Community Service

College of Education

Mrs. Judith MacDonald
College of Education
610-436-0042
Jmacdonald@wcupa.edu


Lehigh/Northampton, Pennsylvania areas

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley

Location:  878 Minesite Road, Allentown, PA 18103

Contact information:

Phone: 610-391-1827

Email: vburde@bbbslv.org

Website:

http://www.bbbslv.org/site//c.ckLPI6NOIfJ4G/b.6701437/k.E170/Volunteer_to_Start_Something.htm

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will be paired one-on-one with a child and mentor a “little brother” or “little sister.”  Volunteers are asked to commit for approximately 2 hours per week over the course of a year.

Boys and Girls Club of Allentown

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Allentown is an after-school program that provides a safe and educational environment for children that need help in developing in fitness, health, life skills, career development, and leadership.

Location: 720 North Sixth Street Allentown, PA 18102

Contact information:

Pat Johnson

Phone: 610-432-9944

Email: bgcallen@aol.com

Website:  http://bgcallentown.org/volunteer-opportunities

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist in mentoring and tutoring the students in the club.  Specifically, volunteers will work with the students in various programs, such as arts and crafts, cooking, and the completion of homework assignments.

Camelot for Children

Camelot for Children, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides a social gathering place for seriously, chronically, terminally ill and disabled children. All of the activities are free of charge and are open to the entire family.

Location: 2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA 18103

Contact information:

Cassie Kemmerer, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-791-5683

Email: cassiek@camelotforchildren.org

Website: http://www.camelotforchildren.org/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers are needed to assist with monthly events and programs as well as with summer camps.

Interested individuals should submit a volunteer application, which can be found online.

Caring Place Youth Development

The Caring Place reaches out to youth who may become entangled in a life of drugs, violence, unemployment and hopelessness by providing programs and activities designed to enable young people to overcome the pressures and disadvantages of their environment.

Location: 931 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA

Contact information:

Gloria Ashe, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-433-5683

Fax: 610-433-9165

Email: Gash@TheCaringPlace.org

Website: http://www.thecaringplace.org/volunteer.html

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers assist with a varied of activities and events, ranging from assisting a teacher and with projects to coaching and going on field trips.

Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley

Communities in Schools of Lehigh Valley brings community resources and caring adults into school in order to give students who are at-risk the tools they need to learn successfully, stay in school, and prepare for life.

Location:  Various school districts in the Allentown area

Contact information:

Director of Volunteer Services, Jennifer Danese

Phone: 484-834-8830

Email: info@cislv.org

Website: http://www.cislv.org/help/volunteer/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist with school-based, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring.  Assistance in all school subjects are need, however, there is a higher demand for math and reading. 


Community Bike Works

Community Bike Works aims to give children alternatives to gangs and to encourage and support them to be successful in school. Community Bike Works provides Allentown children, ages 9-17, with an opportunity to earn a bicycle through a 12 week bike maintenance, safety, and skills class, and offers more traditional after school program activities including homework help, reading enrichment and fun events.

Location: 235 N. Madison St., Allentown, PA

Contact information:

Phone: 610-434-1140

Website: http://www.communitybikeworks.org/volunteer.php

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will serve as mentors and assist with after-school programs.  Interested individuals should go to their website and complete the volunteer information form. 

Compeer of the Lehigh Valley

Compeer of Lehigh Valley fosters ongoing recovery from mental illness. Through this organization, individuals are matched in one-to-one friendship relationships with caring, trained community volunteers at least 18 years old.

Location:  419 Walnut Street #1, Allentown, PA 18102

Contact information:

Mimi Brulia

Phone: 610-435-9651

Fax: 610-782-9039

Email: pgorman@familyanswers.org

Community Service Activities:  In Compeer, a volunteer applicant is interviewed, has references checked, receives an orientation, gets matched up in a one-on-one friendship relationship, and receives ongoing support. Volunteers are linked with a person of the same gender who lives nearby, has requested Compeer friendship matching, and is referred in writing by their mental health professional. Training is required and is provided.  In addition, volunteers spend one hour per week with their friend.

Da Vinci Science Center

Location:  3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass, Allentwon, PA 18103

Contact information:

Jennifer Pors, Volunteer Services

Phone: 484-664-1002 ext. 118

Fax: 484-664-1002

Website: http://www.davincisciencecenter.org/your-support-for-science/our-volunteers/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks, activities, and programs.  For instance, individuals who volunteer as a “Volunteer Exhibit Educators” will assist and help inspire visitors of all ages to engage in the exhibits and educational materials provided.   In addition, individuals who volunteer as “Educational Support Staff” will assist the educational staff prepare and present the information to visitors.

Volunteers are required to volunteer for at least 36 hours over a 3-month period.

Interested individuals should visit the website listed above and contact the appropriate individual based on which specific volunteer opportunity one is interested in.  Individuals should also download and complete the volunteer application located at the Da Vinci Science Center.  In addition, individuals will need to provide the Center with appropriate documentation and background clearances as well as complete an interview. 

Easter Seals

Easter Seals provides quality services to children and adults with disabilities as well as supports their families.

Location:  1501 Lehigh Street, Suite 201, Allentown, PA 18103

Contact information:

Phone: 610-289-0114 ext. 225

Email:  event@easterseals-easternpa.org

Website: http://esep.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=PAEA_volunteering

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers assist in special events and programs well as at camps, such as Campy Lily.  To view current opportunities available, please refer to the website listed above.

