Making A Difference

Paper Bag Child

Paper Bag Child

By Nancy Moffett As children grow up, they also grow out… out of their clothes, out of their toys, out of their strollers, their play yards and high chairs. Meanwhile, many non-profit organizations across the Lehigh Valley are looking for just these outgrown items for the children they serve. Putting the donor and the organization together is the mission of Paper Bag Child... »

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

Empowering persons with disabilities to choose independence. By Nancy Moffett Imagine you’re a young adult with a disability. You have graduated from high school or gone as far in your schooling as you can. What’s next… a job?… a place to live on your own?… what are your goals as you transition into adulthood? These are important questions that all young adults face,... »

Habitat For Humanity of the Lehigh Valley

Habitat For Humanity of the Lehigh Valley

by Sara Vigneri photo by Deb Cummins At the height of the real estate bubble of 2007, homeownership was suddenly accessible to everyone. Mortgages were handed out to anyone with a pulse and families who never imagined owning a house were able to snag a bank loan and move in to their dream home. Unfortunately, too many people bit off more than they could chew during that ma... »

Mikayla’s Voice

Mikayla’s Voice

By Nancy Moffett Inspiring kids of all abilities to share the message of inclusion… Mikayla Resh was five days old when doctors told her parents, Kimberly and Michael Resh, that she had severe, permanent brain damage. Mikayla is now 18 and the inspiration for Mikayla’s Voice, an organization whose purpose is to promote inclusion for children with disabilities. Our society ... »

Mary’s Shelter: The Cay Galgon Center

Mary’s Shelter: The Cay Galgon Center

By Laurie Teter Mary’s Shelter, The Cay Galgon Center, honors the legacy of a woman known for her tireless dedication to the unborn. Following Cay Galgon’s death in 2007, members of the Women’s Guild at St. Thomas More, Allentown, wanted to pay tribute to the woman who inspired them all. The following year Cory Lamack, now program director at the Center, met with Christine... »

Mercy Special Learning Center

By Kathryn Finegan Clark When children with special needs pass through the doors of Mercy Special Learning Center in Allentown they enter a new world, a place designed especially for them. They are not pressed to fit into that school world; from the beginning of the day until its end, teachers make sure that world adjusts to their special needs, encouraging them and helpin... »

St. Baldrick’s Foundation

By Kathryn M. D’Imperio If someone was willing to pay you money, would you shave your head? What if shaving your head could help raise money to fund research for childhood cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the United States? It may sound a bit crazy, but people are doing it and raising hundreds of thousands, make that millions of dollars for childhood ca... »

Great Beginnings

By Angela Bristow According to the 2010 Census, in that year there were 900 teen pregnancies in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Of those 900 pregnancies, 600 resulted in live births, and Medicaid paid for 300 of those. “I’d like people to understand that teen pregnancy is a large problem in the Lehigh Valley,” said Roger Ochse, director of development for Great Beginnings... »

Lauren's Hope Foundation

By Frederick Jerant Long ago, alchemists struggled mightily to crack the secret of turning lead into gold. Of course, they never succeeded. You might consider Ann Flood to be a modern-day alchemist – but a successful one. She has taken a gut-wrenching loss – the untimely death of Lauren, her four-year-old daughter – and created from it Lauren’s Hope Foundation, Inc. Lauren... »

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 $... »

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