Office of Service-Learning
& Volunteer Programs

West Chester University

Office Location: B 19 Killinger Hall
Mailing Address: 238 Sykes Union
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-3379


 Spring 2014 Volunteer Opportunities

Updated on April 14, 2014

 

Pack It Up, Pass It On - Start planning now for this event!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!

We are collecting unwanted furniture, appliances, and other items from students moving out of West Chester and redistributing these items in the community. Help us collect items, staff drop off locations, and set up the three day sale event. All proceeds of the sale will go toward building two homes in West Chester. Dates to plan for are as follows:

May 1st - 8th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Volunteers will be staffing collection pods; where they will be taking in furniture and other items. (POD locations TBD)

May 8th and 9th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Volunteers will be setting up items that were collected for sale. (Location given upon registration)

To volunteer,  please contact Jamie Williams (Jwilliams3@wcupa.edu) at The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

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Wednesday, April 16th, and April 30th Childcare for Client Breakfast Club at Friends Association

Four to five volunteers are needed to care for preschool age children during the bi-weekly Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is for mothers to have time to discuss issues and concerns while childcare is being provided.  The childcare will take place in the Friends offices from 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.. A special bonus - holding the babies! This volunteer activity is expected to run every other week on Wednesday mornings. Contact Robin Meixner at (610)431-3598 for more information.

 

Thursday, April 17thAlternative Break Showcase

If you're interested in community service, you'll love Alternative Breaks! Come learn about Alternative Breaks, and hear about this year's Alternative Spring Break trips to West Virginia and North Philadelphia.  Find out how you can become part of the Alternative Break movement!  4-6PM in Sykes Ballroom C

Saturday, April 19th 5K Run/Walk for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware 7:30 – 11:30am

Great opportunity to come support the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware! Volunteers needed to help with set-up, clean-up, registration, course monitoring, snacks, and water stations. The 5K will be held at the Blue Rocks Stadium (rain or shine!). If you are interested please contact Sara Funaiock at 302-428-5340 or s.funaiock@rmhde.org. When signing up please give first and last name, email, and phone number.

 

Saturday, April 26th through Sunday, April 27th  WCU RELAY FOR LIFE 

An awesome opportunity to re-connect with friends and alumni and help celebrate, remember and fight back!  Join a team or create your own!  See how you can help out! This will take place in Hollinger Field House. REGISTER at www.relayforlife.org

 

Saturday, April 26th All Parks Clean-up

After such a crazy winter, it's time to spruce up our area parks! Please join West Chester in the annual Spring Clean Up of local parks in West Chester from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact Jamie Williams at JWilliams3@wcupa.edu for more information and sign up.

Sunday, April 27th Walk for Paws

Come out and help families in the area have some furry fun!!  Volunteers are needed for many things to make this event successful.  Students are needed to help out with as well as assist and greet vendors, guide walkers through the path, set up for the event, assist with handicap parking and help out in the entertainment area. If you are artistically inclined, there’s also a great opportunity to show off your artwork and also face paint.   You will have a booth where you can also display art work while face painting.  The event will run from 7am until 6pm at Hibernia Park at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, PA.  If you are interested in this event, contact A.J. Haman at www.ccspca.org

Sunday, April 27th March for Babies West Chester, Marshall Square Park

A great volunteer opportunity for all! Volunteers are needed beginning at 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event benefits the March of Dimes and efforts to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March for Babies is a fundraising walk that goes through downtown West Chester. There will be approximately 800 walkers from local families and companies. We will have a moon bounce, food, DJ entertainment, Face Painting, Caricatures, Special Character Visit and much more! Please contact Katelyn Laffey at klaffey@marchofdimes.com or 484-685-5842 for more information or sign up.

Sunday April 27th Walk MS at East Goshen Township Park

Families and groups are welcome to join the annual Walk MS at East Goshen Township Park and make a difference in the lives of those affected by multiple sclerosis. Volunteers are needed from 7am to 2pm at 1655 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Families and volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Jobs include helping set up and clean up, food, registration, t-shirts, photography, cheering and helping at a rest or water stop.  Individuals, families, schools, youth groups, military groups, and businesses are all welcome and needed. Contact megan.sanders@nmss.org with any questions, or to register.

Tuesday, April 29th Bone Marrow Drive 

Come out to Sykes ballrooms April 29th between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:30 pm to receive a bone marrow test. There are NO NEEDLES; just a swab of the mouth. If you are a match you could save a life. This event is sponsored by the WCU football team.

