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      Number 244


      September Edition


      Nonprofit Resources

      Events & Fundraisers

      Issue Update

      Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

      Volunteers needed for Alzheimer’s Walk
         The Alzheimer's Association's walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10th at Citizens Bank Park. Volunteers are needed for greeting, set-up, food/water distribution, advocacy, walk guides or breakdown.
         There are multiple shifts available starting at 6:30am and ending at 2pm.
         For more information, go here or call Elaine Griffin at 800-272-3900.
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      Cancer patients need volunteer drivers
         A major challenge for cancer patients is finding ways to get back and forth to all their appointments, and it certainly can be a lonely road to travel. Road to Recovery has been finding rides for patients for over 20 years with hundreds of people around the Southeast Pennsylvania Region who are dedicated as volunteer drivers.
        The American Cancer Society is currently seeking volunteer drivers for the Philadelphia area. With a flexible schedule, Road to Recovery is an excellent way to make a difference in someone's life, and to help a cancer patient who may be struggling. Even if you can provide one ride per week you can make a difference.  Drivers with their own cars are needed during the daytime hours Monday through Friday. Mileage reimbursement may be provided.
         For more information, go here.
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        Episcopal Community

          Associate Director for
          Individual Giving

        Bethesda Project
          Program Coordinator

        A Second Chance
          Child and Family Services

        Journey’s Way
          Program Coordinator
          On-Call Program Assistant

        Broad Street Ministry
          Hospitality Manager

        Caipirinha Foundation
          Foundation Assistant

        Pearl S. Buck International
          Adoption Program
          Permanency Services

          Youth Health Educator

        Philadelphia Student Union
          Strategic Director

        Back On My Feet
          Senior Program Analyst

        Public Health Management

          Director of Health Center

        Public/Private Ventures
          Research Assistant

          Self-Sufficiency Coach

        OIC of America
          Project Coordinator

        Asian Arts Initiative
          After School Program
          Coordinator/Asst Coordinator

        Center in the Park
          Nutrition Coordinator (PT)
          Outreach Social Worker

        Nu Sigma Youth Services
          Group Leader

        Philadelphia City Rowing
          Executive Director

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      KaBOOM!, Snapple offer playground construction grants
         KaBOOM! and funding partner Dr. Pepper Snapple Group are offering Let's Play Playground Construction Grants of $15,000 to qualifying organizations using the KaBOOM! community-build model.
         Applicants must own the land on which the playground will be built or possess a long-term lease and obtain permission from the land owner. The playground project must include a total equipment purchase of a minimum of $24,000 and a maximum of $40,000. The award can only be used towards the purchase of playground equipment from a KaBOOM! preferred vendor. The project must be completed  within a year of receiving the award.
         For more information, go here.
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      Tea, fashion show benefits toddlers with autism
         The St. Anastasia Sisterhood of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church are sponsoring Children Around the World, a tea and fashion show that benefits The Arc of Chester County’s autism class for toddlers.
         Fashions from Ruthie’s Tee Company will be featured. Tickets are $20. The event will be held at The Bentley Building of Handicrafters, 225 Barley Sheaf Road, in Coatesville.
         The event will take place on Saturday, September 17th beginning at 2pm.
         For ticket information, call Illaria Steele at 610-383-4478.
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      PCA holds auction for Meals on Wheels
         The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging is sponsoring an auction of fun and unique items to raise money to help provide home-delivered meals for older Philadelphians who cannot cook or shop for themselves.
         The auction takes place from September 12th through September 25th.
         For more information, go here.
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      Center in the Park sponsors annual jazz fundraiser
         Germantown’s Center in the Park will sponsor its fourth annual Music of the Heart jazz concert on Saturday, September 17th at 7pm at the Loeb Auditorium, Greene Street and School House Lane in Philadelphia.
         This year’s concert will feature performances by Barbara Walker, the Jerry Weldon Trio, the Nazir Ebo Trio, and Lucas Brown. Tickets are $25.
         Go here for more information.
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      Snider Hockey Foundation benefits from Flyers golf event
         The Philadelphia Flyers Golf Invitational will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at the Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, NJ.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.
         For more information, call Fred Liedman at 215-952-5676 or email here.
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      Diabetes Walk set for October 1st
         Diabetes affects 28 million Americans of all ages and races. This group of diseases, characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin, can lead to heart attack or stroke, blindness, high blood pressure, kidney disease and amputation.
         The American Diabetes Association is raising awareness about the disease with a fundraising walk to find a cure. The 5K walk will take place Saturday, October 1st at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Registration is at 8am and the walk starts at 9:30am.
         For more information, go here.
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      Chesco consortium to hold annual luncheon
         The Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County will hold its Annual Luncheon at the Chester Valley Golf Club in Malvern on Thursday, September 22nd.
         The event will feature Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH as its keynote speaker. Dr. Chilton is a widely acclaimed expert on the impact of hunger on young children’s health.  She is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health, and leads several initiatives which address hunger and poverty among children and their families.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available.
         For more information, email LeeAnn Riloff,
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      Rec Center basketball match benefits homeless families
         A 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament Fundraiser for Homeless Families will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 10am to 4pm at the Lonnie Young Recreation Center, 1100 E. Chelten Avenue in East Germantown.
         For more information or to register, go here.
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      Kids in poverty rise to 31 million
         According to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its annual KIDS COUNT® Data Book, over the last decade there has been a significant decline in economic well-being for low income children and families. The official child poverty rate, which is a conservative measure of economic hardship, increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2009, essentially returning to the same level as the early 1990s. This increase means that 2.4 million more children are living below the federal poverty line.
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      Rally in DC supports Medicaid program
         Thousands of advocates for low-income families, people with disabilities and seniors dependent on the federal Medical Assistance program will rally in Washington DC on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, September 21st, at noon.
         The advocates are concerned that most plans to reduce the federal deficit call for major reductions in funding for the nation’s largest health care program for the poor.  For more information on the Rally for Real Medicaid Reform, go here.
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      Campaign seeks to protect Americorps funding
         This past August 10th, community service supporters around the country made more than 2,100 visits to members of Congress to make sure they understand how national service is providing critically needed services to communities struggling with the economic downturn.
         Now, advocates are asking members of the public to reinforce this message by calling their members of Congress on September 15th.
         After Labor Day, Congress will return to Washington and resume discussions about the 2012 budget, as well as how to identify $3 trillion worth of cuts. Americorps and VISTA programs are thought to be on the chopping block for some political leaders.
         For more information on the campaign, go here.
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      Day of Caring to prepare 60,000 meals

