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The Doylestown Office of Weidel Realtors recently created & sponsored a Sing Your ALS Off karaoke event to help raise money & awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).  ALS has a personal impact on many of the Weidel team members as recently, Barbara Smith's, prior Weidel General Sales Manager & prior Doylestowm manager's son, Jason age 36 was diagnosed with ALS.

The Doylestown Office has made it their personal mission to help support the Smith family & those diagnosed with ALS.  The event, held at The Standard Club in Doylestown was created by the ALS platform, every90minutes.org, to help find a cure for the disease.

The Sing Your ALS Off event was generously supported by the resident & business communities to such a degree that over 350 attendees enjoyed an night of food, drink, silent auctions, 50/50 raffles & karaoke raising over $21,000 in one evening!

All of the donations from the evening's event were given to both the Jason Smith ALS fund and the ALS Association, helping to raise awareness, find a cure and support the Smith family with specific medical needs.  Please Visit ... www.every90minutes.org  for more information.

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Understanding how hunger impacts Bucks communities

By Marissa Christie / President and CEO United Way of Bucks County

The United Way’s Bucks Knocks Out Hunger effort is designed to help local residents avoid food insecurity and its effects on everyone, especially children.
Hunger and food insecurity impact four out of every 25 children in Bucks County. The consequences — short- and long-term — are devastating.
To fully understand how hunger impacts children in our community, the United Way spoke with a teacher, a school nurse and a nutritionist.
Michelle Argenti is a registered nurse with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing. She is also a certified school nurse serving the Morrisville School District.
Shara Aaron is a registered dietitian with Families Living Well at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown.
Peggy Smith is a reading specialist and literacy coach in the Quakertown Community School District.
Q: First, what is the impact of hunger on children in our community?
Shara: Hunger impacts physical and mental aspects of a child’s growth and development. Nutritional deficiencies can stunt bone growth, brain growth and musculature. There are also long-term changes in cellular processes, which impact disease risk outcomes such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Michelle: For kids, food insecurity leads to stress, fatigue, and an inability to focus on tasks, which is connected to low academic achievement.
Peggy: Our students who have not had breakfast in the morning or a solid dinner the night before are at a disadvantage. They often have trouble focusing and are not able to put forth their best effort when it comes to their learning.
Shara: It is very difficult to focus or concentrate on an empty stomach! Hunger also impacts children’s emotional and social development. They may be embarrassed by their circumstances and avoid developing strong social connections, which creates a sense of isolation.
Q: What do you wish more people knew about childhood hunger and the value of good nutrition in the early years?
Shara: There’s a misperception about childhood hunger in America. We think that we live in a country that’s too well off for people to be food insecure and that children will be fed in school so they will be nourished properly. That’s just not the case. Hunger is far more prevalent than we realize and it doesn’t always appear as we think.
Children are a vulnerable population when it comes to malnutrition. They need more nutrients per body size than adults do. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein are crucial to a well nourished, properly growing child.
Peggy: Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and proper nutrition is a vital building block for our children’s successes.
Michelle: I wish more people understood the importance of balanced nutrition — and how many children are hungry or food insecure. I also wish there were more resources available to families in need.
Q: One initiative providing resources to families in need is Bucks Knocks Out Hunger. Peggy, you and your kids will be volunteering together for the fifth year in a row next week. Why do you support this project?
Peggy: I can’t imagine what it must feel like to not be able to provide food for my children. It breaks my heart to think about it and it breaks my heart to know that it is a reality for so many parents in Bucks County. So I help in the ways that I can.
It is important to me that my kids know that we all have a responsibility to help those in our community. I also want them to feel a part of something bigger than themselves or their small circle. BKO Hunger has become that “something bigger” for us.

How to help the BKO effort
Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, United Way of Bucks County’s annual mass meal packing event, will be held June 22 at Delaware Valley University. Donations to support the project are accepted online at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger and through coin canisters in organizations throughout the county (a list of locations is available at theintell.com and buckscountycouriertimes.com). Contributions also may be made at branches of Penn Community Bank or by mailing a check (note BKO Hunger on the memo line) to United Way, 413 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Thank you to Suez Volunteers

Capturing the great work of the volunteers during the SUEZ Volunteer Day

A group of SUEZ volunteers at the packing event

By Sophie McKnight / Intern at United Way of Bucks County

My name is Sophie McKnight and I am interning at United Way of Bucks County this summer. I am currently a rising senior at Elizabethtown College, majoring in corporate communications.

This summer, one of my assignments is to write a weekly blog post about what I am doing and learning here at United Way. I will be sharing these blogs on UW Bucks’ website, Facebook, and Twitter page, along with my LinkedIn profile.

Last week, I joined some of the other UW Bucks staff members at SUEZ Water Technologies + Solutions for their employee volunteer day. With the SUEZ volunteers, we packed STEM kits, toiletry kits, spice kits, that will impact over 5,000 people.

My assignment was to document the day in pictures and videos. I was able to interact with everyone in the room, and offer my help to any table that needed it.

This week, I took the photos and videos taken at the event and put them into a promotional, “thank you” video for SUEZ. Using Movie Maker, I was able to select the perfect images and videos that showed a majority of the materials being packed while also capturing the mood of the day.

By going back and looking at previous UW videos, I learned the style and length that these videos typically are. Many of the previous videos are between 1-3 minutes long, which at first seemed like no time at all.

While going through all of the material from SUEZ, I learned that you only need a few 3-4 second clips from the day to allow the viewer to get the full experience. Within 1 ½ minutes, I included 11 videos and 12 pictures that showed almost every volunteer from every work station in the room.

Making this video was a fun and interesting first project here at UW Bucks. Going forward, I now know what types of pictures and videos I should be looking for at UW Bucks events, and how to put them together in an effective video that won’t lose the viewers interest.

With United Way’s signature hunger-fighting event, Bucks Knocks Out Hunger, coming up on the 22nd, I am hopeful that I will be able to do another video like this that will show the community how great of an event BKO is.

From all of us here at United Way of Bucks County, a big thank you SUEZ for hosting such a fun and important event – and for helping so many people! See you at Bucks Knocks Out Hunger!

To view the final video, please click here: https://youtu.be/fjdly51STsc

Some good news, some really bad news…

Good news: Thanks to generous sponsors and donors, BKO Hunger has raised enough to package about 75,000 meals for local pantries.
Really bad news: Unless we can raise $32,000 more, we will not be able to provide additional fresh foods to the 16% of children and 9% of Bucks County residents who are hungry. Not reaching our goal deeply affects programs like Fresh Connect .
We are losing sleep thinking about the people who will go hungry if we don’t meet this goal. You have the opportunity to make a difference for children, seniors, and families right now by making a donation to help us knock out hunger!

It’s time to KNOCK OUT HUNGER!

 There are a few ways to donate: 

1. Give online at:  www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger.
2. Mail a check to United Way at 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA 19030 with BKO Hunger in the memo line.
3. Bring your donation to your local  Penn Community Bank . Let your teller know your donation is for the BKO Hunger account.
4. Smaller donations can be dropped off at any of the over 110 canister locations county-wide. A complete list of canisters is at  www.uwbucks.org/bkocanisters .

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