July 23, 2020  

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through the summer! The CORA team continues to advocate for services and get creative in service delivery through phone, video conferencing and face-to-face, in person programming. Early Years Fox Chase and Huntingdon Mills, as well as our four in-person summer camps, are now in their third week of programming. Our staff are thoroughly enjoying being able to connect with our children, providing the structure, fun and interaction the kids have been missing for months. As an agency we continue to listen, learn and grow to accommodate the needs of the communities we serve. We couldn't do it without you! 
I'm pleased to announce that since my last message, the CORA vs. COVID fundraising effort reached its $100,000 goal! I am extremely grateful to all of our generous and caring staff, volunteers, partners and community members who have contributed to support the agency during this unique and challenging time! Your vote of confidence in the work we do has encouraged us in our hard work and given us further incentive, particularly during our most difficult days, to do even more to help our population of children and their families. Despite the many difficult days ahead, our commitment to you is to continue to explore innovative ways to meet unmet needs and adopt new ways to serve. Our need for support is ongoing and your continued commitment to CORA will be essential to our success for another 50 years.   
May you and your families continue to enjoy a healthy and safe summer and please know we are resource also to you and your loved ones. Please feel free to reach out to us.

AnnMarie Schultz
President & CEO, CORA Services


FREE Summer Tutoring Spots STILL AVAILABLE! 

CORA is offering FREE tutoring on a first come, first served basis!  Our educators can help with reading, math and more, for students in grades K-12.    

For more information:
Call CORA's Family Resource Line:  215-342-7660.


YouthCOR's Mess Fest 
is in full effect!
Check out these exciting images from our 4 
in person summer camp sites!

YouthCOR's Main Office at  St. Martin de Porres welcomes you with a slimy explosion of fun!

Huntingdon Mills campers demonstrate creative ways to enforce social distancing.

Science experiments with bubbly explosions at New Life Church!

Staying cool indoors and proving science really is fun!

Now that's what we call focused!

We did say it was going to be messy...

Nothing but smiles behind these masks at New Life Philadelphia!

Limited slots are still open at St. Bernard's Church! Inquire now with our team to learn more.

To learn more about YouthCOR's Summer Programs and other outside school time programming, contact our Community Services Division:

Stacy Leonard, Managing Director of Community Services
Phone: (215) 701 - 2968
Rebecca Channing, Live Programs Supervisor
Phone: (215) 237-3968
Olga Stanislavova, Virtual Programs Supervisor
Phone: (215) 800 - 6286


The Family Resource Line is taking summer calls !

*We are available for Parenting Consults.
Call with your questions/concerns.

*We can assist with access to Community Resources.
What do you or your family need?  

*To be directly connected, for FRE, to one of our Family Resource Line staff, please call during the hours listed above.
For more information, email us at [email protected].
To access or share this information in Spanish, click here.

 CORA's Family Resource Line is supported in part 
by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.

Teen Intervention Program

Do you have a son or daughter who you believe could be exposed to or experimenting with alcohol or other drugs? CORA can provide weekly virtual counseling sessions to help address your concerns, provide education on the effects of substance use, and teach your child healthy coping skills to resist pressure to use substances.

For more information, contact CORA's Clinical Services:
Phone: 215-342-7660

In case you missed it...

Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one of CORA's most famous camp alumni (that's right - Rob was a camp counselor here at CORA), endorsed us on the Preston & Steve show a few weeks ago! 

Listen to what Rob had to say about CORA by clicking here!


Summer Suggestion Worksheets

CORA's teachers have been doing a tremendous job providing service to the students on their caseload in the schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and many other non-public schools in and around the city.  On a typical school day, a CORA educator works with their students to provide support in reading and math.  They aim to help their students develop the critical reading and math skills needed so they can experience academic success in the classroom.  

When COVID-19 closed school buildings and made learning at home the new norm, the CORA teachers didn't miss a beat.  They connected with their students and families on virtual platforms and made sure their students continued to receive the support they needed to be successful.  The CORA teachers also emailed resources to parents to make sure learning continued at home.  Now that school's out for summer, CORA wants to make sure that students can continue to stay sharp by participating in some fun educational activities.  

Check out these engaging reading and math activities for children in grades K-8.  There are also suggestions for children learning English as a Second Language!
The Worksheets:

Information Submitted by: 
Marty Canizares, M. Ed
 Education Director, School Services 
Reading and Math Summer Suggestion Worksheets Created By:
Kate Hart and Kristyn Thiel, Reading K-3
Paula Benner and Mary Ellen Fala, Reading 4-6
Beth Stack and Doris Powers, Reading 7-8
Amy Meyer and Jackie Bowes, Math K-3
Eileen McCloskey, Ginny Lenherr, and Mike Dinan, Math 4-6
Georgi Clymer and Roseanne Welte, Math 6-8
Lorraine Smith, ESL

Touching quotes from our wonderful donors. 


Click the heart below to donate to CORA today. 

Updates and Resources

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 Crisis, and have put together a list of helpful resources and articles. 
You can find them by visiting our  website: 

You will find resources such as:
How to Resolve Landlord/Tenant Conflict
Virtual Recovery Support and AA Meetings
Supporting Children during COVID-19
Successful School Routines at Home 
Advice for Newly Remote Workers
Emotional Health Support
Finding Free Meals
Free Activities
And much more!

CORA Free Events
 In addition, CORA has been using Facebook Events as a means of connecting you to exciting events and educational activities for all ages. From taking a Virtual Reality 360 swim with a sea turtle, to teaching children how to add and subtract, we've thought of it all for you. Keep an eye out for these pop-up events!

You can experience some feel-good shopping when you buy your gifts on Amazon using the special link All you have to do is designate CORA as your charity of choice and shop as you normally would, and 
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase amount to CORA Services! 

  Same products, same prices, same services as the Amazon you know, just a link that will help CORA help more kids! 

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