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ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA KEYSTONE CHAPTER
The National MS Society is working toward a world free of MS. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. To do this, we must be bold and imaginative. Moving forward as the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, our goals are simple: to enhance programs and services, improve operating efficiencies, raise more money and increase our commitment to MS research.
- We serve nearly 14,500 people with MS and their families across 56 counties of Western, Central and Northern Pennsylvania.
- Client programs and services we provide: emergency financial assistance, respite care program, care management services, education and referral services, and physical wellness programs.
- Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.
Visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/pax to learn more about our chapter!
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA KEYSTONE CHAPTER
Walk MS the rallying point of the MS Movement, a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. It is an opportunity to connect people living with MS and those who care about them. Throughout our 56 county region of the Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter, Walk MS events take place in 23 communities with more than 14,000 walkers and volunteers. Our chapter serves nearly 14,500 people with MS and their families across PA. Annually, Walk MS will raise more than $1.58 million in hopes of a world free of MS.
Walk MS creates a hope-filled and fun atmosphere for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis, while generating a greater awareness of MS in the public at large. Families are drawn closer together, co-workers are united for a greater good, and people gain a better understanding of what MS is and how close we are coming to achieving a world free of this disease.
Visit www.WalkMS.org to learn more and register today!
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Dollar Energy Fund is a 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for households experiencing hardships by providing utility assistance and other services that lead to self-sufficiency. For more than 30 years, we’ve served the limited-income community by providing $114 million in utility assistance grants to more than 400,000 low-income families and individuals.
Founded in 1983 in Western Pennsylvania by a coalition of concerned community and business leaders, Dollar Energy Fund, Inc. has grown to become the largest hardship fund in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the country. The organization expanded beyond Pennsylvania in 2008 with the addition of a Hardship Program in West Virginia. Since then, we’ve extended our reach into Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee and Maryland in 2009; Texas and Louisiana in 2011; Arkansas in 2013; and most recently, California and Kentucky in 2014. We currently administer Hardship Programs for 32 utility companies. Dollar Energy Fund partners with more than 450 community-based organizations throughout our service territory. These organizations handle application intake for our programs while also connecting those in need with other forms of assistance. The demand for assistance from our program has grown significantly due to increased costs of everyday living expenses and severe weather conditions. To meet the need, we rely on the generosity of individual donors. Our unique funding model provides a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies for every donation we receive. The utility companies also make a separate donation to cover our administrative fees, so 100 percent of all individual donations are used to provide utility assistance grants to limited-income households.
For more than 30 years, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has worked to provide emergency food, educate the community about food insecurity and create solutions to combat persistent local hunger.
The Food Bank has been able to increase access to nutritious food for more than 110,000 people each month who need help in an 11-county region. Through its operations center in Duquesne, PA, the Food Bank has built an efficient system to collect, store and distribute more than 2 million pounds of food and other basic necessities each month.
One critical area of need is childhood hunger. More than 92,000 children in southwestern Pennsylvania struggle with hunger, an often invisible problem that impedes a child’s ability to focus, learn and succeed. In fact, childhood hunger is tied to health issues like obesity, behavioral issues like ADHD and emotional issues like depression. Childhood hunger affects job readiness later in life and adds to Pennsylvania’s alarmingly high Hunger Bill, which affects everyone.
A primary focus of the Food Bank is to remediate childhood hunger to prevent the issues associated with this social problem. Currently, the Food Bank serves approximately 37,000 children throughout the region—just a third of the total food insecure youth population. The Food Bank strives to dedicate more time and resources to childhood hunger initiatives in hopes of further closing this gap.