In Honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. Recognizes 2016 Community Heroes

Dozens of organizations to be honored on Tuesday, December 13 for helping those in need; awarded more than $1.2 million in Phillies Charities, Inc. grants to ensure that community efforts continue

Community heroes who are assisting the underserved are getting some much-deserved recognition.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Phillies Charities, Inc. is saluting dozens of local charities and organizations who are making an impact in the Phillies' major league and minor league community. Each of these community heroes (listed below) will take center stage on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Phillies Charities, Inc. Holiday Giving Party at Citizens Bank Park, where they will be saluted by the organization for their charitable efforts. This special event will also recognize those who were selected to receive a 2016 Phillies Charities, Inc. grant, distributed so their community efforts could continue. 

"There are many charities in our communities doing admirable work to better the lives of others," said Lyn Montgomery, President, Phillies Charities, Inc. "It is our hope that Phillies Charities' involvement will enhance the efforts of these charitable organizations providing vital services to individuals and families in need."

In the past year, more than $1.2 million was awarded by Phillies Charities, Inc. to charitable organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and near the Phillies spring training and minor league affiliates. Phillies Charities, Inc. serves as the fundraising arm of the Phillies organization and awards grants to a variety of charitable organizations each year. For more information on Phillies Charities, Inc. please visit www.phillies.com/community.

2016 Phillies Charities, Inc. Honorees & Grant Recipients

The ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Area and Florida Chapter

Philadelphia, PA

The ALS Association is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. For more information, visit www.alsphiladelphia.org and www.alsafl.org

Tampa, FL

Black Women in Sport Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

The Black Women in Sport Foundation increase the involvement of black women and girls in all aspects of sport, including athletics, coaching and administration. They enroll girls and boys in programs conducted throughout the city of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.blackwomeninsport.org

 

Breathing Room Foundation

Jenkintown, PA

Breathing Room Foundation provides care and support to local families affected by cancer. They strive to provide a family with whatever it is that will allow them a bit of "breathing room" from their daily struggle against cancer. For more information, visit www.breathingroomfoundation.org

 

Camden Sophisticated Sisters

Camden, NJ

Camden Sophisticated Sisters motivates, educates, disciplines and empowers youth through the structure of a drill team and the performing arts. They teach not only the art of dance, but also the power of education and the importance of service. For more information, visit www.camdensophisticatedsisters.org

 

The Center for Grieving Children

Philadelphia, PA

The Center for Grieving Children helps children grieving a death to heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families, communities and professionals' understanding of how best to respond to their needs. For more information, visit www.grievingchildren.org

 

The CENTER for Therapeutic Riding & Educational Riding, Inc.

Townsend, DE 

The CENTER for Therapeutic & Educational Riding, Inc. provides affordable therapeutic equine and animal activities for individuals with special needs, barriers, and at-risk youth in Delaware and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.thecenterfortherapeuticriding.com

 

Child & Family Connections

Philadelphia, PA

Child & Family Connections improves the lives of families living with parental mental illness in meaningful and effective ways, through education, advocacy, and support. For more information, visit www.childfamilyconnections.org

 

Clearwater For Youth

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater For Youth helps elevate youth sports in our community and beyond by offering support through scholarships and grants to constructive sports programs where children from all levels of society can play together and learn together. For more information, visit www.clearwaterforyouth.com

 

Clearwater Little League

Clearwater, FL

Clearwater Little League instills leadership, character, courage and loyalty in all that participate in the t-ball, baseball and softball programs. For more information, visit www.clearwaterlittleleague.com

 

Fiorenza's Food for Friends

Downingtown, PA

Fiorenza's Food for Friends connects restaurants, universities, caterers, hospitals, and other sources with excess food to homeless shelters, and individuals in need. For more information, visit www.f4service.org.  

 

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation

Neptune, NJ

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation provides philanthropic support for Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital. For more information, visit www.jerseyshoreuniversitymedicalcenter.com/jsumc/waystogive.

 

K's for Cancer

Montoursville, PA 

K's for Cancer raises funds to provide direct and immediate support for everyday items like gas, food, lodging etc. for cancer patients and their families in Lycoming County. For more information, visit www.ksforcancer.org.

 

The Kula Project

Atlanta, GA

The Kula Project invests in the dreams and businesses of coffee farmers in East Africa by implementing a three-phase program, in which they help farmers scale their coffee production, introduce and implement food-crop planting systems to provide families with a balanced diet, and then teach the farmers how to train their peers. For more information, visit www.kulaproject.org.

 

Lucy Outreach

Camden, NJ

LUCY ("Lifting Up Camden's Youth") Outreach offers multi-lingual, culturally sensitive educational, social, spiritual, and service-oriented programming to low-income teens and young adults ages 12-25, and their families, providing support and resources within the homes and schools. For more information, visit www.lucyoutreach.org

 

Minding Your Mind

Ardmore, PA

The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle and high schools as well as college students. For more information, visit www.mindingyourmind.org.

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association - Greater Philadelphia

Broomall, PA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is leading the fight to free individuals from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. For more information, visit www.mda.org

 

New Leash on Life

Narberth, PA 

New Leash On Life USA saves the lives of at-risk shelter dogs by training prison inmates to care for, and socialize them to enhance their adoptability. Inmates attend workshops on life skills and job readiness, and many receive opportunities for paid internships in the animal care field when they are paroled. For more information, visit www.newleashonlife-usa.org.

