Frequently Asked Questions
CHCA Website FAQ
How much does it cost to be a member of the CHCA? What are the benefits, and how can I join?
Annual dues for the CHCA are $50. This includes a subscription to our award-winning weekly community newspaper, the Chestnut Hill Local, valued at $20. (The remaining portion of your dues is tax-deductible; many people pay more than $50 in order to increase their donation to the CHCA.) Membership also includes discounts at about 70 participating Chestnut Hill businesses, discounts at CHCA events, the opportunity to support community programming, and the right to vote and run for office in CHCA elections (household members age 18 and over). To join, go to the Membership section of this website, call 215-248-8810, or stop by our office at 8434 Germantown Avenue.
Do I have to be a Chestnut Hill resident in order to join the CHCA?
No! Although a majority of our members are located in Chestnut Hill, we have many members in Wyndmoor, Mt. Airy, Erdenheim, and Flourtown. We also have members who live further away with ties to Chestnut Hill.
How do I volunteer?
Volunteering is a Chestnut Hill tradition. The CHCA has many committees comprised of volunteers planning for our events and addressing a variety of community issues. We always welcome new volunteers! Another way to get involved is to run for a seat on the Board of Directors. Board members serve for 3-year terms and meet on the fourth Thursday of every month except December. See the Committees section of the website for a list of our committees and a description of what they do. You don’t need to be a member to join most of our committees. To volunteer, call 215-248-8810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I sponsor an event?
The CHCA holds many events throughout the year, including the Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series, Movies Under the Stars, the Black & White Gala, the Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour, the Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade, Circle of Trees, and the Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament. We invite businesses and individuals to sponsor any or all of them. It’s a great way to increase your exposure with those who live and work in Chestnut Hill. To learn more about this, call 215-248-8811, email email@example.com, or click here
Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA) vs. Chestnut Hill Business District (CHBD) vs. Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation (CHPF): what’s the difference?
We here at the CHCA often receive phone calls meant for staff members of the CHBD and CHPF. We suspect they get calls for us too. If your call is about any of the businesses in Chestnut Hill, call the CHBD at 215-247-6696 or stop by their office at 16 E. Highland Avenue. The amazing folks who work there are Martha Sharkey (Executive Director), Peggy Miller, Kate O’Neill, Peggy Hendrie, and Kathie Meadows. The CHBD organizes the Spring Home & Garden Festival, the Fall for the Arts Festival, and so many other business-oriented events. If your call is about parking in Chestnut Hill, call Peggy Hendrie, who also works with the CHPF. Visit www.chestnuthillpa.com
The CHCA serves as a public forum for the residents and stakeholders of Chestnut Hill. This is the association through which community policy is discussed, and is the voice of the community to the city of Philadelphia regarding development, land use planning, and zoning issues. CHCA community events include the Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series, Movies Under the Stars, the Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour, the Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade, Circle of Trees, the Community Blood Drive, and the Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament.
I want to hold an event in Pastorius Park; what should I do?
Pastorius Park is part of Fairmount Park, which is under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation. To obtain an event permit, call 215-685-0060 or visit www.phila.gov/parksandrecreation.
Speaking of Pastorius Park, how can someone be considered to perform at one of the summer concerts there?
Organized by the CHCA, the Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series is the longest-running free outdoor concert series in the City of Philadelphia. In 2016 we celebrated 68 years of community entertainment. Each concert had between 600-800 attendees. In order to be considered to perform at next summer’s series, email firstname.lastname@example.org