BCHG is jumping these days!
So much is happening as we wrap up summer and head into autumn.
And what a great summer it has been!
Our Board cordially invites you to mosey on over to Jericho Farm on September 20 and join us for a Hoedown at the home of Ed & Lynn Breen. Tickets are on sale now!
Pony rides for the kids and line dancing for the adults! Hope to see y’all there!
Impact Thrift showed up big to help BCHG by supplying enough furniture to outfit four apartments which house four of the families we serve in our SHP program. BCHG Executive Director, Tracy Mellor, took the lead on this project and was so impressed with everyone at Impact Thrift- the staff at the Feasterville store could not have been more helpful.
Our ED, Tracy Mellor, says “Thank you” with pizza at Impact Thrift.
VERGE, a young adult service group from Calvary Church of Sellersville, brought the muscle to the move! Over 30 VERGE members showed up to move furniture and families into new housing! We could not have made the big move without you- well done and thanks!
Our friend, Tom Skiffington, of ReMax in Perkasie PA, lent us his truck for the move- thanks Tom! Tom is a long-time supporter of BCHG and we appreciate his willingness to serve!
BCAR Reach Out Committee & awesome Back-to-School donation!
Speaking of Realtors… Tracy spent some time with the Bucks County Association of Realtors Reach Out Committee recently. Tracy shared our mission with some new members of BCAR and stayed to help pack backpacks collected by the ROC! Tracy came back with 105 backpacks which will be shared with families in our SHP program, our Bridge and Home Program, former clients and families who use our community food pantries. BCAR has provided support for our Back to School drive for over six years but has supported our overall mission for over 25 years. We are so grateful for this support because it means so much that the kids we serve go back to school with the tools they need to be successful! A special word of gratitude to Kelly Wenhold, who is our liaison with BCAR- she keeps things running smoothly.
Our Back-to-School Drive is in full swing! We will be able to assist so many kids thanks to our community! Thank you to:
Dedicated Doctors, Doylestown Democrats, Random Acts of Kindness REO IV, patients and staff at the office of Dr. Cathleen George in Richboro, Huntingdon Valley Bank, patients and staff at the office of Dr. Cohen in Newtown/Langhorne…
August 3 saw 4UDrew Intern, Matt McConomy manning a table at the Fifth Annual 4UDrew Foundation Car Show. The 4UDrew Foundation honors the life of Andrew Panetierri, who died in a motocross accident at the age of 19. Drew was an active and giving young man and the 4UDrew Foundation is dedicated to continuing Drew’s message of sharing with others. The Foundation gave BCHG a generous donation for our Doylestown Food Pantry and we decided to honor Drew by initiating a 4UDrew Internship to provide support at the Doylestown Pantry. Matt was chosen as our inaugural intern and is tasked with many aspects of keeping the pantry running smoothly through the summer. We are very excited to partner with 4UDrew and look forward to continuing our internship program!
Suzanne Panettieri, President, 4UDrew and Matt McConomy, 4UDrew Intern at the 5th Annual 4UDrew Car Show.
A million thanks to all the volunteers and donors who have made sure that our food pantries are well-stocked through the summer. Rolling Harvest Food Rescue has been able to keep our food pantries stocked with good and good-for-you fresh veggies from farms all over Bucks County. Tomatoes, corn, squash, potatoes and lots of cucumbers make our pantry consumers smile!
Fresh food from Rolling Harvest!
BCHG has a great group of volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors. Recently, Board member Connie Barna, was in the news. You just never know-banker by day…
BCHG Board Member, Connie Barna
BCHG said goodbye to Foundations Community Partnership‘s Youth Service Learning intern, Lauren Reiver, on August 2. Lauren is an incredible young person and helped at our Penndel Food Pantry and assisted with activities at our Morrisville site. Kudos to FCP for providing this resource to non-profits in Bucks County. We miss you already Lauren! Want to learn more about Lauren’s experience with BCHG? Read this: Lauren Reiver
FCP Intern, Lauren Reiver.
