Guided by our commitment to the people of South Philadelphia, the Foundation funds grass roots organizations and programs that better the lives of our neighbors. Since 1998 the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in community grants.


(L-R) Elaine Ridolfi, patient with Karina Gonzalez, student and John T. Johnson, Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Care Services

The rate of respiratory related diseases in the U.S. is on the rise—one in four Americans suffers from serious chronic or life threatening respiratory diseases.With the continued support of the Jane and Leonard Korman Respiratory Institute in Philadelphia, we are bringing an extraordinary level of expertise in diagnosing and treating complex respiratory illnesses to our community, including lung cancer screenings and a COPD Center of Excellence.

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Gregory Jurkowski, paramedic at home visit with Michele C. DiArenzo, patient

Community Paramedicine Program

At no cost to the patient, Methodist Hospital and JeffSTAT have piloted a new population health initiative in South Philadelphia aimed at providing the right care for recovery and reduced hospital readmissions. During the month after discharge, a paramedic pays ongoing visits to the patient to help with their transition home.

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Student is evaluated by AHO volunteer

AHO Athlete Health Organization

Administering free physicals to scholar athletes grades nine to 12—this program has prevented potentially unnecessary tragedies from occurring on the playing field. Thanks to the support of the Foundation AHO has grown from screening a few hundred children to thousands.

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MaryMichelle Loquias, Physical Therapist


As a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program, it provides one-on-one care with the latest advanced equipment and complete stroke coordination. All provided with optimal patient convenience at Methodist Hospital.

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New science lab

St. Thomas Aquinas

This Independence Mission School, serves culturally diverse students in an underserved neighborhood of South Philadelphia. They lacked a science lab and physical education program until the Foundation funded a grant to provide these services.

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A.D.R.O.P. Unity Health Clinic

A.D.R.O.P. Unity Clinic

Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor (ADROP) focuses on wellness + education + justice in building bridges between providers, recipients and community leaders across economic political and religious spectra. They seek a community that recognizes the dignity and respect owed all persons.

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Empowering Cambodian-Americans to be productive and successful individuals in society

Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia

This organization is the lifeline for social, health and education programs for Cambodian refugees and their families. Many are survivors of the Cambodian genocide or descendants of survivors now living in South Philadelphia.

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