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PA3 Visits Rescue Mission of Trenton

December 11, 2010: Nine PA3 members visited the Rescue Mission of Trenton for a morning of learning and service. Picture on left was taken in the women’s emergency shelter. PA3 volunteers (pictured l-r) were Grace Penn ’99, Ed Andrews ’71, John Penrod *94, George McLaughlin ’58, Tom Pyle ’76, Arlen Hastings ’80, Sara Hastings ’09, Tom Hastings ’79, and Sunu Joseph p13.

According to its literature, the Rescue Mission “helps struggling individuals in Trenton by providing them with shelter, food, and substance abuse treatment.” This is an understatement; the Rescue Mission, which occupies a full city block, provides an impressive array of services and learning opportunities on both an ongoing and emergency basis. It was abundantly clear that the Rescue Mission takes seriously its commitment to “create an environment where its clients can live with dignity, build self-esteem, and experience love, responsibility and hope.”

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: The Rescue Mission offers classes and individual tutoring for its resident clients. Volunteers who are able to make a weekly commitment are currently needed to teach a GED writing class (Mondays from 5-6) and a basic computer skills class (Fridays from 1-2). There are openings on Sundays at 11 and Tuesdays at 2 for volunteers who would like to design their own classes. Tutors are needed weekdays from 5-6 , or on weekend mornings, to work with individuals. For more information about ways to volunteer, click here. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer Sanderson of the Rescue Mission staff, with a copy to Arlen Hastings, PA3 Community Service chair, and identify yourself as a PA3 member.

If you would like to volunteer but can't make a weekly commitment, the Rescue Mission also welcomes volunteers on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00-12:30 to assist in a variety of projects including sorting clothing for the thrift store, painting and cleaning.

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Posted by Arlen almost 9 years ago.

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Community Service at Roebling Park

September 19, 2010: A group of energetic alums came out on a beautiful, sunny Sunday to clear trails in Roebling Park, Trenton. Volunteers included Praduemn Goyal '92 and his wife and two teenagers (seated at table, foreground); Marian Zelazny p11 (seated, in stripes); Kristin Epstein '97, Arlen Hastings '80, Sara Hastings '09, Jonathan Peele '91, Philo Elmer '69 (standing, left to right); and Dan Hayes-Patterson '09 (behind the camera). Thank you to Philo for organizing the event and to everyone for the hard work on a hot day. (See Facebook for more pictures.)

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Posted by Arlen about 9 years ago.

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PA3 Volunteers at Special Olympics

June 13, 2010: Thanks to the terrific group of PA3 volunteers who came out to help runners and jumpers in the Special Olympics of New Jersey Summer Games. Volunteers included David Budd '79 with wife Catherine and daughter Lauren; Liz Henry '88 with husband Keith and daughter Lauryn; Wu Suen *99 with daughter Helen; Grace Penn '99; Marian and Olek Zelazny p11; Nell Whiting so69 (so=significant other - that should be an official alumni designation, right?); Tom Hastings '79, Sara Hastings '09, and Arlen Hastings '80. Also in attendance to cheer on the athletes were PA3 president Kristin Epstein '97 and her two young daughters.

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Posted by Arlen over 9 years ago.

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PA3 Volunteers Help Young Triathletes

April 18, 2010: A handful of PA3 volunteers turned out to guide and cheer on 3- to 12-year old participants in the YMCA Healthy Kids Triathlon on April 18. Sara Hastings '09, pictured, helped some of the youngest swimmers navigate the length of the pool.

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Posted by Arlen over 9 years ago.

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PA3 Caps Make Way for Hard Hats at Isles

April 17, 2010: PA3 members, spouses and offspring donned hard hats at the sixth PA3 Community Service Isles outing, where they demolished the interior of a future warehouse for Terracycle. The building, which Isles purchased in late 2009, is adjacent to the 19th century textile mill Isles is converting to a mixed-use, "green" village, where PA3 volunteers have worked in the past.
Special thanks to Joe Voigtsberger '82 and his daughter Kate for their perfect attendance at all six Isles volunteer days. Kudos also to the "heavyweight" crew for pulling down ceilings and knocking down walls: Joe, Mark Horning '79 with son Gareth, David Budd '79, Barry Zhang *94, Dan Hayes-Patterson '09, Richard Wong '95, and Dina Kravets '88 and her daughter Pearl. Other volunteers who pulled down siding, dismantled fixtures, toted debris to the dumpster, and otherwise helped out were Seamus Abshere '06, Laurel Goodell *83, Sara Hastings '09, Bettina Miguez '06, Richard's wife Jaime Wong, Kate, and your well-meaning but muscularly deficient Community Service chair, Arlen Hastings '80, who amused and/or terrified the Isles staff by using a power saw. (More pictures on Facebook.)

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Posted by Arlen over 9 years ago.

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