Jul 20 18

No Kid Hungry Bake Sale Provides 7,500 Meals!

by Sam Goldenberg

I love to eat.  Unfortunately for me, if there is a top 10 ten list of worst foods to eat for your health, they probably match my top favorite foods.  I’m assuming baked goods, full of butter, sugar and all sorts of other deliciousness are on many “no-no” lists, but my thinking is if you eat them in the name of a good cause, then all the badness goes away – right?  Lets go with that.

SofterWare just had a one day bake sale where everyone was invited to bake their best stuff, from chocolate cupcakes and s’mores bars, to banana loaves and gourmet fruit tarts. It was a baked goods treasure trove!  I bought 10 items in the first 1 minute and shamefully ate many of them shortly thereafter. The good news is I later went back for more! Why is that good? Because the bake sale benefited No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that provides meals, food education, research and advocacy on the behalf of children.  We’re told that the $750 we raised in this one day smorgasbord of goodness will provide 7,500 meals to hungry kids!  I’m pretty sure that negates all the calories (that, and an hour on the elliptical, which I promised myself I’d get to next week).

Lindsey Minnich and her adorable children ran most of the bake sale. They were hard to say no to (as were the brownies).

A close-up of just some of the baked goodness!

Some hungry, happy customers doing their part to raise money for No Kids Hungry.

 

 

 

Jun 22 18

Gives Back Month Brought Out the Masses for Good

by Amanda Foran

 

Though the folks at SofterWare participate in giving back all year, this May was officially Gives Back month. We planned a series of in-office & off-site volunteer efforts, and we were happy to have 89 SofterWare volunteers participate in all sorts of events. We also encouraged everyone to bring in their donation receipts so we could help staff submit them for SofterWare matching gifts (in fact, during this one day event, we doubled the gifts – see below for more details!) At the end of the month, we recognized participants with a gives back party to celebrate a month of accomplishment in support of our community and nonprofit clients. Here are some highlights:

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Mar 29 18

Casino for a Cause Returns for Big Payout

by Sam Goldenberg

The night before Hollywood celebrated its biggest night of the year, SofterWare celebrated its 37th annual Winter Party, featuring the 3rd Casino for a Cause.  While we had the first of several Nor’easters that impacted attendance to SofterWare’s big gala, over 100 people came out to Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland PA for night of good times for a good cause (or in this case, causes!)

The tables were packed with seasoned gamblers and novices blowing their money for many good causes.

The tables were packed with seasoned gamblers and novices blowing their money for many good causes.


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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.
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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.
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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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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.

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