August 20, 2013 |
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.
July 11, 2013 |
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.
May 5, 2013 |
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.
March 8, 2013 |
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.
January 23, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
January 6, 2013 |
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.
December 28, 2012 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On snooping: I've seen so many letters about reading a significant other's texts or e-mails. I've even read a few columns that suggested a cheater who has promised to reform should give their spouse or partner all their passwords. What never seems to come up is that you are also violating the privacy of everyone who writes to the person whose accounts are now open books. I've accepted there is a certain amount of slippage when it comes to things I tell friends in long-term relationships, but I find it offensive that someone who is dating a friend of mine and suspects her or him of cheating could easily access e-mails that are about deeply personal issues I'd rather not share with them.
December 27, 2012 |
Jewish Santa brought bagels. Joseph Hassman arrived at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey in Camden slightly after 9 Christmas morning, bells jingling on his head-to-toe St. Nicholas outfit. Surrounding the family physician turned Santa were six family-member "elves," bringing food for guests in what has become a Hassman clan tradition. "Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas!" Hassman, 77, said as he visited three floors of bedrooms, encouraging children and their parents to have "breakfast with Santa.