Patrick Welde ’03 is the current Co-Chair of Project HOME’s Rising Leaders Committee. He was reintroduced to the organization that Waldron Mercy partners with when he frequently passed the Fairmount Ave site while living in Philadelphia.
“I was hoping to find a cause that I could put my efforts behind,” explained Patrick. In 2015, when he realized he knew several people on the Rising Leaders Committee section of the website “it didn’t take much convincing from them to get me to their next event.”
Patrick has been involved ever since with the committee, which leads various drives and volunteer opportunities for Project HOME. The committee’s efforts culminate in an annual fundraiser—Bring Philly Home—that raised over $225,000 this year through a virtual event.
Patrick is a 2007 graduate of Malvern Prep and a 2011 graduate of Santa Clara University. He credits his continued Catholic education for his involvement in service and outreach - something that he and his wife have in common.
“Frankly, I’m not sure I would have met my wife without the service-focused aspirations infused within me during my years at Waldron. She and I met after college while pursuing a year of service via the Augustinian Volunteer Program.”
Patrick and wife Danielle currently live in Berwyn with their daughter, Avery, who was born in October 2019. When he is not serving his community, Patrick is a partner of The Welde Group of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
*Published in the Winter 2021 issue of the Blue & Gold*