 

Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith and Hospitality Network

Philadelphia, PA

The Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith and Hospitality Network (NPHIN) program provides assessment and referrals, emergency housing, supportive service and transitional housing. NPHIN offers a safe and child-friendly alternative to public shelter settings, allowing families to remain intact. For more information, visit www.philashelter.org

 

Ocean's Harbor House, Inc.

Toms River, NJ

Harbor House provides a safe haven and caring environment for at-risk youth to enable them to unlock their potential and learn skills that will empower them to build healthier lives, relationships and futures. For more information, visit www.oceansharborhouse.org.

 

Philabundance

Philadelphia, PA 

Philabundance provides food to approximately 90,000 people per week - of which 30% are children and 15% are senior citizens - through a network of nearly 350 member agencies including food cupboards, shelters, emergency kitchens and more. For more information, visit www.philabundance.org

 

Philadelphia Futures

Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Futures provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. For more information, visit www.philadelphiafutures.org.

 

Philly Girls in Motion

Havertown, PA 

Philly Girls in Motion is a volunteer driven organization that engages girls in fitness activities, sports, and education that encourages healthy habits through school-based and community-based programs. For more information, visit www.phillygirlsinmotion.org

 

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, Inc.

Philadelphia, PA

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia aspires to be the premier youth-serving organization in the city, by reducing crime, promoting character development, and improving educational outcomes. Philadelphia Police Officers, supported by civilians, offer sports and other programs to youth in 17 centers in some of the city's highest crime and lowest income neighborhoods. The Phillies have adopted "Ford PAL Center." For more information, visit www.phillypal.org

 

Rachel Way Food Pantry

Plymouth Meeting, PA

The Rachel Way Food Pantry collects and distributes allergen-safe foods as well as educational support to those in need. For more information, visit www.therachelway.org

 

Read2Dream Foundation

West Chester, PA

The Read2Dream Foundation fosters early literacy in children from low income families by helping children to read with an adult for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. For more information, visit www.read2dream.com

 

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

Philadelphia, PA

The Red Paw Emergency Relief Team provides emergency assistance including search & rescue, emergency transport, shelter, and veterinary care to animals involved in fires and other residential disasters. For more information, visit www.redpawemergencyreliefteam.com

 

Richie Ashburn Harry Kalas Baseball Foundation

Blue Bell, PA

The Richie Ashburn Harry Kalas Baseball Foundation gives children in the city and suburbs of Philadelphia the opportunity to learn the art of baseball by offering free camps throughout the area. For more information, visit www.ashburnkalasfoundation.org

 

Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation

Exton, PA

The Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation is dedicated to improve the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development and engaging students in the essential area of literacy, leading them on a path to a brighter future.

 

Saul Supporters Association

Philadelphia, PA

Saul Supporters is a Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences composting operation, which makes organic compost by mixing Philadelphia Zoo herbivore waste, Weaver's Way Food co-op vegetable scraps, and Henry Got Crops, Saul CSA, green waste. Saul students are involved with every aspect of the farm, from hands-on fieldwork to newsletter writing, applied research and summer internships.

 

Shriners Hospital for Children - Tampa

Tampa, FL

The Tampa Shriners Hospital focuses on a wide range of pediatric orthopedic conditions, including rare diseases and syndromes. All services are provided in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families' ability to pay. For more information, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/locations/tampa.

 

Spark the Way

Oldsmar, FL

Spark the Way exists to lead young adults into a light-bearing and fearless fight against cancer through efforts to raise awareness, provide support and unite a community of young adult fighters, survivors, and caregivers. For more information, visit www.sparktheway.org

 

Support Center for Child Advocates

Philadelphia, PA

The Support Center for Child Advocates supports victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, well-being and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child. For more information, visit www.sccalaw.org

 

Surrey Services for Seniors

Devon, PA

Surrey Services for Seniors provides a wide range of services and activities to keep older adults independent and engaged in the community. For more information, visit www.surreyservices.org

 

Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals

Philadelphia, PA

The PSPCA rescues animals from cruelty and neglect, rehabilitates them medically and behaviorally, and places them with new, loving families. For more information, visit www.pspca.org

 

Travis Manion Foundation

Doylestown, PA

The Travis Manion Foundation provides innovative programs in veteran advocacy, grief healing and character development. Their program "Character Does Matter" connects veterans with young adults in their community, providing education and mentorship to teens through character and leadership development initiatives. For more information, visit www.travismanion.org.

 

Tug McGraw Foundation

Yountville, CA

The Tug McGraw Foundation provides resources and hands-on support, fosters understanding, promotes awareness, and stimulates research and scientific collaboration to improve quality of life for people with brain-related trauma and tumors. For more information, visit www.tugmcgraw.org

 

Warrior Weekend Program

Harbeson, DE

The Warrior Weekend Program provides a weekend of rest, relaxation and fun for wounded heroes, and their spouses and families, who are stationed at Military Medical Centers, recovering from wounds sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, visit www.warriorweekend.net

 

Women's Resource Center

Wayne, PA

The Women's Resource Center supports women, strengthens families and builds communities through information and referral, counseling, legal, career and educational services throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information, visit www.womensresourcecenter.net.

 

Work to Ride Program

Philadelphia, PA

The Work to Ride Program at the Chamounix Equestrian Center provides activities that promote discipline, self-esteem, motivation, social development, life skills, academic achievement and physical fitness through year round programs that encourage long term participation. For more information, visit www.worktoride.net.

 

YMCA Camp Tockwogh

Worton, MD

YMCA Camp Tockwogh fosters healthy living and social responsibility through the development of independence, confidence, lifelong learning and character in youth, teens and families. For more information, visit www.ymcacamptockwogh.org.