DONATE YOUR TIME

Our volunteers are an amazing part of what makes our organization so successful.  We are always looking for new community members to join our team.  Groups, sport teams, organizations and businesses can also get involved!

What is cocoa packs?

Cocoa Packs is a weekly program that provides weekend food assistance for students in need in grades K-12 in the Derry Township School District. Volunteers assemble & deliver packs.

Volunteers meet in our dedicated Cocoa Packs space accessible from the entrance door to the right of the loading dock at the Hershey Middle School (look for signs). After entering through the door, the COCOA Packs Command Center is Room B130 (the 2nd classroom on the right just past the weight room). 

During school hours and for security purposes, volunteers are required to enter through the Middle School main office to check in for the distribution shifts. Otherwise, volunteers can enter directly through the Cocoa Packs entrance near the loading dock.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, email Erin Darr at erin.darr@verizon.net

VOLUNTEER Fall 2017

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the community GETs INVOLVED!

Our volunteers are an amazing piece of what makes our organization so successful.  We are always looking for new community members to join our team.

Groups, sport teams, organizations and businesses can also get involved! There are many opportunities for your small group of youth or adults to get involved and make a difference!

Here are some examples of how our community has rallied around our program and helped in the ways that they CAN!

 

  • Hershey Little League raised over $700 on local raffle during their Opening Weekend Ceremony
  • Hershey Softball League organized a league-wide food drive and brought their players in to assemble packs
  • Young sisters put together a neighborhood food drive and collected bags of food to donate to Cocoa Packs
  • Local Girl Scout Troop 10967 volunteered and assembled CP bags for delivery multiple times and organized a food drive.
  • Spring Creek Church of the Brethren Youth Group donated and assembled Cocoa Packs for delivery.
  • First Grader and Daisy Scout donated Girl Scout Cookies for Cocoa Packs.
  • Hershey Middle School PTO donated over $1000from their Luau School Dance.
  • Hershey Middle School boys,  while having lunch, have volunteered regularly to unpack items into lockers during their short lunch period.
  • Students and Leaders of Jr. Fish Youth Group donated food and assembled packs for delivery.
  • Hershey Soccer Club U-10 boys team assembled  bags for delivery.
  • Partners for Healthy Communities of Central PA Coalition & Master Gardener Diane Leonard, Mike Frentz and Jason Reifsnyder provided tomato plants and planting sessions for CP families.
  • Donations  from the JSDC Law office team
  • Hershey Middle School Library – Food for Fines Program
  • Chocolate Avenue Grill – Donated 10 % of all food and drink eat-in and take out orders on a June 4th!
  • Chocolate Avenue Grill and Smoked Bar and Restaurant donated over $2100 of Chocktoberfest proceeds to CP

 

Fundraising: Interested in learning about fundraising opportunities or being a part of our fundraising team, please contact Megan Lawall at Megslawall@gmail.com

Marketing: Contact Kristin Argento at dkargento@aol.com, if you are interested in being a part of our marketing team!

Food and nutrition play such an important role in developing the body and minds of children. The COCOA packs provide a little extra for families and most importantly, children who might need a little more. When asked what their favorite part of a COCOA is, a Kindergartner, age 5, replied, “COCOA packs are great because it gives us food on the weekends.”
— Hershey ECC Kindergarten Teacher