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    Your 2020 Kennett Square Non-Profit Giving Guide

    What if you could be part of something extraordinary?

     

    It’s the generosity of our community that creates magic this time of year. Whether you are offering your time, talent, or resources—you are helping us all to thrive. Kennett Square has so many wonderful organizations doing critical and often thankless work. From nurturing young hearts and minds, to carefully preserving our natural environment, each organization offers hope and resources to those who need it.

     

    Change our community. On the following pages, you’ll find a number of nonprofits who could use our help in various ways. In this most joyous time of year, we invite you to learn more about and support the causes that touch your heart.

     

    Explore the deserving nonprofit organizations right here in our community that would benefit greatly from your involvement and your generosity.

     

    A special thank you to Longwood Rotary, who has generously sponsored this Giving Guide, and has tirelessly worked to advance so many local organizations in need. 

    Give the gift of art!

     

    Treat someone to the gift of art a unique, hand-made item from the ShopArt gift stores, a gift certificate for a workshop or summer art camp, or enroll an artist you admire in our ‘Business of Art’ lecture series. CCAA encourages creative thinking and fosters personal expression; their fine arts/fine craft classes and workshops teach everything from fundamental concepts to advanced techniques.

     

    CCAA also provides creative spaces for special occasions, and supports artists through more than 50 annual art exhibitions. CCAA programs are for everyone join them for an inspirational art exhibit, take a sampler class to find your passion, and nurture your inner Michelangelo!

     

    West Chester Shop Art Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am – 5pm

    Exton Shop Art Hours: Thursday-Sunday, call for holiday hours

     

    Art Exhibits

     

    December 7 – January 3

    Reception December 12 Kathryn Noska + $300 & Under Juried Group Show December 7 Holiday Open House

    January 9 – February 6

    Reception January 9 Thinking in Reverse: Printmaking Invitational + All Things in Motion Non-juried group show

    January 15 – March 25

    Reception January 15 PSU Great Valley: Fresh Perspectives from CCAA Artists

     

    What if you owned a piece of your local grocery store?

     

    The Kennett Community Grocer will be a welcoming space that provides the whole community with quality, local, accessible food. The Kennett Community Grocer, a member-owned and operated food co-op, will be the anchor of your everyday shopping—a one-stop grocery store that nurtures the economy, health, and fellowship of the Kennett Square area. It will source many products from local farms and producers, create living-wage jobs, and provide access to healthful food and nutrition education. This sustainable food co-op is the missing link in our neighborhood.

     

    Action Plan | They need you to become a Member-Owner before they can open the doors! Sign up and get more details on their website. Or, give the gift of Member-Ownership; after all, the fabric of our community is woven from gifts.

     

    What if you were able to show a woman her potential and then equip her to reach it?

     

    The mission of Wings for Success is to empower women in need to pursue employment and economic security through apparel, advice, and advocacy.

     

    Who They Serve | Women who find it difficult to afford clothing for employment while struggling to balance other necessary expenses like food, rent, and childcare. More than 70% of clients come from referral partners working with women in the midst of vulnerable situations be it escaping domestic violence, recovering from addiction, returning from active duty in the military, an unexpected layoff, or disability.

     

    Action Plan | Donate new or gently used women’s clothing, purses, jewelry, and shoes to Wings for Success.

     

    What if you could offer hope to a family in transition?

     

    At Family Promise of Southern Chester County, they make it their mission to help families with children experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable housing and stability. They are a community initiative that offers a unique solution to the growing problem of family homelessness in southern Chester County. They provide families struggling with homelessness crucial basic necessities, such as meals and shelter, in addition to a myriad of social services.

     

    Action Plan | For more information, contact Susan M. Minarchi, Executive Director, at 610.444.0400 or sminarchi@familypromisescc.org.

     

    What if you could transform the life of a teen mom and her child?

     

    YoungMoms inspires and equips young moms to build thriving futures for themselves and their families. Over the past 9 years, they have empowered more than 170 local pregnant and parenting teens to stay in school, pursue college education or vocational training, parent more effectively, and make healthy personal decisions. Investing in teen moms has a ripple effect on their children, families, and the entire community.

     

    Action Plan |Donate diapers (size 4 & up) or Walmart gift cards to help young moms in need.

     

    What if you could change a future by funding a first-generation college student’s tuition? Or help to launch a student garden that benefits the community at large?

