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Programs that intercede on behalf of individuals and/or groups to ensure that they receive the benefits and services for which they are eligible and that organizations within the established service delivery system meet the collective needs of the community; that attempt to marshal public support for a particular issue or cause; or that seek to influence legislation, local ordinances or administrative rulings in order to benefit specific interest groups or achieve specific social, political or environmental goals.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
AARPSenior Advocacy GroupDauphinAARP Pennsylvania OfficeAARP Pennsylvania Office
AARP - Pennsylvania OfficeHelps people age 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. Advocates for issues important to older Americans and influences companies to offer new and better choices for them. Conducts research on aging-related subjects. Provides information about benefits programs relevant to older adults. Legal Advice Network: Provides legal information and advice by speaking directly to a licensed/experienced attorney over the phone. Live operator will ask for: - name/address/phone number - subject matter of the call - charge to credit card or phone bill Caller is then connected to an attorney.DauphinAARP - Pennsylvania OfficeAARP
AARP Pennsylvania Office - Chapter 0633 Pocono AreaAssistance for people age 50 and over to improve the quality of their lives. Advocates for issues important to older Americans and influences companies to offer new and better choices for them. Chapter activities can include meals, cultural outings, trips, community service, availability of practical resources for employment, health and finances as well as opportunities to connect with other AARP members.MonroeAARP Pennsylvania OfficeAARP Pennsylvania Office
Abilities in Motion - Independent Living ServicesServices include: -Personal Centered Counseling - Home Modifications -Medical equipment - resale and donations taken in - Assistance with voter registration -Parent Connections: teach parents of children with disabilities how to empower their youth to live independent lives -CAG: Consumer Action Group Advocacy -Independent living skills -Information and referral -Emergency preparednessBerksAbilities in MotionAbilities in Motion
Abuse Network, Inc. - Huntingdon County24-Hour Hotline, Legal Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, Accompaniment, Trauma-Informed Empowerment/Options Counseling, Support Groups, Information and Referral, Community Prevention and Awareness EducationHuntingdonAbuse Network, Inc. - Huntingdon CountyAbuse Network, Inc.
Abuse Network, Inc. - Juniata County24-Hour Hotline, Legal Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, Accompaniment, Trauma-Informed Empowerment/Options Counseling, Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, Support Groups, Information and Referral, Community Prevention and Awareness EducationJuniataAbuse Network, Inc. - Juniata CountyAbuse Network, Inc.
Abuse Network, Inc. - Mifflin County24-Hour Hotline, Legal Advocacy, Medical Advocacy, Accompaniment, Trauma-Informed Empowerment/Options Counseling, Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter, Support Groups, Information and Referral, Community Prevention and Awareness EducationMifflinAbuse Network, Inc. - Mifflin CountyAbuse Network, Inc.
ACLU - Greater Lehigh Valley ChapterThrough litigation, public education and lobbying, the ACLU of PA works to preserve and promote civil liberties including the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, reproductive freedom, and equal treatment under the law. The LV chapter does not handle legal intake complaints. All complaints must be filed thru the online complaint form or phone number provided. The Lehigh Valley Chapter meets at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley and provides community education workshops and events to people living in the Lehigh Valley. LehighAmerican Civil Liberties Union - Greater Lehigh Valley ChapterAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
ACLU - South Central PAThe ACLU will defend a person or parties whose civil rights have been violated as defined by the first 10 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The Bill of Rights: I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. II. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Deals with Housing of Soldiers. III. No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. IV. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. V. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation. VI. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed; which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. VII. In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. VIII. Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. IX. The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. X. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. DauphinAmerican Civil Liberties Union - South Central ChapterAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
AdvocacyThe Arc of Franklin & Fulton Counties is an advocacy organization helping to ensure individuals with disabilities enjoy the same rights, access to opportunities (educational, employment, community living, health care, etc.) and privileges as other citizens.FranklinARC of Franklin/Fulton CountiesARC of Franklin/Fulton Counties
AdvocacyAdvocates and volunteers work on state and local disability issues.CumberlandCenter for Independent Living of Central PennsylvaniaCenter for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILP)
AdvocacyThe federal and state laws governing the rights of students with disabilities can seem overwhelming and complex at first; however, understanding the special education process and knowing how to utilize the laws as they were meant to be utilized is important in achieving educational success. While education in and of itself is an important component in the life of a student with learning disabilities, it is the purpose of the education and the eventual outcome that needs to be remembered . . . developing the tools to lead a productive, independent, and fulfilling life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, commonly referred to as the IDEA, is the federal law governing special education. Chapter 14 of the PA School Code is the state regulation mirroring the IDEA. Although state regulations and laws do not override federal law, Chapter 14 can provide protections above and beyond what the IDEA mandates. To be eligible for special education services and programs, a student must be evaluated and found to be a student with one or more of the 13 disabilities noted in the IDEA and be in need of special education programs and related services. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal, civil rights law. Section 504 of the "Rehab Act" provides accommodations to students who have been deemed students with a handicapping condition. Chapter 15 of the PA School Code addresses the rights afforded under the Rehabilitation Act. Students receiving protection under this Act are provided a 504 service agreement. Dauphin*Main Site (Learning Disabilities Association of PA)Learning Disabilities Association of PA
Advocacy Alliance - Crisis InterventionCommunity-based supportive services for individuals with intellectual disabilities or mental illness.SchuylkillAdvocacy AllianceAdvocacy Alliance
Advocacy ServicesCommunity Support Program - A coalition of individuals, family members, mental health professionals, and other community members who are working together to help adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse live successfully in the community. It is part of a statewide coalition that began in 1984. Through the local CSP initiative, small seed grants to CSP, agencies, and advocacy groups have generated innovative trainings, wellness conferences, special events such as Christmas in July, the annual art show, anti-stigma campaigns, CSP celebrations and the production of a wide variety of literature. Through CSP, consumers have been empowered and have risen to leadership roles. Aging Advocacy - MHA provides advocacy services at the South Mountain Restoration Center to ensure the rights of individuals to receive the most appropriate services in the most appropriate setting are assured. SMRC is the only state owned nursing facility in PA. Community Advocacy - MHA provides advocacy services when community members who need assistance with getting appropriate or desired services feel they have exercised all options available to them. MHA is often able to achieve results through the use of mediation, negotiation or education about available services or applicable regulations. MHA emphasizes helping individuals to empower and self actualize themselves through self- advocacy by providing information, coaching and encouragement.FranklinMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton CountiesMental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties
Advocacy Services - Arc of Northeastern PennsylvaniaInformation and Referral - Individuals and families may not be aware of community supports and services available for them. Therefore, The Arc will provide information about available community resources and make referrals as needed. Individual Advocacy - In most cases this is a short term association between the advocate and the client. Issues are diverse and include accessing services, employment, benefits, exploitation, education, housing, abuse, neglect, legal matters and more. Systems Advocacy and Governmental Affairs - In line with our on-going effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc actively communicates with legislators regarding pending and/or necessary legislation. Public Awareness and Community Education - The Arc speaks to individuals and groups on various issues related to prevention and reducing the consequence of intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, research, advocacy, and the support of families, friends and community.LackawannaArc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, TheArc of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Advocacy - The Arc of Luzerne CountyAdvocates work with consumer with intellectual & developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals to ensure that each consumer has the opportunity to develop his/her own skills in order to maximize full participation in all aspects of community life through consultation and education. We work with providers of services, employers, and other community members to guarantee quality of life and equality. We work with parents, local school districts and other professionals to ensure that each child receives a free and appropriate education, as well as assisting parents and families in locating and accessing available community services.LuzerneAdvocacy - The Arc of Luzerne CountyThe Arc of Luzerne County
Advocacy - Women's Resource CenterAdvocacy for the rights of all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking to be free from harm in their homes, at their work, and on the streets. This includes both legal and economic advocacy.SusquehannaWomen's Resource Center - Crisis and Advocacy Services ProgramWomen's Resource Center
Advocacy - Women's Resource CenterAdvocacy for the rights of all victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking to be free from harm in their homes, at their work, and on the streets. This includes both legal and economic advocacy.LackawannaWomen's Resource Center - Crisis and Advocacy Services ProgramWomen's Resource Center
American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)Provides information about brain tumors, options for treatment, research updates, and support services (including online support) to patients, their families, and medical professionals. Dedicated to eliminating brain tumors by advocating innovative research and treatment approaches. Tri-annual newsletter and copies of ABTA publications are available free of charge.550 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Ste 550, Chicago IL (American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA))American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)
American Childhood Cancer Organization - Educational and Emotional Support MaterialsProvides books, journals, a medical play kit, Cozy Port-A-Cat and Comfort kit to families who have a child who has received childhood cancer diagnosis. American Childhood Cancer OrganizationAmerican Childhood Cancer Organization
American Civil Liberties Union - Northeast PA ChapterLocal chapters are made up of groups of volunteers who meet regularly in their area to further the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania's mission through public events and other activities. Staffed offices in other areas offer legal counsel regarding civil liberties to residents of Susquehanna, Wyoming, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon Counties.MonroeAmerican Civil Liberties Union - Northeast PA ChapterAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania
American Council of the BlindA national membership organization established to promote the independence, dignity, and well-being of blind and visually impaired people. Members are blind, visually-impaired, or fully sighted people. ACB works on enhancing civil rights, employment, rehabilitation services, travel, etc. Publications available. 2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 650, Arlington VA (American Council of the Blind)American Council of the Blind
American Diabetes Association, Northeastern PAFunds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.NorthamptonAmerican Diabetes Association Northeastern PennsylvaniaAmerican Diabetes Association
American Diabetes Association Philadelphia RegionProvides advocacy, information and education for adults and children with diabetes. Sponsors Family Link program, connecting families with children with diabetes. Conducts several fundraising events each year, including the following: - Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes - Bicycle Ride: Tour de Cure - School Walk for DiabetesPhiladelphiaAmerican Diabetes Association Philadelphia RegionAmerican Diabetes Association
American Foundation for the BlindProvides programs and services designed to help improve the lives of people affected by vision loss. Provides resources and support directly to individuals with vision loss and their family, as well as to businesses, employers, and professionals who provide services to blind and visually impaired people. - Websites Click here to get connected to websites with helpful resources - Information on resource for independent living - Professional Development - Public Policy Center - Technology Evaluations American Foundation for the BlindAmerican Foundation for the Blind
American Kidney FundConducts health education initiatives and legislative advocacy on behalf of people with or at risk for kidney disease. Provides information on kidney disease through an internet and telephone helpline, free kidney screenings to the public and treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients. American Kidney FundAmerican Kidney Fund
American LegionThe American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. The Legion has a broad range of programs for Family, Youth, Community and National Affairs. The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans wartime service organization. The services provided include help with VA claims, assistance in finding employment, support for current members of the military, and financial advice. Visit their website to locate a post near you.American LegionAmerican Legion
American Legion, American Legion AuxiliaryThe American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world. The organization supports volunteer programs that center on the three major areas: veterans, young people and the community. Through volunteering in the many programs, you develop leadership in your community, have the opportunity to educate the youth and advance the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. “Working” side-by-side with women of all ages and different life experiences you make memories and build life-long friendships. The benefits offered by the American Legion Auxiliary directly and indirectly touch and affect the lives of all Americans.American Legion, American Legion AuxiliaryAmerican Legion
American Legion Auxiliary, Department of PennsylvaniaThe American Legion Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world. The organization supports volunteer programs that center on the three major areas: veterans, young people and the community. Through volunteering in the many programs, you develop leadership in your community, have the opportunity to educate the youth and advance the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. “Working” side-by-side with women of all ages and different life experiences you make memories and build life-long friendships. The benefits offered by the American Legion Auxiliary directly and indirectly touch and affect the lives of all Americans.American Legion, American Legion AuxiliaryAmerican Legion
American Military Partner AssociationThe American Military Partner Association (AMPA) is the nation’s premier resource and support network for LGBT military spouses and their families. As a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization, AMPA is committed to education, advocacy, and support for our modern military families. Although same-gender military spouses now finally have federal recognition and access to military benefits, our families still face unique challenges and exclusion by state governments and organizations and are still waiting for equal access to earned veterans benefits. With over 20,000 members and supporters, we are committed to continuing to make a difference in their lives. Since 2009, AMPA has stepped up to fill the void for these silent heroes. Resources available:
  • AMPA Educational Resources,
  • Understanding Military Benefits for Same-Gender Couples,
  • LGBT Advocacy Organizations and Resources,
  • Resources for our Families with Children,
  • Deployment Resources,
  • Employment Resources,
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Resources,
  • Confidential LGBT-Inclusive Coaching and Counseling Resources,
  • Branch Specific Family Support Programs,
  • LGBT-Inclusive Religious and Spiritual Resources,
  • Education Resources and Scholarships,
  • Other Resources,
  • Amicus Briefs to the Courts.
