Foundations Community Partnership has awarded $165,000 in grants to 21 Bucks County nonprofits to support their work improving the lives of underserved youth and families.
The grants included 10 Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants, which support organizations that are developing innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in Bucks County; and eight Capital Improvement Grants to support nonprofit organizations’ capital campaigns. Three organizations received technical assistance grants for specific work plans developed with a local non-profit technical assistance organization.
More than 1,000 gifts are being distributed this week to children and parents in Lower Bucks County thanks to Paul Salvatore and his band of Christmas angels.
Through the Angel Tree project, which Salvatore has organized for more than two decades, 98 children in the Council Rock School District along with homeless children and their families in Lower Bucks will have a merrier Christmas this year with gifts to open and enjoy.
As part of his Eagle Scout service project, 17-year-old Pranav Chivukula created the Wheels4Meals program to connect restaurants, homeless shelters, food pantries, charities and volunteer drivers to deliver food to those in need.
It’s been a bittersweet year for Family Service Association of Bucks County.
On the one hand, the nonprofit served a record number of people — 30,807 to be exact — through services such as housing assistance, counseling and addiction treatment. But at the same time, it was in mourning. On Feb. 20, Audrey J. Tucker, who led the organization as CEO for 40 years, passed away suddenly but peacefully.
Despite the devastating loss, Family Service kept moving forward. It’s what Tucker would have wanted. Last Thursday, staff, volunteers and elected officials gathered at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland to not only celebrate Tucker’s impact, but also Family Service’s 65th anniversary.
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Newtown podiatrist Dr. Lawrence Kalker is partnering with Valley Youth House in Warminster and the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown for its 6th Annual Holiday Sock Drive to benefit both shelters.
The Sock Drive will take place through January 1.
Since 2013, the Sock Drive has been a huge success collecting nearly 5,000 pairs of socks. Socks may be dropped off at Kalker Podiatry, 6 South Sycamore Street, Newtown. Dr. Kalker specializes in geriatric, pediatric and family foot care and treat all conditions affecting the foot and ankle including sports injuries and diabetic foot disorders.
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Dina Della Ducata, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has been appointed CEO of Family Service Association of Bucks County, effective Dec. 10.
In this role, Della Ducata will have the responsibility of advancing and expanding the strategic direction of the Middletown organization, in addition to overseeing day-to-day operations. Della Ducata will report to the board president and will be accountable to the full Board of Directors of Family Service.
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Dina Della Ducata, MS, PHR of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association of Bucks County effective December 10th, 2018. In this role, Della Ducata will have the responsibility of advancing and expanding the strategic direction of Family Service in addition to overseeing day-to-day operations. Della Ducata will report to the Board President and will be accountable to the full Board of Directors of Family Service
Dina Della Ducata, MS, PHR of Cherry Hill, New Jersey has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association of Bucks County effective December 10th, 2018. In this role, Della Ducata will have the responsibility of advancing and expanding the strategic direction of Family Service in addition to overseeing day-to-day operations. Della Ducata will report to the Board President and will be accountable to the full Board of Directors of Family Service.
Della Ducata is exceptionally well qualified for this leadership role, bringing over 25 years of diversified experience with a strong track record of success in the behavioral health field. She is currently a Senior Executive in Philadelphia at Citizens Acting Together Can Help, Inc. (CATCH), a non-profit agency providing Community Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services. Della Ducata has dedicated her life’s work to serving the needs of the most vulnerable populations. In addition, she is an active community leader and serves on the Boards of several local non-profits including St. Rita of Cascia National Shrine, Casa Farnese Housing for Seniors, Michaels Helping Hand (Founding Board Member) and Adelphia Lions Club, Philadelphia Chapter. Della Ducata is also a member of the prestigious Forum of Executive Women.
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TODAY, Inc., a local provider of behavioral health services, recently granted $10,000 to Family Service Association of Bucks County, a non-profit organization that served more than 26,000 people last year.
For nearly 65 years, Family Service has been helping children and families improve their lives, doing whatever it takes to help them overcome obstacles and reach their full potential. The organization provides mental health treatment, recovery support, emergency shelter, parent education, suicide prevention services and more. The funds from TODAY, Inc. will go directly to Family Service’s Center of Excellence.