Mrs. Lena Namnun started a mentoring program 8 years ago where upper classmen in Frankford HS mentor younger students through difficult situations in life. The program has become a model program that others around the region have come to study. Because of her pioneering program, there are kids that are now more caring, warm, and understanding of differences and hold a far higher degree of empathy than ever before. As a result of the programs work with special needs students, the "regular" education students become vehicles of change and good. In addition to the mentor program she also runs a special needs prom every year for students with severe disabilities who would normally not have the opportunity to attend a prom. This program survives strictly off of personal financial sacrifice and fundraising. Because of Lena's actions, she has singlehandedly changed the way hundreds of inner city students think.
Mrs. Coelho has been teaching in Monroe twp for 30 years. She taught 1st and 2nd grades. She is currently the Media Specialist at Williamstown Middle school. She has served on several committees including the Public Library Board of Directors, PTO officer for 10 years, Parent volunteer coordinator at school for 12 years, Public relations coordinator, Student of the Month coordinator,and PBSIS school wide committee to inspire positive behaviors in school. Maureen has served as the coordinator for school and district events including the COW (Changing Our World) super bowl Sunday hoagie sale, breakfast with Santa, Food drive with the Builder's club, and so on. Maureen works with local groups to gather clothing and school supplies for the 2000 students in her school. She works with 'Lead The Way' r which helps any and all families in our community in need. She helped collect, purchase and set up a 'Back To School' clothing drive for students in the community in grades K-12.She works with the school's Builder's Club and local police department for 10 years to collect, organize, separate and deliver food baskets to over 100 families (2017). Maureen has organized and lead a group to participate in the 'Clean Communities' program at the township and county levels to clean a stretch of a road to earn money for the nonprofit account at school (Library Lover's Acct).
Debbie Savigliano is the tireless leader of the children's nonprofit Bianca's Kid. She has taken a homeless mom & child & moved them into a fully furnished home, given numerous scholarships, laptops, private tutoring and other basic needs to thousands of foster/needy children and has made wishes come true for sick and terminal children in the tristate area. 20,000 kids are happier people thanks to the love and leadership of Debbie. For 7 years, Debbie has worked a full time job, raised three sons and ran a nonprofit.
Thousands of kids have been able to realize their college dreams, found gifts under the tree, been ready with school supplies and clothes, had their dreams come true before they passed away all because of Debbie.
Kathy Robertson Cunningham has turned tragedy to tribute after her brother Donald Robertson was killed on 9/11. Her mission of raising $500,000 plus has taken her team 'Team Shamrock' to the top of the leader board for 'Tunnel to Towers Foundation' honoring fallen FDNY firefighter Stephen Stiller. She was honored as 2016'Citizen of the Year' for her initiative to the cause and for being a positive, productive citizen, mentor and influencer inside and outside our community.
She has relentlessly lead her team in generating over $500,000 plus in donations. This was enough monies to build an adaptable 'smart home' for a catastrophically injured veteran. This home was presented to a disabled veteran in Bethel, PA in 2017, in memory of her brother Donald. The 'smart homes' are operated from a laptop and features automated doors and lighting, wider halls and doorways, special showers to accommodate wheelchairs, automatic door openers, cabinets, counters, and stove tops that can be raised and lowered, back-up generators, heated driveways. These homes enable the most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives.
Darlene Adams is the president and CEO of Keeping Children First, a Philadelphia-based organization with a mission to end bullying, promote discussion, improve education on the subject, and provide resources to schools to help prevent it.
The organization was founded in 2012 by Adams’ daughter, Trina Antoinette Adams, who spent her young life dedicated to studying bullying with a goal of finding a meaningful, broad-based solution. A year after the organization’s founding, Trina tragically died after intervening in a bullying incident. Honoring her daughter’s memory, Adams now leads the charge, dedicating herself to educating young people in order to alleviate bullying and furthering the cause in Trina’s name. Adams’ organization has served more than 1,000 children in the past five years, providing educational resources as well as special experiences, including concerts with local performing arts groups and field trips to innovative companies like Microsoft, to continue to inspire children and foster a better, more engaged community.
