Philosopher John Donne said it best: "No man is an island." This means we all need a sense of community to live a full life. And that isn't just philosophical mumbo-jumbo. Studies have shown that people who have connections with others through community-based groups live longer.
The Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem celebrated its bicentennial in 2006, though the site dates to 1742 when the Moravian settlers from Germany formed its first congregation. Today, the church is still a central landmark in Bethlehem with a growing congregation and members who are committed to preserving historic tradition and meeting the needs of contemporary society.
There are countless ways for you to make new connections, learn new skills and meet new friends. Your mind and body will thank you for the sense of self-worth provided through group activities. Here is a list of community groups and organizations in the Greater Lehigh Valley that you can contact to improve your social life, improve your neighborhood or even improve your overall health.
COMMUNITY AND SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Adult Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley, 801 Hamilton St., Suite 201, Allentown, 610-435-0680, ext. 111.
AIDS Services Center (now merged with St. Lukes Community Health Department, 60 W. Broad St., Suite 99, Bethlehem, 610-974-8701, 610-954-2100, Fax: 610-954-2039
Allentown Rescue Mission, 355 W. Hamilton St., Allentown, 610-740-5500
Bethlehem Health Bureau AIDS Program, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, 610-865-7058
Buddhist Association of the Lehigh Valley (BALV), P.O. Box 144, Macungie, http://www.balv.org
Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, 6 Danforth Drive, Easton, 610-252-5550. http://www.ciu20.org. Offers special education and support services for school districts.
Community Services for Children, Inc., 1520 Hanover Ave., Allentown, 610-437-6000, http://www.cscinc.org
Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania, 2200 Industrial Dr., Bethlehem, 610-866-8092, http://www.easterseals-easternpa.org. Provides help for children and adults living with disabilities.
Goodwill Industries, 4634 Broadway, South Whitehall, 610-391-9760. Offering job readiness and employment services to people with disabilities and others.
Hispanic American Organization, 136 S. Fourth St., Allentown, 610-435-5334
Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley (IAALV), P.O. Box 20002, Lehigh Valley, http://www.Iaalv.org.
Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley, 2004 Allen St., Allentown, 610-821-8722, a social service agency.
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown, 610-821-5500
Leadership Lehigh Valley, Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, 610-861-5431, http://www.llv.org
Lehigh County 4-H, Penn State Cooperative Extension, 4184 Dorney Park Rd., Allentown, 610-391-9840, firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers over 150 hands-on projects.
Lehigh County Conference of Churches, 534 Chew St. Allentown, 610-433-642. A non-profit organization addressing hunger, homelessness, mental health concerns and the problems confronting at-risk youths.
Lehigh Valley Vegetarians, 610-709-8984 (Len Frenkel), email: email@example.com.
Northampton County 4-H, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Greystone Building, Gracedale Complex, Nazareth, 610-746-1970, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Veteran's Affairs, Lehigh County Government Center, Room 230,17 S. Seventh St., Allentown, 610-782-3295; (FAX) 610-820-2026
ProJeCt of Easton, 320 Ferry St., Easton, 610-258-4361
Salvation Army, 144 N. Eighth St., Allentown, 610-432-0129. Assists individuals with food, utilities, furniture and clothing.
TOT-INFO/CCIS of Lehigh County, 1520 Hanover Ave., Allentown, 610-437-6000, ext. 2319 or 610-868-4636, http://www.cscinc.org
Turning Point of Lehigh Valley, Inc.: 610-437-3369 (hotline); Lehigh County 610-868-5454; Northampton County 610-867-6477; Administrative Office, 444 East Susquehanna St., Allentown, 610-797-0530
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, 2200 Avenue A, 3rd Floor, Bethlehem, 610-758-8010
Valley Wide Help (Information and Referral for the American Red Cross), 2200 Ave. A, Bethlehem, 610-435-7111. Nearly 2000 area, state, and national health and human service agencies.
