LVU Community Involvement and Volunteer Activities
In an effort to connect with the communities of our players, LVU has started a program called UNITED GIVES BACK. This allows the players and families of LVU to volunteer to help in the communities where we play.
It is with great regret that LVU accepted the resignation of our current United Gives Back coordinator Dana Bacher. For the past 3 years, Dana has been instrumental in helping to define and grow the United Gives Back program. We greatly appreciate all that Dana and her family has done for the club and the community.
In our effort to continue to grow the United Gives Back program, we are looking for a new volunteer coordinator. This is a perfect opportunity for a motivated high school student looking to gain leadership, organizational skills and volunteer hours while helping LVU and the community.
Ian’s Story: Ian Joshua Miller was 12 years old when he was killed in a sledding accident in January of 2010. He was not wearing a helmet when he was sledding on a saucer style sled and collided with a ski lift tower. He died from traumatic brain injury. Inside Ian’s snow boot, the Emergency Room doctors found a message to all of us. Ian had a bible verse on a piece of paper in his boot. It is James 1:2-4:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
This speaks to perseverance throughout all of the trials we may encounter in life. Even now, there are many people facing serious economic trials in their lives and cannot afford to buy footwear for themselves or their families.
Over the winter months, LVU and Turff Club would like to partner in collecting all types of shoes and boots for this worth cause. Please consider donating your gently used footwear: men’s women’s and children’s casual shoes, sneakers and winter boots. In Ian’s Boots also sponsors two soccer tournaments in Honduras, so soccer cleats are always appreciated. There will be a donation bin located near the lost and found at Turff Club. Meantime, you may give your donations to Gina Keys, Molly Brown or Jeff Spotts of ’98 Boys.
Ian was the goalie for the Coventry Red Storm Soccer Club since 2007. He had been playing soccer since the age of 4, and has played with the Phoenixville YMCA and Coventry Inter-mural soccer before being accepted into the Red Storm travel club. In the Fall of 2009 he was accepted as a goalkeeper in the indoor training program for the Olympic Develop Program.
LVU Partners with GAVI
9 MILLION DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN DIE BEFORE THEIR 5TH BIRTHDAY DUE TO ILLNESSES WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY VACCINES.
LVU is launching its first international philanthropic campaign with GAVI starting this fall and running through until the winter. LVU players, with the help of club representatives and parents, will reach out to family, friends, neighbors, schools, and businesses in order to raise as much money as possible towards the vaccinations of underprivileged children living in poor countries. Our goal is to directly involve our young players in making a critical difference in the lives of less fortunate children. Through continued donor support, GAVI hopes to provide new and existing vaccines that could prevent more than 11 million child deaths by 2030. With your help, we can reach this goal and change the lives of millions of children in need.
GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunizations, is an international organization that, through strategic and highly successful funding, provides vaccines to children living in poor countries. GAVI’s members include UNICEF, World Bank, World Health Organization, among other highly influential development organizations throughout the world.
Donations can be made by cash or check or online at lvu.kintera.org.
All donations can be tax deductible at your request of an acknowledgement sent from GAVI.
LVU and Community Events
Give Back and Support Events Making a Difference All Over our Community...
Sunday, March 7th--Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake
Wednesday, March 24th--Book Fair for Central Elementary (All day, special events between 5-8pm)
Community Warriors is hosting a book fair for Central. Buy a book at Barnes and Noble Promenade and monies will go towards Central Elementary School. Eric Wight will be signing Frankie Pickle Books and special events will be held between 5-8pm. If anyone is interested in reading a story with a teacher or the principal, please contact Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Proceeds from all books sold that day should go Central (a great day to load up on summer reading books!).
Saturday, April 10th, Autism Pancake Breakfast (7:30-10am)
Before your soccer game, the whole family can enjoy a great pancake breakfast at Cedar Crest Applebees - $5/person. If you are interested in volunteering at the breakfast, contact Dana Bacher at email@example.com.
OPERATION BUNDLE UP!
LEHIGH VALLEY UNITED and COMMUNITY WARRIORS ARE TEAMING UP TO HOST A NEW WINTER CLOTHING/COAT DRIVETO BENEFIT CENTRAL AND ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN ALLENTOWN.
A GREAT WAY FOR KIDS TO GET INVOLVED… WE ARE LOOKING FOR 5 -7 KIDS (AGES 11 OR OLDER) WHO MAY BE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP DURING THE COLLECTIONS. WE NEED HELP SORTING AND CARRYING DONATIONS. PLEASE LET DANA KNOW IF YOU AND YOUR CHILD ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT AND WHICH DATE WORKS FOR YOU!
On Saturday, January 24, Lehigh Valley United began a volunteer relationship with the Allentown School District and their Saturday Scholars program, helping to conduct free workshops for the kids in Allentown. Here Dave Robinson addresses a packed auditorium of curious parents and students.