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 during business hours and can only accept items listed below.  Contact us with questions and please do not leave donations on our porch unless arrangements have been made to do so.

Items we accept:

Paper Products — Paper towels, Toilet Paper, Tissues, Feminine Hygiene Products, Baby Diapers (most needed size – 4, 5 & 6) & 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

Kitchen Items (All New Please) — Trash Cans with Lids, Dish Sets, Cups and Glassware Sets, Pots/Pans, Utensil Sets, Cooking Utensils, Dish Towels, Pot Holders, Can Openers, Small Appliances

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

Bathroom Items (All New Please) — Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Washcloths, Shower Curtains & Rings, Bath Mats

Partners we work with for all other donations: 

Clothing Donations — We partner with Wings for Success for all clothing donations.  Please contact them directly for donation information.  

Furniture Donations — We partner with the Community Warehouse Project in West Chester for all of our furniture needs.  Please contact them directly to inquire about your furniture donation.

Cribs, Car Seats & Children’s Toys, Clothing & Books — Many organizations cannot accept used cribs and car seats for safety reasons.  For most children’s items, we partner with Maternal Child Health Consortium.  Please contact them directly to inquire about children’s items. 

Food — We partner with the West Chester Food Cupboard for all food donations.  Please contact them directly for more information. 

Advocacy

Join us for a day of joy, hope, and action on Monday, January 17th.
Please see the events listed below and contact us with any questions you may have.  Thank you!

    • Community Conversation 10:00am – 11:00am – we will be hosting a zoom panel discussion on the topic of Housing Justice in Chester County. Panelists include PA State Senator Nikil Saval, Adrian Garcia, Director of Fair Housing – PA Human Relations Commission, and Lila Singleton, Executive Director -CYWA.

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    • Community Art Project 9:00am – 3:00pm– As part of our work to shift the conversation and create a new narrative, we have adopted the term “neighbors” to describe “clients” of Friends Association. The words we use matter and should be rooted in respect and should reaffirm the intrinsic value of every person in our society regardless of their circumstances. Proper language use is not about political correctness. It is a matter of equity and social justice. And after all, we are all neighbors.

      For this year’s art project we are putting a call out for artists of all ages and abilities to draw their neighbors, neighborhoods, or something that depicts what the word neighbor means to them.  Drop off your artwork at our office between 9:00am – 3:00pm, pop your artwork in the mail or email it to us at k.olivencia@friendsassoc.org

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    • Beautification Crew 10:30am – 12:30pm – We need 15 volunteers to help beautify the outdoor spaces at our office building and Family Center.  Volunteers should wear masks and will be working outside.

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  • In-Kind Donation & Gift Card Drive 9:00am – 3:00pm – We are collecting needed in-kind gifts and gift cards that assist us in supporting our neighbors.  A list of needed items is available here.  Please drop your donations off at our office between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm or contact us for an alternate date/time.

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  • In-Kind Donation Sorting & Inventory 9:00am – 12:00pm & 12:00pm – 3:00pm – We need 8 volunteers to help collect, sort and inventory all of the in-kind gifts.  

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