Rev. Floyd White III is a volunteer President of the Woodland Community Development Corporation. He is also a 34-year Military Officer and Chaplain of the 177th Fighter Wing. For the last three years Rev. White developed a sports and academic football camp with the NFL Alumni of Philadelphia. It consists of the top 50 athletes from Camden High/Woodrow Wilson football teams.
Rev. White has been a minister/community leader in Camden since 1988. He has developed several youth programs, Including a cutting edge program that transitions young men from Camden to higher institutions of learning. This gives a young man a new release on life. One of his graduates recently graduated from the US Military Academy. The most positive impact is that it is a total collaboration of the entire community. The EMTs, the police, high school maintenance staff, coaches, NFL Alumni and players. The camp teaches discipline, attention to detail, focusing on goals and a clear understanding of rules and regulations surrounding life.
Andrea is the founding director of Philadelphia Open Soccer, a student volunteer soccer-based community service organization that provides weekly after school soccer and educational programs for under-served children in West Philadelphia. While maintaining an extremely busy schedule and workload as a PhD Candidate in Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Andrea has managed to find time to lead this program and recruit and motivate an expanding team of over fifteen dedicated volunteers.
This October, he is organizing the World Philadelphia Soccer Festival a kickoff event for the season to take place at the Tarken Rec Center in Northeast Philadelphia. The event will welcome kids and community members of all backgrounds, but in partnering with the city’s leading refugee and immigrant service organizations, it is focused on serving the refugee and broader immigrant community. The event will mark the beginning of a regular weekly program in that neighborhood also for local refugee and immigrant children from all around the world. In addition to soccer, there will be a free catered picnic, and awards ceremony, and information tables on local resources for immigrants.
Andrea’s initiative has created and sustained quality sports activities in under-served schools in the city, and encouraged physical activity in a fun, safe environment, all while fostering character and leadership development through sports participation.
Ms. Leona Iverson has created the 'good girls club' in order to take kids of Camden, NJ off the streets and participate in movie nights , skate nights , craft nights amusement park trips , all at her own expense! She has children stay at her house , helps the homeless by providing them with food she herself has bought or collected from the community. Ms. Leona Iverson has 6 kids of her own to look after and works multiple jobs to care for herself , her children , and the children of the community. She has been recognized in multiple local newspapers and articles.
Dan has been committed to the community surrounding St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia for 16 years. To address the significant health needs of this community, Dan has developed innovative programs that have become recognized locally and nationally. Dan developed the Children's Advocacy Project (Cap4Kids at www.cap4kids.org/philadlphia) an online resources for persons caring for children to find resources in their community, heads the Medical Legal Partnership that provides free legal counsel at doctors’ visits at St. Chris, and runs the Reach Out and Read program at St. Chris that distributes 40,000 books a year within the hospital. Dan has also volunteer at the Women Against Abuse shelter for 10 years, and has written over 50 articles in the Inquirer advocating for the children St. Christopher's Hospital for Children serves.
Dan's dedication and loyalty to the community he serves over the past 16 years has been recognized with the prestigious Pennsylvania Pediatrician of the Year award in 2016 and national Local Hero Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. His Cap4Kids website gets a few thousands hits daily and has a Listserv of over 3500 individuals. He has testified in City Council as part of the Medical Legal Partnership and helped initiate a $500,000 fund for families facing eviction in Philly. As the cofounder of Reach Out and Read at St. Christopher’s for the past 16 years tens of thousands of children leave their pediatricians office with a brand new book in hand and a message that through early literacy, they can succeed.
For the past six years, Trisha has committed her time to supporting the homeless and those impacted by addiction. She had been a volunteer in two groups in Philadelphia before she launched her own nonprofit, Hand and Heart, in June 2017. Trisha took her experience and knowledge from working on the streets of Kensington and applied it to Burlington County NJ. She expanded her reach to include children in foster care. Many children are being displaced as their parents fall victim to the opioid epidemic. She’s mobilized community members to assemble Blessing Bags for distribution in Philadelphia and Browns Mills. Trisha organized a Backpack Drive in September.
These packs were stuffed with school supplies and given to foster children and children in the care of their grandparents. In October, she organized a sock drive called Soctober. Recently we held a Stocking Stuffer event. Community members met at the Mt. Laurel library and assembled Christmas Stockings and Winter Warm Up Blessing Bags. These items will help to let our friends living apart from their families know that someone cares.