CityKids: Our Volunteer Organizers

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Meet the Volunteer Organizers:

CityKids Consignment Sale is inspired by the resale activity on the Kids South of Washington Google group (KSOW), which is managed by Lilypad. We are a group of moms who are volunteering our time, skills and talents to create this DIY sale to help support our community. Our nonprofit sale helps raise funds for Lilypad, our family play and community event space at 1234 S. Broad Street. If you are interested in helping out with organizing Philadelphia’s largest non-profit consignment sale, please email us.

 

Name: Allison
My role with the sale: Marketing, Sponsorships, Donation Coordination, all around do-er!
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: All the moms who run the sale are passionate and fun. We created the sale out of nothing and it’s so great to see the sale grow and raise money for Lilypad! I’ve learned so much about marketing through the sale and I’m all for learning new skills.
My connection to South Philly: I’m a native Philadelphian with family roots in South Philly. I’ve lived in South Philly/East Passyunk for 9 years. My husband and I Iove raising our son, Oliver, in the city and more specifically, South Philly. I love making South Philly an even better place for families to live and grow in!
A little more about me: I’m a former project manager turned Realtor on the Philly Home Girls team!

Name: Debbie
My role with the sale: I help with overall sale management and coordination. 
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: I volunteered and shopped at several consignment sales in the suburbs when I was pregnant with my daughter Rose in 2012 and was hooked. I learned so much and just couldn’t believe we didn’t have something like this in our own neighborhood. Witnessing all the resale activity on KSOW and Pennsymoms, I knew there was a need for this. While pregnant I also met some great moms and amazing friends through KSOW and saw so much potential in this group to enrich our parenting community. So I put the two together and launched CityKids as a semi-annual fundraiser for Lilypad. Lilypad relies on CityKids funding to stay open, so the sale has become a fixture in my life and in South Philly.
My connection to South Philly: I moved to South Philly in 2010 when I got engaged to my husband, Bill. The neighborhood has grown on me over the years and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.    
A little more about me: I’m the General Manager at Generation 3 Electric & HVAC and serve as the Treasurer for Lilypad. I also do my best to keep track of a household that has three great kids, Rose – 6, Gus – 4 and Poppy – 1.

 

Name: Jenn

My role with the sale: Consignor Coordination, Set-up Helper, Marketing, Idea Bouncer Arounder!
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: I enjoy supporting valuable causes that benefit families, the environment and our city! It’s fun to interact with like-minded moms who run the sale with passion! I hope to gain a broader knowledge base to apply to other areas of my life. 🙂
My connection to South Philly: My partner and I are native Philadelphians who are determined to raise our young boys (11, 9 & 5) in the city we love! Each of us have lived or worked in South Philly in the past but our home is West Philly. We were drawn to South Philly to support this sale and the programs it helps to fund.
A little more about me: My ‘real’ job is as an Administrative Coordinator in a university setting handling everything from scheduling to maintenance; recruitment to event management. Additionally, I have led five consignment sales for our boys’ nursery school and serve on the events committee of their elementary school’s home and school association. When not seeking out a great bargain, I enjoy traveling, enjoying our great city and joining the kiddos in our LEGO Room! You can never have enough LEGO is the word in our home!

Name: Kerri
My role with the sale: Donations Organizer, Event Layout & Merchandising, Tagging Service Tagger
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: I came to CityKids through Lilypad. Lilypad is such a great resource to my family and the community that I wanted to help wherever I can. In my “previous life” I was a retail buyer/manager and thought I might be able to use some of that experience to help with the sale.
My connection to South Philly: I moved to Philadelphia for grad school and loved it so much that I stayed. I met my spouse in Philly and in 2017 we purchased a row home near the Italian Market so we are here to stay.
More about me: I’m very lucky to be able to stay home with my little ones for at least a few years. My oldest, Charlotte, is almost 3 and I just love raising her in South Philadelphia. We are expecting our next baby in early July 2019.
 
Name: Kizzy
My role with the sale: Tagging donations, help with set up, Drop and go, straighten up floor as needed.
A little about why I’m a city kids volunteer:
I am a volunteer because I enjoy giving back to the community.
My connection to South Philly: 
I am connected to a different part of Philly. However, I don’t mind volunteering my time in south Philly to a bigger cause.
A little more about me:
I’m a mother of 2, and participating in CityKids takes me back to when my children where younger with all the toys/ clothes etc. So I really enjoy being part of CityKids.

 

 

Name:
Lisette
My role with the sale: Organizer, high school student volunteers, consignor check-in, hold area, & any tasks  needed to get our goals met.
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: I started as a shopper a few years ago and saw how much work was put into organizing such a great event. I asked another “Boss Lady” how I could assist and decided to become an organizer. Seeing the hard-work and dedication these volunteer moms have put into this organization keeps me coming back and the friendships that have blossomed is an added bonus. I believe teamwork makes the dreamwork and we learn from people every day.
My connection to South Philly: I have lived in South Philly about 15 years.  I love how close it is to “everything” that makes Philly a wonderful place to live, and the diversity, in my opinion, is greater than most surrounding areas.
More about me: I try to rock parenting with my husband to our daughter (7 going on 17), son (13, oh the joys of teens), 1 dog – Foxx, 1 cat – George, and a hermit crab – Shelly.  Besides running my  household’s schedule and trying to raise good humans my full time career as a Residency Coordinator (aka ADULT MOM) to about 89 ADULT KIDS helps me understand how rewarding it is to help others and although chaotic at times it keeps me grounded. I love people and find it challenging to get people to smile – the grumpier the better.
 


Name:
Maria
My role with the sale: Graphic Design, Website, Marketing, Advertising, and helping with a million other details that need to be done to make our sale run smoothly. We’re getting better with each sale!
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: I was so excited to be able to help launch a consignment sale in South Philly. I love the idea of being a part of a growing, changing and thriving neighborhood.
My connection to South Philly: When I first came to Philadelphia in 2006, I was charmed by South Philly and have lived within a few blocks of my first place ever since.
A little more about me: I run day-to-day operations at Lilypad as a volunteer, and teach conscious parenting classes, which is a huge passion of mine. This sale is a great way for me to stay connected, keep up with and learn new skills (Mailchimp is a beast and I’m still figuring it out after 10 sales!), and help out in the community. If I stare at you blankly despite us having bonded during sale weekend, it’s only because sale weekends are an overwhelming blur for me, but I do love the whirlwind of those weekends.

Name: Pam
My role with the sale: Tagging donations, set-up and general help
A little about why I’m a City Kids Volunteer: I had been a regular CityKids consignor and volunteer when I decided to join the organizing committee. I enjoy the opportunity to meet other moms and participate in an event that helps the community.
My connection to South Philly: While I have spent a fair amount of time in South Philly, I live in Fairmount.
A little more about me: I am a mom to a Lego-loving and adventurous 7 year-old boy and work as a lawyer.

Name: Sandi
My role with the sale: Sponsor coordinator, meeting coordinator
A little about why I’m a CityKids volunteer: I enjoy volunteering for events in general, but as a new mom I was looking for an opportunity to volunteer for an event that would also allow me to interact with local moms. I am a huge advocate of “it takes a village” and am actively looking for ways to add to my village!
My connection to South Philly: I moved to Philadelphia for college (Temple Made!) and slowly moved further and further south… Until 4 years ago when we bought a house in the outskirts of Girard Estates. Now we are here to stay!
A little more about me: My husband and I are blessed with a little boy, Theo, born in May 2016. We also have two cats and a dog that are always in competition for largest appetite!

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