Happy Holidays; 2013 Year in Review

Friday, December 27th, 2013

 

 

The Casey Feldman Foundation  thanks each and every one of you for your support as we highlight some of our accomplishments in 2013.

We have awarded 16 scholarships to deserving college students, have funded the second facility therapy dog at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, continue to support Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals and have expanded our distracted driving awareness campaign.

Our volunteer speakers have given distracted driving presentations to more than 125,000 teens across the country and our website, EndDD.org  (End Distracted Driving), has become one of the leading resources in the battle to reduce distracted driving tragedies.

Please consider making a year-end tax deductible donation to The Casey Feldman Foundation so that we may continue our good work in Casey’s memory.

We wish all of you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Blessed 2014.

 

Related Links:

CBS News Coverage 2012: Health: Dog Therapy To Honor Casey

believe@Magee, July 16, 2013: Because of Casey: Magee’s Facility Dog Program

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

 

 

Foundation Establishes Computer Science Student/Non-Profit Partnership; Recipient Helps the Hungry

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Dianne L. Anderson

Sean Wiese at the computer demonstrating BFR's new web application

Local non-profits often do not have the funds necessary to meet the technology needs necessary to advance their missions. Recognizing that need, the Casey Feldman Foundation established a program that pays stipends to computer science students to work for non-profits. The computer science student receives valuable experience and the non-profit gets a better website, necessary software applications, social media assistance, e-newsletters or blogs for their organization.

Programs have been established at a number of universities, including Villanova, the University of Colorado and Southern Connecticut State University. Non-profits that have benefitted include Gilda’ Club (support for families of cancer patients), Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals and Boulder Food Rescue (BFR).

Thousands of pounds of good food go into dumpsters each day

Sean Wiese was the first student at the University of Colorado to receive a stipend to assist a non-profit,  Boulder Food Rescue (BFR).   BFR rescues and redistributes perishable food “waste” to charities that serve homeless and at-risk individuals with the goal of helping to solve the problems of hunger, malnutrition, and food waste in the community.  Focusing on nutritious fruits and vegetables that would that would not otherwise be available to their recipients, volunteers pick up food from small and large markets, cafes, restaurants, bakeries and the University.  While doing so, they work to have minimal environmental impact by transporting the food with bicycles directly from donors to recipients. Some 170,000 pounds of produce and baked goods have been diverted from dumpsters in the last year since the organization was established.

A BFR volunteer making a pickup at Whole Foods in Boulder

This non-profit was having difficulty with scheduling between donors, recipients and its more than 70 volunteers that pick up and deliver the food. Sean Wiese, a concurrent BS/MS Computer Science major, designed a software application to meet the needs of BFR. The web application allows organizations that donate or receive food from Boulder Food Rescue to input pickup and delivery information. An intelligent planning algorithm then takes in pickups, deliveries and volunteer schedules to plan optimal pickup schedules for its volunteer force. The goal was to enable BFR to optimize its limited resources and enable it to handle more pickups. Already, the organization has increased its pickups and deliveries by hundreds of pounds per week.

 

Sean, who will be working as a software development engineer for Microsoft upon graduation in May, has already had two corporate internships during college. Asked about his experience with BFR, Sean stated that it was immensely gratifying to give back to the community and use his skills to aid such a worthy charity. In addition, “The hands on experience outside the classroom has helped to prepare me for my upcoming job at Microsoft.”

BFR minimizes its environmental footprint by making deliveries and pickups by bicycle

BFR minimizes its environmental footprint by making deliveries and pickups by bicycle

Related Links:

Boulder Food Rescue

“Class project helps divert 170,000 pounds of food from the dumpster”,  University of Colorado – Boulder

“Sean Wiese Receives First Casey Feldman Award for his work with Boulder Food Rescue“, University of Colorado – Boulder

Gilda’s Club

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

July 17, 2011 Day of Service and Remembrance

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

L to R: Riley Vroome, Alice McGovern and Renee, Ricky and Maddy Liss were part of the group cleaning the grounds

For the second year in a row, friends and family sought to honor Casey Feldman’s life and memory on the anniversary of her death by volunteering together at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, a no-kill animal shelter in Radnor, Pa. Established in 1897 and incorporated in 1902, Francisvale is thought to be the oldest no-kill animal shelter in the nation. Casey was 21 years old when she was struck and killed two years ago in Ocean City, New Jersey while walking to a summer job on the boardwalk.

L to R: Phil Knasiak, Ryan Gellar, Dan Smisko and Matt Grace insulating the attic

Some 35 individuals spent their time insulating an attic, preparing the grounds for an upcoming doggie play area as well as for a memorial garden, painting a settee and chairs, cleaning the interior of the shelter and breaking down an old sofa and placing it in a dumpster.

Casey's brother, Brett's friends chose to honor Casey. L to R: Jason Spector, Stephen Kennedy, Ryan Gellar and Bob Gibson

A lunch time tribute  at Francisvale was made to Casey with Casey’s mother, Dianne Anderson, reminiscing about Casey’s love for animals and support of animal rescue and no kill shelters. Casey was an animal lover, having everything from chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, lizards, fish, turtles, and of course, cats and dogs while growing up. She was a big advocate of adoption and all of the household pets were strays and adoptees in need of a home. Even the chickens were left over from the local 4-H. The family German Shepards all came from German Shepard Rescue of Southeastern Pa, which included a beautiful tribute to Casey in their Summer 2009 Newsletter.

