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Family Service Helpline calls for volunteers

January 21, 2016 | Bucks County Herald

A few weeks ago, a young man gave up hope. He sat alone at his kitchen table, loaded his handgun and planned to take his own life. As a last grasp, he called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and one of Family Service Association of Bucks County’s volunteer listeners answered the phone. After keeping the young man on the line for more than an hour, the volunteer heard sounds in the background and asked what was going on. The young man said he was disassembling the gun so he could be safe. He also agreed to provide his location so emergency responders could help him remain safe.

A life was saved that day thanks to the volunteer listener. This type of call is not unique. Each and every day, Family Service receives calls from people in distress via their CONTACT Helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Students mark Martin Luther King Day in Bucks County

January 19, 2016 | James Boyle and Liz Fisher | Bucks County Courier Times

On a day when schools remain closed for a three-day weekend, the Council Rock High School South cafeteria bustled with activity as district sixth- and eighth-graders gave up their holiday to make a difference.

“It shows a lot about these kids that they are willing to get up early on a day off and do something for other people,” said Council Rock school board Director Mark Byelich. “They don’t know how many they affect just by showing up and participating.”

The Council Rock program was one of numerous events held through the day in Bucks County to mark Martin Luther King Day.

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SCOUTING FOR FOOD: Bucks County Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturers deliver more than eight tons of food to 13 neighborhood food banks

January 08, 2016 | Bucks Local News

Thirteen area food banks, and the clients they serve, are on the receiving end of a “good turn” this month thanks to the efforts of area Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturers and the generosity of their neighbors.

Tamanend District Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts collected and delivered just over eight tons of nonperishable food and $1,500 in cash donations as part of Washington Crossing Council’s “Scouting for Food Drive.”

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One woman’s plea: ‘A home for Christmas’

December 20, 2015 | Debra Wallace | Bucks County Courier Times

On a frigid January night nearly a year ago, 64-year Cindy was moments away from living on the street. She had lost her job at a Bensalem cosmetics factory after four years, and with no money for food or rent, her roommate forced her to leave their apartment.

Not having anyone else to turn to, and nowhere to sleep, she called for help.

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Family Service’s Helpline Volunteer Restores Hope and Saves a Life

December 18, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

A few weeks ago, a young man gave up hope. He sat alone at his kitchen table, loaded his handgun and planned to take his own life. As a last grasp, he called the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and one of Family Service Association of Bucks County’s volunteer listeners answered the phone. After keeping the young man on the line for more than an hour, the volunteer heard sounds in the background and asked what was going on. The young man said he was disassembling the gun so he could be safe. He also agreed to provide his location so emergency responders could help him remain safe.

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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD At Pennsbury High School, traditional Thanksgiving collection for the homeless surpasses 2,000 pounds

December 17, 2015 | Petra Chesner Schlatter | Bucks Local News

More than 2,000 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food, donated through the generosity of the Pennsbury High School community, will make this Thanksgiving a little more bearable for the county’s homeless population.

This year’s Pennsbury High School Food Drive, which has become a Thanksgiving tradition at the Fairless Hills school, again surpassed all expectations and comes just as the nation prepares to sit down and count its collective blessings.

Organized by the school’s Student Council, the mountain of food is being donated to the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown, which is operated by the Family Service Association 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Family Service seeks volunteers, donors for “Holiday Gift Shop”

December 03, 2015 | Bucks County Herald

Year round, thousands of individuals and families turn to Family Service Association of Bucks County to help meet a variety of needs. During the holiday season, needs are greater and these same people turn to Family Service to help make their holidays a little brighter.

Family Service is now accepting new, unwrapped gifts for people of all ages. In mid-December, Family Service will display all of the gifts donated by the community and will invite residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter and other clients with demonstrated need to “shop” for each member of their family.

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Seeking Volunteers for “Holiday Gift Shop”

November 30, 2015 | Lower Bucks Leader

Year round, thousands of individuals and families turn to Family Service Association of Bucks County to help meet a variety of needs. During the holiday season, needs are greater and these same people turn to Family Service to help make their holidays a little brighter.

Family Service is now accepting new, unwrapped gifts for people of all ages. In mid-December, Family Service will display all of the gifts donated by the community and will invite residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter and other clients with demonstrated need to “shop” for each member of their family.

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Out in Harrisburg, politicians are out of touch

November 20, 2015 | Phil Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

Someday, perhaps by the time the Phillies begin their 2016 season, and hopefully before man lands on Mars, a state budget will be passed.

And oh, what a celebration will commence in the big chamber of the state Capitol. There will be legislators flashing dazzling smiles and clasping hands in unity. We’ll hear long-winded speeches of self-congratulation from members of both parties, trumpeting their willingness to reach across the aisle to find common ground. We’ll hear they did what’s best for the good people of the commonwealth. Gov. Tom Wolf will rejoice. It’ll be enough to make you sick.

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Family Service Seeks “Holiday Gift Shop” Donors and Volunteers

November 16, 2015 | Family Service Press Release

Year round, thousands of individuals and families turn to Family Service Association of Bucks County to help meet a variety of needs. During the holiday season, needs are greater and these same people turn to Family Service to help make their holidays a little brighter.

Family Service is now accepting new, unwrapped gifts for people of all ages. In mid-December, Family Service will display all of the gifts donated by the community and will invite residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless shelter and other clients with demonstrated need to “shop” for each member of their family. Last year, Family Service was able to brighten the holidays for more than 1,052 children and adults.

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