Spotlight: The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown

Mention the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA), and most local residents immediately think of Doylestown Hospital, which the organization founded in 1923 and still governs today.

Although support for the hospital is an important focus of the group’s work, it is only a part of the VIA story.

Numerous committees within the organization work year-round to support the VIA’s stated mission of “improving the health and welfare of the Central Bucks community.”

VIA Welfare Committee members are available 365 days a year to receive referrals from community and social service organizations and case managers at Doylestown health on behalf of community members in need.

The committee provides monies for food, clothing, medication, rent, utility bills, transportation and other emergency needs. Central Bucks School District families in need are supported through an ongoing gift card program providing funds for clothing, school supplies and basic needs.

Additional financial distributions are made to various community organizations.

The VIA Education Committee seeks, evaluates and selects candidates annually for three $2,000 scholarships awarded to high school seniors residing in the Central Bucks a school District who are planning to study Human Health Care.

The $2,500 VIA Ruth Boland Memorial Nursing Scholarship, awarded in memory of a former VIA President and nurse, is also given annually.

In addition, Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Scholarships recognizing leadership potential are awarded to three students from Central Bucks High Schools, enabling them to attend a two-day HOBY State Leadership Seminar.

The Women’s Scholarship Committee partners with community organizations to provide needed financial support to eligible women entering or re-entering the job market, allowing them to further their education in an undergraduate degree program or pursue a vocational certificate or diploma. 

Other committees plan and sponsor the VIA’s largest fundraiser, the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens, provide support to veterans, and maintain the James-Lorah Memorial Home, a Victorian mansion that serves as both a museum and the organization’s headquarters.

Please visit the VIA website,, to learn more about the VIA and its work in the community.

PHOTO CAP: VIA members gather to deliver holiday meals to community members in need.

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