American Military Partner AssociationAmerican Military Partner Association
Amputee CoalitionThe Amputee Coalition provides information and resources to people affected by limb loss and help them to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and promote limb loss prevention. They provide new amputees with critical recovery information, fight for fair insurance laws or provide daily tips to make living with limb loss easier. Events & Programs include:
  • National Conference,
  • Youth Camp,
  • Kicking For Kids Who Can't,
  • Travel Adventures,
  • Limb Loss Awareness Month,
  • Limb Loss Education Day,
  • Scholarships,
  • Personal Rights & Privacy Policy.
Amputee CoalitionAmputee Coalition
AMVETSAMVETS implements programs for and advocates on behalf of veterans and their families. AMVETS National Service Officers (NSOs) are stationed at VA regional offices and medical centers and provide information, counseling and claims assistance to all veterans and their dependents in matters concerning education, disability compensation, employment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pension and other benefits. Annually awards scholarships to veterans and their dependents. Automobile donations are accepted through the national office.AMVETSAMVETS
AMVETS Department of PennsylvaniaAMVETS implements programs for and advocates on behalf of veterans and their families. A network of AMVETS National Service Officers (NSOs) are stationed at VA regional offices and medical centers and provide information, counseling and claims assistance to all veterans and their dependants in matters concerning education, disability compensation, employment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pension and other benefits. Annually awards scholarships to veterans and their dependents. Also conducts programs to teach children about American heritage, civics and citizenship. Pennsylvania AMVETS CODE Career Center provides asset assessment, resume writing assistance, interview skills training, and exploration into education, training, licensing, and certification opportunities.LebanonAMVETS Department of PennsylvaniaAMVETS
Anti-Defamation LeagueFights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the United States and abroad through information, education, legislation and advocacy. Serves as a resource on bigotry and hate activities for government, media, law enforcement, educators and the public. Activities include exposing extremists and hate groups, monitoring the internet for hate language, providing expertise on domestic and international terrorism, developing and delivering educational programs, monitoring and combating cyber-bullying and mobilizing communities to reject bigotry and extremism. Anti-Defamation LeagueAnti-Defamation League
Arc Alliance - Advocacy ServicesProvides professional advocacy services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Individualized representation in accessing special education services, adult services, government benefits, housing, healthcare, transportation, and any other concerns of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.BerksArc Alliance Advocacy ServicesArc Alliance Advocacy Services
Arc of Chester County - AdvocacyAdvocacy services help families and self-advocates understand and navigate the mental health/intellectual and developmental disability service systems. Our advocates safeguard individual rights and promote self-determination and inclusion. The Arc's advocates provide one-to-one support and mentoring services, help parents effectively plan for their adult childs future and effectively participate in planning meetings, accompany families and self-advocates to meetings as needed, provide ongoing support for self-advocates with limited family involvement, initiate, promote, and support individual and county-wide self-determination and self-advocacy efforts, provide training for self-advocates, monitor progress made in the areas of inclusion, self-determination, employment, habilitation, and recreation, and actively promote systems change and improvement through state and national lobbying. The Arc's education advocacy services help parents, guardians, and students develop a plan of action for obtaining a free and appropriate education and helping students make meaningful progress on their educational goals.ChesterArc of Chester County, The - Chester; West ChesterArc of Chester County
Arc of Chester County - Information & ReferralThe Arc of Chester Countys advocacy services help families and self-advocates understand and navigate the mental health/intellectual and developmental disability service systems. Our advocates safeguard individual rights and promote self-determination and inclusion. The Arcs advocates: provide one-to-one support and mentoring services, help parents effectively plan for their adult childs future and effectively participate in planning meetings, accompany families and self-advocates to meetings as needed, provide ongoing support for self-advocates with limited family involvement, initiate, promote, and support individual and county-wide self-determination and self-advocacy efforts, provide training for self-advocates, monitor progress made in the areas of inclusion, self-determination, employment, habilitation, and recreation, and actively promote systems change and improvement through state and national lobbying. The Arcs education advocacy services help parents, guardians, and students develop a plan of action for obtaining a free and appropriate education and helping students make meaningful progress on their educational goals. All children and students from birth to 21 who are eligible or suspected of being eligible for specialized education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act IDEIA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, or the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA can access The Arc of Chester Countys education advocacy services.ChesterARC OF CHESTER COUNTY, THEArc of Chester County
Arc of Clarion and Venango Counties - Advocacy ServicesOffers advocacy supports free of charge to people with disabilities and their families to assist in the following areas: - Practice of self-determination. - Practice of self-protection. - Obtaining necessary services. - Identifying and overcoming barriers to and discrimination in the community. - Be protected from abuse and neglect.ClarionArc of Clarion and Venango CountiesArc of Clarion and Venango Counties
Arc of Lancaster LebanonSupports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages and their families in reaching their fullest potential as community members. Upon request, advocates attend meetings for school-aged children ensuring a child receives free and appropriate education under the law. Support for individuals of all ages and families as they navigate the disability system. Provide: - Advocacy - Community education - Trainings - Sibling support group - Independent Monitoring for Quality: The IM4Q project collects information to improve the quality of life of people served and supported by the intellectual disability system LancasterArc of Lancaster LebanonArc of Lancaster Lebanon
Arc of Lehigh and Northampton CountiesAdvocates for the rights of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Specific services include adult day services, recreational programs, family support services and a family resource center/lending library. Also offers assistance with hiring personal care attendants through the Agency with Choice Program. NorthamptonArc of Lehigh and Northampton CountiesArc of Lehigh and Northampton Counties
Asbestos.comAsbestos.com is a website and advocacy group that helps the victims of asbestos exposure and their loved ones. Provide free information, resources and personal assistance to anyone affected by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. Offers up-to-date news and treatment information on mesothelioma and asbestos diseases. Offers a support group run by licensed counselor and has a Doctor Match Program and a Veterans Department. Veterans of the US military account for nearly a third of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Veterans make up a large percentage of people who come to Asbestos.com, and our Veterans Department has a special skill set just for them. Advocates answer health insurance coverage questions that patients have before and after treatment. They can also assess your situation and help you find an attorney to pursue a legal claim you might have find grant money for patients who need it for treatment of their cancer. Patients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may be eligible for free medical care through the National Institute of Health or VA health care system. Advocates assist those affected by asbestos diseases with their financial assistance options. Two primary ways of getting compensation for asbestos-related illnesses are securing veterans benefits (for those exposed to asbestos during their time in the military) and Social Security disability benefits (assuming Social Security retirement is not already being drawn). Asbestos.com and The Peterson Firm, a law firm, set up The Mesothelioma Center, a patient advocate care center whose objective is to suggest treatment and assistance for anyone suffering from an asbestos-related disease. Advocate services provided by The Mesothelioma Center are all free. Advocates help many mesothelioma patients and family members. None of them is required to be a client of The Peterson Firm to receive that help. The Peterson Firm is located in Washington, D.C. InternetInternet
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of AmericaOrganization for people with asthma and allergies that offers educational programs and resources for patients, caregivers, and health professionals; develops and advocates for public policies to improve the quality of life for people with asthma and allergies; and funds research on both asthma and allergies. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of AmericaAsthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Autism Living and Working - AdvocacyFacilitates the livelihoods of individuals with autism spectrum disorders by helping them maintain regular jobs and participate in community groups and events. Fosters recognition of these individuals' worth and contribution as neighbors and co-workers.PhiladelphiaAUTISM LIVING & WORKING, INC.Autism Living and Working
Autism Society of America - Lehigh ValleyAutism Society Lehigh Valley is a non-profit affiliate whose mission is dedicated to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Provides fun activities in the community to allow the families and their loved ones affected by autism to meet each other and have fun at the same time. A parent run organization that creates an autism friendly community. Offers a Teen/Adult parent support group with activities for the youth as well as a support group for parents of children 6 and under (with childcare). Provides fun activities in the community such as bowling, miniature golf, dances and other activities to allow the families and their loved ones affected by autism to meet each other and have fun at the same time.LehighAutism Society of America - Lehigh Valley ChapterAutism Society of America - Lehigh Valley Chapter
Bell, HHS, Next Door Program
  • Rental Assistance Please, note: as of Spring 2019 rental funds are limited; however, there are other available services. Please, be sure to ask for: CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES. By receiving case management services they are able to help clients get connected to additional, critical services.
  • Connection to Info & Resources
  • Step-by-Step Success Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Case Management to people that are experiencing homelessness, near homelessness, or difficulty with housing.
  • Supportive, engaging, and solution-based.
  • YorkBell, Homelessness and Housing Support (HHS)Bell Socialization Services, Inc. (Bell)
    Berks Encore - Advocate ServicesCommunity educational sessions as well as one-on-one counseling on Social Security and Medicare benefit planning, long-term living planning, check writing and budgeting, and fiduciary bookkeeping.. Help to develop individualized plans to meet the needs of each client.BerksBerks Encore - ReadingBerks Encore
    Blinded Veterans AssociationThe Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) is an organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government, we hope to make life better for blinded veterans. We also hope to be there with encouragement and support. There is no charge for any BVA service and membership is not a prerequisite to obtain help. All legally blinded veterans are also eligible for BVA’s assistance whether they become blind during or after active duty military service.Blinded Veterans AssociationBlinded Veterans Association
    Bob Woodruff FoundationTo ensure injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. Find and fund innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. Help to tackle the problems that can prevent veterans from fulfilling their dreams for the next chapter of their lives. Bob Woodruff FoundationBob Woodruff Foundation
    CASA PennsylvaniaSince 2016, CASA has been serving South Central Pennsylvanians with services like citizenship classes, financial literacy, and social services in addition, to promoting civic engagement among the fast growing and diverse Latinx and immigrant populations.YorkCASA PennsylvaniaCASA Pennsylvania
    Catholic Charities Emergency Financial Assistance - Bellefonte OfficeCatholic Charities’ Emergency Financial Assistance program follows accepted case management principles in meeting the needs of their clients:
    • They conduct a comprehensive social and financial assessment of the clients’ living situations by means of a face-to-face interview
    • When agency guidelines have have been met, they address client needs through the provision of grants for basic living expenses
    • They advocate for clients with utility companies, landlords, and other individuals, businesses, and agencies
    • They provide budget counseling to enhance clients’ financial stability and independence
    • They offer information and referral services when appropriate to local, state, and federal agencies
    Our income and eligibility guidelines are flexible, and they are often able to provide limited financial assistance to clients who might otherwise have received minimal or possibly no interventions from other agencies.
    CentreCatholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona - Johnstown / Bellefonte OfficeCatholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
    Catholic Social Services - Immigration Information and Support - BensalemProvides helpful information, support, and advocacy sessions for those immigrating to the US.BucksCatholic Social Services - Bucks CountyCatholic Social Services - Southeast Pennsylvania
    Catholic War Veterans of The United States of AmericaCatholic War Veterans of The United States of America is a veteran’s service organization for Catholic military veterans and is engaged in actively supporting our nation's military veterans and promoting their welfare.Catholic War Veterans of The United States of AmericaCatholic War Veterans of The United States of America
    Center for Independent Living of South Central PA - Advocacy for Disability IssuesProvides advocacy services for persons with disabilities and their families.BlairCenter for Independent Living of South Central PA Altoona OfficeCenter for Independent Living of South Central Pennsylvania
    Center for VictimsCenter for Victims works closely with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and the police to assist you in your interactions with both entities. We also work to ensure your rights. Center for Victims is a separate, non-profit organization that serves the needs of crime victims, witnesses, families and communities impacted by violence. Crime Victim Services::
    • Victims’ Rights Information
    • Legal Support – Accompaniment & Advocacy
    • Counseling and Therapy
    • Victims Compensation Assistance
    • Offender Release Information & Notification
    • Advocacy
    • Victim Offender Dialogue (Restorative Justice Program)
    Domestic Violence Services::
  • Protection From Abuse Order Assistance
  • Counseling & Safety Planning
  • Children’s Advocacy and Counseling
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Sexual Assault Services::
    • Medical Advocacy & Accompaniment
    Visit website for details.
