Investing in the Future on Erie Gives Day

 Erie Gives

How can you easily increase the size of your charitable gift at no cost to you? Make a donation through Erie Gives! For one day only—Tuesday, Aug. 14—gifts made online through will receive a pro-rated matching donation from the Erie Community Foundation and its sponsors.

To qualify, gifts must be made between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. using Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards.  The minimum gift is $25, but there is no limit to the amount of the donation.

Your donation will help the Barber National Institute provides services to more than 6,100 children, adults and families every year.  These services, ranging from education, behavioral health, residential, job training and placement and community integration, are bringing hope and opportunity to individuals with autism, intellectual disabilities or behavioral health challenges in our community.

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98% of every dollar on average over the past eight years directly supports programs for children and adults at  the Barber National Institute. Your gift is  improving lives through a variety of initiatives including:

  • State of the art educational programs in the Elizabeth Lee Black School helping more than 240 students from 22 area school districts.
  • A Supported Employment Program that helped 31 adults find community employment at  local business last year.
  • An Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic that opened at 1621 Sassafras Street in Erie to meet a pressing need for mental health services in the  community.
  • A $4.6 million renovation project that enhanced facilities on our main campus and in satellite locations for adults while also reinforcing our commitment to stabilizing and improving our Bayfront neighborhood.

Learn how you can invest in high quality services that will continue helping individuals and families in our community reach their potential for productive, fulfilling lives.

Questions about Erie Gives? Here is more information.

For more information, contact Laura Schaaf, Director of Giving, at 814-874-5802.  Your gift will make dreams come true.