HVC Frequently Asked Questions

Harmonious Volunteer Center – 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com Website: www.harmoniousvolunteercenter.org Frequently Asked Questions a. Can I get a receipt for my in-kind (non-cash) donations? Answer: Yes b. Can you tell me what the worth of my donation is? Answer: No. You must indicate your own estimated value of the items. This is in accordance with I.R.S. Regulations. See publication 526 for information regarding deductibility of non-cash contibutions. c. How do I volunteer with your organization? Answer: First step is to meet with our representative in person for an orientation about our organization. We meet every Tuesday at the Widener Branch Library, 2808 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132 from 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. Second step is to complete our registration Memorandum of Understanding (agreement). d. What do you do with my donations? Answer: Multiple benefits are derived from your donations.. (1) We meet the needs of our Administrative Offices an Training Programs (2) We assist other Community Based Organizations with their needs (3) We furnish needy individuals and families with your usable donations (4) We provide humanitarian services in natural disasters in the United States and even 3rd world countries. We reuse; refurbish; and recycle your donated items. e. Can I donate money to your organization? Answer : Yes. All donations are gratefully accepted. Make check or money order to the order of the HARMONIOUS VOLUNTEER CENTER and mail to HVC Regional Office, 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132. To ensure accountability, we do not take cash except by registered membership. We do not accept credit cards payments due to cyber thefts. f. Where is your center/offices? Answer: Understanding the mission of the Harmonious Volunteer Center which is Community Service; Volunteer Training Systems; and Assistance To Community Based Organizations, you can see that our organization is located wherever we are serving to fulfill our mission. To get a better clarity, We go into neighborhoods and provide relative services. For mailing purposes we maintain Regional Offices for Administrative purposes. Various Community Based Organizations provide our HVC organization with service spaces as well. In short, we are based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and serve on a national basis. g. Can I do my Community Service with your organization? Answer: Yes, HVC is registered with the court system and provides adjudicated community service as required. Yes, HVC is registered with several State Funded Agencies to provide community service and training to their participants. Yes, HVC provides community service opportunities for schools, universities and other educational institutions for accreditation.

SHOE DRIVE DROP OFF LOCATIONS

Shoes that are donated to the Harmonious Volunteer Center may be dropped off at the following locations:  This listing updated as of September 12 2014

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE CHANGE: (Now 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132… Telephone: 267-595-5278

Laura Sims Skate House – 63rd Street & Cobbs Creek Parkway – Hours: 1:00p.m. until 9:00p.m.

Path Mart Supermarket  Outdoor Parking Lot – Monument/Conshocken/and Ford Roads near Channel Six TV station – Tuesdays only (weather permitting) 11a.m. until 3p.m.  

Overmont House - Monument Road near Channel Six

Foster Memorial Baptist Church – 1801 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 – Wednesdays only – Open 11:00a.m.

West Philadelphia - Universal Kingdom of God Church, 31 North 60th Street.

 Strawberry Mansion – Wash-N-Dry Laundry mat, 2618 Cecil B. Moore Avenue – Open Daily up to 10:00p.m.                                                                                                                                              Strawberry Mansion – Redeem Baptist Church, 2339 North 31st Street                               Frankford – Ray of Hope Porch, 1358 Ruan Street - Available Daily                                         Allegheny West – North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center at Chalmers Park, 2800 North 29th Street – Open Saturday 11a.m. until 3p.m.                                                                                                                 Allegheny West - Tyrone Hogan’s Barbershop – 25th Street & Lehigh Avenue

Lower Merion Township Recycling Center, 1300 Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley

Browse Around Thrift Shop, 4 East Athens Avenue, Ardmore, PA

Contact Change

Contact:  Old Contact

Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director Harmonious Volunteer Center 423 North 33rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 267-975-0942 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com

Contact:  New Contact

Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center, 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com  Websites: www.nextdoor.com / www.facebook.com

 

SHOE DONATION & COLLECTION CAMPAIGN

Philadephia, PA  April 1, 2014                                                                                                                                      The Harmonious Volunteer Center is  conducting a shoe collection Events at the  North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center @ Chalmers Park-2800 N. 29th Street, on SATURDAY, APRIL 26th, from 11a.m. until 4p.m. , creating volunteer opportunities along with turn-key employment opportunities.  We want your donation of old, unwanted, outgrown and unused shoe and footwear of all sizes, all kind – New or Gently Used.

