We hope you’ll take the time to learn about the ALL NEW Reward Volunteers program presented by the Farm Families who own Cabot. So much good can come from even the smallest act of kindness – reading to a child, taking a meal to a shut-in, or fostering a pet. Volunteers can earn prizes simply by using Reward Volunteers - a free, easy way to track the time you spend volunteering in your community! So check it out and start logging your time now. Be a volunteer and change a life!
Meet Renée Marbo:
Renée Marbo is a former educator in the Philadelphia School District for almost 40 years. She taught learning support at the Wanamaker Middle School and was an Emotional Support teacher at Solis Cohen Elementary School, retiring in 2011. Renée, joined Autism Cares Foundation (ACF) in 2008, and continues to demonstrate her passion and dedication to individuals with autism and other special needs.
As ACF's Volunteer Coordinator, Renée has helped grow ACFs network of volunteers; today ACF has more than 500 volunteers who share her passion in helping special needs individuals achieve all that is possible. Renée is always on the lookout for new volunteers as Autism Cares Foundation continues its growth. Volunteers are essential in assisting the foundation with its 200+ free activities and events each year, teaming up with our “special participants” assuring everyone has a rewarding experience.
Renée, not only recruits and helps to develop ACF volunteers, she attends almost all of the organizations events. Reneé serves on the Gala Committee, Race for Resources Committee, Scholarship Program Committee and helps in out on almost all fundraising efforts. She is relentless in helping Autism Cares Foundation achieve its goals.
Renée loves what she does; her hard work, dedication and compassion for our “special” loved ones goes over and above the call of duty. She continues to help us help others and is a true testament to what being an amazing volunteer is all about.
Meet Garden Logan:
Garden Logan serves as the Publicity Chair for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Philadelphia. The Foundation forcuses on educating the community, funding research and advocacy programs to help reduce the stigma around suicide.
In 2006 Garden lost her brother William Wellington to suicide and since then Garden has dedicated her resources to helping the Philadelphia media be the best in the nation in terms of responsible reporting on suicide, changing the conversation and how we communicate about mental health, and raising the profile of our community walk — Out of the Darkness, which raised $500k in 2016.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Philadelphia has become a reliable partner with the media. It is our mission to inform the community about warning signs of suicide, what to do when you see them and how to best communicate with your families in a healthy way.
And then there are “super volunteers” like Jackie Dawsey. Jackie first volunteered with Career Wardrobe in 2011 when she retired from Amtrak and was looking for somewhere she could keep her computer skills sharp, make a difference and have a flexible schedule to travel and see her family throughout the county. At that time, Career Wardrobe was an organization with 5 fulltime staff members and we had just implemented a new database system, so we immediately put Jackie’s administrative skills to good use. It may not be glamorous, but twice a week she’s in our offices entering client and donor information into our system so we can be a more effective organization. So, if you donated clothing to Career Wardrobe at any time in the past six years, chances are you received a thank you because Jackie entered your donation into Career Wardrobe's system!
Since 2011, Jackie has volunteered more than 1,200 hours. In terms of longevity with the organization, she is only surpassed by two staff members who have been with the organization longer!
According to Jackie, “Several possibilities for giving came to mind while contemplating activities for my life after retirement. All of which were both gratifying and rewarding. But none were as satisfying as the possibility of giving my time and skills to help someone to succeed in improving their quality of life. Career Wardrobe has helped me to fulfill that desire while acquainting me with many interesting people who value the same sense of sharing and caring that inspire me. Knowing that I am doing good and needed work that helps someone to succeed makes my life feel meaningful.”
John Boyes and his family exemplify what it means to serve as a volunteer at the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP). They have been active participants since 2004. John and Arleen Boyes are a family that understands first-hand the importance and benefits of the organization at Gilda’s Club, Warminster,PA. For them, it was and is a family affair.
In 2004, John and Arleen’s son Alex chose this location to complete his Eagle Scout project. Alex completed much needed work on the outdoor barbeque grill, in fact he rebuilt it and dedicated the project to his Mom. As a result Arleen became involved in the organization. Alex continued to be an active participant in the walking and running club. Ironically, Alex was diagnosed with melanoma and passed at age 22.
Despite a broken heart, the couple married for 31 years, continued to dedicate their efforts at CSCGP. John’s wife, Arleen Boyes, was an active member attending programs including the quilting circle and the annual Camp Discovery for women with breast cancer. She also was an outstanding member of the volunteer committee investing her time at the CSCGP off-site location at Abington Jefferson Health System. In addition to participating in events and programs, she and John organized the Alex Boyes’ walk to benefit CSCGP as she courageously battled breast cancer. While, Arleen lost her battle with cancer in 2013, her legacy lives on through John and their son Harris.
Despite a heavy heart, John along with his son Harris, continues to plan and organize the walk every year in both Alex’s and Arleen’s memory to raise funds for our programs. In addition, John’s behind the scenes contributions are remarkable. His “can do” attitude is inspiring. He has completed over 3000 volunteer hours since 2009.
Linda Creed Breast Cancer Org doesn’t receive any public funding and relies on fundraising to raise the annual budget each year. Kathy always focused her energy as a board member on that fundraising. Prior to joining the board Kathy volunteered for several years for LCBCO's annual Candlelight event. She is an active Annual Luncheon Committee member and concentrates on gifts for the raffle and silent auction. She does a mailing to area businesses to solicit the gifts to kick off the process. Kathy actively recruited volunteers and participants for any and all of the events benefiting Linda Creed. She has also recruited in-kind services for various events as well.
Kathy was asked to join a Dragon Boat Team and recognized a new opportunity to fundraise for Linda Creed Breast Cancer Org. She created the PECO Powerpaddler Dragon Boat Team. This team participates in the annual race and has raised more than $80k for Linda Creed.
Kathy Lentini is a valued member of Linda Creed’s volunteer family. She has just retired from the board but isn’t retiring from the Luncheon Committee. Kathy is already working on the solicitation letter for 2017!