Chester Valley Dance Academy's own Sophia Fontecchio, a Downingtown STEM Academy senior, embarked on her nonprofit journey with Let’s Bake the World A Better Place in August 2021. Her noble mission centers on involving local youth in supporting a diverse range of nonprofit organizations through the art of baking. Let’s Bake the World a Better Place empowers young individuals to transform their passions into meaningful progress and advocate for the causes they hold dear. Through bake sales, Sophie and her dedicated team spread joy and awareness throughout the community by sharing scrumptious homemade treats.
Every month, Sophie orchestrates a bake sale, generously contributing all profits to a designated local charitable organization. Alongside student volunteers, including fellow CVDA dancer Claire Beardsley, they meticulously plan menus, accept preorders, and set pickup dates. While the menu varies each month, some of their best-selling items include mouthwatering cinnamon rolls and delectable scones. Be sure to visit their website to explore this month's bake sale and secure your share of these irresistible baked goods and sweet delights!
Since September 2021, Sophie has made a profound impact, donating over $15,000 to a multitude of local, national, and international organizations. Locally, they have supported commendable organizations like Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown, Chester County Food Bank, Toys for Tots of Chester and Southern Montgomery Counties, The Fund for Women and Girls, Home of the Sparrow, Aidan’s Heart Foundation, and To Love a Canine Rescue, among others. Nationally, their generosity extends to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Dysautonomia International. Internationally, they have contributed to renowned organizations like UNICEF and World Central Kitchen.
2023 has been an exciting year for Let’s Bake the World a Better Place.
- In the Spring of 2023 Sophie was named a 2023 recipient of a $500 Hershey Heartwarming Young Heroes grant to help pay for her first direct action service project, the creation of mental health care packages for teens. These care packages have been placed in DASD counseling offices.
- Let’s Bake the World a Better Place launched their the website (www.letsbaketheworldabetterplace.com). The website allows for customers to place bake sale orders online through Square. Using the new website ordering system, the March bake sale raised over $400, which will be combined with the Hershey grant money to pay for the supplies for mental health care packages.
- For the July and August bake sales Let’s Bake the World a Better Place enlisted the support of over a dozen youth and adult volunteer bakers, furthering their mission to engage local youth in community service through baking. Each bake sale raised over $1,000. In July we donated to the DASD Food Pantry, the Coatesville Youth Initiative, and the Maternal and Child Health Consortium. The August bake sale raised money for the Downingtown Library and takes place on August 26.
- In the fall of 2023, Let’s Bake the World the Better Place will be partnering with the Lionville YMCA to offer baking and youth leadership classes.
- Finally, in June of 2023, Sophia Fontecchio was named a finalist for the Cameron Impact Scholarship for her nonprofit work. In the fall she advances to the finalist round of interviews for this full tuition scholarship.