REDBANK VALLEY DAY OF GIVING

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THE SIXTH ANNUAL REDBANK VALLEY DAY OF GIVING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, May 12thTH with a goal of raising at least $40,000 in public donations and $40,000 in matching funds for a dollar for dollar match. The pandemic has curtailed holding fundraising events during the last 2 years. These organizations need the public’s support to continue their important missions in the Redbank Valley.

Funds raised will benefit the 11 participating 501(c)(3) charitable organizations who, through their hard-working volunteers, are working to improve many aspects of life in the Redbank Valley. Proceeds help with their missions, with very little, if any, administrative or fundraising costs. The participating organizations this year are: Brandon’s Dad (DUI Awareness), Just Us for the Animals, New Bethlehem Fire Company #1, Redbank Renaissance, Redbank Valley Church Association, Redbank Valley Community Center, Redbank Valley Education Foundation, Redbank Valley Historical Society, Redbank Valley Public Library, Redbank Valley Trails Association and Southern Clarion Police Association.

It is hoped that the event will grow in future years to include other area 501(c)3 organizations that were not able to participate this year.

Click the organizations below to view donation information and links.

Brandon’s Dad is a non-profit organization developed by Vernon Hilyer after losing his only son Brandon in a DUI crash at age 21. Over the last 13 years, Brandon’s Dad has worked daily to change and save lives, thru alcohol education, by sharing the real effects that DUI has on families and friends….forever. When you donate to the Brandon’s Dad organization, the money is used for Education of Underage Alcohol Use in High School programs, DUI prevention for all ages thru many billboards throughout the county, and many summer festival events. Brandon’s Dad is a common speaker at Adult Probation DUI classes in different counties. Expenses the Brandon’s Dad organization has include billboards (over $5000 per year), event programming expenses, video equipment, reminder silicone bracelets (loved and worn by all) and time away with travel, meals and sometimes lodging. The organization also has pedal karts and intoxication simulation goggles it uses for education. All of the expenses the Brandon’s Dad organization incurs are covered by donations from people in the communities he reaches, just like you. This program is Life Changing for many he has reached. This year, even with the ongoing pandemic, Brandon’s Dad will be speaking in schools all across PA while Vernon works to keep their parents’ dreams alive. Many people, even from out of the area, say they have seen the billboards when they contact him on Facebook.com/DUIawareness (Brandon’s Dad). Many message him to say how much they appreciate what he has done for them. Vernon has learned that every family has a connection with someone that has died due to alcohol use or DUI. Brandon’s Dad has truly made the highways safer for everyone in our area, and official numbers show that, but he needs your financial help to continue this life-saving mission. You can also donate direct at www.DUIawareness.com. We are making a difference.

Just Us for the Animals is a non-profit dedicated to reducing the overpopulation of cats and dogs in the area. This goal is accomplished through several programs. First, JUFTA works with local veterinarians to provide low-cost spays and neuters for dogs and cats. Feral animals are trapped, taken for surgery, then released (Trap, Neuter, Return) in an effort to prevent unwanted litters. These low-cost services are also made available to the public. Second, JUFTA provides foster homes and care for unwanted animals until they are able to be adopted into forever homes. Lastly, JUFTA seeks to educate the public through fundraisers and adoption events about preventing animal abuse and overpopulation. JUFTA is operated by several volunteers who have a great dedication to saving animals’ lives. For more information, please visit their Facebook page:: https://www.facebook.com/justusfortheanimals.

New Bethlehem Fire Company # 1 covers over 50 square miles within the Redbank Valley. We provide fire/rescue, emergency and public assist services to New Bethlehem & South Bethlehem boroughs along with parts of Porter and Redbank Township, Clarion County. The department also provides mutual aid to neighboring fire companies. We continue to purchase items that provide safety for our members and the public. Our goal is to provide each interior firefighter an individual thermal imaging camera. Our goal is to purchase 3 more cameras in 2022. This year we are looking to raise $1,800 for the purchase of 3 individual thermal imaging cameras to enable firefighters to locate victims and each other in an active fire situation when visibility is poor. This request for 3 additional units will help ensure that our interior firefighters have the latest safety equipment. Better equipment enables our volunteers to save lives and property faster and more effectively. For more information on volunteering or to donate, please visit the website at www.newbethlehemfire.com.

