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


Service Projects

Play 4Kay initiative

January 28th, 2013 in the Hollinger Field House

Basketball Players.

The 2013 Play 4Kay initiative,(formerly known as Pink Zone) is an opportunity for a nation of coaches and players at Division II schools to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research. Last year WCU placed #1 in Division II schools for raising the largest pool of money for the Kay Yow Foundation with our annual Play 4 Kay Day.

Play 4 Kay Logo.

WCU’s Play 4 Kay Event is hosted by the Women’s Basketball Team in collaboration with the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, The Women’s Center, SSI, Colleges Against Caner, ZTA, and other student organizations and community partners. The balcony of the gym is transformed into all things pink: pink tables, pink balloons, and pink streamers. This event raises awareness of breast cancer through offeringPlay 4 Kay group. education on detecting breast cancer and the impact of breast cancer on those with the disease, as well as the impact on their loved ones. Money is raised through the sale of t-shirts, ribbon shaped pretzels, pink lemonade, and pink cotton candy, pink hair extensions, face painting, and raffle baskets that contain everything from gift cards to Phillies tickets.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.

Daffodil Days American Cancer Society logo.

“Daffodil Days is about more than just giving beautiful flowers — it’s about everyone’s opportunity to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.”

Daffodil Days is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and supports persons living with cancer. By sending bunches of daffodils to friends, family members, and people touched by cancer, you are sharing a message of hope and raising funds and awareness to help defeat cancer. The money that is raised at WCU is used by the American Cancer Society to support cancer patients in our community through the following programs: Financial Assistance, Road to Recovery, Look Good…Feel Better, Reach to Recovery, Man to Man, Camps (childhood cancer patients and siblings), and Homemaker Grants.

Flowers

During Daffodil Days, the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs collaborates with many faculty, staff, and students to take orders for daffodils, making this symbol of hope available campus wide. The daffodils are then delivered by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in March. For more information about becoming involved in this initiative, contact Jodi Roth at jroth@wcupa.edu

Brownie Bake Off

Monday, February 20, 2013 in the Sykes Student Union from 11:00am - 4:00pm

West Chester’s Brownie Bake Off is an event organized by the office of service learning and volunteer programs to help the West Chester Food Cupboard and Salvation Army. Students and employees of West Chester University bake their best brownie recipes and compete for the honor of having the tastiest treats. Last year’s 7th Annual Brownie Bake Off was a great success raising $445! Come out and support this year’s Bake Off, try your hand in the kitchen, or stop by and enjoy a tasty treat for a good cause. To enter the Brownie Bake Off contact Christie Siegl at CSiegl@wcupa.edu.

Brownie Bake off. The West Chester Food Cupboard mission is to provide food assistance to eligible, low-income families and individuals in need. The food cupboard is supported by Federal and State food programs, donations from generous county and community groups, companies and individuals; we reach out to serve our neighbors with consideration and respect.

To learn more visit: http://westchesterfoodcupboard.blogspot.com/p/our-mission.html

Whether it is embracing the homeless, uplifting the abused or abandoned, training and mentoring the disadvantaged, providing character buildingSalvation army logo programs for youth, or assisting the displaced or elderly, The Salvation Army's goal remains the same: serving the most people, meeting the most needs, doing the most good!

To learn more visit: http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_EasternPA.nsf/vw-dynamic-arrays/69CE14D29E16462A852577CF00585C57?openDocument

Blood Drives with The American Red Cross

“A single pint of blood can save up to three lives, your donation matters!”

Annually there are many opportunities to donate blood on West Chester University’s campus. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, that’s one out of ten patients admitted in the hospital. A victim of a car accident can require as many as 100 pints of blood. Many cancer victims require blood and blood products daily; giving blood can be a great way to support the many Americans suffering from this terrible disease that effects so many. Be a hero, sign up to give blood today!

Dates and Locations of Drives on Campus: American Red Cross.

All drives will be held from 3:00pm-8:00pm
9/24 – Brandywine/Wayne Halls
9/26 – University Hall
10/1 – Killinger Hall
10/22 – Tyson Hall
10/24 – Goshen Hall
10/25 – Allegheny Hall
10/29 – Schmidt Hall
10/31 – Village/South Campus






To learn more visit: http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_EasternPA.nsf/vw- dynamic-arrays/69CE14D29E16462A852577CF00585C57?openDocument

Read Across America

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."

Cat in the Hat

The National Education Association's “Read Across America” is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. Each year The Office of Service-Learning and One fish Two Fish.Volunteer Programs teams up with local schools to read to children and celebrate Dr. Seuss and literacy in our local schools!

The National Education Association's also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.

This year’s schools and projects have not yet been determined. Check back later in the semester to learn how you can get more involved.

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Good Cause Cafe

November 6th and 7th, Sykes Ballrooms, 9:00am-4:00pm

Good Cause Cafe.

Good Cause Café is a used book sale sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs. This event will take place Tuesday, November 6th and Wednesday, November 7th in the Sykes Ballrooms from 9:00am-4:00pm. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and financial support for those in the local community that struggle with the financial, medical and emotional effects of HIV and AIDS. We have thousands of books that are donated by staff, faculty, students, community partners, churches, and book stores such as the Second Reading Used Book Shoppe in West Chester and Kennett Square Resale Book Shoppe. Books are sold for $0.25 to $1.00.

Good Cause Cafe.

Some of the categories represented include: Best Sellers, Suspense, Self Help, Hobbies, Home Improvement, Cook Books, Children’s Books, History and Biography, Romance and many other categories. The books are replenished as they are sold, so the selection varies each hour and each day. The Good Cause Café also hosts a bake sale that includes delicious items baked by our staff and faculty.

All proceeds benefit Family Services of Chester County’s Project ONE, which provides support to individuals that have been infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. This donation assists with the cost of medical co-pays, housing, and transportation to and from medical appointments, counseling and food.

To donate books, contact the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs at (610)436-3379 or csiegl@wcupa.edu to arrange delivery of the books