    AlleghenyCenter for VictimsCenter for Victims
    Center in the Park - In Home Support ProgramOffers services to homebound adults over the age of 60+ who are in need of assistance to remain or regain their independence in their home. Services received through the IHSP are designed to be short-term and to help consumers get back on their feet and into the community.PhiladelphiaCenter in the Park - Philadelphia; GermantownCenter in the Park
    Central Behavioral Health - Certified Peer SpecialistA Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a staff person who has used mental health and community services and who is using recovery principles in their own life. A CPS has had to pass an educational program and become certified to provide these services. CPS services can help in the following areas: - Mentoring - Advocacy/ Mediation - Engagement - Provide hope - Teach wellness strategies - Provide education (e.g. agency services, community supports, recovery principles etc.) - Skills building - Link to community supports - Develop natural supports - Goal Planning - Crisis Support - Emotional supportMontgomeryCentral Behavioral Health - Montgomery; NorristownCentral Behavioral Health
    Cerebral Palsy Association - Community Social ServicesCSS provides information, social work services, and general support that empower individuals with disabilities to live full lives in the community. CSS is a regional lending library for P.I.A.T (Pennsylvania Institute for Assistive Technology). CSS also provides client assistance grants once a year taking requests for certain disability items from Chester County residents with physical disabilities The program includes: - Disability Advocacy - Disability related Information & Referral - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Counseling - Speakers educating interested groups and organizations in the community - Computers, free of charge, for clients to access e-mail and the Internet.Chester*Main Site (The Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County)Cerebral Palsy Association of Chester County
    Chester County Department of Aging Services - Ombudsman ProgramThe Dept. of Aging Ombudsman advocates for and protects the rights of all persons receiving long-term care services, and seeks to bring about needed changes to improve the quality of care received.ChesterChester County Department of Aging Services - Chester; West ChesterChester County Department of Aging Services
    Chester County Intermediate Unit 24 - Childhood Autism Team Check CATCH TeamThe CATCH team is made up of the many stakeholders that provide services to families and their children in Chester County and contracted professionals. A team of professionals, including a developmental pediatrician, evaluates referred children suspected of having autism and makes appropriate recommendations for services. The family is supported by a CATCH Case Manager throughout the process. The CATCH Team at the Intermediate Unit can be reached at 484-237-5354.ChesterChester County Intermediate Unit - Chester; DowningtownChester County Intermediate Unit 24
    Child and Family Focus - Family Based Mental Health Services - HatboroProvides family therapy, case management and emergency crisis intervention family support services, including 24 hour/7 day emergency on-call crisis intervention. Also provides family support and stabilization services, including assisting financially in meeting specific needs of the family as well as funding additional or creative methods of working with the family.MontgomeryChild and Family Focus - HatboroChild and Family Focus
    Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation-Gift of LifeTo promote the health and well-being of people living with spinal cord injuries, mobility impairments and paralysis by providing information, education and referral services. Quality of Life grants program awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals with paralysis. Also supports research to develop treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries. Christopher and Dana Reeve FoundationChristopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
    Community Crossroads Peer Support Center - Peer Support CenterPeer Support Center provides a safe and comfortable environment where mental health consumers have the opportunity to socialize and become involved in different activities including support groups, self-help groups, advocacy groups and special interest groups, as well as other activities in and outside the center.ChesterCommunity Crossroads Peer Support Center - Chester; West ChesterCommunity Crossroads Peer Support Center
    Community Interactions - Community Living (Homes & Apartments)Individuals needing staff support to meet their desired outcomes at home are able to receive residential supports in neighborhoods across Pennsylvania whether in single-family homes or apartments. The number of individuals residing in the homes varies, based on choice and needs. Individuals may live alone or share a home with other individuals in a nurturing environment that provides 24-hour staff support or less, as appropriate. Unless otherwise needed, all residential community homes and apartments are staffed around-the-clock with qualified direct support staff, Community Support Associates, who provide assistance and care as needed. These residential services maintain a license through the Department of Public Welfare or are monitored by the Office of Behavioral Health in addition to being monitored by CI’s quality assurance system. Our beautifully decorated homes are fully furnished with a warm, friendly, family-like environment where one can continue to develop his or her own potential. Each person adds a unique flare and style when decorating the home and their own bedroom. Individuals are encouraged to become valued members within their communities by attending social functions, participating in neighborhood-sponsored activities, volunteering, and by becoming good neighbors.DelawareCommunity Interactions, Inc. - Delaware; SwarthmoreCommunity Interactions
    Community Interactions - Self-AdvocacyProvides a monthly Quality Enhancement meeting that provides opportunities to develop good leadership skills and to explore self-directed services. It also give the consumers the opportunity to participate in the policy and decision-making process, while offering training to direct support staff. This group welcomes people from the general community at a small charge if the individual is not supported through a Community Interactions' residential or day service.DelawareCommunity Interactions, Inc. - Delaware; SwarthmoreCommunity Interactions
    Community Interactions - Self-Advocacy - WilmingtonProvides a monthly Quality Enhancement meeting that provides opportunities to develop good leadership skills and to explore self-directed services. It also give the consumers the opportunity to participate in the policy and decision-making process, while offering training to direct support staff. This group welcomes people from the general community at a small charge if the individual is not supported through a Community Interactions' residential or day service.Community Interactions - Wilmington (Delaware Office & Resource Center)Community Interactions
    Compass Mark - Family Services AdvocateIdentifies, supports and advocates for the unique needs and rights of children with incarcerated parents, moving past trauma to create futures of promise. Advocate will meet with the children and the caregiver to determine the child's needs and make the necessary referrals to community supports. The children and their caregivers will be supported in maintaining a connection with the incarcerated parent whenever possible.LancasterCompass Mark - LancasterCompass Mark, INC.
    Concerned United Birthparents, Inc.Provides support to birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, other adoption affected people, and professionals. Also works for adoption reform in law and social policy, strives to prevent unnecessary family separations, assists adoption separated relatives in searching for family members and provides education to the public about adoption issues and realities. Concerned United Birthparents, Inc.Concerned United Birthparents, Inc.
    Crime Victim SupportAccompaniment: A VWAP advocate accompanies you to any and all court proceedings, meetings and interviews with law enforcement, hospital visits, meetings with attorney's etc. Advocacy: VWAP is your voice in and throughout the entire criminal justice system advocating on behalf of you and your rights every step of the way. Case Status Update: VWAP updates you of every action that occurs in your case via written correspondence and phone contact. Courtroom Orientation: VWAP walks you through the courtroom experience with a training video, kid's court programs and one-on-one sessions with an advocate. Creditor / Employer / School Intercession: VWAP advocates on your behalf with creditors, employers, schools or whomever else when needed. Crisis Intervention: VWAP offers a 24-hour hotline for any and all clients in immediate need of assistance. Early Outreach: VWAP makes every attempt to contact you within 10 days of the crime that was committed against you providing we have the police report or information from the courts. Child Care & Transportation: VWAP assists with childcare and transportation needs during your time at court proceedings when you are unable to find alternative means. Information & Referral: VWAP provides you with all information regarding your rights, the criminal justice system and much more. We will make appropriate referrals when necessary. Separate Waiting Area: VWAP makes sure you have a separate place to sit while your waiting for your court proceeding. Supportive Counseling: VWAP advocates are not certified counselors however, we are trained to handle any and all crisis situations and able to help you with the trauma and grief you are experiencing. Victim Rights Notification: Upon your first encounter with VWAP, we inform you of your rights as a victim of a crime in Pennsylvania. Victim Witness Intimidation: If you are being intimidated because of your involuntary involvement in the criminal justice system, VWAP advocates on your behalf to ensure your safety. In addition, we have a Witness Relocation Program that ensures the safety of our clients. DauphinDauphin County Victim/Witness AssistanceDauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance
    Dawn's Place - Community Education & AdvocacyProvides education and advocacy services.PhiladelphiaDawn's Place - PhiladelphiaDawn's Place
    Deaf & Hard of Hearing ServicesPromote the concerns that affect the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in the four-state area of Western Maryland, the Northern and Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, South Central Pennsylvania, and North Western Virginia. Formed in November 1986, Deafnet provides a mechanism for people with hearing loss to advocate for the improvement of existing services and the creation of new ones. Deafnet is supported by people who, like you, are interested in making our community accessible to the Deaf or Hard of Hearing population and receives no federal or state funding. Deafnet provides sign language classes, interpreting and advocacy for the deaf. Training on the use of TTY's as well as on the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is also provided.FranklinDeafnet Association, IncDeafnet Association, Inc
    Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre - AdvocacyPersonal advocacy assists an individual to obtain services that are his/her legal right, such as sign language interpreters Systemic advocacy activities include participation as a member of a coalition of many organizations working for a specific cause, working in partnership with Deaf and hard of hearing consumer groups, responding to new legislation, and other related activities.DelawareDeaf-Hearing Communications Centre, Inc - Delaware; SwarthmoreDeaf-Hearing Communication Centre
    Delaware Valley Stroke Council - Support ServicesOffers stroke survivors, their families, providers, and the public: education, information, personal and technical assistance, and a referral service.PhiladelphiaDelaware Valley Stroke Council - Philadelphia; Center CityDelaware Valley Stroke Council
    Department of Pennsylvania Marine Corps LeagueMembers of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines. Programs of the Marine Corps League: Marines Helping Marines - Wounded Marines Program, U. S. Marines Youth Physical Fitness Program, Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, Scholarship Program, Marine Military Expositions Program, Legislative Program, Veterans Service Officer Program, Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program (VAVS), Marine Corps League Auxiliary, Military Order of Devil Dogs, Toys-for-Tots, Annual Conventions.Marine Corps LeagueMarine Corps League
    Disability Empowerment Center - LancasterNo financial assistance provided Provides the following services: - Information and referral - Peer support - Independent living skills training - Advocacy LancasterDisability Empowerment Center - LancasterDisability Empowerment Center
    Disability Empowerment Center - LebanonNo financial assistance provided Provides the following services: - Information and referral - Peer support - Independent living skills training - Advocacy - Service coordination for individuals who are on waiversLebanonDisability Empowerment Center - LebanonDisability Empowerment Center
    Disability Rights Education and Defense FundDedicated to improving the lives of people of all ages who have disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. Disability Rights Education and Defense FundDisability Rights Education and Defense Fund
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - Disabilities Law ProjectProvides protection and advocacy for people with disabilities.PhiladelphiaDisability Rights Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Center CityDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - HarrisburgProvides advocacy and support to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.DauphinDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Disability Rights Pennsylvania - PhiladelphiaProvides advocacy and support to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.PhiladelphiaDisability Rights PennsylvaniaDisability Rights Pennsylvania
    Disabled American VeteransDisabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
    • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
    • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
    • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
    • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.
    • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
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    Disabled American Veterans, Bux-Mont #115 (Bucks County)Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. <ul><li>Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.</li><li>Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.</li><li>Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.</li><li>Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.</li><li>Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.</li></ul>BucksDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
    • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
    • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
    • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
    • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.
    • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
    Disabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Francis Marker #88 (Delaware County)Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
    • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
    • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
    • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
    • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.
    • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
    DelawareDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Mercer County Chapter 55Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
    • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
    • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
    • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
    • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.
    • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
    MercerDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Naomi Chapter 15 (Philadelphia)Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. <ul><li>Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.</li><li>Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.</li><li>Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.</li><li>Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.</li><li>Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.</li></ul>PhiladelphiaDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Norristown #25 (Montgomery County)Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. <ul><li>Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.</li><li>Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.</li><li>Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.</li><li>Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.</li><li>Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.</li></ul>MontgomeryDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Orendorff-Matthew #90 (Chester County)Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. <ul><li>Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.</li><li>Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.</li><li>Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.</li><li>Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.</li><li>Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.</li></ul>ChesterDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Disabled American Veterans, Rudderw Mammucari #6, (Philadelphia)Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. The organization accomplishes this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. <ul><li>Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.</li><li>Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.</li><li>Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.</li><li>Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local chapters.</li><li>Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.</li></ul>PhiladelphiaDisabled American Veterans, Department of PennsylvaniaDisabled American Veterans
    Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County - Welfare AdvocacyDAP's Welfare Advocate provides options, information, and advocacy to victims of domestic abuse within the welfare system and educates welfare personnel about domestic abuse.DelawareDomestic Abuse Project -- Satellite OfficeDomestic Abuse Project of Delaware County
    Domestic Violence Legal ClinicHelps victims of domestic violence evaluate legal options available to them related to their violent relationship. Through options counseling, advocates discuss a client's legal options and make appropriate referrals to additional service providers. If the client decides to pursue a Protection From Abuse Order (PFA), the advocate will assist the client in filing a petition, setting the hearing date, acquiring the judge's signature on a temporary order. In addition, advocates often accompany clients to other court proceedings and appointments and act as the link between the client and the criminal justice system. One advocate currently works out of a satellite location at the courthouse and the others have offices at this location. The staff attorneys provide legal information and limited legal representation to victims of domestic violence in the area of civil law where assistance is required. Emergency and particularly contentious cases that deal with custody, support and divorce are given priority due to the overwhelming demand for these services.LancasterDomestic Violence Legal ClinicCommunity Action Partnership of Lancaster County
    Duquesne University School of Law - Civil Rights ClinicDuquesne University School of Law's Civil Rights Clinic is a year-long in-house clinic that engages in civil rights litigation and advocacy. Students participate in weekly training sessions addressing the applicable substantive and procedural law. Beyond the classroom, students are trained in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, negotiation, research, and drafting of complaints and documents. A leading referral source for cases is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP. In this innovative partnership, NAACP staff and volunteers work with the clinic students and the supervising attorneys to create a comprehensive intake and referral system for civil rights and other legal complaints. Students prepare and conduct training sessions for the NAACP on the application of a refined and systematized intake and referral process. Any potentially viable civil rights complaints identified through this process will be referred to the CBR Clinic or when necessary to other appropriate sources for assistance. The civil rights clinic works with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and the Pittsburgh chapter of the NAACP on matters involving employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and civil rights advocacy.AlleghenyDuquesne University School of Law, Tribone Center for Clinical Legal EducationDuquesne University
    Emergency Financial Assistance - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-JohnstownEmergency Financial Assistance (EFA) is available to alleviate an immediate financial crisis to ensure that basic human needs are met in these areas: Utility terminations Winter heating Evictions Emergency shelter Emergency medications Medical equipment Clothing Other individualized needsClintonCatholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona - Johnstown / Lock Haven OfficeCatholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown
    Ensuring That All Children Have Access to SchoolMany children are kept out of school, or endure long delays, because their districts or schools do not understand (or have chosen not to follow) the law. Among those most affected are children in foster and group homes, homeless children, children returning from juvenile placements, and immigrant children. In 2009, ELC seeks to obtain new state policies that will make the rules clear to schools and districts, plus an appeal process that families can use when problems develop. Children in the child welfare system face a host of additional school problems. When their living arrangements change, they may be forced to change schools, even though the law says that they can continue where they are unless their needs require otherwise. County child welfare staff do not routinely monitor these students’ school performance, or seek help for those who are struggling. And while many of these children have disabilities, some do not have parents who can represent them in the special education process. In 2009 ELC will seek new policies from the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education aimed at making sure that children in the child welfare system can stay in their school even when their living arrangements change; that their educational progress is monitored and addressed; and that "surrogate parents" are appointed to represent the needs of children with disabilities whose own parents are unavailable.AlleghenyEducation Law Center - PittsburghEducation Law Center - PA
    Epilepsy Foundation Eastern PennsylvaniaVoluntary health organization that provides education, support and advocacy for people with epilepsy and their families. Programs and services include: - Informational materials - Medical, legal and mental health referrals - Adult resource services - Workshops and conferences - Children and family services - Support groups - Community education - Lending book and video library - Personal and legislative advocacy - Teen and pre-teen camp - Special events - Annual spring education conference - Young Adult RetreatPhiladelphiaEpilepsy Foundation Eastern PennsylvaniaEpilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania
    Ex-offender/Prisoner Re-entry InitiativesRe-entry breakfast and support, mentoring,going for the gold group and Freedom in Christ Support Group.DauphinFull Gospel Evangelistic Ministry of HarrisburgFull Gospel Evangelistic Ministry of Harrisburg
    F.O.R.E./Female Opportunities in Re-Entry program of Lebanon CountyProvide advocacy, education and support for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated females and their families Job search, financial help with rehabilitation facilities or transitional housingLebanonF.O.R.E./Female Opportunities in Re-Entry program of Lebanon County Re-Entry program
    Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (F.I.R.S.T.) - AdvocacyThe Foundation's Advocacy Committee has been mapping out a focused plan to make ichthyosis more known in Congress. The first initiative is to educate congressmen about ichthyosis and let them know that constituents in their districts are affected by the disease and more research funding is needed. It's goals are to: - Increase ichthyosis awareness - Increase medical research funding - Work toward improved treatments, genetic testing abilities and a cureMontgomeryFoundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (F.I.R.S.T.) - Montgomery; ColmarFoundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types (F.I.R.S.T.)
    Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian MinistryIn Adams, Franklin, Perry, and Cumberland Counties, as well as northern Maryland, we minister through Fruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry. Under the leadership of the Rev. Roddy Runyan, FFCM serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Most of the workers are single men who come without their families and live in migrant camps for the harvest season. A few of the workers remain in the area to help with pruning and other tasks. The service of FFCM includes supplying health kits, blankets, and sweatshirts to newly arrived workers; arranging churches to visit work camps; meeting emergency needs such as transportation, translation,and help with prescriptions; and leading Bible studies and worship services.CumberlandFruitbelt Farmworker Christian MinistryFruitbelt Farmworker Christian Ministry
    Geriatric Consultation Services - Older Adult AdvocacyServices include comprehensive health assessment, care planning, facility identification and professional referral. Education and training of family and caregivers on elder health care issues.ChesterGERIATRIC CONSULTATION SERVICESGeriatric Consultation Services
    Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services - Support Services and Consumer Resources - Encore ExperiencesSupport Services and Consumer Resources offers assistance on a variety of legal, financial and health services. Age eligibility may apply. Services available include: - Financial and Legal Advice - Benefit Screenings and Application Assistance - Assistance with Taxes and Rebates - Medicare and Healthcare Options; APPRISE Counselor - Assistance with LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). - Access to Other Agencies and Government ServicesMontgomeryGreater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services - Encore Experiences at HarleysvilleGreater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services (GHNPSS)
    Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services - Support Services and Consumer Resources - PEAK CenterSupport Services and Consumer Resources offers assistance on a variety of legal, financial and health services. Age eligibility may apply. Services available include: - Financial and Legal Advice - Benefit Screenings and Application Assistance - Assistance with Taxes and Rebates - Medicare and Healthcare Options; APPRISE Counselor - Assistance with LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). - Access to Other Agencies and Government ServicesMontgomeryGreater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services - The PEAK Center in LansdaleGreater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Services (GHNPSS)
    Greater North Penn Collaborative for Health and Human Services - AdvocacyThe Collaborative serves as a voice for health and human service agencies and the people we serve. We inform candidates for public office, as well as our elected officials, of the needs in our community. Periodically, forums are scheduled, and members have the opportunity to interact directly with candidates and elected officials. Representatives of various elected officials attend our monthly membership meetings on a regular basis.MontgomeryBucks - Mont Collaborative - Montgomery; HarleysvilleBucks - Mont Collaborative
    Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance - Adult AdvocacyAdvocate with and on behalf of adults by asserting and protecting their rights, obtaining appropriate services and benefits and resolving problems, complaints and grievances.BerksGreater Reading Mental Health AllianceGreater Reading Mental Health Alliance
    Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance - Parent and Child Educational Advocacy ServicesAdvocates on behalf of parents and children by asserting and protecting their rights and obtaining appropriate Educational services for children and adolescents BerksGreater Reading Mental Health AllianceGreater Reading Mental Health Alliance
    Harrisburg Center for Peace and JusticeProvision of speakers and educational material (with videos and slides) about peace, war, draft issues, fair housing, tenant-landlord problems, mediation services and peace advocacy work. Chartering of buses for peace marches. Specific advocacy for renters and homeowners with housing problems.DauphinHarrisburg Center Peace and JusticeHarrisburg Center Peace and Justice
    Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (Bucks)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsBucksHLA-PA Bucks County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA)Hearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
    Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (Chester)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsChesterHLA-PA Chester County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA)Hearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
    Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (Delaware)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsDelawareHLA-PA Delaware County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA) - Delaware; Glen MillsHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
    Hearing Loss Association of PA - Hearing Loss Advocacy (NE Philadelphia)Services include: - Access to affordable hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology for all who can benefit - Telephones designed to work with hearing aids and cochlear implants - Assistive technology and programs complying with disability rights laws and providing accessibility in public and private facilities, workplaces, and state and local governments - Captioned movies in neighborhood theaters - Improve quality of captioned TV and meeting FCC captioning regulations timetable - Strengthen federal requirements for accessible air travel including appropriate screening procedures - Roll-out nationwide a captioned telephone service - Improve access to and the effectiveness of hearing health services - Improve state services for people with hearing loss - Increase grant funding for the training of more captioners - Enhance funding for infant hearing screening programs and follow-up care - Ensure inclusion of the needs of people with hearing loss in any national, state or local Homeland Security Plan - Outreach to expand understanding by the general public, Congress, government agencies, and industry of the demographics, characteristics, and communication needs of people with hearing loss - Strengthen standards for visual and audible fire alarms - Encourage adoption of the Acoustical Society of America's acoustic standards for classroomsMontgomeryHLA-PA Philadelphia Chapter (Suburban/Northeast) (Hearing Loss Association of PA) - Montgomery; Huntingdon ValleyHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
    Hearing Loss Association of PA - Montgomery County ChapterServices include: Support and advocacy for Pennsylvanians with Hearing LossMontgomeryHLA-PA Montgomery County Chapter (Hearing Loss Association of PA) - Montgomery; Lafayette HillHearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania State Office
    Horizon House - Peer Support Center - AdvocacyThe Community Crossroads Peer Recovery Center in West Chester is a mental health service operated by people in recovery that embodies the principles of self-help and empowerment. The Center provides a safe and comfortable environment where people with psychiatric disabilities can learn independence through involvement in peer-run social, recreational, educational and advocacy activities. Community Crossroads is committed to reducing the negative attitudes towards people with mental illnesses, and increase community respect for and understanding of persons with mental illness. For more information call 610-429-1702.ChesterCommunity Crossroads Peer Support CenterHorizon House
    Human Services - AdvocacyProvides information and referral services.ChesterHUMAN SERVICES, INC. WEST CHESTERHuman Services - Chester
    Ikor of the Brandywine River and Greater Philadelphia - Patient AdvocacyIkor can provide medical, environmental, and psychosocial assessments resulting in a plan for care and living arrangements. We also provide advocacy services to help ensure ongoing quality assurance through random, unannounced spot checks of various care providers. Please contact us for more information about this program.ChesterIKOR of Brandywine Valley & IKOR of Greater PhiladelphiaIKOR of Brandywine Valley & IKOR of Greater Philadelphia
    Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of AmericaWorks to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. The organization connects and empowers veterans in their local communities and through a vets only online social networking site. It also advocates for veterans rights in Washington, DC, and provides civilians with concrete actions they can take to support the newest generation of veterans. Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of AmericaIraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America
    Jewish Family Service - Case ManagementProvides case management, counseling and advocacy to individuals of the Jewish faith. Services include: Counseling: Offers professional counseling for families and individuals Food Bank: Food pantry, in conjunction with the Greater Berks Food Bank, distributes groceries to those who meet federal guidelines. Transportation: Offers a taxi service in the community, which enables seniors and the disabled to get to doctors' appointments, socialize and remain independent. Outreach: Members of the Jewish community are visited in their homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities by staff to assess needs. Information and referral: Provides information on other services, agencies and resources in the community. Living with Loss: Support group held twice a month for members of the Jewish community who have suffered the loss of a loved one. A variety of topics and readings that are relevant to the participant’s interests are discussed in order to provide an atmosphere of comfort and support. BerksJewish Family ServiceJewish Family Service
    Justice & Mercy, Inc.Educates and informs the public at large, advocates cost-effective and practical reforms within the criminal justice system and by supports and encouraging wise public policy. Networks with and supports other criminal justice organizations and encourage church and community outreach efforts by working to increase knowledge and understanding of public policy issues. Provides care and aftercare for both offenders and their victims, as we work through mentoring, alternative sentencing and other programs in order to restore and rehabilitate. Mentor training for ex-offenders Educational forums/workshops Prison tours Legislative IssuesLancasterJustice & Mercy, Inc.Justice & Mercy, Inc.