Thursday, May 1st - Thursday, May 8th Pack It Up, Pass It On

Volunteers are needed to staff collection pods from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. where they will be taking in furniture and other items. (POD locations TBD)To volunteer,  please contact The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, Jamie Williams at Jwilliams3@wcupa.edu.

Saturday, May 3rd – Hear We Go 5K

It’s that time of the year again, for the 6th Annual Hear We Go 5K and Family Fun Day!  The families at the race greatly appreciate your efforts, as do the kiddos with hearing loss!  Volunteers are needed to help make this even run smoothly.   To sign up or review the activities listed and choose one(s) you like, go to www.volunteerspot.com/group/778312138050  

 

Saturday, May 3rd Justice for PA Kids 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk                                                  

The 5k run & 1 mile walk benefits the Justics4PAKids foundation; which works to reduce child sex abuse cases in Pennsylvania. Registration is at 7:30 am and the race begins at 8:00 am. All participants are to meet at Chester Valley Trail Entrance; 140 Church Farm Lane, Exton PA. The Cost of registration is $20 for pre-registration or $25 the day of the race. Every participant will receive a free t-shirt, and prices will be awarded for first, second, and third place. To register to participate in the race go to www.runccrs.org. If you are interested in being a sponsor or volunteer visit justice4pakids.com to learn more!

Saturday, May 3rd Cooks and Servers for the Mother's Day Celebration

Volunteers are needed to create appetizers and main dishes for the Mother's Day Celebration at Friends Association.  Contact Robin Meixner at r.meixner@friendsassoc.org

Saturday, May 3rd Starkweather Elementary School Spring Fair

A great opportunity for anyone or any group!!  Starkweather Elementary School is hosting an annual Spring Fair from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.  Starkweather is one of ten elementary schools in the West Chester Area School District, located just south of WCU at 1050 Wilmington Pike (Route 202). Help raise funds for school equipment, supplies, books and also help offset the some of the costs for many events the school holds for the students by volunteering at the Fair! There are over 400 volunteer positions available in 1 hour shift increments.  Hours of service will be signed off upon completion of each shift.  Those interested should respond no later than 4/11/14 at the following link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0844ABA62B0-spring1

Saturday, May 3rd Fairville Fun Fair     

Volunteers needed to help out with the Fairville Fun Fair; which consists of games, arts, crafts and food from local restaurants, face painting, pony rides, moon bounces, and more! This year’s fair will be held at 216 Pond View Chadds Ford, PA from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. Volunteers will be asked to arrive at 10:30 am and be responsible for all aspects of the fair; which will include ticket collecting, food tent operations, supervision of games, and set up and clean up. Any time commitment is appreciated! For more information or to sign up please contact Courtney Encarnacion at cewphilly2003@yahoo.com or at (267) 324-8121.

Sunday, May 4th 34th Annual Northbrook Canoe Challenge and Duck Race

Looking for a fun way to support a good cause?  Come out and compete in Northbrook’s 34th annual Canoe Challenge or Duck Race at Northbrook Canoe Company in West Chester.  The entry fee is $25 per person for the Canoe Challenge, and will get you a free t-shirt.  Ducks are $10 each for the race.  Prizes will be awarded for the winning competitors and the participant who brings in the most sponsor dollars.  This event benefits the Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County.  The sign-in time for the Canoe Challenge is from 8:00-10:30 am on Sunday May 4th, 2014 and the race begins at noon.  For more information or to register please visit: http://www.ccdisability.org/

 

Monday, May 5th West Chester University’s Minithon Registration Due

Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age are diagnosed with pediatric cancer and the MINITHON is trying to eliminate this number all together. The West Chester University Minithon is a small scale replication of Penn State’s Thon which is a FUNdraiser that donates all of its proceeds to the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund helps to fund research that will find a cure to pediatric cancer.  At the Minithon everyone will stand on their feet for 12 hours to represent the pain and suffering the children with pediatric cancer have to go through although there is no real comparison. While standing you have the option to participate in sports, A Minute to Win It games, meet Four Diamonds children who are suffering with cancer, or just hang out with friends. This event will be held Sunday, September 6th, 2014 at the South Campus Gyms. In order to participate, all you have to do is register on www.fourdiamonds.donordrive.com by May 5thAlthough you will not be dancing the entire time, when registering be sure to register as a dancer. You also have to raise a minimum of a $75.00 donation for the Four Diamonds Fund.

Thursday, May 8th and Friday, 9th Pack It Up, Pass It On Volunteers are needed to set up items that were collected to be sold at sale location from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To volunteer,  please contact The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, Jamie Williams at Jwilliams3@wcupa.edu. 

