Berks County, PA

Featured Local Charity Partner:

The mission of BIG Vision Foundation is to: develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders through sports and community service; promote volunteerism and giving back; and drive our local economy. By utilizing the three distinct pillars of our organization, we intend to build on the limitless nature of human potential by providing the opportunity to interact using sports, culture, and community service. Our goal is that our programs will unify our community through encouraging positive behavior and reinforcing life and leadership skills.

Fundraising Key:  F0490445

Current Local Charity Partners:

Animal Rescue League

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, PA is Berks County’s shelter. We are the largest and busiest shelter, and we have the best selection of pets! Our kennels house up to 60 dogs and over 100 cats. Our barn is often the temporary home to farm animals such as horses, ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens. ARL’s mission is to impact all aspects of humane treatment of animals through quality service, accommodation, and education of pet owners and the community.

Fundraising Key: 1784DD4E

American Cancer Society - Berks County

The Berks Relay For Life events are thrilled to partner with Do It Local for this awesome fundraising opportunity! Every Relay is as unique as the community that hosts it. Berks County is proud of its  six Relay For Life events, which raise over $1 million for the American Cancer Society each year. Each Relay is planned by a committee of volunteers, and funds are raised by businesses, churches, schools, organizations, and individuals. We are always looking for new volunteers and fundraisers! Most Relays are free and open to the public, so stop by and visit us!

General ACS Fundraising Key:  D78C68C8
Daniel Boone Relay for Life Fundraising Key:  C46F9858
Exeter Relay for Life Fundraising Key:  6A97FF3
Western Berks Relay for Life Fundraising Key:  56C584CE
Central Berks Relay for Life Fundraising Key: Coming Soon
Boyertown Relay for Life Fundraising Key: Coming Soon
Kutztown Relay for Life Fundraising Key: Coming Soon

Berks Community Television

Berks Community Television is a nonprofit community media organization that aggregates community content on cable television and digital platforms. Supporting BCTV means that you understand the importance of an involved and engaged community. BCTV’s mission is to enhance the unity and strength of the community by providing: A medium for community dialogue and educational opportunities, a source of information of local, national and international origin, a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues and topics of community interest.

Fundraising Key: 151AC24F

BIG Vision Foundation

The mission of BIG Vision Foundation is to: develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders through sports and community service; promote volunteerism and giving back; and drive our local economy. By utilizing the three distinct pillars of our organization, we intend to build on the limitless nature of human potential by providing the opportunity to interact using sports, culture, and community service. Our goal is that our programs will unify our community through encouraging positive behavior and reinforcing life and leadership skills.

Fundraising Key:  F0490445

Teachers in the Parks

Welcome to Teachers in the Parks (TIPS)!  My name is Matt Hathaway, elementary school teacher in Exeter Township since 2004, and I’m proud to offer your students fun yet focused, quality but affordable, summer learning in math, math challenge, and reading. Experienced teachers designed this program to help students transition between grade levels.   Research shows that students lose a tremendous amount of reading and math skill over the summer months without continued  practice and acquisition of new skills.  Our program is specifically designed to bridge the summer gap between grade levels so that our students start the new year with academic and social confidence.

Fundraising Key: 12BE8583

Berks County Medical Society

Since 1824, the Berks County Medical Society has served our member-physicians and their patients as an outspoken advocate for the best practices in community health. Our core of nearly 600 members strive to uphold the values of our 4 Point Compass: Professionalism, Advocacy, Education, and Collegiality. The rich history and bright future of our Society serves as a testament to our ongoing vision of providing physicians, hospitals and patients the tools needed to further provide the highest quality of compassionate care in Berks County.

Fundraising Key:   113EF96C

Bethany Children's Home

The mission of Bethany Children’s Home is to continue a Christian ministry, begun in 1863, to serve children and families within our care. We strive to provide a safe place of nurture, protection, and supportive care to aid our residents in their self-understanding, growth, and healing toward a brighter, healthier future. 
Our vision is of a community where all youth and staff are safe in their environment and feel safe within themselves. To bring this vision into reality, we provide the resources needed to children and families to work through their losses, enabling them to have a brighter future.

Fundraising Key: EAF23B55

Children's Alopecia Project*

The Children’s Alopecia Project is the only 501(c)3 Nonprofit devoted specifically to children living with Alopecia in the United States and around the world. Alopecia has no cure or effective FDA approved treatments so CAP helps build-esteem, provide support to the families and raises awareness. We manage 50 CAP Kid Groups in the United States and in México, Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and soon in New Zealand. We organize CAP Kid Camps around the country in California, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Colorado. Our big camp is Alopeciapalooza and we hold this camp in a different state annually. The most recent program we do are CAP2U Tours where Jeff Woytovich speaks at schools about Alopecia and how BEING different is normal. Jeff speaks at over 60 schools per year in the United States and world. We only listed 3 programs so please contact us to learn what additional programming is available. “We change the emphasis from growing hair to growing self-esteem! We are not trying to cure Alopecia in children, we try to cure the child with Alopecia.”

Fundraising Key: 1FD2963F

Children's Home of Reading

For the last 130years, The Children’s Home of Reading has responded to the needs of children and families in crisis in Berks County and surrounding communities. While the needs and programs have changed, one thing remains the same, The Children’s Home of Reading prepares children for success in life.

Fundraising Key:  46EF4395

Dayspring Homes

Founded on the Christian ideal of realizing the God-given potential and dignity of everyone, Dayspring Homes provides residential group homes, day services, respite services, and habilitation services to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Fundraising Key: Coming Soon!!

