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Health & Wellness: Meet Winning Wellness Participants Chris and Janice Verone

  The Varone’s started their wellness journey with Berks Encore after Chris recovered from heart valve replacement surgery. He was looking for an opportunity to continue his cardiac rehabilitation, so he and his wife Janice joined the Healthy Steps in Motion Class. The class focuses on building body strength, increasing flexibility and improving balance. Each…

Volunteer Spotlight: M&T Bank fosters volunteering and teamwork to support the local community
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Volunteer Spotlight: M&T Bank fosters volunteering and teamwork to support the local community

Local businesses play a significant role in fostering volunteering and teamwork within the community. Berks Encore and its volunteers pack and deliver more than 600 meals every weekday, requiring a dedicated team to ensure deliveries. Many of our volunteers are retired but we also have several employees from local companies that juggle their commitment to…

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City of Reading 275th Anniversary Time Capsule to be buried in City Park

WHAT:  A time capsule to commemorate the 275th Anniversary of the City of Reading will be buried in City Park in conjunction with the dedication of a tree for Arbor Day. Contents of the capsule include items from 275th Anniversary partners, city departments, local businesses and organizations. There are also postcards to future residents of…

The Meaning of Giving Back
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The Meaning of Giving Back

Volunteer Spotlight Tiffany Billingsley has been volunteering with Berks Encore (Meals on Wheels) since 2021. She grew up in Sebastian, Florida and attended Florida State University. She is happily married to her husband Chad, and has a son named, Brooks. Tiffany has been volunteering for her entire adult life and can’t remember the last time…

Retired Couple’s Commitment to Community
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Retired Couple’s Commitment to Community

Volunteer Spotlight Rick and Joellen Roebuck have been volunteering with Berks Encore since 2012. They are a retired couple from Bern Township who have shared their time as volunteers with a number of local organizations. Rick volunteered for Big Brothers Bigs Sisters and was the Assistant Scout Master for a local Boy Scout Troop for…

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Joanne McCarthy’s Wellness Journey to Living Well with Diabetes

Joanne came to Berks Encore after sustaining a very life-threatening heart attack and extensive heart surgery.  She was informed that her heart valves were damaged due to her diabetes.  That news gave Joanne the motivation to make a commitment to take charge in managing her diabetes.  In October Joanne joined our Living Well with Diabetes…