December 17, 1987 |
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.
July 16, 1992 |
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.
May 9, 1992 |
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.
December 31, 1992 |
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)
June 16, 1988 |
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.
February 6, 2009 |
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.
September 4, 1994 |
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.
January 17, 2000 |
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.
November 2, 1986 |
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.
June 4, 1995 |
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.