RIBBON CUTTING

The Green Tree Community Health Foundation celebrated its move to its new offices in Germantown on Thursday, December 18 with festive fanfare at its Ribbon Cutting. The Drum Line of the Germantown High School Band performed under the direction of Elisabeth D'Alessandro, Music Director, while Foundation officials, accompanied by elected officials and grantees of the Foundation, cut a pine rope as a symbolic gesture of opening the doors of the 1748 Green Tree Tavern at 6023 Germantown Ave.

Secretary of the Board, Francis Ballard, accompanied Green Tree's Executive Director, Susan Hansen, Ph.D., in the cutting of the bough, and, with a drum roll, stated that the Foundation would honor the on-going story of the historic tavern where Thomas Jefferson dined and where pre-Revolutionary planning took place.

Green Tree Community Health Foundation, formerly the Chestnut Hill Health Care Foundation, moved to Germantown from its original home in Chestnut Hill, where it was created in 2005 to serve as the non-profit funder of agencies whose work improved the health and wellbeing of Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County.

City Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller stated that "the Foundation reaches thousands of people in the Northwest Philadelphia region through their grants program. The organizations that the Foundation teams with through their grants are invaluable to the health of our community. In this down economy those agencies need this help and we are all grateful to the Foundation."

From Chaka Fattah's office, Solomon Jones, Director of Community Outreach, said "Green Tree Community Health Foundation has made such huge strides in the grant making world since 2005. Foundations like Green Tree are wonderful grass roots organizations that step up to help other organizations to provide the impossible. The Congressman's office is well aware of the health care crisis in the nation as well as in Philadelphia. We are grateful for the work of the Foundation."

And Giridhar Mallya, M.D., Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health commented that "one of the Foundation's newest initiatives is to fund organizations that provide primary healthcare to the under-and uninsured. This group of vulnerable people is of major concern to the Department of Health. The Department is grateful for the commitment of the Foundation to these agencies."

In attendance was Linda Corsover, President of the West Central Germantown Neighbors who added her welcome to the Foundation. Also, Elizabeth Hawkins, a nurse who is part of Women and Faith and Hope, and whose job was financed through a grant provided by the Foundation, expressed her gratitude.

Representatives from the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, whose early childhood program for hearing and non-hearing children was funded by the Foundation included Dr. Damian Johnston, Gail Bober, Ruth Cella, Vicki DiFederico and headmaster Dr. Larry S. Taub.

Another grantee of the Foundation, Face to Face, was represented by Eileen Smith, Executive Director and Kathryn Maleney, Development Director.


The Foundation is a nonprofit public charity striving for a positive impact on current and emerging health issues and risks, empowering residents in its 30-zip code, Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County service area to access health services and to value, embrace and maintain their health. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has awarded 93 grants to nonprofit health and social service organizations totaling $2.6 million.

Grantees which serve Northwest Philadelphia and are supported by the Green Tree Community Health Foundation include Albert Einstein Healthcare Network - West Oak Lane NORC Initiative; Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP); Awbury Arboretum Association; Breakfree Youth Design Group; Build-A-Bridge; Carson Valley Children's Aid; Center in the Park; Chestnut Hill Garden District Fund; Chestnut Hill Meals on Wheels; Chestnut Hill Senior Services Center; Child Home and Community; Community Legal Services (CLS); Face to Face; First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG) After School Program; The Food Trust; Friends of the Children's Park in Chestnut Hill; Inter-faith Housing Alliance; JEVS Human Services; Jewish Family and Children Services of Greater Philadelphia; Journey's Way; Kardon Institute for Arts Therapy; KenCrest Centers; Keystone Hospice; Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly; Maternal Wellness Center; Maternity Care Coalition; Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia; Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Alliance (MANNA); Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM); North Light Community Center; Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (NPIHN); The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf; Philadelphia Early Childhood Collaborative; Philadelphia Flying Phoenix - Healthy Dragon Boat Program; Philadelphia Outward Bound Center; Philadelphia Senior Center, Inc.; St. Catherine Laboure Medical Clinic; Supportive Older Women's Network (SOWN); Tabor Children's Services, Inc.; Time Out Respite Program at Temple University; Unitarian Universalist House of the Joseph Priestly District; Women of Faith and Hope; YMCA of Roxborough and YMCA of Germantown.

"We are proud to be part of the Germantown community," said Susan Hansen. "We wanted to be closer to the heart of the community we're serving and Germantown reflects the diversity and cultural richness of our service area."

For more information on the Foundation please call 215-438-8102.

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The Foundation is a nonprofit public charity striving for a positive impact on current and emerging health issues and risks, empowering residents in its 30-zip code, Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County service area to access health services and to value, embrace and maintain their health. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has awarded 93 grants to nonprofit health and social service organizations totaling $2.6 million.



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6 East Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
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