Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer

The value of volunteers in supporting our Community Impact in Education, Health and Financial Independence is immeasurable.  Whether as part of a group or on your own, volunteering makes 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.

United Way Education and Financial Stability Initiatives in Action! 

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

American Red Cross, Tri-County Chapter
Deliver life-saving blood & related products from the Philadelphia distribution facility to area hospitals using Red Cross-owned vehicles.
Contact Monica Wildes at monica.wildes@redcross.org or 215-299-4803.
 

Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center

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.

Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children
•   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.
•   Drivers needed to transport clients to and from appointments.

•   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.

Good Works
Volunteer to help repair homes in Coatesville, Phoenixville and West Chester for the elderly, disabled, or single parent families. Corporate workdays available.
Contact Shanna Cornuet at volunteer@goodworksinc.org or 610-383-9247.

Handi-Crafters
Work side-by-side with HC's workforce on production jobs in assembly and packaging.
Contact April Ennis-Pierson at april.ennis-pierson@handi-crafters.org or 610-384-6990 x206.

La Comunidad Hispana       
Hold a collection drive for healthy, dry goods grocery items then transport them to LCH and stuff 15-20 bags for distribution through the Family Fitness Program.
Contact Laura Milazzo Mackiewicz at lmackiewicz@lchps.org or 610-444-7550 x256.

Neighborhood Visting Nurse Assn. of Chester County
Ten volunteers needed to hep finish painting two offices.
Contact Janice Gathercole at jgathercole@nvnacc.com or 610-696-6511 x169.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Help prepare tax returns for low and moderate income residents Jan. through April 2019. Training provided.
Contact Donna Laird at dlaird@quietrevolution.org or 610-380-9099.

West Chester Area Senior Center
Provide custodial support, or help with creative opportunities.
Contact Jim Mobile at iqstudios@aol.com.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine, West Chester YMCA
•    Dec. 8, 2018                  Help fill a truck with Angel Tree gifts for distribution. Register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aa5a92ca1fb6-angel2
Contact Amy Leman-Terrell at alemanterrell@ymcagbw.org or 610-431-9622 x2206

YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Kennett Area Branch
October 27, 2018           Set up for Healthy Halloween Event.
October 27, 2018           Help with activities at Halloween Event.
Register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f48adaf2da0f49-2018

La Comunidad Hispana

November 30, 2018 (4 pm -7 pm): Warm Wishes Coat Distribution - Distribution of coats to clients. To volunteer, please contact Norma Diego-Flores email at NDiego-Flores@lchps.org or call at 610-444-7550 X247.

Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children

10/27: Fall Festival: 20-25 volunteers needed to assist with crafts, games, and a small trick-or-treating experience for the children in our programs. To be held at the United Methodist Church of West Chester from 10 am-12pm.
11/16: Thanksgiving Food Drive (Delivery drivers needed): Need 15-20 volunteers to deliver Thanksgiving meal boxes at Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ at 9:00 AM. Delivery routes will be broken up by town and will go until about 12:30-1:00 that day. 
11/17: Family Volunteer Day: 20 volunteers needed from 10:00 am-2:00 pm for a day of volunteering geared towards families and sponsored by Disney! 
12/9: Holiday Party: 15 - 20 volunteers needed to help complete crafts, playing games, and passing out gifts for families at a holiday party at SS. Simon and Jude Church in West Chester. 

To volunteer, please contact Emma Koontz at e.koontz@friendsassoc.org or call at 610-431-3598 x 205.

Youth Mentoring Partnership
One-on-one mentoring opportunity with youth grades 6 to 12. One year minimum commitment.
Contact Ven Davis at 610-220-3889 or ven@youthmp.org.

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.