Workers Wanted!!! We’re Creating Jobs!!!

Shoe Collectors

for the Harmonious Volunteer Center can earn $25.00… $50.00… up to $100.00 in one day.

*The Job: Accepting and obtaining shoes

*Age requirements: 18 and older

*Physical requirements: None

*Methods Used: Various such as – High Traffic Locations – Drop Off Locations – Block to Block, Special Events – 3K/5K Walks, etc..

Interested Person(s) may apply in person at the following locations / Day / Times. Resume is helpful but not required. High School Diploma not required. Background not required. Physically Challenged is acceptable.

Interview Location # 1 – Widener Branch Library (conference room) 2808 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132 – Tuesday only – 10:00a.m. sharp – Facilitator: Irvin B. Shannon

Interview Location # 2 – North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center at Chalmers Park, 2800 North 29th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132 – Saturday only – 11:00a.m. sharp – Facilitator: Irvin B. Shannon

This is a job readiness training program provided by the Harmonious Volunteer Center and will require one hour of registration and orientation once each week at the North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center (Studio Room). Saturdays at 11:00a.m. You can Email: (put “JOB” in the subject line).



Updates As of October 1, 2015

Dear Viewers of my site… Thank you for accepting the invitation to review.  As we continue with our various programs, projects, and campaigns the many posts that I have made are piling up, therefore, I am consolidating them into this update.

First is my availability schedule which is mostly by appointment. Contact me at Email: or telephone: 267-595-5278.

My In person contact can be made on Tuesdays at the Widener Branch Library conference room,

Address is  – 2808 West Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA from – 10a.m. until – 12pm

HVC Shoe Drive Campaign is allowing those citizens who are underserved and perhaps disenfranchised an 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.

I have asked before and I will be asking again.  We have several locations in and around Philadelphia where you can drop off your shoe donations. 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.  This is creating an economic stimulus to provide employment along with an impact upon the quality of air in our climate and environment.


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

Jobs have been created:   John and George are Transportation Drivers who pickup shoes from Shoe Drop Off locations weekly.  We put gasoline in their vehicles and provide them with a small stipends for their time.  Rhonda handles the shoes when they arrive at the processing center and she receives a stipend for her efforts for banding and bagging shoes.  Jack provides the material handling of the bags and he receives a stipend.  As a fund raiser the Shoe Drive Campaign is working well.  Mardia; India; Maliaka; and Quardeera are in training at the Pathmark Supermarket, Glenwood Avenue every Wednesday and they are Mobile Table Monitors collecting shoes and passing out literature. Mini Grants have been Issued to Redeem Baptist Church; Laura Sims Skate House; North Penn Civic Association:  Redeem Baptist Church$150.00 / Ray of Hope Project $150.00          Laura Si Skatehouse       $200.00 /   North Penn Civic Association  $300.0OOur Shoe Drive is Diverting this toxic materials from our landfills and helping to create cleaner air in our environment.  More locations are supporting our Shoe Drive by becoming a Shoe Drop Off location.  They are listed below:

Lower Merion Recycling Center, Penn Valley / Browse Around Thrift Shop, Ardmore /Main Line Reform Temple, Narberth / Temple Beth El, Wynnewood / Our Mother of Good Council, Bryn Mawr / Mediator Lutheran Church, -28th & Cambria Streets, / Redeem Baptist Church – 3229 North -31st Street / Wash N Dry Laundrymat – 2618 Cecil B. Moore Avenue / Widener Branch Library – 2808 West Lehigh Avenue / Quality Health Care Center, -2501 West Lehigh Avenue / North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center, – 2800 North – 29th Street / Community Laundrymat, -1501 Montrose Street / Tyrone Young’s Barber Shop, -2517 West Lehigh Avenue / Laura Sims Skatehouse, Cobbs Creek Parkway & Walnut Street / New Horizon Baptist Church, Rising Sun Avenue / Foster Memorial Baptist Church, -1801 North -18th Street / Universal Kingdom of God Church, -31 North -60th Street / East Parkside Residents Association – 4168 West Popular Street / Christ Community Baptist Church, -41st Street and Parkside Avenue…  More locations will be added to this site


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Wish to make a financial contribution:  Make your check or money order payable to the HARMONIOUS VOLUNTEER CENTER and mail to -2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA -19132

  • I also serve as the NPCA Activities Coordinator on behalf of the North Penn Civic Association’s Community Center at Chalmers Park

*Adult Literacy Classes are Expanding The Big Read program; GED Preparation; Job Readiness Training offering Basic Academics and applicable applications. In September the Harmonious Volunteer Center donated – 2000 books for citizens.       *Now Underway Computer & Electronics Recycling Continues  and 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.  Call us for pickup arrangements if necessary.                                                                                            *Community Festivals ( Planning for the “COMMUNITY FREEDOM DAY) scheduled – for Saturday, July – 16th, -2016 – 40000 expected to attend.Saturday, July 16at Chalmers Park  Ministries Gospel Jubilee: Midnight Cry (WMTR-800AM) Gospel Concert;  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.

Meetings are held on Saturdays – 11am until – 1pm

-2015 was a year of celebration as we announced the coming of the “Community Freedom Day”  This day was 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 

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 -267-595-5278 

Welcome to 2016

Dynamic, Forceful. Motivating Personality2015 My Dear Friends and Visitors as we approach yet another year we are happy to announce the coming of solutions to address some of our civil concerns.   “Community Freedom Day” will be held at Chalmers Park, -2800 North -29th Street, Philadelphia, PA -19132 on Saturday, July -16th, -2016  This day which is a festive occasion from -8:00a.m. until -8:00p.m. we will be providing education and enjoyment.  On our -12 acre park we are planning to accommodate up to -10000 citizens.  making everyone aware of and recognizing that when Independence Day was declared in the United States of America (Not all citizens were free). We welcome Exhibitors, Vendors who wish to participate. Contact Me. Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director, Event Planner and Activities Coordinator at: Email: Telephone: -267-595-5278.

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:                                                                                                                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:

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: Irvin B. Shannon, Executive Director


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.


Irvin B. Shannon

2703 West Silver Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Telephone: 267-595-5278 Email:                                                 Website:

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


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.

Entertainers / Performers Wanted!!!


The Harmonious Volunteer Center, Talent Bank is seeking Entertainers which include singers, musicians, models, comedians, dancers, graphic arts, toast masters and masters or mistresses of ceremonies.  Apply directly to the Executive Director, Irvin B. Shannon.  Contact telephone: 267-595-5278 or email: Auditions are conducted weekly on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.  The opportunity being offered is for public exposure and personal development if required.  This is an immediate request for all Entertainers and you are welcomed to spread the word.  Entertainers will be performing at various venues for our HVC Bus Club Members and other public audiences.