When Jackie Dawson entered the drawing at the Kids/Teachers/Educators Understanding Deployment Operations (TUDOS & KUDOS) at Dover Air Force Base, little did she know that her family would be the recipient of the Project Thanks: One-Day Organizing Home Makeover 2016! Jackie and her husband, Senior Airman Christopher Dawson, welcomed members of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, into their home. NAPO-GPC members Carla Shipman, Sue Frost, Yasmin Goodman, Angela Ficco, Martha Spittal and Denise MacMurtrie felt privileged to volunteer their time and express their gratitude to this representative military family.
The day could have been entitled "Operation Closets" as the team organized four closets including the master, hall and two bedroom closets. All four of the Dawson children were eager to assist. When the three older children realized why this mysterious team of ladies was there, they squealed with delight, "I can't believe we won!" Even their one-year-old sister helped!
SrA Dawson has served in the Air Force as C5 Crew Chief since 2013. The family just received word they will be relocating to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany in February, 2017. They expressed gratitude that Project Thanks is their first step in preparing them for their next Air Force assignment!
NAPO-GPC members Carla Shipman, Yasmin Goodman, Debbie Lillard, Darla DeMorrow and Annette Reyman were speakers at the 2016 Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our members shared with the audience their expert knowledge on various organizing topics.
Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) Jen Bowen, Sue Frost, Karen Jessee, and Carla Shipman and NAPO National member Pat DePalma joined forces for the 3rd annual "Project Thanks" one day make-over. The recipient family was selected from a lottery-style drawing which was open to all military service men and women, including veterans, at Dover Air Force Base last summer. The recipients, Technical Sergeant Jason Wicklund and his wife Valerie, received their home make-over on November 13, 2015.
With Jason home on leave and Valerie squeezing us in between attending classes for her Master's degree and caring for their four beautiful children, we sat down to carefully craft a personalized plan. Next, it was carried out like a military operation - if we do say so ourselves. The boys room was organized to meet their growing needs. Valerie's master closet was purged and sorted. Their daughter's room and closet was organized to suit her needs (and the very feminine preferences of the only girl). Lastly, the children's craft area was sorted to simplify putting things away, and to keep track of inventory at a glance. The organizers enjoyed every moment of this opportunity to help the Wicklunds and honor our military community. It may be a small gesture, but NAPO-GPC's work with our military community is always done with heartfelt appreciation.
Fifteen volunteers from NAPO-GPC helped out at a local children's charity called Cradles to Crayons. We have helped out here before and always had a rewarding experience. Cradles to Crayons (C2C) collects gently used clothing, toys, books and outerwear for children living in poverty in the Philadelphia area. They then work with 250 local organizations to provide care packages for individual children. C2C is run by only 12 employees and relies heavily on volunteers. Volunteers sort, quality-check donations and then shop for the children in need. Visit http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia for more information on their most needed items and to find out how you can help.
NAPO-GPC hosted an Antiques Roadshow-Style Appraisal Event at the Tredyffrin Public Library. Our guest appraiser was Jeffery Henkel of Kamelot Auction. Jeffery appraised items that ranged from tea sets to a unique alligator purse and even a Picasso painting. It was a fun and informative evening thanks to with Jeffery who provided interesting background on many of the items. He also educated NAPO-GPC about the value of many commons items organizers encounter as we work with clients.
The Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force has launched a new website. Visit www.philadelphiahoarding.org for information about hoarding and resources for people who hoard. Community Legal Services (CLS), the Office of the Mayor, and other organizations are collaborating to address the issue of hoarding in Philadelphia. In 2013, CLS' Pam Walz, Jennifer Schultz, and David Wengert organized a meeting of twelve organizations, including the National Association of Professional Organizers in Philadelphia to discuss starting a Hoarding Task Force to better coordinate services for people who hoard and improve outcomes. Around the same time, Mayor Nutter convened a task force of city agencies to implement hoarding prevention strategies. In January 2014, CLS and the Mayor's Office combined the task forces to create the Philadelphia Hoarding Task Force co-chaired by CLS paralegal David Wengert and Mayor's Office Deputy Director of Policy Katie Martin. Click here to read more.
For the third year in a row, NAPO-GPC volunteers provided a valuable service to a family who has served our country selflessly for 20 years. The winner of this year's Project Thanks drawing was TSgt. Sharon Baughman and her husband Darrin. Sharon is currently a member of the Air Force National Guard stationed at Willow Grove. She will celebrate 20 years with the service this July. Her husband Darrin is a disabled vet who served 18 years in the Navy and Reserves, doing tours in Grenada, Lebanon and with Operation Enduring Freedom. He continues to serve his community as a police office in Bucks County.
