Recap: Volunteering at the Greater Washington County Food Bank


April has been a very eventful month for all of us here at the Tapolci Foundation! We’ve certainly been picking up the pace on our philanthropic efforts outside of the office in the past few weeks. To recap, we held our wildly successful event, #FundTheTruck, at Mad Mex in Robinson, exceeding our goal of raising $2,500 towards a 24’ refrigerated truck needed for the Greater Washington County Food Bank!

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#FundTheTruck Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Greater Washington County Food Bank


Food BankWe did it! Totaling up the contributions made on April 6 at The Tapolci Foundation’s #FundTheTruck event, we were able to exceed our goal! Who made it possible? You did, of course. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who could make it to Mad Mex to support our cause for The Greater Washington County Food Bank!
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#FundTheTruck – Helping the Greater Washington County Food Bank Feed The Hungry


Take a minute to imagine how your life would be if food wasn’t easily attainable by simply walking to your pantry, opening it up, and grabbing a bite to eat in the attempt to silent the insatiable growling of your stomach.

Now imagine the inability to purchase items at your local grocery store to feed your family. What if you had to chosen to feed your three children by sacrificing a meal each night of the week for yourself? You may feel that these scenarios are unimaginable. How could you ever have to struggle to obtain something as simple as food?

In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it’s almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. With recent government funding cuts to food access/SNAP programs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families living in poverty to afford food. In fact, the lack of governmental funding to access, or other “food-stamp” programs is literally costing families one meal a week. Imagine that feeling. Hunger- one night a week, every week.

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The Tapolci Foundation understands the importance of capturing excess food and providing it to people in need. When we heard that our friends at a local food bank needed a truck to deliver food to families facing this crisis; we made sure to call our team together to help.

The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been providing groceries and nutritional education to food insecure residents of Washington County for the past 30 years. Through their network of 48 distribution sites and seven agencies throughout the county, this nonprofit primarily relies on community support to help the over 25,000 people who are food insecure.

The Food Bank delivered more than 2.7 million pounds of food last year alone-a whopping 62% increase over the prior year (we were there to sort just a fraction of it). However, their fleet of vehicles became outdated and unfit for the task of delivering the food. With the goal to replace a 1999 international refrigerated truck with a new 24′ truck, the Food Bank reached out to us to help #FundTheTruck .

Our answer? A party of course! The #FundTheTruck event will take place on Thursday, April 6th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Mad Mex in Robinson Township, PA. Fifty-fifty raffles will occur during the evening as well as a Chinese Auction.

Board Member Jeff Tapolci stated, “When we formed the Tapolci Foundation, donating to organizations in our community such as the Greater Washington County Food Bank was our main purpose.” He continued, “As a company, we will be volunteering at the Food Bank at the end of April, but we also want to present them with a check with donations raised from this event and online so the impact will be greater.”

If you’ feel like you want to be a part of this- stop by! Enjoy networking with local businesses, maybe even donate a few bucks- you know every bit counts!

In the meantime share this post all over the social medias using #FundTheTruck . Sharing is caring and in this case for an amazing cause. We’ll see you at Mad Mex!

Unable to attend? Donate toward our goal here.

 

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Spring Volunteer Event: Greater Washington County Food Bank


Think about the last time you were hungry. Your stomach was churning with emptiness, your mind was wandering, you couldn’t focus, and you were downright starting to get hangry (That’s anger-induced hunger, folks). If you’re like me, this was probably right before lunch today. A lunch that you knew you’d surely be getting in only an hour, from that trendy new restaurant down the street, and if you saved the room, probably dessert too, because as they say, “Treat yo’ self.” But what if you didn’t know where your lunch was coming from or if it would be coming at all? What if you didn’t have a resource like the Greater Washington County Food Bank (GWCFB)?

The GWCFB has been providing groceries and nutritional education to food insecure residents of Washington County for the past 30 years. Through their network of 45 distribution sites and seven agencies throughout the county, this nonprofit primarily relies on community support to help the over 25,000 people who are food insecure. This past Friday, a couple of us from ABG Capital, VoIP Innovations, and Inspira traveled to the Brownsville, PA, site to volunteer.

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7 Reasons Supporting a Charity Can Help Your Business


You have many privileges as a business owner. The corner office, the awesome parking spot, your own business… just to name a few. Yes, those privileges of running a business are great, but there are also others that are somewhat more meaningful.

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Have you ever thought of the benefits volunteering can deliver to your business? We have, and we’re here to enlighten you with seven ways supporting a charity can be helpful for your business.

1. Defining Your Corporate Identity

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Four Ways A Millennial Can Make Time For Volunteering


It’s eight in the morning. You wake up, shower, get dressed, and then take that long hike to class. After sitting through 75 minutes of lecture, which happens to be irrelevant to your major, you make the trek back to your apartment to cook some brunch (yes, I said brunch–I apologize) followed by the homework that’s due in your next class, which… is in 15 minutes.

Once again, you’re walking to class and staring at your iPhone clock for another 75 minutes.millennials and volunteering

If this is how your day-to-day goes as a college student, even as a post grad, you’ll find it terribly difficult to find time to make a difference with volunteer work.

 

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Making Monetary Donations on a Budget


When donations make headlines, they are often in insurmountable amounts high enough to shake heaven and earth itself. Bill Gates himself pledged to donate 95 percent of his wealth to charity which is currently estimated to be at $74.8 billion.

Although the generosity made by deep-pocketed philanthropists is often staggering, you don’t necessarily have to empty your bank account just to make a difference. Making donations on a budget can be easy; and no we aren’t going to ask you to donate a gallon of blood in the process.

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3 Tips For Setting a Nonprofit Resolution [Infographic]


Ok, so  you have your personal New Year’s resolution set in stone. You’ve been to the gym about three times now–we’ll even count yesterday even though you left early because your legs really did “hurt that bad”. Good for you; you’ve picked a goal to get in shape! You prioritized your time to set aside for your fitness, got yourself a gym membership and even joined a spinning class because you love the social engagement aspect of it.

Looks like you’re on track. What else could there be? Forgetting something? Maybe the nonprofit board you belong to is falling short of its New Year’s resolution?! Don’t panic; there’s still time.

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Paying It Forward with Play It Forward


‘Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer! We all gladly welcome back the holidays this time of year with open arms. Whether we’re spending time with our families, catching up on some last minute holiday shopping, or just enjoying whatever time we may have away from the office; we’re all trying to take in as much of the holiday spirit before it’s said and done.

However, maybe you’re not feeling entirely fulfilled this holiday season. Maybe you’re transitioning from a Scrooge to a Grinch type character? Maybe sitting in that recliner watching the game, or decking out your house to resemble something out of a Griswald family vacation movie isn’t your thing. You seek something a little more satisfying or maybe even philanthropic. Well congratulations, this time of year has plenty in store (no, not in an actual store… get the Black Friday madness out of your head) for you to give your time to a cause that matters!

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