Chester County Briefly: April 10


Family Service of Chester County

Family Service of Chester County has announces that its new program – ZOOM – will launch on April 19, and begin connecting area nonprofit clients with free transportation to and from medical appointments.

ZOOM is the first program of its kind in Chester County, tackling the ongoing issue of low-income and vulnerable clients missing important medical appointments because they lack safe and reliable transportation. As a result, many clients fail to get the care they need, simply because they could not coordinate a ride.

“Chester County nonprofits provide a host of important support services for the most vulnerable residents,” said Burroughs P. Mack, Executive Director of Family Service of Chester County. “Until ZOOM was established, there were few options for those who could not afford a car or similar transportation. ZOOM tackles the issue head on by connecting neighbors who care with neighbors in need.”

ZOOM is in immediate need for additional volunteers to participate in this personal and flexible volunteer experience. Those interested who can offer at least one ride per month are encouraged to contact Linda Conzentino, Program Director, at or (610) 696-4900.

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Rev. David S. Kim

University of Valley Forge

After nearly a year of searching once Don Meyer presented his intent to retire, the University of Valley Forge has announced Rev. David S. Kim, the former chair of its Department of Intercultural Studies and chief operating officer of its Board of Trustees Executive Committee, as its 10th president.

Kim, a UVF graduate who holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, has served in a variety of international and entrepreneurial leadership positions. He was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 2004, has been a church planter, and led several Christian schools in the U.S. and abroad.

USA Technologies

Malvern’s USA Technologies, a payment technology provider of cashless and mobile transactions in self-serve retail, has announced that during its third fiscal quarter, which ended March 31, the company crossed its goal of 500,000 connections to its ePort Connect service.

Three years ago, the company set its sights on an aggressive goal to reach this objective by accelerating adoption, building critical mass for the business, and firmly maintaining its leadership position in the unattended and self-serve retail markets. Concurrently, the payments industry has seen an increase in the acceptance of credit cards, mobile, and contactless payments, which in turn has led to a significant uptick in the adoption of the USAT ePort Connect platform.

“In order to reach this milestone, we executed on a strategy that focused on enhancing our customers’ operations by delivering better value to, and improved performance from, each connection,” said Stephen P. Herbert, Chairman and CEO of USA Technologies. “In turn, we were able to drive new customer connections and widen our footprint within the existing customer base.”

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New Vision Family Eye Care

New Vision Family Eye Care will be having its Community Grand Opening Celebration on April 29 from 2-5 PM at 654 Downingtown Pike in West Chester. This celebratory event is free and open to the residents and businesses of West Chester and surrounding areas.

There will be food, fun, and entertainment for all ages. New Vision endeavors to be an integral part of the West Chester community, contributing to the success and growth of all of its residents. The grand opening celebration will be an opportunity for the community to meet the owners and staff, experience the positive and fun office atmosphere, and see what New Vision has to offer.

“At New Vision, we believe your reality is based on what perspective you have of your life circumstances,” said Dr. Olayemi Swindell. “That’s why we strive to create an atmosphere where our patients can entrust the eye care of their whole family to us for years to come, developing a new view of their world, one pair of eyes at a time.”

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