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We recognize the value of volunteers in supporting our Community Investment in Education, Health and Financial Independence.  Whether as part of a group or on your own, your volunteering can make a real difference.

Browse the list of volunteer opportunities below or complete a VOLUNTEER PROJECT REQUEST.

Join in UWCC’s Early Education Initiative

United Way of Chester County goes beyond funding programs and services to coordinating collaborative efforts in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Independence. Recognizing that low-income families may not be able to afford preschool education preparing them for success in school and in later life, United Way of Chester County (UWCC) launched an Early Education Initiative to promote full and equitable access to quality early learning resources.

Volunteers in UWCC's Days of Caring have since 2009 installed 10 Born Learning Trails with 8 free lending libraries throughout Chester County. Your group can do maintenance, upgrades and planting at the Born Learning Trail sites, fill and adopt a free lending library, collect books for adding to libraries and much more.

New! United Neighbors Impacting Families and Youth (UNIFY)
Chester County Intermediate Unit and United Way of Chester County are collaborating to bring a high-quality early preschool education program in Coatesville for children of low-income families who would not be able otherwise to access this important foundation to school success.
UNIFY will follow the school calendar of Coatesville Area School District.
There are many ways volunteers can help
     •    Classroom and curriculum support*
     •    Group work days to retrofit the program site
     •    Serve as a greeter or Family Day assistant
     •    Holding a preschool book drive or
     •    Creating literacy kits for the children in UNIFY

*Note: UNIFY classroom volunteers should be available to
     1.    summer orientation sessions
     2.    criminal background checks  and child abuse clearances
     3.    make a commitment to a schedule

Call 610-429-9400 for more information on UNIFY.
 
Featured Volunteer Opportunities

Coatesville Back to School Initiative Collection Drive
To July 14, 2017

Hold a collection drive for back-to-school supplies and ensure Coatesville students are properly equipped for the 2017-18 school year. Click HERE for supply list.
Drop off your donations at several locations (click HERE for the list), or bring them to the Bridge Academy and Community Center, 570 Olive St., Coatesville, no later than 4pm on
July 14, 2017.
Contact Jordan Crans at 484-459-3041 or Jordan.crans@gmail.com to schedule a drop-off time.

YMCA of the Greater Brandywine, West Chester YMCA
April 29 to June 10, 2017

Committed volunteers needed to work with special needs children at Special Needs Adapted Programs (SNAP) swim lessons each Saturday from 1:15-2:15PM. Program runs from April 29 through June 10th at West Chester YMCA on Airport Road. Prior swim lesson experience is not necessary, but experience, schooling or certifications in working with the special needs population is helpful.
If you can help, please respond to Amy Leman-Terrell, Volunteer Coordinator, at alemanterrell@ymcagbw.org or 610-431-YMCA (9622) ext. 2206

The Hickman Retirement Community, West Chester
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9AM to Noon

Help The Hickman spruce up their grounds at their annual Spring Clean-up Day. A Volunteer Appreciation Cookout follows.
Contact Jen Harris at jharris@thehickman.org or 484-760-6306

Youth Mentoring Project
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 6AM to 3PM

Got grit? Volunteers are needed to assist with YMP's Annual Color 5K Run/Walk at East Goshen Park. Three hour shifts are available.
Contact Coley Rudnitsky at coley@youthmp.org or 484-595-9204

East Goshen Township Dept. of Parks and Recreation
EGT Play Ambassadors

East Goshen Township will open a brand-new destination playground in Fall 2017 that will include  themed play structures and activities meant to encourage physical and social development. One such activity is the Imagination Playground, a set of commercial-quality building blocks that encourage collaborative and open ended play! Play Ambassadors will facilitate this play, ensuring the building blocks are removed and stored, and facilitating fun activities. 2-3 hour volunteer time blocks will be available Fall 2017. Individuals (minimum age: 16) and groups are welcome; Child Background Checks will be required.
Please contact Jason Lang, EGT Director of Recreation, at 610-692-7171 or
jlang@eastgoshen.org for more information, or click HERE to view the volunteer flyer.

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC OIC)
Immediate Need for Volunteer Tutors! CCOIC’s Adult Tutoring Program needs adults with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to help individuals learn to speak English, earn their high school equivalency diploma or pass a career pathways exam to enter Nursing School. Students are waiting to be matched with a tutor!
No experience necessary - we will train you! Three hour per week volunteer commitment. Tutoring takes place at Chester County Library in Exton
Contact Maryann Stravous at mstravous@cc-oic.org or 610-280-2618.

Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester
CVIM is looking for Licensed Counselors for 3-4 hour shift per week. Evening shifts available.
Please contact Miriam at 610-836-5990 x155.

Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, West Chester
•   Help clients move from the shelter into their own apartment. Moving is usually done on a Thursday, with little advance notice.
•   Help clean shelter apartments and prepare them for new families. Weekdays.
•   Watch clients' children at various times during the week as their parents attend meetings with social workers, service providers and counselors. Days and times are random and
    often last minute. Must be at least 18 and have all three clearances on file at Friends Assoc.
Contact Amy Descovich at
a.descovich@friendsassoc.org if you can help.

YMCA of the Greater Brandywine, West Chester
YMCAGBW has scores of opportunities for volunteers to help with fun family activities throughout the year-especially this spring-a Fit Fest, Family Fun Time, run, triathalon, Healthy Kids Days, swim lessons, etc.
Contact Amy Leman-Terrell, Volunteer Coordinator, at
alemanterrell@ymcagbw.org or 610-431-9622 x2206

Many nonprofits welcome dedicated individuals to assist with
•    Collection drives for clients-from gift cards to personal care items to food
•    Clerical work and greeting clients
•    Sorting donations
•    Helping prepare and serve meals to those in need
•    Grounds and building maintenance
•    Visiting and driving
•    Giving workshops and entertaining

Volunteer Chesco
Volunteer Chesco is a webpage on the Chester County website detailing all volunteer positions and internships available through county departments. Opportunities range from clerical and administrative, tutoring for basic computer skills, tasks at the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Libraries, insurance and tax counseling, animal rescue, and more. To review the full list of opportunities go to Volunteer Chesco at
http://chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=2969.