In this “Member Agency Spotlight”, we want to acquaint you with some of our member agencies, what services they provide to our community, and ways that you can get involved.
We had a Q&A with Nancy Larkin Taylor, Esq., Executive Director of Bucks for Kids.
Mission: to normalize the lives of foster kids in Bucks County.
What is your name and position at your organization and how long have you worked there?
I am the Ex. Director and have been w B4k since 1990, mostly as Corporate Secretary, Board member, but Ex. Director for about 3 years now.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I have one grandchild; Summer and she is amazing. She will be 2 in May.
What does your organization do and what is your mission?
We raise funds for Bucks Co. Foster Kids so they can have experiences and get services they need to thrive that their families cannot afford, and the county does not pay for. We want to stop the pipeline from foster care to prison.
How long have you been in operation in Bucks County?
What are some programs and services that you offer?
We review applications by caseworkers submitted on behalf of their kids in care and award funds to grant their requests. We give the kids what they need when they need it, summer camp, class trips, graduation costs, sports registration, gymnastic, music, dance lessons, whatever the caseworker thinks will help their self-esteem and overcome past trauma.
What are some ways that members of the community can get involved with your organization?
We would love community members to join our Board, attend fund raisers, donate, designate B4K when they waive their jury stipend, sign up for our eblast, visit our website, follow us.
Why is being a member agency with The United Way of Bucks County important to your team?
Being a member of United Way confers legitimacy on B4K, signifying the long-time commitment of B4K to the community. It tells people we are valid and trustworthy.
What are some of your goals for 2021
In 2021, we want to become even more known to Bucks County. We want to be residents’ charity of choice when choosing a beneficiary for their church, school, investment club, civic organization fund raising.
We want to be able to increase the funding we give to kids, as they recover from the effects of COVID, the loss of educational opportunities, and extracurricular activities.
We want to be able to help even more college students financially, so their loans are reasonable, and they feel encouraged to finish school.
We want foster kids to know the community cares for them and they are supported.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Thanks to United Way for having us as an affiliate. We are small but we have longevity. We hope to be around for years to come.