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Southern Tier Tuesdays: The Bridge of The Penn-York Valley Churches awarded $2,000 grant

Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM EST
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(WBNG) -- The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches is this week’s winner of a $2,000 grant from Upstate Shredding through Southern Tier Tuesdays.

The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches is a non-profit organization of churches in the Penn York Valley that serves residents in the school districts of Waverly, Sayre, and Athens. President Kim Paul said this organization is 34-years-old.

“We have a number of churches that work together, over 20 churches,” Paul said. “We serve the school districts of Sayre, Waverly, and Athens and we serve those in need in our community with basic needs things like food, shelter, and clothing.”

Paul said they provide these services through a variety of different ministries and a voucher system.

“We have a helping hands ministry with is our furniture ministry that provides free furniture and appliances with a voucher, we have a clothes closet that provides free clothing and small household items, we have a valley food pantry that provides 3-4 days of food once and month,” Paul said. “We also have a mobile food pantry once a month on the third Wednesday of the month.”

Kids at Risk Coordinator Cindy Jones said this ministry operates anonymously through the three school districts.

“We help school-aged children in the Athens, Sayre, and Waverly school district and I have contact people in each school district to asses the need and then they contact me whether it be for clothing, shoes, or hygiene items and it’s an anonymous program so I don’t need their names,” Jones said. “We provide what they need to be more successful in school and we want them to have good self-esteem.”

Paul said this grant money will allow the organization to continue serving others in difficult times, and bridge the gaps of life in the name of Jesus Christ.

Nov. 26 The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches will host their 19th Annual Sleepout. This annual event is held over a 24-hour period and it’s the organization’s major fundraiser aimed at raising funds and awareness for those in need throughout the community.

The sleepout will be held from 3 p.m. Nov. 26 to 27 in the parking lot of the Guthrie Desmond Street Practice.

To get in contact with The Bridge of the Penn-York Valley Churches you can do so here.

Southern Tier Tuesdays is a philanthropic endeavor of Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding, and his daughter, Clover.  For more information or to nominate a Southern Tier non-profit go to southerntiertuesdays.com.