About Us

Since 1910… Building lives for a better Harrisburg.

Our Mission.  The Neighborhood Center builds a vital community by serving and empowering children, youth, and families. An inclusive ministry of the United Methodist Church since 1910. The Neighborhood Center is an affiliate agency of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.  For more information on the conference, visit www.susumc.org.

Our Vision.  Building Lives for a Better Harrisburg


Guilding Principles

Foundation:  We are committed to being a Center of Christian life, love, health, and inspiration.
Community:  We are committed to the concept of living and learning in a Christian community.
Response and Service:  We are committed to responding to expressed needs of individuals and community.
Human Potential:  We are committed to maximizing both individual potential and community empowerment.


Who We Are

Neighborhood Center has served a multi-ethnic uptown neighborhood, as well as the total Harrisburg community, since 1910 with educational, cultural, social service, basic needs, leadership, and recreational programs for children and their families.

The Center specializes in helping young people discover and develop their capabilities, so that their lives and the life of the community can be enhanced.

Neighborhood Center is community based.  Many of the Center’s staff have been neighborhood residents who attended Neighborhood Center programs as children, developed their talents, and grew into leadership positions.  The Board of Directors is, by mandate of the corporation’s by-laws, composed of neighborhood, community-at-large, and United Methodist representatives.  Neighborhood Center is a private, non-profit corporation with a 501 (c)(3) I.R.S. tax-exempt status.

The Center serves over 130 people per day.  About 70 percent of our participants’ families earn less than $17,500 per year.  The ethnic background of the Center’s participants is approximately: 80 percent African-American, 10 percent White, 7 percent Hispanic and 3 percent Asian.

We recently celebrated our 100th Anniversary of service and we are reaffirming our commitment to the future of our community through work that emphasizes personal and community empowerment. We will strengthen our relationships with neighbors so that we can work collectively for a caring, diverse city neighborhood.

It is the policy of Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church that there will be no discrimination in employment or enrollment with regard to race, color, religious creed, family status, ancestry, age, sex sexual orirntation, or disability.  Reasonable accommodations shall be made to meet the physical or mental limitations of qualified applicants or employees.  Our goal is to create a workplace free from discrimination with a staff that is representative of our community—men and women of varied religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

Neighborhood Center is a National Mission Institution in covenant relationship with the United Methodist Women National Office and an affiliated agency of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Neighborhood Center is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, and tax-exempt as a religious organization under PA law.

Neighborhood Center’s childcare programs are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

Neighborhood Center is a member agency of United Way of the Capital Region, Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Organizations, and the Safe Kids Coalition.