    Juvenile Law CenterJuvenile Law Center engages in both direct representation and joins in litigation as amicus curiae (friend of the court) working to protect and advance children's rights in courts, legislatures, and executive agencies. Cases are pursued at all levels in both the federal and state court systems. The service helps ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth are rooted in research, consistent with children's unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values.PhiladelphiaJuvenile Law Center - Philadelphia; Center CityJuvenile Law Center
    La Comunidad Hispana - Social ServicesOn a one-time or short-term basis, offers: - Information, referral and application assistance for essential services such as utility and rent assistance, cash assistance, food stamps, affordable housing, medical assistance - Employment information - Translation and interpretation - Advocacy - Transportation - Legal assistanceChesterLa Comunidad HispanaLa Comunidad Hispana
    Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign WarsEstablished 1914, the members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars set out to serve the veterans of this country and our communities in honor of the sacrifices and commitment of every man and woman who has served in uniform. Money-saving products and services in the insurance and benefits industry include:
    • Travel Benefits
    • Insurance Plans
    • Cancer Grants
    • Health Screening Services
    • Home Shopping
    • Credit Card
    • Prescription Savings
    • Scholarships
    Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign WarsVeterans of Foreign Wars Foundation
    Learning Disabilities Association of PALearning Disabilities Association of PADauphinLearning Disabilities Association of PALearning Disabilities Association of PA
    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Housing Law (Bristol)Housing Law services offer free civil legal information for financially eligible individuals and groups who need assistance with consumer and housing matters. Services Include: - Mortgage Foreclosure - Consumer Protection - Subsidized and Public Housing - Evictions - Landlord/tenant issuesBucksLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania- BristolLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)
    Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Housing Law (Chester)Housing Law services offer free civil legal information for financially eligible individuals and groups who need assistance with consumer and housing matters. Services Include: - Predatory Lending - Mortgage Foreclosure - Consumer Protection - Subsidized and Public Housing - Evictions - Landlord/tenant issuesDelawareLASP - Chester OfficeLegal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)
    LGBT Center of Greater Reading - Referral/Resource CenterProvides support groups, clothing and toiletry closet, reference and referral advocacy, professional development training for those in the LGBTQ+ community and allies.BerksLGBT Center of Greater ReadingLGBT Center of Greater Reading
    Liberty Resources - AdvocacyIndependent Living Centers (ILCs) enable individuals with disabilities to have the same life choices as non-disabled persons. Liberty Resources commitment is to work continually to advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities.PhiladelphiaLiberty Resources Inc. - Philadelphia; ChinatownLiberty Resources
    Lupus Foundation - Advocacy and EducationA sustained and comprehensive advocacy program at the state and national levels to increase public funding for lupus research, education and patient services, and to foster public policies that help people with lupus and their families; Sponsor media campaigns to educate the public and raise awareness.MontgomeryLupus Foundation - Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter - Montgomery; JenkintownLupus Foundation - Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter
    LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living)The only organization in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to assisting persons with all types of disabilities. Provides community outreach and education, independent living skills, information on adaptive technologies/equipment, advocacy, information and referral, peer support, sign language interpreter referral service and specialized housing search and support. Provides information on programs that will pay for home modifications (to increase accessibility). Transportation Connect individuals with disabilities who are homeless to shelters LehighLVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center For Independent Living)LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center For Independent Living)
    Marine Corps LeagueMembers of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines. Programs of the Marine Corps League: Marines Helping Marines - Wounded Marines Program, U. S. Marines Youth Physical Fitness Program, Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, Scholarship Program, Marine Military Expositions Program, Legislative Program, Veterans Service Officer Program, Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program (VAVS), Marine Corps League Auxiliary, Military Order of Devil Dogs, Toys-for-Tots, Annual Conventions.Marine Corps LeagueMarine Corps League
    Mazzoni Center - Medical CareThe Community Health Center at Mazzoni Center offers compassionate, comprehensive primary health care services focusing on the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. With our own caring, professional staff, and through our partnership with Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, we are able to meet the growing health care demands of Philadelphia’s LGBT communities. PhiladelphiaMazzoni Center - Philadelphia; South PhiladelphiaMazzoni Center
    Mental Health Partnerships - Mental Health and Aging AdvocacyMental Health and Aging Advocacy works to increase awareness of the mental health needs of seniors and urges community and government leaders to develop mental health services that can meet those needs. In addition, the program assists seniors, the families and caregivers during the navigation process of mental health services.PhiladelphiaMental Health Partnerships (MHP) - Philadelphia; Center CityMental Health Partnerships
    MHA - Mental Health Information/Advocacy- Provides information and support concerning mental and emotional illnesses. This includes mental health service options and referrals to local psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and therapists. MHA has a Lending Library, where books, brochures, and videos are available to anyone in the community (free of charge). - Offers advocacy support for individuals with a mental illness or for their family members. - Presentations to schools, clubs, employers, businesses, community groups on anything related to mental health. - Makes referrals for anger management - Leads the Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition LancasterMental Health America of Lancaster CountyMental Health America of Lancaster County
    Military Officers Association of AmericaMOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. The association plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. MOAA's overarching goals are captured in its resolutions, which reflect the views of the entire membership. The membership provides input and votes on resolutions every two years (on even years). While MOAA is permitted by law to lobby - and does so actively - its status as a tax-exempt veterans organization precludes it from participating in political activities, which are defined as intervening directly or indirectly in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Stated briefly, the association may advocate issues, but it may not advocate the election or defeat of particular candidates or political parties. Military Officers Association of AmericaMilitary Officers Association of America
    Military Officers Association of America, Pennsylvania Council of ChaptersThe Pennsylvania Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America works with Congress and the Pennsylvania legislature on issues affecting the career force, the retired community and veterans of the uniformed services. As a veterans organization our chapters advocate issues but do not support any political party or the election or defeat of any political candidate. Our mission is to foster fraternal relations among retired, active, reserve, and former officers of the uniformed services; to protect the rights and interests of personnel of the uniformed services and their dependents and survivors; to provide useful services for members and their dependents and survivors, and to serve our communities, our Commonwealth and the nation.Military Officers Association of AmericaMilitary Officers Association of America
    Military Order of the Purple HeartThe Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) has a long history of advocacy and successful representation of Veterans and their dependents seeking benefits and services from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) and other government agencies. Our National Service Officers (NSO's) and Administrative Assistants are highly trained, skilled professionals who are experts in developing and prosecuting Veteran's claims. These Men and Women are well versed at conducting in-depth reviews of medical histories and the sound application of Federal Veterans Laws, Rules and Regulations in processing benefit claims.AlleghenyMilitary Order of the Purple HeartMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
    Military Order of the Purple Heart - Erie OfficeAdvocacy and successful representation of Veterans and their dependents seeking benefits and services from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) and other government agencies.ErieMilitary Order of the Purple Heart - Erie OfficeMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
    Mothers Against Teen ViolenceMentors at-risk youth in Erie. Located in the Booker T. Washington Center.ErieMothers Against Teen ViolenceMothers Against Teen Violence
    National Alliance on Mental IllnessGrassroots mental health advocacy organization focuses on educating the public about mental illness to reduce the stigma associated with it, advocating for laws and policies supportive of individuals with mental illness and helping individuals with mental illness connect with support groups in their communities. National Alliance on Mental IllnessNational Alliance on Mental Illness
    National Alliance on Mental Illness - AdvocacyNAMI Chester County is an affiliate of the national organization that provides support, education and advocacy for the family members and friends of people living with mental illness.ChesterNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL CHESTER COUNTYNational Alliancee for the Mentally Ill Chester County
    National Association for Black VeteransA nationally certified veteran's service organization. NABVETS advocates for veteran entitlements, draws attention to veteran homelessness, provides services to incarcerated veterans and provides information and resources for veterans through Eclipse Magazine and the NABVETS website. Centralized claims services department provides filing and processing of VA claims, discharge upgrade assistance, advocacy and supportive services and power of attorney. National Association for Black VeteransNational Association for Black Veterans
    National Council For AdoptionAn adoption advocacy nonprofit that promotes a culture of adoption through education and legislative action. Current areas of focus are infant adoption, adoption out of foster care, and intercountry adoption. Provides information and training on adoption issues for adoptive families, adoption agencies and the general public. National Council For AdoptionNational Council For Adoption
    National Down Syndrome CongressWorks to empower its members and all people with Down syndrome by creating a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. National Down Syndrome CongressNational Down Syndrome Congress
    National Federation of the BlindA consumer organization of blind people working together to improve opportunities for the blind and the understanding of blindness by the general public. National Federation of the BlindNational Federation of the Blind
    National Guard of the United States - Employer Support Of The Guard and ReservePromotes cooperation and understanding between members of the National Guard and Reserve forces from all branches of the military and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts between them. The focus is to promote understanding of Guard and Reserve service; enlist support of employers to implement policies to support employee participation in Guard and Reserve programs; disseminate information to improve knowledge of, and voluntary compliance with, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA); and sustain willingness of employers to support their employees called to military service over potentially longer periods of time and greater frequency. Operates through a network of volunteers throughout the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. United States Department of Defense, National Guard of the United StatesUnited States Department of Defense
    Nationalities Service Center - Refugee and Community IntegrationServices include: Refugee Resettlement Nationalities Service Center is part of the U.S. Resettlement Program and an affiliate of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI). NSC welcomes newly arriving refugees and aids them in securing permanent housing, accessing community resources, ensuring children are enrolled in school, and supporting adults with finding employment. Community Integration NSC helps refugees beyond their initial resettlement period to adjust to their new lives in Philadelphia and the region. Refugees are provided with services to address barriers to successful community immersion. Case Management and Supportive Services NSC provides comprehensive case management and supportive services to refugees, asylees, immigrants, victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied children. Anti-Human Trafficking NSC provides training and technical assistance to local groups and communities to identify trafficking victims and those who are vulnerable to being trafficked.PhiladelphiaNationalities Service Center - Philadelphia; ChinatownNationalities Service Center
    National Military Family AssociationEducate military families on the benefits and services available to them, their rights and the issues that affect their lives. Promote and protect the interests of military families by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them. Empowers military spouses and children through several programs, including the Operation Purple Program which provides summer camps for military children, teens and families. The military spouse scholarship program awards scholarships to military spouses furthering their education. National Military Family AssociationNational Military Family Association
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater Delaware Valley Chapter - PhiladelphiaFunds research, provides education, peer support counseling, living assistance, advocacy and information and referrals.PhiladelphiaNational MS Society - Greater Delaware Valley Chapter - Philadelphia; Center CityNational Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater Delaware Valley Chapter - Philadelphia
    Network of Victim Assistance - Crime Victim AdvocacyProvides advocacy, navigation and accompaniment for victims of abuse as they navigate the criminal justice system. Includes criminal justice navigation, police interview accompaniment, court accompaniment, post-conviction support and victim compensation assistance program claim filing.BucksNetwork of Victim Assistance - Bucks; JamisonNetwork of Victim Assistance
