WVCA In The News:
Wells Fargo donates “back to school” supplies to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association
Members of Wells Fargo Bank recently donated a dozen backpacks filled with school supplies to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA). The backpacks were filled with “back to school” essentials such as lunch boxes, markers, paper and snacks. This donation will ensure that students and teachers have a strong start to the new school year. WVCA serves over 120 local children in their Together We Grow Preschool program.
Nina C. Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, states: “We are humbled that Wells Fargo would think of us for their back to school drive – these supplies will be put to good use by our teachers and families. Thank you to the employees of Wells Fargo for putting together these backpacks and for helping make the transition back to school easier for some of our families in need.”
Wells Fargo Foundation presents grant to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association
Wells Fargo Foundation recently presented a grant award in the amount of $6,000 to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) to support the school’s Together We Grow Preschool program. WVCA’s Preschool offers a rich learning environment, individualized instruction, small class sizes, certified teachers and expert therapeutic support at its location on Wyoming Avenue in Forty Fort.
Nina C. Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, states: “Wells Fargo Foundation has been extremely generous to WVCA. They are making an investment in our children’s future. This grant will make an impact on our school and the community by keeping our program affordable for local families.”
WVCA honors Dr. Christopher Alexander with the 2018 Golden Apple Award
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) is proud to honor Dr. Christopher Alexander with the organization’s 2018 Golden Apple Award.
The Golden Apple Award is presented to a deserving WVCA supporter who has given freely of their time and talents to the organization through dedicated service. This year’s award was presented at WVCA’s 94th Annual Meeting Luncheon on May 8, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre – East Mountain. Dr. Alexander is a past WVCA parent, longtime member of the Board of Directors and most recently served as WVCA’s Interim Executive Director.
His professional accomplishments include the Max and Tillie Rosenn Excellence in Teaching Award and he has held the PNC Distinguished Service Professorship. Dr. Alexander has been a member of the King’s College faculty since 1989. He continues to serve on various college and business school committees. He has advised several clubs and organizations on campus and has twice received the King’s College “All College Award”.
Bob Morgan, Vice President of the WVCA Board of Directors, presented the Golden Apple Award to Dr. Alexander and commented: “Chris has a unique ability to communicate his belief in your talent, so that you believe it too. We are proud to honor him with this year’s award for his sense of duty, his quiet leadership and most of all for stepping up and living his values.”
Dr. Alexander has made a lasting impression on Wyoming Valley Children’s Association through his work on the Board of Directors and leadership in times of transition. WVCA is proud to honor Dr. Alexander with the 2018 Golden Apple Award for his selfless service and dedication to our students and mission.
WVCA Selected as Recipient of the FNCB Bank Community Caring Donation
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) recently received a $500 donation from FNCB Bank through their Community Caring Program.
Justin Shaffern, FNCB Bank Commercial Officer, won a FNCB companywide contest for volunteer service to the community. Mr. Shaffern is a member of multiple community groups, including the Wyoming Valley Barbershop
Harmony Chorus. The contest prize was a $500 donation that the
winner could give to the non-profit organization of their choice.
Justin Shaffern, FNCB Bank Commercial Officer, comments: “I am happy to volunteer for many non-profit organizations, like WVCA, because they truly make a difference in people’s lives every day.”
WVCA is honored that Mr. Shaffern chose our organization as the donation recipient. The funds from this gift will be used to help support WVCA’s “Together We Grow” Preschool program and therapy services.
Sundance Vacations Sponsors WVCA “Do it For the Kids” Walk-A-Thon
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) is proud to announce that the 26th Annual “Do it For the Kids” Walk-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Sundance Vacations has generously agreed to be the Presenting Sponsor for the event.
The “Do it For the Kids” Walk-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Each year, the event raises thousands of critical operating dollars for the WVCA School and its students. The Walk-A-Thon is family focused and features community vendors, kid-friendly activities and a 2.5 mile walk route down Wyoming Avenue.
WVCA is thrilled to receive the support of Sundance Vacations as the Presenting Sponsor for the Walk-A-Thon. Sundance Vacations has been an avid supporter of WVCA for many years and has sponsored this event at a leadership level for the past five years.
Nina Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, states: “WVCA is proud to partner with Sundance Vacations for what will hopefully be another successful Walk-A-Thon event. The funds raised from the walk truly make a difference in the lives of the children we serve each day. Many thanks to Sundance Vacations for their unwavering support of our students!”
