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Pioneer Headquarters New Address

Headquarters Change of Address Notice

Laura Whitlock, Executive Director, just announced that the Pioneer Headquarters new address is;

Pioneers Headquarters
8547 East Arapahoe Road, Unit J-312
Greenwood Village, CO   80112


Submitted by Elaine Housley, New Outlook Director

Pioneers Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project Results for 2021

The Pioneer Organization and the New Outlook Region Pioneers want to take this time to thank Connie and Gordon Hankins for their leadership and volunteer hours devoted to this very special project for physical challenged children. From all of us in Pioneering we thank you for your 26 plus years leading this project.

West Suburban Pioneer Club hasn’t had Monthly Club Meetings since they were suspended in March, 2020 due to Covid-19. So, I’m going to review the results for 2021 to bring everyone up-to-date on the Therapy Oriented Tricycle (TOT) Project.

Assembly and shipping of trikes went on as usual, with 7 being shipped out of state and 31 presented at our home workshop here in Naperville, IL. Those shipped out of state included 4 to CA and 1 each to OH, IN, and MN. Presented at our Workshop included 29 from IL and 1 each from IN and MN. All presentations were made in our garage or outside with everyone wearing face masks.

We had one major building event during 2021 with 10 volunteers building 25 TOT’s. We have been fortunate to have found a volunteer who is going to be taking over the TOT Project with Connie and I finally retiring after 26 enjoyable years of building trikes. Actually, I semi-retired 10 years ago with Connie taking over all responsibilities with me just helping out here and there.

The new Project Leader will be Elizabeth Bishop who lives in St. Charles, IL, only a half hour drive from us. She is retired and belongs to a bicycle club where she is hopeful of recruiting some volunteers. Our current volunteers will also be available. She will be using our current workshop for at least a year and possibly longer. She has been busy learning all aspects of the TOT project including assembly of back rests, foot containments and trikes. She is also getting familiar with the paperwork involving communication with clients, vouchering expenses/deposits, making presentations to TOT recipients, and preparing for the out-of-state shipping by FedX. She has applied for membership in the Pioneers. We are extremely happy to welcome her and to work with her as she serves the needs of our special needs children.

I would also like to announce that we will be working with a local teenager during 2022 to help him achieve Eagle Scout status. He will be the Project Leader of a group of volunteers, that he recruits, to build a quantity of trikes and raise funds for the project.

As I mentioned above, we shipped and presented 38 TOT’s during 2021. Our fund rasing for 2021 exceeded our expenses and the project is in excellent shape beginning our 2022 pioneer year. Our expenses were lower than normal because we had major expenses during 2020 for the TOT add-on components including foot containments and back-rest assemblies. During 2021 we reported 980 hours worked on the TOT Project. We are in good financial health and have not requested Grant money for several years. We are looking forward to the PAC getting us cut over from New Outlook Crossroads Chapter 135 to New Outlook East 160, hopefully during the first quarter of 2021.

Gordon: 630-355-7211 home ghankins99@aol.com
Connie: 630-841 4542 cell cmhankins42@yahoo.com
Elizabeth: 872-243-1177 cell eb60585@gmail.com

Gordon Hankins, Secretary
West Suburban Pioneer Club

Cozy Wraps Donates to Lydia House Virtual Baby Shower

The Cozy Wrap group received an earlier notice of the up coming Lydia House Virtual Baby Shower and they knitted up some baby items for the Virtual Baby Shower on February 20th. The items that they made and dropped off on February 15th were 5 Baby bath wraps, 19 baby blankets, 1 cocoon, 1 baby set sweater/booties/hat, I pkg. diapers and misc. personal items (toothbrush, deodorant etc.)

The following is more information about the Virtual Baby Shower and how you can participate in the Baby Shower

Lydia House Virtual Baby Shower
February 20, 2022 // 2 PM

Show your love by providing new and expecting mothers experiencing homelessness with much-needed baby items. You are adding to a mother’s joy by helping provide for her precious baby. Please visit the baby registry at Amazon, Target, or Walmart for needed items and send your gifts directly to Open Door Mission, hassle free!

