Serve Our Neighbors

Serving Our Neighbors  – Build A Living Faith

As we live out our mission to invite all, serve our neighbors and build a living faith,  Reformation partners with many agencies and nonprofit care sites.

How can you serve right now?  How might your family, band, school or scouting groups help in the near future?

Click on any of the agency names in this list to find out more about that agency,  to find direct links to their website and to learn about their current

needs and volunteer opportunities. Reformation Community Action Ministry team members and Deacon Beth are here to assist you if you need guidance or have questions.

https://bvspca.org/

Reformation Community Action Facilitator- Jenn Troutman

Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA exists to end animal suffering and to involve the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals.

Ways to help – making dog treat/cat toys, photography, office support, help with animals, and more…

https://bvspca.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Larry Filtz

caringforfriends.org

This ministry serves isolated homebound persons, primarily the frail elderly, in the Greater Philadelphia area, with free daily home-cooked meals delivered weekly by volunteer visitors. The goal is to help people enhance their quality of life, maintain their independence, and remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Ways to help:

Caring for Friends™, formerly known as Aid for Friends, welcomes your involvement and offers a variety of ways for you to support our mission. Whether you want to deliver meals, be a companion to an elderly person, cook meals for the homebound, or explore a corporate volunteer opportunity, we can always use assistance.

Get involved link: Caringforfriends.org/volunteer

http://www.uac.org/partners/chester-community-coalition

To heal the psychological and emotional impact of homicides and reduce trauma-related reactive violence in the City of Chester, PA.

Service Areas: Advocacy, Family Services, Neighborhood and Communities, Violence Prevention

alexia.clarke@chestercommunitycoalition.org    p: 610-368-0714

chestercountyfoodbank.org

The Chester County Food Bank was formed in 2009 to address the escalating hunger problem in the county. Our primary goal was, and still is, to have a viable, sustainable organization that secures, manages and distributes food to those in need.

Today, we are the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 partner agencies in Chester County, PA. Through our network of food cupboards, hot meal sites, shelters and other social service organizations, we distribute over 3 million pounds to our neighbors with limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

Ways to help – volunteer at food bank, lead weekly recipe demonstration, host food drive, decorate food boxes for seniors

Get involved link

chestercountyfoodbank.org/get-involved

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Christel Badey

chestereastside.org

A respected force for good in Chester, this agency provides food and clothing ministries, basic tutoring and educational enrichment programs, crisis counseling and community advocacy programs.

Ways to help – after school tutoring, food donations, adult education

Get involved link: chestereastside.org/how-you-can-help

https://www.cityteam.org/chester/

CityTeam is a nondenominational Christian nonprofit, compassionately serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness, poverty, hunger and addiction. Programs offer help and hope to those in need with hot meals, shelter, life transformation programs, clothing, hygiene items, learning and career help, discovery Bible studies, and so much more.

Ways to help – donate items, host fundraising drive, and more

https://www.cityteam.org/chester/get-involved/

https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. The items they supply are free of charge by engaging and connecting communities.

Reformation is a drop off site for Cradles to Crayons.  Other volunteer opportunities include working in the “giving factory, “ helping to process donations.

https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/take-action/volunteer/

delcoliteracy.org

The Delaware County Literacy Council helps adults develop reading, writing, math and English Language skills to thrive in the workplace and the community.

Ways to help –  Volunteer tutors work one on one with an adult student, helping him or her to learn basic reading and writing or to speak English as a second language.

Get involved link

delcoliteracy.org/volunteer/

https://www.dapdc.org/

The Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County works to prevent domestic violence and empower victims to move towards self-sufficiency.

https://www.dapdc.org/get-involved/volunteer/

ways to help – thrift shop volunteers, safe house assistants, hotline volunteers, legal advocates, child care

caadc.org

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Dave Smith

The agency mission is to assist residents to move toward economic self-sufficiency and to strengthen the community through innovative approaches to programs including: housing, workforce development, energy conservation, social services and community and economic development.

Ways to help – 5 times per year ( the 4th Thursday of Jan., March, May, July, and Sept.), Reformation prepares and serves a meal at the Life Center in Upper Darby.  In addition, donations of food, personal care, household , and baby items are needed.

https://caadc.org/how-you-can-help/

Working to uplift kinship families by providing emotional support, advocating for better legislation, and creating a resource for their immediate needs.

Contact:

Karen Barnes co founder or Rhea Roggio Kelsall, co founder
887 Fairfax Rd., Drexel Hil, PA 19026

interfaithphiladelphia.org

Reformation Contact, Interfaith Philadelphia Walk the Walk Coordinator,  Marilyn Berberich

In order to promote social harmony and inter-religious understanding, the Interfaith Philadelphia equips individuals and communities for interfaith engagement, builds collaborative relationships, and stands in solidarity with our diverse neighbors.

Opportunities for involvement  – various programs including Walk the Walk youth initiative, visionary women, art/interfaith tours, and more.

https://www.interfaithphiladelphia.org/contact-us

https://www.kencrest.org/

KenCrest supports community development by exploring possibilities, mobilizing resources, and empowering dreams through work in early childhood development and with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Ways to help range from spending time with those served, opportunities for monetary and time bank donations, advocacy, and more.

https://www.kencrest.org/get-involved/volunteer/

https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.

https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/Volunteer/Disaster

https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Ways-to-Give

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Ron Brzowski

Lutheransettlement.org

Since its founding in 1902, LSH has served vulnerable children, adults and families living in the inner city. Today they serve especially the newly homeless, abused women and children, and low-income seniors.  

