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December 17, 1987 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
As shoppers hurried along the lower corridor of the Willow Grove Park mall, Janet Applebaum pondered the task that lay ahead - covering a triangular box in Christmas wrapping. "This one is going to be a real challenge," Applebaum said as she plotted strategy. After about five minutes of cutting, folding and taping the red-and-gold paper to the package, Applebaum placed a gold bow on top and handed it to the youngster who had asked her to wrap it. "Another satisfied customer," she said as the younster and his father walked away, smiling contentedly.
NEWS
July 16, 1992 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Raymond Frantz, 71, a volunteer who logged more than 2,500 hours of service at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees, died Tuesday at the hospital. Mr. Frantz moved to Voorhees just five years ago, after retirement, and began doing volunteer work at the hospital in 1988. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., was a World War II veteran and had worked as an auto-parts merchant in New York City. "He was very much into making the children happy - he even had a whistle and a fire-engine pen that lit up," said Kimberly Brook, the hospital's manager of communications and marketing.
NEWS
May 9, 1992 | By Howard Goodman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Graterford Prison inmate who transcribes books into braille as a voluntary endeavor has been presented with a difficult choice: Move to Camp Hill Prison or give up the braille. Thomas Martin, 47, who is serving a life sentence for the 1976 shooting of a Philadelphia police officer, said yesterday that Graterford officials on Thursday told him his braille project "is officially terminated. " He said he was told he must move to Camp Hill, where the Department of Corrections is starting an inmate project in braille production, if he wants to keep doing the volunteer work.
NEWS
December 31, 1992 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Paul Reibach of Blue Bell has been named 1992 Volunteer of the Year at Rohm & Haas Co.'s Spring House Research Laboratories, on Norristown Road in Lower Gwynedd Township. Reibach, a senior scientist in Rohm & Haas' agricultural product development area, devotes hundreds of hours each year to promoting science education, volunteering for the Rohm & Haas-sponsored Scientific Careers Explorers Post, the Stony Creek Parent Teacher Association and the Delaware Valley Science Fair. He is also involved in Rohm & Haas' Project LABS (Learning About Basic Science)
NEWS
June 16, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Edwin A. Wilcox of St. Davids was given a 1988 volunteer award by the Arts and Culture Council of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for his work with Philomel Concerts Inc. Philomel Concerts Inc. is a Philadelphia-based musical organization specializing in the performance of 17th- and 18th-century music on historical instruments. Wilcox received the award May 26 at the fourth annual business/ arts awards luncheon at the Ben Franklin Hotel. On June 1, Jimmy Duffy & Sons Inc., a catering firm, began constuction of a new convention and banquet center at 1456 Lancaster Ave. in Berwyn.
NEWS
February 6, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rachel Read Hopkinson, 91, an artist, writer and volunteer, died Jan. 30 of Alzheimer's disease at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. In the 1970s, after raising four children, Mrs. Hopkinson helped establish the Beehive Club at the Academy of Natural Sciences to introduce inner-city children to nature. She wrote articles for Ranger Rick, the National Wildlife Federation children's magazine, and when the Riverbend Environmental Education Center opened in Gladwyne in 1974, she organized its children's programs.
NEWS
September 4, 1994 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Fred, 15, and Kevin, 16, are volunteers at Rancocas Hospital. They help by shredding paper, stuffing envelopes, stapling reports, and doing clerical tasks. Most of all, they're helping themselves. The two boys are students at the Center for Autistic Children in Willingboro, and their time at the hospital is intended to improve their work and social skills. "Since it's important for autistic students to be stimulated, we try to introduce community training quickly," said Ellen DeMasi, supervisor of educational programs for the school, "and it's best to teach social and work skills in a natural setting rather than the controlled setting of a school.
NEWS
January 17, 2000 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The United Way of Bucks County has recognized 11 students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties for their volunteer service. The efforts of five of the students were deemed extraordinary in the United Way's Cheers for Volunteers program. These students were 12th graders Katie Armstrong from Lansdale Catholic High School; Hope Banchi from Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills; Regina Griffith from Pennridge High School in Perkasie; Emily Junod from Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster; and ninth grader Kelly Wiltbank from Neshaminy Middle School in Langhorne.
NEWS
November 2, 1986 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes, virtue is its own reward. Howard Dickerson is a case in point. After 33 years of riding ambulances, this Beverly resident is just getting his second wind. At 64, he still answers calls. "I couldn't give up the squad," he said. "It's part of my life. Helping people is just the greatest thing in the world. " For 19 years, he was captain of the squad, but he still hasn't had enough. Not only does he still answer calls, he takes night duty shifts. "I have delivered seven babies - a proud factor in my life," Dickerson said.
NEWS
June 4, 1995 | By Molly Peterson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Rosalind Siegel often spends her free time comforting terminally ill friends. Sometimes she writes letters for them, waters their plants, or cooks holiday meals. Sometimes she just sits with them. Siegel, 91, is a resident at the "independent-living" section of Chandler Hall Health Services, and she volunteers at the hospice unit there. "Some people can't be with sick people, but it doesn't bother me," Siegel said. "More than helping someone that's sick, you have to be willing to talk to the families.
