Brookville Fireman’s Club Supports Jefferson County Organizations

kristen-hetrick-pat-berger-western-pa-cares-for-kidsBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Several Jefferson County organizations were the recent recipients of a donation from the Brookville Fireman’s Club.

Western PA Cares for Kids received $2,500.00.

(Pictured above: Pat Berger, Executive Director for Western PA Cares for Kids, accepts a donation from Karen Hetrick.)

This organization is a Child Advocacy Center where children who have said they were either physically or sexually abused or children who were witnesses to violent crime. The children are interviewed once by a trained forensic interviewer with nationally accredited training, while the investigative team (law enforcement, prosecution, child protection, mental health personnel, medical personnel, victim/witness advocates, probation officers etc.) watch the interview on a monitor eliminating the need for each member of the team to do a separate interview with the child.

This helps to lessen the trauma a child experiences by eliminating the repetitive interviews so that the child isn’t reliving the experience over and over again.

The investigative team works together making team decisions about the investigation, treatment, management, and prosecution of child abuse cases.

The facility is designed to be child friendly to help the child feel more at ease.

Referrals for interviews are made through either the police or child protective services.

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Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging received $2,000.00.

It offers many services and programs designed to keep older citizens active and independent.


(Pictured above: Bill Sherman and Mabel Dunkel of the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging accept a donation from Ron Pearsall.)

In 1976, under the Older Americans Act, the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging was set up to administer and develop a program of comprehensive services for the elderly, to act as an advocate for the elderly, to provide various services to help the elderly remain in their homes for as long as possible and to assist the older person to remain a citizen in his or her community.

Since 1987, JCAAA has operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. The agency provides about 17 different services for the elderly throughout Jefferson County.

The agency operates 5 centers around the county, 4 of which are open Monday through Friday and the other one is open at different days during the month.

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Jefferson County History Center received $1,000.00.

According to its website, the JCHS was established in 1967 and incorporated in 1971 as a non-profit organization which the Jefferson County Commissioners have certified as the official historical society for the county.


(Pictured above: Jefferson County History Center Executive Director Ken Burkett accepts a donation from Mayor Richard Beck.)

In 2001, The Society began the preservation of the Nathan Greene Edelblute Building and adapted it as the Jefferson County History Center, opening the building on the 200th anniversary of the founding of the county, March 26, 2004.

Today, The Society owns and operates the Jefferson County History Center, Brady Craig House and the Margaret Johnson Archives all of which are located within Brookville’s Historic District.  The latter two buildings are used primarily for storage and are not open to the public.

Located on Main Street, the History Center contains 8 galleries totaling 9,000 square feet of exhibit space, a research library, gift shop and staff offices.

In 2016, since the grand opening, 6,563 visitors came to enjoy Scriupture Rocks Heritage Park

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Jefferson County Chapter 14 ABATE received $500.00.

It is an alliance of bikers dedicated to the protection of the individual rights of motorcyclists through political change, charitable works and public education.


(Pictured above: Jefferson County ABATE Chapter President Tom Bogacki accepts a donation from Kristen Hetrick.)

They also hold events to support children.

They meet at the DuBois American Legion Post 17 every second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m.

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Jefferson County Fair received $500.00.


(Pictured above: Sandy Snyder of the Jefferson County Fair accepts a donatin from Richard Beck.)

The Fair is set for July 16-22.

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– Richardsville Community Center received $500.00.


(Pictured above: Megan and Adam Hidinger of the Richardsville Community Center accept a donation from Ron Pearsall.)

Jeff Tech Future Business Leaders received $372.00.

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The Brookville Firemans Club raises money through small games of chance. In total, they gave $117,935.00 in 2016.

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