Event Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020 — Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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We need you for the Eighth Annual Phonathon!

What: Schreiber Phonathon
When: April 19-21, 2020
Where: Schreiber Pediatric
What you need: A willingness to make a lot of calls to support Schreiber.

Phonathon is one of the most important fundraisers we do during the year. We gather a group of volunteers here at Schreiber and have them call on our current supporters to ask them for a contribution. It’s also our lowest-cost fundraiser: Volunteers do all the calling. That means we can dedicate all the money raised to services here at the Center because there’s almost no overhead.

This year, Phonathon will carry extra importance.

The COVID-19 crisis has taken an enormous toll on Schreiber. We’re losing about $100,000 a week in revenue compared to what we typically have during normal operations. Our fundraising has taken major hits, starting with the postponement of our Gala and the loss of our largest community fundraiser. Combined, that amounts to about $750,000 in lost revenue in the past month.

Here’s what we’ve done so far to respond:

  • We furloughed staff, including therapists and educators.
  • We are keeping as many therapists working as possible, primarily via telehealth appointments.
  • We are pursuing major philanthropic gifts from area foundations, but there are no promises of support at this point.
  • We are pursuing the funding opportunities made available from federal and state relief action, but those dollars will take time to get to us.
  • We will soon do our Gala silent and live auctions virtually.

But Phonathon is central to our response.

Some of our supporters have already given in response to appeals on social media and from emails. But we still need your help. We’re hoping to raise $100,000 this year. Your donation to Phonathon will help Schreiber weather this storm. You will help the thousands of families who rely on us each year for the services that no one else in the area provides. You will help a child say their first words or take their first steps.

Even with everything that has happened in the past two months, we all want Schreiber to continue to be a place that gives hope and enriches lives. We want to be here when this crisis has passed.

Please consider a gift today.

Give to Phonathon online. And if you don’t receive a call from us, you can still support Phonathon with an online donation. Just visit the Donate page on our website, select Enter Your Phonathon Donation and type in your amount.

Add to the power of your Phonathon support. Make your online donation a recurring gift at whatever level you feel comfortable, and your support of Phonathon will make a difference in the lives of Schreiber children throughout the year.

Phonathon volunteers

Join us as a volunteer caller! It’s a chance to talk (or leave a message) with strong ties to Schreiber and who share your passion for Schreiber.

To register as a volunteer caller, contact Susan Fisher, volunteer coordinator, at 717-393-0425 ext. 129 or

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