The same week that UWBucks distributed the last of its 2013 Bucks Knocks Out Hunger donations to Bucks County Housing Group’s Penndel food pantry, they received an amazing donation to keep the ball rolling. First Federal of Bucks County donated a generous $10,000 to the Bucks Knocks Out Hunger project for 2014.
“First Federal of Bucks County is proud to sponsor the United Way’s Bucks Knocks Out Hunger 2014. As a local community bank, we want to help those who are not food secure in our own Bucks County neighborhoods. Recent research shows that food insecurity is becoming more of a problem, making this support for Bucks County residents even more important,” explained the President/CEO of First Federal, Jeane M. Coyle.
First Federal of Bucks County made a huge impact with their sponsorship, and now BKO Hunger needs the help of the Bucks County community. The project is still $30,000 away from its goal with ten days to go. Bucks Knocks Out Hunger takes place on June 20th at DelVal College! And with one in ten Bucks County residents unsure of where their next meal is coming from, that’s a goal that needs to be met. EVERY donation amount makes a difference! Be part of the solution and help the #BKO Hunger team: Bucks County Opportunity Council, UWBucks and Rolling Harvest Food Rescue.
Donations can be made online at www.uwbucks.org/bkohunger, mailed to the UW Bucks office at 413 Hood Blvd, Fairless Hills, PA or dropped off at any Univest Bank in Bucks County.
VOLUNTEERS for the day of are needed too: just click on the picture below to sign up! You will be glad you did!
SPONSORED BY SHIR AMI,
WRIGHTSTOWN HEALTH AND FITNESS
& DALE INSURANCE
PLEASE JOIN US AGAIN AT THE 4th ANNUAL
I RUN FOR FOOD
Help Stomp out Hunger in Bucks County
Sunday June 1st, 2014- 5K and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk
* FLAT, FAST COURSE*
**EARLY REGISTRATION RATES END MAY 21st**
Enjoy the beautiful, flat, and fast timed 5K run or 1 mile run/walk in Washington Crossing State Park. We are planning another great event with post-race food, awesome t-shirts, and timing by Pretzel City Sports. Great for the entire family! Last year you helped us raise over $8,000 for the fight against hunger.
To register online: CLICK HERE
OR REGISTER BY MAIL: Early registration online ends May 21st by mail. Race day registration begins at 7:30 and the race begins at 9:00.
Fill out an attached registration form for each runner/walker and mail to:
I RUN FOR FOOD
P.O. BOX 632
Newtown, PA 18940
If you have already registered, thanks so much and please share this with a friend.
TO BENEFIT: Proceeds of this event will go to the BCHG Penndel Food Pantry. Help us Stomp out Hunger in Bucks County!
RESULTS/AWARDS: 1,2 and 3 mile marked course. Finish line and timing service by Pretzel City Sports. Race results posted on site and within 2 days at pretzelcitysports.com
POST RACE FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED
John Kunes and Jane Burke take the keys to “a new to us” van from Joe Davis of Bergeys- thanks to awesome donors!
On a sunny spring day, Joe Davis of Bergeys turned over the keys of a “new to us” van to John Kunes and Jane Burke. This moment was the culmination of seven months of fundraising effort ! Bucks County is a great place to live, but there is very little public transportation-especially in Upper Bucks. See it’s not just a vehicle- it’s transportation for families who need to attend appointments, meetings, school and work. It is a way to move from homelessness to housing.
The van we were using to drive families was unreliable and we could see a new van was needed soon; that’s when John Kunes and a whole bunch of community members made something wonderful happen. The VAN FUND was born and slowly but surely the fund grew. It began with funds from the sale of Aunt Helen’s Pierogies at Quakertown Alive, then The Brick Tavern Inn donated proceeds from sales every Tuesday in November. We received a generous grant from The Lehigh Valley Foundation- Neusch Fund . We were really cooking- $6000 in the fund already!
