The 4UDREW Foundation – Volunteer opportunity

If you are looking to give back to your community, consider the 4UDREW Foundation in 2016. The 4UDREW Foundation, founded in 2008, is a registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds to support hunger prevention. Family and friends were inspired to form this Foundation in memory of Drew Panettieri, who tragically passed away in a motocross accident on March 11th, 2006 at the age of 19.

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Bucks County Symphony

The Bucks County Symphony (BCS) is the premier community orchestra in southeastern Pennsylvania, serving our area since 1953 by providing residents and visitors convenient access to live classical music and world-class performing artists at an affordable price. The orchestra musicians range from talented high school students to highly-experienced community members, who perform with energy and passion under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Gary S. Fagin.

Each year, the Symphony presents a subscription series of fall, winter, and spring concerts with internationally-acclaimed soloists; a Pops Concert featuring Broadway performers; and a Family Concert that includes the winner of the Symphony’s Youth Concerto Competition and Central Bucks student musicians playing with the BCS.

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Tyler Park Center for the Arts

Explore your artistic side at Tyler Park Center for the Arts! The iconic white barn off Newtown Richboro Road is home to ongoing classes, workshops, and events for all ages and abilities. This nonprofit art center provides instruction by highly trained artists in a variety of mediums including precious metal clay, painting and drawing, photography, pottery, fiber arts, sculpture, and more.

Every second Friday from 7:30 to 10:00pm is Teen Art Night, a place for art-minded teens to socialize and express themselves with different art forms. It’s a great opportunity for Scout groups, too!

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The Village Renaissance Faire

The Faire’s authenticity, diversity, and more than 9,000 attendees annually make it hard to believe that the 17th Village Renaissance Faire is produced by and for the benefit of the Village Library of Wrightstown, but it IS true.

The small library has created what is known as one of best weekend faires around, so even if you don’t want to be part of the Magic, you will not want to miss it this September 17th and 18th on the donated Middletown Grange Fairgrounds in Wrightstown.

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The AJ Foundation for Children With Autism

The AJ Foundation For Children With Autism, is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1997. From its humble start as a single family’s personal journey to help their son, The AJ Foundation has now grown into a highly respected organization, which serves as a beacon of hope for many families. Its mission is to implement and support quality educational services dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

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Doylestown Hospital and the Doylestown Health System

Doylestown Hospital was founded in 1923 by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), a forward-thinking women’s civic organization founded in 1895 that recognized the need for emergency and maternity services early in the 20th century. The VIA established a visiting nurse service prior to the founding of the original hospital, an eight-bed facility located in Doylestown Borough.

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BARC Developmental Services

Now entering its 65th year of services to Bucks County, BARC Developmental Services is a human services agency comprised of members united in the belief that all persons, regardless of ability, have the potential for significant growth and achievement.

The agency provides referral-based support to individuals with intellectual disabilities and Autism from the Bucks County region through early intervention, residential, and vocational programs.

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Central Bucks Family YMCA: 50 years of impact

The year 2016 will be one of community, celebration and impact at Central Bucks Family YMCA as they celebrate their semi-centennial anniversary in Doylestown. Although the Y as an organization has been serving this community for longer than 50 years, the organization as you know it held its first meeting and elected a board of directors in 1966.

This is also when Central Bucks Family YMCA became an official branch of the State YMCA of Pennsylvania. Now with over 14,000 members, the Y is encouraging the community to join during this special year and discover the vast number of programs, classes and opportunities the Y provides.

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Matt Davis now offering indoor golf instruction at Delaware Valley University

by June Portnoy

You no longer have to wait for the warm weather to learn to play golf or improve your golf skills. Thanks to Matt Davis’ indoor golf instruction at Delaware Valley University (Del Val), you can now work on your golf game all year long from a PGA professional.

“This indoor facility, set up through our partnership with Virtual Golf, has become a huge recruiting tool for Del Val,” says Matt. “A facility like this is rare at a small private university and gives our teams the ability to practice all winter. My hope is that I can now attract elite players to come to this university to fulfill their college aspirations.”

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Holly Smith: Helping you overcome addiction and other struggles that life throws your way

by June Portnoy

Holly Smith, a practitioner at Counseling and Consulting Group in Doylestown, knows first-hand what it’s like to struggle and beat addictive behavior because she overcame her own addiction 11 years ago.

“I took many different roads to improve the quality of my life and now I’m dedicating my life to helping others improve theirs,” says Holly, an Addiction Specialist, a Nationally Certified Life Coach and a Certified Family Interventionist through the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission.

“I combine my personal experience, training and life coaching to help my clients develop new healthy behaviors.

As opposed to most experts in the field of addiction who have never endured addictive behavior, Holly can empathize with her clients offering a first-hand account on how she attained recovery.

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