Community Service

College of Education

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


Community Service in Chester County (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Adult Care of Chester County

Locations: 

Sharp Lane Center, 201 Sharp Lane, Exton, PA 19341

So. Chester County Center, 500 Old Forge Lane, Ste 503, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Contact Information:

Pat Dehart, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-388-1166

Fax: 610-388-1185

Email: pdehart@acofcc.org

Website: www.adultcareofchestercounty.org

Community Service Activity: Adult Care of Chester County has volunteer opportunities for the position listed below.

  • Arts and Crafts Volunteer: Help plan and assist with individual arts and crafts type activities.
  • Baking Volunteer: Someone to help or lead a baking group.
  • Games Volunteer: Play individual games such as checkers or dominos with the participants or could help in the group activities.
  • General Activity Volunteer: Assist staff with any or all aspects of providing activities for the participants.
  • Fine Arts Volunteer: Someone to share their musical, dance, or artistic talents with the participants.
  • Horticulture Volunteer: Help maintain a small garden; planting and weeding. Plus, indoor plants and craft projects.
  • Sensory Time Volunteer: Enjoying one-on-one time with the participants such as reading, talking, listening, and sensory activities.
  • Woodworking Volunteer: Help participants get involved with homework. Assist in sanding, staining, and painting.
  • Computer Volunteer: Someone to help the participants email family and friends, and explore the internet.

After the Bell

After the Bell is a volunteer after-school program for students in the Kennett Middle School. Its mission is to provide fun and a learning experience in a safe environment for students who wish to attend. Activities included in After the Bell are based upon the interests/skills of the volunteers who facilitate all classes. In a typical week students have a choice of 60-70 events they can register and attend. Class size is kept small, generally 5-10 students

Location:

Kennett Middle School, 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landenberg, PA 19350

Contact Information:

Kathy Hrenko, Executive Director

Phone: 610-268-5889

Email: executivedirector@afterthebell.org

Website: www.afterthebell.org

Community Service Activities:
Activities offered are varied, ranging from study hall to the arts, crafts, sports, computer science, board games, languages, classes at nature centers in the area, and even the opportunity to develop and run a small business.

After School All Stars

Location: Great Valley School District

Contact Information:

Sandy Claus

Phone: 610-889-2125 ext. 1983

Email: sclaus@gvsd.org

Community Service Activity: Volunteers will work with small groups of students (grades 1-4) to reinforce fundamentals of reading and math. Reading: Monday and Wednesday 3:30pm-5:15pm; Math: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30pm-5:15pm. Training sessions will be provided.

Barn at Springbrook Farm

The Barn at Spring Brook Farm provides animal-assisted activities for children with disabilities. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children with disabilities by providing animal-assisted activities for the purpose of promoting knowledge, confidence, self-esteem and physical well-being. Volunteer training is provided.

Location: 350 Locust Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382; Pocopson

Contact Information:

Dan Stark, Executive Director
For more information and a volunteer application, call Tonia Kulp

Website: www.springbrook-farm.org

Phone: 610-793-1037

Fax: 610 793-1213

Email: thebarn@springbrook-farm.org

Community Service Activities: assisting with children's activities, and special events.

Barnstone Art for Kids

Barnstone Art for Kids is an outreach program offered through Barnstone Gallery in Phoenixville, PA to promote the benefits of art interaction with children in need in our communities. Children benefit from a sustained one-on-one encounter with motivated mentors. 

Location: 388 West Pothouse Rd.  Phoenixville, PA 19460

Contact Information:

Website:http://www.barnstoneartforkids.org

Phone: 610-917-0140

Email: Lynn@BarnstoneArtForKids.org

Bayard Taylor Library Adult Literacy Program

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The Adult Literacy Program is always looking for volunteers to help our students improve their literacy skills. No foreign language experience is necessary, and every effort is made to match volunteers with the best student for them. Schedule, personality and literacy level are all taken into consideration when matching volunteers with students. If you do or are interested in more information, send an e-mail to dmurray@ccls.org.

