The Delaware Valley Education Association (DVEA) voted to commit up to $7,000 to help support family-owned small businesses, to donate back to charities in Pike County, and to express gratitude and appreciation for essential workers and medical professionals in the community.
DVEA, which has 364 members, came up with an innovative, three-tiered plan: stimulate the local economy through small businesses, support charities in need, and thank the essential workers, medical personnel, and first responders in Pike County.
The association spent $2,250 at locally owned restaurants to provide meals for essential workers, first responders, and medical personnel. This helped supplement the loss of revenue in the community and express the deepest gratitude to the people that keep the community going.
Charitable donations were made to local food pantries, the Residents of Heritage Pointe (Senior Living Center), Pike County Autism Support Services, and local Veterans’ Association to help the most vulnerable populations. DVEA further committed charitable donations to six local volunteer emergency response companies.