VIA Community Response Team grants $1,000 to CHC

 

The Village Improvement Association’s Community Response Team gave a generous grant of $1,000 to Child, Home, & Community for purchasing parenting DVD’s for their parent support groups in Bucks County. These young moms and dads will develop the skills necessary to provide their babies with healthy and stimulating environments.

Pictured are Kathleen Meyer (left), VIA Committee Response Team, and Beth Styer, CHC.

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Foundations Community Partnership

Foundations Community Partnership is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County.

FCP provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students, underwrites community education programs and supports behavioral health education and research. FCP identifies human service needs within the nonprofit organization community in Bucks County and encourages development of innovative services and collaboration through grants and educational services.

FCP also provides opportunities for stakeholders to participate in resolving community issues of concern to all Bucks County residents. They recruit, train, supervise and provide leadership for qualified young adults to participate in service learning opportunities to help meet community needs.

FCP supports research efforts, communicates practical and effective treatment guidelines and disseminates them through workshops, seminars and professional publications.

Upcoming workshops include  “Autism: Social Skill Deficits and the Social Brain” on Wednesday, March 5th; “Helping Kids and Family Exposed to Traumatic Events” on Wednesday, April 2nd; and “Evaluation and Treatment of Learning and Behavioral Disorders” on Wednesday, May 7th.

Their endeavors include improving the quality of life and supporting efforts to provide services for children, youth and families in Bucks County, and offering financial assistance to Bucks County non-profit human service organizations that focus on children and youth with behavioral health needs.

FCP is a valued community resource – solving problems, inspiring youth and creating partnerships with organizations and higher learning institutions to enhance the quality of life in the region.

To learn more about Foundations and its mission visit their website at www.fcpartnership.org or contact them at 267-247-5584. Ron Bernstein is the Executive Director of Foundations Community Partnership.

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Foundations Community Partnership

Foundations Community Partnership is a philanthropic grant-making foundation supporting the behavioral health and human service needs of children and young adults in Bucks County.

FCP provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students, underwrites community education programs and supports behavioral health education and research. FCP identifies human service needs within the nonprofit organization community in Bucks County and encourages development of innovative services and collaboration through grants and educational services.

FCP also provides opportunities for stakeholders to participate in resolving community issues of concern to all Bucks County residents. They recruit, train, supervise and provide leadership for qualified young adults to participate in service learning opportunities to help meet community needs.

FCP supports research efforts, communicates practical and effective treatment guidelines and disseminates them through workshops, seminars and professional publications.

Upcoming workshops include  “Autism: Social Skill Deficits and the Social Brain” on Wednesday, March 5th; “Helping Kids and Family Exposed to Traumatic Events” on Wednesday, April 2nd; and “Evaluation and Treatment of Learning and Behavioral Disorders” on Wednesday, May 7th.

Their endeavors include improving the quality of life and supporting efforts to provide services for children, youth and families in Bucks County, and offering financial assistance to Bucks County non-profit human service organizations that focus on children and youth with behavioral health needs.

FCP is a valued community resource – solving problems, inspiring youth and creating partnerships with organizations and higher learning institutions to enhance the quality of life in the region.

To learn more about Foundations and its mission visit their website at www.fcpartnership.org or contact them at 267-247-5584. Ron Bernstein is the Executive Director of Foundations Community Partnership.

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FCP Board approves $170,000 in grant awards benefiting Bucks non-profits

As part of their mission to improve the lives of youth and their families in Bucks County, Foundations Community Partnership’s (FCP) Board of Directors has approved $170,000 in grants to help 17 Bucks County non-profit organizations and the families they serve.

The grants included $110,000 in Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG) and $60,000 in Capital Grants.

Foundations Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG) were awarded to:

  • Pegasus Riding Academy in Northeast Philadelphia received a grant for their Leading the Way program, which collaborates with the Wood School in Langhorne to provide services for adolescents who have severe physical/behavioral health problems with access to an equestrian summer day camp. The project is designed to work with each person’s disability and is incorporated with the ESY educational program at the residential facility.
  • Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership in Langhorne and Healthlink will use the grant to support their Healthier Families Initiative, which screens for depression in clinic parents and families. It provides supports for integrated physical/behavioral health care for low-income families throughout Bucks County.
  • Council Rock School District’s ACHIEVE program in Newtown will use their grant to provide vocational/social skills training for aging-out special needs youth. These services are offered to a vulnerable and high-risk population and aim to make a student’s transition to adulthood a smooth one.
  • The Conservatory: Music, Art, Drama in Doylestown will use the grant for their Smart Program, which works to improve social skills of the youth at the Bucks County Youth Center. It provides healthy leisure activity training and improved self-esteem for adjudicated delinquents and disadvantaged children.
  • The YWCA of Bucks County’s Girls Circle in Bensalem is focused on building self- concept and self-esteem for young girls to prevent development of mental health problems. Designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence, Girls Circle is a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years, which integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training.
  • The Lower Bucks Family YMCA’s Enrichment Outreach Program in Fairless Hills will use the grant to provide educational support for special needs children with a focus on those at risk for behavioral health problems.
  • Access Services’ Growing Together for Life program in Ivyland which serves Bucks County will use the grant to provide improved leisure activities for clients, which helps strengthen family bonds and offers opportunities for recreation. Access Services provides support services for adults & children with special needs and their families.
  • Special Equestrians’ Equine Facilitated Learning in Warrington focuses on special needs children and youth with behavioral problems. It seeks to improve the physical, mental and emotional well being of individuals with disabilities through the equine experience.
  • Pearl S. Buck International’s program for children with special needs provides support for adoptive Asian families. Located in Perkasie, Pearl S. Buck International is committed to improving the quality of life, expanding opportunities for children and promoting an understanding of the values and attributes of other cultures, the injustice of prejudice, and the need for humanitarianism throughout the world.
  • A Woman’s Place’s Healthy Families, Healthy Kids program in Doylestown supports families in their transition back to the community after experiencing a crisis and spending time in an emergency shelter. As the only domestic violence organization in Bucks County, A Woman’s Place provides support, education, outreach, and advocacy to victims of domestic and dating violence and their children and the community.
  • Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie will use the grant for their Youth to Work program, which provides vocational training opportunities for special needs youth. Ivy Hill is committed to establishing, maintaining and delivering programs designed to enhance the lives of individuals with physical, social, educational and/or psychological challenges. 
  • Central Bucks School District in Doylestown received a grant in support of their Elementary School Vegetable Garden, which assists in the development of social skills and self-esteem for special needs children. It blends children with typical development with special needs children to improve socialization, tolerance and self-esteem.

