As the State Senator for the 17th District, I am often reminded of the individuals and institutions who selflessly give their time and energy to others and who make remarkable contributions to our community.
Realizing that these acts of kindness often go unrecognized, I have made it my goal to identify and acknowledge individuals and institutions who may have performed heroic deeds or shown enormous generosity, or who have gone above and beyond to help a neighbor, a child, a friend or the community at large. These unsung heroes may come in the form of a teacher or librarian who inspired us, a stranger who offered a helping hand, a nonprofit organization who made a big impact in your life, or a family member who made a sacrifice for you.
It is my distinct privilege to be able to honor these unsung heroes in our community, and I am pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 17th District Unsung Hero Awards. The culmination of this nomination period, ending January 8, will be a special ceremony in honor of the identified unsung heroes in my district.
I need YOUR help recognizing and thanking the unsung heroes in our community. Please consider nominating someone you know who has made a positive impact on the community you serve by sharing the online nomination form found at www.senatorleach.com/unsunghero. Instructions for completion and information about eligibility are on the form, but should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 610-768-4200.
Come out to Haverford Hoops Night and watch the Delaware Blue Coats (the 76ers' G League affiliate) take on the College Park Skyhawks (Atlanta Hawks G League affiliate) on Friday, December 27th at 7 PM at the 76ers Fieldhouse. The fee includes your game ticket, lower level seats, $1 hot dogs, and an on-court photo. If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Hart, email@example.com, or 484-380-2730.
Many of us know that incredible feeling when you walk in the door after a long day at work and your dog greets you, jumping and whining with happiness as though you’ve been away for weeks. The bond we share with our pets is like none other. They provide us with unconditional love, loyalty and a sense of belonging.
Unfortunately, not everyone is able to have a pet. That’s why organizations like Pals for Life are so crucial in promoting happiness and joy in the community. Pals For Life is a non-profit organization based in Wayne, PA that is dedicated to providing companion animal programs to people who need them so much, such as the elderly, handicapped, and persons who just need love, friendship and a furry hug.
Pals For Life has been providing pet visitation and humane education programs throughout the Delaware Valley since 1985. Its mission is to have pets and people help each other to live happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives.
During Pet Visits, Pals For Life brings cuddly pets to the residents of nursing homes, memory-care facilities, mental-health centers, hospitals, group homes, and disability day programs. Their animals have comforted teenagers dealing with eating disorders, children dealing with difficult family situations and isolated individuals struggling with loneliness. Hugging a dog provides comfort like little else can.
The organization’s Education Programs bring appropriate therapy animals to schools and educational centers to demonstrate proper pet care and interaction, teach students about animal-related careers and raise awareness about service animals, therapy animals and seizure-alert dogs. Additionally, the animals come to provide emotional support for middle school, high school and college students. At colleges, animals stop by not only during finals, but year-round for students to pet and destress.
Pals For Life also has what they call the Read to Pet Pals program, where dogs are brought to libraries and schools where children are able to improve their literacy skills and self-esteem by reading to pets.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Pals For Life relies on donations from individuals, companies and foundations in order to support their life-changing work. But another way to support the organization is to attend one of their many fun community events. In early March of next year, Pals For Life will be holding a Bow WOW Bingo at the Waynesborough Country Club. Come enjoy Bingo with dogs! Well behaved, housebroken dogs are welcome to attend! There will be a Parade of Pets and Pet Costume Contest at intermission, fantastic prizes, dinner, raffles, a cash bar and plenty of Bingo! Additional event details are below. To learn more about Pals For Life, visit their website at palsforlife.org.