Ways to help – purchase items from Amazon wishlist, various volunteer opportunities in programs.

Get involved

lutheransettlement.org/get-involved

Reformation Community Action Facilitator: Keith Bocian

https://makingachangegroup.org/

Provides center for before, during, and after school support for children ages 1-13, as well as family and community support in the city of Chester

Reformation Community Action Facilitator: Edna Bogert

Mediafellowshiphouse.org

Provides programs that promote social justice, diversity, and economic empowerment including first time homebuyer program, youth coalition, alternate program for juvenile offenders, and more.

Also provides a wide range of services for seniors through Surrey Services.

Membership available which support programming, and provide information about activities and events through the year.

https://visitmediapa.com/directory/listing-2/media-food-bank

https://www.facebook.com/Media.Food.Bank/

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:

Media Food Bank has been providing food and clothing for needy local families in and around the Media area for many years as part of the outreach program at the First United Methodist Church of Media.

If you want to contribute call for complete details at  444-442-0033. Hours Thursday 7 – 8 p.m. 2nd and 4th Saturday 10 – 11 a.m.

Reformation Community Action Facilitator: Linda Bucher

http://www.pcks.org/Missions/Local_Missions/

A non-profit Christian ministry serving the immigrant community in Chester County and the surrounding area. They share the love of Jesus by offering assistance with immigration procedures, citizenship classes, a Christmas for Migrants program, blankets, coats, health kits, donated furniture and appliances, distribution of food baskets, and other services.

Agency Contact  Telephone Number (610) 444-0387

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Sally Burkam

https://www.nga-inc.org/

We envision that every less fortunate individual in our communities has the opportunity to own new clothing, linens and toiletries through our network of volunteers and resource providers.

https://www.nga-inc.org/contact.html

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:

philabundance.org

Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in PA and NJ.

Ways to help – volunteer on site, host food drives, “rescue” food from donors, advocacy

philabundance.org/get-involved

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Brandt Norton

phoenixrecoveryproject.com

provides recovery homes for people struggling with alcohol or drug addiction

Get involved:

phoenixrecoveryproject.com/locate-rehab-facility-recovery-house-philadelphia-area/

https://providenceac.org/

Reformation Community Action Volunteer – Dave Black

At Providence Animal Center (formerly known as the Delaware County SPCA), we offer life-affirming rescue, medical care, treatment, protection and placement of companion animals that forever upholds the critical importance of the human-animal bond.

https://providenceac.org/support-us/volunteer/

ways to help – working with animals, office support, photography and publicity, and more.

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Jessica Reitano

Redcrossblood.org

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​

Ways to help – give blood during blood drives at Reformation, many other opportunities on website

https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities.html

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:  Edna Bogert

https://aese.psu.edu/extension/intergenerational/program-areas/kinship/programs/delaware/second-time-around-parents

Second Time Around Parents is a program for grandparents (and other relative caregivers) raising their grandchildren due to parental drug and alcohol or mental health problems. Services include separate educational and support groups for grandparents and grandchildren, counseling/case management, a stop-in center for grandparents and opportunities for socialization for grandparents and their grandchildren

https://www.silver-springs.org/

Silver Springs – Martin Luther School inspires hope through education, healing, and specialized support for children and their families facing emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Silver Springs is one of the organizations supported by the St. Nicholas Project at Reformation.  Contact the school for other volunteer opportunities.

http://delawarecountypublichealth.com/suicide-prevention/

To create a community of hopefulness, safety and shared responsibility to prevent suicide by increasing awareness, promoting resiliency and connecting to resources and support.

https://www.thrivent.com/

Thrivent’s mission is to help Christians be wise with money and live generously. To do that, we promise to guide you on your journey to being wise with money. There are three things that can move you forward on this journey, and we’re here to show you how to navigate each one:

  • Own your story.
  • Practice wise financial habits.
  • Give of yourself.

https://www.thrivent.com/about-us/membership-and-benefits/   gives information about partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, as well as how to donate to community organizations and be part of community giving events

https://www.thrivent.com/making-a-difference/living-generously/thrivent-action-teams/   gives information about how to apply for a grant up to $250 to lead a one time community service project or activity

www.thetrevorproject.org

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/

TrevorChat/TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer chat messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide.

https://www.outreachcorp.org/

Mission is to provide affordable, education based programs and opportunities to the people in our community.  The six programs we offer to people of all ages include:  After School Program, Summer Camp, Health Service, High School Diploma Programs, and our English Language Institute. 

https://www.outreachcorp.org/donate  to donate or volunteer

https://thewelcomechurch.org

The Welcome Church is an ELCA congregation proclaiming the hope and love of a gracious God to all people and especially to people experiencing homelessness.

https://thewelcomechurch.org/volunteer-and-contact

Reformation participates in services at the Welcome Church several times a year.  Services are held on the first and last Sundays of the month, throughout the year. Other opportunities for fellowship are provided during the week.

Reformation Community Action Facilitator:   Kirsten Chorney

This is one of the programs that is an outgrowth of the Welcome Church.  For more information, look on the Welcome Church website.

Reformation provides meals for women at the Well several times a year.

https://westchesterfoodcupboard.org/

The West Chester Food Cupboard commits to provide a variety of fresh and nonperishable healthy food items to West Chester residents in need.

Ways to help – provide donations (food, gift cards, money), staff food bank

https://westchesterfoodcupboard.org/donate-your-time-and-talent/