ELU Events

Our monthly events focus on volunteerism and personal/professional development. Join us!

During the months of October-December, we will focus on celebrating the holidays through serving people throughout Berks County.  

RESCHEDULED- Providing Fresh Foods to Those Who Need it Most with Veggie Rx- Tuesday, October 11 @ 10:30 am -12:00 pm  

Learn how Penn State Health St. Joseph provides healthy foods to individuals in downtown Reading through their United Way funded Veggie Rx program. Volunteers will assist with the set up and distribution of the fruits and vegetables. Register Here

Start the Season of Giving by Giving Blood with Miller-Keystone-Week of October 10-15

What better way to help someone than donating blood? Miller-Keystone Blood Center’s goal is to ensure there is access to blood to those who need it, but their supply is dangerously low. Be sure to include Group ID# 8399 in the notes section when you register. Register Here

All Treats and No Tricks for Opportunity House-Thursday, October 20 @ 4:00-5:30 pm

Join us as we partner with Youth Volunteer Corps of Reading to collect and sort new/gently used Halloween costumes for the kiddos of the Second Street Learning Center. We will also be preparing lunch for the next day lunch for the residents. Register Here

Celebrating Harvest and Community with the Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge-Saturday, October 22 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm

We are partnering with ELU Cabinet member Amanda Funk, Executive Director of Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, to learn about the importance of taking care of our community. Volunteers will prepare the garden plots in the Buttonwood Street Community Garden for winter and clean up the block surrounding the garden. Kids ages 9 and up are welcome to participate in this opportunity. Register Here

Spooktacular Fun with Dayspring Homes-Thursday, October 27 @ 1:00-3:00 pm

Join us we host a Halloween themed party for participants of Dayspring Homes programming in the Laureldale area. Dayspring Homes has a mission to provide care to meet the ongoing needs of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Register Here

Send Holiday Cheer Overseas with Keystone Military Families-Wednesday, November 2 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm 

In honor of Veterans Day, we are partnering with Keystone Military Families, an organization focused on helping local families of military members and veterans. We will fill stockings with personal care items, holiday gifts, snacks, etc., that will be sent overseas to active military members. Register Here

Budgeting for the Holidays is Sweet!-Thursday, November 10 @ 5:30-7:00 pm

The holidays are a wonderful time, but can also be stressful financially. Join us as ELU member Ashley Blessing, a CPA Manager from Herbein + Company, Inc., shares best practices in ensuring a happy and financially healthy holiday season in the fun environment of Sweet Ride Ice Cream. Following the session, ELU members will be treated to delicious treats. Register Here

Packing Holiday Cheer with Helping Harvest-Saturday, November 19 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Pack Thanksgiving meals for those who need them most. Along with packing the boxes, volunteers will also have the opportunity to tour the facility and bring a non-perishable item to benefit their holiday efforts. Kids ages 12 and up are welcome to join this opportunity. Register Here

NEW! Rockin Around Rock Hollow Woods-Tuesday, November 29 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm

What better way to spread holiday cheer than by decorating with holiday ornaments! Rock Hollow Woods is in need of volunteers to make their trails and outdoor pavilion more festive for their holiday programs in December. Along with decorating, ELU members will enjoy a nature walk of the property and hot chocolate to warm up! Register here

Holidays Around the World with Reading Truck Body-Saturday, December 3 @ 9:00 am-12:30 pm

The tradition continues! Join us as we provide children from Olivet Boys & Girls Club a unique holiday experience to celebrate the holidays and learn how people around the world celebrate. Register Here

Be a Holiday Angel and Help Salvation Army – Thursday, December 8 @ 12:00-2:00 pm

Salvation Army provides cheer to our community through their various holiday gift programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting the thousands of gifts they receive in their warehouse (location TBD). Register Here

Holiday Cookie Party with Youth from LGBT Center- Tuesday, December 13 @ 4:30-6:30 pm

Join us in learning more about the work of the LGBT Center and spending an evening filled with holiday fun for the youth in their Voices Youth program. Register Here