There are many ways you can volunteer for our organization.
A recent note from one of our volunteers:
It gives me great satisfaction that something I do can bring so me much comfort and ease to another, especially someone in possible distress. I also try to “talk up” the SCI whenever I can. Several times when I have been getting groceries at the various markets, women in line, cashiers, have questione
d what was I doing with all of the groceries. “Was I having a party?” “Was I making soup?” “You’ve got to be doing something with all that food!” “How many lasagnas are you making?” Etc.. I never hesitate to tell them that I volunteer for the SCI that helps to advocate and care for any Merchant Mariners that need assistance in the Philadelphia, South Jersey Ports; in hopes that someone else might consider volunteering as well. I hope something good for the SCI can come out of that.
Ditty Bag Program: SCI needs your help to gather items for Ditty Bags given to our Seafarers in the fall. Learn more about Ditty Bags here.
Ship Visitors: Many volunteers are needed to serve as Ship Visitors. After orientation and training, the volunteer Ship Visitors go to ships that arrive in port and transport seafarers to and from the ships in the SCI vans. The hours vary. Many of our visitors choose the same day or night to serve each week. Weekend volunteers are also needed. The Ship Visitors must have a TWIC card, but arrangements will be made to get those credentials for you.
Knit for Seafarers Help seafarers by knitting or crocheting. We need hats, balaclavas, scarves, and gloves in any color. Patterns and instructions are available using the links below. If you have questions, please contact us.
- Knitting patterns in SeafarerKnittingInstructionsPDF (Adobe Reader) format.
- Seafarer Knitting Instructions in Microsoft Word format
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