Continuing the Legacy

The Centre, an independent, tax-exempt organization, was given to the community one hundred years ago by Gertrude Houston Woodward, to be available to all Chestnut Hill non-profit organizations. Gertrude was a central figure in the founding of what would become the Chestnut Hill Community Centre. 

In 1917 Gertrude Woodward (Mrs. George Woodward) and Lydia Clark (Mrs. E Walter Clark) organized a local branch of the National League for Women's Service.

According to historian Shriley Hanson, "They rented the 100-year-old building at 8419 Germantown Avenue, calling it the Service House, and launched a breadth of services, especially a heartfelt and practical response to World War I"

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Through the years, the building has accommodated the Red Cross, Visting Nurses Association, Girl Scouts, League of Women Voters, American Legion, Historical Society and low-rent space including "Need in Deed" and "Options for Women." Currently it houses a non-profit consignment shop, Alcoholics Anonymous, a food coop office, counselors for adults and children, a "Home Within" volunteer, The Seybert Foundation, as well as meeting space for various community organizations.