Announcing the 10th Annual Duathlon, 5K & Community Walk

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, the first 50 people to register will be entered in a $100 gift card drawing!

Our annual race offers 2 different timed events, a community walk and fun for the whole family!

  • cash prizes for race winners
  • free picnic lunch for all racers and spectators
  • great raffles including gift cards and tickets to theme parks and sporting events
  • free face painting for the children

Our race, held in the beautiful Cook Forest State Park, will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Shelter 2.

For registrations form and more information, visit 2018 Duathlon and 5k or the Brookville YMCA.

CARES Attends Leadership Conference in Washington DC for the Second Year in a Row

pat-sen toomeyWestern PA CARES for Kids was chosen to attend Leadership Conference in Washington DC for the second year in a row. While attending the conference the directors of chosen child advocacy centers met with Senators to discuss the benefits of child friendly centers and their multidisciplinary approach to investigation of child abuse.

CARES Becomes an Associate/Developing Member of National Children’s Alliance

From our acceptance letter:

On behalf of National Children’s Alliance, I would like to welcome your program as an Associate/Developing Member of our organization. We are pleased to see that your community has made the commitment to work together on behalf of abused and neglected children and is dedicated to the Children’s Advocacy Center model. Your willingness and ability to implement this model establishes you as leaders in this growing movement.

National Children’s Alliance is a professional membership organization dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient – and put the needs of child victims first. National Children’s Alliance provides training, support, technical assistance and leadership on a national level to local children’s and child advocacy centers and communities responding to reports of child abuse and neglect.

CARES Recieves President’s Cup Award

CARES is awarded the Presidents Cup Award

Photo courtesy of Natalie Bruzda from the Punxsutawney Spirit

On April 11, 2012, The Brookville Area Chamber of Commerce presented the President’s Cup Award to Western PA CARES for Kids!

Pictured on the right is BACC President, Randy Bartley presenting the award to CARES Executive Director, Pat Berger and CARES President, Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett.

Since 1972, the President’s Cup is awarded yearly to a local organization “in recognition of substantial and meaningful contributions to the community”.

Western PA CARES for Kids also recieved citations from PA State Representative Sam Smith, U.S. Representative Glen ‘GT’ Thompson and U.S. Senator Joe Scarnati.

Left to Right: Vice President Dan Brownlee, Secretary Debbie Brownlee, Treasurer Judy Greeley, Nancy Rhodes, Executive Director Pat Berger, Jim Rhodes and President Jeff Burkett

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids Joins the Combined Federal Campaign

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids / CFC #47294

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids
CFC #47294

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids is proud to announce that we have been selected to be a part of the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The U.S. government-sponsored CFC is the world’s largest and most prestigious workplace fundraising drive. The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy by providing federal employees with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Each fall, Federal employees are invited to support eligible national and local charities. Employees choose the groups they wish to support from a list of approved charities that have met the U.S. federal government’s high standards of program impact and financial accountability. The 2012 CFC official campaign season runs from October 1st through December 1st.

Through the CFC, federal employees have raised over $7 billion since 1961 to help sustain community, state, national and international health, educational, environmental and human services.
Many of you ask how you can help support Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids’ mission, and this is an easy way to make a big difference! If you are employed by the Federal government, please consider giving to Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids through the CFC.

If you have friends or relatives who are Federal civilian, military or postal employees, please encourage them to choose Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids. It’s simple; just select Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids / CFC #47294 for the CFC contribution.

Thank you!

PA State Employees Can Donate to CARES Through the 2012 PA SECA Campaign

Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids
#8000-0231

We are now listed under Independent Charities of America’s umbrella and listed as Friends of Western PA CARES for Kids. Our number is 8000-0231.

The State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA) is the commonwealth’s annual combined charitable giving campaign for employees.

During the months of September through November, employees may donate to any of hundreds of participating non-profit charities.

Find out more about the SECA campaign.