Community Tips

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General Community Information

Community Food Cupboards


InterFaith Food Cupboard
2086 Parkview Avenue, Abington, PA 19001
215-885-2234
Call to place order and arrange for pick-up
Donations accepted Monday through Friday
Living Word Lutheran Church
1250 Easton Road, Roslyn, PA 19001
215-884-2821
Loaves and Fishes Food Cupboard
Jenkintown United Methodist Church
328 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046
215-886-7250
Thursday’s 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.
www.jenkintown Food Cupboard.org
Meals on Wheels
Abington: 215-886-2206
Glenside: 215-885-7650
Mitzvah Food Project – Tample Beth Shalom
8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
215-832-0509
New Life Presbyterian Church Food Cupboard
467 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
215-576-0892
Tuesday Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Food Cupboard open 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. usually for 55+ but others may come if necessary
Donations accepted throughout the week
Contact church office for times:  215.576.0892
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church Food Pantry
2119 Old Welsh Road, Abington, PA 19001
215-659-1674

Local Electronics Recycling Anything with a Plug Collections in 2014


New Law: Residents and businesses across Montgomery County, and throughout the state, are no longer allowed to toss out their old TVs, computers or other electronic devices with their regular trash pickup. They must adhere to the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), which was passed in 2010 and went into effect Jan. 24.

Saturday, June 21, 9:99 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
– 2201 Florey Lane. Held at Abington Public Works Facility, 2201 Florey Lane, Abington

Saturdays, June 21 & November 8, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Held at Abington Public Works Facility, 2201 Florey Lane, Abington

Electronics will be recycled by eForce Compliance. All data media will be destroyed or wiped.

What to bring: TVs, computers, monitors, scanners, printers, keyboards, computer mice, small appliances (such as vacuums, stereo and radio equipment), microwaves, cameras, cell phones, air conditioners, calculators, typewriters, FAX machines,.VCRs/DVD players, cable/satellite receivers.

Items NOT acceptable:

  • Air Conditioners, De/Humidifiers, Refrigerators – Contact your township or trash/recycling hauler to schedule a pick up or call 610-278-3618 for more information. For working refrigerators contact PECO at 1-888-5-PECO-SAVE.
  • Large Appliances/White Goods – Contact your township or trash/ recycling hauler to schedule a pick up or call Montgomery County Recycling Hotline at 610-278-3618.
  • Smoke Detectors – Send back to the manufacturer. Check the back of the item for more information OR throw in trash.

Information: www.montgomerycountyrecycles.org. Specific document on the electronics events is at: www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/Cost: Free to all Abington Township residents.

Regular Electronics Disposal Site

To dispose of electronics in Montgomery County
Cheltenham Township Public Works Facility, 8101 Old York Road, Elkins Park
Open Monday through Friday,8:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m.: Saturday, 10:00-2:00 p.m.
Information: William Ferrari at 215-635-4600  

Trouble Navigating the Computer?

Computer docents available to help you.
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Held at Roslyn Branch Library, 2412 Avondale Avenue, Roslyn
Each docent will help up to two patrons at a time.
The sessions will cover: basic computer skills. the Internet. email. Microsoft Word
You will be matched with an available computer docent.
Cost: Free
Information & Registration: 215-886-9818, cfrankford@mclinc.org or www.abingtonfreelibrary.org

Computer Classes

Register for a one-hour, one-on-one class with a volunteer computer aide

Class tailored to your needs.  Class can cover basic computer skills, the Internet, email, Microsoft Word or Excel.
Cost:  Free
Information:  Stop by the Information Desk, call 215.885.5180 x.13 or email AskAbington@gmail.com

Wired Wednesdays!

Featuring information about e-Books and more!

Every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. and every 4th Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Abington Free Library Community Room, 1030 Old York Road,Abington
Get answers to your questions and learn how to download free e-books from the library’s Overdrive catalog to your Nook, Kindle, iPad or other device.
Cost:  Free
Information:  Stop by the Information Desk, call 215.885.5180 x.13 or email AskAbington@gmail.com

Online Resources!

Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m.

Abington Free Library Community Room, 1030 Old York Road,Abington
Learn about the online catalog, your patron account, and how to use online databases to learn a language, search newspapers, retrace your family tree, and much more!
Cost: Free
Registration & Information: 215-885-5180 ext. 13 or AskAbington@gmail.com

Free eBooks and Audiobooks

You can download free eBooks and audiobooks from the Abington Free Library.
Go to abingtonfreelibrary.org

Adult Family Literacy: English As A Second Language Classes

Volunteer tutors help both native English-speaking students and foreign-born students improve their English literacy skills. There are also tutors who work with students with math and other subject areas to help them prepare to take the GED or other tests.
Offered at Abington Free Libreary, 1030 Old York Road, Abington
Mondays from 7:15-8:45 p.m. – English Conversation Classes
Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00 noon – English Conversation Classes
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 p.m. – Idioms and Grammar
Information: 215-885-5183 or 215-885-5180, ext. 27 or ablit1@yahoo.com 

Local Government Channels 24, 34, and 43

Are you interested in how your local government works?
Tune into Comcast Channel 43, Abington’s municipal channel or Verizon channels 24 and 34
View monthly Abington Board of Commissioner’s meetings as well as the major committee meetings – Public Safety, Public Works, Public Affairs, and Code Enforcement.
Meetings televised for one week at 9:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m. beginning the Monday immediately following each meeting.
Consult meeting schedule on township calendar.

Channel 968 for Abington School District

Cable station, Abington Media Productions AMP-968 on air
Abington School district videos from all of the schools, along with District-wide and community events.
Available to Comcast Cable subscribers who have digital cable.
Abington Township Channel 43 will continue to air Abington School District programs for one half hour of every hour and from approximately 6:00-9:00 p.m. daily, with the start time being determined by the completion of Township meeting broadcasts.
School Board Meeting broadcasts also on this site
The current schedule is available at http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/850

Participate in “Cartridges for Kids”

The Abington School District participates in this recycling program. Abington schools receive money for each empty cartridge and cell phone plus even more for new cartridges, never used, from equipment you may have discarded. These funds will be used for special programs that benefit the children,
Tell friends, neighbors, and local businesses to save their cartridges and cell phones.
There is a cartridge recycling container in every school building
Questions: 215-881-2570 or Terry Montanaro at 215-663-0430.

Police Tip on Cell Phone/Identity Theft Scams

The Abington Township Police Department advises citizens of the following cell phone scam:

When a person uses a credit card, a cell phone scanner takes a picture of the card, showing its name and number. It takes less than a minute to take the picture and transmit the account information locally and sometimes overseas. Some camera-equipped cell phones have been used at ATM locations, enabling the scanner to take a picture of the ATM card as well as the victim’s PIN number as it is entered.

To protect yourself and others from this scam, do not let your credit card or ATM card out of your sight, and keep it covered as much as possible when using it in public places. For instance, do not allow a sales person to lay your card on a counter, no matter how briefly. When punching in your PIN number at an ATM or using your credit card, cover them with your hand. Direct questions or additional information about crime to Crime Prevention Officer Roger Gillispie at 267-536-1077.

Child & Family Programs

Cyber-Bullying Resources

Cyber-Bullying Resources

The following websites may provide helpful resource information:

  • www.cyberbullyingl.org
  • www.stopcyberbullying.org
  • www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying
  • www.missingkids.com

If your child is a victim of cyber-bullying:

  1. Obtain the evidence: make a copy of any online text/photos; ask your phone carrier to save texts beyond the normal 30 days.
  2. Notify police and/or your child’s school administration

Children’s Health Center for Uninsured, Underinsured, & Medical Assistance

Provides primary health care to children from birth through age 21 who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medical Assistance.

