EHS Class of 94 makes donation to Veterans Place

By on November 11, 2015
The EHS Class of ‘94 recently made a donation to Veterans Place. Shown in photo are (left to right): Eric Nissley, Class of ‘94; Joanne Bender, Class of ‘94; Robert Wilson, director of Veterans Place; and James Kline, resident of Veterans Place.

The EHS Class of ‘94 recently made a donation to Veterans Place. Shown in photo are (left to right): Eric
Nissley, Class of ‘94; Joanne Bender, Class of ‘94; Robert Wilson, director of Veterans Place; and James
The EHS Class of ‘94 recently made a donation to Veterans Place. Shown in photo are (left to right): Eric Nissley, Class of ‘94; Joanne Bender, Class of ‘94; Robert Wilson, director of Veterans Place; and James Kline, resident of Veterans Place.

Social media gets a bad rap most of the time, but in the case of the Veterans Place and Ephrata High School Class of 1994, it played a big part in helping local veterans. The Class of 94 raised enough money to, not only get listed on the Veterans Plaque at the Dick Winters statue, but also give a sizable donation to the Veterans Place.

“Back in December of 2014, some of my former classmates and I were on Facebook and noticed they were looking for donations for the Winters statue,” said JoAnne (Martin) Bender. “We started to try to raise enough money to buy a brick at the plaza.”

At that time, donations were being sought for the construction of the plaza where the statute of former Ephrata resident and war hero Dick Winters was going to be placed. Bricks were being sold for $250 each and the name of the donor was being placed on each brick.

“We had an anonymous donor donate $500, which gave us a tremendous start and obviously was enough to buy the brick we wanted,” remembered Bender.

With the original donation of $500 from the donor and what the rest of the class came up with, there was more than enough to purchase the brick and then some.

“The class started to look into what to do with the extra money that was coming in and we heard about the Veterans House right here in Ephrata, said Bender. “So we put the word out that any extra we raised would be given to the Veterans House.”

The class raised over $600 and another donor matched anything over the initial money needed for the brick. All totaled, the effort raised enough money to not just buy a brick, but to have the “Class of 1994” inscribed on the plaque at Winters Plaza and to give a sizable donation to Veterans Place.

“We were so fortunate to raise the $1,000 needed to have the class name inscribed on the plaque, but to also give a $1,000 donation to the Veterans House,” said Bender.

In July, the Class of 1994 presented a check for $1,000 to the Veterans Place in Ephrata.

“We had several members of our class who are veterans and when we found out about Veterans Place and the wonderful things that they do for homeless veterans and veterans who are down and out, it was just a no brainer that we should help, “ said Bender.

“They offer a fantastic service to our local veterans and we are so happy and pleased that our class was able to do just a little bit to help their cause and we ask that anyone do what they can to help our veterans,” Bender said.

Veterans Place has homes in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg, and now in Ephrata. They offer clean safe secure housing to veterans who are enrolled in VA homeless programs.

Their ultimate goal is to assist veterans in entering back into society with the support network and the skills necessary to retain employment.

For more information on Veterans House call 901-4054 or 1-866-794-7439.

 

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