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Peter Pan and the Picknelly family have had a long tradition of community service and philanthropic generosity dating back three generations.
Peter and Melissa are continuing that tradition by establishing the Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Fund, supporting a wide range of causes ranging from shelters for battered women and the homeless … to the United Way, the arts and many other civic causes. Both the Peter and Melissa Picknelly Charitable Fund and the Peter Pan Group of Companies are committed to improving the communities they serve.
BusinessWest has recognized Peter Pan Bus Lines Chairman & CEO, Peter Picknelly, along with his business partners of The Student Prince Restaurant in Springfield, MA as a 2015 Difference Maker. This program is a celebration of individuals, groups, organizations, and families that positively make a difference in the Pioneer Valley.
Picknelly is one of the new owners of The Student Prince restaurant which was quickly headed towards closing before he and fellow business partners joined together to save the local landmark. The restaurant like Peter Pan Bus Lines has been an important part of the Springfield community since the 1930’s.
I’m writing on behalf of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts Teen Parent Program. Please accept our sincere appreciation. The bus was filled with anticipation for the young mothers and their children. The event went off without a hitch – the driver was kind and thoughtful.
Dawn F. DiStefano
Director of Resource Development
Having been nominated by ETS Career Services of Springfield, MA, it is my pleasure to inform you that Peter Pan Bus Lines has been selected to receive HRU’s Employer of the Year Award.
Each year only one employer is selected from over 120 employers in the region, and your nomination reflected the characteristics most deserving of this award. Since 2010, your organization’s commitment to employing individuals with disabilities, the amount of opportunities that you provide, as well as the relationships you have built with our program, ETS Career Services, makes a difference in many lives and are the reasons why your organization is so deserving of this award.
Donald G Kozera
Peter Pan partnered with Cummins Northeast and Stop & Shop in the first “Stuff the Bus for Open Pantry” food drive in the Greater Springfield, MA area. Through the combined efforts of Cummins Northeast, Stop & Shop and Peter Pan, and especially the general public, the coach’s baggage compartments were fully stuffed with food by the end of the day! The food collected will go a very long way to help restock the bare shelves at the Springfield Open Pantry facility.
Despite torrential downpours last week, our Stuff the Bus delivery team didn’t let a little rain dampen their enthusiasm while delivering over 1,500 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to area school distribution centers in Springfield, Westfield and Holyoke. Thanks to all of you who donated these supplies, needy kids will be going back to school well-stocked with everything required for a successful academic year.
Thanks also to Jay, Erika, Joelle, Rebecca, Kirsten and Samantha for being such positive representatives for Peter Pan, and to Springfield Operator Dave Kollisch for his assistance in getting the backpacks loaded and delivered safely!
Peter Pan and HRU have a great working relationship. The Peter Pan management and employees have welcomed our workers into their community. They have taken the time to get to know each of the workers which has assisted in building relationships, increasing their self-confidence and has promoted their independence. They are very open to employing any of our members and have allowed for individuals with significant challenges to work in the bus terminal. They are responsive to our employees and members for any needs.
Peter Pan employs 4 members of ETS, five days a week. Peter Pan has promoted our partnership by speaking out in various media forms such as the newspaper and BusinessWest. All of the employees of Peter Pan, from management to the bus drivers, have developed relationships with our members. Peter Pan has included them in birthday parties, cookouts, and other social gatherings. Peter Pan continues to support all of the members so that they can do the best job possible.
Peter Pan Bus Company has been exemplary with regard to corporate social responsibility in Western MA. The Urban League of Springfield has certainly been a beneficiary of Peter Pan’s forth right and intentional practices to make this a better community for everyone.
We want Peter Pan to know that there is no way the Urban League could have had, and continue to have, the level of community impact with our services, without quality partnerships we enjoy with companies like Peter Pan. Peter Pan, for over 30 years, has been an unequivocally awesome partner with the Urban League.
On behalf of the Urban League we would like to thank Peter Pan for your loyalty, commitment, and generosity toward the Urban League of Springfield. We genuinely appreciate your support and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.
Henry M. Thomas III
We are so grateful for your team’s support and dedication through this event . The day was truly a celebration of friendship and reading, and we were so thrilled you could be a part of it. Your dispatchers and drivers were excellent in their communication.
We want to express our deepest gratitude for your donation to the Springfield Police Department “Ride to Remember Charity Bike Ride.”
