Saturday Soup Kitchens - Held at the Berwick Salvation Army, Saturday Soup Kitchens are one of the easiest ways to give back to your community! We are currently working on filling the 2021 calendar, so please contact Ayrin if your company, church group, civic organization or family would like to sign up for a Saturday!
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Berwick Farmers Market - Every year from June through October our market coordinator supports a number of local businesses as they set up for the Berwick Farmers Market. Local crafters, artisans, and farmers offer a wide variety of goods to our community. We ensure people of all incomes can eat healthy local foods by offering the ability to use SNAP, WIC, and Senior Vouchers at our market. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact our market coordinator Monica!
Summer Workbooks - When COVID-19 kit home, we knew we had to help our community kids. We launched our summer workbook initiative in summer of 2020 to ensure kids had something to help them learn through the summer months while they were home.
Read Across America Day - A BIG thank you to all 63 of our volunteers who virtually entered the classrooms at all three elementary schools to read to our local kiddos for Read Across America Day! Our next Read Across America Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022. If you'd like to become a guest reader, email Ayrin: Coordinator@BerwickAreaUW.Org.
Dolly Parton Imagination Library - The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family's income.
Nurse's Pantry - A simple concept with tangible results. The Nurse's Pantry is an in-school supply of clothing, hygiene items, and other wellness products to help children with immediate needs and prevent absenteeism.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - Let the BAUW do your taxes! This program is completely FREE to individuals and families who make $56,000 or less annually. To set up an appointment to file your taxes, contact Rhonda: Director@BerwickAreaUW.Org or (570) 759-8203.
2-1-1 Information Line - Help Line is an information and referral services and first response point for crisis calls in the 17 county coverage area. It operates 24 hours a d day, 365 days per year, staffed by trained caseworkers.
Little Free Pantries - The pantries, similar to The Nurse's Pantry, are filled with nonperishable foods, hygiene products and warm clothing. The pantries are located around the Berwick area and are available for anyone in need, to take anything they need, at any time. Have these products? Drop them in any Tiny Pantry to help those in need!
Life’s Challenges: $16,500
AGAPE’s Life Challenges program provides clients with financial assistance for various life essential needs, including: rent/mortgage, heat and other utilities, temporary lodging, transportation, car repairs, gasoline, medical/prescription expenses and other miscellaneous expenses. This idea is to support community residents who are living paycheck to paycheck but may not qualify for other types of poverty assistance.
Early Childhood Education: $12,500
The Early Childhood Development program operates year-round from 6:30am-5:30pm. This program identifies and enrolls low income families in an effort to improve the pre-kindergarten education of children enrolled while allowing parents to work, thereby alleviating poverty and strengthening the family unit. Children follow an established curriculum that is aligned with the kindergarten curriculum provided by the school district to provide the best preparation for successful and seamless transition to kindergarten.
Emergency Shelter: $10,000
Breaking the Cycle: $10,000
It is important that Beyond Violence can continue to provide shelter for physically and/or emotionally battered women and children. The shelter provides a safe haven for women and children so they can reassess their lives and begin the healing process.
Beyond Violence, Inc. has presented the “Breaking the Cycle” program to the Berwick Middle and High School students since 2015. The three modules used include information on self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth; dating rights and responsibilities, understanding components of health relationships; and defining warning signs of unhealthy relationships. Through a partnership with Geisinger, they also include a module addressing the opioid crisis and how it parallels healthy and unhealthy relationships; further enhancing students’ skills for responsible decision making and conflict resolution, called Too Good for Drugs.
Preschool Vision Screening & Eye Safety Education: $1,000
Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc. offers preschool vision screenings (lay screening, not intended to take the place of a professional eye examination) and educational programming on good eye health and good eye safety for preschoolers and first graders. This program will help to identify those preschools that may be at risk for vision problems. Follow-up is crucial to this program should a preschooler be referred. Follow-up is made encouraging parent/guardian to seek the professional comprehensive eye exam.
Parents as Teachers: $22,500
With BAUW allocated dollars, the Columbia County Family Center served 8 families with the evidence-based Parents as Teachers Model (PAT). PAT has four components: personal home visits, group connections, screenings and connections to resources. During each home visit a parent-child activity was completed, developmental information was presented, parenting topics were discussed, and family well-being was reviewed. Enrolled children receive an annual health screening to make sure they are up to date on immunizations, no hearing or vision concerns are present, good dental hygiene practices are in place, etc. The group connections are held monthly and provide families with socialization opportunities and an increased awareness of community resources.
2-1-1 Help Line: $2,500
Help Line is an information and referral service and first response point for crisis calls in Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wayne and Wyoming counties. It operates twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, staffed by trained caseworkers as a program of the Family Service Association of NEPA.
Education Expansion Development: $18,000
For The Cause Teen Center’s Education Expansion Development will include an extensive tutoring program, a formal schedule of youth counseling services, and a “How To” life-skills and soft-skills class. Tutoring services will be available for reading, math, science, English composition and comprehension, as well as the Spanish language. The “How To” Series will provide real-world skills/classes consisting of financial literacy, budgeting, goal setting, time management, organization, personal hygiene and self-care, coping skills, interview skills, resume building, mock interviews, food shopping, nutrition, car maintenance, social skills, survival skills, community resources, career fairs and workforce development workshops.
Comprehensive Emergency Services: $3,000
The Berwick Salvation Army’s Comprehensive Emergency Services program includes the food pantry and Tuesday and Thursday soup kitchens for people living in the Berwick area.