The success of the Montgomery Service Leaders Program is represented by the opportunities and learning that come from serving with a local non-profit organization in a long-term capacity. Organizations that host Montgomery Service Leaders must be non-profit or governmental. They must have a supervisor willing and able to mentor the students place with the organization and be willing to work within the developmental model for leadership.

Organizations interested in participating in this program can contact the Center for Service, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CS3) at 717-245-1577 or csss@dickinson.edu.

Service Placements

Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) is an environmental organization based out of Dickinson College that empowers local communities with the scientific tools to assess, protect and restore waterways. Since 1986, ALLARM has provided technical assistance to volunteer stream monitors in the state of Pennsylvania. In the form of skill building workshops implemented in municipal buildings and community centers throughout Pennsylvania, ALLARM has built the scientific capacity of community watershed associations to address water quality questions and implement monitoring studies.

Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC) serves and enriches the community by encouraging creativity and self-esteem through exploration and appreciation of the visual arts. It does this via classes and workshops, exhibits and participation in community events. Since its founding in January 1992, CALC has offered a variety of courses for children and adults in a number of settings, including the Carlisle YWCA, Carlisle Community Center, Hope Station, One West Penn, and Cumberland Crossings.

Carlisle CARES began as a ministry of Grace United Methodist Church in 2004 to provide overnight emergency shelter from November through March to those with nowhere else to go. Shelter was provided in host churches in the Carlisle area and staffed entirely by volunteers. In the first year of service, CARES provided shelter to 45 homeless guests. Since then, the organization has sheltered more than 1,000 homeless in Cumberland and Perry counties.

Central Pennsylvania Conservancy (CPC) is the local land trust for an 8-county south-central PA region. The mission of this organization is to conserve natural resources and open space for the benefit of current and future generations through land acquisitions, donated conservation easements and outreach and education in the Central Pennsylvania Region. Through their efforts and the support of their members, they have preserved thousands of acres of land for future generations.

Cumberland County Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA) recruits, screens, trains and supports citizen volunteers in becoming Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). They are well-trained volunteers who, when authorized by a judge, do fact finding and speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. Most CASA volunteers are able to remain with the case until the child or sibling group achieves permanency. When a child has a Court Appointed Special Advocate to speak for them, positive things happen!

Employment Skills Center helps individuals become more employable, productive and self-sufficient community members through education and training. Thr organization hosts English as Second Language courses, computer classes and help with resumes, itnerviews and other job necessities. They also help organizations become more efficient, safe and productive with Customized Workforce Training designed to deliver foundational skills to incumbent workers.

Hope Station seeks to lift up the neighborhood surrounding Memorial Park by tackling the most difficult problems through education, technology, job development and, most importantly, teaching children to become leaders by learning to respect themselves and others. It provides programs such as Kids Cafe, where kids can get healthy snacks after school; YOuth Growth Activity (YOGA), where students in 6th - 12th grade do fun and enriching activities after school; HIRE Plus, where adults learn basic job skills to improve their chances of finding work; and many more.

Project SHARE distributes food boxes in the third week of each month. Each food box contains 45 nutritious food items, approximately one week's groceries for a family of four. Fifteen teams of volunteers deliver food to some 95 housebound households. All families are screened once a year to insure financial eligibility and need. Other volunteers are available to talk to those who are having difficulties including budget problems, referring them to other agencies whenever appropriate.

REACH! is an after school program for students in grades 3-12 that strives to help students achieve greater academic success through performing arts. The program employs mentoring, tutoring, homework help and role modeling to acheive this goal. They believe that the discipline learned in performing arts can be applied to education, athletics, a healthy lifestyle and gaining relevant and useful life skills. The program serves over 100 students each year and provides educational assemblies at schools and other live performances throughout the community.

Safe Harbour provides a continuum of housing services for the homeless of Cumberland County. Their services include an emergency shelter for families and single females who are in need of a secure place to live while getting their lives under control, a bridge housing program for individuals and families in need of longer-term assistance to acquire the skills necessary for independent living and productive lifestyle and single-room-occupancy permanent housing facilities for single individuals that are not yet ready for independent living. 

The Salvation Army of Carlisle serves children, teens, adults, elderly individuals and families within the community. They keep with The Salvation Army's mission to communicate the gospel and to promote the alleviation of human suffering through programs that focus on teaching for life change, sharing the gospel and assisting human needs. Their programs include a soup kitchen, thrift store, youth programs and much more.

The United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County provides vital funding to 27 partner agencies and 44 programs. It also runs a very successful Success by 6 program, heating assistance program, tax assistance programs and a prescription assistance program. The organization has a successful history of partnering with local agencies on projects such as Pandemic Preparedness, transitioning teams when local companies are closing or significantly downsizing, agency fairs and financial management courses. They also run programs including a Student Leadership Council, Taking it to the Streets Project, and the Community Needs to Community Impact Transition Process.  

United Methodist Home for Children provides a caring environment for Central Pennsylvania's children in need. Originally a home for orphans, today the Home is a refuge for children who are the victims of a negative social environment. Each year, UMHC programs provide emergency shelter and residential treatment for hundreds of children on our beautiful 56 acre campus in Cumberland County. Children are referred to the Home primarily by county youth agencies and family courts. The children, for a variety of reasons, are unable to live with their families or within foster care placements in the community.

YMCA Carlisle works to promote personal growth, enhance family values, and provide community service through programs available to all. Programs include health, children and youth development, camping, after-school care and community groups.

YWCA Carlisle was incorporated in 1919. In its long history of advocating for women and girls, the YWCA opened the first daycare center in the greater Carlisle Area, provided opportunities for teenage girls to develop leadership skills through a YW Teens program, offered fitness programs for women and girls in the early 1920s, started clubs for African American girls in the 1930's, and provided food to transients during the Great Depression. Today the YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organziation runs women's programs, children's programs, and the 24/7 Sexual Assult/Rape Crisis Hotline.