With sincere gratitude,
School Supply Drive to Benefit Children in Agawam, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield and West Springfield
United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines launched the fourth annual Stuff the Bus campaign this week. The campaign, co-chaired by Peter A. and Melissa Picknelly, will solicit donations for new school supplies to be distributed to children in Agawam, Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield and West Springfield that are homeless.
“Many children in our community facing homelessness do not have the basic things they need to go back to school,” said Dora D. Robinson, president and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley. “And we are thrilled to partner with Peter Pan Bus Lines to make sure each child has the tools necessary to start the year ready to learn.”
“All of us at Peter Pan are pleased to participate in this important campaign … let’s make sure all of our children have the necessary supplies to besuccessful in school,” said Peter A. Picknelly, Chairman and CEO of Peter Pan Bus Lines.
This year UWPV has already obtained brand new backpacks and will be collecting new supplies only. The Holyoke Mall will host almost all of this year’s collections. Individuals are encouraged to donate the following age-appropriate supplies. Financial contributions are also welcome and will be used to purchase additional backpacks and supplies as needed. Contributions may be made online on the Stuff the Bus link at www.uwpv.org.
Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Pencil Boxes, Glue Sticks, Pocket Folders, Highlighters, Notebooks, Reusable Water Bottles, Markers, Rulers, 3-Ring Binders, Lined Paper and Individual Tissue Packs.
The Holyoke Mall will accept donations throughout the month of July at the customer service desk.
For more information and for drop off locations as they become available, visit the Stuff the Bus page at www.uwpv.org, www.peterpanbus.com or call United Way of Pioneer Valley at (413) 737-2691. For a printable flyer with complete information, click here.
For nearly five years, Link to Libraries has been driven by our mission to promote literacy and open the doors of opportunity for children of our community through the magic of books. We are proud to report that working together with community partners like you has resulted in the donation of over 180,000 books to school libraries, nonprofit organizations and homeless shelters. Thanks to your generous contributions, we have been able to put beautiful, high quality books directly into the hands of hundreds and hundreds of children, sparking their enthusiasm for literacy and literature and fueling their desire to learn.
The overwhelming success of our many programs could not have been possible without your investment. On behalf of the Board and volunteers of Link to Libraries, we extend to you our deepest gratitude.
The Network Against Domestic Abuse would like to extend our sincere thanks for your donation. Since October 2012 we have provided educational services, counseling support, shelter and court victim advocacy to over 1,844 individuals in our six towns. All of our services remain free. So, as you can see, we are very busy in our communities helping people and keeping them safe. Thanks once again – you do make a difference!
Thank you for your support and generosity; it truly makes a difference in our kids’ lives. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting our Kids ‘N Summer Fun Program which will serve a hundred of our most deserving inner city youth. We speak for them when we say Thanks! We are proud to be one of the few organizations that are able to keep our doors open during the summer months, providing a fun and safe environment for our community’s kids.
On behalf of the members of First Congregational Church, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your donation to our Craft Fair Raffle. Your donation was a wonderful enticement to the many individuals who purchased tickets. We have encouraged all of our friends, members, and those who came to the Craft Fair to patronize your business and services.
On behalf of the Mental Health Association, thank you for your donation of a raffle prize that will help us meet our fundraising goal. We truly appreciate your commitment to the participants who receive services and support from the Mental Health Association.
On behalf of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, we want to thank you for your support of our Annual Auction. The JCC provides services to all segments of our community; senior, adult, teenage and childhood education programming, recreational classes, lectures, trips, child care, or a place for any individual or family to come and feel like they belong. Thank you again for your generous support.
I would like to thank you for your generous donation to Special Olympics Massachusetts! Special Olympics Massachusetts is proud to offer the benefits of athletic training and competition to our athletes and coaches at no cost to them or their family. Over 12,000 athletes, under the direction and assistance of over 13,000 volunteers, will compete this year due to the generosity and commitment of people like you. Thank you again for all that you have done to support Special Olympics Massachusetts and for making a difference in the lives of our athletes.
All of us at Mont Marie are most grateful for your support of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Mont Marie Health Care Center is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. By helping us achieve our goals, you assure that daily life for residents and staff continues to move safely and efficiently throughout the Health Care Center. The proceeds will be used to further expand the implementation of the soon-to-be required electronic records system as well as toward the completion of a sprinkler project. Thank you again. You will be remembered in the prayers of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the residents of the Health Care Center.