Volunteer Challenge honors businesses that help the community

Lehigh Valley Businesses highlighted employee volunteer efforts at the 2019 Volunteer Challenge (Photo submitted) –

A record number of corporations participated in this year’s 2019 Volunteer Challenge, which is organized by the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley.

The event brought together 34 businesses at SteelStacks in Bethlehem earlier this month to showcase employee volunteer efforts.

Organizers said there were 10 new businesses participating this year, which also meant more nonprofit organizations were helped.

“The Volunteer Challenge brings together the Lehigh Valley’s best, a community of businesses and agencies that cares deeply about creating a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, said Eric Luftig vice president of marketing at Victaulic in Forks Township, this year’s honorary chair. “We are so fortunate to have the Volunteer Center as a local ‘mutual fund’ of help and resources, able to connect and mobilize individuals and companies with those who need them most.”

Some of the businesses that participated in volunteer activities throughout the year were honored for their efforts.

Corbenic Partners of Bethlehem received the small company award for its work with the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Brown and Brown Insurance of Bethlehem received the medium-size company award for its work with the Third Street Alliance.

Both companies were new to the challenge this year.

The large company award went to First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union of Allentown for its work with the Lehigh Valley Academy Charter School; Crayola of Forks Township was honored as a company with more than 500 employees for its work with the Boys and Girls Club of Easton.

At the ceremony guests voted on their favorite volunteer campaign. The People’s Choice Award was won by Valley National Financial Advisors of Bethlehem for creating a “Zen” room for Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton.

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