Getting Involved

We have opportunities for you or your group to volunteer with us and truly make a difference in our community.

Volunteer with Us

During this time of social distancing and enhanced health precautions, we have very limited volunteer opportunities.  We appreciate you and what you have to offer and hope that we will be able to engage with volunteers in person soon.

If you would more information about volunteering or to fill out an application, please email us at info@friendsassoc.org

As you might imagine, we have to be very careful about bringing new volunteers on board. We have to ask a lot of questions and get a lot of information from you.

You’ll need at least two references and, even after you fill out this form, there’s other forms that we’ll email you that you have to complete, sign, and return.

It takes time.

We promise the joy you get from helping our clients will more than outweigh the time it takes you to complete the forms.

 Thank you.

Welcome Home Program

At Friends Association, success for our families means long-term stable housing.  We are here to give our families the space and resources they need to get there and empower them along the way.  Together we are helping Chester County families experiencing homelessness find hope and healing but first….it starts with a home.

Help us welcome our families into their new homes by providing essential housewarming items. You can assist our families in one of the following ways:

Welcome Home Donations

Click to make a $250 donation that will help us provide essential items to our families transitioning to long-term housing.  Examples of items could be towels and sheets, laundry baskets, pots and pans and other items that will help turn their new house into a home.  

Wish List

You may purchase items directly from a family’s personalized wish list.  Our volunteer coordinator can work with you to help a family receive exactly what they need.  Click here to email us now.  

Gift Cards

Donations of gift cards are given to families for them to purchase items they need for their new homes.  Preferred stores include Amazon and Walmart.  Gift cards can be mailed or dropped off at our office (see address below) with a note that it is for our Welcome Home Program.  

In-Kind Donations

Thank you for considering an in-kind donation! Without donors like you we couldn’t carry out our mission as effectively or broadly. Your support allows us to serve families and fulfill their immediate and ongoing needs. Most families that we assist are starting completely fresh.  We combine many resources to set them up comfortably in their new homes. We appreciate donations from our community and also find it effective to rely on partner agencies throughout Chester County.

We accept donations at our office on Wednesdays 8:00am – 5:00pm and can only accept items listed below.  If no one answers the door, please leave your in-kind gifts on the back porch.  Contact us with questions and please do not leave donations on our porch outside of these hours.

Items we accept:

Paper Products — Paper towels, Toilet Paper, Tissues, Feminine Hygiene Products, Baby Diapers & Wipes

Cleaning Supplies — Lysol Multi-Surface, Windex Anti-bacterial, Kitchen Sponges, Dishwashing Liquid, Hand Soap, Pop-Up Laundry Hampers, Laundry Detergent & Dryer Sheets, Mops & Brooms, Large Trash Bags, Dust Pans, Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Brushes, Plungers, Disinfecting Wipes, Hand Sanitizer

Kitchen Items — Trash Cans with Lids, Full Dish Sets, Glassware Sets, Pots/Pans Sets, Utensil Sets, Cooking Utensils, Dish Towels, Pot Holders, Can Openers

Bedroom Items (All New Please) — Twin & Full Sized Sheet Sets, Twin & Full Sized Blankets & Comforters, Pillows & Pillowcases, Toddler Bedding Sets

Bathroom Items (All New Please) — Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Washcloths

Items we do NOT accept: 

Clothing Donations — We simply do not have the space to store a variety of clothing.  Our families can still benefit from your generosity, however.  A local church we partner with has a clothes ministry and can accept your donations.  Please contact St. Paul’s Baptist Church 1 Hagerty Blvd. West Chester, PA 19382 610-692-2446.

Furniture Donations — We do not have the space to store furniture, staff to lift it, or trucks to transport it.  Our families can still benefit from your generosity, however.  We partner with Community Warehouse Project with drop-off locations in Downingtown and West Chester.  You can contact them at 484-473-4360 or www.communitywarehouseproject.com.

Cribs, Car Seats & Children’s Toys — We do not have the capacity to maintain recall lists for these items and, therefore, cannot guarantee their safety.  Please consider one of the following organizations for your donation:  Salvation Army Thrift Store, Goodwill Donation Center, Vietnam Veterans of America, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.  

MLK Day

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King this year by participating in one or more of the below activities.  All are welcome!

 

Community Conversation – 9:00am – 10:00am

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Friends will host a virtual community conversation around housing issues from the civil rights era until now and ways we can work together to ensure that we live in a community where everyone is housed.  A zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.  Panelists include: 

  • Elgin Bailey, Prevention Specialist at Friends Association
  • Kyle Boyer, Clergy member at Baptist Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • Pamela Depte, Coatesville Community Leader and former resident of Oak Street Projects
  • Moderated by:  Nydea Graves, Office Administrator at Friends Association 

Community Art Project – 11:00am – 4:00pm

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All ages are needed to create a community art project together.  Participants should create a unique piece of art, approximately 5×7 inches in size, with an image representing ‘home’.  If you choose, you can add a word, phrase or sentence that describes what ‘home’ means to you.  Drop off your art at our office on MLK Day or pop it in the mail to us.  Friends will weave together each individual piece to make one complete tapestry for display.  We will choose one or more of the images to be used on signature Friends stationary and on our social media.  Download this flyer for more details and spread the word!

 

Outdoor Clean-Up – 11:00am – 12:00pm

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A limited number of volunteers can participate in an outdoor clean up of our office building and our Emergency Shelter/Family Center.  COVID-19 guidelines will be in place.  Instructions will be sent to you after registration.

 

Donation Collection – 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Donations of in-kind goods needed for our programs can be dropped off at our office.  Please click here to see a full list of most needed items.

 

Stand in Solidarity – 3:00pm

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We will gather our staff in front of our office to stand in solidarity with every person that has been unhoused in our community.  Community members are welcome to join us or might consider virtually joining our solidarity efforts by posting provided graphics for display on social media.   

 

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