Sundance Vacations Charities

Sundance Vacations’ employees are dedicated to giving back to their communities. Following the example of the company’s owners, John and Tina Dowd, the entire company has donated money, effort and time to a number of charities both nationally and locally. Here is a list that includes some of the charities that are near and dear to Sundance Vacations. Be sure to follow Sundance Vacations Facebook for news on the latest charitable events in your community. You can also subscribe to Sundance Vacations on YouTube to keep up to date with the latest events.

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FEATURED CHARITY: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and the industrial heritage. The D&L National Heritage Corridor was formed after a group of committed citizens took the region’s case for national historic significance to Congress.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the D&L preserves the historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia.

Read more about their services on our Charities page: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Or check out our most recent story: Sundance Vacations is proud to support the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor!

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MILES AGAINST MELANOMA

Miles Against Melanoma is non-profit organization that educates about the risk of skin cancer, treats patients, and supports survivors and preventative research to fight melanoma.

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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY DANCE MARATHON (THON)

THON is used to raise money to support the children, families and research associated with pediatric cancer.

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BLUE CHIP FARM ANIMAL REFUGE

As a shelter that does not practice euthanasia, Blue Chip allows animals to wait to be adopted, or if not, live out their lives with love in comfort they way they were meant to.

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UNITED WAY OF WYOMING VALLEY

The United Way of Wyoming Valley helps those of Luzerne County improve the lives of children and the community through education, income stability and healthy initiatives.

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 CHILDREN’S SERVICE CENTER

Today the CSC is dedicated to diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with emotional disturbances, mental illness and pervasive developmental disorders to help them lead normal lives.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS

Whether it is providing a hot meal to a family, support for current military and veterans, or collecting blood, you can be sure that the American Red Cross will be involved in helping those in need.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE CENTER

Seeking to give battered women and their children a safe environment and a chance at a violence free future, the Domestic Violence Service Center has a hotline that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

For over 100 years now, the American Lung Association has been educating the masses, raising awareness and raising funds for battling lung diseases and improving air quality to save the lives of thousands.

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KIWANIS CLUB

The Kiwanis club has a number of local chapters and each one’s goal is the same: to assist the community in whatever it may need. The club helps children become leaders.

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IT’S A PITTIE RESCUE

Dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for pit bulls in Illinois, It’s A Pittie Rescue wishes to educate people about the loyalty and kindness of this breed.

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STEP BY STEP

Step By Step is a private, non-profit corporation devoted to providing community support services to children and adults in Pennsylvania with mental illness, disabilities and autism.

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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOUP KITCHEN

Located in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen serves hot meals to over 300 people on a daily basis and has been doing so for years.

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EAGLES YOUTH PARTNERSHIP

The Eagles Youth Partnership’s annual playground build and signature mobile programs- Eagles Eye Mobile and Eagles Book Mobile-  serve over 50,000 children in the Philadelphia region each year.

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ALLIED SERVICES

Allied Services Integrated Health System is the leading provider of healthcare and daily living assistance services for people with disabilities and chronic illness in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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CANINE PARTNERS FOR LIFE

This charity is dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

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EASTER SEALS

Helping more than 1 million families nationwide, the Easter Seals program has been assisting children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs for almost a century through therapy and other programs.

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GREATER WILKES-BARRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Chamber of Commerce is involved with business service and community and economic development in Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas in PA.

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FOUNDATION FOR FREE ENTERPRISE

This organization is helping the next generation of society to better understand the economy and how it works as well as enhance their knowledge and leadership skills.

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HEAD START

A government-run preschool program that is designed for low-income families to allow their children to learn as well as become prepared for not only school, but life too.

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EASTERN PA ANIMAL ALLIANCE

The Eastern PA Animal Alliance is a low cost spay and neuter program for dogs and cats wishing to help shelters by reducing needless deaths each each due to overpopulation.

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CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to fund research, promote individualized treatment, and ensure access to high-quality, specialized care for those with the disease.

