2015-2016 Benevolence Donations from the 2015 Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Women’s Appeal:
The Village—Support for Education: $2,000
PW’s donation will help support the special education needs of disadvantaged girls that participate in the residential treatment program and attend theVillage’s on-campus school. The school operates year round to ensure girls in treatment maintain their academic education and can easily return to their home school upon discharge.
Arch Street PreSchool: $1,500
Located at 1724 Arch Street, Philadelphia and connected to Arch Street Presbyterian Church, Arch Street Pre School has a diverse student population of 39 with many children coming from the immediate neighborhood. Arch Street Preschool recently was granted 5013-C status, and they have been raising monies in order to offer scholarships to students in need. Our donation will be used to help renovate an outdoor play space which provides a transition space from work to home. Having a space for families to be able to sit and unwind can make a difference in their lives.
WePAC Open Books Open Minds Library Initiative: $750
PW’s donation will help WePAC plant “6 Little Free Libraries” in the Philadelphia Community. This library is a box full of books that will be placed in partner churches, community centers, etc. where community members do not have easy access to books. It is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. WePAC will work with their partners to stock the Little Free Libraries with books as they are needed.
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program: $500
BMPC’s Tutoring Program brings together 130 elementary school children from North Philadelphia and high school students from the western suburbs who provide weekly one-on-one help with reading and writing skills. In addition to working toward academic goals, the program helps children and tutors grow in self-confidence, learn about each other’s worlds, and develop friendships. PW’s donation will help pay for transporting students to BMPC and other needs.
BMPC Youth Peru Mission Trip: $1,250
High school youth and leaders will assist in a mission project in Peru in July. PW’s donation will help finance a capital improvement project that will continue to support the community BMPC youth are serving this summer.
BMPC Upward Sports Basketball Program: $1,000
Developed by a special education teacher and a Special Olympics basketball coach, BMPC’s Upward Basketball is a positive sports experience for children with different physical and learning abilities. The focus is on the fundamental basketball skills, with a variety of gross motor, communication, and teamwork skills embedded within the program. It is a true youth sports experience. PW’s donation will help fund athlete scholarships, equipment and an end of year party.
Presbyterian Women Presbytery and Synod Donations to Date:
Our donations support national and worldwide initiatives to promote violence prevention, education, child care, and economic independence for women and their families. These include: Haiti Health Missions, the Presbyterian Church of India’s Women’s Development Fund, Arunima AIDS Hospice in India, and the Roma Women’s Development Project in Carpath-Ukraine.
Presbytery Birthday Offering and Mission Pledge: $1,800
Presbytery Assessment: $100
Synod Assessment: $20
2015-2016 Service Projects
Caring & Crafts: knitted 10 afghans, 8 scarves, 7 hats for theVillage
Y-Group: collected and assembled 62 backpacks with school supplies and decorated 50 Christmas stockings for theVillage; made casseroles to feed approximately 400 people at area shelters and food cupboards; organized treats for the BMPC tutoring students; planted and distributed 40 flowers in pots to create inter-generational connections (with Children and Family Ministries)