Saturday, May 10th The Fifth West Chester Senior Center's Annual Great Race     

Volunteers needed to support The 5th Annual Great Race; which is a 5k and 1 mile walk/run benefitting the West Chester Area Senior Center. Volunteers would be responsible for directing traffic (road marshals), registration assistance, and general help for the race. Arrival time will be at 8:00 am at 530 East Union Street, West Chester, PA, for the 9:00 am race. For more information or to sign up to volunteer please contact Niki Treat at NikiT@wcseniors.org.

Month of June, Kennett Square Family Center

An exciting volunteer opportunity is available in June 2014 through the Kennett Square Family Center (a program of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium).  For the sixth summer, the Kennett Square Family Center presents its Kindergarten Transition Summer Program.  The program helps to prepare children for school by providing a stimulating learning environment, away from their parents, with rules and regulations similar to a school setting.  A day in the summer program is designed to mimic an actual kindergarten classroom.  Health promotion is at the core of the standards-based curriculum, with a specific health-related theme attached to each school day.

The Kennett Square Family Center seeks energetic, responsible volunteers that enjoy working with children.  We need volunteers on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays in June 2014.  Commitment is vital to our students’ success in the program!  Volunteers will be required to be present at the Family Center from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on each scheduled volunteer date. All volunteers must have a criminal background check and a child abuse clearance.  Attendance at 2-hour training is also required of all volunteers before the program begins.

Volunteer duties include assisting staff with morning registration, helping to provide childcare, preparing materials and activities, supervising activity centers, preparing and serving snacks, assisting staff with progress reports, taking pictures throughout the program and supporting the Coordinator as needed.  This is a great opportunity to have a lot of fun while making a difference in the Kennett Square community. Please contact Elyse Baccino at ebaccino@ccmchc.org or (610) 925-4632.

Tuesday, August 12 through Sunday, August 17th Thirty-Fourth National Veterans Wheelchair Games Volunteers of all ages are needed to give their time and talent to support the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The Games present a great opportunity for civic engagement, social responsibility, and community involvement to give back to our Veterans! Volunteer opportunities range from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. There’s something for everyone! If you are interested in volunteering please contact Bethany Perdue at (215) 823-5200 or Bethany.Perdue@va.gov

Sunday, September 6th  - West Chester University’s Minithon

Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents younger than 20 years of age are diagnosed with pediatric cancer and the MINITHON is trying to eliminate this number all together. The West Chester University Minithon is a small scale replication of Penn State’s Thon which is a FUNdraiser that donates all of its proceeds to the Four Diamonds Fund. The Four Diamonds Fund helps to fund research that will find a cure to pediatric cancer.  At the Minithon everyone will stand on their feet for 12 hours to represent the pain and suffering the children with pediatric cancer have to go through although there is no real comparison. While standing you have the option to participate in sports, A Minute to Win It games, meet Four Diamonds children who are suffering with cancer, or just hang out with friends. This event will be held Sunday, September 6th, 2014 at the South Campus Gyms. In order to participate, all you have to do is register on www.fourdiamonds.donordrive.com by May 5thAlthough you will not be dancing the entire time, when registering be sure to register as a dancer. You also have to raise a minimum of a $75.00 donation for the Four Diamonds Fund.

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ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Friends Association has many Volunteer Opportunities:

Tuesday or Wednesday Volunteers are needed from 10:00 a.m. - noon

Two volunteers are needed to help sort donations, prep crafts, and help around the office. The hours can be flexible

Living Skills Cooking Teacher for Homeless Families

Do you enjoy cooking and sharing your skills with others?  The position of Living Skills Cooking Teacher will teach basic cooking technique with an emphasis on low-budget meals to help improve the parent’s confidence in cooking.

Essential Duties:

•Prepare or research recipes for each class

•Write shopping list for the shelter to purchase groceries or approve purchase of groceries

•Engage with small group of tenants to deliver cooking skills and basic nutrition classes to those with low level of skills

•Model and teach appropriate cleanliness and sanitation habits during meal

Needed once a week for two hours a week. Ongoing.

Newsletter Editor

Create, write and publish a monthly newsletter for Homeless Families. The newsletter will focus on resources, children's art and activities and encouraging tips. Freedom to write and create is all yours!

This is a great opportunity to be a virtual volunteer!

Ongoing needs at Friends Association:

Shelter Cleaning --  Need three or four people – great for groups – to come in and clean the shelter units as family move out in preparation for the new family.  The volunteer job is sporadic … could be once every few weeks or once every two months – depending on client turn over.  Each time should take three or four hours.

