Open Letter to the Visitors of My Website: First I wish to thank the thousands of visitors for the compliments of my writing skills. I further wish to thank everyone for sharing the information I post here with others. To become more informed about the day-to-day progress, please go to my email: You can also join for neighborhood news. There is much to do and much is being done because of your participation with the Mission of the Harmonious Volunteer Center and I thank you again for being an agent for change. In all we are doing, we are remembering the legacy of Dr. Martin King Jr., Noble Prize Winner for Peace. The HVC Shoe Drive Campaign is allowing those citizens who are underserved and perhaps disenfranchised and opportunity to improve the quality of their lives and thus improve the conditions of our neighborhoods and communities. Our organization is going national with the Shoe Drive Campaign and by doing so provides for the inclusion of citizens of all ages to volunteer to help others. The effects are global because we are helping people in 3rd world countries as well. The Shoe Drive Campaign is also helpful for our environmental concerns by diverting this material from the landfills and reducing the greenhouse gases.

I have asked before and I will be asking again. Please donate your unwanted, unused, outgrown Shoes to the Harmonious Volunteer Center and join with our Joint Fund Raising programs whereby we can share in the money that is being produced.

Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director

Harmonious Volunteer Center

2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Telephone: 267-595-5278



Wish to make a financial donation, please make check/money order payable to: HARMONIOUS VOLUNTEER CENTER and mail to address above.Dynamic, Forceful. Motivating Personality





News from the Harmonious Volunteer Center

News From the Harmonious Volunteer Center February 2015                                        Update of                                                                                                                                                     Activities                                                                                                                                                          You are invited to visit this website often and be sure to tell your friends, family members and neighbors as well to visit

*Now Underway the HVC Shoe Drive Campaign 2015 You can now donate your new or gently used, unwanted, outgrown shoe wear to the Harmonious Volunteer Center for the following reasons: (a) the creation of jobs. (b) Help for people in need (c ) Help saving the environment (d) Raising Funds for Community Based Organizations.

*Coming Soon Equal Dollars (Community Currency Outlets) Portions of the proceeds raised from the Shoe Drive Campaign are being used to establish Equal Dollars Membership Stores to help people to save money and create additional jobs. Free Membership information can be obtained by contacting email:

*Adult Literacy Classes are Expanding The Big Read program; GED Preparation; Job Readiness Training offering Basic Academics and applicable applications.

*Now Underway Computer & Electronics Recycling Continues You can now donate your outdated, broken, unused computer and electronic equipment to the Harmonious Volunteer Center for the following reasons: (a) the creation of jobs. (b) Help saving the environment (c ) Basic Computer Training

*Community Festivals at Chalmers Park Everybody Got Talent performing on Fridays: HIS Ministries Gospel Jubilee: Midnight Cry (WMTR-800AM) Gospel Concert; Community Freedom Day Festival: Van R. Thomas Memorial Basketball Tournament: Shoe Drive Philadelphia Day

*Development of Collaborative Groups CBOs / FBOs / NPOs / Associations / Small Businesses / NGOs / Government Agencies are participants in regular resource exchange meetings for planning sessions; implementation training sessions; Grant Writing; Networking; Monitoring; Impact Evaluations; and Follow Through sessions.

For More Information – Contact: Irvin B. Shannon at Email: Telephone 267-595-5278 or Mail: 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132

HVC Shoe Drive Campaign Update

HVC’s Shoe Drive Campaign Updates

As of January 20th, 2015

Dear Supporters of the HVC’s Shoe Drive Campaign, I am pleased to inform you that our efforts are working.

$1,866.00 has been raised to date in our fund raising efforts.

Jobs created:   Three part time jobs in transportation for picking up shoes from collection sites                           weekly, Stipend paid for driver, material handler, and vehicle.

One part time job in administration for establishing accountability, reports, and                           tracking.   Stipend paid for data entry and inventory control monitoring.

One part time job in material handling for banding, bagging and storage.  Stipend                       paid for casual labor.

Volunteer Opportunities Created:      Table Monitor  / Literature Distributor / Shoe Collector

Mini Grants Issued:  Redeem Baptist Church$150.00 / Ray of Hope Project $150.00          Laura Sims Skatehouse       $200.00 /   North Penn Civic Association  $300.00

Diverted From Landfill:       4,500 pounds (1-1/4 Tons) (pair of shoes)

I am reaching out to you to get you to donate your shoe wear to the Harmonious Volunteer Center as soon as possible.   Philadelphia Area, please see the shoe collection locations at the website:  If collection site is not convenient for you, please email me at: and other arrangements can be made.  Telephone: 267-595-5278.

Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center

2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132      Email:        Website:

Welcome to 2015

Dynamic, Forceful. Motivating Personality2015 is a year of celebration as we announce the coming of the “Community Freedom Day”  This day is a festive occasion providing education making everyone aware of and recognizing that when Independence Day was declared in the United States of America (Not all citizens were free).  “Community Freedom Day” (formerly known as the Anti-Bondage Day) Festival is a public event for all citizens and is held at the 12 acres Chalmers Park, 2800 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132.  The funding for this event comes from the fund raising efforts of the SHOE DRIVE CAMPAIGN and the event will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 8:00a.m. until 8:00p.m.    I PHYSICALLY NEED YOUR SHOES AND FOOWEAR and will arrange all of the necessary supports that I can to obtain them if you are willing to donate and there are multiple reasons why.  We are a grassroots 501(c)3 Nonprofit, Nonpartisan, Pennsylvania Corporation and we need jobs through economic developments.  Your Shoe Donations makes this possible because, we are creating employment opportunities for many citizens.   We  need cleaner air and by diverting shoes and footwear from the landfills helps to reduce greenhouse gases.  We need to help those less fortunate here in the United States as well as 3rd World Countries.  We may not be able to save the world, but we can certainly make a difference, because you are generous enough to donate those unwanted, unused, and outgrown shoes.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONSIDER BEING A SHOE DRIVE COORDINATOR IN YOUR STATE, you are welcome to contact me for details.  Irvin B Shannon at Email:  My telephone number is 267-595-5278

 The Purpose:  Our HVC OBJECTIVE IS to obtain 350,000,000 (million pair of shoes or more in 2015.  If you are in and around the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, we have established several convenient Shoe Drop Off locations and we have special shoe collection events throughout the year.…  You can find them here at our website:  Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director   Harmonious Volunteer Center   2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132    Telephone: 267-595- 5278   Email:  “Free At Last, Free At Last,  Thank God Almighty, I’m Free At Last” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

HVC Frequently Asked Questions

Harmonious Volunteer Center – 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 Email: Website: 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.


Shoes that are donated to the Harmonious Volunteer Center may be dropped off at the following locations:  This listing updated as of November 15, 2014.  We have created (one Job) and Pickup Shoes from these locations each Wednesday.

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

 Main Line Reform Temple and School – Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood, PA

Sharon’s Rose Pedals Christian Learning Experience – 1932 E Washington Ln at Limekiln Pike – Phila, PA 19138 – Germantown / West Oak Lane

 301 City Avenue Medical Center – Dr. Tabby’s Office (3rd Floor)

Path Mart Supermarket Near Front Entrance – Glenwood Avenue near Lehigh Avenue.  – Saturdays / Sundays only (weather permitting) 9:00a.m. until 1:00p.m.

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:

Contact:  New Contact

Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Harmonious Volunteer Center, 2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email:  Websites: /



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:  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:


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: 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:  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.