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 West Chester (1, 2, 3)

Compeer Chester County

Compeer Chester County is the Chester County, PA, affiliate of an international volunteer-based, non-profit organization in the field of mental health. To foster ongoing recovery from mental illness, people are matched in one-to-one friendship relationships with caring, trained community volunteers at least 18 years old.

Location: 825 Paoli Pike, 3rd Floor, West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information:

Phone: 610-436-4445

Email: compeerchesco@mhasp.org

Website: www.compeerchesco.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.

 

Chester County Historical Society

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) is a nonprofit educational institution that promotes an understanding of the history of Chester County and southeastern Pennsylvania, and its relationship to the region and the nation.

Chester County Historical Society

Location: 225 N. High St., West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information:

Phone: 610-692-4800 ext. 232

Email: tmcintyre@chestercohistorical.org

Website: www.chestercohistorical.org

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist with walking tours of West Chester, museum tour guides, and teachers (interpreters of history).

 

Chester County Hospital

The Chester County Hospital has always prided itself on community service, providing a full range of health services to Chester County and its surrounding areas.

Location: 701 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information:

Ms. Kathy Stocker, Director of Volunteer Services

Phone: 610-431-5191

Email: Kstocker@cchosp.com

Community Service Activities: Volunteer opportunities are offered in many areas of the hospital including Meet & Greet, Patient Contact/Clinical Support, and Cheermobile. There is a 40-hour minimum time commitment to enter the Volunteer program. A skin Tuberculosis test is required.

 

Cuddle My Kids

Cuddle My Kids serves families in the suburban counties of the Philadelphia area. The organization works directly with families afflicted by cancer.  Their services focus on families or caregivers that are in treatment for cancer and have children between the ages of 1-8.

Location: Westtown Business Center, 1560 McDaniel Drive, West Chester, PA 19382

Contact: 

Ms. Cathy Gabrielsen

Phone: 610-918-1440

Email: info@cuddlemykids.org

Website: www.cuddlemykids.org

Community Service Activity: A Cuddle My Kids representative and a volunteer visits children twice a week for 1 1/2 hour sessions and provides enrichment programs that revolve around Cuddle Bag Time. Two representatives attend sessions with the volunteers.  Volunteers will need to provide background clearances; they are required.

 

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County is committed to empowering survivors of domestic abuse through information, and supporting them as they reclaim their lives. Volunteers are needed to serve with children in the daycare and after school care programs.

Location: West Chester, PA

Contact Information:

Ms. Felicia Roberts, Director, Daycare and After-School Care Programs

Phone: 610-436-3546

Website: http://www.dvccc.com/

Community Service Activity:  Volunteers will assist with children in daycare or after school care programs.

 

ELIAN: Early Literacy is a Necessity

Do you enjoy reading aloud picture books? Are you intersted in helping young children learn to read and write? Would you like more hands-on experience working with students with ELL background and/or from low-income homes before student teaching?

Location:

Care Center for Christ

127 S. Matlack St.

Contact Information:

Email Professor Gordon at lgordon@wcupa.edu

Be sure to include in the email the days you can commit to the program.


Community Service Activity:  Volunteers will be reading books to young children learning to read and write. Even commiting one hour a week can make a big difference in the lives of children.

The program takes place M,T,W, TH from 3:30-4:15

Please note that clearances are required.

 

Elwyn Inc./ West Chester Connections Program

Elwyn is a non-profit human services organization recognized nationally and internationally as experts in the education and care of individuals with special challenges and disadvantages

Location:

Connections Program (Elwyn): 355 West Market Street, West Chester, PA 19382

Contact Information:

Jamie Pierce, Community Integration Specialist, West Chester Connections Program
Phone:

  • 610-701-4329 (office)
  • 484-844-0308 (cell)

Email: jamie_pierce2@elwyn.org


Community Service Activity:  Our program provides education to young- adult students on the autism spectrum and a major portion of our program includes expanding appropriate social interactions and communication skills. Staff consistently participate and supervise all students as well as participate in board games and other recreational and leisure activities to improve upon these important skills, and welcome volunteers to assist in these activities or bring in new ideas of their own.

 

 

The Hickman

The Hickman is an independent assisted living community for older adults in West Chester.


Location:
 400 N. Walnut St., West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information:

Jennifer Mitman, Activities Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 484-760-6306

Email: jmitman@thehickman.org

Website: www.thehickman.org

Community Service Activity:   Volunteers will assist with pottery, arts and crafts, visiting with residents, discussions, individual or group games, and teaching languages.  Volunteers are encouraged to provide new suggestions and ideas  for the programs. Orientation and training is required for volunteers.

 

Police Athletic League (PAL)

PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth.

Location: 208 E. Market St., West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information:

Phone: 610-431-1937

Community Service Activity: Volunteers will tutor students attending the program. 

 

Quest Therapeutic Service, Inc.

Quest therapists provide therapy services that help children learn and develop to their fullest potential in a variety of settings, including in the home and community, and on horseback. Quest specializes in providing hippotherapy, from the Greek word hippos, meaning treatment with the help of a horse.

Location: 461 Cann Rd., West Chester, PA 19382 

Contact Information:

Ms. Ali Haines, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-692-6362 (office) or 484-678-6047

Email: volunteerquest@msn.com

Website: http://www.questtherapeutic.com

Community Service Activity: Quest Therapeutic Service needs volunteers to help with Therapeutic Riding and hippotherapy in multiple positions, including leader, sidewalker, and horse buddy. An individual who is a "leader" guides or leads the horse or pony.  Those who are consisted "sidewalkers" walk beside a child who is on the horse as well as assist the therapist with games when the child is off the horse. A "horse buddy" is a special friend to the therapy horses and ponies who help groom and hand graze them.

 

Safe Harbor of Chester County

Safe Harbor provides shelter and encouragement for the homeless.

Safe Harbor

Location: 20 N. Matlack St., West Chester, PA 19380

Contact Information:

Sarah Alderman, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 610-692-6550

Email: sarah@safeharborofgwc.org

Website: http://www.safeharborofgwc.org/

Community Service Activity: Volunteers assist with the residents (6pm-9pm daily and 8-10:30am Sunday) helping to prepare and serve lunch program and helping prepare and serve sunday breakfast to shelter residents.