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Chester County Food Bank manages raised bed gardens at Springton Manor Farm in Glenmoore, where volunteers help grow food specifically for the organization's constituents. Courtesy photo used in article. As we’ve explored this month , poverty is unexpectedly present in Philly’s suburban counties —...
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Photo by www.chorusphotography.com , copyright 2019. Habitat for Humanity's financial literacy class. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The following article from Generocity details one of our foundation's recent Innovation Lab grants ....
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The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal released its 54th issue, which includes an article written by Tamela and Russ entitled, "Mending a Frayed Net: HealthSpark Foundation's Safety Net Resiliency Initiative." The article, copied below, can be found on the Social Innovation's Journal's website...
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We are pleased to welcome and introduce John Ramirez, Jr. to our foundation staff. John joined HealthSpark in mid-January as the new Controller. In this role, John will have overall responsibility for financial planning, management, oversight and reporting for HealthSpark. John comes to the...
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On Thursday, March 14, we hosted a luncheon for funders to discuss the findings from a just-released report from the Center for Social Innovation entitled " Racial Equity and Homelessness in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: Initial Findings ". With funding from our foundation, Your Way Home hired...
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Photo by Jessica Griffin, Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer. Philabundance is embarking on a far-reaching plan to attack hunger. Ambitiously titled “Ending Hunger. For Good,” the initiative will involve Philabundance’s collaborating with partners who provide social services to low-income...
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We have released the first-ever Best Practices Guide for Montgomery County Food Pantries. Since we began working in a targeted fashion with food pantries in Montgomery County in 2014, we heard a repeated request for a guide that would provide practical and detailed information on how they could...
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HealthSpark Foundation awarded over $316,000 in 10 Innovation Lab grants this year. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 for short-term (12-15 months) pilot or proof of concept collaborative projects to test ideas to strengthen Montgomery County's safety net system. The Innovation Lab is a key...
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Photo by Anthony Pezzotti, Philadelphia Inquirer staff photographer. Ginny Kahr, 70, is burdened with troubles she couldn’t foresee. Never did she think she’d be living alone on $1,200 a month in federally subsidized housing in Lansdale’s Schwenckfeld Manor . And she couldn’t have imagined that a...
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As part of its Resiliency Initiative, we are launching a new Leadership Capacity Building Program for safety net providers working in Montgomery County. This program was created based on feedback we received from health and human services leaders about the need for training that would: Bolster...