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Behind the Scenes At Azavea – Our Volunteer Gigs

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rcr_newsletter Rachel Cheetham-Richard, Vice President

Rachel’s Volunteer Gig:  Generation Appreciation Philadelphia, a.k.a GenPhilly
Rachel spent a tremendous amount of time during her childhood with her paternal grandmother.  “Manou”, as she used to call her. They would go on vacation together, spend weekends together during the school year, go shopping, watch cheesy films, and when Rachel moved to the U.S. they would call each other every other week. When Manou passed away last year, she left a big hole in Rachel’s life. Soon afterward, Rachel met two terrific women, Kate Clark and Lauren Ring, both working at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, who are also leading the development and activities of GenPhilly. GenPhilly’s mission is to inspire emerging professionals to make a connection with older adults in their personal and professional lives.  It is an alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting an age-friendly Philadelphia. Rachel decided to volunteer because she saw this as an opportunity to remain connected to her grandmother, better understand and connect to elderly’s issues, and participate in the promotion of Philadelphia as a place where growing older doesn’t have to be alienating. Rachel is currently volunteering on a GenPhilly event in conjunction with the Corzo Center/University of the Arts and the College of Art & Design. The event (Sept. 16 at UArts), entitled Women & Aging: Image (R)evolution, will feature Sarah Kagan, Professor of Gerontological Nursing at Penn and Valerie Temple Lange, Programming and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

Rachel is not the only member of the Azavea team actively volunteering in the Philadelphia region. We’ve polled everyone in the office about their volunteer involvements.

Aaron Ogle, Software Developer: Back on my Feet, Runner and Community Legal Services: Justice For All 5K, Runner

Abby Fretz, Product Development Manager: Back on my Feet, Runner; Global Family Program, Event publicity; and TEDxPhilly, Event Volunteer

Carissa Brittain, Software Developer: Philadelphia Freedom Band, Marching and Concert Member and, Video Game Co-Lead

Dana Bauer, GIS Analyst: Fair Food Farm Stand and Community Legal Services: Justice For All 5K, Runner

David Middlecamp, Software Developer: American Diabetes Society: Tour de Cure, Cyclist; Community Legal Services: Justice For All 5K, Runner; and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cyclist

David Zwarg, Software Developer: OSGeo, Contributor

Deb Boyer, Sajara Project Manager: Easton Farmer’s Market, Volunteer and Lafayette College Speech and Debate Team, Coach

Josh Marcus, Software Developer: Media Mobilizing Project, Software Developer and Technology Consultant and “Tagged Tanakh” of the Jewish Publication Society, Technical Advisory Board

Mike Romankiewicz: GIS Analyst: Hilltop Conservancy, Volunteer Cartographer and Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Event planning committee

Rachel Cheetham-Richard, Vice President: GenPhilly, Volunteer

Reed Lauber, Software Developer: Refresh Philly, Organizer; PhillyJS, Organizer; and TEDxPhilly, Organizer

Robert Cheetham, President and CEO: Callowhill Neighborhood Association, Board of Directors; Penn State University, Masters of GIS Program, Board of Advisors; Japanese Garden Research Network, Managing Director; Encyclopedia of Philadelphia, Advisory Board

Sarah Pierro, GIS Analyst: Protect Our Winters, Contributing Writer

Sean McGinnis, Project Manager: Team River Runner, Guide and American Whitewater, Advocate

Timothy Horning, Intern: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Volunteer Collections Processor; Historic RittenhouseTown, Support; and Animal Rescue Network, Foster