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.
NAPO-GPC volunteers participated again in the Great Shedder Event with Tracy Davidson of NBC10 Telemundo62 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Shred-it provided the trucks for local residents to safely shred their sensitive documents and professional organizers were on hand to answer organizing questions. NBC 10 Philadelphia
Volunteers from NAPO-GPC will be giving some lucky US Military Personnel or Veteran a free one-day, one-room organizing make-over. Entry forms are available here. Contest deadline is Nov. 7th. A winner will be drawn at random and notified on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2014. Imagine a room makeover just before the holidays!
September is “National Preparedness Month” and members of NAPO-GPC and the Philadelphia Mummers first responders received specialized training by Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. The workshop included crisis planning techniques that NAPO-GPC members will share with their clients and communities.