Holleran Center for Community Engagement

Community Service

To view the Community Service Guidelines, and see a list of approved Community Partners, please click here.

To access the online submission form for Community Service, please click here. To view or print the Community Service Verification Form, please click here.


Community service has its roots deeply embedded in the foundation of Alvernia University and is central to the mission of our Catholic, Franciscan institution. Service provides students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to help those in need and to support local non‐profit organizations. Additionally, community service is an integral part of students’ learning experiences, contributing to their intellectual, social, and spiritual growth and development and providing a framework for students’ roles as members of both local, regional and global communities.

Holleran Center Sponsored Opportunities

Please check for upcoming service opportunities soon!

Community Partner Opportunities

One Time Service Opportunities
GoggleWorks, 201 Washington St., Reading, PA 19605   

Date: Friday, June 27, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Times: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
       6:00 – 7:00 PM

Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014
Times: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Service: Theater Assistants
Summer Camp Sessions – Assist Teachers/Children
Dates: Begins June 23 and continues through mid-August
(Flexible Schedule:  1/2 Day Mornings or Afternoons or All Day)

Contact: Cindy Boscov (volunteer@goggleworks.org or 610-374-4600, Ext. 110)

Blue Marsh Lake

Volunteer Work Days
Dates: June 28, July 26, August 23, 2014
Place: Visitor Center
Time: 9:00 AM

Brown Bat Count
Dates: June 19, July 17, August 14, 2014
Time & Place: If you are interested in assisting with the bat counts, the Park Ranger will provide a specific time and meeting place.

Contact: Hallie Groff (Hallie.E.Groff@usace.army.mil or 610-376-6337, Ext. 207)

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Place: Nolde Forest EE Center, Meet at McConnell Hall
         2910 New Holland Rd., Reading PA 19607
Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Service: Volunteer Work Day – Spreading Trail Stone

To Register: Call 610-796-3699, e-mail noldeforestprogramstaff@pa.gov, or online at https://www.volunteers.dcnr.state.pa.us/VolunteerApplication.aspx

Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus “Summer Program”

Dates: July 13 – 26, 2014
Place: Reading PA
Service: All Women over the age of 18 are welcome to apply; volunteers do not have to be Catholic.
Volunteers to serve in various ministries of the Missionary Sisters for 2 weeks in mid-July. During this time, volunteers have the opportunity to get to know the people and culture of Reading, learn more about the mission and history of the Sisters, live in community with other volunteers, and develop their gifts and talents.

Contact: Sr. Lorraine Molchanow, MSC (Lorrainemsc@aol.com or 610-371-1753)                

FairView Counseling & The Play Therapy Program

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – Open House
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014 – FairView Family FunFest
Place: 1255 Perkiomen Ave., Reading PA 19602

Contact: For more information, Dale-Ann Farina (Dale-Ann.Farina@mymetrobannk.com or 610-603-2508

Ongoing Service Opportunities
American Cancer Society "Road to Recovery Program"

Date: Ongoing
Time: Flexible Hours in Terms of Frequency of Service
Service: The ACS is looking for volunteer drivers in the Road to Recovery Program to help patients get to the lifesaving treatment they need. Volunteer drivers donate their time to take patients to treatment appointments and return them to their homes. They also provide encouragement and support.

To become a volunteer for the ACS, all you need is a safe and reliable vehicle, a current, valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, a good driving record and complete a one-time training session.

Contact:     Gina Hagy (610-921-2329)

Hope Lutheran Church

Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
Place: “Hope’s Hangout” at Hope Lutheran Church
          601 N. Front St., Reading, PA 19601
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Service: Assist with Afterschool Program; Interacting with children ages 7-14. Program serves approximately 40-60 children. Help with Education, Arts and Crafts, Baking, Games, etc.

Contact: Lorraine Nicol (610-374-2071)

Children's Home of Reading

Date: Ongoing
Place: 1010 Centre Ave., Reading PA 19601
Time: Variable
Service: Individuals to serve on the Golf and Dinner Auction Committees
            Garden Enthusiasts to help instruct the residents with the thriving CHOR garden
            Boy Scout Merit Counselors or Advisors to work with the CHOR Boy Scout Troop
            Residential/Development Liaison – 1 day a week to help coordinate events between departments
            Library Volunteers to help organize on-campus library

Contact: Mindy McIntosh (610-478-8266, Ext. 468 or mmcintosh@childrenshomeofrdg.org)

