Jun 9 17

SofterWare Aid for Friends Cook Event

by Sam Goldenberg

 

We were happy to once again participate in the Aid for Friends SofterWare Cook Event several weeks ago, on Friday, May 12th.

We were happy to once again participate in the Aid for Friends SofterWare Cook Event on Friday, May 12th. Pictured above are Terri Webb, Michele Rodger, Debbie Scarlett Foster, and Julia Notwick.

Aid For Friends is one of the largest and most established home delivered meals program in Pennsylvania, serving 300,000 free dinner meals, 58,000 soups and 42,000 breakfast bags to an aggregate 1,700 home-bound persons each year. They also provide nearly 100,000 hours of friendly visiting annually. They have served more than 16,000,000 meals to 15,000 individual home-bound persons over the past 40 years. All food and services are provided completely FREE of charge.

​​We chopped lots and LOTS of onions!!! We also packaged chicken soup.

​​We chopped lots and LOTS of onions!!! We also packaged chicken soup.

We also made (and​, of course, taste​ tested) lots of cookies.

We also made (and​, of course, taste​ tested) lots of cookies.

Jun 6 17

SofterWare Helps Local Little League Team Make an Impact

by Sam Goldenberg

Carl Zentmayer, our Operations Manager, tapped into the generosity of SofterWare staff to help donate clothes and other household items for the Doylestown Tigers Baseball fundraiser with Impact Thrift Store. Carl donates his time to the team, and the team wanted to do good for the community. In total, the Tigers collected 5,960 pounds of items worth $708.50!

Carl is wheeling out his haul of collected goodies from SofterWare to his truck.

Carl is wheeling out his haul of collected goodies from SofterWare to his truck.

Jun 5 17

SofterWare Folks Get Crafty for Project Linus

by Sam Goldenberg
Terri, Renee, John, Linda, Dominique, Michele, Jackie, Becky and Kathy made 10 no sew fleece blankets for Project Linus.

Terri, Renee, John, Linda, Dominique, Michele, Jackie, Becky and Kathy made 10 no sew fleece blankets for Project Linus.

Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

Jun 4 17

SofterWare Folks Lend a Hand Down on the Farm

by Sam Goldenberg
Thanks to Josh, Melissa, Lane, Valerie, Dave, Kevin, Tony, Steve for their work at Pennypack Farm & Education Center. They did A LOT of weeding and mulching and pulled thistles from strawberry fields.

Thanks to Josh, Melissa, Lane, Valerie, Dave, Kevin, Tony, Steve for their work at Pennypack Farm & Education Center. They did A LOT of weeding and mulching and pulled thistles from strawberry fields.

They took down honeysuckle and vines from a fence that was falling over. Kevin and Josh worked with Julie on DonorPerfect online forms for our client to collect donations online.

They took down honeysuckle and vines from a fence that was falling over. Kevin and Josh worked with Julie on DonorPerfect online forms for our client to collect donations online.

It wasn’t all work though, they got to enjoy fresh carrots right from the garden. Forget farm-to-table; this was farm-to-mouth!

It wasn’t all work though, they got to enjoy fresh carrots right from the garden. Forget farm-to-table; this was farm-to-mouth!

Jun 2 17

SofterWare Helps Clean Up a Local Park

by Sam Goldenberg
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Thanks to Nathan, Laura, Dan, Steve, Tom, Shane and Eleanor for their work on Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.  They worked tirelessly to retrieve 20 bags worth of debris, plus 2 tires, hubcaps, and appliance doors among other things. (Now I know where to do my holiday shopping next year and do some good!)

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Steve rearranges the forest one fallen branch at a time.

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Dan goes deep into the park with his trusty gloves and trash bag to do some good!

Jun 1 17

All Hands on Deck for Local Area YMCA

by Sam Goldenberg
Thanks to Nathan, Becky, Dan, Terri, Evan, Shane and Eleanor for preparing the pool deck at the Ambler YMCA on Wednesday May 10th.

Thanks to Nathan, Becky, Dan, Terri, Evan, Shane and Eleanor for preparing the pool deck at the Ambler YMCA on Wednesday May 10th.

They put together benches and set up the lounge chairs .

They put together benches and set up the lounge chairs.

They even found time to take a little break (get back to work you loafers)!

They even found time to take a little break (get back to work you loafers)!

May 26 17

Loaves and Fishes Gets Another SofterWare Food Delivery

by Sam Goldenberg

If the folks at SofterWare ever want to branch out from software, I think the food delivery business has our name all over it.  Once again, the generous SofterWare staff donated food, this time it was just our support department! They were supposed to be competing against another department, but there was one problem: we forgot to tell the other department!  Not to worry; the support folks did such an amazing job in collecting 430 pounds of food for “Loaves To Fishes” to help those in need through the SofterWare Gives Back program.

Best of all, now that the other department actually knows about it, they’re embarking on their own internal competition so stayed tuned for another delivery from the SofterWare food delivery division!

Jacki, Ed and Bill bringing out the huge haul of food donated by our generous support team.

Jackie, Ed and Bill bringing out the huge haul of food donated by our generous support team.

