Berks County Resources

 

Berks County is full of rich history and natural resources. Stop by some of the scenic locations throughout the county, visit historical sites, or partake in various programs in the region.

Begin with the resources listed below to access information concerning health, disabilities, immigration and citizenship, transportation, and other social services. Your local library can assist with any additional questions or concerns you may have.

 

Berks Ballet Theatre
201 Washington St., 4th Fl., Reading, PA 19601
610-373-7577

Berks Youth Chorus
201 Washington St., Suite 506B, Reading, PA 19601
610-898-7664

Reading Fightin Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium
1900 Centre Avenue/RT 61 South, Reading, PA 19605

The Goggleworks
201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601
(610) 374-4600

Pennsylvania’s Americana Region
Goggleworks at 2nd & Washington Streets, Reading, PA.

The Pagoda
PO Box 1615, Reading, PA 19603
610-375-6399

Reading Choral Society
201 Washington St., Suite 504, Reading, PA 19601-4040
610.898.1939

Reading Community Players
610-375-9106

Reading Pops Orchestra
3314 Reedy Rd., Sinking Spring, PA 19608

Reading Symphony Orchestra
147 N. 5th St., Suite 4, Reading, PA 19601
610-373-7557

Ringgold Band
3539-A Freemont St, Laureldale, PA  19605
610-929-8525

Santander Arena
700 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19602
610-898-7469

Santander Performing Arts Center
136 N. 6th Street, Reading, PA 19601
610-898-7299

Community Support Services


Social Services of Berks County, PA

This website provides direct links or other contact information for the social service agencies of Berks County, including a detailed alphabetical listing of social service agencies, hot-line numbers and more. This link takes you to the Services Directory for The Disabled.

Catholic Social Agency
Contact: 400 Washington St, Suite 100,Reading PA 19601
610-376-7144

Threshold Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
1000 Lancaster Ave., Reading PA 19607
610-777-7691
 

Abilities in Motion (AIM)
Contact: 210 N. Fifth Street, Reading PA 19601
610-376-0010
toll-free:888-376-0120



Learning
 

Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU)
PO Box 16050, 1111 Commons Blvd., Reading PA 19612-6050
610-987-2248
fax: 610-987-8400

 

Visual & Hearing Impaired Services
 

Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
2045 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19605
610-685-4520

Berks County Association For The Blind, INC.
2020 Hampden Boulevard, Reading, PA 19604
610-375-8407

Learning Ally
1-800-221-4792

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1-888-657-7323



Employment Training


AHEDD
Contact: 1150 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing PA 19610
610-375-7692

Goodwill Keystone Area
*Contact information varies by location



Home Support
 

Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown & Vicinity
1170 Berkshire Boulevard, Wyomissing, PA 19610
855-843-8627

Covenant Home Care
1223 Pottsville Pike, Shoemakersville, PA 19555
800-726-8761

Your Driver Education program contains the following PA-specific information: 12 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 10 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests, 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL), and an FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions.

A portal to websites of local, state and national health resources; including health organizations in Berks County, government agencies, and help for those with particular disabilities, conditions, or diseases. Provides access to information and websites that provide reliable, up-to-date, unbiased healthcare information.

 

Local Health Resources

Berks Community Health Center

Reading Health System (Reading Hospital)

Penn State Health–St. Joseph

 

State Health Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Health

 

National Health Resources

Healthcare.gov

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services/Health Insurance Marketplace

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM MAR)

Centers for Disease Control

National Institutes of Health

 

Health Information

MedlinePlus

Find Doctors, Dentists, Hospitals

Trust It or Trash It?

Evaluating Internet Health Information

WebMD

 

Health Organizations

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

 

Agencies that offer Special Health Services

Special health services are offered by these organizations:

C. Howard Hiester Canal Center
Located at the Berks County Heritage Center
1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading, PA 19605
610-374-8839

 

Conrad Weiser Homestead
28 Weiser Lane, Womelsdorf PA 19567
610-589-2934

 

Daniel Boone Homestead
400 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro PA 19508
610-582-4900

 

Gruber Wagon Works
Located at the Berks County Heritage Center
1102 Red Bridge Road, Reading, PA 19605
610-374-8839

 

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson PA 19520
610-582-8773

 

Joanna Furnace
PO Box 36, 1250 Furnace Road, Geigertown PA 19523
610-286-0388

BERKS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

The Berks County Bar Association provides lawyer referral services.
1600 Callowhill St., 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-656-7164

 

CATHOLIC CHARITIES, DIOCESE OF ALLENTOWN

"Catholic Charities responds to the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ call to 'Welcome the Stranger' through a range of services that help ease new arrivals into the fabric of local community life."
400 Washington St, Suite 100, Reading PA 19601
610-376-7144

 

HISPANIC CENTER OF READING AND BERKS COUNTY

The Hispanic Center's mission is to support and enhance the acculturation of the Latino population in the Greater Reading area through collaborative initiatives designed to enable individuals to improve their quality of life and the quality of life in their communities.
501 Washington Street, P.O. Box 8652 Reading, PA 19603
610-376-3748
fax:610-372-2619

 

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE)

Philadelphia Field Office (Regional Head Office): Area of Responsibility: PA, WV, DE. Before you call, you should have the following information:

  1. The person’s full name (including all aliases and second names)
  2. Their date of birth
  3. Their Alien Registration Number

1600 Callowhill St., 6th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-656-7164

 

LITERACY COUNCIL OF READING-BERKS

The Literacy Council offers ESL classes, one-on-one tutoring in reading, distance learning, and citizenship classes.
35 South Dwight Street, West Lawn PA 19609
610-670-9960
info@lcrb.org

