First Fed Donates to FSA

December 18, 2014 | Bucks County Herald

First Federal of Bucks County recently presented an annual gift of $12,500 to the Family Service Association (FSA) Bucks County at its annual meeting on Nov. 13 at Spring Mill Country Club.

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Foundations Community Partnership Board Approves $210,000 in Grant Awards Benefiting Bucks Non-Profits

December 17, 2014 | Foundations Community Partnership Press Release

Foundations Community Partnership’s Board of Directors has announced the distribution of $210,000 in grant funding to support 19 Bucks County non-profit organizations and the families they serve. The grant program is an integral part of Foundations’ mission to improve the lives of youth and their families in Bucks County. The grants included $100,000 in Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG), $60,000 in Capital Grants and a $50,000 Target Funding Grant.

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Thanks For Your Help

December 17, 2014 | Amy Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

Inspired by your cooperation and awestruck by your generosity, we thank the people of Bucks County for once again answering the call to help those in need.

Ten weeks ago, the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer asked you to join us in the effort to raise $200,000 to help two organizations serving the homeless in Bucks County. We believed you would respond to the need for a bus to transport the homeless to nightly meals and to get them to shelter in extreme cold. We were certain you would contribute to make sure families in crisis have adequate bathroom facilities at the county’s emergency shelter. And you did.

On Tuesday, the Buck Up Bucks County fund reached $205,840 — an amazing achievement for which we all can be proud.

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Bucks Family Medicine’s $30K Donation Pushes Buck Up Bucks County Over Goal

December 17, 2014 | Phil Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

Christmas rushes up the driveway of our lives, eager to rap on our doors and deck our halls. Our mailboxes reflect the spirit of the season, as some of the letters contain wishes for a cheery holiday season, while others wish us peace on Earth, good will toward men.

On Monday, Ernie Nocito held one of those envelopes from the mail. When the director of development at the Family Service Association of Bucks County peeled it open, he indeed found a wish for peace on Earth and good will toward men: $30,000 worth.

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Holidays Not a Good Season for Everyone

December 14, 2014 | Marion Callahan | Bucks County Courier Times

During the holidays, people are deluged with images depicting warmth, cheerfulness and togetherness. Commercials show families circling Christmas trees and exchanging gifts. Shoppers, toting gift-filled bags, weave their way through well-dressed crowds in decorated stores. And people, smiling, pass the gravy or plate of homemade cookies around a food-packed table.

Here are some images you don’t see.

A man is buried under his blankets, too despondent to reach out for help. A woman stands by the door, her coat on, fearful of stepping outside. Coworkers don’t talk about their Christmas plans because they don’t have any.

While the holidays are a joyful time for many, they can amplify feelings of stress and depression for those who feel pressured by the expectations or feel guilty that they can’t attain that “picture perfect” Christmas, according to those who work with help hotlines.

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Buck Up Bucks Gets Boost from Lower Southampton Church

December 09, 2014 | Michael Macagnone | Bucks County Courier Times

For the church council at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lower Southampton, giving to the Buck Up Bucks County campaign was an easy decision.

The church’s $5,000 grant to the campaign comes after Gary Bowman, the former Neshaminy superintendent, proposed the donation to church council members. He said the council agreed the fundraising drive was perfect for the grant, the largest the council has ever awarded.

“It’s something right around our back door you can’t forget,” he said. “I think that this is an important part of what the church council wanted to do, to help people in our area, especially when 50 percent of the homeless in Bucks County are children.”

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A Shower of Kindness from Plumstead Contractor

December 03, 2014 | Phil Gianficaro | Bucks County Courier Times

The cost was high, Ben Ciliberto was well aware. But he knew renovating all 14 bathrooms in disrepair at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter is desperately needed.

And so the member of the board of directors of the Family Service Association, which operates the shelter, reached out to an old friend, hoping he might do something to improve the lives of those in need. Ciliberto would have been satisfied with a figurative cool drink from his friend. What he received instead was an unexpected mountain spring of kindness.

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Students Offer Unique ‘Paper Prayers’ for World AIDS Day

December 01, 2014 | Bucks County Community College Press Release

More than 150 “Paper Prayers” – artistically decorated strips reflecting an ancient Japanese custom – are being offered at Bucks County Community College’s Newtown campus Library in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

Each paper prayer, crafted by members of the BCCC Printmaking Club, may be purchased for a minimum donation of $5 to benefit the Family Service Association of Bucks County. The nonprofit organization provides prevention education, housing assistance, support groups, and other help to people infected by the HIV/AIDS virus.

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Ways to Make Sure Your Charitable Donations Really Help

November 30, 2014 | Marion Callahan and Crissa Shoemaker DeBree | Bucks County Courier Times

Al Brown and his wife, Marie Koals-Brown, like to give to charities close to their heart — and close to their home.

A Temple graduate, Brown recently donated $500,000 to fund student scholarships at the university — and he fills his home with photographs of the award recipients.

And Doylestown Hospital, a nonprofit that he credits with saving his wife’s life last year, just received $250,000 from the couple for an MRI unit.

A big fan of cats, they donated enough money to the SPCA of Bucks County to create a “kitty room” so cats don’t have to be confined in cages.

And for their “own community’s improvement,” the Buckingham couple donated $2,000 to the Buck Up Bucks program to help the county’s emergency homeless shelter raise money to repair its aged, worn bathrooms.

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Panthers Capture Wild One

November 28, 2014 | Drew Markol | The Intelligencer

The chance to help others in a time of need was the focus of Thursday’s Buck Up Bucks County campaign at the annual Pennridge/Quakertown football game on Thanksgiving morning. And with Panther cheerleaders and students roaming through the large crowd, and with Buck Up Bucks County canisters at the concession stands, a total of $276 was raised to help the homeless and those in need at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

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