Community Service

College of Education

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


Community Service in Montgomery County

The Anderson School

The Anderson School is a small alternative school for emotional support for students in sixth through twelfth grades.  The Anderson School wishes to provide students with various opportunities in order for their students to be able to experience the arts, drama, technology, or career tech, such as culinary arts or woodworking. 

Location: 1605 West Main Street, Norristown, PA 19403

Contact information:

Christopher S Stultz, Principal

Phone: 610-635-2400

Fax: 610-635-2419

Email: cstultz@mciu.org

Erin Fortune, Secretary, Email: efortune@mciu.org

Phone: 610-539-8550

Website: http://andersoneducation.org/Home.aspx

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers are asked to provide direct service to students in the areas mentioned above.  The Anderson School is flexible with the volunteer's scheduling and frequency of visits.

Cheltenham Art Center

The Art Center's goal is to include making art an integral part of the lives of the people in the area and to support the artists who live and work in the vicinity. Today, the Art Center nurtures the creative spirit of the community through instruction in the visual and dramatic arts, exhibitions and theater performances.

Location:  439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA 19012

Contact information:

Phone: 215-379-4660

Email: info@cheltenhamarts.org

Website: http://www.cheltenhamarts.org/volunteer-sign

Community Services Activities:  Volunteers are asked to assist with Summer Art Camp, Family Fun Day, National Black History Month Celebration, National Poetry Month, and exhibits.

Easter Seals of Southeastern PA

Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania helps both children and adults with a variety of disabilities through programs that include early intervention, assistive technology, and private schooling.  These programs help clients to receive care, challenge growth, and to interact with peers in a safe and friendly environment.

Location:  3975 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Contact Information

Phone:  215-879-1000

Website:  http://sepa.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=PASE_homepage


Community Service Activities:  There are always volunteer positions available with preschool and early intervention students in classroom activities, or with camp or recreation programs.

Elm Terrace Gardens

Elm Terrace Gardens is a non-profit, continuing care retirement community in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  The mission of Elm Terrace Gardens' Volunteer Services Program is to support the residents and enhance their quality of life through a broad range of activities, give every volunteer the orientation, job training, supervision, and encouragement he or she needs to be successful, and, help maintain strong ties between the residents and the wider community.

Location: 660 N. Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446-2361

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-361-5675

E-mail: Karen.Leidig@etg-ccrc.org

Website: www.etg-ccrc.org

Community Service Activities: Elm Terrace Gardens has many opportunities for interested individuals, including escorting health care residents to activities, assisting with music therapy (vocal or instrumental), reading to health care residents, assisting with games, activities, or entertainment, visit one-on-one, or share a special gift or talent you have with residents.

Interested individuals are asked to complete the volunteer application found at the website listed above. 

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, experiential learning programs for girls age eight to thirteen years old. The programs combine training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.  The Girls on the Run objective is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.

Contact information:

Tracy Ashdale, Executive Director

Phone: 215-540-0813 ext 1

Fax: 215-392-8002

Email: tracy.ashdale@girlsontherun.org

Website: http://gotrpa.org/volunteer

Community Service Activity:  Volunteers will assist girls and coaches with training activities

Higher Extended Learning Program: Norristown Area School District

This afterschool program for middle school students is designed to encourage the student’s love for learning through engaging academic, social, and cultural enrichments for three hours each evening while developing positive relationships with peers and mentors.

Location:   1601 Markley Street, Norristown, PA 19403, Room 101

Contact information:

Phone: 484-213-0150

Email: afterschool@nasd.k12.pa.us

Website: www.nasd.k12.pa.us/afterschool

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will be asked to assist with homework, but to assist in extra-curricular club activities, and team building exercises.  

Lamb Foundation

The Lamb Foundation, based in Montgomery County, Pa., North Wales Borough, suburban Philadelphia,  provides homes for women and men struggling with physical, developmental, and/or mental disabilities. As members of the Lamb family, residents have the opportunity to learn, laugh, work, and enjoy leisure within the comfort of familial homes. Each Lamb Foundation home becomes a close-knit circle that grows and develops because of the unique personalities, abilities, and disabilities of each member.

Location: 114 North Main Street, North Wales, PA 19454

Contact information:

Phone: 215-699-5600

Fax: 215-661-8825

Email: info@lambfoundationpa.org

Website: www.lambfoundationpa.org

Community Service Activities:  There are many opportunities available for interested individuals at the Lamb Foundation.  Some of these include transportation services, assisting in residential housing units as well as social and recreational activities, or assisting residents when they attend and participate in cultural activities, such as concerts, drama, and art.

Interested individuals are asked to complete the volunteer application, located on their website listed above, and email, mail, or fax it to the Lamb Foundation.

