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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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UW Bucks Annual Breakfast Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets On Sale Now For United Way of Bucks County’s Annual Breakfast 

Fairless Hills, PA, April 13, 2018 – The United Way of Bucks County is hosting their Annual Breakfast & Awards on Friday, May 4, at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland. The annual breakfast is one of UW Bucks’ largest events of the year, bringing together hundreds of donors, advocates, and volunteers to celebrate the ways in which UW Bucks and its supporters are changing lives together in the community. Tickets are on sale now for $40 (or $320 for a table of 10) at www.uwbucks.org/annualbreakfast and all proceeds benefit the Community Impact Fund.

The event includes breakfast and will feature awards, prizes, and surprises. UW Bucks will highlight the opportunities to get involved in 2018, including Bucks Knocks Out Hunger and Stuff the Bus. These UW Bucks signature programs bring partners together to make Bucks County a stronger, healthier community.

During the breakfast, UW Bucks will honor the winners of the Dr. Stanton Kelton Service Award, the Paul Sauerbry Award, and those who have made an impact in key areas. The Kelton Award recognizes a board member who has significantly contributed to the goals of the organization. Catherine McElroy, a dedicated Community Member, is the recipient this year.

The Paul Sauerbry award honors a volunteer who has embraced leadership, encouraged volunteerism, and dedicated time and creativity to their endeavors with UW Bucks. Brian Jeter, Senior Director of Government Affairs at Comcast  is this year’s winner.

This year United Way will also be recognizing a special colleague, their office manager, Patricia Gallagher on more than 30 years of dedicated service to the agency. She will be awarded with the Distinguished Service Award which truly exemplifies her work and what it means to Live United.

Some other award winners include; SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions, Penn Community Bank, and Bucks County Community College – just to name a few.

Tickets are available now. To join in on the fun and give back to the community, tickets can be purchased online at www.uwbucks.org/annualbreakfast or by contacting Katie Matarazzo at katiem@uwbucks.org or 215-949-1660 ext., 101.

Member Agency Spotlight – Bucks For Kids

Over the next few weeks, we will be working on posting a series of blogs featuring some of the newest UW Bucks member agencies.
In this “Member Agency Spotlight”, we want to acquaint you with these agencies, what services they provide to our community, and ways that you can get involved.

We had a Q&A with Nancy Larkin Taylor, Esq., Executive Director of Bucks for Kids.

Mission: to normalize the lives of foster kids in Bucks County.

What is your name and position at your organization and how long have you worked there?

This is Nancy Larkin Taylor, Esq. I am the Executive Director of Bucks for Kids.

Tell us something interesting about yourself?

I am from Ocean Co. NJ and my Dad had 9 brothers and one sister. So, I have 45 first cousins on one side. I have organized a family reunion this July. We need name tags.

What does your organization do and what is your mission?

Bucks 4 Kids raises funds and distributes grants on an individual case by case basis to Kids in foster care. Most of our grants are used for summer camp, extra-curricular activities, music, dance lessons and the like. Our Mission is to normalize the lives of foster kids in Bucks County.

How long have you been in operation in Bucks County?

Since 1989.

What are some programs and services that you offer?

We do not have programs and services per se. Grants are submitted by the child’s case workers with a description of what is needed and why it will enhance the child’s life. We review each grant at our BOD meetings and award the funds, if appropriate.

What are some ways that members of the community can get involved with your organization?

We rely upon our community members to have fundraisers, Celebrity Bar Tenders, Golf Outings, Breakfast with Santa, Harvest Fest donations, church collections, and the County Commissioners.

Why is being a member agency with The United Way of Bucks County important to your team?

We look to the United Way to give us credibility in the nonprofit community and to allow donors to give via their employment

What are some of your goals for 2018?

Make Bucks for Kids a household name., increase marketing efforts across print and digital channels, expand the scope of the fund-raising campaign.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Once people find out about Bucks for Kids, they are supportive. We have no paid staff and relying upon all volunteers is difficult. We could use staff.

