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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: The mission of the Gilmore | Henne Community Fund is to improve our community and the lives of children through the revitalization of parks and recreational facilities.

Target demographics: improve our community and our youth

Geographic areas served: parks and playgrounds

Programs: movie nights in the park, year-round holiday activities, summer playground programming, family fun nights, seasonal weekly clean-ups, and allowing kids to play in safe, clean playgrounds!

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IT HAS BEEN VERY REWARDING TO BE A PART OF THE GILMORE-HENNE FOUNDATION AND THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THEIR QUEST TO BUILD AND REVITALIZE PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS IN BERKS COUNTY.THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS FOUNDATION HAS BROUGHT THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO PROVIDE CLEAN AND SAFE PARKS FOR OUR KIDS TO ENJOY.WE ARE THANKFUL AND PROUD OF THE MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND HARD WORK THAT HAS BEEN ON-GOING IN BERKS COUNTY,WITH WISHES OF CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR COMMUNITY AND SAFE AND POSITIVE ENVIORNMENTS FOR OUR CHILDREN WITH THESE POSITIVE ROLE-MODELS.GOD BLESS. Big Jack

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that has done amazing things for many areas of Berks County, PA. I have learned and been reminded of MANY life lessons while volunteering for this outstanding group. I have seen first hand the inspiration, motivation, and determination they instill in children and adults. I look forward to them continuing to pursue their passion and mission for decades to come!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gilmore Henne Community Fund has had a tremendous impact on my life in many ways. I have thoroughly enjoyed the times I have spent in the parks both during the revitalization and building process, and the time spent with the kids in the parks after they were completed. It feels great to put in the work with so many other people I may have never met all for a common cause to help others. Seeing the kids so happy to help build the parks, happy to help maintain them after they were built, and watching the interaction among so many people has been awesome. Seeing the kids participate in all the great activities in the parks and the joy they get out of that has been great. My wife is the Executive Director and it has been thrilling to see her find a cause that she is so passionate about that helps so many people in so many ways. It has helped us share the volunteering experience with our son, who has grown tremendously from the numerous events he has participated in. He is learning, as so many other kids that are involved are, what it means to be part of a cause that has an entire County in mind. He and so many other kids at the parks have made friends, gone on great field trips, and learned many values that are very important in the journey of life. GH is a great organization and I am proud to be involved with it!!!!!!!

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Gilmore Henne Community Fund 10/31/2013

WOW! Great review Jeff! We are proud to have you (and your wife!) on our team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We volunteered with this amazing organization in Spring 2015 to help to restore Barbys playground located in the City of Reading. We were truly impressed with how well-run the whole experience was and inspired by John Gilmore and Chad Henne and their families being a part of the whole volunteer process. Gilmore-Henne is an exemplary non-profit organization and we would definitely volunteer again in the future.

JD & Sandie Krafczek

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Gilmore|Henne Community Fund for several years and the organization continues to impress me with its dedication to creating positive, sustainable change in our community. G|H goes FAR beyond just building playgrounds! G|H energizes communities and gets neighborhoods involved. The time and energy spent in programming and maintenance of the playgrounds that G|H revitalizes shows true commitment to the community. Gilmore|Henne is truly a great non-profit!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I fully support the work of the GIlmore | Henne Communty Fund. Not only does GH revitalize parks -- their work actually transforms communities by engaging people in the neighborhoods to take ownership of their "new" park and stay involved. Clean and safe parks/playgrounds are key factors in maintaining healthy communities. Research shows that play in the outdoors builds kids’ confidence and social skills, enhances their self-esteem, independence and autonomy and increases their ability to get along with others. GH provides a win-win situation for both kids and the communities of Berks County!

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Gilmore Henne Community Fund 10/31/2013

Right on Christi! Research is critical. We're very lucky to have you on our board of directors! Thanks for taking the time to review us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gilmore|Henne Community Fund's dedication and attention to detail is unmatched. Every event exceeds the previous.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm fortunate enough to have helped out at the Golf Tournament and the Railroad Run. I'm always amazed at the outpouring of support by all types of folks. They genuinely care about the cause and especially for the kids that benefit from what GH Community Fund does. Kudos to the staff that puts in countless hours to make these events happen. Love when I read about all the playgrounds they revitalize and the special movie nights for the community to enjoy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and loved the 4k Run at the railroad house. It was a great event.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experiences with Gilmore / Henne have all been great. They are a very generous organization that not only funds improvements in our City's parks, but ensures that there are programs and volunteers to keep the children engaged and the parks active.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the close involvement of the two namesakes to an Executive Director who can only be described as a "Godsend," to an active board to an army of volunteers, Gilmore | Henne makes a difference in our community that is not just measured in dollars raised or projects completed. As part of every playground/park project they undertake is a considered and mandatory community engagement requirement -- backed with on-going programming either put on or enabled by the organization. The result: projects that are sustainable long after the initial work has been completed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gilmore/Henne Fund are the best!!!! I have been working with this amazing group since May of 2013. They picked our park in Fleetwood, Locust Street Playground, to be their next adventure in playground builds.

Not only did they give our kids this great playground but Christine helps throughout the year with the friends of Locust Street Playground with activities like movie night, egg hunts, Halloween in the Park plus many other activities.

Thank you to Chistine, John and Chad and everyone else involved with Gilmore/Henne. I will never forget what you guys have done for our community.


Vicki