“Girls Night Out” To Do Good

On the evening of December 6th, some of the girls got together to do some good in the middle of the busy holiday season.  We arrived at the Giving Factory of Cradles to Crayons to help sort, clean, and package clothes and toy gifts for children in need of warm clothes and fun toys during this holiday season.   The Giving Factory was a buzz with volunteers all giving up their evenings to help fulfill the needs and wishes of those less fortunate. Upon arrival, we were told that the Giving Factory had 1400 requests for clothes/toy packages for children in need in the Greater Philadelphia area. But, with only 14 volunteer days left before the holidays, it meant that they had the task of packaging 100 of those each day.  We worked quickly and efficiently to fulfill as many wishes as possible on the night we were there. By the end of the evening, we had made a big dent in all of the donations made by community and had packaged many packs for the children.  It was the perfect way to help in this busy holiday season when we must remember of all those less fortunate.  We can’t wait to go back to help again one day soon!

MLK Day – January 16th

We are pleased to be working alongside Impact Thrift Stores this Martin Luther King Jr day to help support Chosen 300 Ministries.  We’ll be busy from the early morning helping to feed the needy and homeless at an outreach center in the city.

More details to follow!

MLK Day of Service is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in the community.

“The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.”

Girls Night Out!

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is spending time with your girlfriends far and near!

Come join us on Tuesday December 6th from 5pm to 8pm at Cradle to Crayons’ Giving Factory for an exclusive Girls Night Out event.  We will be helping bundle clothes, stuff holiday packs, and organize gifts to children and families in need this Christmas.  

Cradles to Crayons has a great impact here in the Delaware Valley.  Through the Giving Factory, volunteers provide essentials, as donated clothes, shoes, books and school supplies to homeless and low-income children.

They especially need help with all the volume of donations around the holidays, so leave your kids with the hubby and come on out!

Philly Cares Day

This year’s Philly Cares Day was a success!  This past Saturday, October 22nd, Greater Philadelphia Cares hosted a big volunteer day in Philadelphia, which was held on National Make a Difference Day.  In almost 100 schools, community, and recreation centers around the Philadelphia region, volunteers got out to improve the quality of these organizations.  The Wynnstay crew and four other groups (Alpha Delta, Pink Knockouts, Oak Lane Lovers, Team Bristow, and Winey Team) gathered in Kensington to help a neighborhood clean up its streets around 2 area schools.

Our event was organized by Vinita Santiago, a community activist concerned about the blight and deterioration of her H Street neighborhood; a place she’s lived for 15 years.  Vinita is a great example of one voice, speaking loudly to make a change.  She was very grateful for the effort of complete strangers; which is really what community service is all about.  Wynnstay strives to challenge our friends and family to help out someone in need – the reward is amazing and everyone benefits!

Billy Penn

Did you know that in 1682 Thomas Wynne first came to Pennsylvania onboard The Welcome with William Penn?

Thomas Wynne was a trusted friend and personal physician to William Penn, a confidant and devout Quaker.

Night at the Races!

We want to thank everyone who supported Night at the Races benefiting Northern Home last evening.  The venue this year at Philadelphia University was spacious and had great acoustics for the running of each race.  The Wynnstay crew didn’t fare too well wagering on ponies but did have one winner: King LeBron ridden by Captain Dirk.  There were a few winners of auction items including a basket of booze and array of chocolates (stolen by Ashley..).  And Kyle would be a rich man if prizes were given out for Second Place!

The night was all about fun and the most excited attendee had to be young Mason McMahon, who’s mission was to collect all the horse figurines.  She had a big smile on her face running around all night!

And a special thanks to all the volunteers from Northern Home for putting on a great event.

Philabundance Jam!

What a great Wynnstay Workday at Philabundance!  We’d like to thank everyone for coming out and spending a cold Saturday working at the south Philly warehouse.  The Wynnstay crew was 23 strong, volunteering alongside two other large groups.

We started off the afternoon watching a touching video about how hunger touches many lives in the Delware Valley each year.  Did you know that 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley rely on Philabundance for help?  And 23% of the malnurished served by them are children?  Soon after we headed out into the factory floor, a huge open area with a large conveyor belt circling the center.   Our task was to sort and box thousands of pounds of donated food from Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger.   So the radio cranked up 93.3 wmmr and we paired off and went to work.   The muscle men (TC, Kevin, Brian, Dan & DT) loaded all the food from cardboard bins on to the conveyor belt.  Next the agile women (Nancy, Natalie & Erin) made sure no glass containers got through and sorted based on boxed food or cans.  As the conveyor belt curved around the room, most of the crew (Sam, Kristin, Ashley, Bob, Kyle, Debbie, Eva, Corey, Maura, Courtney, CJ, Shannon and Tom) were stationed at scales to grab and box specific food groups.  The prize of the hardest working duo goes to Sam & Kristin, who mistakingly picked the green veggies station and boxed an entire pallet or about 2,400 lbs of cans!!  And finally Pat had the job of carefully taping up and labeling each box.  The pallets were shrink wrapped and forklifted onto the Philabundance trucks. 

Overall the day was extremely productive and all the Philabundance warehouse guys were impressed with our awesome work!  It’s amazing to see how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together when helping those in need — Preston and Steve camp out for a week in a parking lot, people listen to their morning show and drive to donate food, Philabundance picks up all the bins, the warehouse volunteers sort and box all the food, and finally everything is shipped out to a network of agencies who directly serve the hungry. 

It’s great to have good friends and family working alongside to make a difference.  That’s what Wynnstay Workdays are all about!  Thanks again for everyone who joined us — we plan to have a Workday once a year and hope one day to have a hundred of dedicated volunteers.

Depaul House MLK Day

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King Jr was a visionary and his legacy lives well beyond the Monday each year we honor his life achievements. 

This MLK Day of Service we joined the Beneficial Bank Bluegooders to volunteer at the Depaul House in Germantown.  The Depaul House is a residency that provides a home for 25 men experiencing homelessness and works with them to secure meaningful employment and supports them towards successful integration with the community.  Part of the larger organization Depaul USA, the facility was opened in September 2009 and has had great success so far with the residents getting employed and independent.  The waiting list to live at Depaul is long, and residents take their stay very seriously because they have one year to get through the rehabilitation program.  The men have access to a wide range of services, including employment and education workshops, financial literacy courses (thanks Beneficial!), and life skills training.

On Monday the Bluegooders set out to fix up the House – we did everything from sweep to paint to cook.  Maura and I teamed up with Richard and resident Malik to tackle some chores in the basement.  Our biggest project was sorting through all the donated clothing and organizing it so residents could walk into the clothes closet and pick out anything needed.  About 5 minutes into the task we quickly learned that Malik was a member of Back On My Feet and had already run 2 marathons!  Maura was pumped because she’s been involved with BOMF since its beginning.  Malik was probably the most excited because he ran upstairs to proudly wear his marathon metals around his neck the rest of the day. 

All the staff and counselors at Depaul House were extremely friendly and thankful we were there to lend a helping hand.  The positive environment they create really does resonate with all the men.  Each resident we met was optimistic about the future and thankful that they have been given this ‘second chance’ to get back and take a wider roll in the community.  The Depaul House doors are always open and they are always looking for new opportunities to connect their residents with the larger community.  Here is a great Op Ed article in the Philadelphia Inquirer from Executive Director Chuck Levesque: Depaul House Philly Article.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

MLK Day of Service in Action!

Check out Tom Wynn doing some much needed painting at Baptist Children’s Services. Along with Blue Bell Rotary, he spent Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day of Service painting and doing maintenance work. Looks like a lot of charitable fun!