It’s been a busy year for us at The Partnerships for America, and for our programs – Cuddle Me Diaper Bank, Trailblazers, Future Leaders, Prepare for School Success, and Healthy Child – all of which exist to provide assistance to children at critical developmental stages of their lives.
We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have generously supported our efforts through volunteering, fundraising, donations, and outreach. Your support has made a substantial difference in the lives of countless children and families. There is no greater gift!
During the holidays, our staff will be taking a well-deserved break to celebrate with their families and loved ones. Our offices will be closed December 20, 2014 through January 4, 2015. We will resume our regular hours on Monday, January 5.
Wishing you a safe and happy holiday!
– from all of us at The Partnerships for America
Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, high-seas pirates, Scooby Doo and The Mystery Machine, orange-clad prisoners, and even Spiderman himself turned out on October 30 for the 7th Annual Bed Races, an event sponsored by Rutgers University Programming Association as part of Rutgers Homecoming celebration in Brunswick, NJ. Proceeds of the event were donated to the Cuddle Me Diaper Bank.
To participate, teams of four choose a theme, decorate their beds, dress up in costume, and don bicycle crash helmets before racing down a stretch of College Avenue to the whoops and cheers (and jeers) of friends, families, roommates, and professors. It’s fun for sure, but if you think it’s easy, think again! (Ever try to steer a fully loaded shopping cart at high speed around a corner?) Here’s a glimpse of some of the contestant’s in last year’s race.
As a member of the National Diaper Bank Program, The Partnership for America’s Cuddle Me program helps families with young children get the essentials they need. This week we’ll share the story of one grateful mother and how Cuddle Me made a difference.
Two years ago, Leah Morgan, now 32, underwent open-heart surgery. Following the procedure, doctors told the home health aide and mother of two that she would not be able to return to work until she recuperated from the procedure. With a 7-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter still in diapers, the loss of her job strained Morgan’s family’s resources. Soon after, their financial distress increased when the children’s father lost one of his two jobs.
Lives in: Marlton, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons
School/college: University of Pittsburgh
Day job: Vice President of Cash Management in Corporate Banking at Santander Bank in Philadelphia
Board Member since: October 2012
Other volunteer work: Served as director for WINGS, the high school youth group of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Marlton, from 1996 to 2013. Served as Adult volunteer of WINGS from 1989 to 1995.
Lives in: Voorhees, New Jersey
School/college: University of Alabama
Day job: Business Banker, Bank of America
Board Member since: September 2011
Other volunteer work: In the past, worked with Ally Pond Environmental Center (New York City), Boy Scouts of America (NYC), Senior Center in Queens County writing RFPs to the Department for Aging (NYC) and the State Office for the Aging