Category Archives: Philadelphia

  • Cradles to Crayons

    Sheila Radcliff volunteered on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to low-income and homeless children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more.  Cradles to Crayons partners with more than 200 social-service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources.  Sheila’s duties included sorting through bags of gloves and hats to make sure there were no holes, stains or were too worn out.  The gloves and hats were then separated by size to make it easier to make the child’s bag up according to the specific child’s requests.  For more information go to www.cradlestocrayons.org

  • ONE BRICK / CRADLES TO CRAYONS

    On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Katie Mayer volunteered at the Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Conshohocken through One Brick Philadelphia.

    As a volunteer, Katie helped sort through donations that will be used to create packages for children based on their requests.

    Cradles to Crayons (“C2C”) provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.  They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.  C2C collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations.  Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.

    For more information on Cradles to Crayons, go to http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/
    For more information on One Brick Philadelphia, please see Katie’s post from a prior mission, or go to http://philadelphia.onebrick.org/about/

  • VOLUNTEERING AT PHILADELPHIA RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

    On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Katie Mayer, along with several co-workers, volunteered at Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (“PRMH”) as guest chefs.  They prepared and served dinner for approximately 30-40 people.  Afterwards, they stored the leftovers and cleaned up the kitchen.  Katie is very proud to be part of this group who went the extra mile to make dinner special for the parents and their children.
    [Group photo (left to right): PJ Needleman, Joann Needleman, Rita Gilson, Katie Mayer, Joan Grabowski, Tara Wallace, Denise Lynch, Sheila Radcliff, and Joe Donley] [Menu: turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, pork tenderloin, tilapia, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, dinner rolls, cupcakes, cookies, rugelach, and cream puffs]

    PRMH’s Mission:  The PRMH supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.  Their programs include two Ronald McDonald Houses, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a Hospitality Kiosk at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and a Ronald McDonald Camp.  90% of their funding comes from individuals and corporate donors, and the remaining 10% is provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities.  While it costs the PRMH over $100 a night per family to provide housing and supportive services, families are only asked to contribute $15 per night.  No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay.

    On October 15, 1974 the world’s first Ronald McDonald House was born and now serves as the model for over 350 Houses in 38 countries … and it all started with a Philadelphia Eagles football player and a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.

    For more information on PRMH, go to: http://www.philarmh.org/

  • Guest Chefs at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

    On Thursday, February 11th, several individuals of the Philadelphia office volunteered as guest chefs to The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (“PRMH).  PRMH supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. The evening consisted of preparing and serving 25-30 people.  The families greatly appreciated the time spent to make their […]

  • Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House – Guest Chef

    Sheila Radcliff volunteered with fellow co-workers on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Sheila’s duties included preparing, cooking and serving dinner to roughly 35-40 people.  Our menu for the dinner included turkey, roast pork, tilapia, mashed potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls followed up by cupcakes and other desserts.  The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Their programs include two Ronald McDonald Houses, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a Hospitality Kiosk at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and a Ronald McDonald Camp. While it costs the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House over $100 a night per family to provide housing and supportive services, families are only asked to contribute $15 per night and no one is ever turned away due to inability to pay.  For more information go to www.philarmh.org

  • The Salvation Army – Christmas Food Packers

    Sheila Radcliff volunteered with the Salvation Army on December 21, 2015 and this time had some of her family members with her.  Sheila and her family were part of an assembly line of 50+ volunteers who packaged food sacks with everything needed for an entire day’s worth of food for Christmas from breakfast straight through to dessert for families in need.  We helped package over 800 sacks that were to be picked up today along with a turkey for each family.  The Salvation Army was founded by William Booth in 1852.  He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.  For more information please go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

  • Turning Points for Children – Help the Toy Shop!

    Sheila Radcliff volunteered on December 5, 2015 through Philadelphia’s OneBrick organization at Turning Points for Children. My duties included gathering presents per a list of children receiving gifts and then handing them off to the holiday rappers, I mean wrappers! After a couple hours of numerous people gathering presents, the piles of donations which were separated by age groupings were in desperate need of some organization so that was my next duty. At the end of the day we helped Santa go through the lists and check them twice to be sure all children were accounted for and were going to receive a gift. All in all about 300 gifts were wrapped and were ready for the case workers to distribute. Turning Points for Children is the new identity of the recently merged non-profit organizations, Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Society for Services to Children. Both organizations combined have provided nearly 300 years of services and support to children and families. Turning Points is the leading social service agency in Philadelphia supporting the needs of more than 6,000 men, women and children throughout the city. We offer programs that help families in raising safe, healthy, educated, and strong children by partnering with caregivers to develop and strengthen protective qualities and by offering them the tools, skills, and resources needed to ensure their children’s optimal development. www.turningpointsforchildren.org

  • ONE BRICK / HELP THE TOY SHOP!

    On Saturday, December 5, 2015, Katie Mayer volunteered at Turning Points for Children through One Brick Philadelphia.

    Turning Points for Children is the new identity of the recently merged non-profit organizations, Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Society for Services to Children. Both organizations combined have provided nearly 300 years of services and support to children and families. Turning Points for Children is the leading social service agency in Philadelphia supporting the needs of more than 6,000 men, women and children throughout the city. They offer programs that help families in raising safe, healthy, educated, and strong children by partnering with caregivers to develop and strengthen protective qualities and by offering them the tools, skills, and resources needed to ensure their children’s optimal development.

    Through the ‘Brighter Holiday Program,’ Turning Points for Children ensures children in need will receive toys on Christmas morning. Each holiday season, Turning Points for Children works with individuals, corporations and community partners to collect gifts for children who need it most.

    As a volunteer, Katie helped sort, organize and wrap toys, books and pajamas for over 3,000 children.

    For more information on Turning Points for Children, go to http://www.turningpointsforchildren.org/
    For more information on One Brick Philadelphia, please see Katie’s post from a prior mission, or go to http://philadelphia.onebrick.org/about/

  • Thrive125 Mentioned in the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer

    Clark Hill’s year long Thrive125 program was mentioned in the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer

  • BACK TO MANNA

    After a six month hiatus (partially due to a broken rib), it felt great for Katie Mayer to be able to volunteer again at MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance) on November 16, 2015.

    Katie spent the first part of her shift at the “turnout station” (her favorite thing at MANNA).  The turnout station is an assembly line, consisting of six volunteers, where meals are packaged into divided containers.  Over 200 meals were packaged consisting of pasta, shredded chicken in hunter sauce (Katie’s spot on the assembly line), and mixed vegetables.  After the containers are filled, they are then wiped off, sealed, and labeled.  After cleaning up from that task, the volunteers were given another task.  Most of the volunteers prepared flounder with a seafood stuffing.  Katie’s next task was to bag and seal over 200 mini pumpkin spice loaves.  Katie is looking forward to volunteering at MANNA again in the near future.

    For more information on MANNA, please see Katie’s post from her first mission, or go to www.mannapa.org.