Health Center staff takes time to listen and understand issues facing children and works with parents or caregivers to provide necessary follow-up care.
Services include: physical exams, care for sick children, sports physicals, immunizations, school physicals, vision and hearing screening, parenting education and support, home visits, 24-hour on-call
Location: Visiting Nurse Association—Community Services, 1421 Highland Avenue, Abington, Monday through Friday
To schedule an appointment: 215-572-7880

Jewish Family and Children's Service: Help in Difficult Times

In response to the pressing economic needs which are deeply affecting many families in the Jewish community, JFCS (Jewish Family and Children’s Service) would like to help. Experienced counselors can help with financial assistance; emotional support and counseling; budgeting assistance; advocacy and chaplaincy services.
If you need help or know someone who does, call 1.866.JFCS.NOW. All inquiries are confidential.

Low-Cost Prescriptions?

Do you need help obtaining low-cost prescription medications due to high costs? Are you not insured or under insured?
For assistance call the Rx Support Program of Visiting Nurse Association—Community Services toll-free at 1-877-747-7257

Montgomery Child Advocacy Project

Committed to providing g counsel to children who are victims of and witnesses to abuse or need other legal representation.
MCAP assigns a lawyer with the appropriate legal skills needed by the child or youth and then petitions the court to appoint the lawyer as the child’s advocate in proceedings.
The agency makes referrals and provides direction to those seeking advice
The Project is an independent, nonprofit organization

Aldersgate Foster Care

Make a difference in the life of a child. Open your heart and your home by becoming a foster parent. Non-traditional families welcome.
Aldersgate Youth Service Bureau is located at 42 N. York Road, Willow Grove.
Information: 215-657-4545 or www.aldersgateysb.com

In Time of War

During this time when our country is engaged in war, adults might find the following web sites helpful as they dialog with children of various ages.

Coping in Unsettling Times
http://www.nasponline.org/NEAT/unsettlingtimes.html

War: The Five Best/Worst Things You Can Say To Your Children
Chick Moorman, Author of Parent Talk
http://www.crosswalk.com/family/1187496.html.

The Road to Resilience Brochure
The American Psychological Association currently offers a brochure that builds resilience in a time of war for adults and children. This brochure can either be ordered by calling toll-free 1-800-964-2000 or it can be downloaded at http://www.helping.apa.org

School/Homework Supports

Computer Classes

Featuring free one-hour clases
Be one-on-one with a volunteer computer aide; tailored to a person’s need. The class could cover basic
computer skills, the Internet, email or Microsoft Word or Excel.
Held at Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington
Information: 215-855-5180 ext. 13 or email AskAbington@gmail.com.

Computer Resources/Research and Computer Catalog Class

First Wednesdays, October 5 or December 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m.; November 2, 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon
Abinting Free Library Community room, 1030 Old York Road, Abington
• Using your Library Account
• Accessing resources online
• Mango Languages
• Magazines and Newspapers
• Audio and eBooks
Information: visit the Information Desk, call 215-885-5180 ext. 13, or email askabington@gmail.com

Ongoing English As A Second Language (ESL) Classes for Children and Adults

For children, teens, and adults
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Held at Won Community Service Center, 423 Abington Avenue, Glenside
Cost: Free
Information: 215-884-8443 or www.woncommunity.org

Science Online Database & Internet Resource Training

Saturdays, February 10 & 17, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Held at Staff Lounge of Abington Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington
Bring your laptop with wireless if possible and your Library card
Information & Registration: 215-885-5180 ext. 13

Help with Homework at Abington Free Library

Are you a high school or middle school student who needs help with science fair projects or science research? Check out the Abington Free Library’s Science Fair Links page – http://abg.mclinc.org/LinksScienceFair.htm for information on ideas, research, judges, and more. Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road Abington 215-885-5180, ext. 15 Karen Burnham.

Science Fair Links

It’s Science Fair Projects Time! For your Science Fair Projects – check out the Abington Free Library’s Science Fair Links page – http://abg.mclinc.org/links/LinksScienceFair.htm for information on ideas, research, judges, and more. Abington Free Library, 1030