The 2021 Wawa Foundation Hero Award

The Wawa Foundation Hero Award honors a non-profit organization that is committed to serving the greater Philadelphia area by assisting others and building stronger communities through preserving our independence, protecting our safety, and mentoring and inspiring our youth.

After receiving nearly 14,000 votes, we selected the The Veterans Group as the winner of The Wawa Foundation Hero Award! We proudly presented The Veterans Group with their award and a $50,000 grant during the Wawa Welcome America! festivities in Philadelphia on Independence Day. The three runners-up were also recognized that day, each receiving a $10,000 grant.

The Wawa Foundation commends all four organizations for their commitment to serving our communities. Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories with us! 

Read the finalists’ stories below, and learn more about the work they’re doing to improve their communities and empower the citizens who live in them. 

Able Body Christian Men
ABC Men, Inc. is committed to serving the community by lending a helping hand…

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Garces Foundation
The Garces Foundation is committed to helping South Philadelphia’s underserved…

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Philadelphia Police Athletic League
The Police Athletic League is “Cops Helping Kids,” and PAL is committed to serving…

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The Veterans Group
The Veterans Group is a homeless facility serving U.S. veterans in the Philadelphia…

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