Community Service

College of Education

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


Community Service in Philadelphia (1, 2)

Inglis House

Location: 2600 Belmont Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Contact information:

Phone: (215) 581-0718

Email: volunteerdepartment@inglis.org

Website: http://www.inglis.org/get-involved

Community Service Activity:  Accompany residents on regularly scheduled trips to local shopping malls, sporting and entertainment events and cultural destinations, play cards and games, share special talents and hobbies, lead discussion groups, visit with residents one-on-one.

 

Ken Crest

Location: 502 West Germantown Pike, Suite 200, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Contact Information:

Marcia Berner

Phone: 610-825-9360, ext. 1126.

Website: http://www.kencrest.org/volunteer_opportunities.htm

Community Service Activity:  Volunteers will assist with community outings, reading with children, planting gardens, or painting.  For those volunteers who work with children, a PA Child Abuse clearance is required to be submited.

 

The Outreach Program for Soccer

TOP Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girls, age 8-19, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer & US Youth Soccer families.

Location:4070 Butler Pike, Suite 100, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Contact Information:

Phone: 610-238-9966

Fax: 610-238-9933

Diane Spencer

Email: dspencerepysa@verizon.net

Website: http://www.epysa.org/default.aspx

 

People's Emergency Center

Location: 325 N. 39th St., Philadelphia PA 19104

Contact Information:

PEC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Meredith Pollock

Phone: 267-777-5829

Email: mpollock@pec-cares.org

Website: http://www.pec-cares.org/index.php?page=donate_amp_volunteer

Community Service Activity: Volunteers help homeless women and children with GED and literacy tutoring, after-school programs, evening play group, childcare helper, book club, reading groups for children, and adult job training skills.

 

Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness

Location: 802 N. Broad St., P.O. Box 15010, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Contact Information:

Many Fleisher

Email: mvrooman@pceh.org

Phone: 215-232-2300

Website: http://pceh.org

Community Service Activity: Volunteers are involved in street outreach and the Day Center.

 

Philadelphia Spells

Spells Writing Lab is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that develops the creative and expository writing abilities of school-age children through free, fun, and imaginative writing programs and teacher development opportunities. Spells Writing Lab is open for drop-in tutoring Monday through Thursday from 3:00–5:30 p.m. During these hours, volunteer tutors are available to help students ages 7–13 with their homework, regardless of subject.

Location: 2526 N. Alder Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133

Contact information:

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 267-670-0869

Email: volunteer@phillyspells.org

Website: http://www.phillyspells.org/volunteer/general/

Volunteer application: www.phillyspells.org/volunteer/form

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) is "Cops Helping Kids."  With 27 centers across Philadelphia serving almost 26,000 kids, PAL offers a large variety of sports, education, and recreational programs to all of Philadelphia's youngsters completely free of charge.

Location: 2524 E. Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Contact information:

Volunteer Coordinator, Katelyn Fenerty

Phone: 215-291-9000 ext. 123

Website: http://www.phillypal.com/pal_volunteer.php

Community Service Activities:  Volunteers will assist children with homework as well as assist with coaching, refereeing, arts & crafts, and office related projects.

 

Presbyterian Children's Village

The Village serves about 10,000 individuals each year, encouraging healthy familial ties and strengthening the communities in the Greater Philadelphia region from its two facilities.

Two Locations: 

452 South Roberts Road, Rosemont, PA 19010, Phone: 610-525-5400

6517 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19142, Phone: 215-730-2240

Email: village@pvc.org

Community Service Activity: TUTORS are needed in all subject areas, at all grade levels, and especially with reading and math. There are opportunities at the Rosemont campus to work with teens. At the Preheim Center, tutors are needed to work with younger children, and at the various school locations in West and Southwest Philadelphia through our various after-school programs. This opportunity requires clearances and training.

Quest for Tech

Location: 714 Market St., Suite 410, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Contact Information:

Samantha Shoemaker

Phone: 267-507-5872

Email: volunteer@questfortech.org

Website: http://www.questfortech.org/volunteer/html

Community Service Activity: Volunteers in the Program Committee will help teach computer education classes.

 

Reach Out and Read at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Reach Out and Read at CHOP is part of the national, nonprofit organization to encourage parents to read aloud to their young children. Children receive a new, age-appropriate book at each well visit.

Locations:

Various locations in the Philadelphia area (one location in Burlington, NJ)-go to website link (below) for specific locations

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-590-5989

Email: ReachOutandRead@email.chop.edu

Website: http://www.chop.edu/about/chop-in-the-community/reach-out-and-read/volunteer-to-read.html

Community Service Activity: Reach Out and Read reading volunteers are based in primary care doctor's offices and engage children of any age with books and reading aloud. The volunteers model for parents the pleasures and techniques of reading aloud. Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly or every other week shift for one or more hours for at least three consecutive months.

 

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Location:3601 A Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19134

Contact Information:

Phone: 215-427-5398

Email: SCH-Volunteer@tenethealth.com

Website: http://www.stchristophershospital.com/volunteering

Community Service Activity: Volunteers may choose to work directly with patients in various areas, such as the Caring Through Reading Program, Child Life/Play Therapy, the Children's Library, the Family and Patient Relations, and the Hospitality Program.  Volunteers are also able to assist with giving tours.

IVolunteer positions are available for weekdays, eveningd, and weekends. Before working as a volunteer at St. Christopher's volunteers must complete an application and interview, provide documentation of a tine test for tuberculosis and rubella titer (both administered free of charge if documentation is not available), agree to a drug screening and a criminal check (if volunteering in a patient care area), contribute a minimum of four hours per week (for most programs), provide references, and participate in our Volunteer Orientation Program

 

Starfinder Foundation

The Starfinder Foundation is a dynamic youth organization utilizing soccer as a vehicle for children's personal growth and development through recreation and education. Starfinder coaches and teachers strive to be an important influence on the lives of children, as they are coached in soccer and encouraged to build a strong moral character, achieve academic excellence, and live with a positive approach to life.

Location: 4015 Main Street, Manayunk, PA 19127

Contact: information:

Jeanette Hibbs

Phone: 215-384-6889

Email: jeanette@starfinderfoundation.org

Website: http://starfinderfoundation.org/top-menu/get-involved.html

Community Service Activities: Volunteers will assist in teaching in the classroom, on-fielf coaching, parent outreach, special events, mentoring youth, and program assessment. 

 

Values Through Sports

The Values Through Sports program incorporates sports, recreation, arts and crafts, and educational mentoring in assisting with child development.

Location: 162 W. Tioga St., Philadelphia, PA 19140

Contact: information:

R. Scott Thornton

Phone: 215-947-5968

Email: rthornton1@comcast.net

Website: http://www.valuesthroughsports.com/

Community Service Activities: Volunteers are essential because individualized attention is important to a child's development. Volunteers are encouraged to participate regularly in order to form relationships with children. It is expected that all volunteers maintain integrity and moral character.