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Thank You, Ambler!

Apr 23 2020

Through all of the unknowns and drastic changes that we are collectively experiencing right now, it is important for us to show our families that we are still here! Thanks to the tremendously generous Ambler community, Wissahickon Valley has been able to provide access to food to each of our 51 families! For the first two weeks of the shutdown, we worked hard to pack Grab n’ Go lunches for our members. We then felt it would be more beneficial (and safer for all) to provide gift cards to Giant! We have been able to mail 3 rounds of gift cards to each of our families which ensures at least some access to food. We are so incredibly grateful for those of you who have donated and made it possible for us to continue to support our families! As we navigate these tumultuous times, we appreciate any support that helps us help our families! THANK YOU!

International Night!

Mar 10 2020
Daira, representing Mexico

On Wednesday, February 5th, Wissahickon Valley hosted our first annual International Night! This event showcased Mexican and Italian cultures, in particular. Our building was quickly transformed into an international oasis; boasting homemade delicacies such as ensalada de manzana, tamales, mole, arroz y pollo and gelatina from Mexico and risotto and pizzelles hailing from Italy. With over 10 families participating, we were able to fill our minds – and our bellies – with authentic cuisine and culture! We are so proud of the cultures represented at Wissahickon Valley and cannot wait to see what else we can learn from our families next year! Thank you to all who participated in this event!

2019 Lights on After School

Oct 01 2019

The Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club would like to thank all the Club members, families, friends, and school teachers that joined us during Lights on After School event! This is one of our favorite evenings because it serves to celebrates after school programs that keep students safe and engaged while supporting working parents. We were so happy to be able to spend our night with our Club families and friends!

Thanks to AAA Catering, over 190 of our families and friends were able to fill their bellies with a yummy Italian style dinner! 

What a great way to kick off our 2019/2020 school year! We are looking forward to all the fun times, laughs, and learning that make our Club the best!

Ms. Chidera Brings S.T.E.AM. to WV

Jun 03 2019

Our Wissahickon High School senior, Ms. Chidera, was able to bring her Wissahickon Valley Public Library S.T.E.AM. program to our organization. In this club our kids were able to extract DNA from a strawberry, learn about the viscosity of slime and understand how density can effect certain liquids!

Ms. Chidera and her S.T.E.A.Mers.

Not only were the kids able to put their left and right side of their brains to use but they were also able to have fun! Next year we will miss her but we wish her the best of luck during her college career at the University of Pittsburgh! Thanks Ms. Chidera!

A student extracting DNA.

It Truly Takes a Village

Apr 05 2019

As the African proverb goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” With the ups and downs that come with 21st century living, this saying holds true today more than ever before.

As many of you know, our Wissahickon Valley site is located in the heart of West Ambler. Here, we serve 72 children from the Wissahickon School District. Monday through Friday, 72 children come to us for homework assistance. 72 children come to us to talk about their day. 72 children come to us to eat a yummy snack or learn how to cook with Ms. Robyn. 72 children come to us to feel more confident in their math fact fluency and reading fluency. 72 children come to us to be a part of a community; to be a part of something greater than themselves, their school lives and their home lives. 72 children come to us because our Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club is a big family where all feel comfortable.

With this in mind, we cannot provide the safe, welcoming and conductive learning environment that we do without our community. Just this week, we were reminded how vital the Ambler community is to this site.

Owner of Ambler’s Privé Salon, Kathryn Picarux and employee Eric Robinson, raise money annually for local charities of choice. This year, we were lucky enough to be a beneficiary of a large monetary donation! The donation made by the Salon will support our efforts in sustaining a positive learning environment for our members. Next school year, we will have 82 children attending our site and in anticipation, this donation is SO greatly appreciated!

We are thrilled that Privé Salon and their clients have chosen to support the community in which they work and live. In turn, we are able to also support our community – “It takes a village to raise a child.”

THANK YOU PRIVÉ SALON!

Kathryn and Eric visit the Club and meet our members