The Harmonious Volunteer Center is conducting a Shoe Collection Event at the Lower Merion Recycling Center, 1300 Woodbine Avenue, Penn Valley on SATURDAY, April 26th and again on SUNDAY, April 27th from 8:00a.m. until 4:00p.m..   The Harmonious Volunteer Center is conducting a Shoe Collection Event at the St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 390 Highland Lane, Bryn Mawr, PA on Sunday, April 27th from 1:00p.m. until 4:00p.m.

While we are concerned about diverting shoes from the landfills to help save our environment, these other opportunities have presented themselves as a bonus for our efforts.   We are asking that you drop off your shoes at any of the convenient sites listed:     *  Wash-N- Dry Laundrymat located on the corner of 2618th Cecil B. Moore Avenue in (Strawberry Mansion section) * Redeem Baptist Church, North 31st Street (Strawberry Mansion section) *North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center at Chalmers Park, 2800 North 29th Street in the(Allegheny West section) *Greater Faith Baptist Church, Pastor Smith, 1936 Maragret & Ditman Streets in the (Frankford section) Ray of Hope Project, 1358 Ruan Street on the Porch (Frankford section), and the Universal Kingdom of God Church, 31 North 60th Street (West Philly) * New Horizon Day Care 2836 West Lehigh Avenue Day Care Center (Allegheny West section).  Check this website often for additional sites as they are established.  Contact:  Irvin B. Shannon for any information concerning this SHOE DRIVE CAMPAIGN.  EMAIL: hvcorder@hotmail.com.  All Styles, sizes, colors are accepted… Boots/Sneakers/Heels/Sandals/Flats/Dress (Men-Women-Children).  Receive Five (5) Equal Dollars for each pair of shoes donated.

THIS IS A YEAR LONG CAMPAIGN!!!! Bring your Shoes!!! Your contact person is: Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Hamonious Volunteer Center:  Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com

HVC ADDS ANOTHER 1,000 NEW VOLUNTEERS

The Harmonious Volunteer Center has been an advocate for just causes to bring additional resources to the under privigled and disadvantaged citizens of Philadelphia has incorporated the Equal Dollars (Community Currency) program in it’s mission to assist Community Based Organizations and has recruited 1,000 new members who are providing community service through volunteering on a daily basis.  The Harmonious Volunteer Center has projected adding an addtional 3,000 new members into Equal Dollars within the next 12 months from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  Contact Irvin B. Shannon for a group presentation about Equal Dollars and the resourceful benefits to individuals and communities in need. 267-595-5278 or Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com for an appointment.  Please refer others interested in our organization and it’s programs to this website.  You can Copy and Paste this text to share with others.

HVC Volunteer “Make A Difference Day”

October is National “Make A Difference Day” and across the nation there will be activities concerning volunteerism and community service.  At the Harmonious Volunteer Center, everyday is “Make A Difference Day” and our HVC volunteers are providing community service by improving quality of life issues in our neighborhoods.  We assist Senior Citizens; We mentor young children; We participate in neighborhood cleanup events; we provide training in various disciplines; We help people get jobs; We work together helping other organizations who are making a difference.   January is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and on this special National Holiday we continue to encourage people to “Make A Difference” a Day that happens everyday at our nonprofit organization.     All are welcome to participate to “Make A Difference”                                              For information or To Develop A Relationship with the Harmonious Volunteer Center:  Contact – Irvin B. Shannon 267-595-5278 or email: hvcorder@hotmail.com.  Please feel free to copy and paste this text to share with others who may be interested in our assortment of programs or just send them to our website.

