Philanthropy, in its many forms, is an act of giving that is straight from the heart.

With this in mind, we are pleased to welcome you to the Heart of Giving Charity Storybook website, a project of the Washington County Community Foundation that has been exclusively sponsored by Community Bank.

How much do you know about the diverse charities that are helping to make an impact in Washington County? You may be surprised by the stories that will touch your heart.


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Rachel's Story

September 20, 2017 | By Brittany Johnson | Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects

Rachel Polen is a 20-year-old woman who was diagnosed as an infant with Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that effects brain development. Infants with Rett Syndrome seem to develop normally and reach the developmental milestones such as rolling over and crawling, but at about a year old, the child will start to rapidly decline, losing coordination, speech, and the ability to use their hands.

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Callie's Story

September 13, 2017 | By Brittany Johnson | Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects

Callie Rose was born at 29 weeks, weighing just 2lbs 11oz. Before her first birthday, she was diagnosed with Spastic-Dystonic-Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects all four of her limbs, making her muscles tight and causing movement to be hard and stiff. Dianna McCord, a Pennsylvania Elks Home Service nurse, has been helping Callie and her family since Callie was about 8 months old.

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