Academic Tutoring – once a week in the afternoon for one hour tutoring school age clients in reading and math skills

Child Care Leader- Friends Association is seeking fun-loving, dependable people to interact, read and play with children living in emergency family housing or participating in the Homeless Prevention Program.

Contact Robin Meixner at:

Phone  610-431-3598

Fax  610-431-9768

Web  friendsassoc.org

Kennett Area Senior Center Needs Volunteers for Various Arts & Crafts

Volunteers are needed for the following days at the Senior Center.

Please contact Tom Hoehle at (610) 444-4819 (w), (610)247-3939 or thoehle@kennettseniorcenter.org

            

Mondays, Scrapbooking

Volunteers are needed from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to assist residents with Scrapbooking activities

Tuesdays, Paint for Fun

Volunteers with artistic experience in painting are needed from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to join in the Paint for Fun Program

Fridays, Arts & Crafts

Volunteers are needed to help residents participate in varied Arts & Crafts programs from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Date may be subject to change.

Kennett Area Senior Center – Neighbors in Action Program

Volunteers needed to be matched up with members who need assistance with various services such as: transportation, light housekeeping, minor home repairs, yard work and companionship.  Call or email for more information.  Tom Hoehle at (610) 444-4819 or thoehle@kennettseniorcenter.org

Scott Middle School - Tutors & Mentors Needed

Explore the exciting world of tutoring and mentoring children in grades 6 through 8.  We are looking for passionate individuals to foster encouragement and empowerment in pre-teen and teen youth.  Responsibilities will include: tutoring in math and literacy, engaging in small gym activities, building interpersonal relationships with the youth and maintaining a positive attitude.  Clearances are required. Those who can speak Spanish are a plus but this is not required. For more information contact Devin Kirby at DK770544@wcupa.edu

 

The Following Agencies are Seeking Additional Volunteers

NOTE: The following listing is updated on a regular basis. 

Adopt-A-Family (Bringing Hope Home)

Bringing Hope Home (BHH) is a non-profit organization that provides unexpected amazingness to local families with cancer through emotional and financial support.  Bringing Hope Home offers a one-time grant to pay essential household bills for families with cancer in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Adopt-A-Family and Family Gifts and Gift Card Drive are just a couple of ways you can make this happen.  Contact Caitlin Mahon, Development Coordinator for more information at (484) 580-8395 or www.Bringhopehome.org

America Reads Ongoing

The America Reads Program offers West Chester University students the incredible opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children. Student volunteers in the America Reads program tutor and mentor youth, assist with homework, and foster educational growth in youth. Students may volunteer at one of six agencies: The Care Center, The Oscar Lasko YMCA Believe and Achieve Programs and the Early Childhood Learning Center Programs, Sankofa Academy Charter School, Scott Middle School, and The Melton Center.  For more information on how you can be a mentor to local youth, contact Sierra Calaman at SC811930@wcupa.edu

 

American Red Cross

Giving blood to the American Red Cross is not the only way that you can volunteer with this outstanding organization.  There are multiple opportunities to help others in need and make a difference.  A few of the skills that are needed in various volunteer opportunities include administrative, communication, IT, emergency, and teaching skills which can be used at health fairs, events, and the office headquarters.  Please contact  Barbyose Noisette Sanders, the Volunteer Specialist at 215.405.8554 (office), 267.228.1619 (mobile), or Barbyose.Sanders@redcross.org for a brochure and more information. 

The Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national, voluntary health agency seeking the causes, cures, preventions and treatments for the more than 100 forms of arthritis. The Foundation has more than 100 offices and service points nationwide to provide community-based programs and to raise funds. By Volunteering with the Arthritis Foundation, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of 50 million adults and the 300,000 children living with arthritis. As an Arthritis Foundation volunteer, you can use your talents and experience to make a vital difference in your community.

Barnstone Art for Kids

Barnstone Art for Kids is a privately funded 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 a motivated mentor and our mentors are rewarded with a sense of fulfillment and a chance to make a difference.  Barnstone is running a six-week program this fall on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m. beginning October 16th in West Chester and on Thursdays from 4:15-5:30 p.m. beginning October 17th in Phoenixville.  For more information go to www.BarnstoneArtForKids.org

Bike & Build - Pedal for Affordable Housing

Looking for a way to make a tremendous impact while meeting other incredible students in a once in-a-lifetime adventure? Check out Bike & Build at bikeandbuild.org. Each summer, we operate 8 team-based cycling trips for young adults to pedal across the United States to raise money and awareness for affordable housing, building along the way with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together, and other small nonprofits. Cycling experience is not necessary; just a passion for service and adventure! They even provide the bike (which you get to keep). Good deal, right?  Trips last about 10 weeks. If you don’t have that much time, they also offer the Capital Ride which is a two-week ride from Richmond to Philly in mid-July. If you have any questions, visit www.capitalride.org or contact Justin Villere at justin@bikeandbuild.org.