    Northeast Victim Service - Court AdvocacyNortheast Victim Service can help you participate as a victim or witness in the criminal justice system. Our advocates work with the District Attorney’s Office on behalf of the victims. Our advocates attend the Preliminary Hearings conducted in the Northeast. We can explain the proceedings and your rights as a victim. We can assist you with court scheduling conflicts, tracking the progress of the case, securing a protection order, filing out an affidavit, or making special transportation or translation requests. We can arrange court accompaniment. Last year NEVS helped 1,531 victims and witnesses participate in the criminal justice system. PhiladelphiaNortheast Victim Service - Philadelphia; Northeast PhiladelphiaNortheast Victim Service
    Office for the Deaf and Hard of HearingProvides information, referral and advocacy.DauphinPennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH)Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH)
    Orion Communities - Alianzas CenterOffers bilingual Spanish-English support services to individuals and families with Hispanic/Latino background. Programs and services include: - Negotiating with landlords - Interpretation/translation services for medical issues; - Workshops for immigration and citizenship information; - ESL programChesterORION COMMUNITIES, INC.Orion Communities
    Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center - AdvocacyProvides food, fuel, utilities, housing or medical services.ChesterOXFORD AREA NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES CENTEROxford Area Neighborhood Services Center
    Parents Without PartnersProvides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship, and the exchange of parenting techniques. The activities include dances and dance lessons to book club, educational meetings, day trips and group birthday parties for children with birthdays that month. 1100-H Brandywine Blvd, Zanesville OH (Parents Without Partners)Parents without Partners
    PA Tourette Syndrome AllianceProvides disability advocacy, doctor referrals and information to persons affected by Tourette Syndrome. Tourette Syndrome is a chemical imbalance of the brain that causes involuntary speech and movements. Onset of the syndrome usually occurs between the ages of 2 and 18 years. Provides non-legal advocacy services for education or employment.AdamsPA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, IncPA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Inc
    Pennsylvania American LegionThe American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. The Legion has a broad range of programs for Family, Youth, Community and National Affairs. The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans wartime service organization. The services provided include help with VA claims, assistance in finding employment, support for current members of the military, and financial advice. The Legion has touched virtually every facet of American life; our objective is to serve our community, state and nation. The American Legion also conducts many programs designed to benefit the youth in our communities. Some of these programs include: American Legion Baseball, Keystone Boys State, High School Oratorical Contest, Essay Contest, Junior Shooting Sports Program, Scouting and State Police Youth Week. We are a powerful voice for veterans in Washington, DC; The American Legion drafted the original GI Bill and was instrumental in establishing the federal agency that today is the Department of Veterans Affairs. National Headquarters for The American Legion is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with an additional office in Washington, DC. The Department of Pennsylvania’s Headquarters is located in Wormleysburg, PA. The American Legion Family includes The American Legion Auxiliary, The Sons of The American Legion and The American Legion Riders. Together we work hand in hand united in patriotism and working for veterans advocacy.CumberlandAmerican Legion, Pennsylvania American LegionAmerican Legion
    Pennsylvania Client Assistance ProgramHelps individuals with disabilities get advocacy services to help with vocational rehabilitation concerns so they can obtain employment. - Helps disabled persons understand rehabilitation services which are available, such as vocational rehabilitation, supported employment and independent living. - Advises disabled persons of their rights and responsibilities as they relate to rehabilitation services. - Works with disabled persons to resolve any concerns while seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation services. - Helps disabled persons pursue appeals or legal remedies to ensure the protection of their rights under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. - Refers persons to other services when appropriate. - Also provides legal advice to individuals in matters relating to disability law such as violations of Title I of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Camp Hill Office: 207 House Avenue Suite 5 Camp Hill PA 17011 717-731-1077 x240 800-323-6060 x240 Toll free 800-829-7404 TTY 717-731-8150 FaxPhiladelphiaPennsylvania Client Assistance ProgramPennsylvania Client Assistance Program
    Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran AffairsThe Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs provides resources and assistance to Pennsylvania's one million veterans and their families, and provides quality care for aging and disabled veterans. The Department also prepares and deploys the Pennsylvania National Guard for worldwide combat and combat support operations and provides trained personnel to state and local authorities in times of natural disaster or civil strife. It provides financial assistance, in the form of grants, to eligible Pennsylvania service members and their eligible family members through the Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program (PA MFRAP). The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs offers its veterans six extended care facilities throughout the state. The level of care provided includes personal care, skilled nursing care, domicilliary care, and dementia care. These facilities offer qualified veterans and their spouses dedicated, superior care.LebanonPennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran AffairsPennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
    Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs - Returning Veteran ChecklistWelcome Home Checklist Please Note: If you are a severely disabled Veteran and need any special accommodations, please identify that to your service officer or career counselor when making appointments. Receive your DD 214 Things to do within one year from Separation Have your DD 214 recorded in the County Recorder's Office for FREE
    • Safeguard all your records. You will need them again.
    Visit your County Director of Veterans Affairs (normally located in the County Courthouse) or Accredited Service Organization Representative for FREE
    • Take a copy of all your records with you for your appointment: Service Medical Records; Personnel File; Dental Record,
    • Have your County Director of Veterans Affairs or Accredited Veterans Service Officer review your records and advise you on the benefits you qualify for,
    • File for disabilities through an Accredited Veterans Service Officer.
    Fill out VA form 10-10 EZ for VA Healthcare benefits
    • Go to your local VAMC to turn in Form 10-10 EZ and schedule an appointment,
    • You may qualify for 5 years of FREE healthcare through the VA from your separation date.
    Visit your local CareerLink Office (Pennsylvania Job Service) FREE SERVICE
    • Ask to speak with the Veterans Employment Representative,
    • File for unemployment,
    • Get help finding a job,
    • Attend classes to help in your search for employment,
    • Military skills that be used in civilian life are identified.
    Visit colleges you are interested in / use the GI Bill
    • Ask to speak with the Veterans Representative on campus,
    • Always identify yourself as a Veteran and inquire about Yellow Ribbon funding in addition to GI Bill payments for college,
    • Many non-traditional programs are included in the Post 9-11 GI Bill.
    When you are ready to buy a home inform your lender you are a Veteran and that you are interested in using the VA Home Loan Guaranty
    • This is as easy as informing your lender you are a Veteran and wish to use your benefit (you will need to provide a copy of your DD 214),
    • Disabled Veterans (USDVA Rating) have the funding fee waived,
    • You can include the down payment in the loan.
    LebanonPennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans ServicesPennsylvania Department of Military and Veteran Affairs
    Pennsylvania Legal Aid NetworkHelps the public find free legal advice/representation in their region, offers self-help information and community education services through its web site and the "PA Law HELP" web site and advocates on legislation affecting its services and/or clients. Coordinates the ten independent, regional legal aid programs and six specialized legal resource programs that comprise the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network. Provides information in the follow area: - Consumer - Children and Families - Disability - Education - Elder Law - Employment - Health Law - Housing and Shelter - Immigration - Migrant Issues - Public Benefits - Veterans and Military DauphinPennsylvania Legal Aid NetworkPennsylvania Legal Aid Network
    Pennsylvanian's for Human LifePublic education on issues of abortion, infanticide and euthanasia plus legislative advocacy for pro-life issues.DauphinPennsylvanians for Human LifePennsylvanians for Human Life
    Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Office of Military and Veterans AffairsThe Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General’s (OAG) Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA) provides information and assistance to the Pennsylvania veteran and military communities through outreach and education. The OMVA has the authority to investigate and prosecute certain offenses against veterans. Will connect veterans with existing services, educate them on consumer issues and advocate on their behalf. Veterans are encouraged to call regarding any issue. DauphinPennsylvania Office of Attorney GeneralPennsylvania Office of Attorney General
    Pennsylvania Office of Consumer AdvocateThe Office of Consumer Advocate is a state agency that represents the interests of Pennsylvania utility consumers. We encourage consumers to contact the OCA with questions or problems regarding your electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water or wastewater service. The OCA staff will respond by providing information or helping to resolve your complaints.DauphinPennsylvania Office of Consumer AdvocatePennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - HarrisburgOffers a wide range of training courses and continuously collects information on upcoming training opportunities sponsored by other local education agencies (LEAs), including: intermediate units, districts, and charter schools.DauphinPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance NetworkPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network - King of PrussiaOffers a wide range of training courses and continuously collects information on upcoming training opportunities sponsored by other local education agencies (LEAs), including: intermediate units, districts, and charter schools.MontgomeryPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance NetworkPennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
    Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations - TA, Training, Networking and Info SharingTA, Training, Networking and Info Sharing offers a series of trainings, technical assistance and information sharing. Key topic areas in training include: - Real Estate Development - Advocacy - Communications - Community Organization - Fundraising - Risk ManagementPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Association of Community Development Corporations - Philadelphia; Center CityPhiladelphia Association of Community Development Corporations
    Phoenixville Area Community Services - Basic Needs Assistance - AdvocacyFood, fuel, utility, and rental assistance and other essential needs are provided to people who live in our service area and are low-income.ChesterPHOENIXVILLE AREA COMMUNITY SERVICESPhoenixville Area Community Services
    Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania - Fee for Service Care ManagementThrough its care management services, PLAN of PA seeks to improve the lives of people living with a mental disability by working with each person to develop a support network unique to his or her needs encouraging independence, stability, and security while enhancing quality of life. As part of the Personal Care Plan development process, PLAN of PA is able to evaluate current benefits and apply for others that may be available, such as Social Security, food stamps and Medicaid. We assist clients in finding housing, managing their finances, and coordinating transportation and recreation opportunities, as well as monitoring personal needs.PLAN of PA maintains contact and coordinates services with social workers, psychiatrists, medical and hospital personnel, attorneys, trustees, banks and other service providers. Each clients services are specifically tailored to meet his/her individual needs. Their private case managers can schedule periodic visits to clients, listen to clients concerns and those of their families, and maintain a flexible approach to the clients needs with a focus on individual strength. Through years of experience, PLAN of PA has found those they serve benefit the most when services focus on 6 core life areas. Occupational & Educational Pursuits Improved Housing Personal Finance Management Health & Wellness Government Benefits Acquisition Social DevelopmentDelawarePLAN of PAPlanned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania (PLAN of PA)
    Prison Action CommiteeCCU's oldest ministry, the Prison Action Committee (PAC), serves as a voice for those incarcerated and coordinates both staff and volunteer pastoral care for inmates at area prisons. PAC is tasked with funding 25% of the Associate Chaplain's position at the Dauphin County Prison.DauphinHELP MinistriesChristian Churches United
    Programs for Deaf & Hard of HearingThe PA Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, or ODHH, provides ADVOCACY, INFORMATION and REFERRALS for Pennsylvanians who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deaf blind, and their families and caregivers.LehighPA Office for the Deaf and Hard of HearingPA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
    Residential Living Options - Housing CounselingOur Housing Counseling Program assists people with disabilities in identifying the ways and means to live as independently as possible. Our individualized Housing Action Plan (HAP) focuses on a person’s abilities and helps map the direction toward their goals. We stress creative solutions and the community coordination necessary to attain your goals! The Housing Action Plan (HAP) is an eleven-page document, which involves a lengthy interview resulting in the consumer being able to realistically determine what resources he or she will need in order to live independently. The HAP addresses all aspects of independent living which include, but are not limited to: type of housing, location; roommates; ownership vs. rental; life skills support; vocational programs; advocacy; and finances. All housing counseling begins as an I & R or Information and Referral contact. Information and Referral: It is our goal that everyone who contacts us leaves with appropriate information to address their needs. While we encourage self-sufficiency we acknowledge the difficulty in accessing services and will do all in our power to make sure you have the correct name and number of the contact best suited to their concerns.Chester*Main Site (Residential Living Options, Inc.)Residential Living Options
    Roads to Freedom - Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
    • Individual & Group Advocacy– Empowers people with disabilities to speak for themselves and others on their rights, privileges, and services.