Location: 216 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Contact Info: Donna Murray, Director

Email: dmurray@ccls.org

Phone: 610-444-9118

Website: http://bayardtaylor.org/index.php/adult_literacy

Community Service Activity: tutoring--two training sessions are required.

Brandywine Battlefield

Location: 1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Contact information:

Phone: 610-459-3342 ext. 3005

Email: brandywinebattlefieldeducation@gmail.com

Fax: 610-459-9586

Website: www.brandywinebattlefield.org

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will be tour guides and interpreters.  Tour guides will perform guided tours of the historic site, including two restored houses that were used as headquarters during a Revolutionary War battle.  Volunteer times are very flexible and based on the volunteer’s availability.  However, volunteers are needed to provide guided tours from mid afternoons until closing.

An application can be found on their website, completed, and mailed to the following address:  B.B.P.A. Volunteer Program, P.O. Box 202, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Bridge Academy and Community Center (BACC)

The BACC has programs in each of these three areas—education, creative arts and compassion projects—that have primarily worked with low-income youth and adults. The homework tutorial has been one of the most successful programs, with about 70 children involved. It meets three nights a week and is staffed by volunteers.

Location: 570 Olive Street, Coatesville, PA 19320

Contact Information:

Jordan Crans, Director

Phone: 610-466-9505 (call and leave a message)

Director's email: jordan.crans@gmail.com

General information email: info@thebridgeacademy.org

Website: http://www.thebridgeacademy.org

Calvary Fellowship Church

Calvary Fellowship Church

Calvary Fellowship Church is local church that works with over 500 children on Sundays and Wednesdays.  There are many wonderful opportunities to work with children of all ages from newborn through 5th Grade in various capacities. 

Location: Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 W. Devon Dr., Downingtown, PA 19335

Contact information:

Brenda Templin

Phone: 610-363-7171 ext. 2131

Email: Brenda@calvary-fellowship.org

Website:  http://www.calvary-fellowship.org

Community Service Activities:

  •  Aides to work with our many special needs children who attend our Sunday morning programs at 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.
  • Volunteers to work with newborns through 5th Grade children in small groups of 8 to 10 children during Sunday morning programs.
  • Volunteers to work with children with special needs during Sunday morning programs.
  • Volunteers to work with our newborns through Preschool Age children on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. while their mommies attend Bible Study.
  • Volunteers to work with small groups of 5 to 8 children in K-- 2nd Grade on Wednesday nights from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 
  • Volunteers to help with preparation of materials for the classrooms.  The hours are flexible based on your schedule.

Camp Dreamcatcher

Location: 617 W. South St., Kennett Square, PA 19348

Contact Information:

Valerie Hart, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-925-2998

Email: campdreamcatcher@kennett.net

Website: www.campdreamcatcher.org/volunteer.htm

Community Service Activity: Camp Dreamcatcher provides therapeutic service to children infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. During the week of camp the participants will enjoy hiking, swimming, go-carts, mini golf, yoga, and massage. Training is required and is provided.

Camphill Soltane

Location: 224 Nantmeal Rd., Glenmoore, PA 19343

Contact Information:

Anselm Cojaniz, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-469-0933

Email: acojaniz@camphillsoltane.org

Website: www.camphillsoltane.org

Community Service Activity: Volunteer opportunities for students to work with young adults with special needs in a variety of capacities. Volunteers are needed as "buddies" to spend time with the young adults, or to tutor in basic reading and math skills. There are also opportunities for volunteers to assist in artistic workshops, household skills, and special community events.

Catholic Social Services

Location: Multiple locations listed below

  • 140 N. Darlington Street, West Chester, PA 19380
  • 130 E. 7th Street, Chester, PA 19013
  • 605 E. Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville, PA, 19320

Contact Information:

Mary Ann Nagel, Program Manager

Phone:

  • 610-344-7028 (West Chester)
  • 610-876-9243 (Chester)
  • 610-383-1727 (Coatesville)

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

Community Service Activities: Mentoring young mothers, drivers for medical appointments, and visiting the elderly.  PA Child Abuse Clearance and Criminal Record Check is required.