Martin Molloy, Director of the United Way’s Community Action Center (recently merged with Philadelphia Cares) shares with SBN readers his thoughts on Community Impact.
The secret of life is simply two words; Show up. Show up. It’s easy to say and hard to do. Show up consistently, everyday with the best version of yourself. It may seem simple, it may seem trite to some, but I have found there is no greater truth to impacting your community and making a sustained difference. Show up.
For the past six years Linda W. has shown up. Every other Saturday, Linda leads a science enrichment project in an elementary school where kids get tutored in how awesome science really is. She’s never missed a session even while going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Momentum is a powerful thing. Not only has she changed the lives of the children, their Kensington School and the families involved, she’s changed the course of her own life. It is the meaningful connection to others that sustains her and thus sustains a community. Show up leads to momentum leads to impact.
It is so easy to get disconnected- to lose trust and to feel isolated. As the Director of the Community Action Center of the United Way, it is my mission in life to make the pathway to involvement in our communities as easy and seamless as possible for all because once one shows up, momentum is created. United Way inspires and unites communities to collective action. We are an organization that drives focused, systemic, lasting change, but we don’t do it alone. We do it through every one of you, by exponentially amplifying the power of individuals to solve problems none of us could solve alone.
Volunteering is less about the work involved in the service project and more about people connecting with people. I share with people all the time, the needs in our community can seem overwhelming, but if we connect to one another, share information, stories and ourselves we chunk out those problems bit by bit, by bit. Then, as we take a step back and assess what we’ve done as a community, the impact can be seen.
People ask me all the time how we can make real lasting change and I tell them, show up. Show up to a service project with nothing but you – the rest will take care of itself.
Director, Community Action Center
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
social impact campaign
Ever feel like you want to do more for your community, but can’t seem to get your company on-board? The Sustainable Business Network’s Social Impact Campaign offers businesses and their employees easy and meaningful ways to contribute professional expertise to the lives of Philadelphians living in poverty. The Social Impact Campaign is an SBN resource that aims to not only make the most of your limited volunteer time, but also to benefit your company with valuable networking and promotional opportunities.
A small investment of your time can make the difference of a lifetime! For more information or to get involved in 2012, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, check out this year’s nominees for our Social Impact Awards! Over the course of the 2011 Social Impact Campaign, the companies below have worked to benefit the career advancement of people living in poverty through the job training program of SBN’s 2011 Social Impact Partner, the Federation of Neighborhood Centers.
The Committed CEO Award is for a company CEO/President that has personally devoted their time to having a social impact.
Ginger Kuczowicz, Holistic Homes
Michael Brown, Environmental Construction Services
Paul Spiegel, Practical Energy Solutions
The Community Leader Award is for a company leader/representative that has shown an extraordinary commitment to the success of traditionally underserved Philadelphians.
Dawn Moody, Smart Energy Solutions
Donna Allie, Team Clean
William Reddish III, G2 Inc.
The Company Conscience Award is for a company that is working to have a positive social impact.
The Exemplary Partner Award is for the institution that has donated time and expertise to strengthening Philadelphia’s unemployed workforce.
The Ideal Employer Award is for the company that showcases the highest standard of commitment to their employees.
Oliver Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing
Power Home Remodeling Group
Shoemaker Construction Company
The Visionary Entrepreneur Award is for the entrepreneur who is committed to having a community impact as well as building a successful business.
Alan and Jan Rushforth, Rushforth Solar
David Robinson, Senergy Solar
Gabriel Mandujano, Wash Cycle Laundry
The Outstanding Individual Leadership Award is for an individual in a company that has exhibited an exceptional level of service.
Dana Kellum, Gary’s Plumbing, Heating, and Mechanical
Fern Gookin, Revolution Recovery
Jim Bannon, Stelwagon Roofing Supply Company
Mitchell Swann, MDC Systems
Scott Sidlow, Orange Energy Solutions
Membership Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 5:00 – 6:00 PM
SBN Office, 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 1855, Philadelphia, PA
All SBN members are welcome to join. Meet like-minded individuals, contribute your expertise and become more engaged within the Sustainable Business Network community.
Click here to learn more about the upcoming Membership Committee Meeting.
New Member Orientation
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
SBN Office, 1617 JFK Blvd, Suite 1855, Philadelphia, PA
New to SBN? Join us and fellow new SBN members to learn how to best promote your business, events, job openings or press coverage through our marketing opportunities and how to use our website as a marketing tool.
Click here to learn more and register for this event.
Reiki Training begins this February!
Month of February, Wednesday evenings or Friday mornings
747 South 4th St, Philadelphia, PA
Reiki is a spiritual practice that can be practiced on oneself or given to others. Perfect for beginners, or for seasoned practitioners looking to add a modality, this gentle practice primarily facilitated through light touch is a great foundation for creating balance and wellness within. It's also a great complement to other practices like yoga or meditation. Classes begin mid February on Wednesday evenings or Friday mornings.
