Each year, Impact members visit an average of 25 local nonprofits as part of our vetting process. While not every nonprofit we visit is a finalist or grant recipient that year, we as an organization, value the site-visit experience and the opportunity it gives members to learn first-hand about the work being done, the needs of the community, and the impressive directors and staff behind the organization.
Every organization we site-visit is provided an opportunity to submit a Community Wish List to our members that is published to our website. Community Wish List items can include goods to be passed along to community recipients, office equipment, donations, Board participation, volunteer opportunities, or attendance at community events.
Please consider this list below as you are making your personal giving decisions each year.
- Yarn and knitting needles
- Career and job interview wardrobes
- Stamps, envelopes, and stationary
- Sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels.
Covenant House Pennsylvania
Contact: Treacy Henry, Director of Corporate Partnerships
- New or gentle used/dry cleaned career wardrobe for our youth who are job hunting or working
- All weather gear like warm jackets, hats, gloves, rain ponchos and umbrellas
- School supplies for our high school and college students (including college dorm items)
- Basic necessities like new underwear, warm socks, hoodies, and tokens for transportation
- Home goods like twin sheet sets, towels and washcloths
- Personal items including full size hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant, tampons)
- Diapers, formula, blankets and toys for our infants & toddlers
- Recreational items like board games, cards, art supplies, basketballs and net
Contact: Caroline, Director of Annual Giving
Phone: 215.729.5281 x104
- General outdoor volunteering at our public volunteer events, available at https://bartramsgarden.org/
- About 15-20 hours of skilled volunteering from someone with IT experience, prepping donated laptops for re-use by youth interns
Supportive Older Women’s Network
Contact: Merle, Executive Director
Phone: 215-487-3000, ext. 12
- A volunteer consultant to assist in developing an earned income revenue stream of billable counseling services
- Volunteer statistician to work on data analysis and outcome measures
- Volunteers speakers with varied expertise such as legal, financial, health related for inter-generational health and Volunteers to facilitate an older women’s community group – meet regularly at various locations throughout Philadelphia
- Volunteers to serve on SOWN’s Board of Directors
- Sponsor a grandchild (fund summer camp/activities, school supplies, clothes, and uniforms)
The Attic Youth Center
Contact: Nikele, Development Associate
Phone: (215) 545-4331 Ext. 105
- Snack food/nonperishable food items- The Attic serves a snack and a meal every day, and we appreciate food donations
- New, unopened toiletries- The Attic makes toiletry items (deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tampons, make up, etc.) available for youth who are experiencing homelessness
- New Winter Coats in adult sizes- During the winter months (October-March) The Attic provides youth with winter coats, if needed
- Volunteers to bring food and cook a meal in our kitchen for 40 youth- The Attic serves dinner every week day (Monday through Friday) at 5:15pm
Contact: Amanda, Development Manager
Phone: 215-222-1012 ext. 5
- Press and Media Relations – volunteer time identifying contacts and making connections
- Youth Mentor – volunteer in a school, congregation, or community
- Creativity Consulting – assist in helping us market and refine our public offerings
- Creativity Consulting – assist in storytelling – how can we better tell our story?
- Board Position – if interested, we welcome anyone who can add to the skill sets or diversity of our Board
Center for Literacy
Contact: Robin, Chief Development Officer
- Become a classroom volunteer: work with teachers in classes in reading, writing and/or math for either native English speaking students or English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Our classes run Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesdays and Thursdays. We offer morning, afternoon and evening classes at various locations around Philadelphia.
- Like us/share our postings on Facebook and Instagram to help us spread the word about what we do.
- Explore becoming a member of the Center for Literacy’s board of trustees.
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Contact: Josh, Education Director
- Camera donations, new or used. Cameras must be DSLR (digital single reflex lens) or mirror-less cameras have manual capabilities and shoot at least 8 megapixels
- Mac Laptops, new or used. Must have multi-core Intel processor with 64bit support, Mas OS X v10.9 or newer. Minimum of 2 GB RAM and 2 GB available hard disc space. 1024 x 768 display or larger, 16bit color and 512 MB of VRAM or more
- Camera supplies, new or used, including: tripods, high speed flash drives, camera card readers, etc.
