2013 RSFMCC Beneficiaries
The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities is proud to announce that the following organizations have been selected as beneficiaries for the 2013 Market:
Adoption Center of Delaware Valley
This organization’s mission is the expand adoption opportunities in the Delaware Valley for adoption of traditionally hard-to-adopt youth, most school-aged, many with physical, emotional or mental challenges, most from minority cultures, and some as siblings who wish to be adopted together. These children spend on average 3 ½ years in at least three different homes before finding a permanent family. The organization’s motto is “there are no unwanted children, just unfound families.” TM Funds from the Flower Market will be used to help fund Wednesday’s Child, six radio spots on KYW Newsradio 1060 every Wednesday, where the child is interviewed by media personality Larry Kane, so that the public gets to hear about the importance of adoption in the child’s own words.
Arden Theatre Company- “Arden for All” Education Outreach Program
The Arden is a full-service professional regional theater, producing 5 mainstage and 2 children’s shows each season. Their educational department includes Arden for All (AFA), theater access and education for underserved youth; drama school, after-school, Saturday and summer camp programs. Funds from the Flower Market will be used in the Arden for All Program to provide free tickets and transportation to children’s productions, show-related books, and supplemental classroom lessons related to the production. AFA works to ensure that economically disadvantaged students are given the same opportunities to discover and utilize their creativity as wealthier peers. Through AFA, the organization instills a love of writing, school, the arts and community, encouraging literacy and problem solving. Their teaching artists in the classrooms provide fun-filled lessons which engage students often turned off to traditional schooling.
Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
CcTC is an organization that provides high quality behavioral health care to approximately 2,400 children and their families, throughout the city, primarily in North and West Philadelphia. The treatment addresses among other issues abuse, neglect, and traumatic events. CcTC’s programming consists of center-based services, school-based services, and community-based services. Funds from the Flower Market will be used to help support the Therapeutic Nursery, which provides early intervention education and behavioral health services to 110 low-income children ages 2 ½-5 with moderate to severe emotional or behavioral difficulties.
Founded in 1893 by a resident of Rittenhouse Square, Esther Kelly Bradford, the organization serves the predominantly Latino population of Kensington and Fairhill in North Philadelphia, providing a safe and nurturing haven for children.Approximately 400 children are in their care every day through Head Start early childhood services, afterschool programming, and sports and recreation activities. In addition, a food pantry distributes groceries to 400 needy families.Funds from the Flower Market will be used to allow children age 3-5, who were turned away for lack of funding from attending Head Start summer programs in summer 2013; for RSFMCC Safe Swim Scholarships enabling children to receive water instruction; and to train teachers and caregivers in the Yummilicious Superpowers Curriculum, making superheroes out of fruits and vegetables as an obesity fighting tool for young children.