NAPO-GPC hosted an Antiques Roadshow-Style Appraisal Event at the Tredyffrin Public Library. Our guest appraiser was Jeffery Henkel of Kamelot Auction. Jeffery appraised items that ranged from tea sets to a unique alligator purse and even a Picasso painting. It was a fun and informative evening thanks to with Jeffery who provided interesting background on many of the items. He also educated NAPO-GPC about the value of many commons items organizers encounter as we work with clients.
The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force has launched a new website. Visit www.philadelphiahoarding.org for information about hoarding and resources for people who hoard. Community Legal Services (CLS), the Office of the Mayor, and other organizations are collaborating to address the issue of hoarding in Philadelphia. In 2013, CLS’ Pam Walz, Jennifer Schultz, and David Wengert organized a meeting of twelve organizations, including the National Association of Professional Organizers in Philadelphia to discuss starting a Hoarding Task Force to better coordinate services for people who hoard and improve outcomes. Around the same time, Mayor Nutter convened a task force of city agencies to implement hoarding prevention strategies. In January 2014, CLS and the Mayor’s Office combined the task forces to create the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force co-chaired by CLS paralegal David Wengert and Mayor’s Office Deputy Director of Policy Katie Martin. Click here to read more.
NAPO-GPC members joined with Closet & Storage concepts in Paoli, PA to collect new socks on at our Holiday Sock Hop on December 18. The purpose of this event was to help the area homeless in support of Joy of Sox. Joy of Sox raises funds, collects socks to raise community awareness of homelessness and distributes them to needy families. They have distributed over 119,000 pairs of new socks as of September 2014.
For the third year in a row, NAPO-GPC volunteers provided a valuable service to a family who has served our country selflessly for 20 years. The winner of this year’s Project Thanks drawing was TSgt. Sharon Baughman and her husband Darrin. Sharon is currently a member of the Air Force National Guard stationed at Willow Grove. She will celebrate 20 years with the service this July. Her husband Darrin is a disabled vet who served 18 years in the Navy and Reserves, doing tours in Grenada, Lebanon and with Operation Enduring Freedom. He continues to serve his community as a police office in Bucks County.
On December 22 (just in time for Christmas) seven NAPO-GPC members including: Darla Pompilio, Debbie Lillard, Sue Lowry, Deanna Murawski , Carla Shipman, Bet Hambleton and Robin Stankowski volunteered their time to tackle the Baughman’s garage. They’ve lived in the home for just four years with their two daughters and Sharon’s dad. They wanted to carve out a play area in the garage, which was cluttered on both bays when we arrived. In just one hour the team had the garage cleared and categorized.
This year 14 NAPO-GPC members participated in an event at Cradles to Crayons. C2C is a charitable group whose mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
After a brief orientation, our members were assigned as “shoppers” for those children who had made requests for clothing and other needs. We were given large shopping bags and were asked to search through the requested item bins for the very best item we could find. C2C used the slogan “QUALITY EQUALS DIGNITY” as a guideline in our shopping. To donate items or volunteer at Cradles to Crayons, check out their website.
NAPO-GPC volunteered again this year at the WHYY National Public Radio Telethon from 6:00 – 10:00 am. Everyone had a wonderful time manning the phones and WHYY met its morning membership drive goals.