Bridge Builders Community Foundations

Bridge Builders Community Foundations Week of Giving

“The hope of a better, stronger community.”

Bridge Builders Community Foundations (BBCF) was founded on April 30, 1975. The first discretionary fund was created within the Venango Area Community Foundation portfolio in June 1976 by Galena Rew Harrington and Mary E. Rew, both of Franklin, who were two local community volunteers who wanted to make a difference.  They started that initial endowment with a gift and trust transfer totaling almost $80,000. Today that endowment still exists as the oldest continued endowment in Bridge Builders Community Foundations’ portfolio, and distributes approximately $5,000 annually to local causes every year.

The Venango Area Community Foundation changed its name to Bridge Builders Community Foundations in 2006 and created affiliates to serve the Venango, Clarion, Forest and most recently Punxsutawney area to leverage assets, fund management, and giving. It took a long time to evolve as a community foundation, and to become the umbrella foundation serving our four area affiliates. Through economic hardships, staff changes, and social impact over the years we have been able to uphold our values and stay true to what we were founded on 40 years ago.

What’s new for 2018?

Bridge Builders Community Foundations will reveal a new look in March 2018 to increase the excitement for its week-long online fundraiser. The community foundation partnered with Contributary, an online Giving Day platform headquartered in State College, PA, to help host the next Week of Giving slated for the week of March 19 to March 23, 2018.

“The initial Week of Giving in 2017 was a success and we look to build on this next year. The inaugural Week of Giving in March 2017 raised $105,000 for 88 nonprofits and BBCF Funds serving Clarion, Forest, Venango and Jefferson counties. Inspiring and cultivating giving in our area is a key component of the Community Foundation, “said Trenton Moulin, executive director of Bridge Builders Community Foundations.  “The Week of Giving is an exciting, secure way to give and impact our community.  This partnership with Contributary will offer a safe, secure and scalable process to connect with donors before and during the Week of Giving this coming March. ”

How to get involved

Nonprofits interested in participating in next year’s Week of Giving are asked to visit and sign up for updates, or connect with Lauren M. Lupinacci, BBCF program manager, at (814) 677-8687 or Registration will begin in January and a marketing boot camp will be held in early February.

Residents interested in volunteering during next year’s Week of Giving are asked to connect with Lauren M. Lupinacci, BBCF program manager, at (814) 677-8687 or




Venango County Human Services Mission
“To assure the safety of our customers,
To preserve their families,
And to enhance the quality of their lives.”


Who Are We?

Venango County Human Services is a branch of county government that is managed by the Venango County Commissioners. It is directed by a Human Services Administrator who works with categorical and system directors and managers to ensure that a comprehensive continuum of high quality services is available to qualifying residents of Venango County.

Venango County is among the 30 counties in the Commonwealth that are part of the Human Services Block Grant. This grant serves as the catalyst for the overall redesign of the Human Service operations. While the county continues to work within the regulatory parameters of the traditional categorical systems our focus is to move away from disability-oriented systems of care to a structure based on Life Stages. The stages include: Children and Families; Emerging Adults; Adults; and Older Adults.

Our Focus

Our shift in focus to Life Stages supported the delivery of integrated service coordination and aided us in the development of partnerships with non-traditional providers like community supports, the faith community, businesses, and more. Monitoring for service providers, evaluation, and quality improvement are all based on the Life Stage orientation as well. The main purpose of this change was to ensure individuals and families are safe and secure in the lease restrictive setting. Through our successful integration, we have enabled county residents to heal, grow, and recover by receiving services that are demonstrated to be appropriate, cost effective, accessible, and that meet an assessed need.

One of the biggest changes to the Venango County Human Service operations was the institution of the Protective, Intake and Crisis Response Unit (PIC Unit). This one-door unit carries out all intake processes for all county-funded services. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to: investigation of all allegations child and older adult abuse reports; mental health interventions; all crisis situations; and more.

Community Support

Venango County Human Services directly manages the categorical systems that offer services for: Older Adults, Children and Youth, Mental Health and Development, Substance Abuse, and a variety of programs collectively managed by our Community Supports Services team (CSS).  We also partner with Mercer and Crawford counties to directly manage the HealthChoices Program, under the auspices of the North West Behavioral Health Partnership, offering behavioral health services collaboratively between the three counties. Venango County contracts with a large number of community service organizations to provide prevention and treatment assistance to county residents.

About this Website

This website is designed to serve as a resource/reference guide for the services and supports that are available within Venango County.  The information is organized by Life Stages that include: Children and Families; Emerging Adults; Adults, and Older Adults.  Drop down boxes further categorize the services from prevention level services (drop-in centers) to very high levels of support (inpatient care).  The higher the level of service is rated, the more likely that medical necessity or other qualifying criteria must be met in order for the services to be accessed.  In addition to listing the services that are available by Life Stage, additional information is provided regarding Community Support Services, Housing Services and Transportation supports.

Department Contacts

Human Services Administrator – Kim Woods

Deputy Human Service Administrator – Systems – Marie Plumer

Deputy Human Service Administrator – Service – Amie Wood-Wessell

Children & Family System Manager – Bethany Cloonan

Children & Family System of Care – Luann Hartman

Children & Family Service Coordination In House Services– Courtney Hartle

Clinical Manager – Traci Kaufman

Adult & Emerging Adults System of Care – Kim Woods

Adults & Emerging Adults Community Services – Marie Plumer

Adult & Emerging Adults Service Coordination – Kim Woods

Older Adult System of Care – Michelle Tarr

Protective, Intake and Crisis Unit – Jake McVay

ID Administrative Entity – Amy Aikins

Quality Assurance/HIPAA Compliance – Kay Koyack

Housing Unit Manager – Pat Owoc

Resource Communication Officer/211 Supervisor – Loni Beer

Categorical Contacts:

Older Adults Service – Michelle Tarr
Children and Youth Services – Luann Hartman
Community Supports Services – Kit Woods
Mental Health/Developmental Services – Kim
Substance Abuse Services – Marie Plumer





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