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
  • 1/4” thick plastic (Lucite) sheets

 

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!

    • Allie Neilson

    2018-19 Annual Giving Letter

    Dear Friend,

     

    My name is Allie Neilson (formerly Webber). I am an alumna, staff member, and current parent at Open Connections. I graduated from OC in 2010, alongside my now husband, Billy. We have two sons, Charlie and Theo, who both currently attend programing, and I am the Facilitator in the Pre-Open Program. This is the first year I have been more involved with OC since graduating.

     

    Open Connections has had an immeasurable impact on our lives. Getting reacquainted with OC has given me so much more joy than I anticipated. Seeing OC through a “staff lens” has been wonderful, however, seeing OC and its philosophies through a “parent lens” has been extraordinary. The ability to give my children the freedom that I want and that they need, without being questioned by others, has been a refreshing change.

     

    This year, as in previous years,  a version of this letter, written by someone who cares about and supports Open Connections, is sent out to ask for help from the OC community in the form of donations. I write to you now as someone who has seen (almost) every side of OC, and continues to believe in it completely. OC relies on Annual Giving each and every year, and we hope that you will consider making a donation towards Annual Giving for the 2018-2019 year.

     

    Your donation will:

    Provide financial assistance to those families who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend.

    Ensure that up-to-date resources and materials are provided to the programs that Open Connections offers.

    Give young people and their families a knowledgeable, safe, and loving environment, as they navigate the challenges of Partnership Education.

    Support Open Connections in its belief that all people, any age, have an innate desire to learn, grow, communicate, nurture, and create.

     

    I’m sure that Open Connections has also played an important role in your life. Would you show your support for OC by making a donation, in any amount, to OC’s 2018-2019 Annual Giving? You may even consider becoming a Sustaining Supporter by setting up an automatic, recurring donation, which will simplify the process for you and for OC. Don't forget that ALL donations will be doubled by The Wyncote Foundation, making your impact even greater! Also, please check with your employer regarding their corporate matching program; if they match your gift to OC it would quadruple your donation!

     

    If you do wish to donate, please use the envelope provided, and mark any boxes that apply. Or you can contribute online by visiting OpenConnections.org/donate.

     

    Thank you, in advance, for your support to ensure that OC will continue to impact the lives of young people and their families.

     

    Warmly,

     

    Allie Neilson

    OC Alumna, Parent, Staff Member

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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