Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Montgomery County Asset Building Coalition hosted its 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
"You can write that off, did you know that?" It was a phrase used quite often by those that volunteered their time to prepare taxes for Montgomery County residents that could not afford assistance. The Montgomery County Asset Building Coalition hosted the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which in total saved residents more than $5 million, according to a report in the Times Herald. “Our total federal refunds totalled $3.4 million; our state refunds were $950,000, so the total refunds to taxpayers were $4,360,000. That’s a lot of money,” Harriet Winokur, MCABC’s coordinator, told the Herald. “It gets better. Our services saved taxpayers approximately $675,000 in fees, which is not additional money into their pockets, …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Patch is recognizing local volunteers during National Volunteer Week - Sammie Davenport often runs from cheering at varsity Methacton games to coach younger cheerleaders at Methacton Warriors practice.
Editor’s Note: In honor of National Volunteer Week, Patch is taking a look at local volunteers in our communities. If you have a nomination, e-mail Brittany.Tressler@patch.com. Methacton High School Junior Sammie Davenport has been a junior coach for the Methacton Warriors for the past four years, willingly donating her personal time to help the cheerleading squad. Sammie helps to run a cheer camp in the summer, and volunteers several night per week and at least one day each weekend to help coach. As a member of the Methacton High School Varsity Cheerleader, she never misses a game, practice, or competition, according to her mom, Jennifer Maaskant. “Over the past two years she has cheered at a high school football game and then has …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Dakota Clanagan and Jared Jones spent the Saturday before Christmas volunteering with the In His Eyes Outreach's children's program, DAKMAK.
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Thursday, January 3
From In His Eyes Outreach: Two area student football players spent a recent Saturday giving back to the community. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Dakota Clanagan, of Perkiomen Valley High School, and Jared Jones, of Springford High School, volunteered with In His Eyes Outreach's children's program – "Dads and Kids, Moms and Kids" (DAKMAK) – in Norristown. In His Eyes Outreach is a non-profit organization that works with women who have come out of prison, rehab or a shelter. Services include career and life-skills training, court advocacy, mentoring for men and women, recovery support groups, and education planning in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. The DAKMAK program works with area children who have a parent in jail Under the …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
After 12 years of helping families struggling with cancer, 'For Pete's Sake' has received its largest donation ever.
"Though I'll never say that being diagnosed with cancer was a blessing, there have been moments, people, places, and experiences that have made me feel blessed since my diagnosis." Reading through the hundreds of entries on the nonprofit For Pete's Sake webpage, those words, written by 34-year-old Gina Etzrodt, stand out amongst submissions from cancer patients, survivors, and those who lost their battle to the disease. Many of their stories follow similar paths – A stage-3 colon cancer diagnosis at 33. A 40-year-old mother of two diagnosed with breast cancer. Mounting medical bills. Lives turned upside. Children wondering if Dad is well enough to have a game of catch. They all have something in common as well. Trips to Florida and …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The religious institution in Montgomery Township is seeking volunteers to help deliver food and identify those in need
Those still living without electricity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy can get some free hot meals courtesy of Keystone Fellowship of Montgomery Township and Skippack Township. The religious institution at 427 Stump Road is ready to serve 20,000 hot meals to people in the Greater Philadelphia area as part of its Hurricane Sandy Relief. Keystone has been given more than 16,000 pounds of pre-cooked chicken and a large commercial cooker to aid those in need and those without power. It is also acquiring bread and water to giveaway as well. Keystone Fellowship's Montgomeryville location will be the regional distribution center in the relief effort today, Thursday and Friday from Noon to 6 p.m. The effort is in need of volunteers to drive, …
Monday, September 19, 2011
Zumbathon to raise funds for family whose 5-year-old daughter loses battle to cancer.
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Monday, September 19, 2011
Event organizer Lindsay Getz submitted the following information: On September 11, 2011, 5-year old Gabriella Martha Vogel lost her short but courageous fight against brain cancer. Diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) at the beginning of the summer, this “explosively aggressive brain tumor” (as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia doctors called it) took her life in less than four months. The median survival rate for children diagnosed with DIPG is approximately nine months. Gabby (as she was affectionately known) dealt with devastating side effects brought on by the tumors in her head. In a short time frame, Gabby went from a girl who loved playing with her two sisters and her puppy, wearing pink sparkly shoes, “playing…