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Knitting Together Friendships, Volunteer Spotlight: Bev Sanders

Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Bev Sanders, of Hamburg, PA has been knitting since her mother taught her when she was a child. Bev has been donating her time to Opportunity House since 2012. Sanders began volunteering at Opportunity House after she visited with a group from her hometown. After visiting with that group, Ms. Nancy, asked her if she would be interested volunteering with the children in the Second Street...

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Success Spotlight: Second Street Learning Center parent, Mariangel Sanchez

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016
By: Kate Alley
Categories: Spotlights

When Mariangel Sanchez started as a bank teller in Reading with two small children she researched daycare centers and there were only one or two that had late hours and took infants. "The training classes I needed to take to develop my career required me to travel to Philadelphia or Allentown and I couldn't get home until  6 or 7." When she visited Second Street Learning...

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The Swartz Family-A Family Devoted to Giving Back and Working Together

Posted on Thursday, September 15, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

A number of years ago Lauren Swartz, an elementary school teacher, mother, and wife, had an idea to create and donate what she calls "Birthday Boxes" to families who could not afford to celebrate their children’s birthdays in a big way. Lauren sought out Opportunity House where she was able to get in contact with one of our hard working Team members, Kathy. After brainstorming the idea a...

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Memorable Event Creates More Memories for Children

Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2016
By: Angela Cremer
Categories: Spotlights

Thanks to the women who generously donated during the Cash Call portion of our inaugural Wine, Women and Shoes event, which took place this past May at the new DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 65 kids from our Second Street Learning Center were able to enjoy a variety of fun and educational trips to local attractions. Destinations ranged from the Kutztown Folk Festival and...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Carter's Family

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Ten-year-old Leah Carter along with her mother Heather, contacted Opportunity House a few weeks ago about wanting to serve lunch to our residents. Each week we have generous volunteer groups come to the shelter and donate their time and energy by serving meals. However, Leah’s story is extra special. Earlier this summer, Leah and her mother had an experience with a homeless person in the...

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Client Success Story: Jeremy Winchester

Posted on Monday, August 08, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Six years ago, Jeremy Winchester, a 29-year-old from Reading, Pennsylvania, found himself homeless with no place to go. "They just kind of picked me up off my feet," Winchester remarks about his time at Opportunity House. Winchester took shelter at Opportunity House for a year while he worked to get himself back on his feet. He found himself helping out in the kitchen, picking up donations and...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Lilley

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Starting when Maria was a seventh grader, sixteen-year-old Maria Lilley has been designing, creating and selling hand crafted cards to family, friends and community members. Her inspiration and motivation behind such an artistic venture began when she first visited Opportunity House many years ago with her preschool teacher, Susan Harenza. For the past five years, Maria has used the...

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Volunteer Spotlight: The Gerace Siblings

Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By: Angela Cremer
Categories: Spotlights

At the end of last summer, Forbes’ contributor Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle reported that some parents were spending more than $1,000 dollars on back to school supplies. If you ask Matthew Gerace, a rising tenth grader at Lancaster Country Day School, spending this large sum of money is unnecessary. “I remember when I was in sixth grade, and I would see different people just throwing...

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Internship Insights II: Finding an internship and successful interviewing tips

Posted on Friday, April 01, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Finding an internship can be stressful and oftentimes a little overwhelming. However, for most degrees they are required and are a great way to gain useful, real-world knowledge that can be applied to future jobs. We’ve
compiled some of our own advice for finding, landing and being successful in the perfect internship for you.Finding an internship:•Utilize your...

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Internship Insights

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016
By: Opportunity House
Categories: Spotlights

Hello everyone! We are the new Public Relations/Special Event interns for Opportunity House who will be working on projects involving OppShop and upcoming special events. Over the course of this semester we will be writing about our time here and what we learn along the way in hopes of helping future interns. Here is a little bit about us:
My name is Erin. I am currently...

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