 

PENNSYLVANIA IMMIGRATION RESOURCE CENTER

"PIRC believes that detained immigrants have a right to adequate information concerning their immigration status and access to effective legal resources. Our goal is to ensure access to justice for immigrants who are detained by ICE and facing removal from the United States."
112 Pleasant Acres Road, Suite I, York PA 17402
717-600-8099

 

PENNSYLVANIA MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM

"The PDE Migrant Education Program (PMEP) works in close collaboration with school districts, intermediate units, and community agencies to help migratory children meet the same high standards expected of all children by coordinating and supporting services that sustain and accelerate their progress in school."
333 Market Street - 5th Floor, Harrisburg PA 17126-0333
717-783-6466
fax:717-783-4392

 

VOTESPA: VOTER RIGHTS AND ELECTION INTEGRITY

This bilingual site is the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Web center for electoral information and resources. It contains information necessary for all aspects of the voting process (how to register, where to vote, how to vote, necessary documents, etc.). Remember that during elections, there are bilingual interpreters as well as other election staff to help you with all aspects of the voting process!

Central Pennsylvania African American Museum

A collection of art, documents, court records and books which focuses on local African American history in the Reading and Berks County area.
Old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 119 N. Tenth St., Reading PA 19601
610-371-8713

 

Historical Society of Berks County Museum

The museum contains three floors of exhibits: PA German collections, fine arts, transportation, toys, decorative arts and artifacts.
940 Centre Ave., Reading PA 19601
610-375-4375

 

Mid Atlantic Air Museum

The museum displays military trainers, transports and bombers, helicopters, experimental types, and classic airliners.
11 Museum Dr., Reading PA 19605
610-372-7333

 

Reading Public Museum

A museum of fine art and historical artifacts, a planetarium and an arboretum.
500 Museum Rd., Reading PA 19611
610-371-5850

Berks County Parks & Recreation

Berks County maintains 8 parks and a bicycle/walking trail. Visit the parks for recreational enjoyment or stay up-to-date on many of the fun, educational programs made available throughout the year. Pavilions and building rentals available. Contact one of the park offices for more information.

 

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Open year-round, visitors enjoy scenic vistas, 8-miles of ridge and valley trails, a native plant garden, and each autumn, the chance to observe large numbers of hawks, eagles and falcons as they migrate past the lookouts.
1700 Hawk Mountain Rd, Kempton PA 19529
610-756-6961

 

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

With 665 acres of forests and 11 miles of trails, Nolde Forest provides a variety of activity-oriented programs for students, teachers, adult groups and individuals.
2910 New Holland Rd., Reading PA 19607-9448
610-796-3699

As a public service and as part of the our effort to support the goal of lifelong learning, some libraries provide written and online exam proctoring, subject to availability of staff, space, and technology.  Please contact the libraries for details and arrangements.

 

Bernville Area Community Library

Boyertown Community Library

Mifflin Community Library

Schuylkill Valley Community Library

Spring Township Community Library

Village Library of Morgantown

West Lawn/Wyomissing Hills Library

Reading Railroad Heritage Museum

Interprets the history and significance of the Reading Railroad using video and exhibits and features rail equipment and artifacts.
500 S. 3rd St., Hamburg PA 19526
610-562-5513

 

Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad, Inc.

May - November, ride an historic steam-powered train through fields and forests along Ontelaunee Creek.
42 Community Center Drive, P.O. Box 24, Kempton PA 19529
610-756-6469

Berks County Office of Aging

The Government of Berks County Office of Aging is the best place to look for resources regarding senior citizens.

The mission of the Berks County Area Agency on Aging is to provide services, based on need, to all older Berks County residents and those with disabilities; empowering self-determination; advocating for their rights; and promoting the highest possible level of independence.

Berks County Services Center, 633 Court Street, 8th Floor, Reading PA 19601-4303
Phone: 610-478-6500
Fax: 610-478-6886

Open: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Emergency Service: 24 Hours (Case By Case Basis)

 

Berks County Senior Centers

Located throughout Reading and Berks County senior community centers provide an assortment of social, recreational and educational activities, a nutritious noontime meal and volunteer opportunities all year round.

 

Information and Referral

AARP
601 E Street N.W., Washington DC 20049
Toll-Free Nationwide: 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277)

Berks Encore
40 North Ninth Street, Reading PA 19601
610-374-3195

Medicare

Medline Plus

United Way of Berks County
610-685-4550

 

Services

Alzheimer's Association
1-800-272-3900 - Toll Free

Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
2045 Centre Avenue, Reading PA 19605
610-685-4520 - Voice
484-388-4086 - Video Phone

Better Business Bureau (consumer protection)
528 West North Street, Bethlehem PA 18018
610-866-8780

The Lutheran Home at Topton
1 South Home Avenue, Topton PA 19562
610-682-1400

National Society for Shut Ins
237 Franklin Street, Reading PA 19602
610-374-2930

PACE & PACENET Programs
717-783-1550

Pennsylvania Association for the Blind

555 Gettysburg Pike, Suite A300, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-2020

Tax forms and information from federal and state agencies can be obtained online. Choose one of the following options and follow the instructions at each site to download forms:

 

Federal: https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs
State: http://www.revenue.pa.gov/FormsandPublications/Pages/default.aspx#.WYoGSoTyuUl
Local: https://www.berkseit.com/

BARTA

Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority provides regularly scheduled bus service, and door-to-door services for the disabled.

 

MATP

Medical Assistance Transportation Program provides transportation to and from medical assistance providers.
610-921-2361
Toll Free 800-383-2278