Open Connections

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Opportunities to Give

Opportunities to give come in different forms.

 

If you would like to enhance and extend the work of Open Connections--such as making it possible for more low and moderate income families to attend our programs, or by enriching our environment with donations of equipment or supplies to be used by our young people--we would be most happy to hear from you.

           

There are specific ways already set up to receive your support.  Please

feel free to make you choice(s) from the list below, or you may contact our

Development Coordinator (and OC parent, Corinne Greskiewicz) at Alumni@OpenConnections.org or by calling 610-459-3366.  We will be happy to answer any of your questions and thank you, in advance, for your desire to help.

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Wish List       

We are always in need of:

  • Wood for Woodshop (soft wood like pine is particularly useful)
  • Old or new hardware (knobs, hinges, handles) for both Woodshops.
  • Mechanical items to take apart (think bathroom scales, engines, typewriters)
  • Legos
  • Sewing notions (buttons, thread, zippers)
  • Point-and-shoot cameras
  • Fabric for sewing
  • 1/4” thick plastic (Lucite) sheets

Larger items:

  • Apple laptops, iPads, iPad minis
  • Giant chess or checkers set

 

Items can be brought to the Office at Open Connections.  Thank you for keeping us in mind when you are cleaning out!

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Pathways to Giving

Financial Funds Explained:

  • Annual Giving Fund:
    • General Operating Expenses: help pay the bills (electricity, salaries, program materials, etc) **
    • Friendship Fund: helps pay program fees for individual families for the upcoming program year.
  • Sustainability Fund: helps pay program fees for individual families in future years. We are in the process of building a $3 Million fund of investments which will feed the Friendship Fund annually from its generated interest.

 

** NOTE: At the current time, ALL contributions to Annual Giving are doubled by the Wyncote Foundation.

 

Ways to Donate:

  • Sustaining Supporters: Become a Sustaining Supporter and have your donation automatically processed monthly, semi-annually, annually (click here to Donate Online  and become a Sustaining Supporter).
  • Corporate Matching Gifts: Please check with your employer to see if your donation can be doubled through their matching gifts program.
  • Planned Giving: If you would like to include us in your will, please contact us to discuss it.

 

If you wish to send your contribution through the postal service please address your contribution to Open Connections, Inc., 1616 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA, 19073. 

                

If you have any questions or would like to have a conversation about how best to support OC, please contact our Development Coordinator (and OC parent), Corinne Greskiewicz, at Alumni@OpenConnections.org or by calling 610-459-3366 to leave a message for her.  Thank you, in advance, for your desire to help!

    • Nora Gillern

    2016-17 Annual Giving Letter

    November 2016

     

    Dear Friend,

    My name is Nora Gillern. I am an OC alumna and member of the OC Board of Directors, currently working and living in Manhattan. I graduated from OC in 2012 after eight happy years of programs and moved to New York to study history at Eugene Lang: The New School for Liberal Arts.

     

    After I graduated from college, Open Connections invited me back to the campus to talk about my experience as a former homeschooler in a collegiate environment. It was after this experience that I was able to truly reflect on how essential and impactful OC was to my educational journey. It became essential to me to give back on a more consistent basis to the community that had given me so much. This was when I . . . .

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At OC, people really care about each other; in fact, at the beginning of each day, we have a gathering called Check-in where we hear about everyone’s week. At the end of the OC day, we have Appreciations, where we talk about things that we liked about our time at OC that day. OC is a place that not only values personal experiences, but also sharing them with others. It generates a very open and honest environment where people feel that they can talk about themselves.  ~ OC Teen