    • Individual and group advocacy services are also available to parents of children with disabilities
    LycomingRoads to Freedom - Independent Living ProgramRoads to Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central PA
    SACA Social ServicesProvides human services to low income individuals and families. Programs include: - Information and referral/client advocacy, case management, senior center sources, and senior outreach - Interpreter services for clients - Soup kitchen - Immigration - Legal orientation - Employment services - Workforce readiness - GED preparation - ESL (English as a Second Language) - Mental Health services - Substance Abuse services - HIV/AIDS testing and counseling - STD testing and counselingLancasterSpanish American Civic Association - PershingSpanish American Civic Association
    Safe Berks - Safe House, Counseling, Legal & Medical Advocacy- Provides individual counseling for adult/child victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and sexual assault as well as for significant others of victims. - Emergency shelter - Specially trained staff members will go with victims to local hospitals or the courthouse - Individual counseling and group support - Support and advice for individuals applying for protection from abuse orders (PFA) - Representation by an attorney at final PFA hearings in court - Provides a range of support and advocacy services for victims of sexual assault - Collects used cell phones, including smart phones, and iPads and iPods which can be dropped off during business hours - Education programs for schools - System trainings BerksSafe BerksSafe Berks
    Safe Home, YWCA Hanover•24 hour Confidential Hotline (717)632-0007 •Referrals made for Temporary or Emergency Safe Shelter
    Please, note: Safe Home is not a shelter in itself. •Legal Advocacy, including assistance with filing a Protection From Abuse Order •Coordination with other social service agencies that may provide assistance with health, finances, housing, drug/alcohol treatment, support groups, children's services, employment/training, food, furniture, clothing, and more •Referral and Support •Child Therapy •W.E.A.V.E. (Women's Empowerment Against Violent Environments), an Adult Support Group with Free Child Care during group •Community Education for all groups, includes Educational Speakers and/or age-appropriate Outreach Materials •Volunteer Opportunities (717)637-2125 x 241 •Accompaniment and/or Transportation to Appointments/Hearings, including civil and criminal hearings •Options Counseling and Crisis Response •Free childcare if it is needed during a court hearing or legal appointment •Needed items, including dead bolts, peep holes, and emergency cell phones •Servicios en español
    YorkYWCA HanoverYWCA Hanover
    Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon CountyProvides counseling and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence and their significant others, also provides education on all issues related to sexual violence. Hotline available 24/7LebanonSexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of LebanonSexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon
    Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Schuylkill CountySexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center that provides: - 24 hour hotline - 24 hour medical and legal accompaniment - individual counseling for survivors and their loved ones - Support group - Prevention and education programs - Resource MaterialSchuylkillSexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Schuylkill CountySexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Schuylkill County
    Sickle Cell Disease Association - AdvocacySupports, promotes and encourages self-sufficiency in individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease.PhiladelphiaSickle Cell Disease Association of America-Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaSickle Cell Disease Association of America-Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
    Speaking for Ourselves - AdvocacyOur Purpose is to help our members run their organizations, develop leadership skills through real-life experiences, learn to work together collectively to address their own issues, and increase their own self-sufficiency and independence. Our Mission is to be an independent community organization controlled by people with disabilities who help us: Find a voice for ourselves. Teach the public about the needs, wishes, and potential of people with disabilities. Speak out on important issues. Support each other through sharing, leadership development, and helping and encouraging each other.PhiladelphiaSpeaking for Ourselves - Philadelphia; Center CitySpeaking for Ourselves
    St. Rocco CenterServices include: Certificates/Forms Assistance Citizenship Education Food Pantry Hispanic/ Latino Advocacy Hispanic/ Latino Communities Interpretation/ Translation Services Thanksgiving BasketsChesterST. ROCCO CENTERSt. Rocco Church
    Support Center for Child Advocates - Core ProgramsA non-profit organization founded in 1977, the Support Center for Child Advocates offers free legal and social services to Philadelphia's abused and neglected children. We advocate for these child victims with the goal of securing a permanent, nurturing environment for each child in our care. We offer services through five Core Programs: > Child Protection > Medically Needy Children > Kinship Care and > Adoption > Child Advocacy Leadership Referrals come to us from the courts, District Attorney's Office, Department of Human Services, hospitals and private social service agencies. As one of the few places to call for a lawyer for a needy child, Child Advocates helps children to testify, heal and thrive!PhiladelphiaSupport Center for Child Advocates - Philadelphia; Center CitySupport Center for Child Advocates
    The Alliance of Community Service Providers - AdvocacyProvides supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities, those with mental health issues, and people recovering from addictions.PhiladelphiaThe Alliance of Community Service ProvidersThe Alliance of Community Service Providers
    The Arc Alliance - Advocacy ServicesProvides professional advocacy services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Services including individualized representation in accessing special education services, adults services, governmental benefits, housing, health care, voting rights, transportation and any other concerns of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.MontgomeryThe Arc Alliance Advocacy ServicesThe Arc Alliance Advocacy Services
    The Elevation Project - AdvocacyAdvocates for laws and programs that benefit returning citizens in the community.PhiladelphiaThe Elevation ProjectThe Elevation Project
    The Open Link - Domestic Violence Advocacy and Court AccompanimentThe Open Link provides victims of domestic violence with assistance navigating through the legal system can be an intimidating experience. Court advocates cannot provide legal advice or representation for clients in civil and criminal cases. Advocates can provide the following services: - Assistance with legal options for domestic violence victims. - Court accompaniment to preliminary hearings (district court level). - Systems advocacy to effect social change.MontgomeryThe Open Link Main Office - Montgomery; PennsburgThe Open Link
    Transformed Worldwide MinistriesA teaching ministry and outreach to women.ChesterTRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE MINISTRIESTransformed Worldwide Ministries
    Tri-State AdvocacyHelps patients and families get benefits and services, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Home and Community Based Services, and Social Security Benefits. Assists in the health insurance appeals process, and share information on community resources.MontgomeryTri-State Advocacy ProjectTri-State Advocacy Project
    TURN (Tenant Union Representative Network) - Childhood Lead Prevention ProgramProvides advocacy for tenants who are having difficulties getting the hazardous lead removed from their homes. It also educates tenants on how to get help and care for their lead poisoned children.PhiladelphiaTURN (Tenant Union Representative Network) - Philadelphia; Center CityTenant Union Representative Network
    United Spinal AssociationUnited Spinal Association is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of all people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, and providing support and information to loved ones, care providers and professionals. We believe no person should be excluded from opportunity on the basis of their disability. Our goal is to provide people living with SCI/D programs and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities. United Spinal is committed to advancing public policies that lead to greater civil rights and independence for people with disabilities. We believe in:
    • Access to Quality Affordable Healthcare,
    • Employment Opportunities, Self Sufficiency and Independent Living,
    • Consumer Directed Quality Health Care and Community Integration,
    • Preservation of Social Security Benefits,
    • Protecting the Rights of People with Disabilities.
    United Spinal AssociationUnited Spinal Association
    United States Department of the Army, United States Army Warrior Transition CommandThe United States Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC)serves an essential role, not only in managing the care and recovery of Soldiers evacuated from theater, but also those preparing to deploy and those who have returned from combat that require complex care management to cope with the effects of war and multiple deployments. WTC works to ensure everything possible is done to enable Soldiers to return to duty. WTC also plays an important role in ensuring Reserve Component Soldiers receive the care they require prior to and after deployment to remain mission ready.United States Department of the Army, United States Army Warrior Transition CommandUnited States Department of Defense
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - National Call Center for Homeless Veterans and Project CHALENGNational Call Center for homeless veterans or veterans at-risk of homelessness. Callers will be connected to trained hotline staff who will conduct a brief screening to assess needs; homeless veterans will be connected with the Homeless Point of Contact at the nearest VA facility; family members and non-VA providers calling on behalf of a homeless Veteran will be provided with information regarding the homeless programs and services available; contact information will be requested so staff may follow-up. Services offered to homeless veterans, veterans at risk of homelessness and their families: - Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) - Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) - Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program - HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program - Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program - Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program (SSVF) - Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program - Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (H-PACTs) Program - Homeless Veterans Dental Program - Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Educational and Networking Groups) - Veteran Justice Outreach - Substance Use Disorder Treatment Enhancement Initiative - Health Care for Re-Entry Veterans Program - Readjustment Counseling Service's Vet Center ProgramUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs - Information and Referral HotlinesUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Women Veteran's Call CenterThe United States Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans was formed to provide a single avenue for women Veterans to get the help they need. The Center's functions include monitoring and coordinating the VA’s administration of health care and benefits services and programs for women Veterans, serve as an advocate for a cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and women in the military, and to raise awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Information and Referral HotlinesUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    Veterans of Foreign WarsThe VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, VFW won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active-duty service members, and members of the Guard and Reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. The VFW also has fought for improving VA medical centers services for women veterans. Besides helping fund the creation of the Vietnam, Korean War, World War II and Women in Military Service memorials, the VFW in 2005 became the first veterans' organization to contribute to building the new Disabled Veterans for Life Memorial, which opened in November 2010. Annually, the nearly 2 million members of the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 8.6 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. From providing over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students every year, to encouraging elevation of the Department of Veterans Affairs to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there. As a not-for-profit organization, the VFW Foundation receives no government funding. We rely solely on individual donations and corporation sponsorships. Your tax-deductible charitable contribution makes a direct impact on how much help and financial support we’re able to provide our deployed troops and retired military and their families in their time of need. With your help, we can continue to support programs that:
    • Reward America’s military heroes and their families by sponsoring admission to popular entertainment events and attractions.
    • Provide prepaid phone time and sponsored “Free Call Days” allowing deployed troops and hospitalized veterans to connect with loved ones.
    • Support troops and their families in need of financial assistance for housing, medical or basic assistance needs with a one-time grant.
    • Sponsor “welcome home” and “send off” events to boost the morale of returning or deployed military units.
    • Offer military veterans, regardless of when or where they served, with VFW counsel and assistance to successfully navigate VA entitlement and disability claims.
    Veterans of Foreign WarsVeterans of Foreign Wars Foundation
    VetsFirstVetsFirst is a program of United Spinal Association that assists veterans and their eligible family members in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need. They advocate nationally for all generations of veterans, including individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. They connect with over 2,000 veterans annually through our call center and online help desk, Ask VetsFirst. Their staff tackles each case individually, taking the time to discuss self-help tips and assist with questions on military separation, claims appeals, and state benefits. They also offer assistance and representation in claims for benefits and services before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to providing individual support and counseling services, VetsFirst offers timely news and information across the spectrum of issues presently impacting veterans, including guides on self-help, state benefits, separating from the military, as well as exclusive feature stories on military health care and VA funding and compensation. Ask VetsFirst is a free support service for Veterans and their family members. You can find Knowledge Books on a wide range of veterans issues and topics. You can also submit a request and have one of our counselors answer your questions. If you have questions regarding your Veterans Benefits or benefits that your family members may be entitled to, VetsFirst can help you. VetsFirst Knowledgebooks include:
    • Veterans Guide to VA Benefits
    • Veterans Guide to VA Healthcare
    • Legal Bases of VA Benefits
    • Detailed Overview of the VA Benefits System
    • Advanced Guide to VA Compensation or Pension
    • Unique Aspects of Veterans Laws
    • Specific VA Claim Guidance
    • Disabled Veterans Employment and Education
    • Useful VA Forms
    • How To Ask VetsFirst
    • VA Facilities Locator
    • VA Acronyms & Terms
    • VA Spinal Cord Injury System
    • VA Spinal Cord Injury Centers
    United Spinal AssociationUnited Spinal Association
    Victim's Assistance Center, A Program of YWCA York24-hour hotline 24-hour accompaniment to hospital Police interview accompaniment Legal advocacy Individual and group counseling Art therapy Crime prevention education programs Information & referral Homicide support group Homicide advocate rapid response team York county alliance against sexual violence Adult survivors of incest support group Suicide survivors support group Teens on the move (t.o.m.) teens doing education and prevention of sexual violence for teens Suicide survivors support group-call Lexi Livelsberger for location YorkVictim's Assistance Center, A Program of YWCA YorkYWCA York
    Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 436A veterans group that participates in community services and social activities and is an alcohol free post.ChesterVietnam Veterans of America Chapter436Vietnam Veterans of America
    Vision for Equality - Advocacy ServicesWe provide a free, independent link for individuals who live in Philadelphia and receive or require MR services. Our focus is on assuring that the rights of people receiving services are protected and they are treated with dignity and respect. We want to empower people and their families to advocate for themselves. The services we provide are. . . - Advocate, monitor and take action to assure personal rights - Act as an impartial source of assistance for conflict resolution - Evaluate the adequacy of policies, procedures and services - Provide individual training and consultation - Referral for legal information and servicesPhiladelphiaVision for Equality, Inc - Philadelphia; ChinatownVision for Equality
