Charity hockey game set for Saturday honors Matt LeTourneau
HAVERFORD » The Haverford Township Skatium, 1002 Darby Road, Havertown, hosts a charity hockey game between the Philadelphia Fire Department and Tri County Police Hockey Club at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The game is held in honor of Capt. Matt LeTourneau, fallen Philadelphia firefighter and life member of the Springfield Fire Co.
Admission donation is $10 at the door. Proceeds benefit firefighter charities in LeTourneau’s name.
Register for CASA training
MEDIA » CASA Youth Advocates, a nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in Delaware and Chester counties, is now accepting applicants for its March 2018 training session. CASA seeks dedicated individuals who are willing to journey with a child and help them navigate the Delaware County or Chester County Dependency Court System.
After completing 35 hours of training over the course of about two months, each volunteer will take an oath administered by the Dependency Court judge. They will then become eligible to review and monitor the case of a child or youth experiencing abuse or neglect. Volunteers are assigned a child to walk alongside with the responsibility of helping build trust, investigating his or her case, observing, analyzing and developing relationships to discern and champion the best interests of the child and then advocating for what is best through written reports and verbal recommendations to the judge.
Volunteering with CASA can be a rewarding experience for both the child and volunteer. While volunteers only have to commit to visiting their child one time per month, many often find themselves wanting to spend more time with their assigned child as the relationship develops and grows. Each case is different, each child is different, and for that reason, some volunteers even find themselves committing year after year. Most recently, CASA awarded a volunteer for reaching the 20-year mark.
Applicants can apply online or by mail, and can learn more about the process as well as dates and times for March training courses by following this link: https://delcocasa.org/volunteer/casa-spring2018-volunteer-trainingschedule
This year, CASA will hold daytime training beginning March 1 through April 25, and nighttime training beginning March 19 through April 25.
About CASA Youth Advocates
Since 1992, CASA Youth Advocates has worked to ensure each child in Delaware County’s child welfare system a safe, permanent, and nurturing home. CASA recruits and trains volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to advise the courts on the best interests of an abused or neglected child, with support and guidance from CASA’s professional staff of social workers and attorneys. In 2015 CASA expanded services to Chester County children.
Upper Chi seniors meet Thursday
UPPER CHICHESTER » Upper Chichester Seniors Club holds its second February meetings at 1 today. Thursday, Feb. 15. Any Chichester resident age 60 or older is welcomed to join. Bingo is played at 1:30. Refreshments are served.
Hear how to fix gov’t Feb. 17
UPPER PROVIDENCE » The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County’s Move to Amend for Free and Fair Democracy Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) believe U.S. democracy is in trouble and welcome two speakers trying to fix it at 10 a.m. Feb. 17. The event is held at the church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road, Media.
Author Adam Eichen and Rabbi Michael Pollack offer their message for Americans who are asking, “What do we do now?” Eichen discusses his new book, “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want,” co-written with Frances Moore Lappé (famed for her 1971 book “Diet for a Small Planet”). Rabbi Pollack speaks and organizes for the nonpartisan MarchOnHarrisburg government-reform group, where he is executive director.
MarchOnHarrisburg (http://www.marchonharrisburg.org) offers training on nonviolent civil disobedience and takes pledges to risk arrest for the Poor People’s Campaign, a six-week national effort intended to launch a “moral revival” in political debate, featuring “arrestable” actions simultaneously in 25 state capitals. As part of the campaign, MOH is one of several organizations working within a coalition to prepare for actions at the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg from May 13 to June 21.
MarchOnHarrisburg is a group of nonpartisan activists, organizers and volunteers working to repair democracy in Pennsylvania by advocating for two pro-democracy, anti-corruption bills that would end gerrymandering and end legalized bribery. Since January 2016, the group has met with 240 of 253 state legislators and marched a total of 141 miles across the state through two political pilgrimages. Additionally, 42 activists have been arrested with MOH while demanding a vote on the two bills.
Facts on Pennsylvania Corruption From MOH: Pennsylvania is one of 10 states that does not have limitations on public officials’ accepting gifts. The state is tied for the fifth worst in the country for electoral integrity by the Electoral Integrity Project. Pennsylvania received an “F” grade for electoral integrity by the State Integrity Investigation.
For information, call the church at 610-566-4853.
The students at Drexel Neumann Academy celebrated the success of the Eagles on Friday, Feb. 9, with a dress down day where everyone wore Eagles colors. Sister Maggie Gannon, OSF and Sister Cathy McGowan, SSJ surprised students by arriving in “underdog” masks. Drexel Neumann Academy (DNA) is a Catholic school located in Chester, co-sponsored by Neumann University, Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and the Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia.