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United Way of Berks County held its annual Day of Caring on Sept. 12. Nearly 550 volunteers participated in 40 community projects throughout Berks County. Members of United Way’s Emerging Leaders United spent the day at Amanda Stout Elementary engaging with children from various ages and also assisted students in a cleanup project around the school’s neighborhood. Volunteers from Santander and The Reading Eagle assisted the YMCA Central Branch in painting a gym, while volunteers from East Penn Manufacturing volunteered in projects at the Salvation Army. Pictured from left: Julie Santers, Santander; Tara Kozak, Santander; Ron Kozak, Reading Eagle; Anne Chubb, Reading Eagle; Sarah Reynolds, Reading Eagle; and Bill Lobb, Reading Eagle.
United Way of Berks County held its annual Day of Caring on Sept. 12. Nearly 550 volunteers participated in 40 community projects throughout Berks County. Members of United Way’s Emerging Leaders United spent the day at Amanda Stout Elementary engaging with children from various ages and also assisted students in a cleanup project around the school’s neighborhood. Volunteers from Santander and The Reading Eagle assisted the YMCA Central Branch in painting a gym, while volunteers from East Penn Manufacturing volunteered in projects at the Salvation Army. Pictured from left: Julie Santers, Santander; Tara Kozak, Santander; Ron Kozak, Reading Eagle; Anne Chubb, Reading Eagle; Sarah Reynolds, Reading Eagle; and Bill Lobb, Reading Eagle. Funk Brewing Co. and South Mountain CrossFit hosted the “50k Row to Cure MS” in conjunction with a group of local cyclists dubbed “Team Booze Clues.” Participants rowed 50 kilometers on a stationery rower in teams of three. Funk Brewing donated $1 of every draft beer sold and the proceeds were donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society via the Bike MS: Bike to the Bay (Delaware) Oct. 13-14. Pictured are participants from the event. Vizinex RFID hosted an open house and tours to show off its new headquarters on Manufacturing Day Oct. 5. Vizinex RFID builds radio frequency identification tags, systems and solutions for industries where accurate, efficient asset tracking is mission-critical. Examples include weapons tracking, medical device, or race bibs during a 5k. FreeFall Trampoline Park opened a new ropes course. Now open to the public, the ropes course is designed for business retreats and families and has a leadership exercise for businesses. Pictured is the new ropes course at FreeFall in Bethlehem. Kistler O’Brien Fire Protection of Bethlehem recently organized an office fundraiser to help support the efforts of the Burn Prevention Network’s Camp Susquehanna. Camp Susquehanna is a camp dedicated to providing children with burns opportunities, life skills, coping strategies, encouragement and more. As a team, Kistler O’Brien raised enough funds to send one child to camp. On Sept. 21, Kistler O’Brien employees dressed down and wore “I donated” tags to spread awareness of the cause. Pictured are employees of Kistler. Easton Public Market in the city’s downtown recently unveiled its new Farmstand Recipes line of grab-and-go items. A portion of the proceeds from every sale was donated to help launch the Easton Hunger Coalition’s Good 2 Go Meal Kits program. In a few months, the Highmark Farmstand was able to donate $500, which will fast-track the coalition’s program. Good 2 Go Meal Kits provide a recipe and ingredients needed for two meals for a family of four. Pictured are Highmark Farmstand assistant manager Emily Stocker (right) presenting a check to Nancy Walters, manager of Easton Hunger Coalition. Hesch Service Center in Whitehall held a celebration to commemorate its 40th anniversary. The company, which specializes in services and repairs for cars, recreational vehicles, buses and commercial vehicles treated its employees to cake and other refreshments during the event. Pictured are the staff of Hesch. First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union received the "Best Branch Experience" Best in Bank Customer Experience Award for its innovative social banking model. Networld Media Group, publishers of ATM Marketplace and Mobile Payments Today, handed out four international banking awards for industry-leading experience strategies on Sept. 13 during a banquet that was held as part of the Bank Customer Experience Summit in Chicago. Pictured from left: Levent Dağdelen, Yapı Kredi Bank (Turkey); Sérgio Magalhães, Millennium bcp (Portugal); Ivan Orrego, First Commonwealth (Bethlehem); Candido Amorim, First Commonwealth (Bethlehem); Tricia Szurgot, First Commonwealth (Bethlehem); and Dan McGowan, Fiserv (Wisconsin).

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