Lutheran Home Care & Hospice

Date: Ongoing
Place: Berks & Lehigh Areas
Time: Flexible
Service: 1. Bereavement Volunteers to make supportive calls to families who have experienced a loss.  Training is provided by the Chaplain.  Calls can be made from your own home
when our schedule allows.
            2. Bereavement Bread Volunteers needed to donate homemade sweet bread (banana, pumpkin, nut, etc.) that is taken by the Chaplain when bereavement visits are made to grieving families. Bread can be donated at any time to the Berks office, 1030 Reed Ave., Suite 102, Wyomissing, PA 19610

Contact: Cathy Sweeney (CSweeney@Lutheranhomecare.org or 800-840-9081)

Volunteers in Mission (Sponsored by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters)

Date: Ongoing
Place: Las Puertas de la Esperanza Program
        St. Joseph Parish School
        1018 N. 8th St., Reading, PA 19604
Time: Monday and Wednesday – 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Service: Tutoring local elementary school students

Contact: Yesica Villalobos (610-796-8972 or bfvim@bfranciscan.org)

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Lancaster County Region

This council is looking to start an accelerated program for those girls who have an interest in scouting, but may not have time for the traditional troop setting.

Service: Looking for volunteers who will be trained to lead the sessions during a course of six weeks.  Some of the areas include Stevens, Denver, Lititz, Leola, to name a few towns.  Become a part of the movement of Girl Empowerment.

Contact: Kristen Clineburg (kclineburg@gshpa.org or 717-884-4220)

Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Date: Ongoing
Place: 58 Kennel Rd., Birdsboro, PA 19508
Time: Monday & Friday – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
         Tuesday & Thursday – 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
         Saturday – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Service: Assist with walking and socializing the dogs, cats and critters; Assist with events that benefit the shelter and provide exposure for the animals; Be a “Kennel Companion.”  Kennel companions are paired with a specific dog in need and asked to spend 45 minutes, 3 days a week with that dog

Contact: Kristi Rodriguez (610-373-8830 x120 or KRodriguez@berksarl.org)

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks, Inc.

Service: Assist with Neighborhood Surveys

Contact: Kelley Coates (kcoates@nhsgreaterberks.org or 610-372-8433) for more information.

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County

Service: Volunteers with a passion to fundraise using their creativity, talents and skills. Looking to build your portfolio/resume?  Hoping to put your fundraising ideas to use? Can’t volunteer on jobsites, but seeking a different volunteer opportunity?

Contact: Tiffany Fasig (tfasig@habitatberks.org or 610-373-3439) to learn how to involved TODAY!

Berks T1D Connection

Date: 3rd Monday of Every Month
Place: Reading Hospital & Medical Center, R Building, Conference Center (ground level)
       Check Lobby Monitors for Meeting Room Location, Park in the 5th Ave. Parking Garage
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Service: Assist with supervising, supporting, and mentoring Type 1 Diabetic Children and their Siblings (while their parents/family members are receiving support for T1D); play games, create arts & crafts projects, read books, etc.  Help make a difference in the life of a child with Type 1 Diabetes!

Contact: Denise Pasko (lauschgirl@gmail.com)

Bridge of Hope (A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness)

Date: Ongoing
Place: 300 Church Street, Reading, PA 19601
Service: Volunteer to provide a meal, work in the office or assist at a fundraising event.

Contact: Jody Widing (610-568-1250 or jwiding@berks.bridgesofhopeinc.org)

Middle Creek Search and Rescue

Date: Ongoing
Service: Assist with Rescue Dog Training
Contact: For more information, please contact Kathy Gertler (Kathygertler@yahoo.com)

Life Choice Hospice

Date: Ongoing
Place: Service is provided in Berks, Schuylkill and Lehigh Valley areas
Time: Flexible
Service: Volunteers provide additional time and companionship to hospice patients in the service areas.  As little as one hour a week is helpful and arrangements can be customized to accommodate each volunteer’s personal schedule.  Training is provided to make sure each volunteer is given the instruction needed to guarantee a
positive experience.  Have the opportunity to touch someone’s life and gain experience for job resumes!

Contact: Stacy Perlaki (SPerlaki@lifechoicehospice.com or 1-800-557-7570)

Berks Encore

Date: Ongoing
Place: 40 N. Ninth Street, Reading, PA 19601
Time: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:00PM - Flexible
Service: Tutor senior citizens in basic computer lessons, such as introduction to the internet, email, facebook, etc.  All the necessary equipment is available at the center. There is a fabulous computer lab, set-up with 5 laptops.

