Sycamore House Service Corps

Harrisburg, PA

Since 2005, the Sycamore House has been home to just under seventy corps members committed to social change in Harrisburg, PA. Following in the footsteps of the tax-collector Zacchaeus, Sycamore House Service Corps Members seek to live faithfully through service, action, and reflection.


7 people sitting on the front steps of a white house

Sycamore House Corps Members and Director

Sycamore House

The Sycamore House is located in the historic Bigler Mansion (former home of Governor Bigler) in downtown Harrisburg, PA, and overlooks the beautiful Susquehanna River. Harrisburg is less than 30 minutes from the Appalachian Trail, an hour from Baltimore, and two hours from DC, Philadelphia, and NYC. Corps Members can make a big impact in this community.

The Sycamore House Service Corps service year starts in mid-August and ends the following July. Many alumni remain in Harrisburg after their year of service to continue the work of strengthening our city.


Community Engagement

A view of Harrisburg, PA capital building from the Susquehanna River.

The Sycamore House is located a few blocks from the Harrisburg Capital Building.

Sycamore House corps members serve in site placements at partner organizations throughout Harrisburg. Corps Members this year aid in preschool and kindergarten classrooms and tutor older students at Joshua Group, lead volunteers in construction projects at Habitat for Humanity, teach at Capital Area Head Start, mentor student fellows at the Center for Public Humanities at Messiah College, work with volunteers at CONTACT Helpline, and advance fund development projects at Feeding Pennsylvania.

Other areas of service include: (1) The House – working together to build a functional community. (2) St. Stephen’s Cathedral – providing leadership in activities like youth action, education, choir, service projects, property, and community organizing. (3) The Neighborhood – hosting regular community dinners for anyone who wants to attend.


A group photo of 8 smiling people in front of a garden.

Corps Members doing community garden service with the Director and Ned Smith at the Catholic Worker House in Harrisburg.

Corps Members:

  • Work 30-35 hours per week at a site placement.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings with the Director.
  • Receive housing, utilities, a food stipend, and health insurance (if needed).
  • Earn a monthly stipend for personal expenses.


Read the Sycamore House Service Corps Blog, and learn more on Facebook!