Casey's Springfield friends L to R: Melissa Zirolli, Jackie Cahill, Kaitlyn Carullo and Rachael Kemmey at the shelter

Casey missed the family cats and dog while away at college and made time to volunteer at a no-kill shelter, Animal Haven, in NYC where she would love up the kitties and walk the dogs. The first puppy received by Animal Haven after Casey’s death was named “Casey” in her honor.

At the evening reception, pink balloons were released into the sky with lots of love for Casey

Jodi Button, Francisvale’s Executive Director, expressed the shelter’s tremendous gratitude to all of the volunteers for their hard work and completion of much needed jobs at the shelter, “The work accomplished in Casey’s name has made all the difference in the world… It seems like such a wonderful testament to Casey’s life that she would have so many fabulous people willing to roll up their sleeves on a hot summer’s day to offer the precious gift of time and goodwill. We were all taken by the spirit of generosity and kindness that marked the event.”

Some 40 volunteers offered their services last year at Francisvale on the first anniversary of Casey’s death. Within an approximate 6 hour period, the entire interior of the facility was painted. Additional service included feeding the homeless in Philadelphia, making and serving dinners at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, cleaning up the parks in Springfield, PA and volunteering at Beacon Animal Shelter in Ocean View, N.J.

Likewise this year, friends and extended family outside of the area offered contributed time and much needed supplies to their local animal shelters, while others donated blood to the Red Cross.

The day concluded with an evening reception at the Feldman home. At dusk, with the background of some 19,000 pink lights twinkling in the background from the Casey tree, some 50 pink balloons were released into the sky accompanied by lots of love for Casey.

[View the photos from the day.]

Related Posts & Links:

Photos – July 17, 2011 Day of and Service and Remembrance

A Day of Service and Remembrance on Casey’s First “Angelversary” –  July 17, 2010

Photos – July 17, 2010 Service and Reception

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

German Shepard Rescue (GSR) of Southeastern PA

GSR Tribute to Casey

Animal Haven – NYC

July 17, 2011 Day of Service Scheduled for Casey Feldman’s “Angelversary”

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Casey and Nikki at Ridley Creek State Park in Oct. 2008

To honor Casey Feldman’s memory, another day of service has been scheduled for Casey’s second “angelversary” on Sunday, July 17th. Locally, service will take place again at Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals, a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter in Radnor, Pa. Volunteers will work from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with service ranging from insulating an attic, working on a new outdoor doggie play area and indoor administrative tasks, for those preferring an air conditioned environment. Lunch will be provided, as will optional tours of the shelter.

Casey's brother, Brett (front), with Bob Gibson, Stephen Kennedy and Jason Spector painting at Francisvale last July 17th

Casey was an animal lover, having everything from chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, lizards, fish, turtles, and of course, cats and dogs while growing up. She was a big advocate of adoption and all of the household pets were strays and adoptees in need of a home. Even the chickens were left over from the local 4-H. The family German Shepards all came from German Shepard Rescue of Southeastern Pa, which included a beautiful tribute to Casey in their Summer 2009 Newsletter.

The Ceffaratti family wore their pink "I Brake for Pedestrians" shirts as they fed the homesless in Philadelphia last July 17th

Casey missed the family cats and dog while away at college and made time to volunteer at a no-kill shelter, Animal Haven, in NYC where she would love up the kitties and walk the dogs. The first puppy received by Animal Haven after Casey’s death was named “Casey” in her honor.

Casey & her Cousin Chris' dog Sasha in 2007

Some 40 volunteers offered their services last year at Francisvale on the first anniversary of Casey’s death. Within an approximate 6 hour period, the entire interior of the facility was painted. Friends and family agreed that it was a fun a fitting tribute to Casey’s life and memory. Additional service included feeding the homeless in Philadelphia, making and serving dinners at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, cleaning up the parks in Springfield, PA and volunteering at Beacon Animal Shelter in Ocean View, N.J.

As last year, family and friends outside of the local area, or who want to perform service elsewhere in Casey’s memory are invited to do so. Please  remember to send in your photos if you will be volunteering somewhere other that at Francisvale.

The day will conclude with a reception at the Feldman home from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

All are welcome to share the day with family and friends at Francisvale or at the Feldman home in the evening. To RSVP, respond to the events listed on the Casey Feldman Network site or, email dianneanderson@caseyfeldmanfoundation.org.

Related Posts & Links:

A Day of Service and Remembrance on Casey Feldman’s First “Angelversary” – July 17, 2010

Photos – July 17, 2010

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals

German Shepard Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania – Tribute to Casey Feldman

Animal Haven, NYC (see the puppy named after Casey)

Casey Feldman 14 minute memorial video (which includes footage at Animal Haven)

Three of the four Feldman family cats