Dec 23 • 4 min read

At the Fox School, we’re committed to supporting the important work done by so many local and national non-profit organizations. We want to support our neighbors as well as the wider community by amplifying the resources of civic-minded organizations and charities.

That’s a bit more difficult to accomplish in a virtual world, but that has not stopped our faculty and staff. Here’s just a snapshot of how some of them have found ways to give back.

Megan Alt of the Office of Research and Doctoral Programs and Office of Marketing and Communications recently organized a socially-distant, outdoor kids clothing sale with her local parenthood community group. Proceeds from the sale went towards the Victims Services Center and ten boxes of kids clothing and accessories were donated to the Green Drop. 

Anna Batt of the Office of Marketing and Communications has been volunteering with the Share Food program, which helps deliver food to people in the Philly community who are in need. She also consistently donates to the Loveland Foundation, which works to create increased access and funding for Black women and girls to receive therapy. 

Claudia Bereshnyi of Undergraduate Enrollment Management volunteers with Kisses for Kyle. The nonprofit organization offers a variety of services to families fighting childhood cancer in the Delaware Valley.

Maureen Cannon has supported Pennypack Farm and Education Center. Pennypack Farm and Education Center offers education and CSAs to the community at large; they also provide an abundance of organically grown produce to people experiencing food insecurity.

Lindsay Clark of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute and members of her community hosted a food truck in Ambler this summer. During the get-together, guests all brought donations for the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard. Lindsay has been donating regularly to the organization since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fox Board Fellowship participants are enrolled in the Fox MBA, STHM MS of Sport Business and Tyler’s MA in Art History/Arts Management. This year’s participating nonprofit organizations including those attached here

Katie Gerst of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management has been volunteering in the counseling office at the Academy at Palumbo. She also spent a day last month presenting to the 12th grade English classes on how to write a college essay.

Jeff Hofer of the Center for Undergraduate Advising has been volunteering with Peter’s Place Center for Grieving Children and Families for three years now. The nonprofit is located in Radnor and supports children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Jeff has worked with children as a Volunteer Grief Facilitator.

Sonni James of Online and Digital Learning has supported a number of different organizations throughout the pandemic by ordering facemasks from them. 

Katherine Nelson of the Department of Human Resource Management recently hosted a webinar for the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley (near Utica, New York) about how to write your family history. More than 60 people attended the webinar. Katherine is also working on two exhibits for the center, which is located in her hometown.

Megan Panaccio of the Center for Student Professional Development has supported Back on My Feet (BoMF) as an advisory board member since 2013 and also as a volunteer since 2012. BoMF is a national organization operating in 13 major cities across the US (started here in Philadelphia), that works to combat homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

Elvita Quinones of the Center for Undergraduate Advising has been raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by completing the St. Jude Walk/Run Virtual Event.

Michelle Rosar of STHM volunteers with Best Buddies Pennsylvania and has been staying in touch with them digitally. She has recently been attending their Voices of Inclusion Speaker Series that they host once a month.

Lori Roseman of the Honors Program was invited to join the Founder’s Society at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also helps her children raise money for the JDRF One Walk.

Kimberly Sakil of the Office of Graduate and International Programs found a new organization to support in our digital world: GirlStory, a magazine that features uplifting stories written by and for girls ages 10 to 14. Kim recently responded to a story about Ruby Bridges written by a young girl named Chloe. Here is a link to the story and Kim’s response.

Andrew Lovell of STHM has volunteered, raced and raised funds for Aidan’s Heart Foundation. Aidan’s Heart Foundation is committed to providing awareness, education, and support to the communities of the southeast Pennsylvania region and its surrounding area to create heart-safe communities for youth regarding the prevention of and/or response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Since COVID-19, the Hospitality Workers Relief Fund via the PHLCVB Foundation provides support in the form of gift cards to PHL hospitality workers so they can purchase meal ingredients (holiday or otherwise) or whatever they need.

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