- Volunteer teaching assistants who either have experience using Macs with Photoshop and/or Lightroom software, or are fast learners of new technology
Judith Creed Homes for Adult Independence, Inc. (JCHAI)
Contact: Stacy Jarett Levitan, Executive Director
- Volunteer to help with social media presence for JCHAI
- Volunteer to help with marketing for JCHAI
- iPads/tablets and computers for teaching vocational skills to adults with intellectual disabilities or autism
- Volunteer to teach nutritional skills (preferably certified dietician) and/or how to exercise safely at home in 4 session weekly seminar for young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism
- Large food processor for cooking classes for young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism
Trust for Public Land
Contact: Jessica Anderson
- Philadelphia Advisory Board Volunteers: Our founding Philadelphia Advisory Board is an opportunity for the region’s leading philanthropists, corporate executives and community activists to join The Trust for Public Land in our efforts to create new neighborhood parks in communities that need them most. In their role, members will advise staff on a range of issues and will use their influence to raise awareness of the organization, expand our civic reach and help meet our philanthropic goals.
- Water quality monitoring kits: $4,000 would provide enough kits for an entire science classroom (40 students) to assess the water and filtration properties of their rain garden at one of our green schoolyards.
Contact: Jenny Laden, Director of Development and Communications
- Office Chairs
- Board and Committee members
- Sponsor an Art-Trip $250
- Sponsor Art-Reach swag (T-shirts, bags, etc)
Women in Transition
Contact: Debbie Lee
Phone: (215) 564-5301 ext. 125
- Sponsor a Self -Defense Class: Bring WAVE Empowerment Self-Defense to your workplace, church, school, or Girl Scout troop. We teach pre-teen, teen and adult women and girls
- Contribute funds or a gift card so we can purchase floor mats needed to teach self-defense from the ground
- Contribute funds to purchase SEPTA tokens for WIT clients who need assistance getting to and from counseling sessions
- In-Kind: DVDs and toys for the children who attend Play-care while their mothers receive individual or group counseling sessions
- In-Kind: Diapers and wipes for our Emergency Placement program, for women and families who need immediate placement away from a dangerous and abusive situation
Delaware Valley Green Building Council
Contact: Alex Dews, LEED AP Executive Director
Phone: (215) 399-5791
- Professional support for HR manual review
- Marketing/brand identity consultation
- Like us on FB, Twitter + help us spread the word about events / programs
- 25 iPads for walk-in event registration and management (+ stylus to collect
signatures, attachable keyboard for note-taking)
- Furniture for a small lounge/entrance area in our office (couch, side table)
After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP)
Contact: Justin Ennis, Executive Director
Phone: 215-545-2727 ext. 15
- Ongoing Volunteers: ASAP is seeking volunteers interested in assisting after school chess, debate, drama or Scrabble clubs serving school-aged youth. Volunteers must complete a general orientation and a training specific to their preferred activity (i.e. chess, debate, dram or Scrabble). In addition, volunteers must commit to supporting an after school club for a minimum of one hour a week for 12 weeks/li>
- One time Volunteers: ASAP is seeking volunteers to serve as judges for high school debate matches. Matches are held 3:30pm - 4:30pm on Wednesday afternoons from October to March at Central High School (1700 W. Olney Ave.). No prior debate experience is required. A brief orientation will be provided for all volunteers. Minimum requirement is one hour, recurring volunteers welcome.
- In-Kind Venue Donations: ASAP likes to hold its after school and weekend events at spaces that expose Philadelphia students to regional college campuses or new cultural experiences. If you have a connection to space that would make a great venue for an ASAP event, please let us know.
- In-Kind Equipment: Tablets or iPads with 4G capability to facilitate completing
student surveys at ASAP events.
- Pro Bono Marketing Expertise: ASAP is looking for individuals with relevant
expertise to assist with marketing and branding projects, such as the creation of video testimonials and outreach materials.
Contact: Sr. Kathleen Coll, SSJ Executive Director
- Case Manager support: a licensed social worker to support our fulltime MSW with case management. This volunteer would work with Dawn’s Place social worker to assist women to find housing and employment as well as help resolve issues specific to the resident./li>
- Book keeper: a volunteer with book keeping expertise or an accounting background with familiarity with computer software such as Quick Books to track expenses, income and payments.
- Gardener and nutritionist: a volunteer, working with interested residents, to plan and plant a vegetable and herb garden to help sustain feeding our residents and a volunteer with an understanding of nutrition to teach cooking of healthy foods. The majority of the women at Dawn’s Place have little life experience with gardening and/or cooking nutritious meals.