Beyond Violence, INC.

Breaking the Cycle

Awarded Amount: $3,000.00

Beyond Violence, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support and safety to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Breaking the Cycle was developed by Breaking Violence (BV) and the Berwick Area School District (BASD) with the purpose of helping students understand more helpful ways of handling family and relationship situations, enhancing social competence, providing peer interactions, conflict strategies, emotional literacy, and anger management to help promote healthy  youth development.  

This program is presented to 9th-12th grade Columbia-Montour Area Vocational-Technical School (CMAVTS) students for 2 class periods, totaling 3 hours. Day one's topics include relationships, healthy and unhealthy; discussion around a movie clip from the movie, "No One Would Tell;" and a quiz to reflect on how they are treated and/or might treat their partner. Day two includes a discussion around rights and responsibilities in a relationship; safety planning and tips for those who are bad and potentially dangerous for family or personal relationships; and discussion on resources that the student can use for continued help, including private sessions with Beyond Violence Children's counselors. With the funding from the United Way of Columbia County, CMAVTS is hoping to expand the programs within the school.

Family Health Council of central Pennsylvania

Summer Food Service Program

Awarded Amount: $3,000.00

The mission of FHCCP is to build and support community-based health networks through partnerships, education, advocacy and effective resource allocation. This project meets the mission of working through partnerships to provide education and support a community based network by providing meals to children in need.

Children need healthy food all year long. During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. When school lets out many of these children are at risk of hunger. Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again and make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The SFSP is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children get the nutritious meals they need. The Tapestry of Health will sponsor a public summer feeding site at Memorial Elementary school in June and July, and then relocate services to Wesley United Methodist Church. The Tapestry of Health functions as a Sponsors to run the program and communicate with the State agency. Our service sites are places in the community where children receive meals in a safe and supervised environment. For the second year in a row, the United Way of Columbia County was able to provide funds to assist in adding a lunch and learn component so families can connect with other social service organizations when brining their children to lunch as well as provide learning opportunities for the children.

The Exchange's Art Cart

Enriching Lives through art

Awarded Amount: $2,000.00

The Exchange is an organization dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities through our region. The art Cart fulfills the mission in a very literal sense, bringing the experience of making art to people of all ages in a wide variety of venues in Columbia and Montour Counties.

The Art Cart consists of a sturdy movable set of wooden shelves and compartments. it contains various types and sizes of paper; acrylic and watercolor paints and brushes; markers and graphite and colored pencils; glue sticks and white glue; scissors; and, depending on the venue and the project, various specialty items that can range from googly eyes and Q-Tips to toilet-paper tubes and outdates magazines (to get torn up for collages).


Single mothers build library for their children

Awarded Amount: $700.00

Our mission is to reach out to single mothers of all ages in our community and empower them to build a more stable and fulfilling life for themselves and their children. Our vision is to encourage single mothers to strive for independence and empowerment. As we teach out mothers life skills to move them forward we realized that the children also need to strive toward a goal. Reading is not a priority these days the television is , even though our children do not learn the proper things. With this project we want our moms to encourage their children to read while they are cooking dinner, for them to read to or with their children at bedtime. To take their children through travels that they may not be able to afford, but t dream with their children. Dreams goals and goals set can be achieved so both mother and children will learn from reading together. Finding where you belong in life can come from good reading habits along with just enjoying a book rather than a television show. Empowering our mothers to empower their children. Choices will change if the goals change and we want our mothers to know that knowledge is the key to success. if you build your children up they will learn to build you up also. Books--Knowledge-- Success.

Our mothers come to a monthly meeting to learn, create and have fun. We offer child care to them for free at that time so we wanted the children to enjoy coming with their mom. We have activities planned for the children, skills for our moms and activities for moms and children to do together. With our build a library project, we then offer a new book to our children to take home with them for their library. We began this program on a small scale in September and our moms would also like books to build a library also. We would like to build a library for both.