Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Hosts Volunteer Week to Help Habitat for Humanity, Safe Harbor, Teacher Teammates and More

CHADDS FORD — Employees of the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union volunteered nearly 200 hours during the last week of October as groups of employee volunteers made their way to the community.

At the Delaware Food Bank, employees packed more than 500 bags of food over the weekend for students facing food insecurity.

At Habitat for Humanity, volunteers helped build patios in a Habitat housing community.

Another group volunteered at Credit Union headquarters decorating lunch bags and packing those bags with sandwiches, snacks and drinks for homeless adults in Safe Harbor Chester County.

At Teachers’ Teammates in Folcroft and West Chester, more groups of volunteers filled teachers’ orders, organized the warehouse and sorted and labeled hundreds of books. Finally, a group of employees volunteered by creating floral arrangements that were donated to Fair Acres through Petals Please.

Credit Union Care Crew Volunteer Week gave employees multiple opportunities to make an impact in the communities where they work and live, while collaborating with colleagues along the way. Each year, the credit union provides eight hours of volunteer time off during which employees are paid to volunteer in the area where the credit union serves.

The credit union foundation supports charitable and educational causes within the community served by the credit union.

Foundation programs include Delco Hi-Q, the Food Insecurity Fund, grants and scholarships, and charitable donations. For more information, visit

(Courtesy of CROZER HEALTH)

Crozer EMS Chief Bruce Egan, left, and Deputy Chief Joseph O’Leary with their certificates of recognition at the recent Command and Leadership Academy graduation. (Courtesy of CROZER HEALTH)

Crozer Health EMS leaders are graduates of the Leadership Academy

Crozer Health EMS Chief Bruce Egan and Deputy Chief Joseph O’Leary recognized at the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police graduation ceremony in East Windsor, NJ

Egan and O’Leary are the first paramedic emergency medical service chiefs in Delaware County, Pennsylvania to take this intensive leadership course, which includes 16 weeks of study and group work outside the classroom. O’Leary received an Excellence in Education Award for the highest Region 5 GPA.

The curriculum for the program was developed by the United States Military Academy at West Point in conjunction with highly experienced practitioners and law enforcement specialists who tailored the content to public safety.

The program studies leadership as a science with logic, critical thinking, leadership theory and methodology.

Holy Myrrh-Bearers sells tickets for the annual Slavic Christmas Luncheon

The Slavic Christmas/St. Nicholas Luncheon: will be held on Sunday, December 4 at noon at the Holy Myrrh-Bearers Ukrainian Catholic Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.

Savor traditional Slavic dishes like pierogis, kielbasa and more.

Children 10 and under are free. Please provide child’s name and age for St. Nick’s visit. Older children are $10 and adults $20.

Advance ticket sales only. No tickets will be sold at the door and there will be no takeout.

There will also be a St. Nick basket at dinner for donations of new socks, gloves, hats, underwear and thermals for orphans in Ukraine.

Please bring something with you to share with those in need. Contact the church for tickets at 610-544-1215 or [email protected].

Aston Historical Society offers a genealogy program

The Aston Township Historical Society will welcome local historian, Keith Lockhart, to its quarterly meeting on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Aston Township Community Center, 3270 Concord Road.

Lockhart will present a free program on preserving family history and genealogy. Anyone looking for their roots will enjoy this program, which will have time for questions and answers.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a brief meeting at 7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early and preview the exhibits and step back in time.

Introducing the Garden Club of Springfield Floral Design

The community is invited to join the Garden Club of Springfield on Wednesday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m. for an “Organic Floral Design Presentation” at the Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road, Springfield.

The workshop will be presented by Deborah Pomroy, floral designer and educational coordinator for Seasons Gardens at Washington Crossings.

Guests are $5 admission, payable at the door. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP to [email protected] by November 11.

Funeral Home to offer photos with Santa Claus

McCausland Garrity Marchesani Funeral Home will be hosting a holiday celebration with Santa on Sunday, November 13 from 3-5 p.m. at 343 S. Chester Pike, Glenolden. A sensory visit from Father Christmas is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., before opening the doors to everyone.

Families are urged to book their Santa visit time as early as possible to guarantee photos with Santa. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, even without a visit from Santa Claus. For more information: 610-583-0148.

This is a free event for kids of all ages, including snacks and treats, pictures, games, face painting and more.

The NAACP Media Youth Council Hosts an Annual Open House

The NAACP Media Youth Council will hold its annual Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Media Fellowship House, 302 S. Jackson St., Media.

Local youth from middle and high schools in and around Media are invited to fellowship with the council and learn more about council activities and how they can join in a fight for social justice.

The free event will be a night out for all students in grades 6-12 and their families, and will include refreshments and light meals, free annual council membership gifts and free entry to raffles of $50.

Attendees can learn more about how students can earn community service and independent study credits for graduation requirements, scholarships provided by the NAACP locally and nationally, leadership positions/ officers available and how the board can diversify student profiles on university applications.

The council’s mission is to educate young people about issues affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, educational, social, and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and the contribution of other people of color to civilization; and develop intelligent and effective youth leadership. For more information, visit

Food trucks arrive at Linvilla Orchards

Food trucks arrive at Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Middletown Township, for Food Truck Frenzy on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A variety of trucks are expected including Barkely BBQ, Dos Hermanos, Turk’s Head, Plum Pit, Kono Pizza Cones, A Taste of Philly, Red Stone Pizza, Crepe Truck, Kettle Express, Philly Chili, Latin Bites, Korea Tacos and more Again.

In addition to truck treats, the family event will include music, wagon rides, pony rides, face painting, apple guns and the straw bale maze. Ship Bottom Brewery and Harvest Ridge Winery will also be on hand with adult beverages.

For more information, call 610-876-7116 or visit

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.

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