Six organizations received Capital Grants from FCP:

  • Bristol Riverside Theater in Bristol received a grant to replace their outdated theater lighting system. The Theater provides services for special needs and disadvantaged youth in Bucks County.
  • Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope will use the grant to support their Bucks County Country Exhibit, which features educational and sensory activities with a focus on special needs children. The Bucks County Children’s Museum’s mission is to be a fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect Bucks County’s unique history and culture.
  • Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie received a grant for the preservation of the Pearl S. Buck House and Museum. The organization provides support and services to vulnerable children and their families.
  • The Mercer Museum in Doylestown, which provides history education to students and teachers in Bucks County, including special needs children, will use the grant for Mercer Library Conservation. The Mercer Museum Library is the major research center for local and family history related to Bucks County and the surrounding region.
  • Child, Home and Community in Doylestown will use the grant toward the purchase of a permanent home. The organization focuses on education and support programs for teenage pregnancy. They sponsor free childbirth classes, support groups, career counseling and other advocacy services to teens throughout Bucks & Montgomery Counties at dozens of locations.
  • Peaceful Living’s Creative Gifts Program in New Britain will use the grant to support their day program for young adults with developmental delays/autism.  Creative Gifts provides a unique community integrated mentoring service based on individual’s interests and talents which combines skill building, volunteer and recreational opportunities to create inclusive environments.

“The Board of Directors is pleased to support such worthwhile local organizations that truly make a difference in the community,” said Ron Bernstein, executive director, FCP. “Our grant program helps the groups that are fulfilling unmet needs for underserved children and families in Bucks County.”

FCP is a private non-profit operating foundation that supports behavioral health education and research, provides grants for non-profit organizations, awards scholarships to Bucks County high school seniors, subsidizes service learning internships for college students and underwrites community education programs. To learn more about Foundations and its mission visit their website at www.fcpartnership.org or contact them at 267-247-5584.

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Pennsbury Education Foundation announces grant awards

The Pennsbury Education Foundation (PEF) recently awarded a total of eight grants to seven schools across the Pennsbury School District, totaling nearly $10,000.

The following grant recipients were announced:

Principal Michele Spack and teacher Kelli Kestel – $2,000 to partially fund the purchase of iPads, covers, and protectors at Edgewood Elementary School;


Principal Chris Becker and Reading Specialist Marianne Kershaw – $2,000 to partially fund the purchase of iPads, covers, and protectors at Manor Elementary School;

Principal Theresa Ricci – $1,400 to partially fund the purchase of one ActivExpression wireless student response system and $550 (partial funding) for distance learning virtual fieldtrips at Charles Boehm Middle School;

Principal Elaine Novet and Reading Specialist Kerry Bauerle – $1,000 to partially fund the purchase of books to be used as part of the 100 Book Challenge program at Penn Valley Elementary School;

Principal Fran Nitkin and teacher Cherie Lynne Kooker – $1,300 to fund the purchase of one Promethean board at Oxford Valley Elementary School;

Principal Laurie Ruffing, teachers Katie Duncan and Lorie Becker – $250 to partially fund the Windy City Players Performance of “Cinderella” at Walt Disney Elementary School; and

Principal Paul Meehan and teacher Derek Cressman – $1,014.65 to fund the purchase of a set of new drums for the music department at William Penn Middle School.

The PEF is a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on donations and supports the purpose of improving teaching and learning in Pennsbury through innovative educational initiatives. Grants are awarded through an application process that occurs twice each year.

“The PEF Board is pleased to be able to support the valuable work that teachers do in the classroom, and we look for effective ways that we can distribute funding to benefit students,” said Annette Young, PEF President.

In addition to gathering generous donations from local funding sources and individual donors, the PEF also participates in the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, which awards tax credits to businesses making contributions to the PEF.

For more information call 215-428-4115.

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FCP Board approves $145,000 in grant awards benefiting Bucks non-profits

As part of their mission to improve the lives of Bucks County young people and their families, Foundations Community Partnership’s (FCP) Board of Directors has approved $145,000 in grants to help 16 Bucks County non-profit organizations and the families they serve. Foundations’ end-of-the-year giving included $90,000 in Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG), $45,000 in Capital Grants, and $10,000 in Emergency Grants.

Bucks Innovation and Improvement Grants (BIIG) were awarded to:

  • Lakeside Educational Network received a grant to design and provide online parenting education to parents of at-risk children and youth who are served by Lakeside’s programs. Approximately 160 Bucks County students and their families will benefit from this program.

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