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Enhancing the Health and Welfare

of Central Bucks County and Surrounding Communities

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Join our Neighbors in Need NOW Campaign

Each year the VIA donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to our community. This year our biggest fundraiser, the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens, is delayed until September, which means our major income is delayed now, when it is needed most.

The VIA created this special “Neighbors in Need NOW” campaign to help meet those needs, and you can help. We are focusing on our oldest committee, the Welfare Committee, because it has provided exactly the kind of help that’s needed now for the past 125 years! 

All funds received from this campaign will go to our Welfare committee and then out to our communities and families. The campaign will run from now through May 31, 2022. 

 

Please help those in need by clicking the DONATION button.  ⇒

You will be able to choose a pre-entered amount OR any other amount of your choice. Everything helps! You may donate by PayPal or credit/debit card, or check.

Mailed donations: please make the check payable to “VIA“, note “Neighors Campaign” in the memo, and mail to: VIA Administration Office , 595 West State Street, Doylestown PA 18901.

VIA’s Neighbors in Need Now Campaign Highlighted in Senior Living

Learn more about the campaign by clicking HERE . . .

Bucks County Herald Article March 31 2022
Bucks County Herald Article February 24 2022

May 2022 Senior Living Article

 

Learn more about the community groups we partner with HERE.



THANK YOU for your donation to our Welfare Committee!

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VIA'S MANY COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEES

 

WELFARE

The Welfare Committee, originally named the Charity Committee, was established in 1897 to serve those in need in the community. The committee receives referrals from area social service agencies and provides financial assistance for food, clothing, baby supplies, prescription medicines, car repairs, rent, and utilities. Annual winter gift-card giving assists financially challenged families of students enrolled in the Central Bucks School District. Members of the committee are available seven days a week to receive referrals. Welfare is funded by earnings from trusts, donations from VIA members and the community at large, and — in a normal year — proceeds from VIA’s largest fundraiser – the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens.

Note: Please do not apply directly to the VIA for support. For your privacy, we arrange donations through our partner organizations. Learn more about some of the community agencies we work with: Bucks County Housing Group Food Pantries, Bucks County Intermediate Unit, Doylestown FISH, Valley Youth House, Ann Silverman Health Clinic, A Woman’s Place, and others.

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) PROJECT

This Welfare Committee initiative is helping families affected by the opioid epidemic by providing essential baby items to parents of newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).  Instead of staying in the Intensive Care Nursery, babies with NAS and their mothers stay in the Della Penna Pediatric Center, which has private rooms and specialized nursing care. The VIA provides the families a bag of comfort and help items, including sleep sacks to promote safe sleep, pacifiers to help improve their sucking reflex and other items including hats, blankets, baby wash, baby lotion, nursing pads, toys and books.

EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

The VIA is committed to empowering others through education and offers several awards and scholarships. The VIA offers Educational Scholarships, HOBY Scholarships, and Women’s Scholarships. Through the James-Lorah Memorial Home Committee, it also gives two awards: the James-Lorah Deed of Kindness Prize and the James-Lorah English Prize.

VETERANS

The mission of the Veterans Committee is to “Support the mission of the VIA by providing information on military issues to the VIA membership and by collecting and coordinating VIA donations to selected military charities.”  The committee collects donations at the October and November VIA meetings and distributes the funds through the rest of the club year. The veteran-related charity is always consulted about its needs. Past donations have gone to support PDSD and health programs, book donations and mailings, and family programs at Horsham’s Biddle Air National Guard base.

COMMUNITY RECOGNITION & RESPONSE

Annually, the VIA awards one-time Community Response grants to other non-profit organizations which address unmet community needs. Biannually, the VIA also selects and recognizes an individual or group who has contributed to the community consistent with the mission of the Village Improvement Association. These Community Recognition recipients are then honored at the June VIA Luncheon.

 

Doylestown Health 

The VIA founded and still provides governance for our nationally recognized COMMUNITY health system. It’s far more than just the wonderful hospital!

 

 

 

Learn more about the Village Improvement Association