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Mitzvah Circle Provides Period Supplies

Fran Held, Executive Director of Mitzvah Circle, describes the economic, social and health implications for women who can’t afford period products. 

Mitzvah Circle provides ongoing assistance, referrals and support for women in need of these supplies.

Mitzvah Circle Wins 2018 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

The Philadelphia Division honors the Mitzvah Circle Foundation. The foundation was created to provide free, ongoing help to those who otherwise fall through the cracks. People we serve, who include individuals and families facing crises, receive service referrals, food, clothing, and other assistance. Each person is treated with dignity and respect.

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on May 3, 2019, Director Christopher Wray recognized the recipients of the 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

State Representative Liz Hanbidge visits Mitzvah Circle

We are honored that two of our State Representatives visited our warehouse and see how we help their constituencies.

State Senator Katie Muth visits Mitzvah Circle

We are honored that two of our State Representatives visited our warehouse and see how we help their constituencies.

READ SENATOR MUTH’S STATEMENT ON HER VISIT:

Senator Katie Muth (D-Montgomery

On Tuesday, I visited Mitzvah Circle and Fran Held, its founder and director.

This nonprofit meets the needs of people in crisis throughout the 44th District and SEPA region with the goal of restoring dignity and creating hope.

In 2018 alone,Mitzvah Circle provided services for over 47,000 individuals including General Assistance and SNAP recipients, food insecure families, veterans, cancer patients, and those experiencing unexpected tragedies, like house fires and natural disasters.

Within that same year, Mitzvah Circle distributed over 1 million diapers, 204,000 period supplies, and 14,314 care packages.

Their impact also includes community service, with 927 monthly volunteers and 305 partner organizations.

Mitzvah Circle’s work is remarkable and vital to our area. After 10 years of serving the community, four and a half of those from their warehouse space in Harleysville, they are seeking a new location of operation after the recent sale of the Harleysville building. Fran and the Mitzvah Circle volunteer family are now asking for help in finding a new space to call home and quickly set up their operations so they can continue serving those in the most need.

For more information on how to help Mitzvah Circle find a new space please email Fran at fran@mitzvahcircle.org.

Organizations like Mitzvah Circle believe that the most vulnerable among us deserve comfort, assistance, and support, and I was honored to witness their work in action.

Mitzvah Circle featured on
The Good People Fund podcast

The Good People Fund talks with Fran Held, Mitzvah Circle’s Founder and Executive Director, about how Mitzvah Circle is providing donated and purchased goods like clothing, children’s books, toiletries, housewares and more to individuals and families in crisis.

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A conversation with Fran Held & The Good People Fund