“Hoops From the Heart,” is an MLK Day of Service initiative that was started in 2002 and has since raised over $100,000 for Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.
Four basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 16th, at Cabrini College in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford, Neumann University in Aston, and Widener University in Chester. The clinics, open to boys and girls in grades one through eight, will cover all aspects of fundamental play. Each player will get a complimentary T-shirt. Cost for the clinic ranges from $20 - $30, depending on which school is hosting the clinic. Proceeds will benefit CAADC.
The athletic staff at each school will conduct the clinics. Bobbi Morgan, the women’s basketball coach at Haverford College, was one of the people who created the Hoops from the Heart program.
In addition, each athlete is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate that will go to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs. The Life Center is located at 63rd and Market streets, Upper Darby, and houses 50 homeless individuals and serves over 150 residents each year. The Life Center also operates a feeding program that serves 200 - 250 people daily.
For information about the 16th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Debbie Brodeur at CAADC at (484) 802-7708.
To register, online forms are available at each school’s website, or by calling:
- Haverford College/Haverford Recreation Dept.: 610.446.9397 (Coach Bobbi Morgan)
- Neumann University: 484.840.4711 (Athletic Director Chuck Sack)
- Widener University: 610.499.4476 (Coach Alisa Kintner)
- Cabrini College: 610.902.1016 (Coach Kate Pearson)
October 30th is National Weatherization Day. Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans. As the cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures. For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option. These families pay 14.4% or more of their annual incomes for energy compared with only 3.3% for other non low-income families. The Weatherization Program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient. To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is operating free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites for an eleventh year. This year CAADC will be hosting five sites serving low- and moderate-income families in Delaware County. All the sites will be staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. The free sites will be located at the Wesley House at 701 Madison Street in Chester, PA 19013; the Toal Building at 2nd and Orange Streets in Media, PA 19063; Sharon Hill Commons at 401 Sharon Avenue in Sharon Hill, PA 19079; the Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061; and at St. Alice Church, 150 Hampden Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082.
The sites will continue through April 18th. All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday through Saturday (days will vary at each site). To schedule an appointment please call (610) 891-6327 or (610) 891-5101 and tell them you would like to make a tax appointment.
The Life Center Feeding Program each night at 7:00 provides a full meal to individuals or families from the community that are in need. The Life Center is located at 6310 Market Street in Upper Darby.