Brandywine Hall Center                      

Brandywine Hall appreciates volunteers especially during the evenings and weekends.  There are several ways that you can volunteer at Brandywine Hall Center. They need nail painters, musicians who love to share their talents, actors to do skits and plays, and even artists who could share their thoughts and art.  The residents at Brandywine Hall also appreciate volunteers who facilitate games for groups.  If your talent or idea is not listed above, Brandywine Hall is open to suggestions! Donations of recent magazines are also enjoyed immensely by the residents of Brandywine Hall.  They do not have to be the most current issue, but at least within the year.  The residents enjoy visitors who can just spend time with them.  It’s a wonderful treat for them to have visitors and friendly faces, new and old! Please contact Sue Founds, Director of Recreation at 610-738-3624 for more information.

Chester County/Main Line CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The Board of Directors is looking for a volunteer to support their ongoing activities. Tasks would include helping with administrative tasks, publicity, outreach, and providing assistance at our meetings. This is a great opportunity for a student studying psychology, social work, or education. Learn more about ADHD, empowering individuals and families, and how grassroots organizations work.  We can provide a letter of recommendation for you at the end of the year. Time commitment is 4 to 6 hours each month to assist a CHADD leader at a location in the borough of West Chester and 1-2 hours assistance at a monthly meeting (evening) for our community members. To apply for this opportunity, contact
chaddevents@yahoo.com

Chester County Food Bank - Many Volunteer Opportunities Available

Volunteers are an integral part to the operation of the Chester County Food Bank.  From individuals to corporations, each person and every volunteered hour makes an impact on their mission to feed and nourish the community.  Volunteer opportunities are available year round; however, our need does vary based on season, weather, inventory and program schedules.  The following is a list of ongoing opportunities.  You can also get more information by going on their Facebook page and registering online to receive upcoming and immediate volunteering needs.

Spots are limited.  If your group would like to register to volunteer, please complete the online application for groups at chestercountyfoodbank.org/donate/volunteers.  All volunteers should wear comfortable clothing and must wear closed-toe shoes.

Kitchen Volunteers – Must be 16 years or older, will assist with processing and repacking food and fresh product.

Morning Shift:              Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm

Afternoon Shift:           Monday-Friday 1:00pm- 4:00pm

Eat Fresh Volunteers – This smiling volunteer will check in registered program participants and had out recipes for the weekly share of Eat Fresh produce the Food Bank delivers earlier in the day. Bilingual in English/Spanish is helpful but not required.  Two locations and times below:

Eat Fresh Coatesville: Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm

Eat Fresh Oxford:  Mondays 4:00pm-7:00pm

Chester County SPCA, FURSTAR****

If you enjoy working directly with small animals, cats, and dogs in a shelter setting then this position is for you.  It is the goal of the Chester County SPCA to ensure that animals are as comfortable, productive and well-educated as possible.  Volunteers will assist our staff with in-shelter animal training & behavior enhancement programs. They will also help exercise and socialize the shelter’s animals. There are also opportunities for students with photography skills. Pictures will be used to update our Petfinder page of adoptable animals and will also be used for promotional, educational, and event materials.  You must be 18 years or older and you must be able to commit at least one 2-hour shift per month for at least six months.  Orientation is mandatory for everyone. Volunteer applications can be found at http://www.ccspca.org/files/6713/6284/0441/Volunteer_ApplicationEdit.pdf  and mail to1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380, email (volunteer@ccspca.org) fax (610-692-7234) or stop by and drop it off.  Once your  application is received you will be contacted about the next available orientation. Orientations are conducted once to twice a month.

Darlene's Wee Care 4 Kids - Opportunities for volunteering and employment. If there are any students who are majoring/minoring in Early Childhood Education, graduating, or have recently graduated within the Education field, who would be interested contact Anise Floyd-Murphy at 610-284-6242.

