Homework Club youth spent the week making Valentine’s Day Hearts decorated with beads and tissue paper. Here are some of the hearts made!
We recently received a letter from a recent graduate from the College of the Holy Cross, who had volunteered with us during his 4 years there. We wanted to share his touching letter, and generosity. Thank you, Patrick! For all of the time you volunteered to support the youth in Homework Club, and by going above and beyond by giving to the program further with your thoughtful and generous contribution!
January 26, 2018
To whom it may concern:
My name is Patrick Brady and I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross as a member of the Class of 2016. During all four years that I attended Holy Cross, I volunteered at Pernet with Homework Club on Monday & Tuesday afternoons through Holy Cross's Student Program for Ubran Development (SPUD).
Volunteering with Pernet was one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences that I had at Holy Cross. I tried to reach out to the last contact I had at Pernet, but I was informed that he no longer works there. I know that Pernet relies heavily on donations, so I have enclosed a $200 gift card to Walmart. If possible, I would like the money to be used to purchase new school supplies, toys, sports equipment, games, and anything else that might enhance the experience for the children who attend the Homework Club. Some of the supplies were either missing or older when I volunteered, so I hope this money can be used to replenish some of the Homework Club's resources.
Youth Group practiced their teamwork and communication at Live Action Escapes while trying to solve The Protocol escape room! We were very close to solving the puzzle!
Last summer, Pernet's Green Island Gardens program partnered with UMass Nutrition Education Program to connect the work we do in the community with how we can keep ourselves healthy.
Youth group went on a trip to Technocopia, non-profit makerspace located in Worcester. There we designed our own vinyl stickers using 2D design software, and made our own buttons from images we drew!
Dear Friends of Pernet,
Rules for charitable giving very well may be changing in the new year. Vulnerable non-profits and the families they serve depend on these contributions in order to continue the indispensable work in your community.
The support of individuals, like you, makes an enormous impact on the lives of the 10,200+ individuals that receive services from Pernet each year. These programs support the neediest among us, providing food and infant supplies to families in crisis, provide the support and learning for the young struggling to keep up, and to families working towards deeper bonds and greater self-sufficiency.
Your contribution is more crucial than ever. These new tax laws put significant pressure on organizations, like Pernet, that rely upon the generosity of individuals in our community for funding.
Please consider giving your 2018 charitable donation now. Each dollar will help support families in need in your community in the new year and beyond!
To give, please visit Pernet’s website at www.pernetfamilyhealth.org/contribute.html and follow the link to PayPal.
We appreciate your consideration. We wish you and yours the happiest of holidays!
Sheilah H. Dooley Jack Woods
Executive Director President, Board of Directors
PS – Tax incentives for giving very well may disappear in the new year, so make the most of your 2018 gift by giving today.
For the second part of our armor presentation, tour and workshop to the Worcester Art Museum, Youth Group learned how to make Aluminum Drawings of medieval themed designs. We then used black ink to darken the edges of our drawings. Thank you to the Worcester Art Museum for a great fieldtrip!
Youth Group is now participating in a four part Nutrition Class series with the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program! Each class, we learn about a different nutrition topic and make a healthy recipe together! This week we made Pineapple Snap made with apples, orange juice, carrots, raisons, pineapple and low fat vanilla yogurt! Last week we learned knife skills and made a delicious Stir Fry!
With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude to St. Francis Community Healthcare's Mike Stowe and David Grenon for their generosity and continued support of Pernet! Their generous donation was presented to Pernet's staff, board, and Thanksgiving volunteers, as seen below.
Mike Stowe from Stowe and Degon, LLP; Don Grady, Pernet Board; Sheilah Dooley, Pernet ED; George Fournier, Volunteer; David Grenon, Saint Francis Community Health Care; John McCabe, Pernet Board; Paul Govoni; Dave Doherty, Volunteer.
Pernet's Thanksgiving volunteers are John McCabe, Don Grady, George Fournier, Paul Govoni, and Dave Doherty - thank you all for your time and energy!
In preparation for Thanksgiving this week, Pernet staff and volunteers distributed turkeys to over 300 families!
Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!