Community Service

College of Education

Mrs. Judith MacDonald
College of Education
Phone: 610-436-0042
Fax: 610-436-2874
Jmacdonald@wcupa.edu


Community Service in Berks County

Berks County Heritage Center

Location: 2201 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610-1020

Contact information:

Cathy Wegener

Phone: 610-374-8839

Email: cwegener@countyofberks.com

Website:  http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Parks/Pages/HeritageCenter.aspx

Community Service Activities: Berks County Heritage Center is looking for excited youth with a passion for history to help as volunteer tour guides for the Gruber Wagon Works. Duties include learning about the Gruber Wagon Works and being able to field any questions which may be raised by people taking a tour of the Wagon Works.

Children's Home of Reading

Location: 1010 Centre Ave, Reading, PA 19601-1498

Contact information:

Phone: (610) 478-8266

Email: contact@childrenshomeofrdg.org

Community Service Activity: Tutors in on-ground classrooms during the school day. Must be 21 years of age or older.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's mission is to conserve birds of prey worldwide by providing leadership in raptor conservation science and education, and by maintaining Hawk Mountain Sanctuary as a model observation, research and education facility.

Location: 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton, PA 19529

Contact information:

Tammy Jandrasitz

Phone: 610-756-6000 x215

Email: jandrasitz@hawkmountain.org

Website:  http://www.hawkmountain.org/volunteer/volunteer/page.aspx?id=403

Community Service Activities: Training is required:
Group Program Assistant - Assist staff with guided school or civic group hikes and programs for children and adults; weekdays and weekends


Weekend programs - Present live raptor* and special programs to visitors


Group Greeter - Greet arriving visitors and groups; present ten minute talk about Sanctuary trails and trail etiquette


Native Plant Garden Walks - Inform visitors about the use of native plants on their property to benefit wildlife and the environment; weekends
Group introductions - Present history of Hawk Mountain and overview of migration dynamics to visiting student and public groups; weekdays


* Opportunities to handle live birds may be available to volunteers who are at least 18 years of age and complete training and apprenticeship.

I-LEAD Charter School

The I-LEAD Charter School serves youth disconnected from school with the opportunity to re-engage in their education and transition successfully into adulthood.

Location: 200 North 8th Street, Reading, PA 19601

Contact information:

Kai Qualls, Dean of Student Services

Phone: (855) 453-2327 x301

Website:  http://www.i-leadcs.org/

Community Service Activities: I-LEAD Charter School seeks volunteer tutors for reading, writing and math to serve our high school students (grades 9-12) in the afterschool hours (approximately 3:30-5:00). Tutors will primarily help with homework and assignments, coaching students to understand assignment instructions, provide instruction in basic reading and math concepts to guide student through assignment, and encourage completion and achievement. Additional learning materials may be available.

Olivet Boys & Girls Club

Olivet Boys & Girls Club of Reading & Berks County provides recreation, education and guidance programs for children ages 6-18. The clubs are located throughout the city of Reading. The clubs are open after school and into the evening to provide safe, supervised programs for the youth of the community. During the summer the club operates during the day and the organization has a swimming pool on Clinton Street and a camp located in Hamburg, PA.

Location: Various locations -

Website:  http://www.olivetbgc.org/locations.htm

Contact information:
Club director at selected location: http://www.olivetbgc.org/ourstaff.htm

Community Service Activities: Olivet Boys & Girls Club is looking for anyone over the age of 18 that would like to mentor youth; requires mentoring training and clearances. In this training, the future mentor will be trained on the dos and don'ts of mentoring. Mentors would be asked to meet with mentee approximately one hour a week, plus any group activities that are scheduled.

Reading Public Library

Location: 100 S. Fifth St., Reading, PA 19602

Contact information:

Linda Baer, Special Projects Coordinator

Email: volcrd@reading.lib.pa.us

Website:  www.reading.lib.pa.us/volunteer.asp

Community Service Activities: The Reading Public Main Library and Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast Branches have many volunteer opportunities, such as homework helpers, greeters, and computer assistants. All positions involve assisting patrons. Online volunteer application is required and can be found on the website.

Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum exists to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization.

Location: 500 Museum Road • Reading, PA 19611-1425

Contact information:

Wendy Koller

Phone: 610-371-5850 x223

Email: wendy.koller@readingpublicmuseum.org

Website:  http://www.readingpublicmuseum.org/volunteer/index.php

Community Service Activities: Gallery docents are enthusiastic volunteer educators specially trained to give tours. Tours are approximately 20-30 minutes each. Volunteers must attend 2 monthly trainings and lead at least 3 tours over a six month timeframe.

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing horseback riding experiences for individuals with disabilities.

Location: 959 E. Main Street, Birdsboro, PA 19508

Contact information:

Michele Cooper, Program Director

Phone: 610-582-4050

Email: shvolunteerprogram@yahoo.com OR shadyhollowfarm@dejazzd.com

Website:  http://www.hugahorse.com/volunteer2/

Community Service Activities: Shady Hollow needs all kinds of volunteers for lots of different tasks. Some of the tasks require knowledge of horses but many do not. If training is needed, Shady Hollow will provide it.