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 August 10, 2017 - ‘Valley Strong’ initiative making a difference in northern Dauphin County

ELIZABETHVILLE, PA (August 10, 2017) – The “Valley Strong” initiative is getting stronger, and helping more people, every day thanks to residents and business owners in northern Dauphin County. As part of the initiative, more than 200 local students in need were taken back-to-school shopping with Walmart and Smart Style gift cards collected by the Northern Dauphin Human Services Center (NDHSC) and the Dauphin County Commissioners through their annual “First Day, Fresh Impressions” program.
“It’s heartwarming to see such an outpouring of support from the community,” said Dauphin County Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who oversees Human Services for the county. “When we work together, we can accomplish so much more – and that’s what Valley Strong is all about.”
Formed in 2014 by the Northern Dauphin Children’s Mental Health Provider Network in partnership with the county and other organizations, Valley Strong promotes healthy, safe and resilient children and families in northern Dauphin County in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, back-to-school donation drives for students in need, mentoring, canned food collections for the hungry, town hall meetings and drug and alcohol prevention. 
To promote the program, the NDHSC is distributing Valley Strong signs to be placed in yards and along roadways. Over 30 yard signs are now posted throughout northern Dauphin.  
“You can show support for Valley Strong by displaying a yard sign for 30 days and then passing it along to a friend or family member,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste. “The yard signs not only raise awareness about Valley Strong, but also let people know that help and support, if they need it, is available nearby.”
Anyone who displays a sign for 30 days is eligible to win a monthly prize, courtesy of WQLV 98.9 FM. The first two winners received a four-pack of tickets to Pocono Raceway and Overton’s 150 and 400.
Valley Strong signs are available at the NDHSC, 295 State Dr., Elizabethville, and at the following county events:
  • Open house at NDHSC from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. The open house is part of the Elizabethville Bi-Centennial Celebration.
  • Northern Dauphin Family Wealth through Health event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Short Mountain Conservation Club, 200 Gun Club Rd., Lykens. This free event offers health information and screenings, live entertainment and food.
  • Northern Dauphin Family Fun Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Elizabethville Borough Park. The festival is free to attend and features live music, contests and a tribute to veterans and first responders at 12 p.m.

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has stepped up to help others,” said Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries. “Despite heavy rain, residents came out last month to donate bags full of food and school supplies at our annual ‘Fill the Bus’ drive at Walmart. It shows the true spirit of this community.”

For more information about Valley Strong or the NDHSC and its programs, or to obtain a yard sign, please call 717-905-2700.

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