What we're about
Nonprofit filing completed 11/27/2015
"THE MISSION OF WIDOWS & WIDOWERS PLUS FRIENDS IS TO PROVIDE A SOCIAL GROUP FOR WIDOWED INDIVIDUALS AND THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A SIGNIFICANT OTHER ** THROUGH DEATH, TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO FORM NEW FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH SOCIAL INTERACTIONS".
** for our membership purpose a significant other is defined as someone that you have a romantic relationship with : husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend who died. A "Friend" member will need "proof" of their relationship and the person's death. The "friend" membership will be voted on by our membership committee. The MAJORITY of the members of this group are traditionally widowed.
We are an activities group. We plan shared events such as dinners, brunches, picnics, movies, going to plays, outdoor activities, kayaking, camping, archery, bowling, walks and hikes. We do day trips, distance vacations, such as the Grand Canyon, star gazing, what ever may be on your bucket list of things you don't want to do alone. We are a family friendly group, we participate in community events, go to car shows and concerts, go dancing - you name it and we will do it . We have planned and organized 100's of events. The members host the activities and post details regarding the event. We are about looking ahead and moving on with life in a positive way. The journey is easier when you do it with others who understand your loss!
When you become a member we ask you to become involved. Please help run "your" group.
We are a 501(c)(7) non-profit Social Group. We are charging dues. Being a non-profit social group does NOT mean your dues will be tax deductible. They will not, but the group itself should qualify for group discounts and specials offered to non profits. (Please see information on joining posted at the bottom, if you have additional questions please direct them to: The organizers. We are all volunteers, so a reply could be delayed but your request will be answered asap.
We are not a new group. This group was formed December 8, 2010. In recent years we realized the need to take the next step of becoming a stand-alone enterprise. Your dues will be used to pay the cost of running the group.
This group has had hundreds of members come and go - lives have been touched, friendships formed. Even though we are not about dating, we have had engagements and marriages.
None of that would have happened or continue to happen without the involvement and support of our wonderful members and organizers.
WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU AND BECOMING FRIENDS IN THE FUTURE. BEST WISHES ALWAYS...
IF YOU ARE NEWLY WIDOWED AND LOOKING FOR COUNSELING SOME OF THESE SOURCES MAY HELP.
THEY ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS AND NOT ALL INCLUSIVE, BEST OF LUCK AND HANG IN THERE. THINGS DO GET BETTER WITH TIME... GOD.. BLESS.
WE ARE NOT GRIEF COUNSELORS. If you are newly widowed or having problems dealing with your grief, please try some of the places listed . This list is not all inclusive
1. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR, CHURCH, HOSPITAL HOSPICE , OR LOCAL COUNTY AGENCIES.
2. "TO LIVE AGAIN." Please "Google" for more information. They have seven chapters in PA and NJ. The group has been operating for over forty years. Perkasie Chapter 215-723-2695
3. Exodus Bereavement Ministry. St. Mary's Catholic Church, Schwenksville, PA - Small group sessions for anyone who has lost a relative, child, spouse or friend. GROUPS ARE SMALL - 4 TO 6 PEOPLE - DAY AND EVENING SESSIONS. Please The group is faith based but you do not have to be Catholic or a member of the church to attend. Sessions are Free. Please call Saint Mary's or Saint Anne's in Phoenixville for more information.
4. SPRING VALLEY YMCA Grief support services - Royersford/ Limerick, PA - Interactive discussion group open to anyone who has lost a relative or friend. Open to members and non members. Services are free. Please call the Y for more information. Held by Rev. Don Eisenhauer, Tri County Home and Health Hospice -- 484-984-2010
5. Peter's Place, Radnor, PA http://www.petersplaceonline.org/about.html
6. The Center for Loss and Bearevement, Skippack, PA ( fee) http://bearevementcenter.org
7. New Beginnings - St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lansdale, PA 215-855-3133
8. 1 800 273 TALK - NSP hotline. Free & Confidential / National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
This group is serviced and maintained by its members. You will be required to be an organizer and agree to either help with hosting events or serving on a committee. Your involvement does not have to be more than a few times per year.
By joining this group you agree:
http://www.meetup.com/terms/ plus any updates..
>>to uphold the rules of membership as posted by Meetup and Widows & Widowers plus Friends.
>>you will never hold the any of the organizers, events hosts, their accessors or assigns, liable for any type of injury.
>>you are solely responsible for your personal safety - no one else.
>>to pay annual dues of $30.00 (Dues help to pay the cost of running our group.)
All members can be removed / no refunds will be given.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO JOIN PLEASE CONTACT AN ORGANIZER OR FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:
Please get the membership form from our Meetup page. https://www.meetup.com/WWPlusOurFriends/pages/19220876/Membership_Form Print it and send it to our Post Office Box along with your $30.00 check for membership dues payable to Widows & Widowers plus Friends (WW+F). The information you should include is on the membership form. Some type of proof if available. That could be a Newspaper Obituary, A Prayer or Memorial Card or if those things are not available, send what you have. NEVER GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, ETC. THAT ISN'T NECESSARY. Originals are not necessary - a copy is acceptable. We cannot return originals..(a death certificate should not be copied. If that is all you have as proof send your information in and make a note you only have an original death certificate, we will be in touch about how to proceed). Our post office box - Widows and Widowers plus Friends. P. O. Box 5035, Limerick, PA 19468-0935. Please let us know you are sending your information so we can watch for it. We will approve your membership as soon as possible after your information arrives. Thank you.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO JOIN MEETUP (NO COST) AND THEN REQUEST TO JOIN WIDOWS & WIDOWERS PLUS FRIENDS. WE CAN NOT APPROVE YOUR REQUEST UNTIL YOU APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP IN OUR GROUP ONLINE .
THE PROCESS IS MANNED BY VOLUNTEERS SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH US. THANK YOU.