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The Four Candles of Advent - a Message from David Griffith

We are in the season of Advent, a four-week time of waiting for the light of the Star of Bethlehem...

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ECS Volunteer Spotlight:  Mr. Gerry

“Three decades of service and an enduring mission” 

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The Challenge to Serve Better

It was Christmas Day, 1949 when Jean Tinney, a 6th grader from Collingdale, Delaware County, walked several blocks to her friend Betty’s house to deliver a small gift. Betty was a classmate of Jean’s living in a home with a foster care provider – the fourth or fifth foster home Betty had known. Jean was disheartened when she found Betty not celebrating at all, but scrubbing the bathroom floor. “It’s what I have to do,” Betty told her. “It isn’t right,” Jean exclaimed to her parents when she returned home. That spring, Betty was sent to the Burd School, an orphanage for girls on Baltimore Avenue.

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LOOKING BACK ON 10 YEARS OF MEANINGFUL CHANGE AT ECS

I'm Jessica Main, Director of The ECS Fund. Starting out as a social work intern at ECS back in 2012, I have loved being part of an organization that makes meaningful change!

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ECS Forum: Take Action!

Thank you to all who joined us in person and virtually for the ECS Forum on Justice and Opportunity on the benefits cliff! Our moderator and panelists did an awesome job spotlighting this issue, which is one of our Lead advocacy issues. 

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ecs to celebrate “Lights On After School” on oct. 20

Since 2000, Lights On Afterschool has been celebrated  nationwide to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America's children, families and communities.

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World Golf Hall of Famer, Gary Player, Presented $300,000 Check to Support ECS's Out-of-School Time Program

On October 14, 2022, professional golf champion and World Hall of Famer Gary Player presented a check for $300,000 to Episcopal Community Services (ECS) to support ECS’ out-of-school time (OST) program, the second largest OST program in Philadelphia.  The check presentation took place at the Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences. 

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You're invited: ECS Forum on Justice and Opportunity

Economic Mobility in West Philadelphia Session One: The Benefits Cliff October 13, 2022 3:00PM – 4:30PM The benefits cliff occurs when people face a sudden loss in public benefits as their income increases. It is a persistent and often overlooked issue – but it is especially pressing now that we are facing the additional challenge of cliffs that occur as a result of the expiration of key COVID-19 relief measures. Join ECS at the St. Barnabas Community Resource Center in West Philadelphia for an informative panel discussion featuring leading experts who will provide important insights and clear advocacy and action steps.

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ECS' Christian Holland to serve as CCLC advisory board chair

The 21st CCLC Advisory Board announced that Christian Holland, Senior Director for Episcopal Community Services Out of School Time Educational Initiatives and Programs will serve as the Advisory Board Chair for the 2022-2023 school year. The 21st CCLC Advisory Board supports the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in moving the 21st CCLC program forward to most effectively help students access high-quality after school experiences. By representing grantees’ interests and providing feedback to PDE, the Advisory Board encourages best practices, effective resources and training for after school programs. Christian is a highly functional, visionary leader and strategic professional with over 20 years of human services/educational experience. Christian has a history of repeated success in turnaround operations and is a respected administrator with a reputation for high performance. He has oversight of all 21st Century Community Learning Center cohorts. Christian has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts and two Master’s Degrees; one in Divinity and one in Business Administration, where he finished with honors. He is an active member of his community, serving as Chairperson for Oasis Prayer and Recovery Centers and Ministries, International Volunteer Team Leader/ Endorser of the Council of Accreditation, and a member of PSAYDN and the Philadelphia OST Coalition.

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Donate your old vehicle to support ECS

Did you know that your old car, truck, RV, motorcycle or boat can be donated to ECS?  We accept all vehicle donations as a form of support and use the proceeds of the sale to keep our mission going.  

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