If you would like to receive our periodic e-newsletter and/or volunteer for T&E Care, please sign up on the form below. We always appreciate volunteer support – check out our list of volunteer suggestions. The e-newsletter is sent when there is a need or a local announcement (about monthly). If you read about a need and feel you can help, then we welcome your assistance. If you can’t help at that time, feel free to delete and wait for the next email. We look forward to your support!

NOTE:  If you are a local family needing assistance, please do not sign up on this form. Click HERE instead.

Are you Interested in Volunteering With us?


We can certainly use your help!

As T&E Care continues to grow we have many ways that we could use help of community members. Besides needing your help with donations of money and “stuff”, we could use YOU. If you’d like to get more involved here are some of the many areas we can use help. We promise we will not abuse your offer of help!  Email us at information@tecare.org if you want to get involved.
Administrative Assistance for T&E Care
  • Grant writing – there are grants out there that we would qualify for, but we need help finding them and completing the required applications.
  • Development/Business solicitations – if you are comfortable asking people or businesses for donations then we could REALLY use your help. We know that there are local businesses who would be willing to support local organizations such as ours, but we need help reaching out to them.
  • Publicity – we could use help putting out press releases, creating brochures, etc.
  • Website/Facebook –  we have a website and a Facebook page and can always use help maintaining them.
  • Excel we use Excel to keep track of a lot of our information and can always use people to help organize our information.
  • Computers – we refurbish computers for families and prepare new laptops for college kids. We can always use someone with good IT skills. We also appreciate people who are good with computer basics who can help a set up computers for a family or college student.
  • CPA/Auditing – we sometimes need help at tax time with various tax forms. We also can always use the skills of someone who is good with numbers as we grow in size and budget.
  • Thank you notes – if you are looking for a volunteer job that allows you to stay at home with your kids this is the place for you  We often need help writing thank you notes for donations made to T&E Care.

Helping directly with a family

  • College application process – we have different mentors working with college students who are struggling with FAFSA applications, the general financial aid process, and other decisions about college. You don’t need to be a professional. If you’ve had a child go through this process and you found it easy to follow you can help.
  • Legal advice– some families run into situations that require legal advice of all different sorts: divorce, employment, foreclosure, etc. If you are a lawyer (or know one) who could give us a little time now and then, we’d really appreciate hearing from you.
  • Construction skills – many of the homes the families live in are in a state of disrepair. If you are a handyman or contractor, or have skills doing minor electrical or plumbing work, please let us know.
  • Financial skills – if you are good with budgeting, we would love to connect you with a family to help them work through some financial difficulties that might be hindering their path to a better future.
  • Summer camp assistance – each spring we offer summer camp assistance to local families, and ask for a few volunteers to help coordinate the registrations and payments.
  • Job assistance – if you have human resource skills (can look at resumes, can offer advice on interviewing, etc.) we would love to put your name on our list. Often helping people get new jobs is the most important step to getting them back on their feet.
  • Driving – now and then we are asked to offer a ride for a family or child without access to transportation. If you could be called on to help with that now and then, we’d really appreciate it.
  • Spending time with kids – we are always looking for people with extra time who could be a “big brother” or “big sister” to some local kids.
  • Tutoring – we occasionally get requests from families looking for extra tutoring help for their child/children. If this is something you’d be willing to offer, we’d love to hear from you.
  • Social work skills – we love to know people who understand the general government bureaucracy in applying for assistance.  When a person is struggling this can be a huge mountain for them to climb alone.

Helping with a T&E Care program or event

  • Fundraisers – for our big fundraiser each fall we need lots of volunteers: planning decorations and activities, soliciting auction prizes and sponsors, creating the program booklet, managing the silent auction and raffles, recordkeeping, sending invitations, etc. Contact us at fallfest@tecare.org.
  • Furniture moving – we provide furniture to families who have moved to a new home in this area and have no furniture, or just need a new bed or other furniture. If you have a large vehicle and are willing to help move items let us know at stuff@tecare.org
  • Help with our programs – we run a number of programs during the year that are labor intensive. These include
    • our School Supply Drive – committee work begins in March/April, the drive runs in July and sorting day is late July. Questions: schoolsupplies@tecare.org
    • our Holiday Drive – committee work begins late September, the drive runs mid November through early December and our sorting days are the 1st or 2nd week of December. Questions: holidays@tecare.org
    • our Holiday Dinners – we help families at both Thanksgiving and around Christmas with special meals. We organize a month or so before the actual holiday and deliver the food just prior to the holiday.
    • our Kids’ Clothing Event – committee work begins in January and the event runs early spring (date changes based on Spring Break). Questions: clothes@tecare.org
    • our Camp Assistance Program – the committee work begins in January as we work with families to cover cost of summer camps.  Our program runs throughout the entire spring. Questions: camp@tecare.org
    • our Stuff Program – this runs all year long helping families who have asked for household items; it is NOT labor intensive all the time – just whenever such a request comes in. Questions: stuff@tecare.org

Other types of assistance

  • Auto skills – many of the families we support have OLD cars, or they are looking to buy a used car. We could really use the advice of a mechanic (or someone who knows cars) now and then.
  • Bargain shopping – we have to buy items for families now and then, and it takes time to go shopping and find the best bargains. If you love to shop, you may be the right person for us.
  • Other skills – we know there are other ways people can help – let us know what your skills are and how we can best use your talent.
If everyone does a little, no one needs to do a lot.

