Spare Change Adds Up Big for Autism

Wawa Food Stores sponsors coin collection for SJU’s Kinney Center

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (June 25, 2013) —From July through September, coin collection boxes at Wawa Food Stores registers across Pennsylvania will gather donations to benefit Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. This is the third year Wawa has chosen to support the Kinney Center, with totals exceeding $400K from the past three years.  Funds from the collection specifically support Camp Kinney, a unique five-week summer experience that combines children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their neuro-typical peers.

 “Camp Kinney, now in its fourth year, provides a unique mix of fun and social growth  for the local autism community during the summer months,” said Michelle Rowe, Ph.D., executive director for academic programs at the Kinney Center and professor of health services. “What’s more, the undergraduate students (SCHOLARS) who are trained to serve as camp counselors are getting career-launching experience before they even finish their degrees.”

“With Wawa’s support we’ve been able to more than double the size of our camp since it started to include 60 campers and 83 counselors this year,” adds Ryan Hammond, executive director of the Kinney Center. “The coin collection funds go a long way in helping us advance our mission.”

The mission of the Kinney Center is to provide multi-disciplinary education and research opportunities for students, teachers, professionals and parents who seek to improve and extend opportunities, outcomes, quality of life and best practices in treatment for people with ASD. The Kinney Center offers services, resources and information; support and guidance; and tools for public and individual advocacy that contribute to improved autism awareness and care.

For more information, visit or call 610-660-2170.


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Contact: Kelly Welsh, Director of Communications/College of Arts and Sciences, University Communications, 610-660-1385,


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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