Support the VIA

There are many ways to show your support of the VIA and its mission to improve the quality of life in our community.

Donate Now

When donating to the VIA please designate from the drop down menu if you would like to make a general donation, In Memory/In Honor Of including the name, or into the James-Lorah Memorial Home. Once selected, enter the amount on the PayPal screen. Thank you for supporting our organization.

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Checks, made payable to VIA, to:

VIA Office

Attn: VIA Treasurer

595 W. State Street

Doylestown, PA 18901

We thank you for your support!

1895 Society Planned Giving

The 1895 Society Committee encourages and tracks contributions to the VIA and all VIA committees. These gifts initiate or support programs now and in the future that enhance the quality of life in our community or offset expenses or continuing costs of the organization. How to Contribute?

Donations to the VIA are accepted in any amount in any of the following ways:

  • Gifts in the form of cash or check
  • Legacy or bequest through a Will or estate plan
  • Gifts of life insurance, retirement fund proceeds or other assets

Donations can be made to the VIA or directed to one of its mission-driven funds including Welfare, Women’s Scholarships, the James-Lorah Memorial Home, and Community Response, or other funds including the Veterans’ Committee. Donations are also accepted in honor of or in memory of a VIA member or non-member.

Please click here to download The 1895 Society Donation Form.

Donation Recognition 

Donations are recognized in the Annual Giving Report for the fiscal year in which they are received. There is no minimum contribution level required to be included in the report. Donors are grouped by dollar ranges of total contributions for that fiscal year.

Please click here to download a copy of the our most recent VIA Annual Giving Report.

Who Benefits?

Below is a brief description of some of the VIA initiatives and their mission in our community.

Welfare Fund Committee:  Provides assistance to individuals in our community who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, car seats for newborns and prescription medicines. This is done with absolute confidentiality and compassion for those helped.

Women’s Scholarship Fund:  Provides modest financial support for eligible women who seek the education or vocational training necessary to prepare them for the job market.

Education Committee: Scholarships: Scholarships are granted to graduating high school students who reside in the Central Bucks School District and have been accepted by a college or university for study in a human health-related field.

The Community Response Fund:  Provides unmet community health and human service needs to improve the quality of life in Bucks County.

The James-Lorah Memorial Home:  Provides funds for the operation and maintenance of the historic home. It also helps to restore and preserve the contents. The home is available for tours as well as public and private events in the auditorium.

Veterans Committee: Provides funds to support veterans’ causes in our community including active service and retired veterans and their families.

The Unrestricted Endowment:  Provides interest or dividend income to further the mission of the VIA.

Contact Information

For more information about The 1895 Society please contact the committee chairman, Jean Upton, at 215-997-6198.



AmazonSmile allows buyers to select a charity and donate a percentage of eligible purchases to that charity. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the VIA of Doylestown is eligible to receive donations from this program provided by Amazon.  You enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on When you shop on AmazonSmile,  they will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the VIA.

To start supporting the VIA of Doylestown through AmazonSmile, simply follow these directions:

  1. Visit
  2. You will be greeted by a page that gives an overview of the program.
  3. Sign into your account (if you aren’t already!).
  4. Go to the “pick your own charitable organization box” and type in “Village Improvement Association of Doylestown” and click search.
  5. Select Village Improvement Association of Doylestown.
  6. Once selected, a box will open thanking you for shopping at AmazonSmile along with an AmazonSmile link that can be moved directly to your bookmark bar.
  7. You can now begin shopping and then proceed to “checkout” when you are finished shopping.

Let us know about your experience!

Purchase A Treasured Legacy

In the center of Doylestown, PA is a priceless gem – a stately 17-room Federal Style mansion, built by Judge Henry Mercer, the grandfather of the renowned anthropologist Henry Chapman Mercer who was born in the house. It was later purchased by Oliver and Sarah James. Their daughter Sarah James bequeathed the house and all its contents to the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown upon her death in 1954.

The auditorium, added to the structure in 1964, has been the venue for many community meetings, recitals, and theatrical performances, but the original house has been a well-kept secret – until now. In Kathryn McKenna’s new book, readers are treated to tales of its rich background through historical accounts and intimate stories, charmingly illustrated from the family archives.

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A Treasured Legacy
A Treasured Legacy

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