Habitat Bucks ReStores empower special needs individuals

Individuals with special needs often have difficulty gaining work experience and finding employment. In Bucks County, the Habitat for Humanity ReStores provide a place for diversified learners and those with special needs to gain experience in the real world.

Volunteers from The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Foundations Behavioral Health, Shared Support, and other organizations obtain valuable work experience at the ReStores.

“Our diverse learner population benefits greatly from the opportunity to be more independent, gaining confidence and developing their communication and interpersonal skills in our ReStores,” says Colleen Brink, Volunteer & Outreach Director, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. “We want area families and organizations to know that we support the needs of individuals and empower them by offering them a place to build their life and work skills.”

Connor is a weekly volunteer at both the Langhorne and Chalfont ReStores and he comes from CLC in Southampton. He is glad to take advantage of this opportunity to develop job skills.

“Connor looks forward to his work days at the Habitat ReStore,” says his mom, Judy. “It’s important to him to be productive and valued, and the staff treat him as part of the team. He is proud to give back to the community that has given him so much. So it’s a win-win all the way around!”

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Family Service seeks sponsors for back-to-school season

The back-to-school season can be difficult for children and families in need. You can help by sponsoring a child or by donating new clothes, backpacks and other supplies. If you become a sponsor, Family Service will provide you with the grade level, age and clothing sizes of a specific child so you can fill a backpack with supplies, a lunch box and a new outfit.

This is a great option if you’re already planning to shop for your child or grandchild, and Family Service is happy to honor age or grade level requests depending on availability. Groups or companies are welcome to sponsor multiple children.

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Help United Way ‘Stuff the Bus’ with school supplies for children in need

by June Portnoy

Parents, it’s that time of year again to begin back to school shopping. Although a routine annual purchase for most, many low-income Bucks County families perceive school supplies as more of a luxury item than a necessity. It’s not unusual for these families to be faced with the dilemma of choosing between buying school supplies and putting food on the table.

According to Danielle Bush, Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement at the United Way of Bucks County (UW Bucks), there are approximately 20,000 kids in Bucks County who struggle to have their basic needs met. That number includes children in all school districts throughout the county.

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Habitat ReStores: Not just thrift stores

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently used furniture, cabinets, appliances, building supplies, housewares, and decor at a fraction of the retail price. The Bucks County ReStores alone keep 100,000 pounds of materials out of landfills each month while financially supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build affordable homes for local families.

But what you may not know is that the Habitat ReStores in Langhorne and Chalfont aren’t just thrift stores. They also serve special needs, seniors, students, and low-income individuals through employment, work-study, and charity initiatives.

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Back to school supplies needed!

Join the YWCA Bucks County to help prepare local low-income children for the school year ahead.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate a new backpack and/or school supplies;

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Legion Auxiliary collecting items for homeless veterans

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit #148 Langhorne will be walking just ahead of the parade on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, collecting personal care items, snacks and distributing Poppies for donations. The poppy was adopted by the American Legion Auxiliary as their official memorial flower in 1921 to symbolize the sacrifice that our brave men and women have made for our freedom.

One-hundred percent of the poppy monies donated will go directly into programs for our hospitalized and disabled veterans. They will be using much of the donations locally in the Delaware Valley VA center and for disabled veterans and their families that are in need in our own community.

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Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County

The mission of Habitat Bucks is to “Build affordable homes, better lives, stronger families, and safer revitalized communities through partnerships with people and organizations throughout Bucks County.”

Affordable homes – Habitat builds decent, safe, affordable homes by building partnerships with families, volunteers and donors. Habitat Bucks uses green building practices and is building Energy Star Rated homes to insure low operating costs for future homeowners.

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The Charitable Exchange connects donors with charities

People in Bucks County are generous and want to help others, but often struggle to make a connection with emerging non-profit charitable organizations. These organizations are typically run by small groups of individuals with an intense interest in a specific cause.

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Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, building homes, empowering families

Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Their mission is to build affordable homes, stronger families and safer, revitalized communities throughout Bucks County.

Their Homeownership Program provides affordable homeownership for low-income individuals and families. Since 1990, Habitat Bucks has built over 100 homes throughout Bucks County. They don’t give homes away – their partner families purchase their homes with affordable mortgages. Their homebuyers already live or work in Bucks County, meet program requirements and contribute a minimum of 200 hours in building their homes. Contact Stefanie Clark at s.clark@habitatbucks.org/215.822.2812 x307.

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United Way sponsoring holiday gift card drive for local teens in need

United Way of Bucks County is hosting a gift card drive to help older kids and teens who may otherwise receive nothing at all during the holidays. The gift card drive runs now through December 17th and helps young people not served by traditional toy drives.

“We want to focus on kids who do not receive as much attention around the holidays,” explains Danielle Bush, Director of Community and Volunteer Engagement at United Way. “Kids over the age of 12 have different needs than younger children. Unfortunately, these older kids and teens get overlooked a lot during the holidays. Getting them a gift card to a clothing store or a fast food restaurant gives them the opportunity to go out and get something to eat with friends or to shop for themselves. That can be really empowering.”

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