Hunger and homelessness are issues that require support year round. There are many things that you can do to make a direct impact on our community and help people who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Here's a list of easy ways that you can make a difference for someone today.
When we asked Shannon Long why she volunteers so much of her time to local nonprofits in her community, she told us "I give back to my community because when I, unfortunately, stumbled upon some hard times many years ago, my community helped me get back on my feet. I always like to give it forward because you never know when you might need a little help in life." Volunteers like Shannon are the key to enabling The Philadelphia Furniture Bank to serve hundreds of individuals and families each year.
“When you speak something into existence, it’s amazing how it can grow.” Those words began the Philadelphia Furniture Banks open house this October, where several potential new partners experienced first-hand the amazing work the bank is doing.
Our Pathways Volunteer Day for the month of August was as popular as ever. We had a full list of participants, almost full to the capacity. We sorted clothes, matched socks, paired shoes and put them on racks, moved clothing racks and did some routine maintenance such as sweeping and dusting here and there. Our biggest task was moving stock from the top floor to the basement. Everyone broke a sweat and no one seemed to mind!
To see when the next Volunteer Day is held, check out the Events page.
On May 8th, Pathways to Housing PA's employees Saron Wersom and Rebecca DeWhitt volunteered with WHYY to support their spring pledge drive. May 8th was the infamous College Challenge, and the ladies received calls from donors eager to pair the name of their alma mater with their pledge. Though Temple ultimately won the challenge, it was a close competition! They also enjoyed answering phones with some of the Philly Roller Girls, and even took home some free Roller Derby tickets (thanks Cycrone!).