Submitted by: Jill Stankiewicz, Regional Marketing Manager, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association

The sun shone on this year’s Philly Cares Day, held on Saturday, October 22. The day got even brighter as 35 Young Professionals Network (YPN) volunteers descended on the Henry C. Lea School in West Philadelphia.  YPN volunteers were divided into groups focused on painting outdoor window grates, cleaning out storage areas, and painting the school office and hallways.  YPN volunteers even had the opportunity to work side-by-side with a few dedicated school children volunteers.

The Henry C. Lea School is a huge school with a maze-like interior.  Making a positive difference in the school in just a few hours was a tall order.  However, in just over four hours, the YPN volunteers made a tremendous impact on the school.  YPN volunteers dramatically improved the visual appeal of the school and cleaned out spaces to make the environment more inviting.  Because of the generosity of the volunteers and their ambition to work for the entire time, great work was accomplished.  Teachers Ms. Massey and Mr. Brown were extremely pleased with the work accomplished by the YPN team, and the whole group celebrated with a pizza party at the end of the day. 

Thank you to all the YPN members who showed how much they cared about our city’s youth by participating in Philly Cares Day.  

View photos from the event.

Were you unable to attend the volunteer event but still want to contribute to the Henry C. Lea School? You can still do so! The school has applied for the Clorox Power a Bright Future grant to provide computers for their elementary students. The 3 most highly voted schools nationwide will receive the grant. Vote every day between now and December 2 here , and help the Henry C. Lea students!