Community Service

College of Education

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


Community Service in Philadelphia (1, 2)

American Red Cross, Southeastern PA Chapter

Location: 2221 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact Information:

Maggie O'Connor

Phone: 215-299-4059

Email: Margaret.OConnor@redcross.org

Website: http://www.redcross.org/pa/philadelphia/volunteer

Community Service Activity: Volunteers are needed in the Health and Safety Training Department as well as the Youth Services Department.  Required training depends on the department and is provided.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Location: 123 S. Broad St., Suite. 2180, Philadelphia, PA 19109

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-790-9200

Email: Bigs@bbbssepa.org

Website: http://www.bbbssepa.org/site/c.8rJNK0MHJjLYH/b.6284209/k.E19E/Volunteer_to_start_something.htm

Community Service Activity:  Big Brothers and Big Sisters are paired with a child or children and share everyday activities, expand horizons, and help their Littles experience joy in the simplest of events.

 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Location: 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399

Contact information:

Phone: 215-590-1000

Website: http://www.chop.edu/about/volunteer-opportunities/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist staff with age appropriate play activities for patients and sibling, tutor patients and assist them with schoolwork, and provide information and assistance to patients and families. 

Volunteers are asked to complete a minimum of three hours/one day per week for a minimum of six consecutive months, which must be the same day and time each week. 

Interested individuals are asked to complete the volunteer application found at the website listed above as well as provide one reference who is not a relative. Completed applications can be faxed (number listed above) or mailed to the following address:

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Attn: Volunteer Department

8th Fl, Main Bldg

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Hand-delivered applications can not be accepted.  If selected, the Volunteer Department will contact you and request an in-person interview.  If accepted, volunteers must attend a 3-hour orientation as well as provide the following medical clearances and background checks: Documentation of MMR vaccine OR proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella, results of TB tests within the past three months, Pennsylvana Act 33 (Child Abuse) Clearance, Pennsylvania Act 73 (FBI Fingerprint Check) Clearance, and Criminal Background Check.

 

Children's Village Child Care

Location:  125 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-931-0190

Email: info@childrensvillagephila.org

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

Community Service Activities:  Volunteer will work in the after-school program helping students with homework and literacy activities any time from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Volunteers can also work in the morning in a pre-school or toddler room with individual students or with a small group, any time from 9:30 am to 12 noon.  Volunteer opportunties are available in the library working with the librarian and the children, Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Fridays from 3 to 4:45 p.m.

Interested individuals should submit the following information: proof of educational experience, proof of work experience, child abuse clearance, police background check, two forms of identifications/one with proof of age, health assessment form (downloadable from Children's Village website), TB screening, and a drug and alcohol screening.

 

City Year Greater Philaldelphia

Location: 2221 Chestnut St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-988-2118

Website: http://www.cityyear.org/philadelphia.aspx

Community Service Activity:  This program unites 17 to 24-year-olds in a year of full-time service, providing vital support to schools and serving as tutors, mentors, and role models for youth.

 

ConKerr Cancer

ConKerr Cancer is blessed with a simple, clear mission–to make life brighter for children with life changing illnesses and injuries.  ConKer Cancer makes bright cheery pillowcases for sick children with the hopes of putting a smile on the face of a sick child and to bring comfort to a frighten mom or dad.

Location: 295 E. Swedesford, #396, Wayne, PA 19087

Contact information:

Email: jeanne@conkerrcancer.org

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

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers can help in many ways, such as cutting, washing, and folding fabris for the in-hospital sewing days, assisting children in the hospital wtih sewing days, and becoming a regional coordinator who is responsible for organizing and coordinating ConKerr Cancer's programs for your local hospital

 

Dancing Classrooms Philly

Dancing Classrooms Philly is a licensed ballroom dancing program for Philadelphia schoolchildren. To date, Dancing Classrooms Philly has reached nearly 4,600 Philadelphia fifth graders in more than 90 public, charter and Catholic school classrooms. The program’s specially trained teaching artists teach a variety of social dances.

Location: 4701 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Phone: 215-268-3973

Email:  info@dancingclassroomsphilly.org

Website: http://www.dancingclassroomsphilly.org/5_volunteer.html

Community Service Activity:  Volunteers can help out at the Saturday Scholarship Program and at the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Final Competition

 

Elfreth's Alley Association

Location:  126 Elfreth’s Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-574-0560

Email: information@elfrethsalley.org

Website: http://www.elfrethsalley.org/association/opportunities

Community Service Activity: Volunteers will provide tours of Elfreth's Alley and Mantua Makers, Mary Smith and Sara Melton's House at 126 Elfreth's Alley. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and cover topics including urban development, immigration, work, and historic preservation. This is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in interacting with thousands of visitors from around the world, is comfortable with public speaking, and enjoys sharing Philadelphia's history with others.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with special events, such as being a house greeter for Fete Day or Deck the Alley, the two annual open houses.

 

The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Location: 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact Information:

Jamie Collier, Director of the Volunteer Programs Department

Phone: 215-448-1163

Fax: 215-448-1314

Email: volprog@fi.edu

Website: http://www2.fi.edu/shared/volunteer.php

Community Service Activity:  Volunteers will explain exhibits to visitors, assit in the library, and meet and great visitors as well as answer their questions.

 

Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley

Location: Valley Forge, PA 19482

Contact Information:

Wendy Sherid, Adult Recruitment Specialist

Email: volunteer@gsep.org

Phone: 610-933-7555

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

Community Service Activity: Volunteers will help girl scouts with programs, activities, and special events.