*This post was updated 8/29 1:11 with additional links from downingtown ex-pat and villager E.H. who is now living in Houston and gave a few additional grassroots links.* It Takes a Village is dedicated to bringing our community ways to give back and to truly ‘Be the Village’ to those in need. Right now Texas needs our help. The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is still ongoing as the storm dumps over 50+ inches of rain on the area. It can be very hard to know how to help in times like these…it’s far away, you’re not sure who to trust, you’re not sure what theyRead More →

The lovely ladies with St. Anthony’s Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) have voted to make It Takes A Village a yearly beneficiary of their support!!! We are so humbled and touched to have been granted this generous show of support for our programs and mission!   The ladies of SAWA meet monthly and sponsor many community events. Their 2014-2015 sponsorships include The Michael Bartone Memorial Fund, Teri’s Run, Bats for Matt, Strikeouts for Katie and the St. Joseph Parish Festival.  Donations were given to The Lord’s Pantry, St. Joseph Giving Tree, Helping Hands of Beaver Creek Elementary School, CMMD, the STA Banquet Hall and Bridge of Hope of LancasterRead More →

I take the train to my day job on occasion and the other day on a very crowded commuter train home, a young lady with an infant strapped to her chest sat down a few rows ahead of me. I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s a little baby, I bet she’s just back from maternity leave and decided to put the baby in childcare close to her work. Good for her, that must be so hard, I’m not sure I could have traveled with either of my infants like that, they would have cried…I would have stressed out…I’d have been so uncomfortable…”. As my inner thoughtsRead More →

Remember the election of 2016? (Bear with me here, I promise this post won’t be political). Remember all the emotion surrounding that election? Remember waking up to your Facebook newsfeed November 9th and it was blowing up with reaction from both sides…your friends and family, acquaintances and work folks, all speaking up. Some were happy, some were sad, some were scared, some were angry, some were gloating, some were swearing to move to Canada.  Some just outright shut down, refusing to engage because it was just so overwhelming. I remember the energy of that day just being so intense. There was an air of tensionRead More →