Click here to learn more about the training or call 215 238.0659 for more information.
South Philly Green Drinks at Kennett Restaurant
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Kennett Restaurant, 848 South 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA
Change up your routine and come down to South Philly’s most sustainable event - South Philly Green Drinks! This is a great opportunity to meet sustainably-minded individuals, share ideas, and strengthen communities. Specials include $2 off Margarita & Tomato Pizzas and $1 off drafts + wines by the glass. Cheers and peace.
Click here to learn more about South Philly Green Drinks.
Green Drinks @ The Gables, Chaddsford
Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 5:00 – 8:00 PM
The Gables at Chadds Ford, 423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA
Join SBN Member, Greenable and fellow green, eco-friendly and environmentally conscious people, every Wednesday of the month, for a drink and conversation. No commitment needed, just bring along a new idea, a new friend and willingness to engage in conversation. The Gables will be offering 10% off all appetizers to Green Drinks guests and 25% off bottles of wine for The Gables' Wine Down Wednesday.
Click here to learn about The Gables Green Drinks.
Lunch and Learn: 5 Business Challenges You Didn’t Know You Could Solve With Cloud Computing
Wednesday February 15, 2012; 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Hub Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
What does cloud computing mean for your business and what advantages does it give you over your current technology situation? On February 15, join IT Solutions for an in-depth look at the cloud – the ever growing sustainable technology trend - and discover what benefits it can offer your business in 2012 and beyond.
This timely seminar will focus on 5 key challenges that every business faces and what cloud computing can do to improve your bottom line. Following the talk, enjoy a delicious lunch and get all of your questions answered. RSVP is required.
Click here to register now or to learn more about this FREE educational seminar.
Philagreen Hospitality Association
Thursday, February 9, 2012, 2:00 PM
Radisson Hotel, 1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA
Join the PhilaGreen Hospitality Association and industry experts for a panel discussion about Ewaste, Electric Cars and Energy. Reception follows at 3:30. $25 fee for non-members.
Click here to learn more and register for this event.
SA VA Spring Preview Event
Sunday, February 19, 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
The Sofitel Hotel, 120 South 17th St, Philadelphia, PA
Enjoy a sneak peak of SA VA's Spring 2012 Collection with Philadelphia's most discerning women during a sit down tea at Chez Colette. Hosted by style expert, Liliana Vazquez of Cheap Chicas and the Nate Berkus Show and sponsored by Tiffany & Co. Get a rare opportunity to hear founder and designer,Sarah Van Aken, share the story of SA VA and speak about social consciousness in the apparel industry while models informally model more than 15 looks from the collection. The event will also include an overview of trend and insight to ourFall 2012/2013 collection, AND a raffle to win one of two signature pieces from the Spring 2012 collection.
Click here to purchase tickets for SA VA’s spring fashion preview.
Kimberton Wholefoods Fundraiser:
Spikenard Farm and Honeybee Sanctuary
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:45 PM
Kimberton Wholefoods, 2140 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA
Bees are an extremely important part of our ecosystem and without them; there would be catastrophic repercussions on our food supplies. Kimberton Whole Foods is stepping in and raising awareness and funds to support Spikenard Farm & Honeybee Sanctuary. Gunther Hauk, Founder of Spikenard Farm will be onsite signing books and teeshirts to promote this initiative. All proceeds will go to Spikenard Farm.
Kimberton Wholefoods will match all donations made to Spikenard Farm up to $2,500! Please consider donating all you can during this effort.
Click here to learn more about this fundraiser through Kimberton Wholefoods.
EnergyWorks Contractor Celebration
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
P.J. Whelihan's Pub & Restaurant, 799 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA
Join AFC Energy First and the Energy Coordinating Agency for food, drinks and fun! Come out and share stories of successes and network yourself and or your business. Awards will be given to top auditors and contractors, plus, a few surprises!
Click here to learn more about EnergyWorks.
Valentine to the Market Gala Fundraiser
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Reading Terminal Market, 51 North 12th St, Philadelphia, PA
Join Reading Terminal Market lovers for a night of dinner, dancing, live entertainment, celebrity guest chefs and much more! Proceeds benefit the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Fund and will be used to preserve and enhance the historic Reading Terminal Market for future generations.
Click here to learn more about RSVP for the Reading Terminal Market Gala.
2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show
Sunday, March 4 – Sunday, March 11, 2012
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA
Aloha! The 2012 PHS Philadelphia International Flower Show is themed around the island oasis of Hawaii. All proceeds from the Philadelphia International Flower Show, including tickets and sponsorship contributions, support The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and its acclaimed urban greening programs, including City Harvest. Thank you for your support.
Click here for ticket and show information.
