One of the goals of NEPA BlogCon is to bring more digital enlightenment to Northeastern Pennsylvania through promoting the effective use of blogging and social media.  However, that is not our ONLY goal.  We want to give back to the community as well.  To recap, we have two charities that our conference will benefit….The Arc of Luzerne County and the NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance.  You can read more about our charities right here.

I wanted to use this post to highlight exciting news from the NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance.  At the end of June, Sam Greenberg and our very own Karla Porter signed documents that made the donation of a single family home in Nanticoke, by Mary Ann Standish, official.  Mary Ann is the sister of the late Barry B. Standish, Vietnam Era Disabled US Army Veteran. The transfer of ownership of the home was conducted pro bono by the law firm Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, Attorneys at Law. The home has been named The Barry B. Standish Veteran Home, and honoring the wishes of the donor and memory of her late brother, will be used to assist veterans in need.

However, the house is in desperate need of updates and repairs.  The local media has helped to spotlight the need for volunteers, materials and donations, to help bring the project to fruition.

Times Leader Article:  “No Place Like Home”,176402

WBRE-TV:  “Work Begins on Barry B. Standish Home” (with video)

Materials and items needed are:

  • New roof
  • Plumbing
  • Gas furnace
  • Electrician to review/update the wiring for adherence to code
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Ceramic fixtures kitchen/bathroom
  • Laminate flooring
  • Fence around the yard
  • Kitchen ceiling repair (sheetrock or suspended)
  • Vinyl siding for front of house
  • Porch floor repair
  • Interior paint / painting too!
  • Appliances
  • Furnishings

We are hoping to make a sizable donation to the NEPA VMA with your help.  All you have to do, is purchase a ticket!  For the early-bird price of 35 dollars, you get a day of education, networking and entertainment and the satisfaction of knowing that your money is being used to help those in need.  Head on over to and purchase your ticket.  Help us help others.

Also, I have been in contact with a representative from our venue sponsor, Luzerne County Community College.  I learned that LCCC is a collection point for “Cell Phones for Soldiers“.  Cell Phones for Soldiers is a program that recycles old cell phones and puts them in the hands of active duty military members and veterans.  I’m told that the cell phones are wiped of their data (if any still exists on the device) and then each cell phone is turned into a 1 hr calling card for the military member or veteran that receives it.  We will be collecting used cell phones at NEPA BlogCon and giving them to LCCC’s donation drive for the program.

Please remember to bring any old yet gently used phones to LCCC on September 29th!  We will have a special treat for you if you do!

Author: Michelle Davies

Michelle Davies is a married mother of two beautiful little blossoms and she lives with her family in Sweet Valley, NEPA. She’s been blogging for 10 years and is the mastermind behind the award winning NepaBlogs.Org. She works at local news station WNEP as an IT superstar. She graduated from Leadership Wilkes-Barre in 2010. She is an active volunteer in the community.

2 Responses to "Giving Back"

  1. Karla Porter Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I’m going to ask everyone I know for their old phones!

  2. Michelle Posted on July 31, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I dropped of 2-3 phones last September, at the beginning of the school year, and I’m so psyched to know that they went to a great cause instead of to a landfill!

Leave a Reply