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BARCS

The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, BARCS for short, cares for more than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals in the Baltimore area each and every year to ensure our furry friends are safe and happy.

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ATG LEARNING ACADEMY

The Academy is a school for K-12 children with learning disabilities. Specializing in language-based learning disabilities, they offer low student-to-teacher ratios to give the children the attention they need.

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FOUR DIAMONDS

Four Diamonds has been assisting the families and children being treated for cancer at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Pennsylvania.  This organization also partners with Penn State THON!

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ARDELLA’S HOUSE

Helping to transition women who were incarcerated as well as providing opportunities to women who currently are is what Ardella’s House is known for. Located in Philly, the house takes in women from the region.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society’s Lackawanna chapter in Taylor, PA tirelessly works to save lives as well as create a cancer-free world through new research and prevention on the deadly illness.

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MOSTLY MUTTZ RESCUE

Located in Gilbertsville, PA, Mostly Muttz Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster-based animal rescue that gives animals a safe and comfortable place to stay before being adopted. They “create miracles for mutts.”

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CEO/WEINBERG FOOD BANK

CEO, or the Commission on Economic Opportunity, has operating the Northeast Regional Weinberg Food Bank in the hope to help eliminate hunger by providing meals to the people that need it most.

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SALVATION ARMY

Operating in communities across the country, the Salvation Army provides food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers and a number of children’s programs.

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PLAINS LITTLE LEAGUE

Providing quality youth baseball and softball training is the goal of Plains Little League, who believe that a fun and friendly environment builds positive character and self-discipline.

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PREGNANCY CARE CENTER

The Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) offers services to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of any woman that may be experiencing a crisis during her pregnancy.

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RUTH’S PLACE WOMEN’S SHELTER

As the only emergency shelter for homeless women in the Luzerne County area of  PA, Ruth’s Place Women’s Shelter has provided a place to stay for over 2,000 women.

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HUNTING PARK CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

The Hunting Park Christian Academy was created to help under-performing children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by providing quality Christian education.

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GREATNESS IS IN YOU

Founded in 2010 and based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this non-profit is working to educate, train, motivate and mentor youth from the Philly area and beyond.

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HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS

Started by military families, Hope For The Warriors, is devoted to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and the families of those affected by that tragedy.

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LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has been dedicated to researching and curing blood cancers like leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma and other cancers for many years.

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MANNA FOR THE MANY

Run entirely by volunteers, this food pantry has been helping the community’s needy families in Shamokin, Pennsylvania since opening in 2000.

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ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL

Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Tennessee, has been helping children with cancer and other major diseases since they opened in 1962.

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Maternal Family and Health Services

Founded in 1971, MFHS has been preventing disease, promoting wellness, and empowering individuals to realize the promise of better health.

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NE REGIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a local, non-profit organization seeking to ease the burden of cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania through research and care.

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TOYS FOR TOTS

Founded by a Marine in Los Angeles in 1947, this program has grown into a nation-wide, government sanctioned mission of the United States Marine Corps to help children in need of assistance.

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FRIENDLY SONS OF ST. PATRICK

Created in Philadelphia in 1771, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick has been promoting Irish culture and education as well as providing aid, which it does in the form of scholarships to young students.

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GIFT OF LIFE FAMILY HOUSE

Gift of Life Family House, located in Philadelphia, PA is a “home away from home” for transplant families that provides lodging, meals, transportation and supportive services to those that need transplant care.

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GOD’S CHUCKWAGON

Pastor James Bowers and his wife Janet came up with a plan in 2006 to start a mobile soup kitchen. In 2013 his dream became a reality as they converted a school bus into “God’s Chuckwagon,” to help provide meals.

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ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The Erie Community offers both grants and scholarships as well giving you the ability to create your own fund, this charity can and does cover a lot of ground in the non-profit area.

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FACES OF THE WORLD

Based out of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, Faces of the World’s goal is to teach and inspire a new generation all while celebrating cultural diversity through art education.

