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What Is the KEYS Initiative?

We are making a difference in Montgomery County, PA and need your help!

The KEYS Initiative connects young adults (22-40) who live or work in Montgomery County (or the surrounding areas) with local volunteer opportunities that help people supported by Access Services.

By participating in regular meetings you will have an opportunity to participate in regular service opportunities, learn about the programs and people you are impacting, and socialize with other members of KEYS.

Access Services is a diverse nonprofit. Our volunteer opportunities will focus on homelessness, suicide prevention, and autism awareness.

Your role will include:

  • Planning and participating in service projects
  • Planning and participating in fundraising initiatives
  • Networking with other young adults

Should I Apply?

Are you are interested in using your time, skills, and network to make a difference? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the KEYS Initiative! Successful candidates will…

  • Be between the ages of 22-40
  • Live or work in Montgomery County or the surrounding area
  • Be willing to make a monthly commitment
  • Have an interest in connecting with other young adults in the area

Who is Access Services?

For over 40 years, Access Services has served Montgomery County. We were created to meet the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities & autism. Our services have expanded to include mental health support and education, support for the homeless population, and more. Examples of our impact:

  • Our Street Outreach team supports 157 individuals experiencing homelessness each month.
  • Our Mobile Crisis Team supports over 5,000 people each year. This team provides telephone and mobile support to children and families experiencing mental health crisis.
  • In 2019, we planned 105 suicide prevention trainings in Montgomery County and the surrounding areas.

Volunteers Like You Are Making a Difference

Our partnership with generous volunteers like you allow us to expand our impact.

  • Conshohocken (CPW) Rotary collected critical items for the homeless population. These items were distributed by our Street Outreach team.
  • Patti and Joe Dille are passionate about suicide prevention. In 2020 they planned and executed a virtual bike ride raising over $5,000. Access Services was the primary beneficiary.
  • Employees at Liberty Mutual in King of Prussia, Lowe’s, and Acme-Hardesty bought and packaged holiday gifts for our clients. These clients would not receive a holiday gift otherwise.
  • Bonnie and Clare sewed and donated face masks during the height of COVID-19. These masks are keeping our street outreach team, and the homeless population, safe.

I Have Questions!

Please contact Hannah Merschen at or 215-540-2150 x1360. We look forward to answering your questions about membership.

Meet Our Team!

The KEYS Initiative is facilitated by an internal advisory board.

Hannah Merschen is the Communications and Events Manager for Access Services. She started her career as an administrative intern at Access Services in 2015 and stepped into a full-time capacity in the marketing department in 2016. Hannah has a B.S. in Business Administration from Cairn University and is pursuing a master’s in organizational leadership. Her roles at Access Services include coordinating and producing content for the organization’s internal and external newsletter, managing social media, coordinating agency events, and partnering with resource development on key initiatives. Hannah is a member of Jolly Road Toastmasters where she works on improving her communication and leadership experience. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys running and baking!


Kelsey has a B.S. in Communications Sciences and Disorders from University of Northern Iowa. She started her human services career as a Community Integration Specialist and Program Manager at Exceptional Persons, Inc. After relocating to Pennsylvania, Kelsey worked as a Personal Care Assistant at CCRES, Educational and Behavioral Health Services. Currently, Kelsey works as a Lifesharing Coordinator at Access Services where she assists individuals in choosing a Lifesharing provider home that meets their individual needs and preferences. Kelsey is proficient in IEP/ISP management and skilled in coordinating services for individuals with disabilities. Experienced working with a broad range of ages in a variety of settings.


Gabriella Egan is the Director of Employment Services for ALTEC. She began working at ALTEC Services in  2013, contributing to the Employment and Older Adult Programs.  She came to ALTEC with diverse experiences after graduating with a music education degree from Ithaca College and serving in AmeriCorps.  She now serves on the ARC Alliance Board of Directors and is also a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) through ASPE.




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