Geisinger Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute partners with Luzerne/Wyoming CATCH Clinic
Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) is proud to announce that Geisinger’s Autism & Developmental Medicine Institute (ADMI) has joined the Childhood Autism Team Check (CATCH) Clinic team.The CATCH program is a collaborative effort to help identify and diagnose children in our community who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The program is coordinated by WVCA and made possible through a partnership between WVCA; Hazleton Area School District Early Intervention Preschool; Step-By-Step, a local behavioral agency; and now Geisinger ADMI.Geisinger will have two staff members assigned to the CATCH team to aid in testing and diagnosis. This will add a wealth of knowledge and resources to the program. Children who are diagnosed through the clinic will now also have the opportunity for a follow-up appointment at the ADMI center for further support.
Nina C. Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, comments: “WVCA is proud to host this incredible team which has made a difference in the lives of so many children and families. We look forward to this new partnership with Geisinger.
The CATCH clinic began serving children in Luzerne and Wyoming counties in 2007. To date, the program has evaluated more than 320 children. The program utilizes a team approach and uses the most up-to-date methodology and testing for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism or related conditions. Children are accepted into the CATCH clinic after an initial evaluation through one of the Early Intervention offices.
American Legion Post 815 supports WVCA and remembers Ray Majikes
Representatives from American Legion Post 815 recently awarded Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with the proceeds from their annual golf tournament, totaling $6,700. The tournament is an annual event that has been running for over twenty years, but two years ago was renamed the Ray Majikes tournament in honor of the longtime friend of the Post.
Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation presents $5,000 gift
WVCA received a generous donation from the Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation of $5,000 from the 4th Annual Dr. Jennifer Sidari Hope is Contagious Golf Tournament. WVCA was thrilled to receive this gift and its impact will touch so many young children’s lives. Featured above, the Sidari family presented two $5,000 donations to two local charities: the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association and the Greater Hazleton United Way. Dr. Jen’s Hope Foundation has awarded nearly $400,000 in memory of Jen Sidari to help charities and provide scholarships in the Wyoming Valley. To read more about the tournament click here.
Wells Fargo Foundation Supports WVCA
Representatives of the Wells Fargo Foundation recently presented a grant award in the amount of $5,000 to Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) to support the school’s Together We Grow Preschool program. WVCA’s Preschool offers a rich learning environment, individualized instruction, small class sizes, certified teachers and expert therapeutic support at its location on Wyoming Avenue in Forty Fort.
Nina Zanon, WVCA Executive Director, states: “We are thrilled to have such wonderful support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Generosity from strong community partners such as Wells Fargo allows us to keep the cost of our tuition and fee for services extremely affordable for area families.”
Wells Fargo Foundation supports organizations working to strengthen our communities by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs.
Mohegan Sun Pocono donates books to WVCA
PUBLISHED: JUNE 26, 2017 – The Citizens’ Voice
Representatives of a book fair at Mohegan Sun Pocono recently visited the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) in Forty Fort to donate approximately $550 of Usborne books. Usborne offers 50 percent in free books for organizations, such as Mohegan Sun Pocono, that host a book fair. Each classroom was able to receive books from their respective wish lists. First row, from left, are WVCA students Aiden Ramirez, George Sibley, Abraham Youells, Alex Clark, Ryan Dunn, Lucas Wengrzynek, and Jack Saunders. Second row: WVCA students Kyle Munley, Hunter DeFrain, Sophia Nesgoda, Ayomide Keshinro, JessAnnae Jackson, and Clark Carpenter. Third row: Mohegan Sun representatives Sarah Petroski, HR admin.; Jenelle Osborne, HR manager; Emily Churchfield, licensing generalist, and Debbie Luchetti, data input clerk.
WVCA receives an $840 donation from Wilkes University’s UNICEF Club
WVCA was thrilled to receive an $840 donation from Wilkes University’s UNICEF Club’s autism awareness t-shirt sale. Pictured with WVCA students and Executive Director Nina Zanon is Corrine Bonnerwith, UNICEF Club Treasurer, Courtney Moyer, UNICEF Club President and WVCA Teacher Jane Denion.
Ms. Bonnerwith indicated that WVCA’s mission is a lot like that of UNICEF’s, “to strive for common reasons to bring people togethe for worthwhile causes.” Thank you to Wilkes University UNICEF!