YMCA of Bethlehem, 430 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610-867-7588; YWCA of Bethlehem, Adult Day Services Center,3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem, 610-867-4660; Empowerment Center, 22 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610-867-4669
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Suite 1010, Bethlehem, 610-865-9111, FAX: 610-865-2607, http://www.yapinc.org.
General religious denominations are listed below (space does not permit listing individual places of worship).
Assembly of God 610-865-0577
American Council of Christian Churches 610-865-3009
Polish National Catholic 610-865-1514
Roman Catholic 610-437-0755
Salvation Army 610-432-0129
Sons of Israel 610-433-6089
United Wesleyan 610-366-0310
United Church of Christ 610-826-3113
United Methodist 610-395-6661
All Sports Recreation Camps at Lafayette College, Allan P. Kirby Sports Center, Pierce and Hamilton Sts., Easton, 610-330-5776, 610-330-5778, email: email@example.com. http://goleopards.ocsn.com/genrel/camps-body.html; ages 5-10
Allentown Art Museum 31 North Fifth St., Allentown, 610-432-4333 ext. 32; sessions for ages 6-8 and ages 9-12
Allentown YMCA/YWCA Summer Day Camp 425 S.15th St., Allentown, 610-434-9333
Asthma Camp Experience Camp Menschmill, Hartford, 610-867-4100, ages 7-13.
Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown, 610-433-0032 or http://www.baumschool.org; ages 5-15
Bethlehem Baptist Church Community Vacation Bible School, 51 Hillmond St., Bethlehem, 610-866-2000; 1-6 grades.
Bit by Bit Equestrian Center, Route 33, Wind Gap, 610-863-6616. Ages 5-16.
Boy Scouts of America Day Camps, Minsi Trails Council, P.O. Box 20624, Lehigh Valley, 610-264-8551, http://www.minsitrails.com, registered cub scouts ages 7-11 only.
Camp Cadet, Pennsylvania State Police, 610-861-2026
Camp Discovery, DaVinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, (held at Cedar Crest College) 610-865-5010, 484-664-1002 (after Sept. 15)
Camp Imagine! at Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, 484-664-3693, http://www.muhlenberg.edu/depts/theatre/summer.htm
Camp Invention, 800-968-4332, http://www.invent.org; grades 2-6, Northampton Community County College, 3835 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem.
Camp Manatawny, 33 Camp Road, Douglassville, 610-689-5078, http://www.manatawny.org
Camp Rainbow, Boy's and Girl's Club of Allentown, 1302 Turner St., Allentown, 610-433-0093, girls ages 5-18
Camp Red Jacket, Allen Center for Nutrition at Cedar Crest College, 100 College Drive, Allentown, 610-402-5000 or 610-402-CARE (610-402-2273)
Camp Sunflower, Sponsored by the Boy's and Girl's Club of Allentown, camp located at 1430 Fritz Dr., Bethlehem, 610-433-0093
Camp Touchstone, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 610-867-1689, http://www.touchstone.org, ages 7-11
Camp Whitehall, Whitehall Township Recreation Bureau, 610-437-5524 ext. 160. Residents of Whitehall or Coplay only. Camp Cementon, grades K-2; Camp Jefferson, grades 3-4; Camp Schadt, grades 5-8.
Christian Day Camp, 1300 Eaton Ave., Bethlehem, 610-694-0444, ages 6-11.
City of Bethlehem Summer Day Camps, Parks and Recreation Department, 610-865-7081
Club Span Summer Camp, 1503 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, 610-435-7833. Kindergarden graduates through sixth grade.
DeSales University Camp, Summer Theatre Institute, 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, 610-282-1100 ext. 1320, http://www.desales.edu/sti/
Easter Seals Eastern PA Camps for Kids with Disabilities, 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, 610-866-8092, http://www.easterseals-easternpa.org
Faith Evangelical Church Free Vacation Bible School, 6528 Hamilton Blvd., 610-395-4731. Free, ages 3-13, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon only.
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown Vacation Bible School, 3231 Tilghman St. Allentown, 610-395-3781. Ages 4 (by Sept. 3, 2007) through graduated fifth grade.
