Jan 9 18

10 Ways SofterWare Staff Gave Back This Holiday Season

by Colleen Moriarty

Inspired by the incredible work of our nonprofit users, SofterWare, Inc. created SofterWare Gives Back, a company-wide program that encourages and supports employee volunteer initiatives and philanthropy.

Through SofterWare Gives Back, staff can use paid time off to volunteer at local organizations, send emails to the entire staff promoting volunteer opportunities, charity events, fundraisers, and drives, and submit matching gifts to causes they care about. SofterWare matches 100% of employee donations to nonprofit organizations.

This holiday season, the SofterWare Gives Back committee created a Holiday Giving Guide that listed a variety of ways – in the office and offsite – that staff could support a variety of nonprofits.

#1. We took a midday Blanketeer Break for Project Linus.

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Project Linus helps provide love, a sense of security, and comfort to children who are sick or in need through new handmade blankets.

SofterWare staff spent an hour cutting color cuddly fleece fabrics and created 18 blankets for Project Linus to distribute.

 

#2. We played the bearers of best news with the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia.

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The Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia provides scholarships to low-income children in grades K-8.

SofterWare staff members experienced the joy of calling parents to let them know their child was awarded a scholarship that would give them a quality education, something that was previously considered out of reach.

#3. We collected food and supplies for local pets in need through Camp Out for Hunger.

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Philadoptables stocks a pet food pantry for people who can’t feed their pets in partnership with Camp Out for Hunger.

We placed collection boxes at our office entrance and staff filled each one to the brim with pet food, toys, leashes, and more, totaling about 80 pounds of food and goods for furry friends throughout the city.

 

 

#4. We threw a hoppin’ holiday party with the Ambler YMCA.

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The Ambler YMCA serves the local community by providing facilities and programs that encourage teamwork, fitness, and fun.

We volunteered at their annual party to set up Breakfast with Santa, run games, serve food, and get everyone in the holiday spirit.

#5. We played Santa and piled up gifts for local families.

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Our Giving Tree fulfills gift wishes for area children from low-income households during the holiday season.

This year, SofterWare Gives Back partnered with a local YMCA to fulfill the wishes of three families. From necessities like clothes and warm hats to fun items like soccer balls and headphones, we pulled together and gave them 57 reasons to smile.

 

 

 

 

#6. We wrote encouraging notes to children with cancer for the Sara’s Smiles Foundation.

DonorPerfect staff

The Sara’s Smiles Foundation brings hope, love, and most notably joy to children in hospitals around the country through Inspiration Kits. Inspiration Kits contain notes of encouragement on paper clouds, toys, and art supplies that give children suffering from illnesses happy experiences during difficult times.

The SofterWare staff purchased 7 Inspiration Kits and wrote and decorated 150 paper clouds that the Sara’s Smiles Foundation will place in kits and send to children across the country.

 

 

#7. We cooked savory soup and chili for local seniors at Aid for Friends.

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Aid For Friends delivers meals, toiletries, and household necessities to older Pennsylvanians.

SofterWare staff cooked their favorite homemade soup recipes and packed up enough to feed 30 people.

 

 

 

#8. We put our fur babies to work for New Leash on Life USA.

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New Leash on Life USA improves the lives of people and shelter dogs through a comprehensive 12-week prison dog training program. At the conclusion of each class, graduate inmates return to their communities with paid internships from local animal shelters and newly trained dogs are adopted into loving homes.

Our staff volunteered at their Bloomingdale’s event, catching shoppers’ eyes with cute pups and passing out scannable sheets for them to present to their cashier so Bloomingdale’s could donate 10% of their purchase total to benefit New Leash on Life USA.

 

#9. We embarked on a blustery city run with shelter dogs through The Monster Milers

DonorPerfect staffThe Monster Milers is a Philly shelter dog running club and rescue organization that runs with adoptable dogs at partner shelters. This gives the dogs exposure to potential pet parents in the community and eases their stress while they await adoption.

SofterWare staff laced up, bundled up, and took off running with a pup named Princess Switch. Runs happen on a recurring basis, so we look forward to meeting more dogs on future runs.

 

#10. We sported serious seasonal style at The Ugly Sweater Run.

DonorPerfect staff

One Warm Coat provides new and gently used coats for people in need.

The “Ugly Elves” are the backbone of The Ugly Sweater Run, benefiting this crucial organization. DonorPerfect staff checked-in participants, passed out swag, handed out beverages, collected coat donations, and seriously put the “elf” in selfie.

Dec 11 17

SofterWare Volunteers Share Great News with Scholarship Winners

by Sam Goldenberg

SofterWare was once again pleased to participate in the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia Lottery Day event that gives selected students four year partial scholarships to a quality, tuition based K through 8th grade school of their choosing. This is a privately funded organization that selects families through a random lottery program.

Christianne Clymer, Senior Development Manager for CSFP, sent this email to SofterWare volunteers:

“I hope you enjoyed last night’s Lottery Day event. It was such a thrill to see more than 120 volunteers come together for a common purpose, sharing the good news of CSFP families’ scholarship selection. I’m sure you had the opportunity to speak with overjoyed parents, who let you know just how much this support means to their families.

