Community Resources

There are many community resources to aid our families. 

Please Note: Information posted below is for reference only and endorsement by West Shore School District should not be implied.

Community Libraries
The libraries in the Cumberland County Library System offer many local resources. Besides borrowing books, movies, and music from their collection, they offer:
  • computers with internet access
  • information about state resources, voting, and taxes
  • job and career help that includes help with writing resumes, searching for a job, and preparing for an interview
  • library services for people with special needs

Fredricksen Library
100 N. 19th Street Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 761-3900

New Cumberland Library
1 Benjamin Plaza New Cumberland, PA 17070
(717) 774-7820

Simpson Library
16 North Walnut Street Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Red Land Community Library
48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, PA 17319

Adult English Classes
The Employment Skills Center in Carlisle offers free English classes for non-native speakers. The classes are held on the following days:

New Speakers/Beginners -  Monday and Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Intermediate -  Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Evening Class - Monday and Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tutoring - One-on-one tutoring is also available

Shelly Brown
Employment Skills Center
29 South Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 243-6040, extension 4424
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The Catholic Charities of Harrisburg also offers classes to immigrants and refugees in our area. They offer 15 classes per year, ranging from beginner English to advanced English classes. They offer instruction on English in the workplace, computer labs, US Citizenship, and tutoring programs.

Sara Beck 
Catholic Charities
939 East Park Dr., Suite 102, Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 232-0568
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Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC)
 also offers Adult classes and GED classes. To learn about Community, College and Career, sign up for new student orientation or schedule placement testing, contact:

Melinda Fraker de Fonte 
Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) 
(717) 780-2577 
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Immanuel Church also offers Adult English classes.  The classes are held on the following days: 

Tuesdays - 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays - 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Thursdays - 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Armando Rhon 
Immanuel Church
800 South Market St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 766-4633
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Tri-County OIC offers English classes to students whose native language is not English. Classes are designed to help students better understand the basic structure of the English language. Teachers will help students speak, listen, and write in English. Our classes are contextualized. They are designed to meet the needs of our learners in their everyday lives. What students learn in class can be applied immediately. Classes are held at several locations in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Small group, one-on-one, and distance learning instruction are available.  

Call (717) 238-7318 for up to date classes

Bible Baptist Church offers adult classes starting in October.  Call the number below for more information.
201 West Main St.
Shiremanstown, PA 17011
(717) 761-6040

Social Services
Here are some local agencies that may be of help, copied from What to Know about Cumberland County: A Beginner's Guide to Human Services prepared by the Cumberland County Homeless Assistance Program, Revised September 15, 2014


New Hope Ministries 
Weekday Hours: 9 am. to 4 pm. 
Provides persons living in the Mechanicsburg/ West Shore area with emergency & referral services such as heat, utilities, housing, medical assistance, transportation and Job Junction.  A food bank is available on site.  Food pantry open daily from 9am-4pm (Call for information).  If they qualify, clients can be referred for free/reduced rate medical services, PA American Water Co. and utility bill services such as Met Ed and Penelec electric help for the CAP program are also on premises.  Clients are able to access COMPASS service which allows individuals access to screen for, apply for and renew a broad range of social programs: health care coverage, food stamps benefits, and cash assistance.

5228 East Trindle Road Mechanicsburg 17050
(717) 766-7333

Additional information for general assistance can be found by clicking here.


County Assistance Office 
Food Stamp information available:  
(717) 240-2700
(800) 269-0173 

Department of Public Welfare Helpline
(800) 692-7462
TDD for hearing impairments (800) 451-5886
Apply online for information through Compass website.

Local Food Banks 
Please go to the one closest to your house only one time per month, unless there is an emergency. You will need proof of income and residence.

Christian Life Assembly Food Bank 
2nd Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
2645 Lisburn Road (at Church), Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 737-6560

Cornerstone AssemblyFive Loaves Food Pantry
3rd Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
32 S. Front Street, Wormleysburg, PA  17043
(717) 737-1903

The Bridge Food Bank
3rd Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
122 Geary Avenue (at Senior Center), New Cumberland, PA 17070
(717) 774-6255

New Hope Ministries Food Bank
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5228 East Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-7333


Bountiful Blessings offers non-consumable goods to those in need.  Those who receive through Bountiful Blessings are required to give back to the program through volunteer time.   