Genesius Theatre

Genesius Theatre performs Broadway-style shows in a unique setting with live musicians and top lighting and sound effects. Our 2017 Season included two musicals starring our Genesius Kids and the plays “Noises Off” and “August Osage County.” Musicals this year include “Side Show,” about a 1930’s carnival act, “Dreamgirls,” about a trio of African American singers, “Young Frankenstein,” and the 80’s music hit “Rock of Ages.” Genesius is the training ground for many theatre professionals and home to community members dedicated to the arts and our youth. Your support helps us sustain this community treasure.

Fundraising Key: 985661CF

Greater Reading Young Professionals

GRYP is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization comprised of young, civic minded, social individuals who are professionally oriented. GRYP provides opportunities for young professionals to easily get involved with other business & civic leaders, and a forum to give back to the community. We are a recognized community asset known for helping the region attract and retain young, professional people (primarily aged 21-45 years).

GRYP provides business, educational, volunteer and social networking opportunities through a variety of regularly planned events and activities.

Fundraising Key: B233B029

Immanuel Preschool of Shillington*

The purpose of Immanuel Preschool of Shillington is to enrich the personal growth and development of every child in a Christian atmosphere of love and acceptance. Every child is unique and we encourage his/her individuality. We foster social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development through learning experiences encouraging interaction and self-confidence. Our program is geared toward creative expression, experimentation and play for ages 2-5. We enhance spiritual growth through the experience of Christian values of love, patience, kindness, acceptance and forgiveness. We also work closely with local Kindergarten teachers in forming our Curriculum.

Fundraising Key:  CCBBA85

Reading Public Library

Reading Public Library provides free services and a collection of over 300,000 items for the City of Reading, Pennsylvania, its suburbs, greater Berks County, and beyond. With a main library, three branches, and digital presence, RPL is the leading public library of Reading and the district library center of Berks County. For over 250 years, Reading Public Library has engaged the community with programs, educated through books, and acted as a reliable place of inspiration for many. In the modern age, RPL has grown its digital collection, which now houses an array of online books, movies, and music.

Fundraising Key: 15898768

Exeter Library*

Stop by the library to browse our ever-growing collection of books, DVD’s, Nintendo Wii and X-Box games, audiobooks, and music CD’s. Don’t forget to check out our awesome kid’s section! We also offer fantastic programming year-round for babies through adults. Check us out today!

Fundraising Key:  96BB3138

Little Acts of Love*

Little Acts of Love also recognizes the need of low-income senior homeowners in or community. They plan to stay in their homes for the rest of their lives but unfortunately find it difficult to maintain the property due to dwindling financial resources. As a non-profit we reach out to churches, youth groups, and businesses to help to meet these needs. These volunteers provide the manpower to accomplish the tasks. During the summer we offer a Summer Service Camp where volunteers from outside of our community join us for a week of service to our neighbors. There is no cost to the homeowner for any of our work or materials. Our work is funded by grants, donations, and gifts in-kind. Little Acts of Love has been serving Berks County for seven years.

Fundraising Key:  CA3CA29D

Colebrookdale Railroad

Colebrookdale Railroad offers a magical journey into lands known only to the white tailed deer and great blue heron who call them home, the Colebrookdale Railroad is not to be missed. Connecting Pottstown and Boyertown, this Civil War-era relic invites passengers to explore for themselves a mythical Secret Valley, once the province of pioneers and patriots, now forgotten in time.

Fundraising Key:  2BCDC17

Robeson Lutheran Preschool*

As a ministry of Robeson Evangelical Lutheran Church, we seek to provide a quality program in which each child can grow emotionally, socially, developmentally, intellectually, and spiritually.  We are designed to foster a child’s overall development in the following areas:  social awareness, emotional independence, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language development, and cognitive development.

Fundraising Key:  9F598676

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Berks County*

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Berks County a local affiliate of the largest national grassroots mental health organization.

NAMI Berks County promotes the interests of all those affected by mental illness; the individuals, family, and friends, by providing educational and support services.

We educate. By providing education programs to families, individuals, and educators to help them get the support and information they need.

We listen. We respond personally to several requests each year, providing free referral, information, and support groups—a much-needed lifeline for many.

We lead. We participate in Public awareness events and activities, including Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMIWalks, successfully to fight stigma and encourage understanding

Fundraising Key:  F39E6AE5

Opportunity House

We’re more than meals and a place to sleep. We empower people to stand on their own feet–and our emergency shelter is just one of five Opportunity House programs that make Berks County a better place to live. In addition to our shelter, we offer: a goals-oriented program to help our clients build a meaningful and productive life, along with supportive and transitional housing, a state-licensed childcare center and preschool, a Children’s Alliance Center that helps kids through the trauma of sexual abuse and helps prosecute the abusers, supportive services for veteran families, reuse and recycle services whose profits support our programs.

Fundraising Key: 4567608E

Governor Mifflin Education Foundation

Since 1994, the Governor Mifflin Education Foundation (GMEF) has provided more than $300,000 in funding for innovative programs directly impacting the residents and students in the Governor Mifflin School District. As students prepare to enter a global society of rapidly-changing opportunities and challenges, GMEF is renewing its commitment to support innovative opportunities for students. In partnership with the Governor Mifflin School District, GMEF is working to help increase student engagement and expand the learning opportunities for students by supporting after-school and summer programming, like the Mifflin Summer Zone. Your support helps put these learning opportunities in reach of all students.

Fundraising Key: B66B8CC1

* smaller organizations marked with an asterisk do not have customized apps yet, so when you make your purchase it will say thank you for supporting Berks County. Don’t worry your donation will still go directly to the organization you choose. 
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