On December 22 (just in time for Christmas) seven NAPO-GPC members including: Darla Pompilio, Debbie Lillard, Sue Lowry, Deanna Murawski , Carla Shipman, Bet Hambleton and Robin Stankowski volunteered their time to tackle the Baughman's garage. They've lived in the home for just four years with their two daughters and Sharon's dad. They wanted to carve out a play area in the garage, which was cluttered on both bays when we arrived. In just one hour the team had the garage cleared and categorized.
NAPO-GPC members joined with Closet & Storage concepts in Paoli, PA to collect new socks on at our Holiday Sock Hop on December 18. The purpose of this event was to help the area homeless in support of Joy of Sox. Joy of Sox raises funds, collects socks to raise community awareness of homelessness and distributes them to needy families. They have distributed over 119,000 pairs of new socks as of September 2014.
This year 14 NAPO-GPC members participated in an event at Cradles to Crayons. C2C is a charitable group whose mission is to provide children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
After a brief orientation, our members were assigned as "shoppers" for those children who had made requests for clothing and other needs. We were given large shopping bags and were asked to search through the requested item bins for the very best item we could find. C2C used the slogan "QUALITY EQUALS DIGNITY" as a guideline in our shopping. To donate items or volunteer at Cradles to Crayons, check out their website.
NAPO-GPC volunteered again this year at the WHYY National Public Radio Telethon from 6:00 – 10:00 am. Everyone had a wonderful time manning the phones and WHYY met its morning membership drive goals.
NAPO-GPC volunteers participated again in the Great Shedder Event with Tracy Davidson of NBC10 Telemundo62 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Shred-it provided the trucks for local residents to safely shred their sensitive documents and professional organizers were on hand to answer organizing questions. NBC 10 Philadelphia
Volunteers from NAPO-GPC will be giving some lucky US Military Personnel or Veteran a free one-day, one-room organizing make-over. Entry forms are available here. Contest deadline is Nov. 7th. A winner will be drawn at random and notified on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2014. Imagine a room makeover just before the holidays!
September is "National Preparedness Month" and members of NAPO-GPC and the Philadelphia Mummers first responders received specialized training by Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management. The workshop included crisis planning techniques that NAPO-GPC members will share with their clients and communities.
Many of our NAPO-GPC members attended the NAPO Conference 2014 in Phoenix. Can't wait to attend LA Conference in 2015!
At this year's shredding event, NAPO-GPC had a table with handouts including Paper Organizing Tips to help people to eliminate paper clutter. News anchor Tracy Davidson once again organized a spectacular event, and our volunteers assisted people with the process of getting their documents shredded. Locals from the Philadelphia area lined up at the Wells Fargo Center to shred sensitive paperwork and help prevent identity theft.
This year's winners of our Project Thanks drawing were Ted and Kitty Ernwood of Williamstown, NJ. Ted is a retired major who served three tours of duty in Vietnam. NAPO-GPC volunteers spent a day transforming the Ernwood's cluttered home office into an optimized space for them to work. A new desk was donated by Joe Wuersch of Abbey Installations, Inc., based in Medford, NJ. The next annual drawing will be held on Veteran's Day 2014.
NAPO-GPC members participated in the ACS Bucks and Montgomery Spring Home Show with a booth to promote our chapter in Warminster, PA. Some of our professional speakers also presented on organizing topics during the ACS Show at the Warminster SMG Sportsplex. Our members shared their expert knowledge on organizing topics with visitors who came to our booths, and with the audience at the live workshops.
For GO (Get Organized) Month this year, NAPO-GPC members participated in three different local home shows. We had booths to promote our chapter at ACS Home Shows in King of Prussia, PA and Pitman, NJ. Some of our professional speakers also presented on organizing topics at the ACS Shows, and the Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our members shared their expert knowledge on organizing topics with visitors who came to our booths, and with the audience at the live workshops.
Congratulations to our NAPO-GPC Conference Scholarship recipient, Jen Bowen, pictured here with last year's winner, Annie Amoon Richard. Jen will be attending the 2014 NAPO National Annual Conference which will be held in Arizona. Thanks again to Marty Ingram of PhillyJunk.com for sponsoring this year's NAPO-GPC scholarship!