Contact Info:
Website: www.bucksforkids.org

Member Agency Spotlight – Worthwhile Wear

Over the next few weeks, we will be working on posting a series of blogs featuring some of the newest UW Bucks member agencies.

In this “Member Agency Spotlight”, we want to acquaint you with these agencies, what services they provide to our community, and ways that you can get involved.

We had a Q&A with Karen Kutzner, Program Director of The Well, a program of Worthwhile Wear.

Mission: Worthwhile Wear exists to reach and restore women affected by human trafficking, which is today’s modern day slavery.

What is your name and position at your organization and how long have you worked there?
Karen Kutzner, Program Director of The Well, a program of Worthwhile Wear. I’ve worked here for three and a half years

Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I enjoy learning new things and visiting new places, and hope that I will always be growing.

What does your organization do and what is your mission?
Our mission is to end human trafficking by providing recovery programs and restoration to survivors. We are the only long-term residential program for survivors in Bucks County and we provide up to two years of housing, trauma counseling, vocational training, and other services to women over age 18.

How long have you been in operation in Bucks County?
Worthwhile Wear was established in 2012. In 2014, we opened The Well, our residential safe house and our Pipersville Worthwhile Thrift store. Our Fountainville Worthwhile Thrift opened in 2017.

What are some programs and services that you offer?
Most people in the U.S. do not realize the extent of human trafficking and the fact that it is a local problem involving U.S. citizens. So one way we serve the community is by raising awareness of the issue.
We also run restorative programs like The Well to help women survivors of human trafficking rebuild their lives. The Well’s services were designed to meet specific needs identified by local social service agencies—in particular, long-term housing (up to 2 years) for women 18 years of age or older who are not covered by Child and Youth Services. We empower survivors through coping tools which help them work through past trauma, complete educational benchmarks, gain vocational training, embrace a healthy lifestyle, and find affordable housing. The Well offers therapeutic group and individual counseling, food, clothing, and secure housing.
In Spring 2018 we are starting a pilot program called Worth It to enable women arrested for forced prostitution in Bucks County a way to avoid or expunge a criminal record after completing an 11-week program.
We also operate two thrift stores in Bucks County that provide work experience for residents of The Well, sell articles handmade by survivors of trafficking, and contribute revenue for our programs.

What are some ways that members of the community can get involved with your organization?
In 2017, we engaged over 460 volunteers in activities from working at fundraising events, helping sort and sell thrift store items, driving residents of The Well to various appointments and interviews, building trails at The Well property, and constructing an Education and Counseling Center at The Well. Our new Worth It program offers new volunteering opportunities.
We are also always looking for opportunities to share the issue of human trafficking with new audiences, including businesses.

Why is being a member agency with The United Way of Bucks County important to your team?
We have a unique opportunity to provide services to an underserved population in Bucks County and we want to share that mission with other United Way agencies and the general public. Being a United Way member opens up new occasions and audiences with which we can interact.

What are some of your goals for 2018?
Launching our new Worth It program and maintaining The Well safe house are key goals. Worth It is offered in partnership with the Bucks County District Attorney’s office and uses managed case intervention to offer local women arrested for forced prostitution a way to avoid a criminal record (which traffickers use for additional coercion). This pilot program is based on a highly successful model used in Phoenix, Arizona in which 86% of the 1,000 women participating did not return to prostitution.
Instead of jail time, a record, and/or fees, the women participate in a managed care program that includes 36 hours of education, counseling, and healing curriculum, as well as job and housing placement assistance. The program offers a great opportunity to dramatically change the lives of victims of sex trafficking through an intensely holistic. We believe this can lead to mental, emotional and physical health for the women and the communities in which they live.

Anything else you’d like to share?  
It’s a privilege serving the women in our programs. They come from highly traumatized backgrounds and need counseling, skills training, and, most of all, hope.

Contact Info:
Website:  https://worthwhilewear.org/
Phone:  215-541-5424
Email: donate@WorthwhileWear.org

 

 

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