Whether you’re looking for an ongoing, year-round volunteer opportunity for yourself or a one-day opportunity for a group, The Arc of Chester County has a fit for you. Our current opportunities include the following:
ABBLE Classroom Assistants – Two volunteers are needed to provide support to the ABBLE program, a classroom-based program for two-year-olds with autism located in Downingtown. Availability most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM and a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance are required. For more information, call Judy Glass at 610-696-8090.
Advocacy Program Volunteers – Volunteers are needed to help advocacy programs in a variety of capacities. Many of these tasks can be completed at home with the option of working from The Arc’s West Chester office. Opportunities include updating a monthly e-newsletter and assisting with its distribution and serving as a special education advocate. For more information, call Jodi Dill at (610) 696-8090, ext. 220.
Committee Members – The Arc has numerous committees that need the expertise of volunteers from the community. Committees usually meet monthly during night or daytime hours convenient to the members. Some areas of need include people with human resources skills to assist the personnel committee; accountants or financial analysts to assist the finance committee; and marketers or fundraisers to assist the community relations and development committees. For more information, call Jeanne Meikrantz at 610-696-8090, ext. 203.
Children’s Early Learning Program- Children’s Early Learning program seeks volunteers under the guidance of skilled staff and therapists, will assist preschool children who have disabilities, ages 2 to 5, with community outings and activities. Volunteers are also needed to assist teachers and students with Art and Music Therapy on a weekly basis at The Arc’s preschool location on Lawrence Drive in West Chester. For more information contact Judy Glass at 610-696-8090, etx. 219.
Community Habilitation Program Assistance- Community Habilitation program seeks volunteers of all ages to assist with weekly recreational and social gathering on Wednesday evenings based at The Arc’s facility in West Chester. Opportunities are available for weekend activities that include dances, dinners, sporting events, community outings, and other fun-filled entertainment. Volunteer teen counselors are also needed for one- week summer camps. Assist camp counselors and Arc staff at week-long summer day camp. Camp is located at Paradise Farms in Downingtown. Camps are held one week in June and two weeks in August. Volunteers hours are from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Administrative Support- Administrative support opportunities are available in one to two hour sessions or as needed during flexible daytime hours between 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM to support large mailing preparations: addressing, stuffing and stamping envelopes, filing, internet research and database updates. and miscellaneous office support. For more information, call Amanda Blevins at 610-696-8090, ext. 210.
Special Events– The Development and Community Relations Committee seeks volunteers to support special events held by The Arc of Chester County throughout the year. Events include the annual Achievement Walk, 5K Run and Fun Day held in April, Breakfast with Santa held the first Saturday in December, and other events held throughout the year. These can be a one-day volunteer opportunity or event committee. For more information, contact Amanda Blevins 610-696-8090, ext. 210.
Recreation Assistance – The recreation program seeks volunteers of all ages to assist with weekly social gatherings on Wednesday evenings based at The Arc’s facility in West Chester. Opportunities are available for weekend activities that include dances, dinners, sporting events, community outings, and other fun-filled entertainment. Volunteer teen counselors are also needed for one-week summer camps. For more information, call Lori Meyers at 610-696-8090, ext. 205.
Please download (PDF) and review The Arc’s Volunteer Manual and Volunteer Policy for information regarding our Volunteer Program. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Application located in the manual and required Disclosure Statement Application for Volunteers and return to The Arc to the attention of Amanda Blevins, Development Manager via email at email@example.com or by mail to 900 Lawrence Drive, West Chester, PA 19380.