Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley


Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley

Nonprofit landscape and the value of volunteers, with Karen Smith

"You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give."

Karen came to the Volunteer Center with passion as a board member, and over time grew into the role of Executive Director. Her most favorite thing to do is showing up and giving back to the community.

Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley has been around for 30 years, with 5 staff members located in Bethlehem. They are the premier resource to the nonprofit community, working with over 450 nonprofits annually. Their funding comes from corporate sponsorships, grants, fundraisers, United Way contracts for service, and membership fees. They mobilize masses of volunteers to help with projects in the area. The volunteer center coordinates, educates, and motivates on a regular basis and is highly involved in every community.

Get involved by going to their new community calendar portal at Eventfully.org!

Looking for a list of where you can donate time or monetary items? Go to GuideStar.org, which lists 1,700 nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley. Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley currently hosts 375+ nonprofits on their site. Any volunteer can post on their website.

Get started today and join Karen in this mission to make a change!

Forum Member Netizen Lands in Top 50 of Inc 500 List

The Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley congratulates member Netizen for landing at number 47 on the Inc 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. Netizen is a cybersecurity firm based in Allentown. Read the full story here.

Embassy Bank Presents at the Executive Forum

How are Embassy Bank and Sue McCann different from other lenders in the Lehigh Valley?
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Sue McCann from Embassy Bank ave the Executive Forum of the Lehigh Valley an overview of the bank's commercial banking services. Here is an outline of her presentation.
They are a local lender, they have local processors, local banking, local everything! Never call a 1-800 number again! Know your bankers and keep your finances local. Embassy offers many different commercial loan programs for your business whether you need to purchase new equipment, need funds for expansion or are starting a new business.
Embassy has free business checking. No minimum balances, no check charges, free online banking and 2.25% on business money market accounts! Deposits are available the same day. They also offer merchant card processing and Employee Benefits for your company.
They give back constantly! $8 million dollars has been donated to the Lehigh Valley over time! Embassy bank always there for your local banking needs! 

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Perfect Six Presents at the Forum

On July 25, 2019, Denise Grothouse of Perfect Six presented her business to the Executive Forum. Denise has extensive experience in artistry work and taking companies to their next level of profitability.

She has broken barriers locally and nationally overseeing up to 80 million in products. Follow her brief story and watch how perfect six was born!

Previously In her ten years at the Lehigh Group, she accomplished bidding out and shopping the best prices for the companies products which helped profits at the end of the day. She helped save the company $8 million dollars over her employment there. Learning currency exchange was a huge part of this position.

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Advice for Disaster Prevention

9358 5193fb5f 3533 4063 894b 2bc3ff1b3be6Servepro of the Lehigh Valley presented to the Lehigh Valley Executive Forum in April 2019. The presentation centered around disaster prevention and response when on-site issues occur, from mold damage to water issues. 
Steve and Dawn have over 28 years of experience. They are the only Masters of water and masters of fire and water within a 50-mile radius.  They own 3 out of the 4 franchises in the valley. There are 1,500 franchises nationwide. When you have a small leak that could have been from a toilet or tub overflowing or a large disaster, think of the experience that Servepro can offer you! One of their locations is at 860 N. Kiowa street in Allentown.
There to help you look good when it comes to your commercial space or personal home! They deal with all the bad and ugly things. They also do lift and aerial work! Something to keep in mind when it comes to mold. If you have a water issue this is a timeline of what would happen.
Within minutes of a water issue, it will be absorbed into walls and floors. One to 24 hours walls start to swell then furniture begins to swell and crack, then a musty odor appears and dues and inks bleed.

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