coraopolis community development foundation
relief, resource, redevelopment
The CCDF serves the community of Coraopolis by encouraging and assisting in renewal through education, community service, and development projects. Specifically, the CCDF provides emergency relief and aid to families in crisis situations, community resourcing to equip residents with tools to improve their living situations, and creates partnerships with organizations to enhance the common life through redevelopment projects, including the Historic Coraopolis Train Station Restoration Project.
It was born of a simple mission trip to help families in Gulfport, Mississippi recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2006. While there, the volunteers each stepped up, and responded in their own way and according to their own skills, to fulfill a common purpose. In packing up to leave, four of the families who volunteered began asking one another "Couldn't life be an ongoing mission?" With a common identity, mutual commitment, and no expectation of return, could we be present to a particular place and people, not to market a brand or act as a funnel for church members, but merely to serve the community with grace? They wanted to keep it Simple, but not Easy, but WORTH IT.
And so, the Coraopolis Community Development Foundation (CCDF) was organized in October 2006 as an IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the awakening and rebirth of the once-vibrant Coraopolis Community. It was established by these families so that they could become intentional, focused, and consistent about serving the Coraopolis Community. While "nobody can force the soul of a community," the CCDF chooses grace over judgment, service over credit, and ultimately makes a covenant with the community of Coraopolis to gather around this vision and persist.
Today, the CCDF seeks to work closely with the school administration, town officials, businesspeople, and residents to identify and execute those projects deemed most important to the welfare of the town.
who we are
The CCDF seeks the participation of interested men and women without respect to religious affiliation, and, in fact, was organized independently in order to encourage the broadest possible participation within the community and surrounding communities. The CCDF currently has one part-time administrative staff member, and its policies, programs, and projects are being developed and implemented almost entirely by an unpaid Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.
To serve the community of Coraopolis PA, encouraging and assisting in renewal through community service and development projects, providing relief, resources and redevelopment.
The CCDF focuses its efforts on three specific areas:
- Emergency Relief: Provides aid to individuals and families experiencing a crisis situation.
- Community Resourcing: Equips members of the community with tools to improve their living situations.
- Community Redevelopment: Creates partnerships with organizations to enhance the common life of Coraopolis.
We would love to hear from you! We are always looking for members of our community who are motivated to participate. Some of our biggest needs include:
- Gardners! If you have a green thumb, want to develop a green thumb, or if you just can't wait to get out in the sunshine, we have tons of volunteer opportunities in the great outdoors. From mowing to watering to planting to harvesting - there's a little bit for everyone.
- Train Station Work Days. A couple times a month, volunteers meet up at the train station to assist in the renovation. It's hard work, but very rewarding! No expertise needed, and typically lunch is provided.
- Salvation Army Bell Ringers. Who doesn't love to to see that bright red kettle and hear the bell over the holidays? Did you know 90% of the money our kettle-ringers collect goes directly to aiding our own service area? The money we collect is directly tied to how much good our Salvation Army unit can do in our community over the next year. Even if you can only commit to a few hours, as they say, many hands make light work!
This list is just the tip of the iceberg. We are constantly evaluating the needs of the community and will post updated volunteer opportunities as they come up. However, if you have an idea to help and don't see it on the list, don't let that stop you: email us - We'd love to hear about it!