With its annual Faces of Philanthropy Awards, the Philadelphia Business Journal recently highlighted “what the business community is doing to make the region a better place for all of the region’s people.”
As a result, the PBJ honored a number of suburban companies for their work with the nonprofit sector.
The criterion for this year’s awards was measurable impact. How did the philanthropic initiative make a change in the lives of others?
The following partnerships have a Chester County connection:
AmerisourceBergen with Project C.U.R.E.
Last year, the Chesterbrook-based AmerisourceBergen teamed up with Project C.U.R.E. to collect excess and gently used equipment from hospitals in the region and distribute them to medical facilities in developing nations. Also, AmerisourceBergen’s $50,000 grant enabled Project C.U.R.E. to buy a truck and support logistics of the supplies at a distribution center in Kennett Square.
PECO with ACHIEVEability
Nonprofit agency ACHIEVEability provided affordable housing and social services to 140 families, which included 253 children. PECO, ACHa’s strategic partner, provided in-kind donations, sponsorships, and more than 150 volunteer hours in the last 18 months. The ACHa/PECO partnership has helped vulnerable families throughout the city break the cycle of poverty.
QVC with Chester County Food Bank
QVC, based in West Chester, uses its partnership with the Chester County Food Bank (CCFB) to help locals in need. In 2016, QVC became the premier sponsor of CCFB’s Fresh2You mobile produce market. To date, QVC has harvested 11,221 pounds of produce.
Saint-Gobain North America with YouthBuild Philadelphia
For seven years, Saint-Gobain in Malvern teamed up with YouthBuild USA, a job-training program for low-income young people to receive job counseling skills. So far, the partnership has resulted in $1.4 million in grants and support of green home restoration developments.
SAP with Chester County Futures
Newtown Square’s SAP was introduced to Chester County Futures, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the four-year matriculation rate of Chester County post-secondary students, through its yearly grants program in 2008. To date, SAP’s financial support and general engagement support of CCF has directly affected the lives of 430 students.
Teva Pharmaceuticals with Community Volunteers in Medicine
Teva, with locations in Malvern and North Wales, is a generous donor to Community Volunteers in Medicine. The support CVIM received from Teva in 2016 helped it treat 3,392 patients during 35,221 visits — a 10 percent increase in both volumes over the previous year.
Click here to read more about the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Faces of Philanthropy Awards.