Service Learning

Serving others is a central tenet to Quaker philosophy and a key component of a Delaware Valley Friends education.

Our middle school participates in selected service projects as a community during the school year. In the upper school, ninth graders go on trips during school days and lend a hand at one of the organizations listed below. The tenth and eleventh grades are responsible for finding their own service opportunities with one of the options listed below or with an approved organization of their choosing.  Participation in service hours is a requirement for graduation from DVFS.

These are some of the organizations that our students serve:

Philabundance - Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by acquiring food and distributing it through organizations serving people in need.

The Other Carpenter - The Other Carpenter is an organization that assists homeowners in the East Parkside community of West Philadelphia with maintenance and improvement of their homes.
Books Through Bars - Founded in the late 1980s and formally incorporated as an organization in 2000, Books Through Bars was established to address the paucity of educational resources and programming made available to prisoners hoping to use the time of their imprisonment to effect positive change in their lives.
Aid for Friends - Aid For Friends' mission is to serve needy, isolated shut-ins, primarily the frail elderly, in the 5 county Greater Philadelphia area, with free daily home-cooked meals delivered weekly by empathetic volunteer visitors, and also to provide shut-ins with free out reach services.
City Harvest Program - A unique partnership between the Philadelphia Prison System, SHARE (a food distribution network), and the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the community-based City Harvest network raises naturally grown vegetables and distributes them to Philadelphians who lack access or the means to purchase fresh produce.

In addition, the entire school community participates in Thanksgiving food drives, holiday toy drives, and other school-wide charitable initiatives designed and organized by the student government service committee.