Girl Scouts Summer Camp, 2633 Moravian Ave., Allentown, 610-791-2411 ext. 233, http://www.girlscouts-greatvalley.org
Grace Montessori Summer Day Camp, 814 W. Lindon St., Allentown, 610-435-4060, ages 3- 6.
Green Pond Day Camp at Moravian Academy, Merle-Smith Campus, 4313 Green Pond Rd., Bethlehem, 610-691-1600, http://www.moravian.k12.pa.us/about/DayCamps.htm
Horizons for Youth at Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, 610-861-4120, http://www.northampton.edu/youth . Ages K-9.
Jewish Community Center, 702 N. 22nd St., 610-435-3571. Each camp in two week sessions. Members and non-members may attend. Ages 3-13. Scholarships available.
Kids Co-Op Developmental Center, 57 South Commerce Way, Bethlehem, 610-861-9151; ages 3-10.
Lehigh Carbon Community College Youth Programs, 610-799-1500 (Enrollment Department), 610-799-1582 (Barbara Platt), 610-799-1574 (Luis Hill), http://www.lcc.edu
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Summer Fun Camp, 610-799-1311, http://www.lcti.org, 4500 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville. Normally last week of June and first week of July.Grades 5-8.
Lehigh Football Youth Day Camp at Lehigh University, Goodman Stadium, Goodman Dr., Bethlehem, 610-758-4510, ages 7-13.
Mad Science Camp, 1212 W. Washington Street, Allentown, 610-437-0750, Ages 5-12.
MADCAP Music Camps (Flute, Jazz and Chamber Music Camps), Christ Lutheran Church, 13th and Hamilton Sts., Allentown, 610-435-7220, http://www.madcapmusiccamps.org; Ages 10-17.
Milford Park, 6451 Chestnut St. (Routes 29 and 100), Zionsville, 610-216-9528. Ages 6-16.
Muhlenberg College Athletics Day Camps, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, 484-664-3380
Muhlenberg College Dance Center, dance training for children and young adults, 484-664-3281
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre at Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, 484-664-3335
Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club Tennis Camp, 3738 Northwood Ave., Easton, 610-258-2907
Parkette National Gymnastic Training Center, 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Allentown, 610-433-0011
Peace Camp, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest and Tighlman Sts.; Register at the LAPOCO office, 313 W. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 610-691-8730. Ages 5-12.
Pennsylvania Youth Theatre at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, 610-332-1400 ProJeCt's SIZZLE! Summer Literacy Day Camp, 320 Ferry St., Easton, 610-258-4361
Push the Rock Sports Camps, Faith Church in Trexlertown and Lone Lane Park in Allentown, 610-967-6861, http://www.pushtherock.org
Rinks at Lehigh Valley Camp, 3323 Seventh St., Whitehall, 610-434-6899
Suburban North Family YMCA, 880 Walnut St., Catasauqua, 610-264-5221, http://www.snfymca.org . Sessions for ages 3-5 and 5-14.
Lehigh Valley Zoo Camp, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, 610-799-4171, http://www.lvzoo.org. Ages 4-14.
Valley View Equestrian Camp, 2940 Rt. 212, Spingtown, 610-972-7079, Ages 6 and older.
Victory Valley Camps, 7472 Sigmund Road, Zionsville, 610-966-5880 http://www.victoryvalleycamp.org. Day camp, ages 5-11, overnight camp, ages 8-14.
Westend Racquet, Swim and Fitness Club, 4636 Crackersport Rd., Allentown, 610-395-3337. Ages 8-15.
Wildlands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, 610-965-4397 ext. 36, http://www.wildlandspa.org. Ages 3-16.
YMCA Adventure Camp, South Mountain Park, 430 East Broad St., Bethlehem, 610-867-7588. Ages 6-12.
Young Ecologists Summer Camp at Wildlife Information Center, 8844 Paint Mill Rd., Slatington, 610-760-8889, http://www.wildlifeinfo.org. Grades 6 and 7.
