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PACS Volunteer Recognition

PACS could not provide the services and support to the community without the time and effort from many of our wonderful volunteers. Here are some volunteers that we would like to recognize to highlight their tremendous contribution to PACS. 

PACS' Volunteer Honorees

Frank & Lisa Scharff


Lisa and Frank are not only a couple, but a volunteer duo who are hardworking, and an inspiration to those around them. Dedicated to our mission, Lisa and Frank always go above and beyond for anyone who needs a helping hand. 


Both Lisa and Frank have been volunteering their time at PACS for almost three years. It began with Lisa looking for a way to give back to the community, and Frank following in his wife’s footsteps.


Lisa works in our Market to assist guests who come in for our services. She enjoys greeting the guests and making sure the Market stays fully stocked so everyone can get exactly what they need. Frank assists with our Retail Rescue program and the warehouse. He picks up Wawa multiple times a week, and helps with moving items on the loading dock.


Outside of our building, they represent PACS at community events to spread the word about our mission. When they aren’t helping out around PACS, they like to spend time with their grandchildren, travel, woodworking and tending to their koi pond. 


Lisa and Frank are very community-oriented people. They find it very rewarding to help those who face food insecurity get the food that they need and deserve.

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"The Heart of PACS" Awards

In December 2023, we held a special event to express our gratitude towards the hardworking volunteers who support our mission. Approximately 135 volunteers came together at PACS to be honored for their dedication and efforts.


We were honored to have the presence of several elected officials at the event:

  • Senator Katie Muth & Nikki Whitlock

  • Chester County Commissioner Chair Marian Moskowitz

  • Phoenixville Mayor Peter Urscheler


Senator Katie Muth’s office awarded all of the PACS Volunteers The State of Pennsylvania Senatorial Certificate of Recognition - In recognition of "commitment to volunteer service to Phoenixville and surrounding communities”.


Mayor Peter awarded all of the PACS Volunteers Phoenixville Borough Office of the Mayor Citation - in recognition of “outstanding volunteer contributions to Phoenixville Area Community Services.”


A select group of our volunteers were  also awarded The President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Biden. This award is given to those who have volunteered a certain amount of hours.  Elaine Miller won the Gold Presidential Award for roughly 700 hours of volunteer service!

Joseph J. Cowan, Jr. has been recognized as the recipient of the "Lois Gould Volunteer of the Year Award" for 2023. The award, named after PACS' founder Lois Gould, will be presented to the Volunteer of the Year annually.


We are extremely grateful to all of our volunteers who devote their time and effort to support our mission every day.

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