Computer & Electronics Donation Collection Centers

News Release:  March 19, 2013 By:  Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center.  For information contact: hvcorder@hotmail.com  Telephone: 267-595-5278 Prepared for the New Laws being created by the Elected Legislatures, the Harmonious Volunteer Center has announced the establishment and opening of Computer & Electronic Donation Collection Centers to serve  the 12 million citizens of Pennsylvania.  The first center has been opened in Philadelphia and additional centers will be opened in each of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Each center opened will create a minimum of 6 job positions for persons seeking professional training and employment opportunities in each county of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which will produce 402 jobs.  The new law enacted as of January 24th, 2013 is HB708(Act108) and the Harmonious Volunteer Center is expected to be the Primary Nonprofit  Organization to spearhead full compliance in accordance with EPA and PA-DEP standards by working with R2/ISO14001 Certified Computer Recyclers and E-Stewards.  The Harmonious Volunteer Center will also have a series of Computer Donation and Collection Events throughout the Commonwealth of PA.  Just contact Irvin B. Shannon for arrangements and coordination: Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com Telephone: 267-595-5278.  Covered Computer & Electronics may be donated to the Harmonious Volunteer Center and the donor may receive a tax deductible receipt in accordance with IRS ruling.

Public Service Announcement Computer & Electronic Donation Events

Public Service Announcement

Authority:  Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center, 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 Tel: 267-595-5278 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com Website: www.harmoniousvolunteercenter.org

Date of Release:  Immediately

Today’s Date: December 15, 2013

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It’s Official!!

Irvin B. Shannon announced today at the North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center that there will be a COMPUTER DONATION & COLLECTION DAY / EVENT

being held on

SATURDAY, February 1st, 2014

Deptford County Mall, New Jersey & King of Prussia Mall, Pennsylvania sponsored by WMGK /102 Radio Station

Listen To The John DeBella Show…   We will  accept all types of computers, Desktops; Towers; (working or not-working) printers; scanners; speakers; keyboards; mouse; hard-drives; cell-phones; VCRs/DVDs; Fax Machines; Wires; Software; Monitors; Laptops; Flat Screens; Copy Machines; even microwave ovens.

Your donation is a tax deductible expense in accordance with IRS ruling.  The Harmonious Volunteer Center a 501©3 Nonprofit Pennsylvania Corporation works in partnership with Magnum Computer Recyclers, a R2/ISO Certified Recycler meeting with EPA standards.

The Harmonious Volunteer Center announced it’s new program to create employment; diversion of  non-biodegradable computer & electronics from the land fills for environmental justice; and closing the digital divide by issuing computers to low-income and less fortunate individuals and families.  The 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan Pennsylvania Corporation has been collecting computers for refurbishing, reuse and recycling for the past 15 years and are experienced at handling million of pounds of hardware in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Harmonious Volunteer Center can provide the needed services for Businesses and Residents to be in compliance.  Contact Irvin B. Shannon at: hvcorder@hotmail.com, telephone: 267-595-5278 to arrange a Computer Donation and Collection Drive in your City/Town/or County.  We are at your service Statewide.

Harmonious Volunteer Center in a Nutshell

PRESS RELEASE – January 1, 2014                                                                                                                                                                  Harmonious Volunteer Center -Authority: Office of the Executive Director, Irvin B. Shannon -   2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia,  PA 19132 Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com                                                                                                                         www.harmoniousvolunteercenter.org is not just digital information.  We are Real people working in real time with real situations to bring about social changes within our community.  The impact that is being made by the Harmonious Volunteer Center is reaching thousands upon thousands of citizens with measurable outcomes.  16 plus years of organizational development has laid a foundation of providing community service; volunteer training systems; and assistance to community based organizations which is our MISSION.  What we seek to express in this message to the public is the importance of volunteerism, charitable giving, and the development of collaborative groups working toward common goals to improve the “quality of life” issues within our society.