Date: Ongoing
Place: home in Exeter Township
Time: Flexible
Service: Visit a homebound Italian-speaking woman at her home for one hour per week. Could be very helpful for a student studying Italian and wants to work on conversational skills.

Contact: Emily Garb (EGarb@BerksEncore.org, 610-374-3195, Ext. 225[office] or 215-291-5850[cell]

Shady Hollow Assisted Riding Academy, Birdsboro, PA

Description: Shady Hollow provides a supported equine environment where individuals with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities can experience therapeutic, social and education rewards through riding lessons.  This facility is approved by the PA Council on Therapeutic Horsemanship and features a 90+ acre farm with a sheltered arena for year round riding, wheelchair ramp and transfer platform for mounting trails.  Training is provided.  After the training class, volunteers help prepare the horses for lessons and then will either walk beside or lead the horse as the students ride.  No prior experience is necessary.
Website:  Programs for both able body and special needs riders can be found at www.hugahorse.com
Times: Day, evening and weekend opportunities are available

Contact: volunteer@hugahorse.com or call 610-582-4050

Berks County Residential Center
Date: Ongoing

Place: 1040 Berks Rd., Leesport, PA 19533
Service: 1. Work with Toddlers and Preschoolers – There is a toddler room, and BCRC will provide games and activities to assist volunteers.
            2. English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher – Volunteers are needed to teach beginning and intermediate English to adults from a variety of countries and educational backgrounds.  Most of the adults speak Spanish as their first language.  ESL class is approximately 1 hour, and there is some flexibility in the time of day that it can be offered. Increase your own proficiency in a foreign language by spending time engaged with the residents.
            3. Work with Children – Sing songs; play instruments; arts & crafts; play games; read stories; dramatic play; play sports.
            4. Work with Adults – Begin a book club; teach nutrition; teach residents a skill such as sewing, needlepoint, crocheting or computers; teach a trade; start an exercise class; play sports.
            5. Conduct Demonstrations (a skill, sport, animal training, martial arts, etc.).
            6. Conduct Performances (instrumental, choral, dramatic, etc.).

Contact: Ben Schneider (bschneider@countyofberks.com)

Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church, 1110 Snyder Rd., West Lawn, PA

Date: Ongoing - Sundays
Times: Two Shifts:  8:30-10:30 AM – 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Service: Be a one-on-one “buddy” to a student with special needs during the children’s/youth services (while parents attend the adult church service).  Children needing buddies range from preschool age to 12th grade.
Contact: Betsy Gettis (610-678-0266, Ext. 239 or betsygettis@ataog.org)

Permacultivate, Reading, PA

Date: Ongoing - Saturdays
Place: Reading Roots Urban Farm and Learning Center - City Park Greenhouse, Hill Rd. and Constitution Way, Reading
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Service: Assist with planting seeds, shifting compost from vermiculture bins, harvesting produce, sweeping, washing plant pots, and other duties.  There is an outdoor site next to the greenhouse where volunteers may sometimes have the opportunity to work outside, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.

Contact: Sarah Jacobson (volunteer@permacultivate.org)

For questions about any of the above opportunities, please contact the person listed or contact Judy Bohler, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at 610-796-5509 or judy.bohler@alvernia.edu

Shillington Lions Club

Date:                    Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18, 2012

Place:                   KidSight Testing, Immanuel UCC Pre-school, Brobst & S. Waverly Sts., Shillington (behind Gov. Mifflin H.S.)

Time:                   Two Shifts:

                             9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

                             12:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Service:               Volunteers could assist with the eye testing by talking with the children, helping with their paperwork, etc.   There may be an opportunity for volunteers to learn to use the eye testing equipment if there is an interest.

Contact:              Melissa Hinkle (Melissa.Hinkle@bentley.com or 610-906-7254)


Date:                    Saturday, October 20, 2012

Place:                   Shillington Park

Time:                   10:00 AM

Service:               Assist with Tree Plantings

Contact:              Liz Bentz (610-775-4335)


Date:                    Saturday, November 10, 2012

Place:                   Grace Lutheran Church, Liberty St., Shillington

Time:                   4:30 – 6:30 PM

Service:               Assist with Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Contact:              Terry Naugle (tnaugle@greatvalleyconsultants.com)

Gardening at St. Joseph's

Gardening at St. Joseph's


Martin Luther King Day


Martin Luther King Day

Orientation Service

Orientation Service

Orientation Service

Orientation Service

Paint and Pizza

Paint and Pizza

Paint and Pizza

Paint and Pizza

Paint and Pizza

Paint and Pizza

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