Making A Difference

Serving the Underserved

Serving the Underserved

Volunteerism During the Pandemic Helping people has never been more challenging. As the COVID pandemic has unfolded, Lehigh Valley food pantries and soup kitchens have seen a shift in need and numbers concerning the pool of people they serve, while struggling to meet the shifting dynamics of doing so. Retiree Bob Hintze has served as a volunteer at Bethlehem Emergency Food... »

Allentown Rescue Mission’s Clean Team

Allentown Rescue Mission’s Clean Team

The Allentown Rescue Mission, founded in 1900, is often perceived as a place for homeless men to get an occasional hot meal and a bed for the night. But that’s only partially true. The Rescue Mission is a social services organization, which provides goods and services to homeless and impoverished men. “Homelessness can strike anyone at any time,” said Michael Mauro, manage... »

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... »

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