Volunteer Opportunities

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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.

Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center
Bring your group and clean up the outside of the Melton Center by weeding, gardening and pruning the grounds. Available dates:Sept. 25 or Sept. 26, or Oct. 6, 9AM - 1PM.
Contact Renee Washington at rwashington@meltoncenter.org or 610-692-9290 x102.

Chester County Hospital
Help with the annual Chester County Day on Oct. 6, 2018, by being a greeter, hostess or parking volunteer. Four hour shifts available.
Register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084eabaf22a0f85-chester2

Assist with the Dilworthtown Wine Festival Crush Cancer on Oct. 14, 2018 at Dilworthtown Inn. Flexible hours.
Contact Kate Pergolini at 610-431-5054.

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.

Coatesville Area Senior Center
Help set up and/or staff a fundraising event on Oct. 6, 2018.
Contact Bill Pierce at 610-383-6900 or bill.pierce@coatesvilleseniorcenter.org.

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.

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 English Program in Chester County
Provide one-to-one English language instruction to meet the needs of adult immigrants or refugees in Chester County. No teaching experience necessary; attend a 3-day (9 hours total) training workshop. The next workshop will take place on Sept. 13, 19 and 20, 2018 in Phoenixville.
Register online at www.volunteerenglish.org or contact Donna Dello Buono at 610-918-8222 x4.

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, Kennett Branch
Help at two upcoming events: World Cup Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15, and Multicultural Night on Friday, Sept. 20.
Contact Kelly Sharp at ksharp@ymcagbw.org or 610-444-9622 x2338.

YMCA of Greater Brandywine, West Chester Branch
Help with Awesome FEST at East Goshen Park from 5:00 to 8:00PM on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018; multiple roles available (rain date: Sat., Sept. 15)
Register online at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4aa5a92ca1fb6-awesome by Tuesday, Sept. 4), or contact Amy Leman-Terrell at alemanterrell@ymcagbw.org or 610-431-9622.

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