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Welcome Spring! Flower planting for Seniors

Come out and plant some pretty spring flowers in pots for brightening up the day for seniors at the Green Meadows Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

WHEN:     Sunday, April 25       1pm - 3pm
WHERE:  GVCO Field

GVCO will provide the flowers, pots, potting soil and set up. Students look for sign up genius from Caroline and Julia for helping plant the flowers. We are also looking for adult volunteers to assist with the planting day. Finally, if you are unable to come on Sunday, we are looking for volunteers to write short notes to the seniors.  For more information, contact [email protected]



Throughout the pandemic, GVCO Caring Hands has made a notable effort to contribute to our local community and the organizations who support those in need. For March, we connected with Home of the Sparrow and donated $1,000 towards their mission to provide housing, education and support for homeless women and children in Chester County.

Visit HomeOfTheSparrow.org for more information about their mission.

Box Decorating Event for the Chester County Food Bank

Thank you to our student volunteers who came out Sunday for a fun box decorating event! Local seniors will be pleasantly surprised with nice messages and cute drawings for their CCFB [email protected].

GVCO Caring Hands Donation

During the pandemic, GVCO Caring Hands has committed $1,000 per month
to individuals and organizations in the community.

Will you help us?

Donate to GVCO Caring Hands

 

We're All Here to Help

Stong Plumbing in Malvern partnered with GVCO and donated $500 in February 2021 to GVCO Caring Hands for additional Giant gift cards for our local seniors. It is wonderful to see the local businesses, along with other community donors, giving back to the community and helping the GVCO Caring Hands student volunteers help more of our neighbors in need. If you are aware of any seniors in the Great Valley community currently facing difficulties putting food on their tables, please contact Caring Hands at [email protected]

GVCO Caring Hands and Surrey Services for Seniors - great partnership!

GVCO Caring Hands and Surrey Services for Seniors combined their resources to locate and provide GIANT Food gift cards to seniors in need in our Great Valley Community. Through fund raising efforts, Caring Hands had the gift cards and Surrey Services network had the connections to the people in need. We look forward to continuing to work with Surrey to help seniors in our community.

Caring Hands leadership, Caroline Getz and Julia Dill, along with CH Advisory Board member, Sandy Louderback, delivered the gift cards to Mary Galligan at Surrey.

The GIANT Company donated $1,000 in gift cards in support of GVCO Caring Hands initiatives to support families in our community. Regarding GIANT's sponsorship of GVCO, Christopher Brand, Director, Communications and Social Impact, stated "we are honored to support your organization and believe that the world is a better place when families come together and connect over a meal - whatever that may look like - because if families are strong, then communities are strong."


GVCO Caring Hands making a difference!!

Caring Hands events have raised money and donations for families in need.

  • Easter Decorations sale - $2000 plus
  • Fall Tent Sale - $3000 plus
  • Cradles to Crayons - 47 bags of clothing and diapers
  • Phoenixville Seniors and Surrey Services - 800 wrapped holiday gifts
GVCO Caring Hands Donation Drive fundraising for Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia

JOIN GVCO Caring Hands & Get Involved in our community!

The GVCO Caring Hands Foundation is perpetually looking for students who are interested in volunteering to help the community. Student volunteers are from the 7th through the 12th grades. Whether you would like to donate an hour of your time or volunteer throughout the school year, please let us know. Additionally, if you are interested in committing to a more significant role with our Caring Hands organization, there are Leadership positions for high school aged students, please send an email to [email protected].

All new student volunteers must sign up

Examples of Community Volunteer Opportunities: Cradles to Crayons, Families in Need, Senior Holiday Gifts, Grocery Gift Card & Food Pantry Drives. JOIN GV Caring Hands in making a difference in our community!

GVCO Caring Hands Teams Up with GVSD

GVCO Caring Hands Food Fund has raised $4,700 in funds to buy grocery gift cards for families in the Great Valley School District who need help feeding their families. Caring Hands has worked with Krista Russell at the Great Valley School District for several years. As a result, we were glad we could help when she reached out during this pandemic. Said Krista Russell, Social Worker, Great Valley School District: "For several years Caring Hands of GVCO has contributed generously to Great Valley students and families in need in a variety of ways. They donated thousands of dollars in gift cards for groceries and children’s holiday gifts and even helped families pay bills during especially difficult times. They have come through when it seemed all hope was lost. Caring Hands seems to always be there for the Great Valley community." Thank you for your support!



Headbands for Healthcare Personnel

The GVCO Caring Hands Program has been looking for ways to support the wonderful health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic. Recently we became aware that some of these brave people have experienced discomfort around their ears from wearing masks for long periods of time. Caring Hands has partnered with Strawberry Blonde Bands, a home business in Phoenixville, to provide colorful headbands, complete with two buttons, allowing medical staff to attach the mask straps away from their ears. The demand for these special headbands has been tremendous from hospitals and medical facilities; to date Caring Hands has delivered over 200 headbands under this effort, with another 100 in production.

Thank You to our health care personnel for their outstanding, caring service to the community! If you would like to donate to this initiative, go to GVCO Caring Hands Response Fund to help more of our first responders receive headbands to relieve stress on their ears and head. For more information, contact [email protected]

Caring Hands Leadership

Welcome aboard new leadership group! GVCO would like to welcome our 2020-21 leadership group for this years Caring Hands Foundation! Joining us will be: Caroline Getz - President, Julia Dill - Vice President and Ellie Fitzgerald. Glad to have the new group join the team!

Caring Hands/Community Programs Newsletters

2021 Newsletters:
1/13/21, 2/24/21, 4/5/21

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