NEEDED ITEMS:

NEEDED ITEMS:
Pacifiers
Baby Blankets
Onesies
Car Seats
Car Booster Seats
Baby Snowsuits
Toenail/Fingernail Clippers
Walker
Baby Toys/Mobiles
Baby Bottles
Strollers
Jumpers
Tear-Free Baby Shampoo
Baby Lotion
Pack ‘N’ Play
Diaper Rash Cream
Baby Bathtubs                             

Host a drive or shop our Wishlist

Just Click on one of the links here: HOST A DRIVE AMAZON WALMART TARGET Give Now

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins pictures by Bob Wolkins

New Outlook East Ch. 160 John D. Burlie Club Newsletter For 2021

Creation of the 2022 New Outlook newsletter took a bit more time that expected this year since we wanted to include tentative dates for our volunteer activities and a full listing of local deaths in 2021.

Print copies went out in the mail today to those members that don’t have email addresses (copies were in black and white to keep our cost down).  We have a little under 150 members without email.

Hopefully you’ll join us at John D Burlie luncheons and events in the future. 

Please remember to track your volunteer hours done on your own since we are asked to report them to help Pioneers attract organizations to provide us benefits, etc. 

If you need to update your email or have other questions, feel free to contact me.

Elaine A Housley, New Outlook Director
337 Glen Meadow Court
eahousley@gmail.com

Cell 614-323-3314

In Memory of those reported of their passing through 2021 of the Columbus Works to the John D. Burlie PIoneer Club.


Submitted by Jerry Dunbar, President/Treasurer, John D Burlie Club & Elaine Housley, Director, New Outlook Pioneers

Camp Rhythm – Pioneers NOW Ch 161 – East MO Council & Thank You!

Again, the outcome for 2021 was still affected by virus pandemic, instead of camping and experiencing the outside the children experience the indoor activities such as making tie dye T-shirts, designing and making pieces of Jewelry, Coloring, Painting, drawing, and many more activities.

Again, most importantly, these activities engage each child in life lessons. Learning to be flexible and engaging in a new adventure. They learn to take risks and handle failure, and be  individually creative and using their own imagination and to be on their own. skills that can be harder to come by for children living with the physical and emotional scars of a serious illness.

Our group was not allowed to visit the hospital other than make deliveries as we normally do at the camp ground. Also, we proudly display our New Outlook Pioneer Logo on the donated material.

Thank you for choosing to support St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 2021! 

Because of generous individuals like you, we were able to provide compassionate, cutting-edge healthcare to more than 100,000 kids in 2021. On behalf of our patients and families, please accept our sincere gratitude for allowing our physicians, nurses and hospital staff to provide an opportunity for so many kids to just be kids.

Your donation was much more than a gift. It was treatment for complex medical conditions such as pediatric cancer. It provided community health outreach for dental and asthma care. It created access to behavioral health services, family-centered resources and so much more. Your thoughtfulness also ensured we remained a hub for innovative pediatric research by allowing our Washington University physician-scientists to translate research findings from their labs to the bedside, delivered in a warm and supportive environment that families can’t find anywhere else.

Above all else, please know that your gift created hope for patients and families right when they needed it the most. While times may still feel uncertain for many of us, there is no doubt your remarkable dedication made a difference. Thank you!

Hi Judy, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Made This Video Just For You

Submitted by Judy Herbst

FOOD PANTRY Project – Pioneers New Outlook West Ch. 1961 – East MO Council

This year was a once again a very hard year due to the continuance of COVID, especially for low-income families. We support two food pantries through time and food donations. Circle of Concern and the Affton Food Pantry is what this grant was dedicated to.

Regarding the Affton Food Pantry we have an individual who drives weekly for their Meals on Wheels Program which provides food and assistance to the hungry.

Regarding Circle of Concern the main food items they prefer from their wish list include soups, cereals, pastas and boxed dinner helpers.

Many people think of Circle of Concern as only a food panty but, they do so much more to help families in need. They offer scholarships for high school, and college. They also offer children’s programs, including funding the cost of summer camp, providing back to school supplies, providing a birthday gift for children under twelve years of age, and providing free or reduced breakfast/lunch programs. Once again, these services are offered to only low-income families that qualify.

Circle did say they are overwhelmed by our council’s continued generosity to our community. Due to safe distancing and changes on local government requirement our council occasionally follows The Circle of Concerns recommendations and orders from their Amazon Wish list for their monthly food donated. Although it slightly reduces the PAL hours, it enables us to meet our commitment to the families in need and provides streamline delivery on their end.


