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Back on My Feet Philly Chapter to Visit Campus Jan. 25

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1/21/2011 —

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, Penn State Brandywine will welcome members of the Philadelphia chapter of Back on My Feet, an organization that works with volunteers to help better the lives of the city’s homeless population by running as a community several times per week.

 Katie Pfeifer, director of the chapter, will bring volunteers as well as resident participants of the program to share how the experience has touched their lives from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in the Main Building, room 101.

"Back on My Feet, founded by Anne Mahlum in Philadelphia in 2007—when she was just 27 [years old]—is a nonprofit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem,” according to its website.

In addition to providing a sense of community, Back on My Feet “offers connections to job training, employment and housing.”

“We are delighted to have Back on My Feet coming to speak to campus this semester as an example of how young people without substantial organizational experience or financial resources can make a major difference in their communities,” said Assistant Professor of Finance Don Taylor, the chair of the committee that organized Pfeifer’s visit to campus as part of its Spring Lecture Series on Civic and Community Engagement.

This series was designed with the hope of inspiring students to be agents of change by considering ways in which they, too, can contribute in their communities.

 For information on about the Spring Lecture Series on Civic and Community Engagement, contact Don Taylor at 610-892-1471 or DAT17@psu.edu, or visit www.bw.psu.edu for upcoming events. For more information about Back on My Feet, visit http://philadelphia.backonmyfeet.org.

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