French Creek and Marsh Creek State Parks

Get involved in volunteering at one or both of these parks!  Complete an application online at

https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/VolunteerApplication.aspx. Upon approval for volunteer work, you will have access to a list of projects which may be posted online, and they will be emailed about any additional volunteer events.  Our volunteer work season runs in spring, summer and fall only.  There is a wide variety of projects/work available including tree planting, environmental education program support, invasive plant management, wildlife census (bats and turtles), litter cleanup, trail work, etc. In addition, we also offer unpaid externships.  Interested students should fill out the application found here, and state where they would like to extern:  http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/humanresources/externs/index.htm

Friends Association looking for a Children's Activity Leader Volunteer

Title:  Children’s Activities Leader

Area:  Program Support

Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

Position Summary:

Friends Association is seeking fun-loving, dependable people to interact, read and play with children living in emergency family housing or participating in the Homeless Prevention Program.  Contact Robin Meixner at r.meixner@friendsassoc.org or (610) 431-3598, ext. 204

Essential Duties:

•             Responsible for interacting with and keeping the children busy and suitably entertained while also motivating children to take part in various activities. She/he need to be extremely caring and should have an intrinsic inclination for children.

 •             Provide quality, loving care to children attending one of the Friends Association sponsored events.

Qualification and Skills:

•             Proficiency in arts and crafts or sports desired

•             Excellent communication, organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills

•             Extremely patient, caring and have an intrinsic inclination for children

Requirements and Commitment

•             Background Check and provide two references

•             Must be at least 18; or at least age 14 and volunteer with a parent or guardian

•             Orientation or Training

•             2 Hours a week for at least 6 months

GED Tutors Needed!

GED is looking for students and/or staff who may be interested in assisting students with improving their basic reading, writing, and math skills. Many of our students left high school without basic knowledge and have difficulty in a classroom setting. Without basic skills and /or a GED, employment and further education is out of reach. Volunteers would be working with small groups or one-on-one at DCCC campuses in both Delaware and Chester Counties. Volunteer form is available at dccc.edu/ged-tutor and for more information, contact jharman@dccc.eduor 484-237-6244.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania!

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania would like to become your partner in developing girls of courage, confidence and character. As a volunteer, you can choose to be involved in one of several flexible Girl Scout “Pathways”—no matter what your schedule looks like or where your skills lie, there’s a volunteer path that’s right for you. Lead or assist with a troop, facilitate a one-time program, chaperone at camp, organize and run an event, recruit girls, or help out behind the scenes—whichever option you choose will be rewarding and fun!  Volunteer with us and make it possible for girls throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to tap into their full potential and become strong, empowered leaders! Visit us at http://www.gsep.org/volunteers/become-a-volunteer.php to learn more!

Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey is the local affiliate of the national organization Girls Inc. Their mission is to inspire ALL GIRLS TO BE STRONG, SMART & BOLD. They work with girls ages 6-18 and provide outreach programming by partnering with local schools, camps, recreation centers and other youth serving organization. Girls Inc. is currently looking for interns/ volunteers to assist the Program Facilitators.  To schedule an interview, please email the following information to www.girlsincpa-nj.org

 

  • Name
  • Academic Year/Major
  • Cover letter and resume
  • Available date and time

 

Glen Acres After-School Homework Club

After school program at Fern Hill Elementary School in the West Chester Area School District has approximately 20 very eager children who need additional help in order to succeed in the school system.  The homework club runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15.  They are looking for some WCU students to volunteer in this program.  Through this program, they will have an opportunity to work with a diverse population of students who have language differences, who are struggling in school, and whose primary opportunity to learn may only exist from bell-to-bell. If you know of anyone who might be interested and is looking for experience with a diverse population of students, please have them contact Denise Mastrangelo, dmastrangelo@wcasd.net.

Great Valley Senior Center

Great Valley Senior Center has existed as a non-profit activity center since 2000 to serve the social and education needs of those over 60 living in the Great Valley School District, providing them with meaningful activities.  The Senior Center meets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Great Valley School District's Office at 47 Church Road, Malvern, PA. The Center Volunteers are needed as instructors to teach a variety of subjects and activities on these days.  In order to support the Senior Center financially, cash bingo is held every Monday at the Knights of Columbus, 1392 Old Phoenxville Pike, West Chester from noon until 3:00 p.m. On Bingo Mondays, volunteers needed to sell the games from 10:30 until noon.  Volunteers are also needed to work in the snack bar, call back the numbers, and hand out winnings, and help clean up at the end of the day.  Contact Carol McKeon at (484) 653-1761 regarding Bingo and Pat Tirney at (610) 889-2121 regarding other activities

Heartland Hospice in Chadds Ford, PA

Heartland Hospice is in constant need of volunteers to offer one-on-one time with patients as well as administrative help in their office.  This is an opportunity to share a listening ear and a caring heart to those who need it the most.  Please contact Laura Beth Jewell, Volunteer Coordinator and Music Therapist at (484)840-0811 or (610)655-7729 for more information.