     

    Since 2001, the Kennett Education Foundation (KEF) has been on a mission to invest in the future of our community. They have partnered with the Kennett Consolidated School District to fund grants that encourage innovative ideas and invest in programs that improve academic progress. In addition, they award scholarships to graduating seniors—including the newly instituted annual Pathways scholarship that fully funds a technical/community college degree. Community support and involvement are what make it all possible. “I’ve been involved with KEF since 2011, and it’s very satisfying to see the impact my partnership has had in the community and in our schools,” says Dr. Michael Cari. With the help of generous supporters like Cari Orthodontics, KEF has funded over $360,000 in education grants and $422,000 in scholarships!

     

    Action Plan | Partner with KEF by becoming a sponsor, making a donation, or attending an event. Find out more at KennettEducationFoundation.org and click on Support Us. Interested in investing in the future by naming your own grant or scholarship? Contact kefsponsorship@gmail.com to learn more.

     

    Thank you to Cari Orthodontics for being a longtime supporter and Partner in Education with the Kennett Education Foundation.

     

    What if you could help local youth grow and thrive?

     

    Mission | To empower youth to pursue their potential academically, relationally, and spiritually. The Garage serves over 500 vulnerable middle and high school students in the Kennett Square and West Grove areas each year with youth development programs including homework help, tutoring, academic enrichment, mentoring, community service, college and career counseling and access, summer internships, life skills, job skills, and nutrition, The Garage is building the future of our community!

     

    Action Plan | To donate or volunteer, visit garageyouthcenter.org or call 610.444.6464.

     

    What if every child could receive high-quality early childhood education?

     

    Mission | To make high-quality early childhood education and care affordable and accessible to working families in our community. Tick Tock Early Learning Center gives young children the tools they need to reach their full potential as lifelong, engaged learners. With your help, Everything is possible!

     

    Action Plan | Visit ticktockelc.org to learn more, get involved, or donate.

     

    What if you could preserve Southern Chester County’s way of life through open space?

     

    Mission | Protect open space and natural resources. Restore native habitat and wildlife corridors. Engage area residents via environmental education to further protect our health and quality of life. Support TLC’s efforts to ensure our open space and beautiful natural resources in the Southern Chester County Region is left as a legacy for future generations.

    Connecting local land with local people for the past 24 years.

     

    Action Plan | Support us today to help create more usable open space, establish larger habitat corridors, and produce new educational programs. TLCforSCC.org/

     

    What if you could help families find solutions to break the cycle of poverty?

    Meet Kennett Area Community Service!

    Mission | Strengthening the community in Southern Chester County through food, housing, and crisis services.

     

    Action Plan | Donations can be made online at kacsonline.net or mailed to: KACS PO Box 1025 Kennett Square, PA 19348.

     

    2019 Social Mission: La Communidad Hispana

     

    At Fig, we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions—one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. Our 2019 Social Mission Partner is La Comunidad Hispana, an impactful nonprofit whose good work contributes immensely to our thriving, local community.

     

    Offering Affordable Dental Health | At LCH, they believe that everyone in the community deserves a healthy mouth and a smile they can be proud of. Their Dental Center provides oral health care for all, regardless of insurance status. LCH takes most commercial insurance, Medicaid/CHIP, Medicare, and offers discounts to individuals without insurance. They offer basic family dentistry (cleanings, fillings, and extractions), as well as whitening and custom night guards. Across the country, about 20-25% of children experience dental disease.

     

    Here in southern Chester County, LCH sees about 60% of children with dental disease. Dental disease in children is incredibly preventable, and the LCH Dental Team is partnering with pediatric and prenatal medical providers, along with community partners to help end dental disease among our children.

     

    Action Plan | LCH cannot tackle this issue alone. They need the help of our community through donations to bring free toothbrushes, toothpaste, and fluoride treatments to all children in our community. LCH is specifically asking for help in collecting 2,000 infant toothbrushes. To learn more or donate online, visit lacomunidadhispana.org.

    What if you could support a thriving community theater in Kennett?

     

    Mission | Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society brings British humor to life inclusively providing an opportunity for amateurs to enjoy and participate in the many aspects of theater to bring the community together through their Annual British Panto and many other performances.

    Action Plan | To donate, visit: callkats.org/donations.