 

Bill, Ed, Jackie and Laura load up one of the cars on the way to Loaves & Fishes

Bill, Ed, Jackie and Laura load up one of the cars on the way to Loaves & Fishes

May 21 17

SofterWare Participates in Take Your Child to Work Day

by Sam Goldenberg

SofterWare was happy to participate once again in the annual Take Your Child to Work Day on April 27.  Not only did the children learn about their parent’s jobs, they also participated in a host of activities designed to promote teamwork, an important skill they’ll need their whole lives. We also made sure to include some fun – check out the agenda that took them from 9 am to 3:30 pm (the rest of the day was spent helping Mom or Dad):

  • Parent Pictures/Tour, Nametags!
  • “Ice Breaker – game/activity A great wind blows”
  • Snack/ game (free time) (Stomp rockets or puzzle pages)
  • Values – Teamwork, Innovate, Gives Back – review
  • Teamwork Games (directions to follow)
  • Shadow parents
  • Lunch
  • Give Back Activity-Project Linus
  • Game/Activity (free time) (Bleed over from Project Linus)
  • Innovation Activity-Balloon Racers
  • Delight Activity – frame photos for parents and TY for staff who helped .
  • Wrap up- gifts

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Mar 27 17

SofterWare Aid for Friends Cook Event

by Sam Goldenberg

Ten folks from SofterWare participated in a cook event at Aid for Friends this past Wednesday, March 22nd. Participants in the event were Dallas Mease, Dave Newell, Debbie Scarlett Foster, Evan Doyle, Jess Carosello, Jessica Gremillion, Laurie Wernick, Melissa Winterborne, Rick Steinberger and Tom Hasani.

They had a lot of fun and accomplished quite a lot:

  • Made chicken vegetable soup
  • Cooked sausages
  • Made gravy
  • Packaged cupcakes and cookies and cheese
  • Cut meat into serving sizes
  • Weighed, sorted, and stocked over 300 pounds of food donations
  • Washed dishes & mopped the floor

We also learned about how Aid for Friends operates and how many home-bound people they serve. Unfortunately, the founder of Aid for Friends, Rita Ungaro-Schiavone, had passed away that very morning.

Rita Ungaro-Schiavone   11/30/34 - 3/22/17

Rita Ungaro-Schiavone
  11/30/34 – 3/22/17

Step 1 - open can. Step 2 - empty can. Step 3 - repeat 100 times. Step 4. Feed a lot of grateful people!

Step 1 – Melissa open’s can. Step 2 – empty can. Step 3 – repeat 100 times. Step 4. Feed a lot of grateful people!

Dallas, can you slice it a little thicker? Never mind, I'll just get my fork.

Dallas, can you slice it a little thicker? Never mind, I’ll just get my fork.

Rick making the chicken soup. It does the body good!

Rick making the chicken soup. It does the body good!

Debbie, Dave and Laurie are making soup to go!

Debbie, Dave and Laurie are making soup to go!

Melissa and Jessica are dishing out the soup - this is making me hungry.

Melissa and Jessica are dishing out the soup – this is making me hungry.

"Hey lady, I got those 100 boxes of bananas you ordered - sign here."

“Hey lady, I got those 100 boxes of bananas you ordered – sign here.”

Dallas and Jess are prepping sausages for lunch - looks good!

Dallas and Jess are prepping sausages for lunch – looks good!

The SofterWare gang showing off our colors in the Aid for Friends kitchen.

Mar 21 17

Second Annual SofterWare Casino for a Cause Donates $3000 to Charities

by Sam Goldenberg

On Saturday night, SofterWare celebrated its 36th anniversary at The Fuge.  The Fuge houses a centrifuge machine, which swings a capsule around in a circle on the end of a long arm. It’s designed to simulate gravitational forces, or “Gs”, on a test subject. SofterWare partied in a room that trained Mercury and Apollo astronauts to prepare for space!

The long arm that swings the capsule at the end around in a circle to allow astronauts to experience "G" forces. Now its a prop above a cheese & cracker table!

The long arm that swings the capsule at the end around in a circle to allow astronauts to experience “G” forces. Now its a prop above a cheese & cracker table!

The other great part of our annual party is the fact that we never forget why we’re in business, which is to help our clients.  All of our fundraising software clients and many of our childcare and camp clients are nonprofits. We like to show our appreciation for them by giving part of our party budget to our clients and other nonprofits.

Second Annual Casino for a Cause

As staff arrived at the party, our HR Director Kathy Piunti handed everyone several hundred “SofterWare” dollars so we could gamble away at roulette, blackjack, and craps.

Happy folks winning lots of dough at roulette. I once saw a guy win 14 straight color bets in a row, and he knew when to switch colors! (I jokingly asked if the game was fixed, and I woke up the next morning in the desert.)

Happy folks winning lots of dough at roulette. I once saw a guy win 14 straight color bets in a row, and he knew when to switch colors! (I jokingly asked if the game was fixed, and I woke up the next morning in the desert.)

All the proceeds our staff won could then be traded for tickets. Each staff member and their guest got to choose one eight charities, which included:

A total of $3,000 was split among them. For SofterWare folks, it was a fun way to learn how to gamble and bet over your heard without personal consequences. Another Sam at our company did the latter and turned a couple hundred bucks into $17,000! Unfortunately for Sam, the exchange rate for chips to tickets was not too good, and his plan to control the destiny of SofterWare’s charitable donations was thwarted.

The ladies were killing it too at the blackjack table. (It helped that the dealers were a little more forgiving than the real world dealers).

Susan Guggenheim, Client Relations Manager, and other guests, were betting big for charity at the blackjack table. (It helped that our dealers were a little more forgiving than the real world dealers).

Meanwhile, I was at the craps table and I lived up to the name, throwing the absolute worst rolls ever. Even though it was for charity, I thought one of the guys was going to throw me in the centrifuge and send me to Jupiter. Fortunately, our Senior VP Mike “I Always Make My Numbers” Sernoff came right after me and had a 45 minute roll! He nearly wiped out the bank!

The dice were hot for some folks, including Eleanor Stasio, are Director of Implementation, and very lucky shooter!

The dice were hot for some folks, including Eleanor Stasio, our Director of Implementation. She owned the craps tables and made everyone very rich (in fake money). 

A good time was had by all, and several worthy causes were the beneficiary. Not a bad way to spend an evening!

 

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