On 12 March 2018, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 13 Pennsylvania county veterans’ affairs offices and 18 nonprofit organizations will receive in grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Read the rest of this entry »
During Military Appreciation Month, Operation Homefront is asking for your help in various ways to recognize our military families and thank them for their service. It is more than about fundraising.
As a note, this is one national organization with a primary mission of serving military families (and recently disabled veterans) that has actually helped Lehigh Valley families through its programs; and it manages its money well. We believe that for any veterans or veterans-related organization to have relevancy to our area, it needs boots on the ground. This one does. It regularly attends our meetings and its local field office is Souderton. It just happens it is also looking for a new Lehigh Valley coordinator.
As of 17 May 2017
At the 18 January Council Meeting, Vice President Michael Vath announced the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation had recently awarded our organization a Community Partnership Grant of $5,000 towards its efforts to assist in eliminating homelessness among our Lehigh Valley veterans. The Foundation, an important and respected part of the warp and woof of this community’s fabric, whose origin lies 1967 with Bethlehem’s 225th anniversary celebration and the donations of school children and steelworkers among others, promotes philanthropy in order to improve the quality of life in our region, encourage collaboration among area philanthropists, and to serve as a source of information and expertise regarding charitable giving.
The funds will be used by the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veterans Action Committee (LVHVAC), an LVMAC coalition whose membership consists of the leading organizations which address the plight of homeless veterans in Lehigh and Northampton counties and are willing to combine their efforts with those of the local Allentown VA Outpatient Clinic’s homeless team, whether or not they are VA contractors. The committee was formed out of the belief that in order to be successful, outreach, assistance and recovery efforts required more integration and the use of a continuum of care approach in the Lehigh Valley. There was also a need for a forum where these organizations could sometimes problem-solve together with the local VA. Read the rest of this entry »
Are you curious as to how Pennsylvania’s Veterans Trust Fund, established in late 2012, has been distributing donor funds to grantees? Click here to find the distributions for FY 2015 and FY 2016 (as of 16 May 2016) made by the Department of Military AND Veterans Affairs (DMVA). Read the rest of this entry »
In this blog site, we often write of entitlements and benefits veterans can receive. However, as a population category, veterans contribute far more through their labors than they take from their communities. Indeed, many veterans have the wisdom to understand the benefits of giving of themselves to improve their communities and those of others.
Below is one fine example of local, Lehigh Valley veterans trying to do far-reaching good — in this case, for the poor — while attending to the spiritual/psychic well-being of fellow veterans. As it happens, an effort such as this also shows the world the better side of the American people and our way of life. Therefore, they gain for us in another way. Thought you might be interested and, perhaps, in helping them. Read the rest of this entry »
Taste and Tunes
Volunteer Requirements Levied on LVMAC
(Rotary of Bethlehem Fundraiser for LVMAC)
For 5 October 2014 at Hotel Bethlehem at times shown
We need your assistance for these last moment requests shown in the chart. They are small tasks which result in a good for our veterans. Funds will be used for an experimental veterans assistance program.
Please help. As an organization of organizations, our manpower comes from you. There is no paid staff lurking in the wings. Respond to the Point of Contact below. Read the rest of this entry »
On Sunday, 9 November, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the Allentown Band, sponsored by the Morning Star Rotary Club, will give a concert at the Northeast Middle School Auditorium, 1170 Fernwood St., Bethlehem. Please come and enjoy an evening of patriotic music honoring our U.S. troops serving abroad and our veterans who have served in the past. The band is world-renowned and also the oldest in America. Parking is plentiful and so is the seating. Read the rest of this entry »