What We Do

Community Nurse

The Community Nurse Program has been an important part of the Shippensburg community and the Civic Club of Shippensburg for over 100 years.

In 1911, Mrs. John Boher was credited for suggesting a local women’s club, not a social club, but an organization to work for the betterment of the community. The main focus of the Civic Club of Shippensburg was to find and maintain a district nurse. Within six years of discussion, planning and dedication, they hired Miss Grace Kyle in 1917 using $659 the ladies had raised from a Mother Goose bazaar. The new nurse was hired just in time to help with the 1918 flu epidemic.

From this beginning, the position of a community nurse has been a valuable asset. Today it remains one of the few highly-acclaimed service programs of its kind in Pennsylvania.

The Registered Nurse is available to make home visits to residents in the Shippensburg United Way Area to provide non-skilled services not covered by insurance plans. She can assist with medicine box monitoring, diabetic supervision and blood pressure readings.

Made through a doctor’s referral, no fee is charged. Donations to the Civic Club are accepted. Call 717-530-7900 to reach her at her office located at 208 East Burd Street, Shippensburg, PA. All calls are confidential and messages will be returned in a timely manner.

Please note the Community Nurse does not draw blood.

The Community Nurse has been sponsored by the Civic Club since 1917 and today we are grateful for the additional funding from Partnership for Better Health, Episcopal Squares Apartments, the United Way of Shippensburg as well as the many local businesses, clubs and generous residents of the community. Designated a 501©3 charitable organization, it is also a member of the PA State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Affordable Housing/Outreach

One of the Club’s newest committees established in 2020 saw a need in our community for affordable housing. They worked diligently to locate and purchase a building, then making renovations and updates in hopes of offering temporary housing to a family in need. They now oversee two family units.

This program strives to offer a secure and comfortable living environment along with supportive services to families within the Shippensburg Area School District (SASD) who are grappling with housing insecurities. Our mission is to assist families in achieving their financial goals and establishing a foundation of independence allowing them to move on to stable housing. The project involves the help of SASD social workers, Family Centered Services of Shippensburg and the Tri-County Action group.


Scholarships from the Civic Club are available through the Shippensburg Area School District (SASD) guidance office at 717-530-2730, Ext #5. These include:

To encourage participation in community programs, two Students of the Month are selected and recognized at each regular meeting.

Court House and Gardens

Located at the corner of East King and South Queen Streets, this historic stone building known as the Court House has been the home of the Civic Club of Shippensburg since 1927. The Court House committee has assumed the responsibility for the preservation and maintenance of the building and its antique furnishings. In 1974, the Court House was listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Costumed docents conduct public tours with an Open House held on the 2nd Saturday of the months of April - July, September - November from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Home school groups and private tours are also encouraged and can be arranged by calling 717-532-5978.

The Gardens and grounds surrounding the building are maintained by the Garden Committee. They can also provide tours or the public is welcome to visit and enjoy at any time. Please observe proper etiquette.

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