Boys of the NCS Garden 1
Boys of the NCS Garden 1

Volunteer or Donate In-Kind Goods

Whether you’re an individual or part of a group, we always have volunteer projects and donation opportunities available at Northern.

  • Volunteer

    Our volunteers tutor, paint, plant, play, read, and shine!

    Volunteer boy and Wellness girl

    Corporate volunteer groups have included Ally Bank, Berkshire Hathaway, T Mobile, and Glaxo Smith Kline. Volunteer student groups have included local colleges, universities, and K-12 schools including Thomas Jefferson University, Villanova University, Episcopal Academy, Friends Central School, and St. Joseph's Academy.

    For more information about volunteering, email Kevin Weber, Director of Volunteerism & Recreation, at

    Volunteer inquiries
    Volunteer boy and Wellness girl
  • Donate In-Kind Goods

    Throughout the year, we also need many items for our programs. We are grateful for the many individuals, schools, colleges, corporations, and community groups that have coordinated drives to benefit our children and families in need, and we look forward to working with you, too!

    Ally Bank volunteers with back bags

    How to donate items:

    Items may be dropped off at the Hutter Building on Northern's campus located at 5301 Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia's Wissahickon neighborhood (between the Manayunk and Roxborough neighborhoods).

    Please call us at (215) 482-1423 or email us in advance to let us know you are coming ( and confirm that we need the items you want to donate! We ask that donations be dropped off during our regular business hours of 9 am—5 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have an extremely large number of items to donate or are unable to come during the above times, please let us know, as we may be able to make special arrangements.

    Donation Inquiries
    Ally Bank volunteers with back bags
  • What We Need

    BABY/INFANT NEEDS: Baby formula, diapers, disposal units (i.e., Diaper Genie, etc.), new car seats, walkers, bouncers, strollers, playpens, cribs, and changing tables (by law, please no used items), baby wipes, musical and learning toys.

    CLOTHING NEEDS: New or very gently used clothing ages 0-25 (please no items with holes, stains from excessive wear and tear), interview clothing for older youth and young adults (all genders), socks (infant through young adult).

    DORMITORY & HOUSEHOLD NEEDS: New mattresses (full, twin, toddler, crib) (please no used items), new or gently used bedroom, living room, and dining room furniture, new or gently used pots, pans, plates, cups, and silverware.

    GARDEN NEEDS: Tools and other equipment, toolshed.

    OUTING & ACTIVITY NEEDS: Tickets to age-appropriate plays, musicals, sports events, concerts, movies, dance and holiday performances, museums, circuses, etc.

    PERSONAL CARE NEEDS: Toiletries such as sanitary napkins, tampons, soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and hair products.

    PLAYGROUND NEEDS: New playground equipment.

    More Info Here