Investing in the Future on Erie Gives Day

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. 8—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 5,370 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 helps support the mission of the Barber National Institute.  Donations are 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 26 adults find community employment at 19 local business in 2016.
  • An Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic that opened at 1621 Sassafras Street in Erie to meet a pressing need for mental health services in the general population.
  • A $4.6 million renovation project that enhances facilities for adults while also reinforces 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.

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

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