Category: The Center

County Lines Magazine: Faces of Philanthropy

"Last March, the Melton Center closed its building to the public due to the pandemic. The resilient staff continued to provide resources and support for West Chester families during this challenging time. Programs included partnering with other organizations—West Chester Area School District, Chester County Food Bank, Oscar Lasko YMCA, and Safe Harbor of West Chester—to collect and disseminate essentials."
County Lines Magazine
"Faces of Philanthropy

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Help Us Swing Into Summer

This warm weather has us thinking of summer fun and playing outside.

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COVID Updates and Hours

We hope you are all well during this unprecedented time. As Chester County moves into the Green Phase of re-opening, we are pleased to be able to open our building once again at 50% capacity.
However, knowing that the risks of COVID-19 are still very much present and real, it is imperative that the Melton Center and all of our visitors take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety of our staff, patrons, and community. 
We ask for your patience, understanding and support while we get through this as a community. We are a small business/Non-Profit directly affected by this current situation and we are doing our best to make it through this difficult time.
We promise you will be the first to know when we have an update. In the meantime, our offices will be closed until further notice with limited administrative capacity. We very much look forward to seeing everyone when this is over!
Thank you in advance of your full cooperation during these trying times. If you have any questions, please email Renee at, Jackie at, or Ken Winston
Office Hours
Monday – Thursday 10-4

Please stay safe and well,
Sincerely, Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center

All visitors must agree to the following: 

  •  No one who is exhibiting any symptoms of illness or has knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 is permitted to enter the building. 
  • All patrons must have their temperature checked before entering the building. Temperature may not be 100.4 or higher. If Melton Center staff are not present for your meetings, then a member of your organization must be designated to take temperatures using a contactless thermometer. This procedure must be documented for every member of every meeting. 
  • Face coverings are required to be worn at all times by everyone in the building and are to be worn properly so as to cover the person’s nose and mouth 
  • All visitors must sign in/sign out on the provided sign-in sheet every time they enter the building. 
  • Hand sanitizer must be provided upon entry to the building, and frequent handwashing is encouraged.  
  • All meetings must follow the CDC social distancing guidelines of 6 feet between people at all times. 
  • We ask rental organizations to use disinfectant to wipe down their chairs, tables, and high-touch surfaces (doorknobs, railings) after meetings. The Melton Center will thoroughly clean and disinfect rooms and bathrooms in between uses, but we ask organizations to sanitize surfaces during use as well to help protect our staff. 
  • The Melton Center must be notified immediately if anyone who has been in the building tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed to COVID-19.  
  • All visitors must follow all CDC, state, and local health and safety recommendations at all times. 
  • Anyone who does not comply with these will rules will be asked to leave. 

Open Gym 

  • We will have open gym hours from Monday – Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm. The gym is closed on Fridays.  
  • Everyone must adhere to the rules above. If anyone is seen without a mask, the gym will close for the day.  
  • The capacity for the gym is 25 people. Once we have reached that, the gym will be closed to new players until current players have left.  

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Meet Our New Board President

When it comes to serving others, Deb believes it is often necessary to go the extra mile whenever possible.

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MLK Day of Service

We are so grateful for the community!

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MLK Day of Service Opportunities

In honor of the 2021 MLK Day of Service, the Charles A. Melton Center invites community members to support students in our New Directions Program.

New Directions is an afterschool academic and social-emotional skill building program that provides tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment for K-8 students from low-income backgrounds in West Chester, PA. Our mission is to close the opportunity gap and to give students a place to develop leadership skills to make a difference in their community.

Contribute Supplies–Contactless Donation Drop-off

  • Donate healthy snacks in single-serve packages (i.e. granola bars, pretzels, whole grain crackers, fruit cups, raisins).
  • Donate engaging, diverse, and culturally relevant books.
  • We are offering Contactless Donation Drop-off on Monday, January 18, from 1–3pm. 501 E. Miner St West Chester, PA. Please pull into the parking parking lot through the Market St. entrance. We will collect donations from your vehicle.

Contribute Your Time–Become a volunteer!

  • New Directions welcomes qualified tutors to support our students in all subject areas.
  • We also invite community members to share about your profession, leadership experience, or commitment to social justice as a “Community Leader Reader,” guest speaker, or student mentor.

Contribute Financially!

We are in need of financial donations that will be used to make our safe, social-distanced, afterschool and summer programming possible. Donate here.

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Job Openings

We are looking to fill the following positions:

Interested applicants should send their resumes and cover letter to kennethwinston1 at

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32nd Scholarship Awards

During the scholarship reception, we congratulate and award deserving college students from local church, civic, social, and educational institutions.

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Apartments Break Ground

Church Housing Corp. Breaks Ground on 51-Unit Affordable Housing Community in West Chester.

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The Melton Center is Closed Until 1/4

Due to the new restrictions mandated by Gov. Wolf, The Melton Center is closed until January 4, 2021, for non-essential activities.

NA & AA will still take place but is limited to 10 people and you still follow the CDC guidelines:

  • wearing a mask at all times while you are in the building
  • washing your hands and using hand sanitizer
  • signing in our log
  • temperature check.

Thank you in advance of your full cooperation during these trying times.

If you have any questions, please email Renee at or Ken Winston at

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