Love and Fire

Desire to Help Their Communities Led These Bucks County Volunteer Firefighters to Each Other

Become a Bucks County Volunteer firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician, and you just might find a hot romance.

It happened to Cathy and Dan Albee, who volunteer with Springtown and Haycock fire companies; James and Rachel Marshall, who serve at Tullytown Fire Co; Robin and Todd Mathews with Delaware Valley Volunteer Fire Co. in Erwinna and Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Co.; and John Wells and Andrea Clark, Richlandtown Fire Co. volunteers who will marry in an elegant, firefighter-themed wedding in October.

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HOPE

HOPE is a partnership with Kehilat HaNahar, St. Martin of Tours, St. Philips and New Hope Borough. HOPE is a group of caring and concerned members of the New Hope community who are volunteers willing to help others. Everyone could be faced with challenges and crises at some point in our lives. It is HOPE’s goal to share their time, talent and resources for the good of their friends and neighbors.

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Five Mile Woods

Five Mile Woods is a 300-acre nature preserve located in Lower Makefield Township. It is a great place to visit for people who want to see interesting plants and birds and for those who want to enjoy beautiful scenery in the fresh air.

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Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs’ Recipe for Creating Young Readers

INGREDIENTS:

5-8 elementary school students
1 age-appropriate book per student
1 rug
1 classroom
1 adult volunteer

Special sauce:  1 Roxy Reading Therapy Dog

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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 Bucks uses green building practices and is building Energy Star Rated homes to insure low operating costs for future homeowners. This year, Habitat Bucks is building its 100th home!

A Brush with Kindness – An exterior home preservation program that provides painting, landscaping and minor repair services for low-income homeowners affected by age, disability or family circumstances and struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes.

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Family Friends

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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4-H seeking volunteers

Bucks County 4-H is looking for volunteers to teach beginner sewing to children in the following parts of the county; Chalfont, Perkasie, New Hope, Warrington, Bedminster, Quakertown, Feasterville, Bensalem, and Perkasie.

Children sew in small groups of one to three sewers, when it is convenient for the volunteer, beginning in January and ending in May. For more information or to volunteer, call 215-345-3283.

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Toys for Tots Bucks County: Every child deserves a toy for the holidays

by June Portnoy

“You better not pout, you better not cry…”

Unfortunately, even good kids won’t receive presents this year, through no fault of their own, and these are not kids living in distant parts of the world. These are children living right in your own community. Last year, Toys for Tots Bucks County collected 25,000 toys for 10,000 children in Lower, Central and Upper Bucks County.

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AARP seeking volunteers

AARP, in conjunction with the IRS, has been providing free tax service for elderly and disabled for over 40 years. Computer literate volunteers are needed to provide this valuable service in the Lower Bucks area. Training will be conducted in January 2015.

Volunteers are sought to complete income tax returns or to assist in administrative activities at our sites. A minimum commitment of four hours per week for 10 weeks, between February 1st and April 15th, 2015, is requested. For additional information, call 215-579-8191.

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AARP seeking volunteers

AARP, in conjunction with the IRS, has been providing free tax service for elderly and disabled for over 40 years. Computer literate volunteers are needed to provide this valuable service in the Lower Bucks area. Training will be conducted in January 2015. Volunteers are sought to complete income tax returns or to assist in administrative activities at our sites. A minimum commitment of four hours per week for 10 weeks, between February 1st and April 15th, 2015, is requested. For additional information, call 215-579-8191.

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