The Middle Bucks Institute of Technology’s (MBIT) Philanthropy Today Club visited the Bucks County Commissioners’ office on Wednesday, February 1st. February is Career and Technical Education Month® (CTE Month®), and the students presented their philanthropic work with the District Attorney’s Office and Courthouse as well as multiple Bucks County non-profits.
The 2022–2023 Group was given the Heenan Challenge Grant to redesign, redecorate and refurnish a space for victims to wait in during proceedings in the courthouse. District Attorney Mr. Matt Weintraub and ADA Ms. Jennifer Schorn shared two rooms with the students adjacent to the courtrooms on the fourth floor. Mr. Stephen G. Heckman and Ms. Erica Burrows showed the club the rooms and allowed the students to work and brainstorm in the space.
With Raab funds the MBIT Philanthropy Today Club hopes to help members of our community facing struggles with mental health, sexual abuse, and addiction to prevent further damage and obstacles. They plan to visit:
- The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Inc.
- Village Improvement Association
- Good Friends Inc
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Lenape Valley Foundation
- Family Services Association
- A Women’s Place
In 2021–2022 the mission of the Philanthropy Today group was to make the community a safe, friendly, and healthy place. With the Heenan Grant, they researched, redesigned, redecorated, and refurnished the victim’s waiting room in the Bucks County District Attorney’s office and lovingly dedicated this space to the victims of Bucks County.
With the combined experiences in the MBIT technical programs, they used the following skills to complete the 2022 challenge and are using many of the same skills to tackle this year’s Heenan Challenge:
- The Commercial Art and Multimedia students researched color theory and the effects of color on mood.
- They held a school-wide photography contest to create the photos displays of the four seasons with nature scenes in soothing colors.
- Members from our Computerized Drafting and Engineering class created a blueprint and furniture layout plan.
- Early Childhood Education students selected age-appropriate toys and books for child development and identified a better location for the children’s area away from the doorway.
The purpose of the Philanthropy Today Club at MBIT is to teach students about charity through giving responsibly through grant allocations and identifying needs within our community. Each year, the students receive a specific challenge through the Heenan Challenge Grant. They are tasked with researching the problem identified by the Challenge Grant and work to solve it using their technical and academic skills.
Through the Raab Grant, the students conduct a needs assessment of within their community of Bucks County. They develop a mission statement, conduct research and site visits to determine which local non-profits align with their mission before providing the grants to the selected non-profit organizations that make a difference in the community annually.