Urban Tree Connection (UTC)
is the recipient of the 2020 TTN Giving Circle Annual Grant of $20,000! Founded in 1989, UTC works with residents of West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood, one of Philadelphia’s poorest areas, to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. Through its work, it aims to cultivate community leadership, improve community health, and to develop a local, sustainable, and equitable food system.
PA SeniorLAW Center
is our 2019 grantee. They received $25,000 to support Families in Crisis: Keeping Grandparents and Grandchildren Together.
Through this project they provide direct legal representation to low-income seniors seeking custody of grandchildren and other minor relative children who have lost their birth parents or been abandoned, abused or neglected. In partnership with Grand Central Kinship Care Resource Center they also provide social services to help these new, intergenerational families thrive.
Our 2018 Grantee, Turning Points YVLifeSet provides intensive counseling to Philadelphia youths aging out of foster care. Our $20,000 grant is enabling them to double their number of clients to 64.
The group is hard at work gearing up for this increase. They are hiring new program officers and training them to work with the influx of young adults who will be entering the program.
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (www.rebuildingphilly.org
) is the proud recipient of our $15,000 grant. RTP’s project, “VoTech in the House!” mobilizes vocational education students to make free health and safety home repairs for low income home owners who live in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia. Many of the senior women who receive these free services have owned their homes for more than 30 years. Their children and grandchildren have been raised in these homes, but they are now seriously in need of repair.
Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen Latino communities, recruits the seniors in need. Vocational students attend Randolph Career and Technical High School, a public high school in North Philadelphia, and the selected home repairs reinforce what students are learning in the classroom.
Our 2016 grant was awarded to New Leash on Life (www.newleashonlife-usa.org
), a prison dog-training program that saves the lives of at-risk shelter dogs while giving inmates the chance to learn valuable life skills. New Leash teaches inmates to train and socialize dogs assigned to live with them 24/7 enabling the animals to become desirable for adoption and creating real world employment opportunities for the inmates upon parole. By caring for their charges the inmates learn a sense of responsibility and have the experience of giving and receiving unconditional love. They also receive job readiness and life skills courses that improve successful reentry into society and post-parole support with worksite transition services.
Our grant was used to expand a successful pilot program to offer this unique program to incarcerated women at the Riverside Correctional Facility.
The Giving Circle awarded its 2015 grant to Penn’s Village, (www.pennsvillage.org
), a community-based, nonprofit organization that enables Philadelphia residents to age in place, remaining independent, safe, active and socially engaged in their communities. Our grant funded the Penn’s Village Health Pals program, a new and innovative program that offers healthcare education and trained volunteers to help low income Penn’s Village members navigate the often-confusing healthcare system.
The People's Emergency Center (PEC), a nonprofit that services homeless single mothers and their young children (www.pec-cares.org
) received our grant in 2014. PEC provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing for over 300 residents at any given time.
The grant supported a conflict management program for PEC clients. Many women were being evicted from the Center because they expressed their anger inappropriately. The program helped residents to better manage their emotions so they could peacefully resolve arguments and misunderstandings. It provided these mothers with important life skills that enabled them to become independent and successful in the future, and also model and teach their families these very crucial skills. The grant also paid for a PEC staff member to learn the skills needed to continue to train residents in the future.
Our first grant, in 2013, went to the Valley Youth House (VYH). VYH (www.valleyyouthhouse.org
) is a nonprofit dedicated to working with foster children to prepare them for life after foster care. Our grant was used to assist youth who were continuing their education beyond high school. We made it possible for 11 youth to buy laptops to use in their classes, 9 to obtain tuition assistance, 17 to pay for transportation to their classes, and 6 buy school supplies and books. Thanks to the generosity of TTN women, 34 young people were able to remain in school, enhance their employment skills, and reap all the benefits that result from continued education.
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