The Harmonious Volunteer Center has been innovative with establishing working system designs that can be reproduced, implemented and utilized by the nonprofit community; business community; and civic community.  These designs affect the population from birth to death and cross all disciplines of commerce, education, and government.  We have designated our involvement for the improvement of our society as a “Healthy Community Concept which is all inclusive of the multiple concerns that we have as citizens.  These concerns are taking place at the same time and space in our lives and as such will be no easy task to solve each one at the same time, however, through open transparent communications and honest discussions we are approaching collaborative input resulting in sound planning processes that brings our collective efforts to equitable conclusions.  As we all agree to the pros and cons of these given situations, we allow ourselves to develop relationships in harmony with one another and thus the Harmonious Volunteer Center has become self reliant and self sufficient in being a conduit for effective resources on behalf of participating nonprofits, businesses, civic and government agencies and the individuals we serve.  All volunteers at the Harmonious Volunteer Center take a particular pride in achievements that have been accomplished over the years and even more pride at the creative inclusion representing the vision of our social future.  It would give our organization great pleasure to name names of those who have been recipients of our volunteer efforts, however, we will recommend that you visit our website for additional information: www.harmoniousvolunteercenter.org

Is our story one of human interest in America today.  You bet it is, because we are Grassroots (individuals) who are making change not only in our best interest, but also at the request of the President of the United States of America and all of our elected representatives who we hold accountable for our best interest as citizens.

Welfare to Work Reform – National Sports Tournaments – Community Events – Educational Advantages – Volunteerism – Humanitarian Assistance – Economic Development – Successful Urban Models – Job Readiness and Skill Training – Financial Literacy – Positive Youth Engagement Activities – Turn key Employment – Technology Advancements – Veteran’s Resource Exchange – Crime Reduction all being provided by the Harmonious Volunteer Center which is representative of the citizens of the United States of America who are makers of change in our society.  Contact: 267-595-5278 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director

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An Overview of the Harmonious Volunteer Center lies in our day-to-day work to fulfill our Mission of “Providing Community Service” which in our perception is people helping people; Providing Volunteer Training Systems which in our perception is our ability to be as professional as we can be without changing who we are and offer our methods to others; and Assistance To Community Based Organizations which in our perception is to offer whatever resources we can to help others do good works in their areas and with their targeted groups.

Bio:

Irvin B. Shannon

2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email: hvcorder@hotmail.com                                                 Website: www.harmoniousvolunteercenter.org

Objective:      To develop a major Nonprofit Corporation that provides Community  Service; Volunteer Training Systems; and Assistance To Community  Based Organizations on a National Scale.

Education        

1959 Edison Technical, Vocational, Commercial High School, Mt.  Vernon, New York 10550 Diploma-Radio Engineering

1960 Essex College of Business, 1019 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 2-1/2 years Court Reporting

1965 United States Air Force Inventory Management Technical School,                     

1969 Trans World Airlines Customer Service Training, Laguardia                                                   Airport, Flushing, New York-Customer Service                                    

1973 Businessmen Clearing House,   Chicago, Illinois, Employment                                              Specialist                                                                                                                                   

1980 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor,                                                         Unemployment Division, Intermittent Intake Interviewer                                               

1996 Metro Public Adjusters, Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Licensed                                                  Public Insurance Adjuster                                                                                                       

1996 MarRon Caterers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Assistant                                                              Business Manager

1998 to Current Harmonious Volunteer Center, Executive Director

Awards, Fellowships, Grants:

2000           *W.E. Martin Productions, Man of the Year Award,

2001   *West Chestnut Street Educational Institute, Five Star Achievement Award

2011  *Public School Notebook, Award for Distribution Services Award

2013   *Philly Rising Community Hero Award

Positions Held:

1998 to Current     Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center

1998 to Present     Advisory Board Member, East Parkside Residents Association

1999 to Present     Advisory Board Member, United Block Captain’s Association

2000 to Present     Alumni Member Civilian Philadelphia Police Academy

2013 to Present     Equal Dollars Community Currency Program Volunteer Administrator

References                                                                                                                                 John E. Brickhouse III, President, North Penn Civic Association, 2800 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Carolyn Harris, Executive Director, West Chestnut Street Educational Institute, 6027 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Additional References available upon request.

