Over 200 community service leaders, nonprofit organizations and local governmental leaders attended the Foundations Community Partnership “Partnership in Youth Services” luncheon ceremony held at the Doylestown Country Club in Doylestown on October 16th.
This year, the event honored 12 nonprofit community programs in Bucks County that are making a difference in the lives of local children and their families with monetary grants of $3,000 each.
Among the community organizations receiving grants were:
*Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need, using the grant for their Those In Need program, helping homeless families find shelter, especially those with young children who can’t be housed in Code Blue shelters;
*Autism Cares Foundation will use the grant for their “Fit N Focus” program providing a fitness program to 105 special needs individuals ages 13 and up;
*Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County will use the grant for their High School Bigs program, pairing high school kids with ‘Bigs’ mentors who can guide them through life;
*Conwell-Egan High School will use the grant for a partnership Life Skills program with the Peace Center, teaching students good decision-making, how to manage strong emotions, create healthy relationships, prevent sexual harassment and appreciate diversity;
*Family Promise of Lower Bucks will use the grant for gap funding for homeless families to help speed the process of regaining sustainable housing and supporting their critical needs;
*The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania will use the grant for their Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Education and Intervention Group, a weekly group for 175 detained adolescents at the Bucks County Youth Center;
*Hammerheads Sled Hockey Association will use the grant for their Blade Sharpening program and also allow them to offer their services and team membership for free, providing disabled kids with the opportunity to be part of a sports team and get exercise;
*The Links will use the grant for their Links to Leadership program serving 300 participants, increasing awareness and opportunities for youth to participate in leadership, mentoring, and more;
*Shriners Hospital for Children will use the grant for their Urgent Pediatric Fracture Clinic, providing state of the art orthopedic care to children;
*Woods Services will use the grant to enhance the education experience and improve learning for 283 students with a wide variety of special needs and challenges through music therapy in partnership with The Conservatory;
*YMCA of Bucks County will use the grant to provide hands-on food literacy education through a cooking program for 120 vulnerable youth at the Quakertown Y;
*YWCA Bucks County will use the grant for their Kindergarten Readiness Bootcamp for 30 students.
In addition to these grant awards, the Morris M. Davis Award is a $1,500 award scholarship given annually to a student intern whose contributions to the community are judged to be an outstanding example.
The award was presented to Deepti Tantry of Jamison, who is studying at University of Pennsylvania and is a Central Bucks East High School graduate.
She interned at the Bucks County Opportunity Council.
“Foundations is proud to offer community grants for the 21st year in a row through our Partnership in Youth Services Program and with the support of our sponsors,” said Foundations Executive Director Ron Bernstein. “These grants help Bucks County non-profits make a significant impact on the lives of young people and their families, and offer valuable enrichment programs in the community.”
PHOTO CAP: Standing from left, Deepti Tantry, U Penn student; Maura Roberts, Woods Services; Kristin Chapin, YWCA; Rachel Kurtz, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bucks County; Jessica Schwartz, Family Promise of Lower Bucks; Jacqui Makowski, Autism Cares Foundation; Trish Feinthel, YMCA of Bucks County; Jen King, The Council of Southeastern Pa.; Cherylayne Walker, The Links, Bucks County; Ron Bernstein, FCP; and Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop. Seated from left, Nikki Farrior, Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need; Matthew Fischer, Conwell-Egan Catholic High School; Theodore Manko, Hammerheads Sled Hockey Association; and Bonnie Meister, Shriner’s Hospital for Children.