A group of 12 NAPO-GPC members volunteered at the Cradles to Crayon's "Giving Factory" in West Conshohocken. We used our expert organizational skills to sort clothing and other items, in order to prepare them to be distributed into "Kid Packs." These care packages are provided to children from low-income and homeless families. It was a very cheerful environment, as we were all very connected to the mission of this exceptional non-profit organization. To donate items or volunteer at Cradles to Crayons, check out their website here: http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia
NAPO-GPC volunteers returned this year for the WHYY National Public Radio Telethon. We had a wonderful time and filled the room with our enthusiasm while we answered calls and entered pledges from 2:30 - 8:00 pm. Thanks to WHYY, NAPO-GPC received many mentions during the rush hour drive time in PA, DE & NJ.
Once again volunteers from NAPO-GPC will be giving some lucky US Military Personnel or Veteran a free one-day one-room organizing make-over. Entry forms are available here. Contest deadline is Nov. 7th. A winner will be drawn at random and notified on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013. Last year's winner received her make-over just in time for the December holidays. (See photo)
In preparation for National Preparedness Month in September, members of NAPO-GPC received intensive training in emergency preparedness from Sam Levy, M.Ed, a former military intelligence officer. The two-hour workshop included simulated crisis planning and instructions for professional organizers to prepare their families and clients for an event of either natural or manmade disaster, including how to assemble an emergency kit. Click here for the press release.
NAPO-GPC members Debbie Lillard, Naomi Cook, and Dan Loya, along with NAPO member Lauren Sullivan collaborated with Cradles to Crayons to produce an instructional YouTube video for donating goods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DXnj9g0YHg&list=HL1369137338&feature=mh_lolz
Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit charity organization that provides children with essential items to meet their basic needs. http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/philadelphia
NAPO-GPC sent another team of organizers this year to assist Channel 10 anchor, Tracy Davidson, with the Great Shredder Event on May 18th. Locals from all around the Philadelphia area piled up their personal papers and brought them to the Navy Yard to be shredded. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/the-scene/events/The-Great-Shredder-Event--171925291.html
National Association of Professional Organizers - Greater Phila Sunday, February 10, 2013 -- The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a membership-based organization that serves as a resource for the professional organizer industry within the Central/South Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware region . These specialists provide organizing services, advice, solutions and products to clients in corporate, small business, home office and residential setting throughout the local area. Debbie Lillard, Marketing Director for NAPO-GPC, calls in to talk about NAPO-GPC's involvement with The Philadelphia Home Show, winding down at the Pennsylvania Convention Center today. She also talks about how NAPO-GPC provides a community service, by pairing previously-used items from clients with area organizations that accept such donations for underprivileged people and those in need.
Members of NAPO-GPC could be spotted every day at the Philadelphia Home Show which ran Feb. 2-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Our members gave workshops on organizing every aspect of your home and offered free organizing consultations at the "Ask the Expert" booth. Ten lucky winners will receive 2 free hours of organizing time for entering our drawing at the show. Read more.
Ten NAPO-GPC volunteers carried out "Project Thanks" at the home of Master Sergeant Susan Springsteen's home in NJ. Ms. Springsteen won a one day make-over that started in her home office, but included several areas of the house. The organizers couldn't help themselves! Read more.
NAPO-GPC volunteers manned the phones for the WHYY National Public Radio Telethon from 6:30 - 9:30 am. Everyone had a great time helping the station reach it's fundraising goal that morning and NAPO got a mention during drive time in PA, DE & NJ. Photos.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2012: Great Shredder Event
A team of NAPO-GPC organizers helped Channel 10 anchor, Tracy Davidson with the Great Shredder Event on September 29th. Over 1,000 people came to safely shred their private documents with
Iron Mountain Shredding. NBC 10 Philadelphia
AUGUST 8, 2012: Back To School Organizing Tips
NAPO-GPC members, Debbie Lillard & Rhonda Sinor shared some Back to School Organizing Tips on Talk Philly, Wednesday, August 8th on CBS3 in Philadelphia. Video.
APRIL 28, 2012: NAPO-GPC and Office Max of Exton Host
The National Association of Professional Organizers-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC)
and Office Max of Exton hosted a shredding event on Saturday, April 28 at 101 Ironlake
Boulevard, Exton, PA 19341, (610) 594-3600.
Office Max employees and Professional Organizers were on hand to dispose of confidential
documents and shred them through the secure shredding facility at the store. Attendees
received a 20% discount off shredding services and shredders that day. The regular cost for
shredding at Office Max is $.79/pound. Attendees also had the opportunity to speak to
Professional Organizers about their organizing challenges and questions.
NAPO-GPC handed out tip sheets and chanced off several prizes including a $200 gift
card from Office Max. This was an opportunity to get rid of old taxes files and get organized
for another year in one stop. Click here for the press release.
