Thursday, September 22, 2011

‘Tis the Season for Workplace Giving

Many of us think of the winter holidays as the season of giving to our families, friends and to those in need. But did you realize that every season can be a season of giving?

For those of us who take part in workplace giving programs, each fall brings a new opportunity to support nonprofit organizations throughout the next year. This year, when you are filling out your donation forms, please think about PathWays PA and what your donation can do for the families we serve.

With as little as $5 per pay period, PathWays PA can use your donation to purchase a crib for a new mother or a move-in package for a family’s first apartment. With your donation of $10 per pay period, PathWays PA can fund the purchase of a toddler bed, a safe car seat, and some beginning kitchen equipment for parents working to support themselves and their families.

There are five ways to support PathWays PA through your workplace giving:
  1. United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania: 01619
  2. United Way of Southeast Delaware County: Write PathWays PA on your form
  3. Combined Federal Campaign: 16357
  4. Pennsylvania SECA: 4113-0006
  5. Penn’s Way Campaign: Designate UWSEPA and our United Way number, 01619

(Don’t have a workplace giving program? You can donate directly to PathWays PA through JustGive.org by visiting http://www.justgive.org/nonprofits/donate.jsp?ein=23-2001837.)

Each year, PathWays PA serves over 6,000 women, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia area by providing opportunities and resources to reach economic self-sufficiency. This year, we are seeing the demand for our services grow even as available resources decrease. Your donation plays a vital role in the lives of families who want to succeed.

Shaila's Story:

At 17-years-old, Shaila had nowhere to go.

On the verge of homelessness, the young mother of two was referred to the PathWays PA Center for Families (CFF), a shelter for young mothers who have been victims of longstanding trauma, homelessness, abuse and/or neglect.

With the help of PathWays PA, Shaila has stabilized her life. She recently graduated high school and is now becoming more confident and self-sufficient with each passing day. Shaila is currently preparing to leave the Center for Families. She is enrolled at Delaware County Community College where she studies criminal justice, and is seeking employment that will help her pay a deposit on an apartment for her and her two daughters.

Shaila says, “Without PathWays PA, I wouldn’t have known what to do. I would be homeless right now instead of going to school, trying to find a job and getting ready to live on my own.”

With some guidance from PathWays PA’s Center for Families, Shaila was able to turn her life around, and now she’s well on her way to providing a safe and happy home for her two little girls.

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