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NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
In addition to baseball, soccer was a mainstay pursuit for the Born twins, Andrew and Steve, in their younger years. With encouragement from friends and clearance from their parents, the tight-knit duo decided to leave their comfort zone and give football a shot as freshmen at Conestoga. Andrew Born's stint as a linebacker lasted all of two games, cut short by a torn meniscus. Steve Born, a wide receiver, completed the season but agreed with his brother that they should focus on their true love.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over the weekend, they put up posters in Audubon, Collingswood, Haddon Heights, and Mount Ephraim. And on Monday, they were busy in Oaklyn, Haddon Township, Bellmawr, and Runnemede. Pastor Randy Van Osten and members of his youth group at Oaklyn Baptist Church have joined scores of volunteers across the state who have placed tens of thousands of signs in businesses over the last two weeks to alert the public to human trafficking. Now, their work is bearing fruit. Tips have poured into the help hotline - 855-END-NJ-HT - as state law enforcement officials prepare for the expected trafficking increase ahead of the Feb. 2 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city doesn't call Spring Garden Apartments a housing project, but the people who live there behind barred doors do. Just a block or so away, developers continue to pour money into apartments and restaurants created for young people of means in Northern Liberties. But in the adjacent neighborhood called Penn Town, populated by young people of no means at all, those dimes and dollars never seem to materialize. Adam Bruckner doesn't concern himself with the haves next door, though.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2013 | BY MICHAEL RUSSELL, russelm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5713
IN LOGAN SQUARE, across from the Family Court building, at 18th and Vine streets, nearly 100 people clutched empty Styrofoam takeout boxes while waiting in line for volunteers to serve them meatballs, fruit, chips and water. Some used the boxes to fan themselves in the hot morning sun. Craig Stroman sees a variation of this scene every Saturday morning. He started We Feed the Homeless Philly three years ago after a powerful epiphany during a morning commute. Since then, he has managed to cement a large volunteer base and some big-name support, despite official opposition to his and other groups' outdoor feeding programs.
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doris Goodfriend Frankel, 92, of Jenkintown, a former teacher and longtime volunteer for the Philadelphia Orchestra, died Sunday, April 21, of congestive heart failure at home. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Mrs. Frankel taught second grade at Illman-Carter School, a demonstration program run by the University of Pennsylvania. The school was in the 4000 block of Pine Street in West Philadelphia. Though it came later in life, Mrs. Frankel found real meaning in volunteer work, said her son, Robert P. Jr. Following the example of her father-in-law, Bernard L. Frankel, who was on the Philadelphia Orchestra board of directors in the 1960s, Mrs. Frankel gave of her time and energy on the orchestra's behalf.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Louise Vitale, 62, of Center City, a former teacher and financial services worker who did volunteer work to help people affected by cancer, died Monday, March 4, of lung cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After a career in education and financial services, Ms. Vitale served as a volunteer at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. The organization, formerly known as the Wellness Community of Philadelphia, provides emotional and educational support for cancer patients and their loved ones.
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHILE MOST sensible people were sitting out that terrible 36-inch blizzard of 1996, Hallie Earley Billups was slogging her way to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, two miles through waist-deep snow. She volunteered there, playing with the young patients, keeping them entertained and happy, and she knew they were expecting her. She wasn't about to let them down. "I wanted to be there for my kids, give them a little hug, play a game, sing a song, blow bubbles," she told the Daily News' Joe Clark in 1997.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2013
Volunteer work, encouraged for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, is easy to find and sign up for using smartphone applications. Sign in to HelpBridge , by Microsoft Corp. for Android, Apple, and Windows Phone, using a Facebook or Microsoft account. Volunteering is just one of several functions on the app, among them the ability to send for help from an emergency list of contacts, if you're in some sort of bind. The Volunteer page on HelpBridge shows opportunities either locally or nationwide.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013
Volunteer work, encouraged for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, is easy to find and sign up for using smartphone applications. Sign in to HelpBridge , by Microsoft Corp. for Android, Apple and Windows Phone, using a Facebook or Microsoft account. Volunteering is just one of several functions on the app, among them the ability to send for help from an emergency list of contacts if you're in some sort of bind. The Volunteer page on HelpBridge shows opportunities either locally or nationwide.
TRAVEL
January 6, 2013 | By Steve Plotkin, For The Inquirer
Each year I volunteer to work on an Israeli military base as a civilian noncombatant volunteer. I offer my personal services through the nonprofit Volunteers for Israel program ( www.vfi-usa.org ). Over the last 10 years I've been stationed at bases from the Lebanese/Syrian border in the north to the desert in the south. Israel has a skinny east-to-west, but I've been there, too. I'm certainly not unique, as there are hundreds of volunteers, ages 16 to 90, every year from many countries, many religions, and every socioeconomic group.
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