The Volunteers

Submitted by Patricia Hawkins and Cyndi Miller

BACKPACK Project Ch. 132 Murray Hill Club

New Outlook Penn- Jersey Chapter 132 continued its annual initiative to support school children in the area we serve.  For that endeavor, we donated an assortment of school supplies; 1,728 backpacks and 1,794 pencil holders to more than 15 school districts and community organizations.  We purchased the backpacks and pencil holders using funds from Pioneers’ Charitable Foundation Grants that enabled us to sustain our previous years donation.

Chapter 132 allocated individual budgets to each club to pay for school supplies.  We redirected our gifts of backpacks and accompanying pencil holders to organizations that were able and willing to accept these gifts during the pandemic, while designated organizations were closed due to Pandemic restrictions.

Shiloh Baptist Church provided Covid safe space that enabled each chapter to receive supplies at a scheduled time and allowed us to distribute the supplies from their gym.    Every participant was required to follow the Covid standard to wear masks and observe distance specifications

Action Taken

Provided scheduled pick-up windows for backups and supplies at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield NJ.  Shiloh established strict protocols to ensure safety and protection for recipients.

Each Club member purchased and provided school supplies to their specific organization or school.

Distributed New Outlook Pioneers Penn-Jersey Chapter 132 donations to:

  • Civic League of Greater New Brunswick – New Brunswick, NJ
  • Community Coordinated Child Care – Rahway, NJ
  • Constable Elementary School – Kendall Park, NJ
  • Evidence of the Gospel Church, Inc. – Hillsborough, NJ
  • Feeding Hands Food Pantry – Bridgewater, NJ
  • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Somerville, NJ
  • Huntington Park Christian Academy – Philadelphia, PA
  • Neighborhood House, Plainfield, NJ
  • Norristown Area School District – Norristown, PA
  • Plainfield School System – Plainfield, NJ
  • Rahway Public Schools – Rahway, NJ
  • Saint Mark’s Church and Saint Mark’s Center for Community Renewal –
  • Keansburg, NJ
  • Salvation Army – Reading, PA
  • Somerset FoodBank – Bridgewater, NJ
  • St. Joseph’s Social Center – Elizabeth, NJ
  • Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry – Plainfield, NJ
  • South Brunswick School District – South Brunswick, NJ
  • Union County T.E.A.M.S. Charter School – Plainfield, NJ
Packing The Backpacks

Submitted by Pioneer Pat Fields – President Murray Hills Club

PLAINFIELD TEEN PARENTING PROGRAM, INC. – Penn-Jersey Pioneers Ch. 132 Murray Hill Club

Happy New Year. this video is part of a Holiday event we’ve done every year for the past 30 years. it is very scaled down because of Covid — our team is usually there — playing games, serving food, giving gifts.

Established in 1989 and operating in the Plainfield (NJ) High School, School Based Youth Services: Plainfield Teen Parenting Program, Inc. (SBYS: PTPP) has achieved extraordinary success as a dropout prevention program. The initiative was developed in response to the growing incidences of teenage pregnancies in Plainfield.

With an initial grant of $350,000 each (to 10 similar projects throughout the US) from the AT&T Foundation, the program’s earliest mission was to enable teen parents attending school to successfully carry out parenting, educational/vocational and health care responsibilities by facilitating access to needed support services.

Additional program goals included helping young parents to break the cycle of child abuse and repeat pregnancies, as well as provide the guiding resources to self-motivate the parents in the program to continue their post high school education.

The program also included a quality operated early care and education program for the infants and toddlers of the young parents in its on-site “Infant & Toddler Center” located in the high school. The positive results of this program have made it the national and international model for similar programs and it has been replicated in 14 cities in NJ.

Of the 10 initial projects the Plainfield program remains a stellar support program in the community-mostly because of the Volunteer Component. Since its inception, Pioneers have served as mentors, role models and fund raisers for the program and New Outlook Pioneers continue to have an impact in its success.

Since its inception, nearly 700 students have been enrolled in the program which accommodates up to 28 parents and their children per school year. A significant achievement for the program is that SBYS: PTPP has achieved a 98% graduation rate among its senior student participants with many going on to a continued education or vocation program and become productive citizens in the communities where they live and work

Annually program parents and children are blessed with a holiday dinner and gift giving party sponsored and hosted by New Outlook Pioneers. The event is truly wonderful. The dinner is provided by Shiloh Baptist Church members (who are also NOP volunteers). All of the children received PJ’s, outfits and a stuffed animal. The parents receive grocery store gift cards that are donated by John C. Campbell Realty Company (John is a board member). Staff members also receive a poinsettia as a thank you for the outstanding work that they do for the families in the program.


