Volunteers Needed for CONTACT Helpline

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, Montgomery and Philadelphia 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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‘Drive for Youth’ Golf Outing to benefit Family Service

Over the past 14 years, Family Service Association of Bucks County’s “Drive for Youth” Golf Outing has raised over $545,000 for programs and services that directly benefit children and families in our community. Last year, Family Service provided direct services to approximately 3,000 children and teens in need. You can help Family Service continue to meet the needs of children and teens in our community by supporting the 15th Annual “Drive for Youth” Golf Outing on June 9th, at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope.

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Volunteers needed for CONTACT Helpline

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, Montgomery and Philadelphia 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.

Reports of suicide have increased in all five counties over the last decade. For example, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office reported 93 suicides in 2012, up from 69 in 2006. Similarly, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office reported 81 suicides in 2012, up from 66 in 2006. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “every 15 minutes, someone dies by suicide in this country. And for every person who dies, there are many more who think about, plan or attempt suicide.” Fortunately, suicide is preventable. With the increase in reports of suicide in our community, the need for trained volunteers also increases. You can help prevent suicide by becoming a CONTACT Helpline volunteer.

CONTACT Helpline phone rooms are located in Bucks and Montgomery counties, and volunteers must be able to commit to one four-hour shift per week. Each CONTACT training consists of six sessions. The next training begins on March 26th and continues through April 30th and will take place at the Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr, PA. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Vinson, Director of Volunteer Services, at volunteer@fsabc.org or 215-757-6916, ext. 202. Volunteer applications are also available online at www.fsabc.org/volunteer.

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Foundations receives award from FSA of Bucks County

Foundations Community Partnership (FCP), a non-profit foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of young people and their families in Bucks County, was the recipient of the “Family Builder of the Year” award, presented by the Family Service Association (FSA) of Bucks County. Ron Bernstein, FCP executive director, accepted the award last month, which honored FCP for their efforts to support Bucks County non-profits serving the behavioral health and human service needs of children, young adults, and families.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our efforts to serve the community,” said Ron. “I applaud Family Service Association for their work over the past 60 years in meeting community needs and touching the lives of local families.”

Audrey J. Tucker, MSW, LSW, Chief Executive Officer, FSA of Bucks County explained the ways FCP has supported her organization’s efforts to meet the needs of local families. Notably, FCP has offered grant funding to support FSA’s AACES program for autistic young adults and Service Learning Center and has provided FSA with a student intern from their Summer Youth Corps.

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