Help Us Help Them

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who donated their time and resources to our 2019 Help Us Help Them Charity, Turning Points for Children. Through your generous support we raised $11,800, collected a large bagful of toys, and helped wrap holiday gifts for children in Philadelphia. Find out more about the volunteer experience at APHA 2019.

Turning Points for Children a PHMC affiliate, children playing outside

Give Back

APHA's goal is for every Annual Meeting registrant to join in the effort to give something back to the host city. Help make a real impact in Philadelphia by giving generously to this year's host city charity, Turning Points for Children, during the Help Us Help Them campaign. 

Turning Points for Children is a subsidiary of the Public Health Management Corporation and is the largest social service organization for children in Philadelphia. They serve more than 17,500 vulnerable individuals through a continuum of care. Turning Points for Children offers researched-based innovative programs that nurture families with children who are struggling against difficult economic and environmental odds. They provide the critical resources, life skills and supportive partnerships needed to create stronger families and raise children with the hope for brighter futures.

Learn about some of the lives Turning Points for Children has changed:


Turning Points Programs and Services include:

  • Finding forever homes for neglected children.
  • Behavioral health and youth development programs.
  • Resources for young adults aging out of foster care.
  • Reconnecting family members.
  • Resources for moms and dads.

Make a Donation

Monetary donations can be made during registration. These are some of the ways your money helps children and families in Philadelphia:

  • $25 provides a case of diapers for teen parents.
  • $50 provides one month of supplemental formula for a hungry infant.
  • $100 provides a month of healthy foods for a struggling family.
  • $150 provides one month of software that allows Case Managers to search for long lost family members that are willing to be a resource and support for youth in foster care.
  • $200 provides Care Kits, duffle bags filled with age-appropriate items for four children entering foster homes. 
  • Donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated.


APHA 2019 will be the third Annual Meeting to offer a volunteer opportunity. Participants must reserve one of the available one-hour time slots while registering. This event takes place on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the convention center. The main focus of this year's volunteer event will be the Brighter Holidays Giving Drive project that collects, wraps and distributes 6,000 gifts around Philadelphia. Volunteers are needed for early-morning setup, gift wrapping, tagging, holiday card making and break-down. 

Bring a Gift

We're encouraging each attendee to bring a new, unopened gift to the the meeting. Gifts can be dropped off on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the volunteer event or any time during the meeting in the Mix and Mingle Lounge. Gift donations for all ages are appreciated, but please consider bringing a gift for an older child or teen. Consider gifts from this list of suggestions (PDF) or from the list below:

  • Newborn to two years old: building blocks, easy musical instruments, stuffed animals
  • Two to four years old: dolls, action figures, animal figures, veterinary sets
  • Seven to 11 years old: lego sets, craft kits, sports equipment, board games, art activities
  • 12 - 18 years old: sport balls, nail polish sets, advanced board games, outside activities, room decorations, winter hats/accessories

Major Achievements

  • Served more than 17,500 vulnerable individuals through our continuum of care.
  • Distributed over 178,000 pounds of produce and other foods to food insecure families.
  • Received our Adoption license to help even more families find forever homes.
  • Located 1,527 Foster Care supports.
  • Gifted 5,800 children in care with gifts for the holidays.
  • Expanded our YVLifeset Program for young adults who transition from foster care into adulthood. The only provider with two teams.

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