Hand2Paw Works With Groupon

The G-Team is the philanthropic arm of the online marketing site, Groupon.  Starting in Chicago and now having expanded to about ten other cities, the G-Team offers local non-profit charities the opportunity to raise money for their cause.  Once every week, a charity is spotlighted.
For the Philadelphia area Groupon G-Team, this week’s charity is Hand2Paw.  The innovative program conceived by Rachel Cohen, a University of Pennsylvania soon-to-be senior, partners homeless youth who have aged out of foster care with homeless pets in the Philadelphia area.  For 72 hours starting June 14, people will have the opportunity to donate to Hand2Paw through Groupon.

The catch is that at least 50 people need to donate.  Once that threshold is passed, the deal is on and Hand2Paw gets to keep 100% of all donations.  If fewer than 50 people donate, then all donations are returned and the charity doesn’t receive one red cent. 

Like the site says, “Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don’t offer you a ‘discount’ or ‘savings.’ So ‘buyer’ beware — when you click ‘Buy’ to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100% off free, priceless karma.”

Rachel told me if the goal is reached and Hand2Paw gets the donations, she will use that money to continue providing paid internships. This will free up the current money in the recently approved non-profit’s bank account to expand into NYC.  She is in the process of speaking with different people in NYC, but this move is still only in the planning stages.
In fact, one of the paid internships in Philly recently turned into full time employment for the lucky and dedicated youth.  So it certainly seems like the program is working!  Paid internships are a fundamental part of Hand2Paw’s mission.

Hugh Organ, Associate Executive Director of Covenant House Pennsylvania — one of the Philadelphia area agencies that work with Hand2Paw — told me in an email that “This program [Hand2Paw] is one of best attended and most sought out volunteer opportunities for our youth.  Our kids I feel can relate to the circumstances of the animals as many come from abusive situations and are abandoned by their families.”

“The opportunity to care for the animals helps build their self esteem and gives them [the youth] an opportunity to give back.  It also provides them an opportunity to receive some love and affection from an animal that does not judge them and appreciates them,” said Organ.

Care2 members were instrumental in helping Rachel and Hand2Paw win the Students in Service Awards™ this past spring.  By voting for Rachel and her pioneering program, they helped Rachel win a $5,000 scholarship and a $2,500 grant for Hand2Paw.

So check out Groupon and please find it in your hearts to help keep Hand2Paw growing.  Spread the word with family and friends.  And follow Hand2Paw on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is the link for Hand2Paw at Groupon.

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Photo of Hand2Paw volunteer with kitten by Ashley Smith, used with permission.


sharon stringer
sharon stringer6 years ago

What a GREAT GREAT program!!! It seems todays society is a throwaway one from our animals to our kids,any program that shows unloved kids and animals love like this should be rewarded. You could see the joy in the kids faces when they were with the animals and the love the animals were returning to them was obvious.Everyone be it animal or child deserves love hugs and affection.GREAT GREAT program,we need more like this.

Brigid C.
Brigid C6 years ago

thanks for the share I hope it continues to work out

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

Wouldn't it be easier just to donate straight to Hands2Paw?

Zee Kallah
.6 years ago

Sounds good but I feel a catch in my spirit.

Velmapearl Hawkins
Velma Hawkins6 years ago

This should be done for the right reasons.....to help the helpless animals who depend on loving people to step in and care for them. Help, please.

rene davis
irene davis6 years ago

Thank you

Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Lynch6 years ago

this is a good program from what I read. Unfortunatly in response to your post Anne H, some foster parents only care about the money they get from the state and not the kids they wach. Also a lot of state are under emloyed in their Foster programs so these typs of foster parents are not as noticed buy the proper athouritys and stoped. Some employese in the foster system just look the other way with the familys they are suposed to check on.

Kelly Stephens
Kelly Stephens6 years ago

thanks for sharing

Carrie Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Anne H.
Anne H6 years ago

Great idea and re. the Groupon/Tibet issue. Yes Groupon could have handled it better but most stores, restaurants that have anything to do w/ "Tibet" or "Himalayan" are sending support back there. I've been there & it is tough but if getting a discount motivates me to visit a business when I wouldn't have it is still a win situation.

Back to this article. How is it that we have persons who are in the DHS system and they don't have a HS diploma or the skills to be an adult? What were we paying those foster families to do?