Special Volunteer Needs – Drivers Wanted!

Every summer T&E Care will be helping some local kids attend summer camp by covering their tuition costs. Most kids in our community get to go to overnight camps or Future Stars or art camp for a week or two (or more) and then go on a vacation as well. But many of the kids in the families we support sit home day after day throughout the summer, there is no camp and certainly no vacation. Paying for a week or two of camp is a special treat offered to these kids through our Summer Camp Program. We also like to offer help with transportation when needed. The parents work, or they don’t even own a car, and even if we pay for the camp the kids still can’t get there. Each year we have about a dozen kids who need rides to local camps. It doesn’t take a lot of volunteers and if you could help out as a camp driver please send an email to camp@tecare.org. We will collect names, and once we have the schedules for the kids (in May or early June) we’ll try to match up your availability with the required dates.

Note: all drivers need appropriate insurance and will be required to get a child abuse and a criminal background check, see below.

Possible Home Make-Over Projects

Some families are living in homes that need many repairs, with no way to afford them. As we work with some of these families, we hope to offer help fixing up their homes. If you have any skills related to home repair: painting, plumbing, electrical, general contractor, etc. or even if you’re not a professional but would like to help, send us an email at information@tecare.org. There are all sorts of ways that everyone can help out. If we identify a family needing support, we’ll contact you for assistance. Thanks.

Required Background Checks for Volunteers Who Interact with Children

All volunteers who work directly with kids are required by the state of PA and T&E Care to get both a Child Abuse History Clearance Check and a Criminal Background Record Check. These applications are not complicated to complete. Additionally, anyone who has not lived in the state of PA for at least 10 consecutive years must get an FBI clearance. Residents of PA for 10 years or more can fill out a witnessed affidavit in lieu of doing the FBI clearance. A copy of the affidavit is below.

If you have already gotten the required clearances for a job and/or another volunteer capacity you don’t need to apply again just send us all the final paperwork for each of the clearances. IMPORTANT NOTE:  if you are applying to the TESD to do volunteer work, do those applications FIRST and send us the copies. TESD has a slightly different process and can’t accept our applications, but we can accept theirs. This is especially true for anyone needing the FBI clearance.
All clearances must be updated every 5 years.  It is best if they can all be done in the same year so your record-keeping is made easier. Please contact us at information@tecare.org for assistance if needed.
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For the Criminal Background Check

You MUST do this application FIRST. Go to https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp to get the on-line application or download it HERE. Once you get it confirmed you need to send that confirmation to us for our records. Be sure to keep going all the way to the end in order to receive the official certificate of clearance.  A copy of this clearance certificate must be included with your child abuse application below. (It can all be done very quickly by email. If you mail in the Criminal Background Records Check Policy, it may take 2-3 weeks to receive the certificate.) There now is no fee for this application.

For the Child Abuse Application

Once you have the criminal background check certificate, go to https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home for the Child Abuse form or download it HERE. This application can NOT be done online, you MUST mail it in. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to receive your clearances.  There now is no fee for this application. More information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law can be found at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.

For the FBI Clearances – if you’ve lived in PA 10 or more consecutive years
Complete the Volunteer Affidavit – Exemption from FBI Clearance and submit to T&E Care. This affidavit needs to be witnessed. Mail it to us at T&E Care, PO Box 2111, Southeastern, PA 19399, or scan/email it to us at information@tecare.org.
For the FBI Clearances – if you’ve lived in PA less than 10 years
Volunteers who have lived in PA less than 10 years must obtain an FBI Federal Criminal History Clearance which also requires fingerprint submission. The steps to get this clearance include:
  • Go to  www.pa.cogentid.com, click “Department of Human Services” button, click “Register Online”
  • The online registration process takes 10-15 minutes to complete.  IMPORTANT NOTE: one of the required options ask you why you need to get your fingerprints done.  The option you should choose is: Employment with the likelihood of contact with children. We confirmed that this is the right option. There is no separate option for volunteering.
  • Once you have completed the form, print out the last screen where it says you have completed registration.
  • The clearance costs $27.50 (as of May 2015). The fee can be paid online with a credit card.
  • Take your registration ID number and a passport or driver’s license to a fingerprint agency. The closest one to our area is the UPS Store in Gateway Shopping Center. There is no additional charge. Visit the website or call 610-975-9500 for hours.
  • In 48 hours you can see your results online. A written receipt will come in the mail in 2 weeks.
  • T&E Care must have a copy of the written receipt before you can volunteer with children.
  • For questions about the FBI clearance go to https://www.pa.cogentid.com/index_dpwNew.htm

When you get all the final clearances please mail a copy of them to us at T&E Care, PO Box 2111, Southeastern, PA 19399 or  scan/email them to us at information@tecare.org. Thanks for understanding our need for your help on this.

The mission of T&E Care is to maintain a network of people providing financial and other material assistance to persons in need in and around the Tredyffrin and Easttown township areas.

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T&E Care is an IRS recognized non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code.   The official registration and financial information of Tredyffrin & Easttown Care may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

 

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