Girl Scout Great Valley Council

Location: Various locations depending on Girl Scout troop location

Contact information:

Phone: 610-933-7555

Email: volunteer@gsep.org

Website: http://www.gsep.org/volunteers/become-a-volunteer.php

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist with various Girl Scout activities, programs, and events. 

Interested individuals should complete the volunteer application found online.  Individuals will need to provide up-to-date clearances as well as attend trainings, which will be provided.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

Location:  Good Shepherd Plaza, 850 South Fifth Street, Allentown, PA 18103

Contact information:

JoAnn Frey, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-776-3125

Email: jfrey@gsrh.org

Website: http://www.goodshepherdrehab.org/volunteer

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist in a variety of activities with clients, patients, and residents.   Volunteers often serve as companions to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital’s long-term residents, helping them during activities and possibility attending weekly field trips to assist them.  In additions, volunteers assist in transporting patients and residents.

Interested individuals should complete and submit the volunteer application, which can be found on the website listed above.

Head Start

Location:  1520 Hanover Ave., Allentown, PA 18109

Contact information:

Amanda Buss

Phone: 610-437-6000 ext 2112

Email: abuss@cscinc.org

Website:  http://www.cscinc.org/about-csc/volunteerism/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers can assist in the classrooms, helping children at meal time, playing, singing, and during activities. 

Scheduling is very flexible and can fit your schedule!

Holy Family Manor

Location: 1200 Spring Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018

Contact information:

Phone: 610-865-5595 ext. 522

Email: aruggiero@cshhcs.org

Website: http://www.cshhcs.org/volunteer.asp

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers have the option to participate within Holy Family Manor in a variety of ways.  Volunteers can read to and visit patients, assist at special events, such as the Manor’s  yearly picnic, Breakfast with Santa, and the Easter egg hunt, and escort patients to and from physical therapy and other appointments and events.

Interested individuals should complete the online volunteer application, which can be found at the website listed above.  Volunteer hours are flexible and scheduling is arranged based upon the volunteer’s availability.   Assistance is needed mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Phoebe Richland Health Care Center

Phoebe Richland is a not for profit health care facility for the elderly. They are a 143 bed, skilled nursing facility, with a 21 bed Alzheimer Unit.

Location: Phoebe Allentown

  1. Phoebe Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: 1925 W Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18104

Contact Information:

Phoebe Home Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • Donna Henry
    • Phone: (610) 794-5362
    • Email: dhenryl@phoebe.org

Website: http://phoebe.org/

Community Service Activities: Companion/visitor, Escort/transport residents, Activity helper, Library assistant (some sites), Pastoral care assistant, Activity or group leader, a program (musical, special interest or hobby)

Pinebrook Services for Children and Youth

Location: 402 North Fulton Street, Allentown, PA 18102

Contact information:

Kathleen Trimble, Director of Development

Phone: 610-432-3919

Email: ktrimble@pinebrookservices.org

Website: http://www.pinebrookservices.org/main/volunteer/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist in childcare, special events, and coordinating games. 

Interested individuals need to provide background clearances.  Volunteer hours are flexible, however, based on activity and need.

Sacred Heart Hospital

Location: Sacred Heart HealthCare System, 421 Chew Street, Allentown, PA 18102

Contact information:

Beth Fogel, Director of Volunteer Services

Phone: 610-776-5413

Email: bfogel@shh.org

Website: http://www.shh.org/foundation/volunteer-opportunities.asp

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will mainly serve as “Patient Escorts.”  In doing so, they will have the opportunity to make new friends while escorting patients to various locations throughout the hospital. 

Volunteers can schedule their hours at their convenience Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm.   Additionally, tuberculosis testing and background checks will need to be provided.

Salvation Army Children’s Center

Location: 425 Allentown Drive, Suite 1, Allentown, PA 18109

Contact information:

Florence Rhue

Phone:  610-821-7706

Email:  Florence.rhue@use.salvationarmy.org

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will work with children, assist with activities, and help care for children with special needs.  In addition, volunteers will assist with special events, such as Foster Parent Appreciation Banquet, Family Picnic, Fall Festival, Christmas Party, and various events that help raise awareness about foster care and adoption.  

Saucon Valley Community Center

Location:  323 Northampton Street, Hellertown, PA 18055

Contact information:

Erin Siegfried, Executive Director

Phone: 610-838-0722

Email: erin@svcommctr.org or teresa@svcommctr.org

Website: http://www.svcommctr.org/involved_volunteer.html

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers can assist in a wide range of programs and services, including helping senior citizens during meals and activities and participating with children in the after-school and evening programs, homework clubs, mentoring activities, and arts and crafts programs.

Shape It Up!

Shape It Up is a fitness program for overweight youth offered by the Allentown Health Bureau, specifically for children ages 10-18 of all fitness levels.

Location:  

  • Allentown Health Bureau: 45 N. 6th St., Allentown, PA
  • Gymnasium: Alliance Hall Gym, 6th and Chew Streets, Allentown

Contact information:

Allentown Health Bureau

Phone: 610-437-7581

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shape-It-Up/129635727084833?v=info

Website: http://www.allentownyouthsource.org/sports/shape-it-up/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist various activities that include organized games, stretching, aerobics, Wii Fitness, and Dance, Dance Revolution.  Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at the Alliance Hall Gym.