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Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll: Jill Aschkenasy

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

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Jill Aschkenasy with WHO (Photo credit).

Jill Aschkenasy with her children: Ben, Kate, Charlie and James (Photo credit: Paul Aschkenasy).

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?
I was raised by a philanthropic mom, so I believe it is learned behavior. I watched my own mother care deeply about others less fortunate and act on those feelings. I never really saw it as an option to do otherwise! AS my four children grew up and the last one went off to a full day of school, I had a moment to breathe. I had more time on my hands and I needed to figure out how to fill that time in a productive and meaningful way. It took me some time to figure out the right path, but it was always the idea of helping those who need it most- just took a few years to figure out exactly how! The question in the back of my mind always was, “what will I do to help out? not “will I do something?”

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?
An early memory of personal philanthropy was a high school summer job when I worked at the Norristown Mental Health Clinic caring for the children of patients in a summer program. It was through this initial experience of helping those less fortunate that I really realized the power of rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty to help others. I recall the faces of the children and the personal feeling of gratification I felt by playing with them. I also distinctly recall that summer that all of my other friends were working in jobs where they were paid. My first instinct when my parents encouraged me to volunteer at the Mental Health clinic was a bit of frustration, but I soon learned why I as there and I loved it! And I was lucky enough that my parents helped me make up the difference!

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?
As I mentioned before, watching my mother as a philanthropist had a huge impact on me. Another influence was an article I read about five years ago in a local magazine, about women doing fabulous work in every field, profit and non profit, in the Philadelphia area. As I read the profiles of all these fabulous women, I thought to myself, “I need to be doing something more, I can make a difference.” it was that article, and mostly the pieces about women in the non profit world, that I kept in the back of my mind. That article kept coming up in my thinking…how was I going to do something notable, impressive, impactful?

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?
I find that the message I am sending to my children is powerful. Coque huawei En Ligne The model of being grateful for what we have and at the same time, sharing as much as possible with others, both through financial means, but more importantly through hard work and giving of my time, is impactful on who they are. alien iphone 8 case They are seeing the value in all people, and the value in helping those less fortunate. iphone 7 case frame I have founded an organization called Our Closet which provides free clothing to deserving Philadelphians by way of hosting pop up shops throughout the city. iphone 7 shockproof phone cases At these pop up shops, we serve those in need in a dignified way, by providing this service and allowing them to feel proud about their experience shopping at Our Closet. we are fulfilling basic needs, but also helping to boost the confidence of those living in poverty and facing all of the struggles that go along with that. Having created an organization that serves so many has provided me with many proud moments over time. coque samsung galaxy One such anecdote was when Tasha walked into Our Closet just last week. coque huawei livraison rapide For a year and a half, Tasha came somewhat regularly to Our Closet with her four year old son.

Then one day, she told me she was pregnant. I was excited to hear the news and immediately threw my arms around her. However, her reaction was not what I expected. She was not at all thrilled about this new pregnancy. The baby’s father was not in the picture and she was living in a women’s shelter. This new addition to her life was going to be hard. coque huawei nova For the next few months, she came into Our Closet and I provided her with maternity clothes and also clothes for the new baby. All the while, she was worried about her future. Then about a year went by and I did not see Tasha. iphone 8 case retro Last week, Tasha returned to Our Closet, looking beautiful and carrying her new son. She was so happy to tell me that she had worked hard, moved out of the shelter into her own home and gone through job training to become a corrections officer in the prison system. head case iphone 8 plus And, Tasha added, Our Closet was a big piece of helping her achieve these goals. Not only did she have the clothes to wear to her interviews, and the clothes for her and her two boys, but the confidence and empowerment she gained from her experience as a shopper with us, helped her to face the other struggles in her life head on! I would say, Tasha’s story tops the list of proud philanthropic moments for me!

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?
The legacy I want to leave my children is to be activists and not to accept the status quo as good enough. Challenge the current state of affairs and continuously question how things can be done better and work towards that goal. if you see a weakness in the system, a crack where people are slipping though, a place where you can make a difference, then get up and make that difference. This can be a very small effort, or a large one. purse phone case iphone 8 Each piece of the puzzle is crucial, but you must make those moves.