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  Taylor Hospice Makes Plans for the Future

On February 1, 2018, Taylor Community Foundation announced the transfer of its Taylor Hospice program to Taylor Hospice Holdings (THH).

THH is a wholly–owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania Hospice Holdings, which owns and operates Pennsylvania hospice agencies in Kennett Square (Willow Tree Hospice) and Harrisburg (Asana Hospice and Palliative Care). THH will continue the operation of the six–bed inpatient residence located in the peaceful setting of 300 Johnson Avenue in Ridley Park, as well as the operation of Taylor Hospice in the homes and at senior living residential facilities throughout Delaware County and beyond. THH has offered employment to current Taylor Hospice employees and is committed to continuing the excellent level of service and community commitment for which Taylor Hospice has been renowned for over 30 years.

TCF President Kurt Slenn expressed his appreciation for the Taylor Hospice team: "Taylor Hospice is such a special collection of individuals. We at TCF are saddened to not be working side–by–side with these wonderful caregivers, but we are excited by the ongoing collaborative relationship we will maintain on several projects and initiatives, including the Taylor Hospice Memorial Gardens, the annual Celebration of Life, the Breathing Room Foundation grants supporting local families affected by cancer, and the Play for the A’s support of Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers in their homes. We welcome the experience and wisdom of our new friends from THH and are confident that they will ensure the presence of Taylor Hospice in our community for another 30 years… and beyond."

THH President David Glick added: "We are thrilled to be expanding into the Delaware County and Philadelphia communities. As the operator of multiple hospices, our mission is to provide the highest level of individualized patient care, to serve our communities, and to nurture a supportive work environment where caregivers can thrive. We will look to build on the strong reputation and excellent care models that have characterized Taylor Hospice to achieve this mission in Delaware County and its surrounding communities. In addition, we look forward to partnering with TCF to promote its vision, especially through the expansion of our Lasting Memories program into Delaware County."

Taylor Hospice Holdings is part of a family of companies that operates Asana Hospice in Fort Worth and Gun Barrel (Texas), Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas), and Harrisburg and Kennett Square (Pennsylvania). For more information, please visit www.asanahospice.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/asanahospice/, or call Mary Kaufman at 862-220-2265.

Taylor Community Foundation, and its recently merged Delaware County Community Foundation operations, will continue its work as a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to the mission of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Delaware County. We envision a community where all residents are safe, healthy, and thriving and support promising students via our Scholarship Program; transformational projects via our Grant Programs; and charitable endeavors via Community Advised Funds and Donor Advised Funds.

  Delaware County Community Foundation Merges with TCF

DCCFTaylor Community Foundation (TCF) and Delaware County Community Foundation (DCCF) are pleased to announce the merger of our two organizations.

Since 2002, DCCF's mission has been to encourage local philanthropy, improve the quality of life in Delaware County, and fund grants and scholarships through donor-advised funds and other forms of giving.

Through the years, TCF and DCCF combined have awarded over $6 million in grants and financial support to Delaware County organizations for the benefit of "Delco" families and individuals. The merger of DCCF and TCF will enhance our ability to support nonprofit organizations that provide essential services to meet critical needs in Delaware County and to help deserving students reach their professional goals through college scholarships.

We are excited about the new possibilities this merger will bring. Please contact us to learn more about the many ways in which you can make a difference in our community through a contribution or establishment of an advisory fund.

  Reading Is Fun! Supports Local Children and Celebrates the Importance of Reading

The Kara Barnard Fund for Youth Literacy's Reading is Fun! event was started by Kara’s husband, Mike, as a way to honor her memory. The event is proudly supported by the Ridley High School Swim Team, the Ridley Educational Foundation, and Taylor Community Foundation.

On this special night, children will gather to have books read to them by members of the swim team dressed as characters from the book. The children will also enjoy fun with crafts, games, and snacks and each child will go home with a gift. This event is a wonderful way to show our children just how important reading is.

We are seeking donations of new or gently–used books for children ages 12 and under. This book collection not only memorializes Kara Barnard — a beloved Ridley mother and wife —  it also promotes her passion of reading to children.

Book donations will help to fill the bookshelves, hearts, and minds of local children in need! To donate, please bring appropriate items to one of the locations listed below by March 31, 2018 and put them in the collection bin:

  • Ridley High School Swim Team
      901 Morton Avenue, Folsom, PA 19033
  • Taylor Community Foundation
      300 Johnson Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078
  6th Annual Play for the A’s Lacrosse Event

The 6th annual Play for the A’s lacrosse event will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA.

Play for the A's supports the battle against Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds that enable us to offer support services to families affected by this dreaded disease. The program's ongoing partnership with TCF provides opportunities to share all donated funds locally to assist families whose loved ones are affected and our fight to overcome this debilitating disease needs your help!

This year’s event will feature eight high school varsity squads, with games held at George King Field (200 South Providence Road, Wallingford).

To make a donation to help our effort, please go to the TCF Donate page and use the "restricted gift" donation choice. Designate your gift to "Play for the A’s" to support our fight!

Event sponsorship opportunities are now also being offered for this special day of lacrosse in the Delaware Valley, with 100% of the funds received to be distributed to local families battling the effects of this debilitating disease. For more information, download our event information flyer.

  TCF and Vest–A–Cop Join Together to Protect Those Who Protect Us

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 — or for more information — please use our Application for Funding form and submit it to the street or electronic address listed on the application.

  Recent Grants Awarded

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.

  TCF's Pay-It-Forward Fund

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.