Adoptions from the Heart, 610-432-2384
Adult Incest Survivors, 610-437-6610
Adult Rape Survivors, 610-437-6610
Alcoholics Anonymous in the Lehigh Valley, 24-hour hotline 610-882-0558, http://www.aalv.org
Altogether Angels, 610-395-8898 (Donna Zwick) (breast cancer)
Alzheimer's Association, 617 A Main St., Hellertown, 610-838-2552, http://www.alz-delawarevalley.org
American Cancer Society Lehigh Valley Unit, 3893 Adler Place., Bethlehem, 1-888-227-2345, http://www.cancer.org
American Diabetes Association, 610-435-6700
American Lung Association of the Lehigh Valley (patients with chronic lung disease or children with asthma and their families), 610-867-4100, http://www.lungusa.org
Arthritis Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, 610-776-6632, http://www.arthritis.org
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 610-433-6018
Autism Society of America/Lehigh Valley Chapter, 610-778-9212
Bereavement Group (family survivors of homicide), 610-437-6610
Bereavement Group-LV Hospice, 610-402-7400
Brain Tumor of the Lehigh Valley Support Group, 610-776-2566
Camelot for Children Support Groups, 610-791-5683
C.H.A.D.D. of Lehigh Valley (children and adults with attention deficit disorder), 610-433-9595
Children's Support Group (sexually abused/assaulted), 610-437-6610
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Assn. of the Lehigh Valley, 610-868-8745, 610-262-9009, or 610-867-6716
Coalition for a Smoke-Free Valley, P.O. Box 7017, Allentown, 610-402-4855, (FAX) 610-402-4856, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.smokefreevalley.org
Compassionate Friends of the Lehigh Valley (death of a child), P.O. Box 1253, Bethlehem; 848 N. 20th St., Second Floor, Allentown, 610-391-9972. http://www.northampton1.com/cflv/. Group for parents, siblings, and grandparents of all ages. http://www.northampton1.com/cflv/
Confront/Treatment Trends Inc., 610-433-0148
Crime Victims Council (rape survivors, children's support, teen support, male survivors, parents group, signicant others of homicide victims, adult survivors of child-sexual assault), 610-437-6611
Crohn's & Ulcerative Colitis Support Group, 610-435-3375
Diabetes Support Group, 610-776-5484.
Down Syndrome Parents Network, 610-432-3776
Easton Hospital Support Groups, 610-250-4636
Emotions Anonymous, St. John's Lutheran Church, 5th & Chestnut Sts., 610-797-7110
Encore /YMCA & YMCA of Allentown (post-mastectomy), 610-434-9333
Epilepsy Foundation of SE PA, 800-887-7165
FACE (Fathers And Children's' Equality), 610-770-9150
Fibromyalgia Support Group of Sacred Heart Hospital, 610-776-5992
Good Shepherd Support Groups, 610-776-3299
Helping Hands Parent Networking Group, 610-974-9067, An informal networking group for parents of any child with a special need- regardless of their circumstances.
Hepatitis C Support Group of the Lehigh Valley, 610-776-5470, http://www.hepclv.org
Homicide Survivor's Group, 610-437-6610
Huntington's Disease Support Information, 610-260-0420, 1-877-384-3721
La-Leche (breast feeding), 610-867-8570
Lehigh/Northampton Counseling Service for the Deaf, (TTY) 610-886-0940;(voice) 610-432-9118
Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Society of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), 610-776-5992
Lehigh Valley Head Trauma Support Group, 501 Saint John St., Allentown, 610-432-1619, http://www.biplv.com
Lehigh Valley Hospital Support Groups, 610-402-2273
Lehigh Valley Post Polio Support Group, 610-866-8092
Lehigh Valley RSD/CRPS Friends of Hope, 610-776-5992. For RSD and post-traumatic fibromyalgia clients.
Lehigh Valley Renaissance, P.O. Box 157, Trexlertown, email@example.com, http://www.ren.org. Support for crossdressers and transsexuals.
