Thank you to everyone who came out for the Painting for a Purpose event on February 24th. This was the second year we had this type of fundraiser and the feedback is unanimous – we will turn this into an annual event! Although it was originally scheduled for a weekend that snow was predicted, the new date still gathered 47 people together for fun, fellowship and fundraising!
We painted a beautiful canvas with a calming message – Just Breathe. This is useful for us all to remember during busy times and especially in the depth of winter when darkness seems never-ending. The staff and Board members of the House provided refreshments for all as well as numerous raffle baskets. Thank you to John and Brook at Pinot’s Palette in Collegeville for a fun time together, painting for a purpose!
Since many people asked for it, here is the Avacado Corn Salsa recipe:
2 avacados for every 1 jar of Trader Joe’s tomato-less corn salsa – enjoy!
Shoppers who purchase this 25% off Shopping Pass from us for just $5 are supporting our program directly since all proceeds from the pass sales go to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach. Shoppers can use the 25% coupon at any Boscov’s location on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The shopping pass also serves as a raffle ticket. When shopping, just drop your ticket stub in to win. Each Boscov’s store will pick one winner to receive a $100 shopping spree. Additionally, 3 lucky winners will win a $500 shopping spree!
On Thursday, May 10th, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach welcomed current and future volunteers to the Kimberton Conference Center for a celebration of the volunteers who give their time to support The House. The volunteer appreciation event included a presentation by keynote speaker Lizette Epps, founder of Breadth of Hope which offers speaking, writing, and consulting services geared towards engaging the community and improving lives.
Lizette’s passion for community involvement and women’s and children’s initiatives is clear. “In addition to chairing the Latina Initiatives Committee and serving as a member of the Women2Women Council, she mentors women in the Reading Collegiate Scholars Program as well as in the community at large.”
She learned about The House at the YWCA Tribute to Exceptional Women where Cheryl Messere, Executive Director of Phoenixville Women’s Outreach was also in attendance. “When Cheryl told me about what she and the staff at Phoenixville Women’s Outreach were doing for women in Phoenixville, I immediately wanted to know more,” said Liz. “Women helping other women and equipping them to be strong and productive in their lives is important to me.” She shares:
My passion for women’s initiatives has grown since I was a young girl. The hardships I experienced throughout my life opened my eyes to the fact that other women were experiencing similar, if not, worse issues. I know first-hand that it’s hard to find your confidence when you run into tough times and it feels like the world is against you. For me, it’s important to help other women find their confidence, happiness, and attain the success that they are after to fulfill their lives. There are no limits to the things women can achieve when we work together to help one another.
Lizette’s story is truly empowering and her skilled delivery left everyone in attendance full of hope that any challenge can be overcome by strength, perseverance, and support of volunteers dedicated to helping those in need. “I have been on both ends of the volunteer spectrum, as someone who has needed the help of volunteers to get through difficult times in my life and now many years later being in a position where I can give of myself to help others.”
Phoenixville Women’s Outreach and The House rely on the support of volunteers as they work to help homeless and low-income women break the cycle of poverty and dependence and move towards self-sufficiency, independence, and success.
“Getting involved is essential to strengthening the fabric of our society,” says Liz. “For those who may be on the fence about getting involved, it’s important to realize that we all have the power to make a positive impact in the life of another person.”
Opportunities for involvement are always available. Whether you’re interested in working directly with residents of The House or with staff as they aim to help even more women, your support makes a difference.
Join us for an evening of fun, friends, and refreshments. We’ll have an inspirational guest speaker and look forward to sharing exciting updates as Phoenixville Women’s Outreach begins to grow.
When: May 10th from 7 to 9 pm
Where: Kimberton Conference Center located at 2218 Kimberton Rd, Kimberton, PA 19442
Guest Speaker: Lizette Epps
Topic: Making Your Own Way:
What do you do when the people who are supposed to love you the most, love you the least and you are left to start your life at 17 years old with a garbage bag full of clothes and $20 in your pocket? You make your own way.
Celebrate the end of tax season and join us for coffee, donuts, and the secure shredding of your private documents! On April 21 from 9 am to 12pm, bring as much material as you have and enjoy peace of mind as the professionals at Wiggin’s Shredding carefully handle your documents.
For a donation, the shredding will be performed in a Wiggin’s Shredding customized mobile shredding truck. The process involves taking the sensitive documents and putting them into bins; the truck then lifts them up and dumps them into the shredder to be destroyed.
You’re able to watch the shredding process via video. The documents will be shredded by a pierce and tear method. All material will come out of the shredder in pieces no larger than a fingernail. This is the most secure method. Once everything has been destroyed, you will be issued a certificate of destruction for your records. Everything will then be properly recycled. The length of the entire process varies depending on how much material you have.
Thanks to our sponsors Kimberton Whole Foods and Wiggin’s Shredding for supporting our cause and making this event possible.
We’ve partnered with our friends at Gateway Pharmacy again to collect donations for “Gateway Giftcards for the Gals”! Donations of $1, $5 or $10 can be made at any register in the store starting on Giving Tuesday through Gateway’s Madness day on Saturday December 2nd! We’ll be collecting donations towards our #GivingTuesday campaign during the same period. You can donate through the pharmacy, our website, or even Facebook! On December 2nd, we’ll be at Gateway Pharmacy selling jam and collecting donations.
Decade to Doorways is hosting a free movie night on November 16th at the Colonial Theater. This event, in collaboration with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, seeks to educate about the issue of homelessness in Chester County.
Join us to learn more about how Phoenixville Women’s Outreach and other organizations work diligently to alleviate this issue right in Phoenixville.
To register, click HERE.