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August Charity of The Month - CORA Serives

For August 2020, Local PHL Market’s Charity of the Month is the CORA Services, an organization that has been helping children and families from the Philadelphia Area since 1971. Their mission is to “assist children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity.”

CORA stands for Counseling or Referral Assistance, and their services include academic support, counselling, occupational therapy, substance abuse services, and dozens of impactful programs. And, if an individual or a family needs access to a service that is not offered by CORA, they will help them find the help they need and offer referrals to the appropriate services.

Over the last several decades, CORA has made a major impact on the community of students in the Philly area, especially. They have provided services in over 140 schools, reached over 6500 students through large group guidance counselling, and have provided Early Intervention services to over 430 children in preschools, daycares, and homes.

During the pandemic, while CORA had to shut down their in-person services, they have been working hard to offer as many of their services as possible remotely. They also created a COVID relief fund, intending to raise $100,000 to continue helping their current clients as well as providing emergency support for those affected by the COVID crisis. They managed to exceed that goal, currently having raised $124,797!

There are many ways to get involved with CORA. They are always looking for volunteers (if you are interested, email their Director of Development, Helene at hbaczkowski@coraservices.org). You can also subscribe to their newsletter to stay up to date on all the ways you can help and any upcoming events that they offer.

CORA services rely on the donations of individuals, families, foundations, and corporate partners to continue to do the amazing work they do within the community. Every donation directly benefits their ability to help change the lives of children, youth, and families. This is why we are so excited here at Local PHL Market, to have CORA Services be our charity of the month for August. 100% of the profits from our Local PHL T-Shirt or our Philly Made T-Shirt will go towards CORA until the end of the month. You can also click here to add a donation to CORA to your purchase!