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Our Mission.

NGA works to improve the quality of live for homeless, low-income and moderate income children, women and men by collecting and distributing new gifts of clothes, linens and toiletries to them.

Our Vision.

NGA envisions that every less fortunate individual in our communities have the opportunity to own new clothing, linens and toiletries through our network of volunteers and resource providers.

The gift of new clothing provides confidence, warmth, and comfort, enabling the receivers to have a positive outlook and become self sufficient. Clothing is a basic need, not a luxury.

Our History.

NGA was founded in 1885 in Philadelphia, PA by Mrs. Alanson Hartpence, her niece Mrs. Laura Safford Steward and six of her friends. They were inspired by Lady Wolverton's Queen Mary's London Needlework Guild. Following the model of the Queen Mary's London Needlework Guild, the Needlework Guild of America in its first year made 921 garments to distribute to children in hospitals, orphanages, and to individuals and families who were needy. They made each child two articles of clothing: one to wash and one to wear.

In 1896, NGA-Needlework Guild of America was legally incorporated. Once established, these forward-thinking women worked to expand NGA and its services. As a result, NGA spread rapidly throughout the United States, and by 1900s there were 300 branches in twenty states. Through its long history of giving, NGA has been led by many strong, caring women, including two First Ladies of the United States of America: Mrs. Theodore "Edith" Roosevelt and Mrs. Grover “Frances” Cleveland. Edith Roosevelt in joining the then Farmingdale, NY Branch, stated, "...President Roosevelt had once said he knew of no work which accomplished so much with so little individual effort." Frances Cleveland Preston was a member during the Great Depression of the 1930s, she led the Needlework Guild of America in its clothing drive for the poor.

Today, there are 24 NGA branches in seven states that are operated by dedicated volunteers. Each branch operates independently from each other and the National office.

NGA’s National office is located in Warminster, PA. It received its land through a land grant given by the United States Naval Air Force when the Naval Air Defense Center closed. Through the tireless efforts of the executive director in 2000, NGA raised the funds to build its current home. Today, NGA is managed by a paid executive director and operates with a dedicated team of volunteers, and has forged working relationships and alliances with many community organizations. NGA depends on the dedication of its volunteers to fulfill its mission.

Since its founding, NGA has provided many individuals and families with basic necessities on an annual basis. The necessities are not covered by supplemental governmental programs.

In addition to its on-going work to support homeless, low and moderate income individuals, NGA National and its branches have provided items in times of national crisis, wars, natural disasters, and economic and financially crippling events that cause hardships for individuals and families.

It is often asked, "Why does NGA only give new clothing?"" The answer goes back to our founders who believed, "New clothes equalize and used clothes pauperize."

Our Leadership.

Executive Director

Lisa Tordo

Board Officers

President

Steve Ruane

Special Education Transition Teacher for Achieve at Council Rock School District

Vice President

Ryan King

Insurance Agent at Miller and Cornell Insurance

Treasurer

Chris Kleespie

Manager of Financial Planning and Accounts, Sysco

Secretary

Marge Steenhoff

Penn State University, Applied Research Laboratory

Board Members

Kola Aina

Executive Director, Account Development Global Commercial Services – Large Market, American Express

Ella R. Alber

Retired

Betty Ballard

Registered Nurse, Regina Nursing Home

Doug Crompton

Computer Engineer and Electrical Engineer, retired from United States Naval Air Warfare Center

Carla Daniels

Retired Human Resource Recruiter at Doylestown Hospital

Harry Delanoy

Owner of New Earth Farms and Landscaping

Anne Dyal

Retired

Mike Jensen

Brand Manager of Thomas' Breakfast at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Se Kwon

Project Manager at Comcast

Manoj Manoharan

Director, Product Management at Comcast Business

Dan McGill

Senior Vice President of Capstone Insurance Group

Marcia Ransom

Senior Communications Specialist, Independence Blue Cross

Eileen Sleutaris

Assistant Vice-President at Pennsylvania Lumbermen’s Mutual Insurance Co.