Lehigh Valley Sickle Cell Anemia Support Group, 610-706-0636
Lehigh Valley Transplant Support Group, 610-402-8506
Loving, Caring, Sharing Drop-In Center for Mental Health Consumers, 610-437-7919
Lyme Disease Support Group, 215-529-9456
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), 1-800-848-6233
Muscular Dystrophy Association, 610-391-1977
NAMI PA Lehigh Valley Support Groups National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 802 West Broad St., Bethlehem, 610-882-2102; (FAX) 610-882-0440, firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.namipalehighvalley.org
Narcotics Anonymous ABE Area, 610-439-1998
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 610-395-7230
New Choices/New Options, 610-861-5350
Overeaters Anonymous, 610-435-2736
Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 215-368-2473
Parents Without Partners, 610-398-3875
Parkinson's of the Lehigh Valley, 610-868-3510
Pediatric Oncology Support Group, 610-791-5683
Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, 800-888-2876
The Program for Women and Families, 610-433-6556
R.I.S.K. (Relationship Improvement Skills), 610-285-4252
Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, 610-820-8585
Sexaholics Anonymous, 610-682-9622
SHARE of the Lehigh Valley, (for parents suffering loss through miscarriage, early infant death or stillbirth) 610-285-4252
Sleep Disorders Group, 610-776-5336. Sponsored by the Sacred Heart Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.
SPARK (Supportive Parental Assistance Raising Kids), 610-559-1004
St. Luke's Hospital Support Groups, 610-770-8300
Sugar Free Kids (diabetic children), 610-402-0143
Take off Pounds Sensibly, 610-791-3712, 1-800-932-8677
Teen Grief and Bereavement, 610-776-7266
Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, 610-437-3369; Lehigh County, 610-868-5454; Northampton County, 610-867-6477; Administrative Office, 444 East Susquehanna St., Allentown, 610-795-0530
Visual Impairment and Blindness Services of Northampton County, 610-866-8049
B'nai B'rith Youth Organization, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown, 610-435-3571
Boy Scouts of America-Minsi Trails Council, P.O. Box 20624, Lehigh Valley, 610-264-8551, http://www.minsitrails.com
Boys' and Girls' Club, 720 N. Sixth St., Allentown, 610-432-9944; 1430 Fritz Drive, Bethlehem, 610-865-4241
Camelot for Children, 2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, 610-791-5683
Children's Home of Easton, 2000 S. 25th Street, Easton, 610-258-2831, Fax: 610-258-3165, http://www.thechildrenshome.org
Community Bike Works, 235 N. Madison St., Allentown, 610-434-1140
Dream Come True, P.O. Box 21167, Lehigh Valley, 610-865-3475
Easton Area Community Center, 901 Washington St., Easton, 610-253-8271
East Side Youth Center, 1140 East Clair St., Allentown, 610-434-9769
Girl Scouts, Great Valley Council, 2633 Moravian Ave., Allentown, 610-791-241, http://www.girlscouts-greatvalley.org;
Berks County,1300 New Holland Rd., Suite 106, Reading, 888-664-9770
Hang Time at Easter Seals, Eastern PA, 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, 610-866-8092, http://www.easterseals-easternpa.org
Junior Achievement of Lehigh Valley, 881 Third St., Suite B6, Whitehall, 484-245-0070
Kids Peace, Main Office, 53 Kids Peace Rd., Orefield, Bethlehem Office, 301 Broadway, Bethlehem,1-800-854-3123
Lehigh County Youth Association, Jordon Park at Sixth St. and Sumner Ave., Whitehall, 610-434-5885
PA Youth Ballet, 556 Main St., Bethlehem, 610-865-0353, http://www.bglv.org
Safe Kids Coalition, 245 N. Sixth St., Allentown, 610-437-7598
Valley Youth House, 829 Linden St., Allentown, 610-820-0166
The Wildlife Information Center, Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 198, Slatington,18080, 610-760-8889, http://www.wildlifeinfo.org