Community Initiatives

What does Community Initiatives do?

The Community Initiatives & Advancement team oversees three major areas: Communication, Outreach, and Advancement. Our team oversees bilingual outreach and education opportunities for children and families aimed at creating greater family success. Staff are present at weekly health clinics and community events to provide information about resources, applications to our services, school readiness activities, and family services. The team supports each area of the organization with fundraising and donation efforts, and hosts our two major events: The Annual Donley Awards and Gala, and the Golf Tournament. Your donations make it possible to purchase classroom materials, keep staff up-to-date with best practices, provide parent education, and provide emergency assistance to families for diapers, formula, and other necessities. Reach out if you’d like to donate or be involved!

We are proudly partnering with The Allentown Health Bureau, Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, Leonard Parker Pool Institute for Health, Pool Center for Health Analytics and Valley Health Partners to launch a new collaborative that aims to create an equitable early learning environment for young children in Allentown and particularly in the Franklin Park neighborhood. Allentown is among 13 new communities throughout the US in BUILD’s fourth cohort.

Families First in Franklin Park is a new collaborative committed to creating an equitable early learning environment for young children in Allentown and particularly in the Franklin Park neighborhood. For more information visit the link above!

We are excited to partner with Ripple Church to bring The Uplift After-School Program to Franklin Park! This provides a safe space for children K-8th grade. We have activities, offer homework help, and always provide dinner! This has been a great way for us to engage with families, and support the community. 

Thank you to all those who participated in our Golf Tournament this year! 122 golfers helped us raise crucial funds for our children and families. Check out the photos on our Event page. Save the Date for next year! The Golf Tournament will be held at Northampton Country Club on Monday, April 28th. Hope to see you there!

Join us for our Annual Donley Awards & Gala at the Northampton Country Club on Friday, September 27th! Entertainment by The Philly Keys, lots of raffles, dinner, drinks, and supporting our critical mission – it’ll be a great night! Click here to purchase tickets, or be a sponsor.

Project Child

Community Services for Children is proud to sponsor Project Child, a unique and innovative coalition with the purpose of preventing child abuse and neglect. To share resources and information, The Parent Project Podcasts (link to youtube?) were launched with topics such as: the importance of routines, family group decision-making, sleep habits, car seat safety and more. We host 2 professional development forums a year (images of invitations?) Interested in learning more? Know someone who could share their expertise at a forum? Let us know!

Parks and Pools Summer Series-look out for us at your local park or pool this summer! In partnership with the Allentown Summer Playground Program we provide information and resources about our Head Start/Early Head Start programs and our Early Learning Resource Centers. 

Our bilingual staff are out at clinics, libraries, and every week! Stop by when you see us!

CSC is proud to be a participating organization in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, more commonly known as EITC.

EITC provides eligible businesses with a tax credit for contributions made to non-profit organizations. Businesses can support CSC in two ways! CSC is approved to receive funds for the Educational Improvement Program (EIO) and Pre-K Scholarship Program (PKSO).

PKSO allows us to provide scholarships to children attending Pre-K at CSC and engaging in CSC summer programs. Support of this program means children receive high quality learning without undue financial burden. EIO supports inventive education through our Innovation Labs. Children are inspired to think like scientists and lead their own learning experience. This approach fosters literacy skills, critical thinking, collaboration, and more!

2023-2024 EITC partners

  • American Bank
  • AmerisourceBergen
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Embassy Bank
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • J L Mann Consulting
  • PPL
  • Truist (BB&T)
  • UGI Utilities, Inc.
  • United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Weis Markets

Click here if you would like to learn more about how your business can receive tax credits while making a difference for children in the Lehigh Valley!