Great Valley Community Organization

A place where friendships begin, families connect and a community thrives.

aka GVCO   |   Malvern, PA   |  www.gvco.org

Mission

The Great Valley Community Organization helps build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Keith Walsh

Main address

51 N Bacton Hill Rd

Malvern, PA 19355 USA

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EIN

26-1139318

NTEE code info

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO) is a community where friendships begin, families connect and a community thrives. In the 17+ years since its inception, GVCO continues to grow not only in size but also in its programming by meeting the needs of the residents. By following its mission, GVCO has created a genuinely connected community where people of all ages, incomes, cultures and abilities are encouraged to celebrate their differences and share their uniqueness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth Basketball

The Great Valley Basketball League is a youth basketball program designed for children within the Great Valley School District and surrounding communities in grades PreK-12th. Our programs are built around learning, fun and community. GVBL is a 100% volunteer run organization. Players of all abilities are welcome. GVBL hosts recreational leagues in the winter and summer. We also have a tournament team program for athletes who seek a more competitive environment. The vision of GVBL is to create a fun experience for the kids playing and learning the game of basketball, while competing with their peers from the surrounding community. Since its inception is 2001, GVBL has helped thousands of children learn and love the game of basketball while developing lifelong friendships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Great Valley Football League is an instructional youth football league for kids within the Great Valley School District and surrounding communities ages 5 through 13 and includes cheerleading, flag and tackle football. The purpose of the program is to create a fun experience for the kids, playing and learning the game of football while competing with their peers from the surrounding community. We pride ourselves on creating a strong sense of community among our volunteers, parents and athletes throughout our season and beyond. With over 200 children participating in our football and cheer programs last year, we are looking forward to our eighth season in the Bert Bell Conference.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our sideline cheer program is a part of the Great Valley Football League. The Great Valley Football League is an instructional youth football and cheer league for kids within the Great Valley School District and surrounding communities ages 5 through 13 and includes cheerleading, flag and tackle football. The purpose of the program is to create a fun experience for the kids, playing and learning the game of football while competing with their peers from the surrounding community. We pride ourselves on creating a strong sense of community among our volunteers, parents and athletes throughout our season and beyond. With over 200 children participating in our football and cheer programs last year, we are looking forward to our eighth season in the Bert Bell Conference.
Our Competitive Cheer Program promotes sportsmanship, athleticism and excellence in the sport of cheerleading while building confidence and team-centric skills in a controlled, safety oriented environment. This mission coupled with our passion to develop our athletes physically, mentally and emotionally is what sets us apart from other programs. Our professional coaching staff is invested in each and every athlete and we make it our personal mission to see that everyone reaches their full potential through positive guidance and superior instruction. Our focus is on strength training and conditioning, tumbling, elite stunting and choreography. We pride ourselves on seeing each and every one of our athletes having the best experience of their life! Our teams and coaches form unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Great Valley Volleyball Clinics and Summer Camps are designed to offer instruction at the beginner and advanced levels. BEGINNERS will focus on knowledge of the game, competitive fun and fundamental ball control. Our younger players will use kid-sized balls and nets to ensure age appropriate instruction. ADVANCED campers will cover the proper technique for basic skills, offensive play-sets, defensive formations, strategy, teamwork and attitude, and setting personal and team goals.
Our hope is that we will instill a passion for the game within each player, while teaching and fine-tuning the necessary skills to become a better volleyball player!

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

We are a competitive rowing team, comprised of male and female athletes in grades 9-12.
Crew is a non-contact sport that requires intense physical training and competition. No experience is necessary.

REQUIREMENTS: Hard work, determination, and the ability to work, row and win as a team!

VISION: Great Valley Crew Team strives to not only develop young adults in the sport of rowing, but to build character through the challenges of victory and defeat; to promote community through the responsibility of teamwork and sportsmanship; and to achieve personal excellence through the values of dedication, determination and hard work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Challenger Gym was designed to provide a community gym program for kids who have physical and/or other special challenges. The emphasis is on having fun, providing physical activities in which the kids can successfully participate, and forging relationships between kids with special challenges and Great Valley High School buddies. The program was created to fill a niche for kids who would have difficulty participating in traditional community sports programs.
In addition, the benefits to our high school students who volunteer with the program are also enormous. We are seeing high school kids becoming very comfortable working with kids with varied disabilities. There will certainly be a life-long impact on their interactions with people with differing abilities. It has been great that Challenger Gym is turning out to be such a positive experience for all the kids involved.
Children participating are paired with one or two high school students. There are five or six different activities during the one-hour session. There has been such a great response from the kids as far as enthusiasm and excitement. Kids with varying abilities are participating ranging from driving power wheelchairs to being able to run the length of a basketball court.
The kids might work individually with their high school buddy on an activity such as throwing tennis balls to targets taped to a wall. Then we get back together and one by one throw balls to a large target. When a child announced last week "OK time to cheer for me" the high school students responded with lots of laughs and cheers and it was evident that everyone was having fun. It has been great that Challenger Gym is turning out to be such a positive experience for all the kids involved.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

In every community around the country, tragic, uncontrollable events occur each year. Our Great Valley community is not immune and over the years, it has had its share of unfortunate experiences. With these heartbreaking incidents, comes many unforeseen consequences for those involved and affected. The Great Valley Caring Hands was created for the purpose of raising funds for those persons, families, or organizations in our community who have suffered some catastrophic event. Caring Hands is a student-run community outreach program.
The organization was started by a few kids to raise scholarship money for GV students affected by a sudden death in the family.. Now, the Great Valley Caring Hands has been expanding over the years by proactive students within the community who continue to reach out to those in need. The Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO) looks for student volunteers who are willing to donate their time to helping the community. Great Valley Caring Hands hosts a number of fundraising events that helps raise money for families in the community who have experienced a hardship.
We have been able to promote our program by connecting with the Great Valley Middle School for dedicated and zealous young students who want to make a difference within the community. All of the members of Caring Hands demonstrate encouragement and challenge each other to work beyond minimum expectations. We want to help as many different people as possible; therefore, we are committed to helping other organizations within the community. The GVCO and the Caring Hands Foundation pride themselves on the unity to make Great Valley truly great.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a Wiffle Ball, over a net.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Where we work

Financials

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Great Valley Community Organization

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tom Curran

Drew Alleva

Charlestown Paving & Excavating, Inc.

Rob Cottone

Harry DiDonato

MacElree Harvey

Bud Haly

Haly Oil & Great Valley Propane

Dennis Zatlin

Allied Resources Group

Board leadership practices

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes