A crowd of friends, well-wishers, and supporters came together on March 9 to thank Joe Maccolini for his 35-plus years of leadership and to wish him well as he moves into his new post as director of development at the Patrician Society: Neighbors Helping Neighbors. New Executive Director Liz Peteraf and Food Pantry Director LeeAnn Rooney were on-hand, as well (in fact, they organized this appreciative tribute). Thanks Joe, Liz, and LeeAnn for all you have done and continue to do!
Executive Director, Elizabeth "Liz" Peteraf has dived right into her new position at the Patrician Society. With more than 25 years experience with social service organizations, the last 15 of them in Montgomery County (including spending last summer as a counselor at the Patrician Society Summer Day Camp), Liz looks like she feels right at home helping sort recently donated canned goods in the food pantry. "I'm excited to be a part of the team," Liz said, "and I'm awed by the good work being done here. I look forward to carrying on the incredible tradition Joe Maccolini has blazed for this organization." Welcome aboard, Liz!
Come share a good wish or a favorite memory as we celebrate the retirement of Joe Maccolini, executive director, whose 37 years of selfless service have made the Patrician Society: Neighbors Helping Neighbors what is today. Refreshments will be served. It's also an opportunity to meet our new executive director, Elizabeth Peteraf, and our new food pantry director, LeeAnn Rooney. RSVP to LeeAnn Rooney at email@example.com. or 610-272-6316.
What can we say about someone who has selflessly dedicated nearly four decades to those in need? Our executive director, Joe Maccolini, who grew the Patrician Society from nothing to where it is today is stepping down. "Thanks," regardless of how heartfelt, hardly seems like enough, but it's a good place to start...so THANKS, JOE!
On Friday, February 23, 2018, Kurt Zampier brought 10 casseroles from St. Helena of Blue Bell's Community Service Corps. The CSC is composed of students from the 5th to 8th grade. Within a half hour one casserole went out to a family of five. The family needed food from our pantry because they were putting all their money toward first month's rent and a security deposit for housing.
Mike Ryan, not only collecting and delivering 90 bags of food - which is half of his and his friends' total donation - he's packing and stocking our shelves!! He has been doing this for about 6 years! And he saved over $100 with coupons!!! Thank you, Mike!
The Patrician Society has been able to pay for several nights in a motel for a woman experiencing an unexpected, acute situation of need and unable, for medical reasons, to stay in a women's shelter. The circumstances surrounding her immediate need are too sad to discuss here, but, thanks to our generous donors, she will at least be safe and warm on Christmas. There is no Christmas miracle to recount at this juncture - just a great deal of gratitude on her and our part for the kindness of the Patrician Society supporters. We are truly blessed to have all of you on our team!
A hardworking team of volunteers from AmerisourceBergen Corp. joined us Thursday and pitched in assembling food orders, sorting some of the tons of canned goods donated during recent food drives, and welcoming clients. The team, from both the Chesterbrook and Conshohocken offices, never lost their smiles as they helped serve some of the 52 families that visited the pantry Thursday. We're grateful for the assistance from AmerisourceBergen, whose employees, company-wide, donated more than 14,000 hours of volunteer labor to non-profit organizations.
THANKSGIVING - 2017 -- Thanks to our countless donors for giving more than 15 tons of food to the pantry during the past week! And thanks to our regular volunteers and numerous school groups for giving of their time, energy, and goodwill to help take in, sort, and distribute groceries during what is one of the busiest weeks of the year for us. And thanks, too, to the more than 150 families, many of whom waited patiently in line Tuesday giving each other (and us) a hand and a smile as we distributed food (Additional details accompany the photos). Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
In this season of Thanksgiving, the Patrician Society takes this moment to acknowledge all of our donors (who provide all the food and pay all the bills) and the staff and volunteers who make it all happen. This is a simple thank you to all of you who enable our small agency to make a big difference. You are all a true blessing to the thousands of individuals who benefit from your boundless efforts, generosity, and caring concern throughout the year.
The Patrician Society Food Pantry offers to our clients a vast array of baked goods donated by Giant Food Stores, Bagelicious, and Weis Market and delivered by members of the Mitzvah Circle Foundation in Blue Bell as well as by other dedicated volunteers. We display these perishables as they come in and invite our families to help themselves. Sometimes, however, it takes way too long for the adults to make a decision about what they're going to take.
Mike and Kimberly Ryan recently conducted their 6th annual food drive in their neighborhood in Audubon, PA and collected non-perishables from more than 45 families. The donated food will help to stock the Patrician Society Food Pantry which is currently serving more than 1,300 verifiably needy families in the greater Norristown area. Mike and his daughters Katelyn and Veronica delivered the food which was accepted by Patrician Society Program Director LeeAnn Rooney. We're grateful for the involvement of the entire Ryan family and for the kindness demonstrated by their very generous neighbors!
Congratulations to Maeve Rooney for being the face of the arts program in the Philadelphia Public School District! This photo is from an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer (10/17/17) featuring the visual and musical arts in the city's public schools. Maeve worked as Assistant Director in the Patrician Society Summer Day Camp from 2011 through 2016 so we already knew she had a special talent for being a difference-maker in kids' lives.
Today students from Adjunct Professor Liz Peteraf's class at Cabrini College came to volunteer. Some students helped rotate stock, sort, and organize food items in our supply room. Another student, Jake, modernized our handwritten intake logs by using excel. We were so happy for their help! Thanks so much! Hope to see you all again! Great work!