That is when the community JUMPED in: Patti Mcleod, Todd Crouthamel, Real Estate Excel, Sellersville American Legion Post (Nase-Kraft Post No 255), Richland Area Softball, Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quakertown Community School District and Trinity Great Swamp UC Church helped us reach our fund goal, Joe Davis of Bergeys Inc. found us the best deal possible on a van- mission accomplished!
What an amazing team effort and what a difference it will make for the families we serve in the Quakertown area.
You can see that many folks are needed to make a good thing happen! And we, at BCHG, are grateful for each and every person who gave to the VAN FUND; with time, talent or financial contributions. Your participation made a goal achievable! Thank you and if you see us in the “new to us” van , give us a wave- together we made it happen! Drive safely!
Aah. Spring at last! What a winter we had; thanks to all our donors, volunteers and friends who made adjustments when BCHG had to close pantries and offices for days at a time. We appreciate your patience.
BCHG is getting ready to move…our main offices, that is. Our administrative team is moving from Wrightstown to Ivyland in May! We will be moving to buildings we own which we received for FREE through the Willow Grove AFB closing. We are excited and some of us have even started packing! The offices are on Jacksonville Road so they will be much easier to find. We will miss our spot in Wrightstown though; it is a lovely part of Bucks County. Check back for information about a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony in June.
If Spring is here it means Shir Ami I Run For Food 5K to benefit the Penndel Food Pantry will be happening soon. Join us on June 1, 2014 at Washingtons Crossing Park for the 4th annual event. Sponsored and supported by Shir Ami and Wrightstown Health and Fitness. Save the date to enjoy a good run AND help your neighbors in need.
April 8th is the date of our bi-annual Volunteer/Donor Appreciation Dinner. If you received your invitation but have not RSVP’d, please do so by 3/28. About 100 folks have already responded. Should be quite the party!
It’s not always the grandest gestures that make the biggest impact.
I read that in a daily blog I receive. It made me think of Mother Teresa: “We can not all do great things but we can all do small things with great love.”
Isn’t it the small gestures that add up? At my local Wawa, (in fact any Wawa I have ever gone into) someone ALWAYS holds the door open for you. And then you return the favor. That’s the Wawa ripple effect. Small gesture but one I think about often.
I was out of sorts this morning and mentioned the fact to a colleague. She just called me back to check on me. Good news is that I got back on the right track. Better news is that my colleague cared enough to reach out. I, in turn, texted a friend who has been having back trouble- just checking in to find out she is improving. Again, those ripples of kindness.
How do you do small things with great love? Folks from the PONY National Softball Championships which were held at 41 fields throughout Lower Bucks County on the weekend of July 21, donated food to our Penndel Food Pantry. Some of the 3,250 softball players, ranging in age from 8 to 14, from 250 teams donated canned goods. Those individual donations added up to 1000 pounds of food for our very busy Penndel Food Pantry. Shannon Hopkin called us to tell us about the donation and explained that they had collected food last year but had not intended to do so this year but everyone had liked doing it so much it just happened! 1000 pounds of food just happened! That ripple of kindness will make sure hungry folks in Bucks County have food to eat.
And then there are the kind folks from the The Jake Revere Foundation. The foundation was founded with the mission to keep the memory, good deeds and positive energy of Jake Revere alive. Funds are used to assist local community groups, organizations and individuals in need here in Central Bucks County, PA, primarily children in the community who otherwise couldn’t participate in positive social and educational activities. Seven children from two of our families received grants; four youth received funds for summer camp and three youth received funds so they can participate in youth football. To those families, struggling to pay bills, this donation is a huge gift. Jake’s kindness and energy lives on. The ripple effect again.
It makes an impact alright; those smiles, open doors, caring words, a can of chili, the memory of a special young man. All of it ripples outward spreading love and kindness. And that’s pretty grand.