H.U.B. of Hope HIV/AIDS Ministry

The H.U.B of Hope mission is to educate the faith communities about HIV/AIDS, its impact on the community and ways in which they can help. They are in desperate need of a volunteer with marketing experience to create a marketing plan and package for this non-profit interfaith ministry.  This could be a great opportunity for a student in the Communication Department.  For more information, please contract Rev. Deborah Tanskley Brown, Ministry Director, dtanksleybrown@comcast.net or Cheryl Miles, cherylm@bridgeofhopelcc.org.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Advocacy

We are looking for groups or individuals who have an interest in public policy to perform letter writing campaigns and make visits in groups or with an LLS representative to their local state senators or House of Representatives. This is an ongoing project, currently focusing on Oral Chemotherapy Access Legislation. For more information, please contact Patient Services Manager, Ilana Benyosef at 610-238-0360 ext. 6781 or email ilana.benyosef@lls.org

Lionville YMCA Daycare

Lionville Community YMCA

Volunteers are always welcome to help with the preschool/daycare population at the YMCA anytime of the year, including summer.  This opportunity can adapt to meet the needs of your schedule.  Available times to volunteer are between 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.   You can volunteer for one hour or a few hours, anything is greatly appreciated!  Please contact Sue Gualtieri at  610-458-9090 x2822 for more information.

Lionville YMCA kindergarten and afterschool programs

Lionville Community YMCA

Volunteers are needed to work directly with the school age population at the YMCA from now until elementary schools end in June.  This opportunity is flexible to meet the needs of your schedule.  The afterschool program runs Monday through Friday 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  One or two volunteers are also needed during the day from 12pm-6pm in the kindergarten school age program.  Please contact Sue Gualtieri at  610-458-9090 x2822 for more information

Project Manager needed for MetaVivor Research & Support for a 2014 cross-country awareness run starting February 1 in San Diego and ending June 15 in New York City

This is an exciting opportunity for a volunteer who has good management skills and experience working on large projects.  This could potentially be an excellent Master's Thesis project. This is a very worthwhile charity, to step into a project that is a sure "go" and to take charge of an endeavor that already has a significant number of dedicated volunteer and activities in the works.  To learn more about MetaVivorm, go to www.metavivor.org.    Contact C.J. at  cj@metavivor.org or call (410) 353-3733 if interested

Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies Program at WCU offers an 18 credit minor, that provides hands-on experience in the role youth can play in social change in their environments.  The courses provide background in urban issues and historical and contemporary change related to social systems, such as schools, government, health and more. Students enrolled in the YES program work with youth in the Philadelphia region. Collaborations and partners include: Motivation High School, Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative, and Need in Deed. For more information, please contact Dr. Hannah Ashley at hashley@wcupa.edu

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS

Camp Geronimo, a Day Camp for Children with Disabilities

Spend your summer being a part of something special while possibly earning internship or credit hours if approved by your advisor.  Camp Geronimo needs volunteer counselors for their day camp!  The children who attend the camp are ages 6 - 12. While working at Camp Geronimo, you will lead children with disabilities through both animal-assisted and other activities to improve socialization and sensory skills. This is a perfect opportunity for students in Special Education, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, or Behavior Analysis.  If interested in volunteering, go to www.springbrook-farm.org and fill out all 3 pages of the volunteer application found under the volunteer tab. Scan and email your applications to: thebarn@springbrook-farm.org. In subject line, please type “Camp Counselor”. Or, you may fax your applications to (610)793-1213.

 

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County (1)

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County has established a Family Center in Kennett Square. The Center provides home visiting and parent education to families with young children aged 0-5 years living in Southern Chester County. Every June, the Family Center in Kennett Square organizes a Kindergarten Transition Program which helps to prepare children for school by providing a stimulating learning environment, away from their parents designed to mimic an actual kindergarten classroom. The Family Center is seeking two interns for spring to early summer 2014. The interns will be responsible for helping to prepare all aspects of the Kindergarten Transition Program along with the Program Assistant and the Family Center Director. In addition, the interns will be given responsibilities of completing reports, maintaining communication with participants, and working with databases.