JANUARY 14, 2012: PHILADELPHIA ORGANIZERS HOLD SHOE DRIVE FOR
Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers in the Greater Philadelphia area (NAPO-GPC) participated in a six-month used shoe campaign collecting over 12,000 pairs of shoes for the needy. This was part of a nationwide effort by the National Association of Professional Organizers who partnered with Soles4Souls in a challenge for each local chapter to collect the most shoes. Philadelphia area residents were invited to recycle their gently worn shoes at locations throughout the area on January 14th. NAPO-GPC Professional Organizers were on location to help unload bags and boxes of shoes. Learn more + photos; Press release; Video.
JANUARY 9, 2012: Organizers Kick Off "Go" Month at the NBC 10! Show in Philadelphia
To kick off GO Month,and create an awareness of Professional Organizers in Philadelphia, members of NAPO-GPC appeared as VIP guests of the 10!Show in Philadelphia. Marketing Director,Debbie Lillard announced the beginning of the show with hosts Bill Henley & Jillian Mele. Afterwards, the professional organizers met with the hosts and producers to talk about future projects. Photo and Video.
APRIL 30, 2011: "ASK THE ORGANIZER!" SHREDDING EVENT
The National Association of Professional Organizers-Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) hosted their third annual shredding event on Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IKEA Conshohocken at 400 Alan Wood Road in Conshohocken, PA. Wiggins Shredding co-sponsored this opportunity to securely dispose of your old paperwork. A Wiggins mobile shredding truck was located in the parking lot to the right of IKEA Conshohocken. Attendees had the chance to speak to Professional Organizers throughout IKEA and won door prizes and a gift card for IKEA furnishings. Click here for the press release.
FEBRUARY 11, 2011: PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS VOLUNTEER AT NAMI DELAWARE
Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers – Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) volunteered at the Wilmington, DE, office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Delaware) on February 11, 2011. The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware) is a statewide organization of families, mental health consumers, friends, and professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by life-changing brain diseases such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. NAMI’s mission is support, education and advocacy. Click here for the press release.
JANUARY 28, 2011: PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS VOLUNTEER AT IMPACT THRIFT
Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers – Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) volunteered at the Impact Thrift Store in Montgomeryville, PA, on January 28, 2011. Impact Thrift Stores is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to financially support local charities through the net proceeds generated by their thrift store operations. They have store locations in Hatboro, Montgomeryville and Norristown. Click here for the press release.
JANUARY 24, 2011: PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS VOLUNTEER AT GILDA'S CLUB SOUTH JERSEY
Members of the National Association of Professional Organizers – Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) volunteered at the Gilda’s Club South Jersey in Linwood, NJ, on January 24, 2011. Gilda’s Club is named in honor of comedian Gilda Radner who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986. Gilda’s Club South Jersey offers support groups, lectures, workshops and social events as a supplement to medical care in a warm and welcoming home-like setting at 700 New Road in Linwood, NJ. Click here for the press release.
JANUARY 19, 2011: PHILADELPHIA ORGANIZERS ARE GOOD MORNING AMERICA VIP GUESTS
Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Juju Chang invited members of the National Association of Professional Organizers – Greater Philadelphia Chapter (NAPO-GPC) to promote GO (Get Organized) Month. On January 19, 28 Professional Organizers from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey boarded a bus for New York’s Time Square Studios where Good Morning America is filmed live. The Professional Organizers also got to meet Dr. Rich Besser and celebrities Valerie Bertinelli, Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers. View Photo; Click here for the press release
MARCH 6, 2010: FREE SHREDDING EVENT AT IKEA
NAPO-GPC invited individuals and small businesses to box up their papers and join us for our Get Organized event on March 13, 2010 from 10 am to 2 pm in the parking lot of the IKEA store in Conshohocken. Shredding trucks were provided by Wiggins Shredding, a professional service located in West Chester, PA. There were free give-a-ways, drawings to win prizes and a chance to talk one-on-one with Professional Organizers who are members of NAPO-GPC. Some lucky winners also received free in-home services from NAPO-GPC members. Click here for the press release.
FEBRUARY 7, 2009: "ORGANIZE TO ECONOMIZE" FREE SHREDDING EVENT AT IKEA
The National Association of Professional Organizers-Greater Philadelphia Chapter hosted a free shredding event on February 7, 2009 at the IKEA store in Conshohocken, PA. The event included an opportunity for the general public and small businesses to shred their old paperwork with Wiggins, a professional shredding service based in West Chester, PA. Inside the store, there was a lecture series done by local Professional Organizers who shared their expert advice in various departments throughout the store. There were also free gifts at the door and drawings to win prizes. Click here for the press release.
Click here for more information about the annual National GO (Get Organized) Month in January.
Click here for more NAPO-GPC events this year.
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