Making A Difference

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 $... »

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 ... »

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