Making A Difference

Vera Cruz Chief Closes in on 50 Years of Service

Vera Cruz Chief Closes in on 50 Years of Service

Founded in 1942, Vera Cruz Fire Co. at 4093 Main Road West in Emmaus is one of 42 fire departments servicing the greater Lehigh Valley. The company’s oldest active member recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Like most fire companies serving the area, Vera Cruz depends on volunteers. “We’re the only station in Lehigh County that has two tankers,” said longtime fire chief ... »

Lehigh Valley  HealthCare Innovators: On Frontlines Battle Covid-19 

Lehigh Valley HealthCare Innovators: On Frontlines Battle Covid-19 

OraSure Technologies, Inc., Scores Grant to Develop In-Home Covid-19 Rapid Tests A Bethlehem-based biotech company is poised to help millions of people around the world to leave home safely–with sights on early to late fall for FDA Emergency Use Approval. Nearly two decades before COVID-19 halted life as we know it, OraSure Technologies, Inc., was proving bio-scientific pr... »

CureSearch

CureSearch

Battling Childhood Cancer Natalee Hercik’s world was rocked in 2008. That’s when her three-year-old daughter Lilly was diagnosed with leukemia. But just over two years later, Lilly joined the “cancer survivors” club when she took her last chemotherapy pill during a family trip to Disney World (arranged by Dream Come True). “It was a tough two years,” Natalee recalls. “And ... »

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley

It’s called the “summer slide,” and it’s not as much fun as it sounds. The expression is a euphemism for when kids start forgetting what they learned the previous school year once a long break ensues. According to the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, children from low-income families are most susceptible. “It happens every summer with potent... »

First Tee of the Lehigh Valley

First Tee of the Lehigh Valley

Golf can be many things. For some, it’s a passion; for others, it’s a livelihood, a road to doing business, a hobby. (And Mark Twain supposedly called it “a good walk, spoiled.”) But for The First Tee of the Lehigh Valley and Berks County (FTLV), golf is the perfect vehicle for imparting valuable lessons to young players, preparing them for the all-important game of life. ... »

Sit Stay Heal

Sit Stay Heal

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month It’s tough to fathom how anyone could hurt a lovable, fuzzy animal that only seeks love and affection. And yet, it happens. Cruelty to animals is a very real problem in our world. According to the Humane Society, as many as 10 million pet dogs and pet cats are abused each year, often by people who also abuse their children and spo... »

goLead

goLead

Turning Today’s Youth Into Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why it’s so important to raise our children with confidence and good ethics, and to serve as mentors and positive role models. The Lehigh Valley’s goLEAD program takes things a step further, offering a unique, one-week training program to help guide and prepare young high school ... »

Habitat For  Humanity’s ‘Restore’ Store

Habitat For Humanity’s ‘Restore’ Store

A Surprising Source For Your Home Projects As we start a new year (and new decade!), you may already be thinking about getting an early start on your spring house projects. One way to help stretch your budget dollars is to consider buying gently used or new items to help get your project completed. Did you know that we have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore (that’s the name t... »

New Bethany Ministries

New Bethany Ministries

BRINGING LIGHT TO THE DISADVANTAGED Light in the darkness. Since its founding in 1985, New Bethany has assisted more than 100,000 individuals in its role of providing opportunities for a secure future for the hungry, the homeless, and the mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley.  And every December, many Lehigh Valley residents hear about New Bethany Ministries through “Luminari... »

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Meals on Wheels

Thanksgiving Day is just a few weeks away, and we’re all anticipating a table loaded with enough food to feed an army. This time of year, it’s important to recognize that thousands of people in the Lehigh Valley won’t have that kind of meal. Whether through age, infirmity, or economic situations, purchasing and cooking food for many presents challenges. Twelve hundred meal... »

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