Philadelphia Global Water Initiative Conference
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
University of Pennsylvania, Hall of Flags, Philadelphia, PA
Please save the date for the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative's Fifth Annual Conference, "Performance Indicators for Water and Sanitation Projects in the Developing World", to be held April 3, 2012, at the University of Pennsylvania, Hall of Flags, with a Reception to follow. The conference is sponsored in part by the University of Pennsylvania, Earth and Environmental Science Department. Conference sponsorship is available.
Details and a conference agenda will be posted to our website at www.pgwi.org.
Social Venture Institute:
Free Report Available &
Save the Date
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2011 Social Venture Institute a huge success. We are excited to announce that the 2012 Social Venture Institute will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 at the Hub Cira Centre. Please save the date on your calendars and make sure to keep an eye out for more details on how to register.
Hear what past participants are saying about the conference:
“SVI helps us all work smarter.”
“SVI brings together a socially and intellectually diverse group of passionate entrepreneurs and challenges them to reflect deeply, honestly and with great humor.”
“I loved the conference. I thought most people who were attending were going to be start-ups and was surprised to see many established businesses and organizations”
“You can’t get this stuff anywhere else!”
You can download a free copy of the post-event report, view pictures of past conferences and learn how to get involved in the 2012 conference by visiting svi.sbnphiladelphia.org or email Jen Devor at email@example.com
Keeping it Lokal
SBN's newest member, Lokalty (Local+ Loyalty), founded right here in Philly, is working to fuel the growth of lokal* businesses through a collective loyalty program. The approach is two-fold: build on the collective power of hundreds of lokal businesses, and provide them with a year-round measurable marketing solution. Customers earn LokalPoints for supporting lokal businesses, but can choose to redeem their LokalPoints for fun rewards anywhere within the network.
Lokalty is now available at close to 30 (soon to be 50) lokal businesses in Center City and University City areas. We love (love!) working one-on-one with lokal business owners, so if you're interested in working with us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep it lokal.
Click here to learn more about Lokalty and sign up as a customer.
Mugshots Wants to Hear from YOU
If you haven’t heard, Mugshots Fairmount is relocating, just down the street from 2100 Fairmount Ave location. Do you have a personal story about Mugshots you'd like to share? They would love to hear it! Did you meet your spouse at Mugshots? Did you write a book? Play at your first open mic night? Mugshots is redesigning their website and would love to include your story!
Click here to submit your story!
Guidebook for Solar Water Heating Projects in Philadelphia
The City of Philadelphia recently released its "Guidebook for Solar Water Heating Projects" with 38 pages of basics, permitting info, incentives, etc. Rushforth Solar LLC and Lindy Property Management are featured with a Case Study for Longwood Manor on page 12.
This guide was prepared as a task order under the Solar America Cities Program by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE funded this work through the Solar Energy Technology Programs (SETP) Market Transformation Program. The guide represents a collaborative effort among multiple market transformation partners.
You can find the full City report by clicking this link.
2012 Philadelphia Zoo University UNLESS Prize: Driving the Market for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil
In a groundbreaking initiative, the Philadelphia Zoo is inviting university students across the United States to join efforts to save the critically- endangered orangutan while competing to win $10,000. The Zoo is asking students to develop the most innovative mobile device application to link consumers with palm oil manufacturers and help increase market demand for certified sustainable palm oil. All students nationwide who are enrolled in a university degree program are eligible to compete.
Registration deadline is February 29.
Click here to learn more about this initiative at the Philadelphia Zoo.
The Career Wardrobe
The Career Wardrobe, the nation’s largest community-based nonprofit organization providing women in transition with free professional clothing and educational opportunities to help them successfully find and retain employment, seeks donations for auction, raffle, and gift bag items for its annual fundraiser, A Perfect Fit: Fashioning Futures for Women on Thursday, June 7, 2012. This is an opportunity to reach more than 350 professional women in attendance, while demonstrating the high quality merchandise and/or service available at your business.
Promotional opportunities include auction and raffle items prominently displayed at event and listed in program, opportunity to provide promotional materials in gift bags (350 estimated attendees), donors listed in Career Wardrobe advance and post-press including: website listing in May and June 2012 (average 1,500 visits/month), inclusion in event promotion e-mail to be sent to over 5,000 supporters, and special acknowledgement in event program. We thank you for your consideration of our request.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Facility Assistant, BTOP Grant Implementation
People's Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA
Vice President, Asset Management
People's Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA
Avi Loren Fox Photography, Philadelphia, PA
Sustainable Business Network, Philadelphia, PA
Fresh Food & Marketing Director
Greensgrow Farm, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Outreach Coordinator
PennFuture, Philadelphia, PA
All submissions can be sent via the SBN website.
For the subject line, select "Newsletter Submission" and send us your content.
For the February Members Newsletter the deadline for submission is Friday, February 10, 2012.
For the March Public Newsletter the deadline for submission is Friday, February 24, 2012.
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