PetFest Benefits Local Nonprofit Organizations
Maternal and Child Health Consortium – Empowering families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by addressing the social and environmental issues that perpetuate and exacerbate poor health conditions in our communities. www.ccmchc.org See the highlight below!
La Mancha Animal Rescue was originally formed as an alternative to the ex-racehorse slaughterhouse.La Mancha rescues and finds homes for not only horses, also dogs, cats, goats, and the occasional exotic animal that requires more space or specialized knowledge than most SPCAs can offer. www.lamanchaanimalrescue.org
Kennett Area Community Services provides solutions to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the Southern Chester County community. As the home of the Kennett Food Cupboard, hundreds of families receive monthly food assistance. The KACS Emergency Assistance Program offers comprehensive case management and financial assistance for rent, utility bills, and other basic necessities and reduces homelessness through homeless prevention and rapid rehousing. As a Bridges agency, KACS works to reduce local poverty and help families find a better quality of life. www.kacsonline.net
Kennett Area Senior Center (KASC) – Serving older residents of Southern Chester County, the Center provides day, evening, and weekend programs and services to help residents stay active, healthy, and involved, allowing them to remain independent. KASC is committed to preserving and enhancing the dignity and well-being of all adult residents of Southern Chester County by providing a vital assortment of services that enrich social relationships, foster physical health, encourage educational interests, and promote self-reliance. www.kennettseniorcenter.org
The Garage Community Youth Center is an after school and youth development program serving middle and high school students in Kennett Square and West Grove. Their mission is to empower youth to pursue their potential. www.garageyouthcenter.org
Family Promise of Southern Chester County is organized to help children and families experiencing homelessness achieve sustainable housing and stability by providing shelter, meals, and comprehensive support sevices through a network of congregations and volunteers. www.familypromisescc.org
Kennett Library – Their mission is to serve as the center for life-long learning and the destination for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information throughout the Southern Chester County service area. www.kennettpubliclibrary.org
Boy Scout Troop 53 has fun pursuing the Boy Scout mission to prepare young people by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law. This troop has a long tradition - more than sixty years - of camping, outdoor adventure, and service to Kennett Square and its surrounding communities. www.ccctroop53.org
KAU Little League is open to players who reside in or attend public or private school within the geographic boundaries of Unionville-Chadds Ford and Kennett Consolidated School Districts. The Little League Program is designed for players of all skill levels and age groups. The priority is to develop fundamental baseball skills while demonstrating outstanding sportsmanship. www.kaulittleleague.org
Highlight of a PetFest Beneficiary
Maternal and Child Health Care Consortium of Chester County
Chester County is one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, but many local children are at risk of serious health problems such as being born too small (under 5.5 pounds) or too early (before 37 weeks). These health problems not only affect the children and their families, but the entire community. All health care payers – public and private – share the cost of caring for premature babies. And according to recent research, the average medical costs for a preterm baby are more than 10 times higher than for a healthy full-term baby. The average costs for a healthy baby from birth to his first birthday are $4,551. For a preterm baby, these costs are $49,033!
Studies are clear about what obstacles stand in the way of a healthy baby. Our Healthy Start services (in Spanish and English) target risk factors during a woman’s pregnancy and in her child’s earliest years to ensure a healthy family. An independent study of Healthy Start’s first 14 years (1996-2009) showed that babies born to Healthy Start moms in our target communities were healthier than babies of moms in the same communities who were not enrolled.
As babies born too early and too small may face long-term effects, investments in the health of young children result in a real financial return for communities – with fewer costs going to medical care and special education, lower school dropout rates, less crime, and a higher probability that parents will be able to work steadily and their kids will grow up to contribute to our economy. Today, it’s more important than ever to be sure your investments have a direct impact on the families of Chester County!