Qualifications include: candidates who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Social Work, Public Health, Human Services, or other related field; previous non-profit volunteer experience; organizational skills and success in managing multiple priorities simultaneously; experience in using Microsoft Office; experience in cooperating and working with a team with a willingness to accept supervision and make personal performance improvements as appropriate; proficiency in written and spoken Spanish; no criminal or child abuse history as determined by criminal history, child abuse, and FBI screenings. Please contact Elyse Baccino, Bilingual Program Assistant – Kennett Square Family Center, at610-925-4632 or ebaccino@ccmchc.org.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County (2)

Maternal and Child Health Consortium’s mission is to improve maternal and child health through the collaborative efforts of individuals, providers, and policy makers.  The Consortium is seeking an intern for at least one semester to be a volunteer coordinator.  The coordinator will develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities within the organization, survey staff regularly to assess needs for volunteer assistance, maintain volunteer service descriptions and create flyers for volunteer assignments, ensure volunteers are staffed to support the various areas of operations, to include program activities and special events, conduct and/or arrange for volunteer orientation and training; schedule all volunteer activity, maintain accurate volunteer records and time dedicated reports on volunteer participation, recruit, interview and place applicants for volunteer work, provide ongoing support and guidance for volunteers, act as a single point of contact for communications regarding in-kind donations, maintain inventory of all in-kind donations received, track distribution of in-kind items distributed, generate thank you letters for volunteers and in-kind donors, and other duties as assigned . 

Qualifications include:  Proficient in basic computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and internet usage, record keeping skills, organization and planning skills, demonstrated capability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, ability to work well with a diverse group of staff and volunteers, ability to effectively manage a wide array of tasks, projects, and responsibilities

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz's campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz's campaign for Governor of Pennsylvania is looking for motivated West Chester student interns. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the inner workings of a top tier political campaign. The campaign is looking for bright, energetic individuals who want to make history and help elect Congresswoman Schwartz as the state's first female Governor. Hours are completely flexible with a small requirement, and Team Schwartz is a lot of fun. No experience necessary. You will finish this internship knowing how to run a local field program and run a successful "Get Out The Vote" operation, as well as having met some really great friends. To apply for an internship with the Pennsylvania for Allyson campaign visit http://paprogressive.org, call 267-332-5347, or email PAforAllysonInternships@yahoo.com

Friends Association

The Friends Association is offering internships for the positions of Volunteer Management Intern and Communications/Social Media Intern. The Volunteer Management Intern position’s primary role is to assist with the design, operation and management of the volunteer program. This specific intern would work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator’s Chief and make important decisions regarding the volunteer program. Any applicants should be pursuing a degree in HR or Volunteer Management. This internship is approximately 25 hours per week. The Communications/Social Media Intern position’s main role is to help shape the online presence of Friends Association and support additional PR/Marketing opportunities related to fundraising events, donor development and volunteer recognition. This could range from helping spruce up their website to maintaining their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Most of this work can be performed remotely (dorm, apartment, on campus), but the position requires you to go to the office at least once a month and to work remotely/onsite at least 20 hours per week. Seniors and juniors who are communications majors would be preferable. Individuals interested in a summer or fall 2014 placement should send a cover letter, resume and statement of how the internship would enhance his/her education by April 15th for summer internship or August 1st for fall internship. For more information please contact r.meixner@friendsassoc.org .

City of Philadelphia Meals and More Fellowship

Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity

The City of Philadelphia’s Meals and More Fellowship offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate-level students to learn about and contribute to the City’s work in combating hunger. Meals and More fellows will research emergency meal policy for the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), coordinate volunteers at designated soup kitchens, and lead data collection of emergency meal guests and providers. Fellows report to the Chief of Staff for CEO. Fellows will help improve the quality of emergency meals served in Philadelphia. Fellows also have the opportunity to learn about careers in City government and non-profits. The Meals and More Fellowship offers work experience with the City, non-profits, and soup kitchens. The Meals and More Fellowship is a ten-week unpaid fellowship beginning June 2, 2014 and ending August 8, 2014. Fellows are required to commit to at least 25 hours per week and be available to work the duration of the fellowship program.
Included in the 25 hours are: Recruiting and leading Meals and More volunteers at their emergency meal site; Researching food insecurity and best practices in emergency meal service; Collaborating with meal site supervisors to implement best practices; Collecting and analyzing data on emergency meal guests and providers; Preparing trainings to increase connections to social services.  Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in: "Exploring Government". Every Friday programming that includes speaker events, visits to municipal operations and programs, and leadership development training. The “My Philly Summer” program with Campus Philly. This program brings together interns working across various businesses in Philadelphia over the summer for fun, interesting, and free networking events throughout the summer.

Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in order to apply. Applicants should have a strong background in one of the following: social work, human services, statistics, public policy, public health, planning, urban studies, or public administration. Additional qualifications needed are strong written and verbal communication, problem solving, and teamwork.  Your resume and cover letter must be submitted to Lee.Davies@phila.gov by March 31st. No late responses will be accepted. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. The email subjects should read: [Last Name, First Name] MMF Application.  Upon assessment of your cover letter and resume, the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity will contact you if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will take place in April. Applicants will be notified of their selection to the program by May.