Submitted by:
Patricia Anne Fields
POB 6225, Plainfield, NJ 07062
908-391-8212

TurkeyFest In Omaha NE On Thanksgiving 2021

TurkeyFest delivers record 1,562 Thanksgiving meals to those in need


TurkeyFest Celebrates 30 Years

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TurkeyFest Celebrates 30 Years
Nov 24, 2021

Volunteer Deb Grady will arrive at the Kroc Center by 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning – something she’s been doing every Thanksgiving for more than two decades. Grady coordinates 20 or so volunteers from Heartland Pioneers, many of whom worked for Western Electric, AT&T and CommScope and have been helping to prepare Thanksgiving meals for TurkeyFest since its inception in 1991.

Originally called the Telephone Pioneers of America, the group focused on a variety of community service projects. In the early days of their partnership with The Salvation Army, Telephone Pioneers volunteers cooked the turkeys in their own home kitchens and then delivered them to The Salvation Army on Thursday morning to be delivered to older adults later that day.

In 1991, TurkeyFest volunteers delivered 40 meals. This year The Salvation Army anticipates that 1,200 Thanksgiving dinners will be distributed to older adults in Omaha.

“I love the camaraderie, everyone doing their part and in tune with one another,” said Grady, who prepares Thanksgiving dinner for her own family on Wednesday so she is free to help out at TurkeyFest on Thanksgiving morning. “And we have fun! We enjoy ourselves back there in the kitchen.”

Grady retired in 2011 from Connectivity Solutions Manufacturing, a former division of CommScope, where she worked in the print shop. But she has stayed in touch with many of her colleagues through TurkeyFest.

“It’s a nice opportunity to see people that we don’t ordinarily connect with except at this time of the year,” she said.

Grady doesn’t have plans to step down from her TurkeyFest duties anytime soon. “I’ve made mashed potatoes for TurkeyFest for more years than I can count,” she said. “It’s just part of my Thanksgiving tradition.”

Omaha Man Spends Nearly 30 Thanksgivings Giving Back To The Community

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By Ashly Richardson
Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 1:53 PM CST|Updated: 20 hours ago
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Thanksgiving is a day Doug Thoms holds near to his heart.


For three decades he has been volunteering for the Salvation Army’s Turkey Fest.

“I’ve been involved in turkey fest in one way or another from washing dishes to cutting turkeys, from washing the peas or string beans doing the mash potatoes. Just about anything they need me to do, I do,” said Thoms.

Doug is part of a much larger tradition. It started 30 years ago with workers from the Western Electric phone company.

The group is called the pioneers and Doug is one of the many that continues to carry on the tradition even after the company closed its doors in Omaha.

“It closed about 10 years ago so the volunteers are still going on and doing what we’ve always done. We won’t let stop us,” said Thoms.

Today they are helping to dish out nearly 1,200 meals to those in need. The process works like an assembly line and once it’s boxed up, it gets delivered.

“It will go all over to individual residences that can’t get out. So the people that are in wheelchairs or shut-ins, that are sick or whatever reason. That’s one of the criteria so it’s delivered to house and nursing homes,” said Kevin Newlin, Turkey Fest Chef.

The Salvation Army says the need has grown this year because of the pandemic. And with more people needing a warm meal this holiday, Doug says it’s as important as ever to give back to the community.

“I always say that it takes a village and it does take a village. We look at this as not an I, I situation but a we situation. We need to get out and help people that are less fortunate than us.”


Pictures and stories by the Salvation Army and WOWT – All the volunteers thank them – 2021

Pioneers Silent Auction Celebrating 110 Years of Service

Pioneers Auction 110 Years

Celebrate the 110 year anniversary of the TelecomPioneers!
Share our history with us, by bringing home a piece of Pioneer

About TelecomPioneers

Pioneers is a network of volunteers in Canada and the US who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities. Our network of volunteers donate over four million hours of volunteer time annually. We focus our efforts in five major areas: helping military families, protecting the environment, education, life enrichment and health and human services. We are looking for volunteers and donors who share our passion for answering the call of those in need, so we can strengthen our legacy of making a difference.

Submitted by Director Elaine Housley