How to Help

Donate

Consider making a DONATION that will help homeless families and youth achieve sustainable independence.

Family Promise of Berks County depends on the financial backing of corporations, individuals, foundations, congregations and grants to offer a continuum of services and cover the costs involved with successfully administering quality programming.

Host a Fundraiser

Host an event in honor of Family Promise of Berks County. Be creative and original. We can collaborate by assisting you with planning and execution or let you run the show. Charity Walks, Golf Outings and Box Cities are all good ways you can make a difference!

Support Businesses that Give Back

Ask your favorite store or restaurant to add Family Promise of Berks to their list of charitable causes or select us as a recipient through our existing partners.

Thrivent members – Thrivent Choice dollars & Thrivent Action Team Grants may be designated to benefit Family Promise at your request. Get started at Thrivent.com/thriventchoice

Amazon shoppers – Use Amazon Smile and a portion (.05%) of your qualified purchases will go to us

Coffee drinkers – Consider buying your coffee from Solude Coffee and 10% of your purchase price will contribute to our work.

Shopping for a special occasion? – Visit It’s a Gift! at 720 Penn Avenue, West Reading PA 19611, Send your receipts to Family Promise at 325 N. 5th Street, Reading PA 19601 and we will receive donation equivalent to 10% of your total purchases.

Foster Corporate Engagement

Ask your employer to engage in company-tailored volunteer programs, event sponsorship, and cause-marketing by partnering with Family Promise of Berks to provide for families in need, boost employee pride, and enhance corporate presence in the community.

Does your employer match donations? Ask and you may be able to double the impact of your financial contribution.

Ask your Philanthropy committee to consider including Family Promise of Berks County in their upcoming budget with a grant or donation.

Host our Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

Contact us to host the Giving Tree at your place of business, social club, employer or congregation. It highlights tangible opportunities to contribute to every day expenses incurred while serving families and youth. Your generosity can purchase a tire for the van, a week worth of transportation or even paper for the printer.

Select an envelope from the tree for the item and amount of your choice, enclose your contribution and insert the envelope into a locked box.

Our virtual Giving Tree is available online for moments when you wish to be generous at the click of a button!

 

Browse our Wish List

Financial support goes a long way, but we can always use:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Hand soap
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Men’s deodorant and shaving sticks
  • Laundry & cleaning supplies
  • Gift cards to grocery or department stores
  • BARTA bus passes
  • Toiletries for men and women
  • New towels, washcloths, and pillows
  • Office supplies

Items can be dropped off at our Day Center at 325 N. 5th Street, Reading, 19601 during regular business hours. If you would like to donate but have questions, please call us.

Space is limited at the Day Center, so if you wish to donate furniture, household items or clothing consider contacting our partners at The Rudden Family Foundation.They accept donations in good condition of of beds, furniture, household items, linens and more. Take the time to learn about how they give back to communities in need and the families we serve.

Volunteer

Volunteers make Family Promise of Berks County possible. Our dedicated volunteers help us provide emergency shelter, meals and assistance to homeless families for about one-third of the cost of traditional shelters. Family Promise keeps families together and provides them with a safe, supportive and home-like environment.

Our volunteers come with open hearts and often become a great source of encouragement and hope during difficult times. The Network enables volunteers to share contacts and connections that often lead to employment, housing and education opportunities.family_promise-1180c

Contact us to find out how you can help a neighbor in need. We offer a wide range of volunteer activities that fit varying schedules, expertise and levels of commitment. You are never too old or young to get involved, we welcome entire families to come volunteer together, from grandparents to young children.

Contact us to discuss adding your congregation to the list of participating hosts.

Even an hour of volunteering can change lives. There are many opportunities to share your time and talents – Read a story, help write a resume host overnight, prepare a meal, set-up and break-down a room, shop, help with laundry after a host week, become a volunteer coordinator, recruit fellow volunteers, serve on a committee and/or Board of Directors.

Our work is made possible by your generosity; we value your partnership and look forward to your involvement!

Educate

Come have a conversation with us at our Day-Center to learn more about how we serve the community, browse our website or visit our national affiliate site where you will find an Interactive Multi-Media Curriculum that educates about poverty in the United States. Just Neighbors spurs congregations, businesses, schools and other groups to greater service.

Read the Myth Busters to see how easy it can be to give back.

Watch an Introduction to the Hospitality Network Program ,  Ways Volunteers Can HelpTraining for Volunteers