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 
1st and 3rd Wednesday, 5:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
509 Hummel Avenue, Lemoyne, PA

Capital Area Christian Church 
1st and 3rd Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
1775 Lambs Gap Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 
(717) 802-1222

Calvary United Methodist Church

Distribution of clothes: 3rd Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Free lunch is provided the day of the clothing bank.
700 Market Street, Lemoyne, PA  
(717) 737-6921

Community Aid

Thrift store providing clothing, household and collectible items. 50% off all items on Wednesdays.
4833 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 412-7706

Goodwill Boutique 
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Source of low cost used clothing, used household goods and furniture.  
1051 Hummel Avenue, Lemoyne, PA 17043
(717) 737-6134

Salvation Army A.R.C. Thrift Store 
Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am. - 9:00 pm. 
3901 E. Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17055
(717) 731-0576

West Shore Evangelical Free Church's Caring Closet 
3rd Friday, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Closed June, July, & January
Clothes and household goods
1345 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg, PA  17055
(717) 697-0226


Ambulance - Call 911

Offers free services for children’s medical care offered to children ages 0 through 15.
(800) 543-7101

CUMBERLAND CARES for Families (Cumberland County Aging & Community Services) 

An in-home visitation program to support and educate parents of children (Pre-natal to age 5). Cumberland Cares for Families focuses on goals the family wants to pursue with a family development social worker guiding and supporting those efforts.  Direct help with child development and parenting skills is offered along with information and support to access other social services to meet financial, medical, counseling, housing, legal, and educational needs. No fees!

18 North Hanover Street, 3rd Floor Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 240-6172  

Health Share
Provides low/middle income persons needing medical help w/ affordable services. Examples of services offered include: office visits, eye, dental, &/or prescription assistance. Those persons served are not covered by the Medical Assistance Program or cannot locate a medical professional to provide needed services. Many have limited or no health insurance.  Locations include:  

New Hope Ministries 
(Mechanicsburg Area) 
5228 East Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 
(717) 766-7333

Tri County Community Action 
(West Shore Area – Camp Hill, Enola, Lemoyne, New Cumberland & West Fairview)
125 North Enola Drive – Suite 204B, Enola, PA 17025 
(717) 732-1944


LIHEAP/Crisis/Weatherization Heat Programs 
Three programs for low income households offered by the County Assistance Office that normally operate from mid November through March.  

County Assistance Office early November of each year 
(717) 240-2700
(800) 269-0173

Metropolitan Edison (MET Ed) Electric 
(800) 545-7741
Financial help at New Hope Ministries (PCAP)
5228 Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-7333

PA American Water Company 
(800) 717-7292 
Possible financial help at New Hope Ministries (PCAP)
5228 Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-7333

PPL Electric 
1030 McClay Street, Harrisburg, PA 17103
(800) 342-5775

Operation HELP 
A crisis program for good paying customers to assist with their electric bill
West Shore to Mechanicsburg
New Hope Ministries (PCAP)
5228 Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-7333

On Track 
A low income program that helps with lower bill payments and debt forgiveness.  
Harrisburg Community Action Commission
(717) 232-9757 - ask for the On-Track Program

UGI (natural gas) 
1500 Paxton St. Harrisburg 17104 
(717) 234-5951
(800) 648-6280 (Harrisburg customers) 
(800) 609-4844 (Carlisle customers) 

Customers Assistance Program (CAP) formerly known as LISHP.
Must already be on a payment service. 

LIURP (Low Income Usage Reduction Program) if dwelling is heated by UGI, with landlord’s permission, UGI will weatherize unit. 
Call (800) 340-5394 to see if eligible.  

Operation SHARE is a UGI gas program for Cumberland County customers who are not enrolled in the CAP program.
(717) 249-7773


Capital Area Transit (CAT) (main bus station)
Provides transit services with reduced fees. Call for free bus route booklet.
901 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 238-8304

New Hope Ministries
Assistance with vehicle repairs, insurance and transportation needs, and fuel assistance related to employment/medical care and they must be currently enrolled as a New Hope client receiving services.
5228 East Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 766-7333


Mid-Penn Legal Services - Cumberland County 
Weekday Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Serves persons of low income with free legal advice. Performs services especially in areas of crisis, domestic violence, housing concerns, custody (limited), public benefits, and unemployment issues.
401 East Louther Street Suite 103, Carlisle, PA 17013
(717) 243-9400
(800) 822-5288

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