We are the Do Gooders
A grassroots organization providing support and financial aid to a wide variety of individuals and groups in an effort to make our world a better place.
We’re an eclectic group of dynamic women joined together, driven by passions and interests to make a difference in the lives of those with fewer resources and shine a light on neglected issues that impact both the world and our community.
The Do Gooders is a 501c3 grassroots organization supporting a variety of causes and individual charitable endeavors. It was started by Gerry Sills and Sandra Blumberg a little more than 5years ago; we are a small group, only 25 engaged members. We think that today, more than ever, it is important to know that your charity dollars go where they can really help. We have donated gently used merchandise to those in need and provide hands on support. We put book carts on the oncology floor of U of P so those receiving Chemotherapy can have a book to read while receiving treatment. We have donated clothing and toys to various preschools and needy groups.
Some of the causes we have supported are Arise Charter Academy; it is the first Charter high school in the Country for children in foster care. These vulnerable teens get lost both academically and socially as they move from school to school and foster home to foster home. Many end up pregnant, incarcerated or homeless. Arise provides a nurturing atmosphere and reaches out to meet the emotional and educational needs of these students. It is such a unique program, it is being considered as a model for other foster high schools nationally.
Another group is Dancing Classrooms Philadelphia. We have assisted Dancing Classrooms, by providing ballroom dance lessons, to 5th and 6th graders in the inner city, teaching them not only to dance but allowing these impressionable children to learn respect, politeness and appropriate touch. All invaluable life lessons. We were told by one of the teachers that this is the closest thing to an arts program available in their school.
Another wonderful cause we support is Mission Kids, they offer a comprehensive centrally located and multidisciplinary team to aid victims of child abuse, and they film their testimony, so they only have to tell authorities their disturbing story once. In the past when these cases went to trial many children were so traumatized they refused to testify. This innovative program helps achieve justice for these children. As we have grown, our focus has evolved to support our city’s most vulnerable citizens, our children and their families. Perhaps in the classroom, small library, daycare or maybe, one at a time.
Our basic mission is empowering our children through arts, education and personal involvement. Because we after all, are the true beneficiaries of our efforts, getting back much more than we ever give. We hope we can in some small way live in a better community, guiding others to follow, and, at the end of the day, know we made a difference.