Sundance Vacations Charities

Sundance Vacations and its employees are strongly dedicated to the idea of 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 we love to help.

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FEATURED CHARITY: Domestic Violence Service Center

The Domestic Violence Service Center provides safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency to the victims whose lives have been so tragically altered by violence.

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ALLIED SERVICES

Allied Services is the leading provider of healthcare and human services for people with disabilities and chronic illness in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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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.

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has been tirelessly working to save lives as well as create a cancer-free world through new research and prevention.

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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.

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AMERICAN RED CROSS

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

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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, located in Philadelphia, PA, is known for.

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ATG LEARNING ACADEMY

Specializing in students with language-based learning disabilities, this school offers low student-to-teacher ratios to give the children the attention
they need.

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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.

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BLUE CHIP FARM
ANIMAL REFUGE

As a shelter does not practice euthanasia, Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge allows animals to either wait to be adopted or if not, live out their lives with love in comfort.

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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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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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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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 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.

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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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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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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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EAGLES YOUTH PARTNERSHIP

EYP’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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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.

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ELSE BORGES FOUNDATION

Dedicated to helping the arts in central PA and based in Harrisburg, the organization makes grants available to specific art projects that are deemed daring and ambitious.

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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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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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FOUR DIAMONDS

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

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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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GREATER WILKES-BARRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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

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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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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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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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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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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.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Offering volunteer work, scholarships and other services, this group has helped countless families obtain economic security and stability.

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LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

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

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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, PA since opening in 2000.

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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.

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NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Founded in 1953, Narcotics Anonymous has taken the fight worldwide when it comes to keeping recovering members off drugs and moving forward towards full recovery.

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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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PENN STATE UNIVERSITY DANCE MARATHON (THON)

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

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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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WYOMING VALLEY CHILDREN’S ASSOCIATION

Started 1923, the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association has been helping the children of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania for almost a full century now.