the fall leaf collection season, leaves are collected at the curb every over week. During the spring leaf collection season, leaves are collected every week. During the winter and summer months, leaves can be deposited in the organics recycling bin for collection.
To view the current leaf collection schedule and find out how to prepare your leaves for collection, visit the Refuse and Recycling webpage. If you choose to opt out of the organics recycling program, leaves can be dropped off at Glenn O. Hawbaker Recycling Centre during the summer and winter.
The provisions of the Centre Region Building Safety and Property Maintenance Code apply to all existing residential and non-residential rental structures and all existing rental premises and constitute minimum requirements and standards for premises, structures, equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, protection from the elements, life safety, safety from fire and other hazards, and for safe and sanitary maintenance; the responsibility of owners, operators and occupants; the occupancy of existing structures and premises, and for administration, enforcement and penalties.
Violations at a property are tracked for a 12-month period. Each violation that occurs is assigned a point value from 1 to 3. When 5 or more points accumulate, a notice of violation is sent to the property owner. A correction plan is requested in the notice. The property owner also has the option to request an informal meeting with the Director of the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services
When 10 or more points accumulate, a permit suspension notice is sent and the permit suspension process is initiated.
There are two files available for viewing points issued to properties in the State College Borough. These files will be updated by the close of business each Tuesday:
Complete Points Issued Listing - This file contains the full listing of both pending and assigned points issued to all properties in the past 12 months.
Weekly Points Issued Listing - This file displays points pending and assigned to properties in the week prior to the posting date of the file.
Fact: State College Borough Council approved an ordinance that gives officers the option to charge an individual with a summary offense instead of a misdemeanor for the possession of a small amount of marijuana. The ordinance only applies in the Borough of State College and marijuana is still illegal in ALL municipalities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The ordinance goes into effect in September of 2016. On the Penn State University campus, University police must still follow federal and state laws that consider marijuana use and possession a misdemeanor. Also, the ordinance does not apply in Harris and College Township where State College Police also have jurisdiction. Under the State College Borough ordinance, police can charge a person in possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana with a summary offense that carries a fine of $250. They can also charge a person caught using marijuana a summary offense that carries a fine of $350. While the ordinance allows State College Police the flexibility to bring a lesser charge when possession occurs in the Borough, it does not legalize marijuana. Under Pennsylvania State Law, possession of a small amount of marijuana is illegal and can be charged as a misdemeanor. State College Police officers will still have the option to charge a student with a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. A convicted individual will also face driver’s license suspension, a criminal record and the risk of losing federal student aid. In addition, the new ordinance does not cover paraphernalia, which still carries a misdemeanor charge. Paraphernalia can include any object used to ingest, store or use marijuana. Possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Students using or possessing marijuana on- or off-campus are also subject to disciplinary sanctions from the Office of Student Conduct. Code of Conduct sanctions are separate from any legal charges and can be generated whether a student receives a summary offense, or state or federal charges. Penn State Student Legal Services, a unit of Student Affairs, has posted FAQs on its website to provide students with more information on the ordinance.
Pollution of stormwater occurs when illicit discharges containing toxic and hazardous materials are disposed of into the storm sewer system. Because stormwater is not treated, these toxic and hazardous materials make their way into various bodies of water throughout the area. The addition of these materials can harm wildlife and destroy habitats for various organisms.
Flooding occurs during especially heavy rains when the storm sewer system cannot the excess surface water runoff flowing to the drains. This can cause overflowing of the systems, which can cause flooding of roads.
There are many ways you can learn about volunteer opportunities in State College.
First, find organizations seeking volunteers through a volunteer network database:
Second, Find local volunteer opportunities through an organization like the Community Help Center: Along with assisting clients, the Community Help Center also helps members in our community who are looking for a volunteer opportunity. Depending on the person's interests, the organization will work to place them either at Community Help Centre or with another agency in the area.
Before contacting the a local volunteer agency, consider why you want to volunteer, how much time you have to donate, what issues you want to address and what populations of people you want to work with. Call 814-234-8222 or stop in the Centre Helps at 141 West Beaver Ave to find volunteer opportunities that match your interests.