Entries by Joe Waldo


URDC is pleased to announce that its community volunteer days are back. Our 2021 volunteer day schedule in conjunction with its member congregations and Univest Bank and Trust is shown below. The public is invited to participate in any of these volunteer days – it is a great way to assist your neighbors in need. […]

Community Drive-Through Food Distribution at Canaan Baptist Church

URDC member Canaan Baptist Church, 5430 Pulaski Ave., is sponsoring a Community Drive-Through Food Distribution event on Saturday, 12/12, 1:00 PM. Free boxes of food (while supplies last) will be given to anyone coming by Canaan Baptist at that time. No registration or sign-up required – just come visit! Details of this event below…..

URDC Board Member Wins Prestigious Philadelphia AIA Award

URDC Board member Betty Turner was recently awarded the Philadelphia American Institute of Architects (AIA) Paul Philippe Cret Award, which recognizes individuals who have made “an outstanding and lasting contribution to the design of buildings, structures, landscapes, and the public realm of Greater Philadelphia.”   Betty is most deserving of this award. Co-Founder and President […]

URDC At Morris Arboretum

Plan a visit to Morris Arboretum this month! URDC and the East Falls Presbyterian Church Youth Group teamed up to design “Fairy Tale Scarecrows” at Morris Arboretum. The scarecrows are part of the Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk fundraiser event with more than 50 scarecrows on display throughout the park.   Scarecrow Walk and URDC’s team Three […]

Philly Turns Yellow And URDC Gets Going

After suspending its Owner Occupied Home Repair assistance program during the COVID-19 quarantine, URDC hit the ground running this summer as soon as Philadelphia went yellow.                 Since June, URDC has completed 25 separate repairs assisting 18 low-income or senior homeowners in Germantown and northwest Philadelphia. As these […]

PHL COVID-19 Fund Awards Pandemic Grant To URDC

URDC recently received $17,000 from the City of Philadelphia’s PHL COVID-19 Fund, a collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Foundation, and United Way to aid nonprofits working to respond to the impact the pandemic is having throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region. URDC grant money will be used to fund emergency repairs for homeowners in […]


URDC is honored to have received a grant of $15,000 through the State of Pennsylvania Keystone Communities Grant Program. This generous grant was made possible through the efforts of State Representative Stephen Kinsey and his staff. It will be used to fund additional URDC repair projects for senior and low-income homeowners in Germantown and support […]


URDC was blessed this holiday season with a large donation of sheets, pillowcases, and towels from Thomaston Mills in Jenkintown, PA. The company makes bedding and towel products for hotels, hospitals, nursing homes, and resorts with a focus on socially and ecologically responsible production. A Thomomason employee volunteered at three URDC days and wanted to […]

URDC Board Member in the News

URDC Board member Dan Rhoton was recently interviewed by Forbes magazine as part of its series with entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations serving underprivileged communities. Dan is Executive Director of Hopeworks, a 501(c3) non-profit organization based in Camden NJ that specializes in helping young people overcome the obstacles and trauma in their life to find success. […]