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The Second Annual Week of Giving has begun and Northwest Bank is once again supporting this event as the Lead Partner in Giving.

“Thanks to the generosity of Northwest Bank, we were able to match $20,000 during last year’s Week of Giving,” said Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF). “We look forward to having them on board again, as we prepare for an even more successful week of philanthropy in our region.”

Additionally this year, BBCF welcomes the Paul & Ellen Flickner Charitable Fund as the Legacy Sponsor and Erie Insurance as a Community Leader Sponsor. The total of matching funds for this year’s event is $40,000.

BBCF has seen a significant increase in participants this year, with more than 125 local nonprofits and funds in a variety of categories signed up.

Week of Giving prizes will be offered during the week, in which two $100 prizes will be awarded for one small and one large organization each day. These prizes will be live from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the organization who brings in the most unique online donations during those two hour time periods will receive an additional $100 donation.  There also will be one prize sponsored by Baytree Farm,of Emlenton, that will give the nonprofit with the most unique online gifts for the duration of the whole Week of Giving an extra $500.

“This is truly a community effort, with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members all coming together,” said Moulin. “Not only are we supporting local organizations through donations, but we’re spreading the message of the importance of giving. Creating and cultivating a culture of giving in our area is a main goal of the Community Foundation.”

Contributions can be seen in real time this year, allowing the community to watch live as organizations raise money. Giving began at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 19, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. To learn more about the Week of Giving and for a listing of participating nonprofits, visit bbcfgives.org.

Multiple libraries will be participating in this year’s Week of Giving from throughout the region.

In addition to offering common library services, such as book rental and computer usage, libraries have truly become community centers, providing a variety of print resources, numerous digital databases, meeting spaces, events, programming, and even equipment rental, such as metal detectors and eReaders.

Libraries participating include:

Clarion Free Library
Cooperstown Public Library
Foxburg Free Library
Franklin Public Library
Knox Public Library
Marienville Area Library
Oil City Library
Punxsutawney Memorial Library

Hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations, the Week of Giving begins on March 19 and will run through March 23. Donations can be given by visiting bbcf.org, where a live feed of contributions can also be accessed during the week.

Updates during the Week of Giving can be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page, too, at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

More than 125 local organizations have signed up to participate in the Second Annual Week of Giving, hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

The Week of Giving will run from March 19 through March 23 and provides the opportunity to make donations towards nonprofits responding to needs in the community.

Many of the organizations signed up for the Week of Giving focus their attention on shaping those who are the future of our area–children and youth. These organizations work to educate, build skills and character, provide necessities, and inspire.

Nonprofits in the children & youth category include:

519Strong
Blessings Kids Project
Boy Scouts of America French Creek Council
Boys and Girls Club Along The Allegheny
CASA of Venango County
Child Development Centers, Inc.
Child Evangelism Fellowship of PA, Jefferson-Elk & Clearfield Chapter
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Venango Forest and Clarion Counties Chapter
Clarion County 4-H
Clarion County YMCA
Clarion County’s Promise, Inc.
Community Services of Venango County
Family Friendship Bags
Family Service & Children’s Aid Society
Forest County 4-H
GEMS–Girls Excelling in Math and Science
Heavenly Gaits TRC, Inc.
Jamie’s Kids
Jefferson County 4-H
Josh Smith Memorial Playground
Junior Achievement of Western PA, Northwest Region
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center
Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County
Oil City YMCA
Oil Region Ballet
Pennies From Heaven Inc
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania
Two Mile Run County Park
Venango Co. Association for the Blind
Venango County 4-H
Venango County Fair Inc.
Venango Vipers
Venango Youth for Christ
Youth Alternatives, Inc.
YMCA Camp Coffman

If you would like to make a donation to these organizations who are giving to the children in our community, visit bbcfgives.org during the Week of Giving. Donations can be paid with a credit or debit card or checks made out to Bridge Builders Community Foundations, with the name of the organization included.

Watch donations being made live during the Week of Giving at bbcfgives.org and stay updated by also visiting the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

More than 300 community members made donations towards last year’s Week of Giving, and Bridge Builders Community Foundations encourages you to consider becoming a donor for the second annual event, to take place the third week of March.

Whether it’s $25 or $1,000, any contribution towards the Week of Giving supports the organizations making a difference in our region. Giving is easy–just visit the website at bbcfgives.org anytime between March 19 and March 23.

Donations can be made to a variety of nonprofits, including organizations providing personal care and healing to community members.

Nonprofits in the healthcare category include:

Clarion Hospital
Northwest Hospital Foundation
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Oakwood Heights
The Salvation Army
Venango VNA Foundation
VNA Extended Care

To make a donation during the Week of Giving, visit bbcfgives.org. More information and updates can also be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

Last year, almost $104,000 was given to local organizations through Bridge Builders Community Foundations’ Week of Giving, and in less than two weeks the event will take place for a second year, with an expected significant increase in donations.

The 2018 Week of Giving will take place from March 19 through March 23 and provides a way to respond to needs in our community through collective philanthropy.

Over 125 nonprofits and funds in a variety of categories have signed up to participate, including those making a difference through historical and heritage education, preservation, and appreciation.

