Category: The Center

Volunteer Spotlight: Lizzie Guan

We are excited to spotlight Lizzie Guan, a senior at West Chester East High School.

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Outdoor Beautification Project

The Center and FoSCI would like to thank the our donors and volunteers.

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The Center Receives a $95,000 Grant

The Charles Melton Center in West Chester was awarded a $95,000 grant in a ceremony at the Justice Center in West Chester Monday.

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Our 1st “Melton Pot” Garden Party

You are cordially invited to join us this Saturday evening for the “Melton Pot.”

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Main Line Today Feature

Thank you Main Line Today for featuring us!

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Main Line Today Feature

Thank you Main Line Today for featuring us!

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Giving Bikes Back is a Partnership with the Salvation Army of West Chester

The project started in December of 2018 and by the end of this summer, the organization is projected to have distributed 70 bikes, and is already on track to donate 100 more in 2021.

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Response to George Floyd’s Death

We, the Board of Directors and staff of the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center in West Chester, PA, take the following stance concerning racial issues in America.

WE STAND AGAINST:

  • Prejudice 
  • Intolerance
  • Discrimination
  • Systemic and Institutional Racism
  • Bigotry
  • Hate
  • Disparities and Disproportionality
  • Brutality
  • Silence and Indifference

WE STAND FOR:

  • Equity and Equality
  • Social Justice
  • Dialogue
  • Police and Judicial Reform
  • Public Protests
  • Unity, Cooperation, and Community
  • Equal Access to all Educational Resources
  • Voting without Voter Suppression 

WE STAND WITH:

  • The Marginalized 
  • The Underserved 
  • The Underrepresented 

Mission Statement 

The Mission of the historic Charles A Melton Arts and Education Center is to contribute to the quality of life for all people of the greater West Chester community by continuing its long commitment to providing educational, recreational, cultural and civic services.

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Keeping The Community Fed

In the midst of this global crisis, it has been our honor to step and reach out to help our most vulnerable
populations while training and employing low income youth and seniors, as well as individuals who have
lost employment because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Every week Filet of Soul Culinary Institute at the Melton Center prepares and delivers hundreds of meals to low income seniors and families in West Chester and Coatesville! Filet of Soul Culinary Institute has been covering all costs.

 

Photos by Mayor Dianne Herrin

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Filet of Soul Memorial Day Fundraiser

Filet of Soul exists to love people and transform lives through employment, food, music, service, and outreach.  In 2017, Filet of Soul partnered with the Melton Center and the Chester County Workforce Development Board to establish Filet of Soul Culinary Institute (FOSCI) as a Melton Center Program.

The free program was established to mentor and train economically disadvantaged youth in culinary arts and the hospitality industry, while also offering paid work experience opportunities and employment. In 2019, the Melton Center received a PHARE grant from PHFA to expand the FOSCI program to include a more extensive culinary training program and health and wellness classes and activities.

FOSCI’s current focus includes:
1. Training and mentoring economically disadvantaged youth and young adults.
2. Employing and training 2nd chance employees and dislocated workers
3. Donating home-cooked healthy meals to our most vulnerable populations. 

Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Filet of Soul and the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center have been working with Mayor Dianne Herrin, United Way of Chester County, the West Chester Area Senior Center, The Bridge Academy and Community Center, the Coatesville Towers Senior Apartments, the Church Street Towers, the Denney Rayburn House, and other organizations to provide complimentary meals to low-income seniors and families in West Chester and Coatesville. 

The video highlights our recent fundraiser and our meal donation program.

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