NOVA Thrift Shop invites volunteers to join its team

NOVA Thrift Shop, which sells gently used clothing and household items to support the services and programs offered by Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA), is seeking volunteers to join its store staff. The store, located at Route 313 (Swamp Road) and New Galena Road north of Fountainville, is one of Bucks County’s best thrift shops.

Since 2001, it has donated nearly $2.2 million to support NOVA’s crime prevention programs and comprehensive services to crime victims in Bucks County.

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Valuable free resource for low-income taxpayers

How often can one person say they made a million dollar difference for their county? People who volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at the Bucks County Opportunity Council can.

Last year, volunteers with the Opportunity Council prepared over 1000 tax returns which gave low-income clients over $1.8 million dollars in returns. Dollars the taxpayers spend right back here in Bucks County.

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Calling all volunteers!

The Doylestown Alliance annual flowering baskets will be prepped on Tuesday, April 12th from 5:00 to 7:00pm and again on Thursday, April 14th from 5:00 to 7:00pm, at Geerlings Sunlit Farms, 3091 Street Road in Warrington.

The planting process is a little messy so old clothing and gloves are recommended. Volunteers will line baskets with moss and potting soil on the 12th.

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Volunteers needed!

Impact Thrift has a critical need for clothing sorter volunteers. They are inundated with some very nice donations, and staff cannot keep up!

Volunteers with an interest in their mission to area charities AND an eye for fashion are invited to phone 267-387-0022, x6105, or e-mail joanmarie.brown@impactthrift.org to learn more about their five great non-profit thrift stores and how they can be a part of this exciting growth at Impact Thrift’s Donation Processing Center!

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Habitat for Humanity of Bucks breaks ground for first Morrisville homes

by June Portnoy

Tim Evans is returning to his roots in Morrisville Borough where he grew up and where his grandfather still resides. Today, Tim lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their seven-month-old son, Peyton, in a small two-bedroom apartment in Levittown. They plan to soon adopt a second child.

They were going to rent a larger apartment when they discovered that Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County was building two homes in Morrisville Borough at 35 and 37 Harrison Avenue. The Evans immediately filled out an application. Less than one week prior to the first home’s groundbreaking ceremony, held on January 14th, the Evans received the news that they had been selected as the homeowners of 37 Harrison.

“Had it not been for Habitat, we wouldn’t have been able to afford the down payment for a house,” said Jessica.

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R.J. Leonard Foundation

The R.J. Leonard Foundation (RJLF) educates, initiates careers, and personally mentors young adults who are aging out of the foster care system in Bucks and Montgomery County. They are empowered to succeed, free of government assistance for the rest of their lives.

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‘Family Friends’ can help with special needs children

Family Friends is an intergenerational volunteer match program that has been in existence since 1997. The program is designed to serve a need for families who are overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for children with special health or physical challenges.

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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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Kids in Care

Kids in Care is a mentoring program that was created in 2007 as an expansion project of Family Friends. This program utilizes trained mentors to provide stable and positive relationships to youth in residential treatment facilities.

Kids in Care mentors help promote the recovery and resiliency of these at-risk youth and provide a natural support to youth outside of the many professionals that enter and exit their lives.

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Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need

AHTN is an interfaith organization of committed community volunteers that serves Bucks County’s less fortunate, especially the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

“Code Blue,” is in its seventh year of providing overnight shelter in area churches, when the temperature dips below 26 degrees including wind chill. When “Code Blue” is called, volunteers mobilize, using an AHTN bus, to drive guests to the Code Blue shelter, set-up cots and prepare light dinner and breakfast.

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