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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in Pennsylvania


Each week, Charity Navigator highlights a few of the awesome charities working in communities in one of the fifty states. This week we're featuring 5 of Pennsylvania's most highly-rated organizations.

These excellent charities are working on behalf of individuals and families in towns and cities across Pennsylvania. They are filling unique gaps and finding innovative solutions to ongoing problems while remaining committed to upholding the highest standards for financial health and accountability.


Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Hope, opportunity, success

Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia is a privately-funded program, established in 1998, whose mission is to broaden educational opportunities for K-8th grade students from low-income families in Philadelphia by providing them with tuition assistance. These four-year scholarships are need-based and awarded by random lottery. Currently, 5,200 children have a scholarship to attend a private, parochial or another tuition-based community school. The Fund has awarded over 24,500 scholarships chosen from 175,000 applications in the last seventeen years.

Community Volunteers in Medicine (West Chester, PA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Providing health care, hope, and healing

Community Volunteers in Medicine provides compassionate primary medical and dental care, and health education to people who live or work in Chester County who lack access to insurance to support their goals for healthy lives. The program is designed to provide services for families whose income is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty guidelines that are not eligible for Medical Assistance, Medicare, VA benefits or the Children's Health Insurance Program. The organization provides free medical and dental care including specialties in behavioral health, women's health, pain management, chronic disease management, nutrition, diabetes education, and smoking cessation. Community Volunteers in Medicine welcomes clients without discrimination of any kind.

La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Square, PA)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Providing integrated healthcare, social and adult educational services to immigrant and low-income residents

La Comunidad Hispana helps low-income residents of southern Chester County stay healthy, build strong families and lead productive lives by providing high-quality, culturally welcoming services.

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (Harrisburg, PA)
☆☆☆☆
No one should be hungry

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has been dedicated to ending hunger for more than 30 years. In Fiscal Year 2016, the Food Bank provided more than 40 million meals to more than 900 soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and other partner agencies in 27 central Pennsylvania counties. These agencies directly feed thousands of hungry families throughout central Pennsylvania. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank has also adopted a 10-year, strategic Bold Goal. With the help of their partner agencies, volunteer efforts, and generous donors, they will solve hunger by ensuring that everyone struggling with hunger has access to enough wholesome food each and every day.

Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County (Chalfont, PA)
☆☆☆☆
Building communities, empowering families

Founded in 1990, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County brings individuals, families and communities together to build affordable homes, better lives, stronger families, and safer revitalized communities through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Bucks County.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities at work in communities throughout Pennsylvania.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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