Borough of West Chester Community Initiatives

These are just some of the amazing events available in West Chester. If you have the time be sure to check them out. 

Safety Walk @ WCU

There is a Safety Walk on October 22 duringthe WCU Homecoming between the hours of noon and 5pm in our off campus neighborhoods. This is to provide a positive presence during the day by University and Borough representatives to encourage safe and responsible celebrations.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Sandy Jones, or Chris Brenner,

Please sign up for an hour or two if you are available.

Sign Up for the Safety Walk
concert across america

Artists and activists
will band together for the
#ConcertAcrossAmerica to

with a series of live concerts
brought together by social media

Sunday, September 25, 1 - 4pm
@ The Melton Center
501 East Miner Street
Learn More Here

The Brandywine Valley SPCA Horse Show celebration is one of our oldest continuing fund-raising events, attracting hundreds of guests and avid animal supporters. This family event will be held September 25th, 2016 at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Grounds on 5 Nantmeal Road in Glenmoore from 8 AM to Dusk. Our Horse Show includes three rings as well as numerous divisions and classes for both children and adults, adoptable pets, a beer garden, food vendors, activities for kids and much, much more. Join us as they celebrate and support the important work of the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

The SPCA is proud to announce that our 2016 Horse Show at Ludgwig’s Corner Horse Grounds has been chosen as the 2017 automatic qualifier for the Colonial Classic Horse Show! No point chasing! Get qualified early! Reach your goal and support a great cause in beautiful Glenmoore, PA!

You can learn more here.


In collaboration with Arin Ross Auctions, the West Chester Area Education Foundation will hold its first-ever Fine Art Auction on Thursday, November 10 at 6 p.m. at Penn Oaks Golf Club

The evening will begin with a half-hour viewing period. Refreshments will be provided and a cash bar will be available. The live auction will include dozens of pieces of fine art, sports and entertainment memorabilia, as well as highly sought-after items and experiences donated by businesses and organizations from across the region.

Tickets cost $30 per person and $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the West Chester Area School DistrictTo register, click here.

If you have questions or would like information on how to register for the auction using another form of payment, please contact Susan Speaker, Secretary to the West Chester Area Education Foundation: or 484-266-1016.

You’re invited to become an art auction sponsor! Sponsors have the exclusive opportunity to advertise within the official auction booklet, which will be printed and posted online, as well as within all of the advertising for the event. To learn more about becoming an auction sponsor, click here

SEPTA Sustainability Plan Open House


SEPTA Sustainability Plan Open House

Tuesday, August 30 | 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

SEPTA is hosting a “Sustainability Open House” on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia to discuss ideas for the Authority’s second-generation sustainability plan, SEP-TAINABLE 2020.

SEPTA’s first-generation Sustainability Program Plan was formally adopted by the SEPTA Board in January 2011.  The plan focused on 12 targets to be reached by 2015, and served as the framework for initiatives to advance the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the system and region.  It has become a model for collaborative sustainability planning and implementation in the transit industry. 

It is now time to develop the second-generation plan to set targets for the year 2020. During the open house, riders, residents and other stakeholders will be briefed on the results from the 2015 plan and the proposed planning framework for the 2020 plan.  SEPTA will then seek input to further develop environmental, social and economic sustainability targets and supporting initiatives.

We hope you are able to attend encourage you to share the details about the Open House with your residents, members, stakeholders and social media followers:

SEPTA Sustainability Plan Open House

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

12:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Board Room

1234 Market Street, Mezzanine Level

Philadelphia, PA  19107

For more information about the first-generation plan and its successes, visit:

West Chester Food Co-Op

Our Mission

We are dedicated to creating and operating a member-owned full service cooperative grocery store in West Chester that will be open to everyone.

We believe the community owned and controlled cooperative business model provides a superior framework to serve the most basic need of the people of West Chester: nutritious, delicious, fairly priced and sustainably produced food. Cooperatives are businesses driven by their member’s values not just profit. The co-op grocery will allow our community to understand where there food comes from and make choices that support local farms, the local economy, and a healthier diet.

Building a cooperative is really about building community; the co-op seeks to foster connections among the people of West Chester as they work together for mutual benefit. The store will be a friendly place where people will run into neighbors and friends while marveling at the glorious agricultural abundance of our region. We will do everything that we can to make it accessible to all members of the community.

As co-ops have been historically, our co-op will be rooted in principles of care for community, care for the environment, and care for the less fortunate. It will turn the simple activity of shopping into an opportunity to demonstrate values, contribute to the community, and develop relationships. Join us and help build a better world through cooperation.

You can learn more about the West Chester Food Co-Op at
Help Save the Barclay Grounds!

The property was previously known as the Joshua Hartshorne Estate and is the only one of West Chester’s 19th century estates that has not been sub-divided and built on. The entire block (bordered by N. High St., W. Marshall St., W. Virginia Ave. and N. Church St.) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which states that the “park-like grounds” are home to “one of the finest collections of specimen trees in West Chester”. Early in 2013 the southern part of the block was sub-divided into four lots to be sold off as residential building lots.

The Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance (BGPA) was formed to raise public awareness of the potential loss of this important site to the community. A petition was launched which generated over 2,100 signatures calling on West Chester Borough Council to save the Barclay Grounds. As a result of this broad public support the Borough Council voted on December 30th, 2013 to purchase the Barclay Grounds to make it a public park. The purchase was, however, dependent on receiving sufficient public grants and private donations to cover the purchase price.

To ensure the Barclay Grounds would be saved the BGPA guaranteed to cover up to $200,000 of any shortfall between the amount of grants received and the purchase price for the property. The BGPA paid for the initial downpayment on the property and  for grant applications to be written (which secured almost a million dollars in County and State grants). In order to meet the Borough’s deadline for the closing on the property the BGPA donated the $60,000 that we had raised by that date and took out a loan for the additional $140,000 to fulfill our guarantee.  We are now raising money to pay off that loan … and ask for your support.

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