Redbank Renaissance is a revitalization group formed in 2007 with a multifaceted approach. This year’s goal is to raise $5000 to support ongoing efforts which include the Garden Keepers who plant, maintain and improve the public gardens, (sprinkler system, perennials and new bushes needed); repainting the 3 welcome signs around New Bethlehem; promotion of area history with historic markers; tourism and business promotion (signage and website), regional Welcome Brochures (print costs); business assistance, façade, signage and bike rack matching grants (funds for more grants); community clean ups, Dog-i-Pot stations (more bags needed), and community calendar to improve the New Bethlehem/Redbank Valley area. All efforts depend on public donations. Volunteers are welcomed. Information: www.redbankren.org, on Facebook or by calling 814-275-1718..

Redbank Valley Church Association is a para-church organization committed to fostering and supporting religious, charitable and educational pursuits that proclaim, promote, enhance, and further the Kingdom of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Redbank Valley. Its mission includes a food pantry for the Redbank Valley area, a yearly scholarship fund for local high school students, plus annual community church services such as See You at the Pole, a Community Hymn Sing at Gumtown Park, Clarion County Fair Festival of Music, Community Thanksgiving Service, Lenten Services, Easter Sunrise Service, Christmas Festival of Carols, and Baccalaureate Service for the Redbank Valley School District. RVCA also organizes pastors to write articles for The Leader-Vindicator and provide Sunday afternoon services at Edgewood Heights.

The Share in a Dream Scholarship is an opportunity for any senior attending the Redbank Valley School District who is a participating member of a Redbank Valley church and who satisfies the application criteria. The number of scholarships depends on money donated each year. Because of the community’s generosity many deserving young people have been awarded Share in a Dream Scholarships. Staffed by volunteers, the Food Pantry began in 2001 to ensure that Redbank Valley School District students had basic foods to meet their needs so that they would be more likely to succeed in school. The Food Pantry has broadened to provide supplemental food to all qualifying families in the school district. For years numerous families have benefitted monthly. A goal is to raise funds to sustain the food pantry, and provide meat for meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Donations are needed and much appreciated for the Food Pantry and Scholarships. For info.: 814-367-3331 or www.RvChurchassociation.org, [email protected].

Redbank Valley Community Center’s mission is to provide an environment of encouragement, education, and entertainment to meet the needs of our community. The current focus is on the physical, spiritual, emotional and developmental well-being of community members of all ages. Programs include a weekly senior center, knitters/crocheters group, RV School Children’s Christmas Gift Program that helps families in need, among others. The center offers space for family celebrations, parties, yoga, music classes and other special programs and events. All programs and events depend for their support and continuation on public contributions. Your donations keep our building operating, doors open, and programs and activities happening! Visit www.rvcommunitycenter.org, [email protected] or call 814-457-5033. The Center is located at 430 Broad St.

Redbank Valley Education Foundation The permanent endowment fund gives the school district a way to support the students and the school community. It targets the needs our students and faculty, and especially the donors to the fund, identify as important to them. Only the growth of the investment is used; the initial donation is held permanently. The RV General Scholarship Endowment distributions shall be restricted to fund income in excess of a minimum market value principal of $30K. It is funded by tax deductible donations that are invested to earn interest. The Endowment Fund is administered through the Clarion County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

The RV Undesignated Fund is a non-endowed fund with no distribution restrictions from principal or income sources. Donations that are not earmarked for a specific fund will be placed in the RV Undesignated Fund. Donors can donate to a specific fund. The Foundation will honor the donor’s intent based on the Foundation’s recommendations and for charitable purposes. RedbankValley.net or call 814-275-2426.

Redbank Valley Historical Society - New Bethlehem PA

Redbank Valley Historical Society Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Redbank Valley. On June 9th, 2021, the Redbank Valley Historical Society, Inc. took possession of the previous Northwest Bank on Lafayette and Broad Streets. We want to display many artifacts and heirlooms on loan to the historical society, form a genealogy library and do events that bring culture to our area.

In 2021, we had a Quilt Show, Parade of Uniforms, Clock Presentation and Musical Programs. In 2022, we will continue to do very special events for the community. We are publishing a cookbook that will feature family recipes from the valley. We will also have an Antique Roadshow, a Thanksgiving dinner theater and again the festival of Trees.

Please consider donating to the preservation of this historic building, restoring the clock tower and the saving of
our heritage.

