Our local A Better Chance chapter is managed by a board of directors, but also counts on the interest and dedication of many volunteers from the community. Some of these opportunities involve a commitment for much of the year, while others entail a brief stint organizing something specific. If you’d like to help out or know someone who would, please let us know by contacting a board member.

Board Committees Include:

  • Development Committee (oversees fundraising initiatives)
  • House Committee (focuses on the scholars and whatever they need to be successful)
  • Facilities Committee (works to ensure that our facility is maintained well)
  • Finance Committee (handles our yearly budgeting process and long term financial sustainability)


Other volunteer needs include drivers, host families, academic advisors, assistance with college applications/essays, cooking, event planning, volunteer coordination and more.

ABC students are not permitted to have cars, but like all high school students, they need transportation to and from school activities and doctor’s appointments. A list of local residents who are willing to drive students during the week is posted in the ABC house.

If you are interested in becoming an ABC volunteer driver, please contact a House Committee Co-Chair Morgan Shankweiler at morganshankweiler@gmail.com or Rachel Ginzberg at drginzberg@gmail.com.

Host Families

Each student is assigned to a host family. Students spend alternate Sundays with their families, who have volunteered to welcome the students into their homes. These families will be sharing their regular activities from 1 pm until 7 pm. This gives the student a chance to be on his/her own and to develop a special relationship with a family in the Wallingford-Swarthmore community. Students often bond very closely with their host families and when alumni return, it is usually to visit the host family.

If you are interested in becoming a Host Family, please contact Mary Murry atmogorman220@comcast.net

Academic Advisors

Each student in the ABC program gets an Academic Advisor who stays with him/her for all four years at Strath Haven High School. The Academic Advisor acts as the “academic parent” for the student, knows the student’s strengths and weaknesses best, and can advocate for the student with the school. Academic Advisors meet weekly with students, and communicate regularly with Resident Directors, tutors, and parents.

If you are interested in becoming an Academic Advisor, please contact Micelle Midget at mkrista72@hotmail.com.

Want To Help Give Our Scholars A Better Chance?

Here’s How:

Make a Gift in Support of Our Scholars!  Each year, A Better Chance Strath Haven must raise over $100,000 in order to provide our scholars with housing, food, medical insurance, academic support, and costs associated with student activities such as proms, trips, athletic equipment/uniforms, and more.  As a Community Scholar Program of the national A Better Chance program, we receive no funding from ABC national.  We rely on individual gifts and grants in order to sustain our program.

Please support this worthy program with a tax-deductible contribution.  Checks made out to ABC Strath Haven may be sent to:

ABC Strath Haven
PO Box 495
Swarthmore, PA 19081

You can also give online via PayPal at www.abcStrathHaven.org.

Volunteer Your Time: Support our scholars as a driver, cook, academic advisor, fundraiser, grantwriter, communications expert, electrician, plumber, and more!  One-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities are available. Contact a Board Member for details.

Choose A Better Chance Strath Haven, as your designated United Way charity: In Southeastern Pennsylvania, ABC Strath Haven’s I.D. number is 221 (electronic pledges use 0221). In Delaware, ABC Strath Haven’s I.D. number is 1168.

Give While Shopping: Participate in retailer giving programs by registering at www.iGive.com. 700+ online retailers will give ABC Strath Haven a portion of the purchase price each time you shop. Retailers include Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Land’s End, and many others. If you’ve registered in the past, make sure your registration is still current.  Do you shop at Genuardi’s, Office Max or Macy’s? Then register with www.escrip.com. They and many other merchants and restaurants will give a portion of your purchase price to ABC Strath Haven. If you registered a while ago, check back to select recently added merchants.

Employer Matching Gifts: Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To make a matching gift, check with your employer first and then contact Chris Darrell at 610- 690-4421.

Donate Appreciated Securities or Make a Bequest: We are happy to provide information about donating securities or make a bequest to ABC Strath Haven. For more information call Chris Darrell at 610-690-4421.

Join our Mailing List:  A Better Chance Strath Haven also has a yearly newsletter.  In order to help us defray printing and postage costs, please consider joining our electronic mailing list.  Email your address to Chris Darrell at chris@darrellfamily.com.