Our Garden News!

There’s something new in the Chester Eastside-St. Paul’s Community Garden every week. The transplants which soaked up the sun on Barbara’s deck moved to the garden, where over wintered onions and kale are now sharing space with newly-transplanted lettuce. Doug is continuing work on the new pollinator garden and putting in a new trellis.

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Chester Eastside – Operations Manager Opportunity

Chester Eastside is looking for an Operations Manager who will be responsible for the operation of our office and food pantry. The attached posting includes an overview of the organization and the job description. Salary will be commensurate with experience and flexible work arrangements will be considered. All interested applicants should send their resume and salary requirements to Recruiter@ceichester.org.
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Every Child Counts!

Lorraine and Joyce, of Every Child Counts, Inc., delivered 152.3 lbs. of non-perishable food items to Janet, our Food Services Community Engagement Manager. The generous donation is in keeping with the organization’s mission, “To improve the lives of children from birth to 18 years old.” #everychildcounts #fooddonations #foodinsecurity #chestereastside

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Collaborations Deliver Results!

Keystone First and PerformRx collaborated with Ridley Park Presbyterian Church – RPPC Deacons to collect and deliver 145.2 pounds of food. Pantry volunteer, Joan, also happily received about a dozen handmade afghans from RP Pres members Jane and Nick. The church delivers PB&Js twice a month. Many thanks!

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Legal Aid Availability

Need legal advice? A representative of Episcopal Legal Aid will offer free legal advice, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, on non-criminal matters to individuals who cannot afford private counsel. For more information, call 610-872-4812. #legaladvice #chestereastside

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Something for Everyone!

There’s a job for everyone in the Chester Eastside – St. Paul’s Community Garden. The younger children planted and watered broccoli and collards — love the fish watering cans! The older kids transferred soil from the compost pile to a new pollinator garden — thanks, Doug, for steering the wheelbarrow).

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Our Garden Sprouts!

It’s almost warm enough to plant the seedlings that have been incubating under grow lights in Barbara’s house in the Chester Eastside-St. Paul’s Community Garden. Don’t the forsythia in the vase give them an extra spring-like look? ##communitygarden #growlights #seedlings #forsythia #chestereastside

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Food Pantry Training

Our volunteers who interact with food pantry clients recently attended an hour-long training session and lunch. The annual review is required by our food pantry contractor, Share Food Program, and topics included an overview of the Federal laws prohibiting discrimination, categories of individuals protected by anti-discrimination laws, public notices pantries must post, appropriate data to collect from clients, accessibility issues for disabled individuals and language translation services available for communicating with LEP (limited English proficiency) individuals.
Volunteer Carlene summed up the training’s main message – “We should treat clients like we’d want our own mothers to be treated.”

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Reading is Fun! – Out of School Time

Is there anything better than a new book? The children in Out of School Time each received several to take home thanks to our friends at Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County (UUCDC), who donated $1,435 for the project. The books, written by African American authors, were purchased from Hakim’s Bookstore & Gift Shop. Can’t wait to start reading!

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