Conference Charity and Service Project
In 1989, Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project H.O.M.E., a nationally-recognized organization that has helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing, employment, education, and health care.Project H.O.M.E has grown from an emergency winter shelter to 457 units of housing and three businesses that provide employment to formerly homeless persons. Project H.O.M.E. also prevents homelessness in a low-income neighborhood in North Central Philadelphia. This initiative includes greening vacant lots, economic development, home ownership for the working poor, and the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs—a 38,000 square foot, state-of-the-art center that offers comprehensive educational and occupational programming.Information on how tomake a donation coming soon.
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Their mission is two-fold: first, to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers." Second is to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities. The ideal donation is a blanket of any size that is machine washable, crocheted, knitted, or quilted, and in happy colors. Supplies, including yarn, fabric, batting, fleece, and thread, can also be donated. Since their inception in 1995, Project Linus has distributed over three million blankets to children in need. You can bring your donation items to the Information & Hospitality Booth, in the AOTA Registration Area, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.