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Stairways nets its best Erie Gives total

Thursday, August 25, 2016

On August 9, Erie gave. And Stairways received.

Stairways was one of the benefactors of a record-setting philanthropic outpouring during the Erie Community Foundation’s Erie Gives event.

Thanks to the generosity of 62 donors, Stairways Behavioral Health collected $8,050 — its highest donation amount in the six-year history of Erie Gives.

“It's a great day!,” Kim Stucke, Stairways’ Chief Development Officer said. "Stairways receives over $8,000 to directly assist our clients thanks to the generous giving on behalf of Stairways donors."

Stairways will use the money it received this year for the Client Wellness Fund, helping to provide clients with opportunities to achieve a healthier lifestyle and the Client Assistance Fund, which is designed to meet emergency needs for clients such as eyeglasses, mattresses and vocational or household items.

For the fifth straight year, Erie Gives, the one-day online charitable donation campaign that draws in contributions for Erie nonprofits and adds a prorated match, set records for the total amount raised ($3.46 million), number of donations (7,387) and matching donation pool ($250,000).

Stairways ranked 93rd out of 354 participating nonprofits in donation money received and 69th in number of donations. Stairways’ average donation was $120.

The Erie Community Foundation held a check presentation ceremony for all recipient nonprofits on Aug. 26. To see the full list of Erie Gives donations, visit www.eriegives.org.

Above: Stairways Development Specialist Juanita Gangemi (middle) receives the Erie Gives Check during the presentation Friday.

Erie Gives 2014 approaching

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Remember Stairways Behavioral Health on Aug. 12!

Potential for change and growth lives within us all. Sometimes we need help to bring out that development and greater sense of personal fulfillment we all desire.

On August 12, Stairways Behavioral Health will need your help to make personal wellness a reality for all when it participates in the fourth annual Erie Gives, a day designated for philanthropic donations to non-profit organizations in Erie.

From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., donors can visit www.eriegives.org or call 814-454-0843 to make a donation of $25 or more by using Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards. Stairways will then receive a prorated percentage of the $200,000 in matching funds contributed by the Erie Community Foundation, GE Transportation and Erie Insurance based on how much it collects in donations.

Stairways, which raised $5,580 for the Client Wellness fund in 2013, will again focus this year’s contributions toward its personal wellness efforts, which support individuals in their wellness initiatives by providing resources like nutritional activities, new sneakers and fitness memberships.

"Riding bikes, going to the Y and fishing with our kids are all things we love to do," said Kim Stucke, chief development officer at Stairways. "You can help make someone else have this special feeling by contributing to Stairways on Erie Gives." 

In keeping with our wellness initiatives, donations will also help fund programs at BLOOM Collaborative, 138 E. 26th St. 

BLOOM’s classes and experiences are dedicated to promoting growth and positive change—for individuals, groups and neighborhoods within Erie and surrounding communities. BLOOM offers services and programs meant to foster holistic health and well-being such as art, nutrition, gardening, yoga and meditation.

Improved well-being is the key to healthier people and a healthier community – and a cause Stairways Behavioral Health and BLOOM Collaborative are committed to achieving.

Visit online at www.BLOOMCollaborative.org for more information and remember us on Erie Gives Day, August 12. All donations to Stairways Behavioral Health will be used to expand wellness activities through BLOOM Collaborative.

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