To provide opportunities for the betterment of the community through collaboration, networking and the promotion of volunteerism.
Who We Are
Centre County Council for Human Services (CCCHS) is a 501(c)3 membership organization that supports agencies and individuals working toward the support and betterment of individuals and families in the community. The CCCHS believes that meeting human service needs requires an interdisciplinary knowledge base, collaboration and a commitment to improving the overall quality of life for our shared community.
The CCCHS is comprised of human service agencies, business, school systems, government entities and interested individuals promoting communication and relationships among human service agencies and other organizations throughout and the community.
CCCHS offers education and training programs, seed money grants, monthly interagency and interdisciplinary meetings, a monthly newsletter, a human resources reference directory, a volunteer recognition dinner, and other services to its members.
Centre County Council for Human Services, a non-profit organization, was incorporated in 1968 to organize the health and welfare agencies of Centre County. During this time, funding for human services was becoming scarce. Directors and staff members of agencies collaborated to ensure available funding was best used to meet the needs of the community. Early organizers included Rose Cologne, Ann Graybill Cook, and Norma Keller. View our 50th anniversary video here.
The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery. (National Organization for Human Services)
Board of Directors
President Melissa Bottorf, PA Link to Aging & Disability Resource Centers
1st VP Karen Lambert, Schlow Library
2nd VP Jennifer Eisenhuth, Strawberry Fields
Treasurer Tirzah Gibboney, Bridge of Hope Centre County
Secretary Holly Torbic, Centre Volunteers In Medicine (CVIM)
At Large Cori Kalupson, Juniper Village at Brookline
At Large Shannon Newby, Housing Transitions, Inc.
At Large Brenda Reeve, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
At Large Denise McCann, Centre Helps
At Large Elizabeth Siegelman, Center for Alternatives in Community Justice (CACJ)
At Large Christina Spicer, Central PA Community Action
At Large Marisa Vicere, Jana Marie Foundation
At Large BJ Weaver, Interfaith Human Services (IHS)
The CCCHS accomplishes the work of the organization entirely through the power of volunteers. Our standing committees are designed to meet the needs of our members by carrying out a variety of specified functions, programs, and programs. Each committee consists of at least one board member and interested individuals. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to join a committee.
Responsible for identifying, recruiting and nominating new board directors.
Responsible for planning and organizing the monthly membership meetings.
Responsible for identifying, recruiting and submitting weekly Helping Hands articles published by the Centre Daily Times.
Marketing and Communications
Oversees development and implementation of the marketing and communications for the CCCHS including monthly newsletters, website and social media.
Rose Cologne Volunteer Recognition
Responsible for planning and execution of the annual volunteer recognition event.
Responsible for creating the grant application, soliciting grant proposal, identifying awardee/s, and monitoring the grant.