    Voice and Vision - Consumer/Family Satisfaction TeamAs people who have lived experience with mental illness, addictions and disabilities, the Voice & Vision Consumer/Family Satisfaction Team C/FST advocates for the provision of person-centered, recovery and resiliency-focused mental health and/or drug & alcohol services behavioral health in Bucks and Chester Counties. The C/FST gathers information through surveys, in-person interviews, and/or focus groups with teens, adults and families of children receiving behavioral health services to identify their opinions and recommendations about those services and supports. Data is compiled and results are shared with agreed-upon County and State agencies and behavioral health providers to assist with continuous improvement of quality and types of services and supports.ChesterVOICE AND VISION, INC.Voice and Vision
    Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Legal Advocacy for SeniorsProvides legal advocacy to seniors in cases involving loss of shelter, income or benefits; or abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.WestmorelandWestmoreland County Area Agency on Aging Legal Advocacy for SeniorsWestmoreland County Area Agency on Aging
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Counseling ServicesDomestic Violence Counseling Services provide victims of domestic violence with counseling and options for accessing the legal system as well as other social services. Community education programs with information on healthy relationships as well as domestic violence dynamics are also available. Services are provided by volunteer counselors who have completed the PCADV training. Services Include: - Advocacy - Options within the legal system - Safety planning - Individualized in-person and telephone counseling - Peer counseling - Support groups - Elder abuse advocacy and counseling - Referrals to community and other Domestic Violence resources including (therapists, lawyers and other social service providers)MontgomeryWomen's Center of Montgomery County - Montgomery; Elkins ParkWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Counseling Services - AbingtonDomestic Violence Counseling Services provide victims of domestic violence with counseling and options for accessing the legal system as well as other social services. Community education programs with information on healthy relationships as well as domestic violence dynamics are also available. Services are provided by volunteer counselors who have completed the PCADV training. Services Include: - Advocacy - Options within the legal system - Safety planning - Individualized in-person and telephone counseling - Peer counseling - Support groups - Elder abuse advocacy and counseling - Referrals to community and other Domestic Violence resources including (therapists, lawyers and other social service providers)MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Abington Health Lansdale HospitalWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Counseling Services - Bryn MawrDomestic Violence Counseling Services provide victims of domestic violence with counseling and options for accessing the legal system as well as other social services. Community education programs with information on healthy relationships as well as domestic violence dynamics are also available. Services are provided by volunteer counselors who have completed the PCADV training. Services Include: - Advocacy - Options within the legal system - Safety planning - Individualized in-person and telephone counseling - Peer counseling - Support groups - Elder abuse advocacy and counseling - Referrals to community and other Domestic Violence resources including (therapists, lawyers and other social service providers)MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Bryn Mawr OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Counseling Services - ColmarDomestic Violence Counseling Services provide victims of domestic violence with counseling and options for accessing the legal system as well as other social services. Community education programs with information on healthy relationships as well as domestic violence dynamics are also available. Services are provided by volunteer counselors who have completed the PCADV training. Services Include: - Advocacy - Options within the legal system - Safety planning - Individualized in-person and telephone counseling - Peer counseling - Support groups - Elder abuse advocacy and counseling - Referrals to community and other Domestic Violence resources including (therapists, lawyers and other social service providers)MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Colmar OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Counseling Services - NorristownDomestic Violence Counseling Services provide victims of domestic violence with counseling and options for accessing the legal system as well as other social services. Community education programs with information on healthy relationships as well as domestic violence dynamics are also available. Services are provided by volunteer counselors who have completed the PCADV training. Services Include: - Advocacy - Options within the legal system - Safety planning - Individualized in-person and telephone counseling - Peer counseling - Support groups - Elder abuse advocacy and counseling - Referrals to community and other Domestic Violence resources including (therapists, lawyers and other social service providers)MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Norristown OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Domestic Violence Counseling Services - PottstownDomestic Violence Counseling Services provide victims of domestic violence with counseling and options for accessing the legal system as well as other social services. Community education programs with information on healthy relationships as well as domestic violence dynamics are also available. Services are provided by volunteer counselors who have completed the PCADV training. Services Include: - Advocacy - Options within the legal system - Safety planning - Individualized in-person and telephone counseling - Peer counseling - Support groups - Elder abuse advocacy and counseling - Referrals to community and other Domestic Violence resources including (therapists, lawyers and other social service providers)MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Pottstown OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Legal AdvocacyLegal Advocacy is provided through court accompaniment, legal options counseling, direct advocacy for women seeking temporary and final PFA Orders, assistance with Indirect Criminal Complaints, systems advocacy to effect change and access to PFAD at terminals in five of our offices.MontgomeryWomen's Center of Montgomery County - Montgomery; Elkins ParkWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Legal Advocacy - AbingtonLegal Advocacy is provided through court accompaniment, legal options counseling, direct advocacy for women seeking temporary and final PFA Orders, assistance with Indirect Criminal Complaints, systems advocacy to effect change and access to PFAD at terminals in five of our offices.MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Abington Health Lansdale HospitalWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Legal Advocacy - Bryn MawrLegal Advocacy is provided through court accompaniment, legal options counseling, direct advocacy for women seeking temporary and final PFA Orders, assistance with Indirect Criminal Complaints, systems advocacy to effect change and access to PFAD at terminals in five of our offices.MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Bryn Mawr OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Legal Advocacy - ColmarLegal Advocacy is provided through court accompaniment, legal options counseling, direct advocacy for women seeking temporary and final PFA Orders, assistance with Indirect Criminal Complaints, systems advocacy to effect change and access to PFAD at terminals in five of our offices.MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Colmar OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Legal Advocacy - NorristownLegal Advocacy is provided through court accompaniment, legal options counseling, direct advocacy for women seeking temporary and final PFA Orders, assistance with Indirect Criminal Complaints, systems advocacy to effect change and access to PFAD at terminals in five of our offices.MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Norristown OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Womens Center of Montgomery County - Legal Advocacy - PottstownLegal Advocacy is provided through court accompaniment, legal options counseling, direct advocacy for women seeking temporary and final PFA Orders, assistance with Indirect Criminal Complaints, systems advocacy to effect change and access to PFAD at terminals in five of our offices.MontgomeryWomens Center of Montgomery County - Pottstown OfficeWomens Center of Montgomery County
    Women's Help Center, Inc. Legal AdvocacyProgram that provides information and guidance and/or representation in court proceedings for individuals who have been abused in an intimate relationship and/or for people who are facing a misdemeanor or criminal charge for perpetrating abuse. Included are domestic violence law clinics and other legal assistance programs that represent victims of domestic abuse at restraining order hearings or in other civil or criminal actions involving charges against an abuser. Most also represent the person's interests in complexities that arise as part of the legal process such as restitution, payment of debts or child support, custody and visitation and property control. Some programs may also represent victims of domestic abuse who have been charged with a crime and/or handle cases involving accusations of child abuse filed by one parent against the other, abuse of an elderly person by an adult child or abuse of an adult child by a parent.SomersetWomen's Help Center, Inc. Somerset OfficeWomen's Help Center
    Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc. - Legal & Medical AdvocacyLegal Advocacy Program provides information, referrals and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who choose to seek justice through the legal system. The advocate does not give legal advice, but shares information about the law including what legal options are available, and how to assess legal recourse. Program participants choose what, if any legal action they wish to take. The advocate does not recommend a particular direction, but will support whatever decision is made. Counselor/Advocates are available to accompany a victim of domestic or sexual violence to the hospital for an examination and/or treatment. At the hospital, rights and services are explained to the victim, and the counselor/advocate can answer their questions.MonroeWomen's Resources of Monroe County, Inc.Women's Resources of Monroe County, Inc.
    Women's Way - Advocacy and EducationWOMEN’S WAY seeks to conduct public education and advocacy around the issues that it funds and will work to increase civic engagement around the advocacy priorities and other mission-central issues. WOMEN’S WAY is particularly concerned about how the identified priorities impact vulnerable populations of women, girls and families including low-income women, the immigrant community, LGBTQ, elderly, disabled and incarcerated women. WOMEN’S WAY’s Education & Advocacy Agenda is community-driven as it is primarily shaped by the results of the 2008 Annual Women’s Issues Summit and ongoing conversations with WOMEN’S WAY funded agencies. The Summit is an annual opportunity for WOMEN’S WAY to hear from those working directly in the field with women, girls and their families about the most pressing needs facing these communities. The information gathered is used to develop WOMEN’S WAY’s funding and advocacy priorities. The Education & Advocacy Agenda includes targeted advocacy initiatives, determined with the guidance of an advisory committee, which will help to achieve incremental policy change around each priority issue area. Throughout the year, WOMEN’S WAY also will join other allied coalitions working on advocacy initiatives that align with WOMEN’S WAY’s mission.PhiladelphiaWomen's Way - Philadelphia; Center CityWomen's Way
    Wounded Warrior ProjectWounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization that assists physically or mentally injured veterans through advocacy, events, resources and programs. Programs include:
    • Combat Stress Recovery Program,
    • Project Odyssey,
    • Restore Warriors,
    • The Independence Program and the Long-Term Support Trust,
    • Physical Health & Wellness programs,
    • Soldier Ride,
    • TRACK,
    • Transition Training Academy,
    • Warriors to Work,
    • Alumni program,
    • Family Support program,
    • Benefits Service,
    • International Support,
    • WWP Packs,
    • Peer Support,
    • Policy and Government Affairs,
    • Resource Center.
    Vist website for detailed information on these programs.
    Wounded Warrior ProjectWounded Warrior Project
    Wounded Warrior Project, PittsburghWounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization that assists physically or mentally injured veterans through advocacy, events, resources and programs. Programs include:
    • Combat Stress Recovery Program,
    • Project Odyssey,
    • Restore Warriors,
    • The Independence Program and the Long-Term Support Trust,
    • Physical Health & Wellness programs,
    • Soldier Ride,
    • TRACK,
    • Transition Training Academy,
    • Warriors to Work,
    • Alumni program,
    • Family Support program,
    • Benefits Service,
    • International Support,
    • WWP Packs,
    • Peer Support,
    • Policy and Government Affairs,
    • Resource Center.
    Vist website for detailed information on these programs.
    AlleghenyWounded Warrior ProjectWounded Warrior Project
    York County Children's Advocacy CenterMission: The York County Children's Advocacy Center is dedicated to reducing the trauma children experience during the investigation of abuse allegations by providing a child-friendly atmosphere, and enabling the child to disclose only one time. Forensic Child Interview Medical ExamsYorkYork County Children's Advocacy CenterYork County Children's Advocacy Center
    Youth Advocate Program (YAP) - HarrisburgA licensed provider of behavioral health services funded by Medical Assistance. YAP's strategic plan calls for expansion of MA services and entry into the managed care arena in other states. Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.'s services include: - Programs for Pre- and Post-Adjudicated Children and Youth - Aftercare Programs for Individuals Returning from Placement - Services for Dependent Youth and Their Families - School-based Programs/In-School Alternatives to Suspension/Expulsion - Independent Living and Life Skills Programs - Supported Work Programs - Medical Assistance Funded Mobile Therapy - Behavioral Health Programs - Services for Autistic Children - Family Outpatient Clinics - Homebuilders Programs - Wraparound/Advocacy Programs YAP utilizes a state-of-the art Intellicorp software package to conduct the following background checks on all new employees: Criminal SuperSearch, Sex Offender Registry, Identity Verification, Single County Criminal, Motor Vehicle Report and Terrorist Database.DauphinYouth Advocate Programs - HarrisburgYouth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP)
    YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Resource Center - HomewoodSupports families in achieving self-sufficiency through providing an extensive network of financial management skills, tools and training. Advocates with community partners to improve access and to develop opportunities for life-long learning. Provides referrals, breast and cervical health navigation, personalized support, and assistance in applying for public benefits and health insurance.AlleghenyResource CenterYWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
    YWCA Lancaster - Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center (SAPCC)Provides comprehensive services to children and adults who have experienced sexual violence. All client services are at no cost and confidential. Direct services to victim-survivors and significant others include: - Individual counseling and client advocacy - 24 hour rape crisis hotline (717-392-7273) - Accompaniment to hospital, police and court proceedings - Support group counseling on an as needed/requested - Information and referral to appropriate resources - Primary prevention programs, presentations and workshops available to the community, school and other professional organizations - Act 126 Mandated Reporter Training offered for any agency that interacts with children on a daily basis ie: school districts, faith based organizations, after school programs, etc. The sexual assault center provides a Volunteer Advocate Training for individuals interested in becoming hotline or medical advocates and volunteers. The 40 hour mandatory training provides a general overview about the long-lasting effects of sexual violence, and identifies various agencies that can assist victims survivors and their families. Volunteer advocates learn how to give appropriate referrals to hotline callers, as well as gain a sound knowledge of medical, legal and social service systems. Volunteer trainings are held at least twice a year in the fall and spring. Other locations: Columbia 401 Locust Street, Columbia PA 17512 Tuesday, 3:00pm to 3:00pm Ephrata 40 East Main Street, Ephrata PA 17522 Wednesday, 3:00pm to 6:00pm Millersville University 1 South George Street, Millersville PA 17551 Monday, 11:00am to 7:00pm LancasterYWCA LancasterYWCA Lancaster

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