We have written five books, The U.S. Civil War and Its impact on Residents of the Redbank Valley, History of the Low Grade Railroad, A Pictorial History of the Redbank Valley, Business Center Recollections by Tom T. Andrews, Jr. and finally recently released, Voices from the Redbank Valley. A member, Justin Morgan, has produced a video series of the Andrews Theatre, Hawthorn Pottery, The Redbank Valley Municipal Park, Founders and Part 1 of Disasters (Floods) and will finish Disasters Part 2 (Fire) soon. Another member Carol Kennemuth has produced forty-five original drawings and prints of historic places in the area. These can all be found on our website: www.redbankvhs.org. Contact information: Cindy Morgan, 814-221-6225, 248 Walker Flat Road, Mayport, PA 16240, Facebook-Redbank Valley Historical Society.

 

Redbank Valley Public Library provides people with the tools to solve problems, resources to meet needs, and services to help our community. Whether it is sending a fax, obtaining a passport, having copies made, attending a preschool early literacy program, utilizing the computers, having an exam proctored, teens socializing after school, adults coming together for book club, crafts and learning opportunities for all ages, homeschooling families finding no-cost materials to aid schooling, or just enjoying new books by favorite authors, the library has become a place of support, learning, and fun for all ages!

Our 2022 Challenge: If each person in our service area donated at least $10, our operating budget would be covered and we could focus more on meeting community needs. Imagine the world of opportunity that could open for all of us! Your donation helps us respond to community needs and remain a life-giving organization. Redbank Valley needs us now more than ever – will you help? For more information, please visit www.youseemore.com/NewBethlehem/directory.asp or call 814-275-2870. The library is at 720 Broad St. and will serve as a Donation Location for the Day of Giving from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Redbank Valley Trails Association, an all-volunteer organization, owns, maintains and improves the award-winning 51-mile non-motorized, 4-season Redbank Valley Trails, from the Allegheny River to Brookville and the 9-mile Sligo Spur. The main goals this year are to raise enough money to refresh the crushed limestone surface, improve signage and parking areas, provide more port-o-johns, add historic markers and continue our constant maintenance and improvement efforts. Donations provide fuel, equipment and material to help volunteers improve and maintain the trails for the community to enjoy and benefit from the recreation, relaxation and fitness opportunities the trail presents. Tourism dollars from those who visit are helping new and existing local businesses grow. Donations can be made online via the website and can be used as gifts or to name bridges, shelters, picnic tables and other amenities and
are much appreciated. Donations of time, equipment and materials are welcomed. Info:
www.redbankvalleytrails.org, [email protected], FB and 814-275-1718.

Building bridges between people and the police.  Providing non – government funding for improved police technology.  The Community supporting community policing.

Effective policing requires improved communications between the community and law enforcement agency.
SCPA is a group of concerned citizens who want to see our communities develop into a great place to call home.
Interaction between community and the police should serve to build bridges and strengthen the sense of
community. We are dedicated to “direct from community funding” for support and technologies that may be
beyond the ability of our municipal governments to provide. Our 501(c)(3) status enables us to raise money and
access grants that local governments cannot. Our initial fundraising goals are to establish and maintain a K-9
Unit for the Southern Clarion County Regional Police Department, to raise money for improved electronic and
digital equipment, and to provide a scholarship to a student pursuing higher education in police work or criminal
justice. Over the last several years, with help from our donors, we purchased 2 laptop computers for the police
vehicles and will be awarding a $500 scholarship to a deserving area student. We have several community
fundraising events planned for 2022: Annual “Cops an’ Bobbers” Kids Fishing Derby at Gumtown Park in New
Bethlehem and a 2-day softball tournament in Rimersburg. We hold a monthly 50/50 raffle and are planning a
big raffle for later in the year. See any of the SCCRPD officers or visit our website
www.SCPoliceAssociation.org or Facebook FB.com/SCPoliceAssociation for event dates/times etc. Please drop
donations off at the Southern Clarion County Regional Police Department or mail to: Southern Clarion Police
Association, 220 Broad St., New Bethlehem, PA 16242, 814-275-1180, [email protected].

DONATION LOCATIONS:
Donations are tax deductible to the full extent the law allows for any of the participating organizations and can be mailed or dropped off to the organization or at the Donation Locations on or before May 12th as follows:

• Redbank Valley Public Library (720 Broad St.) New Bethlehem (11 AM to 6 PM)
• New Bethlehem Town Center (419 Arch St.) New Bethlehem (9 AM to 5 PM on May 12th)
• directly to the organization or via online donations on each of the organization’s websites. (Please note that
online donations through PayPal will deduct a fee of 2.2% plus $.30.)

Contact any of the organizations or 814-275-1718 for more information. All donations stay local. Together, with
your support, we can make a real difference and improve life in Redbank Valley.

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Day of Giving 2022 - New Bethlehem PA - Redbank Valley