Making A Difference

Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation

By Jennifer LoConte Two Rivers Health and Wellness Foundation has been improving lives in the Lehigh Valley community since it was founded in 2001. Originally formed after the sale of Easton Hospital, Two Rivers mission is to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents of Northampton County and surrounding areas. To date, this successful non-profit foundation has given $... »

The Children’s Home of Easton – A Place To Call Home

By Jennifer LoConte Since 1885, The Children’s Home of Easton has provided a safe and secure home for children who desperately need a helping hand from someone who cares. Many of these children have never experienced the love of a parent or the structure that a nurturing family provides. For some, The Children’s Home becomes a permanent childhood home, while for others, a ... »

Girls on the Run

By Jennifer LoConte Photo courtesy of Girls on the Run of Lehigh Valley Looking for an inspiring running program for girls promoting confidence, healthy relationships and athleticism? Girls on the Run (GOTR), an international non-profit organization, has been motivating girls from ages 8 to 13, since it first began in 1996.  Its mission is simple:  inspire girls to be joyf... »

Women's 5K Classic

By Jennifer LoConte Originally started in 1993 as a small, local 5K race promoting women’s groups and overall fitness, the Women’s 5K Classic has become a leading non-profit organization and its’ annual 5K event has grown into one of the largest all-women’s races in Pennsylvania today. Last year alone, 5,400 women participated and $240,000 was raised for breast and female ... »

A Pathway to Success: Via of The Lehigh Valley

By Jennifer LoConte The word “Via” is Latin for road or pathway. Via of the Lehigh Valley supports individuals faced with certain challenges or obstacles to reach their own road to success. Originally started in 1954, Via was formed by a group of 13 families who had adult children with disabilities and were looking for a place for their children to belong. Clara Morrow, on... »

The Program for Women & Families

By Jennifer L. Rodgers If you don’t learn from your mistakes, then there isn’t much point to a second chance. When those mistakes are big and they translate into time spent in jail, the learning curve is even higher – especially for women. Janet Jones (name changed to protect privacy) had a drug addiction and was in and out of jail “five or six times.” After each sentence ... »

One In A Million: Coco's Story

By Jennifer LoConte On August 24, 2009, Jim and Ali Lazaridis of Bethlehem welcomed their first child into the world, Khloe Coco,  a healthy and happy baby girl. At the age of three months, Coco developed a seemingly non-threatening fever. Upon further examination, their pediatrician noticed an enlarged spleen and immediately ordered multiple tests and blood work which con... »

One Bark at a Time: Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley

By Jennifer LoConte Our furry household members, those we call our pets, are an essential part of most American families. They enrich owners’ lives and, with each wagging tail or purr, bring a smile to our faces. Some pets are workers and enjoy helping their human friends while others prefer to lie around the house on a comfy chair. Whatever their preference, pets give unc... »

Helping Our Heroes: Veterans Sanctuary

By Jennifer LoConte They served our country throughout history and protected us both here and abroad.  Yet, our country’s bravest heroes are often the ones who suffer the most.  Drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness and mental health disorders continue to claim the lives of our US veterans.  Veterans Sanctuary, an in-house treatment facility located at 24 S. Fifth Stree... »

Making Connections Through Reading: Cops ‘n’ Kids Literacy Program

By Jennifer LoConte You know you are doing the right thing in life when all the forces of nature conspire to make you successful.” Beverly Bradley, President of Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program, keeps this quote as a daily reminder of how a single book can forever change the life of a child. According to The State of Literacy in America, 61% of the poorest childre... »

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