What a great way to kick-off Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week! Our Young Professionals Advisory Board hosted an amazing Happy Hour in the Loft of Center City's Field House where they welcomed nearly 200 of their closest friends to a night of bar games, raffles, and a chance to donate 100% of the proceeds from every pint of Yard's Brewing to Bethesda Project! The YPAB raised $2,141 for Bethesda Project during this amazing event and brought all arms of the organization together. Thanks to our amazing group of Young Professionals!
The 2018 Social Innovations Journal Awards honors top leaders and organizations across the Greater Philadelphia region and Bethesda Project's CEO, Tina Pagotto, has been nominated to the category of "Housing & Community Development"
Tina has been nominated for recognition as one of the top leaders in Philadelphia as she exemplifies the tenets of social enterprise and innovative thinking.
The voting process for this award is entirely up to the public, which means we need you to cast your vote for Tina Pagotto!
Voting ends on November 10th, so VOTE NOW and encourage your friends, families, coworkers and personal networks to do the same.
It was a dreary Sunday, but nothing could get our Bethesda Project spirits down!
We raised over $26,000 at the 2017 Generosity 5K! Which means a little rain wasn't going to cover up the gratitude and pride we felt for our Bethesda Project family of supporters. Thank you to ALL who came out on the day of the event and, even if the rain held you back, than you for supporting our cause from afar.
Dear Bethesda Project Family,
I wanted to reach out and personally bring your attention to some exciting news. A Bethesda Project partnership has been featured as one of the winning ideas selected for the University of Pennsylvania’s 2017 President’s Engagement Prize, one of the largest honors of its kind in higher education.
Through their project “Homeless Health and Nursing: Building Community Partnerships for a Healthier Future”, Marcus Henderson and Ian McCurry, both in the Penn School of Nursing, will receive funding and Penn-faculty mentorship to integrate innovative healthcare case management into current programs at Bethesda Project. Their project aims to bridge the health-care gaps of homeless people using resources already available in the community. In addition to Bethesda Project, the initiative will also be partnered with the American Public Health Association, the National Nurse-led Care Consortium and the Center for Community Health Care Workers at Penn.
This prestigious honor, competitively awarded annually by Penn President Dr. Amy Gutmann, rewards exceptional Penn students who demonstrate a purpose-driven desire to get out and make a difference in their community, across the country, and around the world. The eight Penn students chosen this year have demonstrated “immense grit, creativity, and leadership,” with projects to take on challenges that “couldn’t be more pressing,” said President Amy Gutmann during their award ceremony. Over the past two years, Penn has awarded nearly $1.5 million in prize funds and living stipends between the President’s Engagement Prize and President’s Innovation Prize.
On behalf of myself and the entire Bethesda staff, we are thrilled to be partnered with this exciting and innovative program that supports our mission of caring for the abandoned poor and minimizing their barriers to healthcare access. Penn’s investment in this project demonstrates the importance of the work that we do and further validates Bethesda Project’s reputation as a top-quality, innovative, and collaborative provider. You can watch a brief video about this exciting new initiative here:
We are honored to be partnering with Marcus, Ian, and the Penn School of Nursing, demonstrating the positive impact we can have when we come together as a community.
Tina Pagotto, CEO
Who knew there were so many talented pumpkin carvers in our family?! Bethesda Project held a fantastic Happy Hour event for this year's State of Young Philly expo with Young Involved Philadelphia. Carving Change was a happy hour pumpkin carving contest held at the
PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street. All our pumpkin artistes came out with the same goals--to crush the competition and #makechangehappen for Philadelphia's most vulnerable individuals. Liberti Church gave us 40 sugar pumpkins for painting and RevZilla donated over 50 pumpkins for carving, which their employees spent all day gutting for our Carving Change Craftsmen and we were stunned to sell out of every carving pumpkin we had on site!
Our top three winners (pictured at right--1st place was taken by a duo!) surely wowed us with their skills and we think it is safe to say that a good time was had by all!
Special thanks to Liberti Church, Revzilla and superstar volunteer Hannah Morgen for coordinating materials for this event, Young Involved Philly for accepting our outlandish #SOYP17 RFP, and the PHS Pop-Up Garden on South Street for handling the boatload of pumpkin scraps our party produced!
Special thanks to Bryan Lathrop Photography for providing us with these beautiful photos of our fun, family event!