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

Justice for Families
Help paint, clean and prepare two facilities in Coatesville for those re-entering society following incarceration or experiencing homelessness.
Contact Deborah Willett at dwillettadvocacy@gmail.com or 610-426-2261.

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.

West Chester University
Become part of International homes VOICE (Volunteers Offering Individual Conversation in English) and help an English as Second Language student improve their language skills simply by having a conversation with them in English. Commit to one hour per week for four weeks.
Contact Pam Trowbridge at ptrowbridge@els.edu or 610-436-3578.

Good Works
Volunteer to help repair homes in Coatesville, Phoenixville, West Chester and/or St. Peter's Village for the elderly, disabled and single parent families. 1st and 2nd Saturday of each month, 8:30 to 4:00. Lunch is provided.
Contact Shanna Cornuet at volunteer@goodworksinc.org or 610-383-6311.

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.
•   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.

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