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FAMILY PROMISE

Family Promise, both nationally and at the local level, has been helping homeless and low-income families to get on their feet and achieve sustainable independence.

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BRANDON’S FOREVER HOME

Brandon’s Forever Home is a place for foster children and their families to feel at home in Luzerne County. Children can leave with new clothing, food, and more

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BRODHEAD WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

The Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) has been ensuring the protection and improving the water and environment throughout the Brodhead and Cherry creek watersheds.

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia, accounting for somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of all cases. The Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to ending the disease one step at a time.

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DREAM COME TRUE BLUE RIDGE CHAPTER

Dream Come True wishes to fulfill the dreams of seriously, chronically and terminally ill children that live in the Great Lehigh Valley area by fulfilling their dreams.

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GRINDWARE

The Grindware Foundation focuses on helping underprivileged youth reach their full potential with motivational speakers, sports camps, and educational sessions.

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TICK TOCK

Tick Tock Early Learning Center provides care and language based education to children in need, often by curtailing rates to specific family situations so that every child has a chance to succeed.

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NEPA ALLIANCE

The NEPA Nonprofit and Community Assistance Center is a part of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance. The alliance provides government services, research, transportation planning, and more for NEPA.

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WVCA

The Wyoming Valley Children’s Association has been helping the children of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania for almost a full century to help children with handicaps.

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CUPID’S UNDIE RUN

Cupid’s Undie Run is a run to help raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Every February near Valentine’s Day, runners take the streets of Pittsburgh for a one mile fun run in their undies.

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge serves Northeastern PA.Big’s inspire their Little’s as a friend or role model to the child.

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HAPPY HEARTS & TAILS

Happy Hearts & Tails Animal Rescue saves the lives of animals in NEPA through their spay/neuter programs, fostering, and much more.

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Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine is a non-profit primary and preventative health service for employed individuals who have no access or cannot afford health insurance.

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Family Service Association of NEPA

Family Service Association of NEPA is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization working with children, individuals, families, and communities to achieve their potential.

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BeFriend-A-Child

BeFriend-A-Child provides opportunities for companionship, guidance and support to children who are at risk of abuse and neglect or who have been abused and neglected.

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The Arc of Luzerne County

The Arc of Luzerne County is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through advocacy, resources, and community education.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs music at the highest level of expression and artistic excellence to enrich the community and provide stellar experiences for their audiences.

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KidsPeace

KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities.

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American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

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Luzerne County Historical Society

The mission of the Luzerne County Historical Society is to preserve and promote the collective history and heritage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

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Valley Chiefs

The Valley Chiefs football and cheer-leading family has been in operation for over 40 years and we are a non-profit 501.C.3 corporation.

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Butler Township Police Officers Association

Butler Township is a mostly rural community of just under 52 square miles in southern Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA

The Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA was set up to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

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Blue Mountain Health System

Blue Mountain Health System promotes, maintains and restores the good health of all the people in the communities they serve through partnerships for excellence in healthcare service delivery.

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Fairfax County

Fairfax County Government has many charities and volunteer programs for the Fairfax County.

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Natasha’s Justice Project

Natasha’s Justice Project goal is to end the rape kit backlog through education, advocacy and funding.

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASA of Luzerne County is a non-profit 501(c)3 child advocacy organization that was established in 2013 to serve abused and neglected children.

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Wyoming Valley Challenger

Wyoming Valley Challenger is a part of Challenger Little League Baseball. The league is run by a group of dedicated VOLUNTEERS to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, to enjoy the game of baseball..

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KiDS Clubhouse of Suffolk, Inc.

The KiDS Clubhouse of Suffolk, Inc. is a registered 501C3 Not for Profit organization. The programs serve youth at the Elementary, Junior High and High School age levels.

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Lazzara Family Foundation

Lazzara Family Foundation is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports research that is committed to maximizing the ABILITIES of those living with Down Syndrome so that they may lead fuller, healthier and more independent lives.