Nonprofits in the historic & heritage category include:

CDCA-Lyric Theatre Project
DeBence Antique Music World
Forest County Historical Society
Franklin Preservation
Friends of Drake Well, Inc.
Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism
Punxsutawney Area Rails-to-Trails Association
Redbank Renaissance, Inc.
Redbank Valley Trails Association
Transit Building & Annex (Oil City Civic Center Inc)
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry

To make a donation during the Week of Giving, visit bbcfgives.org. More information and updates can also be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

With more than 125 nonprofits and funds participating in this year’s Week of Giving, community members have an opportunity to make a huge impact on the local organizations making a difference in our area.

Hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations, the Week of Giving will take place from March 19 through March 23 and donations can be made on the website at bbcfgives.org.

Education plays a significant role in strengthening the community, both young and old, and a variety of organizations are categorized as so, including community centers, libraries, headstart facilities, 4-H clubs, school districts, and missionary organizations.

Nonprofits in the education category include:

519Strong
Allegheny Valley Conservancy
Autism Stands
Boys and Girls Club Along The Allegheny
Brandon’s Dad
Catholic Rural Ministry- Sisters Marian & TIna
Chicken Coop Studio 306
Child Development Centers, Inc.
Christian Life Academy
Clarion County 4-H
Cranberry School District Foundation
Forest County 4-H
Friends of Drake Well, Inc.
GEMS–Girls Excelling in Math and Science
Immaculate Conception School
Jamie’s Kids
Jefferson County 4-H
Junior Achievement of Western PA – Northwest Region
Keystone Community Education Council
Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center
Mill Creek Coalition of Clarion and Jefferson Counties
Next Step Pregnancy Solutions & Services
Oil City Area School District Foundation
Oil City Arts Council
Pennsylvania Firefly Festival
Precious Paws Animal Rescue
Punxsutawney Garden Club
Punxsutawney Memorial Library
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center
Venango Area Community Gardens
Venango Catholic High School
Venango County 4-H
Venango County Fair Inc.
Venango Youth for Christ
Winds of Trade Community Center
WQLN Public Media
Zacherl Outstanding Diesel Award

The website at bbcfgives.org presents a live feed of donations during the Week of Giving. Find updates on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page, too, at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

The Second Annual Week of Giving is less than two weeks away and Bridge Builders Community Foundations encourages community members to give back to the organizations making an impact in our area.

Donations can be made to more than 125 local organizations and funds in a variety of categories, including arts and cultural.

There are many organizations in the area gathering the community together and educating through art forms, including traditional arts and crafts, music, theatre, woodworking, and even gardening.

Nonprofits in the arts & cultural category include:

Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts
Barrow-Civic Theatre
Chicken Coop Studio 306
DeBence Antique Music World
Erie to Pittsburgh Trail Alliance
Forest Area Arts Council
Oil City Arts Council
PRIDE: Punxsutawney Revitalization: Investing, Developing, Enhancing
Punxsutawney Garden Club
Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild
Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center
Redbank Valley Trails Association
Sawmill Art Center
Venango Area Community Gardens
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry
Winds of Trade Community Center

Donations can be made online during the Week of Giving, taking place March 19 through March 23, by visiting bbcfgives.org.

The website will be updated live as donations come in during the Week of Giving and more information and updates can be found on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.

The Week of Giving, a community philanthropic event hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations, has seen an increase of almost 40 nonprofit participants signed up this year.

Organizations in a variety of categories will receive donations during the Week of Giving, which will take place from March 19 through March 23.

Advocacy and human services are two of the categories with a significant amount of participants. The efforts of these organizations contribute to community needs involving animals, youth, individuals with disabilities, low income families, domestic abuse victims, individuals with blindness/vision impairment, elderly, and much more.

Nonprofits in the advocacy and/or human services category include:

American Red Cross Venango & Clarion
Autism Stands
Blessings Kids Project
CASA of Venango County
Catholic Rural Ministry- Sisters Marian & TIna
Clarion Area Agency on Aging
Clarion County’s Promise, Inc.
Community Action, Inc.
Community Services of Venango County
Cooperative Ministry Committee
ESWCPA – Easterseals
Family Friendship Bags
Family Service & Children’s Aid Society
Franklin YMCA
Heavenly Gaits TRC, Inc.
Hope 21 Ministry
Hope For Your Future
Jefferson Area Lutheran Social Ministry
LifeSpan Family Services of PA, Inc.
Lisa’s Ladybugs
Mustard Seed Missions of Venango County
Next Step Pregnancy Solutions & Services
Oil City Library
Oil City Middle School – High School Food Pantry
Pennies From Heaven Inc
Precious Paws Animal Rescue
Presbyterian SeniorCare Network Oakwood Heights
Shepherd’s Green Community Food Pantry
St. Michael’s Harbour Inc.
Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE)
The Open Door Cafe
The Pointe
The Salvation Army
Tri-County Animal Rescue Center
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce Endowment Fund
Venango Co. Association for the Blind
Venango County Humane Society
Venango County Sheriff’s K-9 Fund
Venango Training and Development Center, Inc.
Venango VNA Foundation
VNA Extended Care
Youth Alternatives, Inc.
YWCA of Oil City

Community members can easily give and learn more about these organizations during the Week of Giving by visiting bbcfgives.org and clicking “organizations” on the homepage. Donations can be paid with a credit or debit card or checks made out to Bridge Builders Community Foundations, with the name of the organization included.

This year, through a partnership with Contributary, an online Giving Day platform headquartered in State College, community members have the opportunity to watch the Week of Giving donations live on bbcfgives.org. Updates and live videos will also be posted on the Bridge Builders Community Foundations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/B.B.CommunityFoundations.