CSFP is so fortunate to have dedicated friends and supporters, like all of you at Softerware, who help to make our mission come alive. You were fantastic volunteers and I was impressed by your commitment and enthusiasm! I look forward to seeing you again, in 2018. Be sure to watch the clips below, some early coverage of last night’s event.

6ABC:

https://www.google.com/amp/6abc.com/amp/education/families-win-school-scholarships-for-their-kids-/2754440/ 

Fox29:

http://www.fox29.com/news/childrens-scholarship-fund-philadelphia-surprises-2000-families-with-tuition

Thanks again, for being a part of positive change happening in Philadelphia!”

Eleanor Stasio, Kathy Piunti, Donna Mitchell, Lauren Sheehan, and Tom Hasani from SofterWare get to work sharing the good news of scholarships to lucky recipients.

Eleanor Stasio, Kathy Piunti, Donna Mitchell, Lauren Sheehan, and Tom Hasani from SofterWare get to work sharing the good news of scholarships to lucky recipients.

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Nov 4 17

Philly Purple Stride Event Raises Money for Pancreatic Cancer

by Sam Goldenberg

Several SofterWare folks gathered with the Lubarsky family and the extended Love for Nadine team to raise money to defeat pancreatic cancer, the horrible disease that took our dear friend and colleague Nadine Lubarsky just two years ago. As of this writing, the Love for Nadine team raised $5,294 during the annual Philly Purple Stride Race and Walk. Unfortunately, we haven’t made it to our $10,000 goal…yet! There’s still time to give, no matter when you’re reading this, so please consider a gift. Plus, if you’re a SofterWare staff member, your donation is eligible for matching!

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This race always seems to be the official start to cold weather in Philly, and this year was no exception. It was a brisk 40 degrees this morning, but that did not deter Nathan & Mary Relles, Kathy Piunti and her daughter, and yours truly from rising early to run and walk.

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Most of us did the walking, but Nathan, our Co-Founder, did the running! We all gathered at the starting line to snap a few photos of Nathan and root him on. He was so confident of victory that in the middle of hundreds of runners, he made a sharp left turn, came over to our barricade and handed Mary his jacket. Then off he ran, surely overtaking the crowd and taking first place. I didn’t see him cross the finish line, but there can be little doubt.

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As we got walking, the sun came up and it got warmer, so it turned out to be a perfect day for this event. During our walk, we remarked how quickly time has passed since we lost Nadine. We mentioned how she had a second grandchild born, shared some patented Nadine cooking tips, and thought how much she would have loved our new office. It’s easy to schmooze here, or “collaborate” as they say these days, and Nadine was big “collaborator”.

Life is for the living as my grandfather used to say, and Nadine more than anyone would have echoed that statement, but days like today are great for remembering our friend. We also keep her memory alive with each dollar we raise. Hopefully, the day will come soon when we defeat this tough disease and provide the ultimate honor to Nadine’s memory, and all those who died of pancreatic cancer.

Sep 13 17

Girl Scout Clothing/Supply Drive Helps Dress for Success

by Sam Goldenberg

Written by Becky Stokes

A local Girl Scout, Devin Roskos from Troop 2103 was going for her Girl Scout Silver Award. She was required to complete 50 hours of community service this summer, so she chose to deliver donated clothing and personal hygiene items to the Dressed for Success Clothing Closet this September.  When she delivers the items collected, she will also be creating and decorating a motivational bulletin board for the women benefiting from the program.

 

Devin Roskos from Girl Scout Troop 2103

Devin Roskos from Girl Scout Troop 2103

SofterWare employees donated many of the personal hygiene items requested such as shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, headbands, among many others. We also collected and donated over 50 clothing items that will be included in Devin’s culminating activity, which is delivering everything to the Philadelphia based organization this month.

Devin and Becky showing off some of the goods collected for Dress for Success.

Devin and Becky showing off some of the goods collected for Dress for Success.

My personal thanks to all of those who donated. Together, we make a real difference!

 

Aug 23 17

STEM Program Funded by SofterWare Employee

by Sam Goldenberg

For SofterWare’s Client Relations Manager Susan Guggenheim, reading is essential. She has helped fund “If You Can Read, You Can Do Anything”, a STEM program in Germantown for kids ages 8 to 10. A tribute to Susan’s mother, the program brings children into the public library and teaches them about the fundamentals of science. The students learn about light and electricity and get hands on practice, imitating sunrise and sunset and even making their own sundials. Each Friday, the kids get a certificate with Susan’s mother’s name and the name of the program on it. In addition to donating, Susan volunteers at the program routinely, helping children get a jumpstart on STEM learning.

Written by Connor Gundersen

A sampling of books provided to a local STEM club.

A sampling of books provided to a local STEM club.

STEM club in Germantown, a section of Philadelphia.

STEM club in Germantown, a section of Philadelphia.

 

 

 

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!

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