Volkswagen Caring Community
“I was a volunteer for two years, and I worked four jobs just so I could pay my rent,” says Craft. “It’s been a struggle, but it’s incredible to see how it’s benefiting these kids.”
Victor Baidal, 9, is a self-proclaimed “old soul.”
GAP takes phone calls during times of crisis, serves meals, sells used clothing, and directs grandparents to social services that help ease the burden on these aging caregivers.
Chuck Shechtman, of the accounting firm Shechtman Marks Devor, says, “Our goal is to maintain the culture of caring about our employees and being involved in the community.”
Mears volunteers for a Pennsylvania state senator, helps homeless and drug-addicted veterans, raises money for scholarships, and helps kids living in foster homes.
Janet Geissler (left) leads the Philadelphia chapter of Project Linus, and during her tenure they’ve donated 22,000 blankets for kids dealing with trauma.
“Our block is policed every day, from 63rd and Lansdowne to 64th and Media,” says Yvonne Gaskins. “Our folks walk the streets picking up the litter, picking up the trash. We care.”
At 76 years old, Ruby Grant is just hitting her stride.
“Parents and kids who come to our screenings don’t think anything is wrong with them,” says Phyllis Sudman, “but then they are diagnosed with a heart condition.”
Syreeta Scott doesn’t just perfect the ‘dos of the Who’s Who. She also helps those who lose their hair battling cancer.
“We’re trying to change minds through visuals,” says Sean McKoy. “We want to be the next version of ’60 Minutes’ but cater to a younger generation.”
Yani Williams and her husband started “Your AOK Foundation,” a nonprofit that serves those in need throughout North Philadelphia.
Montco DA Risa Ferman’s vision of a center of advocacy for child abuse victims has gotten a big boost from Dina Fink (right).
“It’s a spiritual thing for me,” says Craig Stroman, founder of We Feed the Homeless Philly. “I’m not looking for any rewards.”
At seven years old, Ella Wilson is a bubbly, vivacious second grader who was diagnosed in 2011 with type 1 neurofibromatosis (“NF1″).