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Ways to Support Our Chapter

There are a variety of small and big ways in which families can support our local Chapter to help build global as well as local friendships among our youth. One can provide direct contributions, support fundraising events, help with planning local hosting programs or have some fun getting to know other CISV parents by joining the Chapter Board or volunteering as a member on one of our Chapter Committees.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have volunteer positions open that require the unique talents of our membership! Please look at our current volunteer opportunities here

Join Our Board

The Brandywine Valley Chapter posts board openings annually.  As a board member, you will actively participate in steering the direction of the chapter, chapter decision-making and organizational efforts as well as support and improve the CISV environment where youth thrive and grow. There is no better way to support your JBer who LOVES CISV in this meaningful way. Yes, it is work. Yes, there is an expected commitment. Yes, it is rewarding. Yes, it is fun! The slate of candidates are announced in early May and voted in at the Annual Membership Picnic in early June. Please check out of our list of Board positions and descriptions here


Donations and Fundraising

CISV is able to offer affordable international and national cultural exchanges because we are a non-profit, predominantly volunteer organization.  CISV programs are typically less that 50% of the price of other popular organizations.  The programs are affordable because the hosting chapter is bearing the cost of food and lodging for the youth.  Our chapter hosts programs so that youth in the Brandywine Valley can have opportunities with other chapters all over the world.  We maintain a regular hosting schedule as economically as we can.  We ask for everyone’s help to put “drops in the bucket.” It adds up to the financial support we need.  Here are the ways that Brandywine Valley raises money:

1.  SCRIP Cards – To ORDER or learn more, email Mark Shryock and pick up at a JB or Board meeting or another pre-arranged time. 

3.  Shop through  BV gets % of sale for all the popular shopping sites.

4.  If you shop at, designate your charity at Amazon Smiles by clicking here:

Amazon Smile

5.  Attend and/or sponsor the annual fall event (early November)

6.  Donate to the annual appeal (April); check if your company matches.

7.  Volunteer at the annual car wash (May) Sunoco at Boot and 352.

8.  Buy CISV Logo wear!  On sale at some JB meetings, the Pot Luck Dinner, and the June Picnic. 

9.  Volunteer to search for and apply for grants.

10.  Come to us with a good fundraising idea to try.  We are open to trying new things.

11. Become a member of the Fundraising Committee and help organize the various events throughout the year.