"Because of RTP, many Philadelphia homeowners have been able to stay in their home. RTP helps to stop the decline of certain neighborhoods."
RTP is lucky to have so many amazing return volunteers. Few have been volunteering as long as Phil Allen, who started in 1991 when he was just 11 years old. His dad heard about the program through the Wharton School and brought him along to a rebuilding day. Back then, RTP was called Christmas in April and we were not concentrating our repair work in clusters. There was one build a year in April and it was completely volunteer run.
Phil has seen firsthand the increase in impact that an organization can have by doing this work in neighborhoods. Phil has stayed involved with RTP for so long because he truly enjoys doing the work. It challenges him, gives him an opportunity to learn how to problem solve, and he has picked up a lot of tips on home repair! It also given him managerial skills; learning how to lead a group of volunteers and how to delegate.
We thank Phil for his 26+ years of service to RTP and also for his financial support as a donor. As Phil said, “donations are important for hiring staff and buying materials for the program. The greater the funds the more the impact RTP can have.” Phil’s employer does a triple match which provides an amazing impact to RTP.
When asked if he will continue to be a RTP volunteer and a donor, Phil replied, "Absolutely!"