Make A Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley

Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.,

Location: One Valley Square, 512 Township Line Rd., Suite 133, Blue Bell, PA 19422 

Contact Information:

Ms. Yael Tacher

Phone: 215-654-9355 ext. 112

Email: ytacher@philadelphia.wish.org

Website: philadelphia.wish.org

Community Service Activity: Volunteer opportunities are available in positions such as Wish Granting, Translation Services, and Medical Outreacher.  As a Wish granting volunteer, an individual would meet with children and their families to determine what their special wish may be.  A Translation Services volunteer assist with communication with non-English speaking families.  For this position, volunteers need to have bilingual talents.  In addition, a Medical Outreach volunteer assists in events and activities, such as Bingo nights, participating in story hours, and helping with special events at the hospitals.

Peter Becker Community

Peter Becker Community is a non-profit continuing care retirement community located in Harleysville, PA.  Peter Becker Community is indebted to the overwhelming dedication of volunteers who collectively devoted almost 20,000 in support of its mission.

Location:  800 Maple Ave., Harleysville, PA 19438 

Contact information: 

Cindy Hollis, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 215-256-9501

Email: chollis@peterbeckercommunity.com

Website: http://www.peterbeckercommunity.com/

Community Service Activities: Volunteers are asked to assist with crafts, music, visiting patients, and assist with clubs and events, such as the Creative Team, Flower Show, and Fresh Water to Residents

Phoebe Richland Health Care Center

Phoebe Richland is a not for profit health care facility for the elderly. They are a 143 bed, skilled nursing facility, with a 21 bed Alzheimer Unit.

Location:   Phoebe Wyncote, Montgomery County

Contact information:

Jennifer Grassi

Phone: 215-461-2153

Email: jgrassi@phoebe.org

Website: http://phoebe.org/giving-volunteer/volunteering/

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers are needed in various positions, including being a companion or visitor, activity helper, library assistant, and activity or group leader.  volunteers are also needed to assist transporting and escorting residents as well as presenting programs to residents.

Special Olympics Montgomery County

Through year-round sports training and competition, Special Olympics empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities in more than 180 countries.

Location: 980 Harvest Drive, Suite 203, Blue Bell, PA 19422

Contact information:

Phone: 215-542-1140

Fax: 215-542-1144

Email: SpecialOlympicsMontCo@Verizon.net

Website: http://www.specialolympicsmontco.org/be-a-volunteer/

Sebastian Riding Associates

Sebastian Riding Associates (SRA) is a private, non-profit, community based organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through equine therapy.

Volunteer orientation required.

Location: 3589 Water St., Collegeville, PA 19426-1212 (located within Evansburg State Park)

Contact information:

Phone: 610-489-3741

Email: sebastianriding@verizon.net

Website: http://www.sebastianriding.org/volunteers

Community service activity: Under the supervision of SRA instructors, volunteers assist in lessons, care for program horses, and help with special events. Our volunteers help students groom and tack, lead a horse through a lesson, or walk alongside a horse and rider.

St. Edmond's Home for Children

St. Edmond's Home for Children provides comprehensive care for 40 boys and girls with mental retardation, cerebral palsy and various genetic disorders.

Location: 320 S Roberts Road, Rosemont, PA 19010

Contact information: Director of Volunteer and Community Relations, Catholic Social Services

Phone: 610-525-8800 ext 115

Email: cssvolunteers@chs-adphila.org

Website: https://www.womensauxsted.org/

Community service activity: Volunteers are asked to do things that they feel most comfortable doing. Taking a walk, reading a story, helping with an arts and crafts activity are some of the ways you can contribute to the lives of those supported by St. Edmond's Home for Children.

Upper Dublin Public Library

The Upper Dublin Public Library enriches the community by inspiring the joy of reading, the discovery of ideas, and the pursuit of information

Location: 805 Loch Alsh Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034

Contact information:

Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 215-628-8744

Website: http://www.upperdublinlibrary.org/cms/AboutUs/VolunteerorDonate.aspx

Community service activity: Helping with programs

Variety Club Camp

The Variety Club Camp is a nationally-acclaimed 80-acre facility located in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, serving children with special needs. The philosophy of the camp & developmental center is to provide a fun, safe recreational experience designed to foster greater independence and to provide an opportunity to participate in adaptive, age-appropriate peer group recreational and educational programs. Each program is designed to allow all children to participate to the highest level of their abilities.

Location: 2950 Potshop Road, PO Box 609, Worcester, PA 19490

Contact information:

Meredith Vivaldi, Director of Overnight Camp, Special Events, and Volunteers

Phone: 610-584-4366

Fax: 610-584-5586

Website: www.varietyphila.org