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PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce Honors Impact Thrift Stores

June 05, 2012

Non-Profit of the Year!

Impact Thrift Stores is honored to announce that we have been chosen as the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year by the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce! One non-profit member has been recognized each year since 1998 by the chamber, formerly known as the North Penn Chamber of Commerce, serving the Montgomery County business community since 1913.  The award will be formally presented at the PennSuburban Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration on June 14th at the William Penn Inn in Bluebell, PA.

According to Pam Kelly, President and CEO of the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce, award recipients are chosen “based on recommendations from chamber staff and board of directors as well as member input.  The staff and board work together to make the annual selection utilizing established criteria.”

Impact Thrift Stores was chosen as this year’s award winner based on “the number of lives impacted” by our work. “Not only through the donations to charities, but as an employer and a provider of a low cost shopping opportunity in the community,” said Pam.  ”You enjoy a strong image in the community through the availability of community service opportunities and internships. You have demonstrated a growth in your facilities and employment over the past year, and you have been an active member of the PennSuburban Chamber of Commerce.”

“As we work hard, day in and day out, on the details of running a business, we get so wrapped up in that work that we don’t realize the impact we are having in the community,” said Jo Greenawalt, Impact Thrift Stores’ Director of Business Development.  ”We thank you for this award.  It is a stark reminder of why we are here and it re-energizes our stores and our staff to continue what we are doing.”

“We don’t see ourselves as touching lives on a daily basis as do our supported charities who work directly with their clients. In receiving this award we are reminded of why Impact Thrift Stores exists,” Jo continues.  ”We act as a vehicle to facilitate the creation of funds from your gently-used merchandise donations which we then distribute to locally-based charities that focus on the needs of families and children in our area.  This award should be given to the community itself because, without our donors and shoppers none of this could be accomplished. It truly takes a whole community.”

Past Non-Profit of the Year award recipients include North Penn Boys/Girls Club, North Penn VNA, North Penn YMCA, North Penn United Way, Community Housing, Foulkeways, North Penn Rotary Club, Peak Center, Manna on Main Street, North Penn Community Health Foundation, Abington Health, and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.