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Miller-Keystone Blood Center has issued an Emergency Appeal for blood and platelet donations, as our community blood supply has reached critical levels.  Approximately 450 donations are needed every day for lifesaving transfusions to those in need, including cancer patients, accident victims & premature infants.  Be the one to make a difference, because JUST ONE MORE donation truly does matter. To schedule your donation, call 800-B-A-DONOR or visit giveapint.org today.

The State Theatre needs your help! COVID closures lead to 100% loss of ticket revenue which doesn’t expect to return until 2021. We urgently need the community’s help to sustain our beautiful theatre, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, until the curtain can rise again.  As one of the leading cultural organizations in the Lehigh Valley, the non-profit State Theatre is a proven driver of economic vitality in the region. The State also produces the FREDDY Awards, known as a treasured annual event in the community.  Please help keep this iconic Lehigh Valley institution alive with your tax-deductible donation at www.statetheatre.org

February 2020:  Polar Pop

Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Polar Plunges celebrate the brave souls who jump into frigid water in support of individuals with intellectual disabilities. But this year, instead of plunging into icy cold water, participants will pop a cold water balloon over their heads. Every “Pop” will support continued sports training and competition for Special Olympics athletes, enabling them to achieve their goals, live healthier lives, and experience respect and inclusion.

”The Polar Pop” is an online event giving supporters the opportunity to take the “plunge” virtually and safely from home.  Participants can take the plunge in three easy steps:

1) Pledge Now: Register as a “Burrr-tual” (Virtual) Plunger, make a $20 donation to support Special Olympics Pennsylvania and commit to raise $50 at www.PAPolarPop.org

2) Pop: Fill your water balloon with cold water, find a good spot to take a picture or video and pop it!

3) Promote: Now that you’re #FreezinForAReason, share your pop picture or video on social media, challenging 5 friends to make a donation and complete the Polar Pop challenge

To learn more and register, go to www.PAPolarPop.org

So In honor of Special Olympic Pennsylvania’s February “Burrr-tual” (Virtual) Polar Pop, Sheetz and Wawa teamed up to support an organization by donating $5,000 each in support of the organization’s mission and impact in their hometown state.

Additionally, in a show of unification, Sheetz CEO Joe Sheetz and Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens took the Polar Pop together, along with store associates, and shared the cold water challenge on social media using #PAPolarPop and #FreezinForAReason. See video HERE.

About Special Olympics Pennsylvania
Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round training and competition to nearly 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in a variety of Olympic-type sports, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. For more information on how you can join the “Inclusion Revolution,” visit our web site at www.specialolympicspa.org.

February 2021: Service Spotlight

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Michael Blaum, from Poconos, Pennsylvania, assigned to the “Tridents” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, (HSC) 9 installs a rescue hoist cad for an inspection in USS Gerald R. Ford’s (CVN 78) hangar bay. Ford is underway conducting an independent steaming event.   With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Mariano Lopez)                          

February 5, 2021: National Wear Red Day

National Wear Red Day for Women is a massive national public awareness day the first Friday each February urging women, people from all walks of life, businesses, towns, schools, media, buildings and landmarks to “go red” and “glow red” to bring attention to the fact that heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women.

Do you ever lose your balance, or feel dizzy for no apparent reason? Do you hear ringing in your ears, or have migraines? One in five Americans will experience these symptoms, which could be signs you have a problem with your inner ear, or vestibular system. Because these symptoms are invisible and hard to describe, they are often overlooked by doctors and dismissed by family and friends.

Call the Vestibular Disorders helpline at (800) 837-8428. Or visit www.liferebalanced.org. Sponsored by the Vestibular Disorders Association.

The Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) is proud to announce a new suite of services for individuals with disabilities over the age of 21.  These Adult Programs and Services form a natural extension to the Bucks IU’s existing, high-quality services for children with disabilities from birth through age 21.  Person-centered and growth-oriented, these Adult Programs and Services offer an exceptional opportunity for this more mature population as they transition to adulthood.  Many may find an extra level of comfort working with the Bucks IU, having previously received services from them. 

The Bucks IU’s Adult Employment Services provide individuals with the ability to meet the goal of obtaining and sustaining competitive, integrated employment.  Provided by the Bucks IU’s knowledgeable, qualified, and highly experienced staff, these new Adult Employment Services offer a variety of supports tailored to each individual’s unique needs. These services features job skills training, access to our established partnerships with a wide variety of community businesses located throughout Bucks County, and job search and development supports.  Provided as an itinerant service, these Adult Employment Services also offer:

  • Career Assessment: Service used to identify career options based on the skills and interest of the participant
  • Job Finding or Development: Variety of activities and services to match the participant with a potential employer
  • Job Coaching and Support: Training the participant on specific job assignments and providing periodic or ongoing support as needed

Persons with disabilities, aged 21 and older, may be eligible for these new Adult Programs and Services from the Bucks IU.  If you are unsure of eligibility or who to contact for information, the Bucks IU is happy to assist you.  Contact the Bucks IU Adult Programs and Services team at 215-348-2940 Ext. 1330, or email AdultPrograms@BucksIU.org.  As additional Bucks IU Adult Program and Services updates and details become available, they will be posted on the Bucks IU’s website at https://www.BucksIU.org/AdultPrograms

The Bucks IU’s Adult Programs and Services are offered in accordance with the Office of Development Programs (ODP).