Without exaggeration, when Lois entered into the outside world as a newborn baby her hair was almost as long as it is today. Ever since then she has continued to be fun and surprising. She has a love for art, a curiosity for science, is a musician and songwriter, loves to cook healthy and delicious food, and has an acute sense of visual composition. Most importantly, however, she defines these things in terms of her service to others.
As mother of three and owner of Volta Natural Cleaning, Lois is familiar with the feeling of hard work. “What could be more rewarding”, she said shortly after starting her business, “than doing for others the things that I do best and what people need the most: providing a healthy and pleasant home surrounding”. She has pursued her business endeavors with a sense of mission, purpose and community, both for her clients and those whom she has been privileged to work with. (Thanks Dad)
Jackie lives in Northwest Philadelphia with her husband and three kids. She is the President of her local Friends of the Free Library branch and the Communications Coordinator and Grant Writer for the Friends of Gorgas Park. When not championing parks and libraries, Jackie likes to garden, walk her crazy dog, and take road trips with her family.
Lana is an avid gardener and passionate environmentalist. She has traveled the country to work with farms and homesteads through the WWOOF program. This year she is excited to take on the challenge of urban gardening.
Nora grew up in Mount Airy and now resides in South Philly. Having majored in Visual Art and Spanish, she now is a freelance illustrator, comic book artist, and printmaker. She believes in the significance of details, and all the little things amounting to something greater. When she is not tidying or making art, she is learning how to use a sewing machine, exploring somewhere new, or getting lost in her own thoughts.
Taylor is a Berks County native who recently moved to Philadelphia, having spent the last few years living in Northern New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and Visual Arts from Albright College, specializing in performance and painting respectively. While living in the Garden State, Taylor worked on several independent films, performed in a NYC production, and illustrated a book titled The Comedy Improv Handbook. Now that she's returned to Pennsylvania, she is eager to explore the creative opportunities Philadelphia has to offer. In her downtime Taylor enjoys painting, watching movies, and relaxing at home with her partner and their cat, Simon.
I believe that care for ones self, home, and environment is a political act. From the central locus of our homes, we can promote wellness, self-reliance, and community in ways that oppose corporate-consumerism, and support human wellbeing and environmental health. Cleaning and maintaining a functional, thoughtful, and purposeful household is one strong component of care for self and others, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to practice this in my work with Volta.
In recent years, I have come to deeply appreciate the art of home care and to recognize that the work of maintaining a functioning and beautiful home, although traditionally feminine, is gender-neutral. As such, I believe that I have a responsibility to learn the work and art of the home, and to work toward fair and equal distributions of physical and mental loads within the home.
I’m married to Lois. We farm our small property together, keep chickens, and enjoy projects like learning how to can. I have a gardening business, and enjoy native flowers, home-grown produce, and building old fashioned walls and mud huts.
Lauren grew up in Takoma Park, MD playing make believe and building fairy houses. She has always loved cleaning and sculpting her room and environments. Play, creativity and imagination are all very important to her and she dreams of creating inclusive, magical environments that will allow people to express themselves and live healthily together. For fun Lauren loves playing with her friends and walking around the neighborhood looking for treasures.
Jessica truly believes that caring for one’s home directly translates into caring for the mind, body, and spirit of the inhabitants as well. With a background in counseling and art therapy, she loves combining creativity and mindfulness into all areas of her life, and then sharing what she learns with others. A recent transplant from Boulder, Colorado, Jessica looks forward to getting to know Philadelphia and spending more time with her family in New Jersey. In her down time, she enjoys quilting, reading, writing, and being with friends.