October Fundraisers

Fall is approaching and we’ve got some small fundraisers in store for you! Considering all the time we’ve spent in our homes during this global pandemic, we thought these 3 fundraisers might be a good fit for October.

Amazon Prime Days: October 13th and 14th

Amazon wants to get you shopping early for the holidays and so they will have tons of deals on these two days. You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on October 13 & 14. Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/47-2270202 or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon Shopping app and AmazonSmile donates to Phoenixville Women’s Outreach.

Boscov’s Days: October 14th and 15th

Because of CoVid they are doing it differently this year. There is no shopping pass needed and no upfront cost. You will still get 20% off of your purchases and if you mention Phoenixville Women’s Outreach at checkout or when purchasing online, PWO will get 5% of all purchases! It is a win-win.

Shred Event: October 17th from 9am-12pm at Kimberton Park

We imagine during CoVid and stay-at-home orders, you might have had time to go through that old desk or drawers and have some papers you’d like to safely shred. Bring your items to shred for free – donations encouraged!

Community Yard Sale: October 24th from 8am-12pm at 201 Starr Street

It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh fall air! Come on by to stroll, shop, and find your treasure at the community yard sale!

If you’d like to donate something to be sold at our yard sale, drop it off to 201 Starr Street’s porch between October 15th -October 22nd.

Gladly Accepting Donations: Every Day All Day

Please consider making a donation directly to PWO on our website – click on the Donate tab on the left hand side. Thank you so much!

Donations go a long way to bring smiles to women at PWO

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach works entirely off of community support. From individual donations of toiletries and groceries, to businesses providing items off the wish list, to community foundations providing grants for larger home improvements – we are always grateful for the support from Phoenixville and beyond. We quite literally couldn’t serve our community without that support!

The items we ask for impact the women in our program in small and big ways. The tower fans we just received will make a big difference for the women’s daily life at The House – thank you, Abby Lucas! And the big screen TV for the Next Step House donated by Jim DiGuiseppe and his team from the Blues Festival in town certainly brought big smiles – thanks, again, Jim!

These donations go a long way to helping the women be able to relax, rest, and heal as they process what led them to experiencing homelessness. It is that healing space that really allows the women to recover and build strength and skills to break the cycle of poverty and dependence. So when someone understands that and donates thoughtful items to the women themselves, not just the house, it really melts our heart because we see the sincere gratitude on the women’s faces.

Donated boxes from the team at Temenos through the Shoebox Project

Recently, Temenos, a local software company, donated beautiful boxes for the women of The House.  Each box was FILLED with very nice personal self-care items that brought smiles to the women’s faces and made them feel special. Greg Morton and his team were so helpful and a pleasure to work with as they collected the items and delivered this donation (pictured above). This donation is a part of the ShoeBox Project which has locations in cities across the country. Thank you, Greg and your team at Temenos!

“A Shoebox gift is a powerful reminder for a woman that she has not been forgotten and that she remains a valued and respected member of her community” – Shoebox Project

If you are in a position to donate and give at this time, the biggest need we have right now is general funds. Due to Covid-19 shutting down our last 3 planned fundraisers, we are down from where we hoped to be at this point in the year to cover overall costs like our mortgage, utilities, and payroll. Given the economic impacts from the shutdowns, the need for our services is on the rise and our typical donors are declining.

We are hosting an upcoming Art Auction and we hope this will help secure most of what we need to maintain in good standing through the remainder of 2020. If you are an artist or know of one, we are accepted donated artwork as well as consigned pieces in order to also help our local artists! Check it out under Upcoming Events. Thank you!

Art Auction to benefit Phoenixville Women’s Outreach: August 8-15, 2020

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ART AUCTION WEBSITE

BROWSING: Now until August 8th – Check out the amazing artwork, including original pieces by local artists!
REGISTER: Register as a bidder to get your bidding number so you’re all ready to bid starting on August 8th
BIDDING: August 8th at 9:00 am through August 15th at 6:00 pm.  There are many mediums and styles of art to choose from!
LIVE AUCTION: ONLY August 15th at 6:00 pm through 8:00 pm.  Selected original pieces from local artists will be available (can browse now)

Click here to view a video with Cheryl Messere and Karen Dobson showing off some of the artwork and discusses the Art Auction.

Colored pencil and ink by Dreana Roberts

With the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, we have had to truly get creative in figuring out ways to raise awareness and funds for our non-profit helping women move from crisis to independence. It has became very clear that our need will only grow as the days pass with businesses closed and unemployment growing. Our team has been hard at work figuring out the best solution and has decided on a new and exciting venture – an online and live-stream Art Auction including both new and up-cycled pieces!

We were inspired by the acts of kindness happening all around us and felt that hosting a fundraiser that benefits our non-profit should also help others in our community if possible. (Similar to our Charity T-Shirt Drive where we gave portions of every shirt sold to the PXV Food Drive!) We are hopeful that many artists with local small businesses will get involved in this event so we made an option for them to consign their works of art and receive funds from this as well. Please consider if you, or any friends, have any art you’d like to donate or consign for this fundraiser. Types and mediums of art accepted into the auction, and the form to submit art, is below.

Thank you for always supporting our mission to help women break the cycle of poverty and dependence and move towards self-sufficiency. During these tough times, we hope you can take time to see the beauty that exists all around you in art of many forms. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” – Thomas Merton

We look forward to “seeing” you at the Art Auction!

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ART TO BE DONATED OR CONSIGNED FOR THIS ART AUCTION – Deadline is July 20th

If you have any questions, please contact our Board Fundraising Chair, Diane Campbell at dianemcampbell@yahoo.com or (610) 331-2202.

Phoenixville Strong T-Shirt Sales

With CoVid-19 and having to cancel our April and May fundraisers, Phoenixville Women’s Outreach began looking for a way to both secure funding and support our local community. We found an awesome, local, veteran-owned t-shirt company who designed a shirt for us (Check out Frag Out Clothing, Co.) and decided the proceeds should benefit our non-profit, as well as the local community food drive because we are #InThisTogetherPXV.

Check out the shirt and order yours today. We are Phoenixville Strong!

#GivingTuesdayNow: 5-5-20

In response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, the team behind #GivingTuesday has designated May 5, 2020 as #GivingTuesdayNow. On this global day of giving and unity we can come together to show generosity and support for the causes and organizations we believe in. 

#GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. 

Kentucky Derby Fundraiser: Cancelled

Sadly, this signature fundraiser for our non-profit has been CANCELLED. While we are hopeful that the world will be in a healthier place by May, the official Kentucky Derby race has been moved to Saturday, September 5, 2020. We are working internally to determine the best approach for our non-profit regarding this fundraiser and we will update the community regarding this event if it will be re-scheduled. Thank you!

*If you are able, please consider donating on our website to help support our non-profit continue the work of supporting women in need during this difficult time. Thank you.