THE SATURDAY CLUB PRESENTS THE 2020 GRANTS TO FIVE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS
Grants announced for this year’s recipients: Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need, Education Law Center – PA (ELC), Interfaith Hospitality Network on the Main Line (IHN-ML), Jill Melmed-Buzzeo Award (JMB Award), and St. Augustine Academy (SAA After School)
WAYNE, PA – April 14, 2020 – While we are in the midst of a global pandemic, The Saturday Club is proud to share the culmination of the hard work of its member volunteers supported by our wonderful community, who have continued our mission to aid our local community. Five organizations received grant funding last night to help support women, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Saturday Club presented its annual philanthropy grants via a live webcast with our members to the following organizations: Advocate for Homeless & Those in Need, Education Law Center – PA (ELC), Interfaith Hospitality Network on the Main Line (IHN-ML), Jill Melmed-Buzzeo Award (JMB Award), St. Augustine Academy (SAA After School). The Saturday Club is one of the oldest women’s non-profit organizations in both Pennsylvania and nationwide. The funds, which were raised by the club through campaigns and projects throughout 2019 and 2020, will be used to establish and enhance programs while providing key assistance to each organization.
“These local organizations are incredible, and we are honored to support them with the fruits of our tireless fundraising efforts,” said The Saturday Club’s Vice President of Community Outreach and Philanthropy, Angela Sipe. “Each organization is steadfast in their support of women and children right here in our local community and we are honored to partner with these charities to further grow their efforts and impact.”
Advocate for Homeless & Those in Need serves the homeless in Bucks County, Pennsylvania by providing four essential services: Those in Need (TIN), Wheels on Meals, Code Blue (winter shelter), and Rejuvenation Station (shower mission). The Saturday Club will be providing assistance to their Those in Need (TIN) program, which provides families with a 2-night stay in a local motel so they can get sleep, take a shower, get a meal or help with rent, car repair, gas, and transportation.
Education Law Center – PA (ELC) offers free legal services for students to access a quality public education by providing referrals, legal consultation, advice, and legal representation primarily for children living in poverty, of color, in foster care, in the juvenile system, with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ/gender non-conforming, and others experiencing discrimination or missing opportunities to access available educational services. The Saturday Club will be providing assistance to support their Education Helpline.
Interfaith Hospitality Network on the Main Line (IHN-ML) serves local families experiencing homelessness (specifically families with at least one adult and one minor child). Their typical family is a single mother with two to three children in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Saturday Club will be providing support to their emergency shelter program, which prepares them for long-term, economic self-sufficiency.
Jill Melmed-Buzzeo Award (JMB Award) equips ambitious, resilient young women from Philadelphia – girls with grit – with tools and support to advance her professional dreams. Low income, immigrant, and/or women of color are nominated for the award by her school principal or college counselor. The program helps transition these girls from high school into college and then from college into her professional life. The Saturday Club will be providing support to their toiletry essential kits (costing about $1500+ for each girl) with products to send with her to college.
St. Augustine Academy (SAA After School) provides first through fourth grade girls in Norristown, Pennsylvania access to free academic and emotional support after-school and throughout the summer. Their mission is to build character, instill a positive sense of self, and provide tangible life skills in a safe and stable environment. The Saturday Club will be providing assistance to their after school program, which provides each girl with daily meal, meditation & yoga time, academic support, weekly art classes, and a socio-emotional learning curriculum.
The Saturday Club presents grants annually in April, with applications due in January. Non-profit organizations that wish to apply for a grant should visit our grant home page. In addition to its philanthropy work and grant program, The Saturday Club hosts events for the local community at the group’s historic clubhouse in downtown Wayne.
About The Saturday Club
The Saturday Club of Wayne, Pennsylvania, was established in 1886 and is among the oldest women’s clubs nationwide. A non-profit organization, The Saturday Club is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to women’s and children’s charitable organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region with both financial contributions and volunteer service hours. The group celebrated its 134th anniversary in March 2020.