As was expected, this holiday season proved to be a bit different than past years. However, despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn E&R donated to two drives to support local families in need.
This would have marked the third consecutive year Penn E&R participated in the Giving Tree program organized by Saint Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Hatfield. The decades-old tradition is organized by the church’s Outreach Group, which invites parishioners and community members to drop off gifts to the church, including toys, games, clothing and grocery store gift cards, that are then distributed to local families in need. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the church opted to limit contributions to monetary only. Parishioners and community members were encouraged to give check and cash donations to the Outreach Group to purchase grocery store and Walmart gift cards for those in need. Penn E&R gave a company donation and its employees gave individual donations as well.
Penn E&R also donated non-perishable food items to a drive hosted by the Swinerton Foundation, the charitable arm of commercial construction company Swinerton, a Penn E&R client. The Swinerton Foundation partners with non-profit organizations that help the communities across the country that the Swinerton team serves. In the northeast region, the Swinerton Foundation partnered with Philabundance, a local non-profit that provides food to over 90,000 people on a weekly basis. Swinerton coordinated drives at each of its project sites. Penn E&R employees donated canned food, dry foods and household items, which were dropped off to a project site in Plymouth Meeting. The Swinerton Foundation graciously matched all donations from its company partners.