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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.”


Kathryn and Eric visit the Club and meet our members

Meet Holly!

Mar 04 2019

Wissahickon Valley is excited to have partnered with the sweetest reading buddy around. She is patient, happy-go-lucky, friendly and is adorned with long blonde hair. She is Holly the Therapy Dog!

Holly is an 8 year old Golden Retriever who comes to read with our students on Fridays. She and the kids are becoming more and more in tune with each other. Holly helps take some of the nerves away from reading aloud as well as provide a distraction when we need a break from a good book. Some of Holly’s favorite books happen to be the same as our student’s! These include, Hop on Pop, Henry and Mudge and Where the Sidewalk Ends.

We are thrilled to have Holly (and Ms. Anne) as a part of our WV family!

First Graders Walis and Amari hanging with Holly after a successful read aloud
Holly, Jacob and Arian enjoying each other’s company

A Big ‘Thank You’ from WV!

Jan 10 2019

As the 2018 holiday season becomes a memory and the days continue to darken early, we are taking time to reflect on all of the love that was shared last month!

Wissahickon Valley would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those community and family members who so willingly donated clothes, toys, other necessities and their precious time during the holiday season! With your help, our club members were able to experience all of the joy and happiness that comes with Christmas time.

From our magical reindeer and Santa Clause visits to Ms. Robyn’s cookie decorating extravaganza, our kids felt all the love that the community sent. We appreciate your help in providing positive and memorable holiday experiences for our special group of club members!

We hope you feel the love too… happy 2019!


Holiday Magic at Wissahickon Valley

Dec 18 2018


Wissahickon Valley had some special visitors join us last week. Spruce Run Farm surprised our members with two reindeer! Clarice and Ginger left our kids speechless and enthralled. This magical moment was enhanced even more when Santa arrived with the Whitpain Fire Company!! Our club members got pictures with Santa and the most photogenic reindeer ever, Clarice.

Not only were our members able to interact with the reindeer, but they also learned lots of new information. Did you know that male reindeer can reach 400  – 500 lbs? This is twice the amount that a female reindeer weighs! All reindeer shed their antlers however, males lose their’s in the fall while female’s keep theirs through the winter and into the spring.

Although Clarice and Ginger were not the flying type, they provided so much joy and excitement. Families, club members and neighbors alike joined in the magic that is reindeer!! We cannot thank Mr. Dave and Ms. Cassandra enough for making the trip to Wissahickon Valley from their farm in Bloomsburg. Clarice, Ginger and Santa will always serve as a magical memory for our Boys & Girls Club family!!

Help Spread Holiday Cheer

Nov 13 2018

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 holiday season is officially upon us and just in case you are looking for a way to give back, we have a few ideas!

Every season, the Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club has 50 families who need assistance providing holiday gifts for their children. We make it easy for you to get involved and help these deserving kids have the best holiday season ever! We communicate with both the children, their parents and siblings to provide you with an easy wishlist. Contact for more information on adopting a club family this season!

If you happen to swing by our Facebook page, you’ll find two more ways to give to kids in need. Giving Tuesday is a national giving holiday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving). This year, Tuesday November, 27th is the date to give! Whether you feel comfortable donating monetarily, or in a more physical form, we have options for you. Follow the link to our Amazon Wishlist which is continually updated with the Club’s latest needs. On Giving Tuesday, make sure to check out our Instagram page in addition to Facebook for information on monetary donations!!

We wish you a fun-filled, joyous holiday season and hope that you consider Wissahickon Valley when you are looking to spread holiday cheer!