Buck Up Bucks County: Dinner for 70

October 16, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Residents of the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter will sometimes ask kitchen manager Jim Kolowajtis to whip up something they like, such as potato salad. Whether shelter clients see that on their plates depends on whether someone has donated the potatoes, mayonnaise and other ingredients.

But Kolowajtis, who prepares three meals and a daily snack for about 70 people, is adept at making use of what’s on the shelves. “If I have it, I’ll make it,” he said.

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The Path to Somewhere

October 12, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

The trail quickly morphs from weathered gravel into beaten dirt and grass, a gateway deep into the woods somewhere in Bristol Township on this mild October morning. The path is bracketed by willowy trees, whose branches bend gently to greet you, and sunlight winks through their leaves quivering in the breeze. The footing is as uneven and uncertain as the lives of the needy folks who reside in its shadow.

There’s a clearing up ahead, then a right turn, and there it is. From this perch on the path to nowhere, one peeks through figurative blinds to see where homelessness hides from the world.

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Newtown Financial Adviser Issues Buck Up Bucks Challenge

October 10, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Newtown financial adviser Anthony Petsis is once again challenging fellow business owners to step up to help the homeless in Bucks County.

Petsis said he’ll match up to $250 in donations that are dropped into the Buck Up Bucks County canister at his offices on State Street.

The Buck Up Bucks County fundraiser aims to raise $200,000 to buy a new bus for Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need and to renovate bathrooms at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

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Wheels on the Bus … Need More Volunteers

October 10, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

As the needs of the homeless increase, so does the demand for volunteers to help them.

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need needs people to help with its mission of feeding and sometimes sheltering those who live on the street.

Right now, the interfaith nonprofit organization needs help with its Wheels to Meals and Code Blue programs.

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Where to Make Buck Up Bucks Donations and Send Your Photos

October 09, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Show us your bucks.

Email a photo of you, your spouse, kids, friends or pets with your donation to The pictures can be serious or cute, topical (Halloween or Eagles-themed, for example) or funny. Include the name and town if you’d like that to be printed.

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Bucks Shelter Volunteers Give the Gift of Time and Compassion — How About You?

October 09, 2014 | The Intelligencer

Rich Hart doesn’t like to take much credit for his longtime volunteer work at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.

Uncomfortable in the limelight, he’d rather talk about what the shelter gives back to him.

“I don’t think about myself here,” said the 65-year-old Tullytown resident, who does everything from stocking shelves to delivering donations to the shelter at 7301 New Falls Road in Bristol Township. “This is a rewarding way to fill your time — giving back.”

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Volunteers Needed for CONTACT Helpline

October 02, 2014 | Family Service Press Release

Family Service Association of Bucks County is now accepting volunteer applications for their CONTACT Helpline, a free, confidential telephone helpline service for individuals with a wide range of needs and concerns. The CONTACT Helpline serves residents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Following training, volunteers are responsible for providing telephone assistance and responding to calls on both the local helpline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Make your Buck Up Bucks Donation at Area Businesses

October 08, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Buck Up Bucks collection canisters can be found at the following locations…

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Donations Exceed $1,000 in First Day of Buck Up Bucks 2

October 06, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

Just 24 hours after kicking off the second round of Buck Up Bucks County, online donations have already reached $1,495.

The Family Service Association of Bucks County, one of two area nonprofits that will be helped through the campaign, reported that several donors made contributions — large and small — in the first day of the drive.

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Buck Up … Please

October 05, 2014 | Bucks County Courier Times

When you sit down to Sunday dinner today, surrounded by family and friends, please remember that way too many of us go without shelter and food.

Right here in Bucks County. Right down the street. Right around the corner.

There’s a pretty simple way to attack this problem; a pretty simple way to help.

Buck Up Bucks County — a fundraising effort where literally every dollar helps — is kicking off Round 2.

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