University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC)
The University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC) provides hot meals to anyone in need on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and during the academic year Sundays, at sites in the University City area. Volunteers to serve meals are needed during the summer and academic breaks, when students are not available.  In addition, First Church sponsors quarterly casserole "blitzes," in which we prepare 30-40 casseroles to be served at UCHC meals.  These typically occur on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November; check the bulletins for announcements.  Contact for information.

The Arc of Philadelphia
The Arc of Philadelphia advocates with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, to promote active citizenship, self-determination, and full inclusion.

Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies is a program pairing elementary school students with adult volunteers for an hour of reading together each week. Reading Buddies meets Monday mornings at 10 AM at First Church during the school year.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Jeannie Boehner.

Zia is a non-profit whose mission is to provide balanced and nutritious food for Philadelphia children. Volunteers are needed for a number of activities. For more information please contact Paula Gross.

MANNA, an organization founded by First Church, provides assistance to those at nutritional risk due to critical illness. MANNA relies on volunteers to assist in the kitchen, cooking and baking, prepping and packaging, and delivering meals to clients. To learn more, contact Taylor Perkins or visit

Wintershelter, a small homeless shelter for about 20 men, located in the basement of Trinity Memorial Church (22nd & Spruce Streets), is seeking new helpers for the cooking and/or serving of dinners on Monday evening, from November through April. Please contact Terry Hirshorn ( for more details.

Habitat/West Philadelphia Repair Initiative (WPRI)
First Church is looking for volunteers to work with Habitat's West Philadelphia Repair Initiative (WPRI), an urban ministry that assists homeowners in West Philadelphia with repairs to their homes.  Work can involve painting, installing sheetrock, windows, flooring, carpentry, etc.  Volunteers do not need any experience.  Contact for more information.

Urban Tree Connection (UTC)
UTC is a nonprofit organization that engages children and adults from some of Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods in community-based, urban-greening projects. First Church volunteers with UTC several Saturdays a year for 10 am to 1 pm.  For more information contact Bruce Rapsher.

Camp Sojourner Girls' Leadership Camp
Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Camp is a nonprofit leadership program for Philadelphia girls.  Their program focuses on team-building, leadership development, creative arts, and appreciation of nature.  They offer girls the chance to get out of the city for a one-week sleep-away camp experience, and then to get involved in year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities.  There are volunteer days at Bartram’s Garden on Saturdays, beginning at 9:30 with a brief orientation followed by a work-day in the garden with the young women in the program.  A lunch follows with a brief educational seminar. Contact Beverly Cowart to volunteer.