Waynesboro Community & Human Services (WCHS), located at 123 Walnut Street Waynesboro, PA provides a central location for the provision and coordination of a wide variety of human services needed by low income residents of Waynesboro Area and Greencastle Antrim School Districts.
Services available at the Center include Information and referrals, Clothing Bank, Food Bank, Diaper Bank, Emergency Financial Assistance and the Community Nurse Office. Counseling is available from Occupational Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Services and AHEDD, while we also sponsor a Keystone Health and PA-Career-link satellite offices. Rental Facilities are available at the center for those who have one-time only or ongoing programs that will offer concrete help, emotional support and encouragement and opportunities for personal growth to those who desire such help. Please call 762-6941 to discuss your needs and/or ideas for services.
During the COVID-19 emergency and until further notice our operational processes have changed. follow the link to read about these temporary processes
Food justice is an important part of community justice. We take donations from financial contributors, local businesses and government surplus foods and use them to fight hunger. Last year over 97,000 pounds of food were distributed 647 families throughout our service area. Help us connect with donors and with people in need.
The first Tuesday of each month we host FRESH EXPRESS. This is an opportunity for income qualified neighbors to receive additional FREE fruits and veggies, regardless of how many visits made to the food bank!
Free clothing and miscellaneous household items are provided to clients throughout the Waynesboro Area and Greencastle Antrim school districts. Last year 992 households consisting of 1001 children and 1700 adults used our Clothing Bank. All of our clothing and miscellaneous items are provided through donations.
Free in-home nursing visits reduce emergency medical needs for our most vulnerable population.
In 2019 our Community Heath Nurses made 1789 visits to patients in the Waynesboro Area School district service zone.
Families in need struggle to even get diapers for their children. Several years ago we established a Diaper Bank, that last year distributed 1061 packs of diapers along with 770 packets of baby wipes to 126 different households throughout our service area.
Our at risk school age children receive lunches and breakfasts at schools, but often not enough to eat on the weekends. WCHS saw this need and now provides weekend food to at risk students, not only during the school year but year round. Last year we distributed 4,704 bags of nutritious food to 142 children at an average cost of $4.39 per bag.
As a centralized point for human services outreach, WCHS coordinates services available to our neighbors in need. We provide financial counselling and assistance to persons in need for housing, basic utilities, prescriptions or other basic needs as well as assist people in accessing financial and in kind assistance from other non-profits, government or private organizations.
WCHS, along with the Fellowship of Churches, coordinates and sponsors the Waynesboro Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Local restaurants, businesses, social clubs and churches provide food an monetary donations to support the dinner. Individuals donate their time on Thanksgiving Day to cook, serve, deliver meals and clean up to make our Thanksgiving meal a success. Without community donations and support of individuals, our Community Thanksgiving Dinner would not exist. The meal is for anyone in the community who is shut in or unable to prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner. WCHS begins signing up for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in October. Last year we linked 8 restaurants/grocery stores, with several business, service/social clubs and churches with 103 volunteers to produce a Thanksgiving meal that included 63 deliveries, 74 takeouts as well as sit down dinners.
WCHS holds a Christmas Distribution for residents of Waynesboro and Greencastle Antrim School Districts. We provide a Christmas food box containing everything to prepare a Christmas Dinner. A turkey or ham is included in the box through generous donations from Johnson Controls, Otterbein Church, local social clubs and individuals from the community. Christmas gifts, gift cards and clothing are provided for Children ages 0-18 through the Waynesboro Rotary club, Johnson Controls, St. Andrew Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Trinity United Church of Christ and Blue Rock Church. Local businesses, churches and individuals host families for adoption as well. WCHS begins signing up for the Christmas Distribution in October. Last year we provided 273 Christmas food boxes and facilitated gifts for 227 families through adoptions and sponsorship by various organizations, companies and individuals.
WCHS depends on donations in order to provide assistance to our neighbors. We accept donations during regular operational hours. Please do not leave donations outside at any time especially when we are closed. We accept: clean serviceable clothing and miscellaneous household items. Please call ahead if you have large items or appliances as our facility is small and we need to make arrangements for recipients prior to receiving most large items. We receive financial donations during working hours, by mail or on-line.
WCHS coordinates a Back to School distribution of school supplies and clothing for eligible families in the Waynesboro Area and Greencastle Antrim School Districts for children in grades k-12. WCHS provides school supplies and new clothing donated by local churches, businesses and community members. Families may start to sign up in June, providing social security cards for children attending school and most recent months household income.
Last year we received donations from area churches, individuals and organizations from both Greencastle-Antrim and Waynesboro Area school districts and distributed supplies and clothing to 305 children.
WCHS hosts a local connection to PA CareerLink® . PA CareerLink is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s initiative to assist job-seekers find family sustaining jobs and how employers find the skilled candidates that they need. The WCHS hosted link provides job-seekers the ability to search and apply for job openings in our area or anywhere throughout Pennsylvania. You can create and upload a resume and make yourself available to thousands of employers. PA CareerLink® will also recommend jobs for you based on your preferences. One exciting feature is an automatic capture of all of your job-search activities within PA CareerLink®. You have the ability to record any outside job-search activities, too. All in one place. All for free.
WCHS hosts a satellite office for Keystone Health, who provides enrollment help for insurance, food stamps, heating programs and market place insurance. To set up an appointment to meet with a Keystone Health Navigator at our office (Thursday and Friday afternoon only) call 717-709-7969