Despite a deluge of rain to kick off the morning – an army of volunteers descended on The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia on September 19. 500 employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) put their regular office jobs to the side, rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their time and talents for a Day of Service. PwC volunteers worked on projects at six Salvation Army building across the city – including painting the iconic Salvation Army red kettles, landscaping and grounds clean-up, building maintenance, warehouse cleaning and sorting of holiday toys, as well as fun and interactive activities with older adults living at Salvation Army senior housing complexes.
At the Kroc Community Center in the Nicetown section of the city, PwC staffers armed themselves with cleaning supplies for inside tasks, while others donned reflective vests and gloves and headed outside to pick up litter and trash along the property.
“I live near here so I know it’s a really important part of our neighborhood,” said Kathryn Plaza, a director in the healthcare practice at PwC and Day of Service volunteer. “This is really a great center. I really admire what they’ve done here,” she added as she made her way down Wissahickon Avenue with a trash bag in tow.
Over at The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia’s headquarters on Conshohocken Avenue, Frank Frabizzio, Partner at PwC, led a team of volunteers laying down mulch and planting flowers and shrubs.
“I said at the beginning of the day. We have to adapt to the weather and whatever is needed by the organization. It’s all about pitching in and helping out,” Frank said. “It’s nice to be here and it’s a great way to spend a morning and afternoon.”
Over the past year, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia has provided more than 220,000 meals to those facing the threat of hunger and more than 256,000 collective nights of shelter to individuals and families with no place to go. More than 30,000 senior citizens participated in activities and events to keep them healthy and active. Youth attendance at activities and music programs totaled more than 231,000. The Salvation Army also provided assistance to 11,000 individuals at Christmas and provided more than 28,000 toys and gifts so families in need could have the Christmas they deserve. When emergencies took Greater Philadelphia by surprise and left victims at a loss, The Salvation Army was there providing food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual comfort to thousands. This is all thanks to the work of more than 14,000 volunteers who selflessly dedicated more than 382,000 hours and countless amounts of energy.
“Volunteers are essential to The Salvation Army’s ability to ‘do the most good’ in Greater Philadelphia,” said Major A. Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “We are extremely grateful for PwC’s generosity and commitment to serving the community with us through this Day of Service.”
PwC, a network of firms in 157 countries with services that include audit and assurance, tax and consulting, employs 1900 people in the Philadelphia metro market. It is committed to supporting a culture where its staff are connected, engaged and inspired by
the opportunities around them – whether it’s creating value for clients; the ability to make a difference in the Philadelphia community, or the chance to continually develop personally and professionally. The Day of Service was an opportunity for its employees to make a difference in the community in which they live.
“I am incredibly proud that PwC is working with The Salvation Army on our Day of Service,” said Ed Lovelidge, PwC Philadelphia Metro Market Managing Partner. “The Salvation Army does everything from feeding hungry children and families through recovery from natural disasters, and more. The Salvation Army makes a difference. In teaming with this great organization, we are able to multiply our impact and our reach in the Philadelphia communities.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities with The Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia – call us: 215-825-4601