Community Service

College of Education

Mrs. Judith MacDonald
College of Education
Phone: 610-436-0042
Fax: 610-436-2874

Community Service in Delaware

A. i. duPont Hospital for Children

Since the founding in 1940, the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has served thousands of children from across the country and around the world. The hospital is a division of Nemours, which operates one of the nations largest subspecialty group practices devoted to pediatric patient care, teaching, and research. Located just outside of Wilmington, Delaware, on 300 acres of parkland, the hospital offers a remarkably beautiful and tranquil setting in which to heal.

Location: 1600 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803

Contact Information:

Phone: 302-651-6081



Community Service Activity:  The Volunteer Services Program places community volunteers in a variety of supportive roles throughout the hospital. Opportunities for volunteers to work directly with patients and families. Clinical support assignments may include offering assistance to families awaiting treatment in Emergency Services, assisting the Child Life staff with patient recreational activities, or aiding the aquatics staff and other therapeutic services staff with patients. Openings for all volunteer positions change constantly, however, specific opportunities are displayed on the website listed above. We strive to match volunteers with the assignment, day, and time that best meets their needs as well as ours.

Volunteers must be able to volunteer for two to four hours at least one day each week and must complete a minimum of 50 volunteer hours each year. Applications are accepted September through April for adults and college students.  A urine drug screen is also required.

Delaware Nature Society

Location:  Various locations depending on site

Contact information:

Phone: 302-239-2334


Community Service Activities: Consider contributing your time and interests to the Delaware Nature Society's Volunteer Guide Corps at one of the following locations:

  • Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE
  • Coverdale Farm, Greenville, DE
  • DuPont Environmental Education Center, Wilmington, DE

Volunteers are able to determine their own schedule, program topics, age groups, and times.  Training for teaching methods is provided by our professional staff.  The Delaware Nature Society's individual program topics include maple sugaring, Native Americans, pond ecology, soil and geology studies, animal homes, insects, birding, and farm life.

Read Aloud Delaware

The Volunteer Reading Program is designed to reach children from low to moderate income families in child care. Volunteers read to one child at a time for 5-15 minutes per child each week. Reading takes place primarily in child care centers that accept state purchase of care, offer scholarships or sliding scale fees or extremely low fees subsidized by private funders. The purpose of the program is to encourage children to learn to love reading and books. The one-on-one attention allows the child to ask questions, to pick a story that is interesting to him or her and to look at the pictures in detail. Often the one-on-one attention and discussion with the volunteer is a highlight of the child’s day. Our goal is to provide enough volunteer readers so that every child has a turn once a week.

Location:100 W. 10th St., Ste. 603, P.O. Box 25249, Wilmington, DE 19899 

Contact Information:

Phone: 302-656-5256



Community Service Activity:  Volunteers read aloud to children one-on-one in child care centers, shelters, and other sites.  Interested individuals should complete a volunteer application that can be found on the website listed above.

Ronald McDonald House of Delaware

Location: 1901 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803

Contact Information:

Sara Funaiock, Volunteer Manager

Phone: 302-428-5340



Community Service Activity:  Volunteers are needed in various locations, including family room, special events involving children and youth, and crafts.  Specifically, volunteers are able to serve lunch and dinner to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  Additionally, volunteers are asked to create and coordinate activities, such as arts and crafts, board games, bingo or other activities accessible for most ages and abilities.  Volunteers can also hot movie afternoons in the Ronald McDonald movie theatre.  

Volunteers will have direct contact and interaction with families staying at the Ronald McDonald House and should be comfortable interacting with families from broad socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.  If training is required, it will be provided. 

Interested individuals should complete a volunteer application that can be found on the website listed above, or contact Sara Funaiock directly.  If you choose to email, please note "Activity Program Volunteer" in the e-mail subject line.

Special Olympics Delaware

Special Olympics Delaware changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. They help build sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem not only for 3,000 athletes, but for everyone involved.

Location: University of Delaware, 619 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716-1901

Contact Information:

Phone: 302-831-3483



Variety Children's Charity - Delaware Division

The Children’s Charity of Greater Philadelphia Variety's mission is to provide programs to children with disabilities that address their physical, social, medical, educational, and recreational needs without regard to economic status, race, creed, sex, or type of disability. 

Location: 100 W. Rockland Road, P.O. Box 112, Rockland, DE 19732

Contact information:

Phone: 215-735-0803

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist with programs, events, and camps.