Champions of Caring Fundraiser

Posted by on September 12, 2003

[ed note: Volunteers are needed to help staff information tables at various Whole Foods locations. Champions is also looking for on-going support – especially from health professions and nutrition education programs – about how to best integrate health and nutrition into their service-learning program. To get involved or get more info, contact Barbara Shaiman at 610-527-1934]


VILLANOVA, PA: Champions of Caring, a Greater Philadelphia non-profit organization, will partner with Whole Foods Market on their community support day, Thursday, September 25th, where five percent of all purchases from seven regional stores will be donated to Champions of Caring. Participating Whole Foods stores are located in Wynnewood, Devon, South Street (Philadelphia), Jenkintown, Callowhill (Philadelphia), North Wales, PA and Marlton, NJ. Representatives from Champions of Caring, including local high school students, will be present at each location.

?The foundation of Champions of Caring and our teen Ambassadors has always been service and community giving,? says Barbara Shaiman, executive director and founder of Champions of Caring. ?Our partnership with Whole Foods is a natural one, as Whole Foods has an excellent commitment to corporate giving and sponsorships that benefit worthwhile organizations. We are very grateful to Whole Foods for its generosity in supporting the Champions of Caring mission.?

An educational component is included in this partnership which will involve members of the Ambassadors of Caring Leadership Program and over 200 students involved in the Journey of a Champion curriculum from Simon Gratz, University City, Overbrook and Kensington High Schools. The students will be examining recent trends in adolescent obesity and the positive effects of proper nutrition on health and learning. They will then design service-learning projects to address these issues.

Champions of Caring is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and empowering students from the greater Philadelphia region to take an active role in improving their communities. Founded in 1995, Champions of Caring has honored more than 2,000 high school students who have performed more than half a million hours of community service locally and internationally and promotes them as role models and the true ?heroes of our time.? Champions of Caring sponsors regional and school-based programs that help reduce prejudice, encourage service and promote positive community change and social justice.

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