         On Friday, September 9th, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania will sponsor its 18th Annual Days of Caring at the University of Pennsylvania's Grays Ferry Campus from 8am until 4pm.
         The event provides corporate employees and groups an opportunity to experience hands-on volunteer experiences with local non-profit agencies. Under this year’s theme, United2Feed, and In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania and Greater Philadelphia Cares, 500 volunteers will be filling 5,000 meal kits which will provide 60,000 meals to 20,000 individuals.  The meals packed during this event will
      be distributed to local agencies throughout the region.
         UWSEPA has chosen the preparation of meals as the focus of this year’s Days of Caring because there are too many individuals in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region going hungry. United Way is committed to this effort because a child can’t perform well in school if she’s hungry, working families still need help putting nutritious food on their tables, and seniors shouldn’t have to choose between a hot meal and their medication.
         To donate to the United2Feed Campaign, go here.
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      9/11 events featured on new city website
         The City of Philadelphia has launched a special website that features information on the growing number of events and activities planned to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
         To view the website, go here.
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      Sickle Cell Disease awareness highlighted
         September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Philadelphia/ Delaware Valley Chapter will be sponsoring a number of events.
         100 Years and Moving Forward, an all-day seminar on sickle cell disease, will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 9am to 4pm at the Philadelphia Business and Technology Center, 5070 Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia.  This is a free seminar that will include presentations about school health protocol for children with sickle cell disease; patient rights; screening for iron overload; impact of pulmonary hypertension and male/ female only breakout sessions. Resource information will also be available from the disability, immigrant and medical community. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, individuals and families affected by sickle cell disease and the community-at-large are invited to attend.
         On Saturday, September 24th, the 14th Annual Walter E. Brandon 5K Sickle Cell Walkathon (co-sponsored by AFSCME District Council 33) will step off from Belmont Avenue and North Concourse Drive, across from the Please Touch Museum.  Registration begins at 6:30am, the opening ceremony is at 7:30am, and the walk begins at 8:30am.
         For more details and additional registration information visit here or call 215-471-8686.
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      Time running out on foreclosure prevention program
         Only two weeks remain for state residents to take advantage of the Pennsylvania Emergency Homeowners Loan Program. The application deadline is September 16th.
         EHLP is a loan program for homeowners who have experienced a reduction in income and are at risk of foreclosure due to involuntary unemployment or underemployment due to a medical condition. Eligible homeowners can qualify for an interest-free loan, which pays a portion of their monthly mortgage for up to two years, or up to $50,000, whichever comes first.
         For more information, call the SaveYourPhillyHome Hotline at 215-334-4663 or 800-342-2397.
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      Food stamp recipients can replace food lost in hurricane
         Hurricane Irene caused significant damage along the East Coast, including the Delaware Valley.
         Thousands of homes lost power during the storm, and for many power was out for as long as five days.
         Residents who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and who lost food as a result of flooding and power outages from the hurricane may qualify for benefits replacement.
         For more information, call 215-560-7226 (Philadelphia residents) or 610-447-5500 (Delaware County residents).  Request must be made within 10 days of the food spoiling. Callers must provide two forms of identification over the phone, such as Social Security number, case record number, date of birth or address.
         To obtain proof of the power outage, call 800-494-4000.
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      Mayor sponsors briefing on economic benefits of employing ex-offenders
         The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-offenders is holding a briefing on a report by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia on the economic benefits of employing the formerly incarcerated on Thursday, September 8th from 3-4:30pm at 34 S 11th Street, Municipal Court Entrance, 6th Floor.
         At this briefing participants will learn from Economy League presenters about the report, gain an understanding of the data, become familiar with the key findings and learn how an organization can utilize the information.  They will also learn about the increased annual and lifetime earnings and tax revenues as well as criminal justice cost savings if 1, 100 or 1,500 currently unemployed formerly incarcerated individuals become employed.  In addition, participants will have the opportunity to engage in a lively discussion around information and policy recommendations found within the report.
         The event will be followed on Monday, September 12th at 1pm with an official public release of the report by Mayor Nutter.
         To register, email Keri Salerno or call 215-683-3380.

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