On April 27th, TCF held its 15th annual Recognition Reception at the Springhaven Club in Wallingford. As part of the evening's festivities, the foundation honored fourteen local high school seniors who are the recipients of awards totaling almost $100,000 in college scholarships.
Each year, TCF recognizes members of the community who exemplify the core values of TCF with three special awards. This year's awardees were:
Extraordinary Philanthropist of the Year - Robert M. Barbacane
Extraordinary Organization of the Year - Family Promise of Delaware County
Community Impact Award - Vest-A-Cop, in recognition of its commitment to outfitting Delaware County officers with bulletproof vests
Primary sponsors of the event included PNC Bank, Alliance Cancer Specialists, TD Bank, Tycor Benefit Administrators, Joe Martin Landscaping, Wawa, and Merves Amon Barsz, LLC. In addition, the Wilbur C. and Betty Lea Henderson Foundation sponsored all five of the TCF Scholars who have planned to enter the field of nursing.
TCF President Kurt Slenn sums up the central theme of the evening: "TCF Scholarships create opportunity for our students and inspire hope in our health care community. By identifying the cream of the local crop who are pursuing a career in the Allied Health field and then awarding significant funding, the Taylor Community Foundation makes the communities of Delaware County a healthier location for all of our neighbors. We are so very grateful to all of the donors who help turn these young dreams into realities."
When Ridley Park Police Officer Marc Hanly was shot in the chest in the line of duty, his bulletproof vest saved his life and sent his family, colleagues, friends, and community a wake-up call. Marc's family and other community members leaped into action to form Vest-A-Cop under the TCF umbrella of charitable activities.
Fortunately, Officer Hanly was saved by his tactical vest. Not every police officer working in Delaware County would have been as fortunate. Due to the high cost of bulletproof vests, not all local governments and police departments have prioritized this important investment in their officers.
TCF and Vest-A-Cop encourage all of our governmental leaders to equip all of our police officers with bulletproof tactical safety vests. We are willing to help, and so can you! The passionate members of the Vest-A-Cop Team are energetically raising financial resources and you can be directly responsible for helping to protect the lives of Delaware County officers on duty. Your donations and the surpluses generated by Vest-A-Cop fundraising events will be used to partner with our local communities to properly outfit our police officers against the risks of the job.
Help TCF and Vest-A-Cop to protect those who protect us. Join us by donating to the Vest-A-Cop Fund today by contacting the TCF staff at 610-461-6571 or via email at . Or use the button above to donate online with your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.
TCF and Vest-A-Cop are proud to announce that we are accepting applications for body armor from currently employed or newly hired law enforcement officers in Delaware County. To apply, please use our Application for Funding form and submit it to the street or electronic address listed on the application.
For the 15th year, Taylor Community Foundation has selected high-achieving students as recipients of TCF scholarships, which are awarded to individuals who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in an allied health profession and who currently live in the TCF Service Area. Ideally, TCF Scholars will return to directly improve the lives of the residents of our communities.
This year's recipients are:
Chetna Chopra - Wallingford
Rachel Delgrego - Norwood
Amy Diep - Springfield
Kimberly Eckenrode - Ridley Park
Cassandra Mae Enad - Springfield
Jessica Higgins - Milmont Park
Gurleen Kaur - Holmes
Meagan Laird - Wallingford
Maia Mesyngier - Swarthmore
Frances Resweber - Swarthmore
Jacqueline Rooney - Springfield
Aja Simms - Folsom
Anandah Stephens - Folcroft
Morgan Waters - Wallingford
Visit our 2016 Scholarship Awards page for more information about our newest scholars. Congratulations to these outstanding students!
The TCF Board of Directors recently approved the following grants:
ARC of Delaware County to promote the physical and mental health of intellectually-challenged residents of Delaware County through programs that emphasize improving nutrition and which encourage healthy living and better eating habits.
Center for Resolutions to support Youth Aid Panels, which keep cases out of court with only a 5% recidivism rate.
Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia to fund 100 outings for a friend-matching program for those with mental health issues.
Operation Warm to enable the purchase of brand new winter coats to be distributed to economically disadvantaged children in the TCF Service Area.
When you give a gift to TCF, you are investing in our common future and helping to provide a wide array of health and wellness programs and services to eastern Delaware County. We thank you for your support and for your continuing commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.
It is through the financial assistance of our generous contributors that the Foundation is able to make a significant impact in the communities we serve.
Together, we support local non-profit organizations that target health and wellness issues.
Together, we educate and reward our future health care professionals.
Together, we guarantee the warm, gentle care delivered by Taylor Hospice to our friends and families challenged by terminal illness.
Together, we build our local communities by creating funds to address critical needs.
Contributions may be mailed to TCF at 300 Johnson Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078. Or, for your convenience, use the button at the top of the page to donate online with your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.
TCF's Pay-It-Forward Fund is designed to assist local community members who encounter sudden adversity that leaves them with an unexpected and uncovered health-related financial burden.
Many of your friends and neighbors have already answered the call by hosting fund-raising events or making direct donations for the purpose of making Pay-it-Forward goals a reality.
If you are interested in helping us to fund these types of needs in your schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods, please contact the TCF staff by calling 610-461-6571 or via email at . Or use the button above to donate online with your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.
If you have encountered a major setback of the type described or know somebody in the TCF Service Area who has, please use our Pay-It-Forward Application for Funding form to apply for assistance.