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  1. Across Ages - is an intergenerational one-on-one mentoring program matching students in 5th and 6th grades with senior adults over age 50. Partially funded by Slate Belt Communities That Care, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Served over 62 students and their families in the past six years.
  2. “Learning Together” High School Mentoring Program – Business and community volunteers provide role modeling, share their experiences and provide career information for Pen Argyl High School students to encourage completion of high school and encourage higher education aspirations (in partnership with Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce). Presently, 80 High School students' grades 9 - 12 are participating in the program.
  3. “After School Tutoring and Homework Assistance Program” – beginning Fall 2008, the program serves 25 middle school students needing additional assistance to succeed in school. Taught by certified retired and active teaching staff, the program also provides a physical activity, snack, and bus transportation home. Students rotate out of the program as they meet success, allowing new students to participate. The program serves 25 students, with a waiting list.
  4. Kindergarten “Welcome to Reading” Packets - distributed to all families at Kindergarten registration – Distributed 774 Tote Bags over the past six years through a collaboration with Binney & Smith (crayons & markers), US Government (books), Pen Argyl Area School District, and donations.
  5. Adopt-a-Family Giving Program connects groups, families and churches with families in need to provide gifts and food to make the holidays merry (and other times of the year, if needed). Provided over 853 needy families and children with gifts and food in the last six years.
  6. Expanded Food & Nutrition Program – Provides three home visits by Penn State nutrition professionals who teach limited-income adults with children, youth or pregnant teens how to eat better for less.
  7. Counseling and Psychiatric Services Program – Through Methodist Services for Children and Families, provide counseling services, psychiatric assessment evaluations and medication monitoring to families without resources (funded by Two Rivers Health & Wellness Foundation and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley). Served over 150 child and adult clients in the past five years.
  8. Families First $500 Scholarship annually awarded to a Pen Argyl High School senior committed to volunteerism and community service. 8 Scholarships have been awarded to date.
  9. Mobile Dental Clinic provided by St. Luke’s Hospital mobile dental office over the summer months for students without dental insurance or with medical assistance cards. Provided 275 students with dental services in the past six years.
  10. Advocacy aimed at empowering parents.
  11. Resource and Referral Service - to assist families with housing, insurance, counseling, parenting, employment, education or budgeting issues to improve and enhance their quality of life. Since its inception in June 2002, Families First has assisted over 1,053 families.
  12. “Customer Assistance Program” (CAP) - for lower income Met Ed electric households. Provides bill subsidy, debt forgiveness and free weatherization services, sponsored by Met Ed and First Energy. Additionally, Families First receives funding for administering the program. Within the past five years, 582 Northampton County families received either bill subsidy or debt forgiveness through this program.
  13. LifePath Free Insurance Program for low-income families providing $50,000 life insurance for children’s college expenses at the death of the parent, funded by Massachusetts Mutual.
  14. Benefits CheckUp – Offered at no charge to individuals age 55 and older to identify private, state, or federal assistance for which they may qualify – Sponsored by the National Council on the Aging and supported by the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
  15. Supporting Our Military – Collecting supplies to ship to our troops. Supplies collected by Pen Argyl School students and phone cards with greetings from the elementary students have been sent regularly to support local military personnel overseas.
  16. Fuel Oil Assistance Program – currently in the development stage to help families with emergency assistance during the winter months.

Families First • 1620 Teels Road Pen Argyl, PA 18072 • 610 863-3688

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