1.       Our mission statement is: “The Harmonious Volunteer Center provides “Community Service; Volunteer Training Systems; and Assistance To Community Based Organizations”.

2.       Our perception (Community Service) is neighbor helping neighbor and our organization is available to anyone in the country who makes written request for assistance.  We will do what we can, with what we have, and make no promises to anyone.

3.       Our perception (Volunteer Training Systems) We have the desire to produce the best qualified volunteer within our organization in order meet with whatever the situation may be, therefore, we train all of our volunteers concerning our policies, procedures, methods, etc.

4.       Our perception (Assistance To Community Based Organizations) Community Based Organizations and nonprofit organizations have requested our assistance on many occasions and we have been able to comply, however, when assisting other organizations, it may be necessary for the volunteers of the HVC to comply with their rules, regulations, etc.  We bring additional resources and meet with the needs and or desires of other organizations.

The Harmonious Volunteer Center works to assist community based organizations with projects that work toward the achievement of peaceful, just and equitable reltionships among people.  Our organization believes that being strongly rooted in local communities will bring about the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world.  Our organization works with the importance of building movements to create systemic social change and the transformation of society.  We recognize young people’s ability to reshape our society athletically, educationally, and culturally as a vital force in the transformation of society.

Our organization is committed to supporting organizations and projects that recognize an appreciation of both the diversity and unity of the human family.  While the Harmonious Volunteer Center strives to build equitable relationships-with our fellow human beings and with the natural environment of organization becomes creative in finding needed solutions to critical issues within our common society.

Evidence that some of the institutional and structural causes of injustice, whether physical, social or economic remain largely intact.  These causes have created increasing incidences of violent crimes, increasing poverty and unemployment.  It is our challenge in locating those causes and developing community based alternatives that promote a more just, nonviolent society which is at the heart of our commitment to serve.

To bring about positive and progressive actions necessary for immediate change, the Harmonious Volunteer Center introduces the BUILDING OF UNDERSERVED NEIGHBORHOODS by creating NEW (State of the Arts) COMMUNITY CENTERS in urban settings that can serve a large population and have a meaningful impact upon the lives of the participants.  OUR MISSION is to “PROVIDE COMMUNITY SERVICE; VOLUNTEER TRAINING SYSTEMS; AND ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY BASED ORGANZIATIONS”.

Our organization’s interest in working with the building of a new community center at Chalmers Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is estimated to cost approximately three million dollars which means this would accommodate the constructional costs as well as the creation of a minimum of twenty paid volunteer positions.  The results of the efforts will produce accommodations of services and programs that impacts 500,000 up to 1,000,000 citizens directly with residual effects as well.  This effort includes: planning, one time construction costs, paid staffing for ten years, and facility maintenance costs.

United Block Captains Association

Moto:  “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” Phil. 4  United Block Captains Association meets every 1st Wednesday @ 700p.m. at the H&H Development Center, 4015-17 Poplar Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104  Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20010, Philadelphia, PA 19145 Telephone: 215-662-1612 ext. 13                                                                                                                      Offices at the Partnership CDC, 4020 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104  Alice Wright, President

The Harmonious Volunteer Center encourages the residents of Philadelphia to join the United Block Captain’s Association Hospital to received up to date information on how to improve quality of life issues.  The Harmonious Volunteer Center will adopt a Block without a Block Captain in order to provide community engagement training, block coordination and organized block management.