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Montgomery Township Donates $7,500 to Historical Society, VNA-Community Services

Tony Di Domizio

Thursday, August 14, 2014 • 7:00pm

The Montgomery Township Historical Society and Visiting Nurse Association-Community Services received some much-appreciated boosts from Montgomery Township this week.

Supervisors unanimously approved Monday night the donation of $6,000 to the historical society and $1,500 to VNA.

“From time to time, the board acknowledges certain nonprofit organizations that benefit the residents here in Montgomery Township, and traditionally, we do give out donations to the VNA Human Services and our own historical society,” said supervisors Chairman Joseph Walsh. “We do appreciate the work that you do.”

Richard Cirko, executive director of VNA-Community Services, based in Norristown and Abington, said the nonprofit has been serving township residents since 1919.

The nonprofit, he said, provides in-home services to its clients, including personal care and home support to elderly and disabled patients in their homes. It also has a children’s health clinic, where nurses provide well and sick visits to children on medical assistance, he said.

“The biggest impact we have on Montgomery Township residents is our personal navigator program. This is one portal access and enrollment program, where we assist individuals who are struggling to receive benefits that they need to sustain themselves in their homes,” Cirko said.

He said VNA took on the role of certified application counselors for the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s a lengthy process. We are there to help those struggling with the application itself and who are struggling to make ends meet,” he said.

The contribution was wonderful, he said.

“We appreciate your ongoing support,” he said.

Richard Roller, president of Montgomery Township Historical Society said the nonprofit organization should not be confused with the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Its headquarters is the Knapp home at DeKalb Pike and Knapp Road.

“We use that house to store artifacts from the township, and we give tours of the house,” Roller said.

Montgomery Township Historical Society, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, takes pride in its community presence. Roller said the group will be participating in the September Community Day event at William Maule Park at Windlestrae, as it has in the past.

“We try to maintain a little sense of history in this township,” he said. “It’s especially appropriate this year, since we are celebrating 300 years of township existence.”

Walsh said the historical society was “a great partner” to the 300th Anniversary Committee.

“We appreciate all you do for the township,” Walsh said.

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