Cera-Met Community Outreach
In 2016, Cera-Met began the mission of getting more involved in helping our community by focusing on a new fundraising goal each quarter. We strive to keep our focus on a cause that is relevant to those in our Cera-Met family as well as sending funding to local organizations.
Below are some of our accomplishments to date.
2019 4Q - Charitable Projects - Bethlehem Police Dept
Our 4th Quarter fundraiser will be to benefit our Local Bethlehem Police Department.
The Police Department is involved with several charitable events each year that directly benefit our local community. These events range from providing Thanksgiving dinner for New Bethany Ministries to buying toys and gifts for the children in the local hospitals for the holidays. This fund is their Charitable Projects fund and we know that giving to this fund will make a large impact. We are grateful for the work our local Police Department does for Bethlehem and are excited to support their charitable giving efforts this quarter.
2019 3Q - Sassy Massey Smiles Foundation
Sassy Massey Toy Drive!
Sassy Massey Foundation toy collection is not just a Christmas event - it’s one that can bring joy to children affected by pediatric cancer throughout the year by providing the children with toys as they undergo their cancer treatments.
As Jillian (Sassy) Massey was undergoing treatment herself, she had this idea of giving toys to the other kids in the hospital as they went through their own treatments. It helped them to feel less scared and the toys were a distraction that gave them a little something to look forward to on their hospital visits.
We were excited to join with the Massey family again to help bring some Sassy Massey Smiles to the kids during Q3 2019!
2019 2Q - Mercy School For Special Learning
Mercy School For Special Learning provides all children and young adults with special needs the best opportunity to reach their utmost potential, both academically and in life, which is an expression and extension of the Catholic Church’s mission to promote the Gospel and sanctity of human life.
They promise to love, respect, and treasure each unique individual; use academics, activities, and community engagement to build life skills and confidence; and provide a safe, nurturing, and spiritual environment.
They are located in Allentown, PA.
Cera-Met raised funds for this great organization by conducting a hoagie fundraiser through Yarnall’s Subs and Sandwiches, and proceeds from our ice cream sales.
2019 1Q - New Bethany Ministries
New Bethany Ministries is an interfaith, non-profit organization with its main location in Southside Bethlehem, PA. With 13 full-time and 5 part-time staff members, New Bethany Ministries mobilizes community partnerships, relies heavily on volunteers, and practices sound fiscal stewardship to impact almost 7,000 people annually.
This organization is home to many in need throughout the Valley, and additional sites in Bethlehem, Allentown, and Coplay allow the organization to magnify its Valley-wide impact. Their basic services provide food support, hygiene support, wellness programming, transitional housing, permanent affordable housing, and financial case management to individuals and families who are working toward self-sufficiency.
Cera-Met's 1st Quarter fundraiser was a food drive to help replenish New Bethany Ministries' food pantry. As always, Cera-Met employees donated generously and, with Cera-Met's 50% match, we delivered a truckload of supplies in April 2019!
2018 4Q - Sassy Massey
Jillian (Sassy Massey) was a carefree, spunky and spicy, gymnastic loving 5 year old with determination and strength like no other! But in April 2016, she was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in her brain and spine and began treatment right away.
She spent many days in CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) and, while she was there, she developed a mission: she wanted her friends at CHOP to have toys for the holidays. In September of 2016, the Sassy Massey Toy Drive was started with 2 goals in mind.
1. To spread awareness that only 4% of all government funding goes
toward pediatric cancer research. This number is tragically low, and we
want to spread awareness, to create a much needed change.
2. They also wanted to spread Jillian’s infectious smile! And what makes a
kid smile? Toys!!!
The drive started with a modest goal of 50-100 toys, but with the generous gifts from people like you, they were able to far exceed that goal and deliver thousands of toys and gift cards, creating miles of Smiles. In December 2016, Jillian personally delivered more than 3,000 toys that had been donated from friends, families, and strangers through an Amazon wish list.
Unfortunately, Jillian's battle ended in December 2017 when she passed away, but her vision continues to grow and the mission to help children in her honor is what sparked Cera-Met to help.
Through an amazing outpouring, Cera-Met was able to donate lots of toys in time for the Holiday Season. Keeping the donation local, we were able to donate the gifts to the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital through the Sassey Massey Smiles Foundation.
Thanks to all who donated and gave to this amazing organization.
For more information about this organization and how to donate, please visit: .
2018 3Q - Peaceable Kingdom
Cera-Met's 3rd Quarter 2018 fundraiser was to benefit a local animal shelter in Allentown, PA
Peaceable Kingdom is a no-kill shelter. They do not euthanize animals except in cases of unacceptable aggression or incurable illness. Their mission is:
To provide care, protection, and assistance to animals who are mistreated, injured, abandoned, or otherwise in need.
To offer low-cost veterinary services providing all pet owners a place to get care for their pets
To minimize animal overpopulation through low-cost spay/neuter clinics.
To create community awareness and gain support of animal needs through educational efforts.
Continue to expand their facility for cats and dogs.
We held an ice cream fundraiser to raise money for this amazing organization. Who doesn't love ice cream???
With the help of our generous employees and Cera-Met's 50% match, we were able to donate funds to help this organization continue to provide the veterinary service and loving care to animals in need.
Thanks to all who donated!
2018 2Q - The Chemo Bag
Cera-Met Connect sold Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars for $1.00 each to benefit The CHEMO Bag!
The CHEMO Bag Inc., in partnership with the generosity of our community, is committed to providing gift bags filled with items to provide comfort to the men and women in the Lehigh Valley undergoing chemotherapy treatments. It was started by Leah Walia and her daughter Michelle, to give back to the community.
Leah is a breast cancer survivor who went through 2 surgeries, 6 rounds of chemo, 33 visits to radiation therapy and a year's worth of Herceptin infusions. “I understand the emotional and physical pain of cancer treatments. I understand the fear that follows you every day, even when you have been told you are 'fine'.”
Any newly diagnosed cancer patient coming to the infusion center for the first time is completely overwhelmed with many emotions as they enter. They experience feelings of anxiety, fear (what side effects will I get? Will it hurt? How long will I be there? Etc.), frustration and sometimes even anger. After we get them settled for treatment and make sure they are comfortable, we surprise them with the gift from the "THE CHEMO BAG"! Every patient is thrilled, excited and overwhelmed with appreciation. They love looking through the bag to see what treasures they will find. They are so appreciative of the kindness that someone would do this for them!
A limited number of infusion centers in the Lehigh Valley can participate due to the limitations of donations to go around. Every dollar raised by Cera-Met was matched 50% and went directly to The CHEMO Bag!
Every dollar makes a difference!
2018 1Q - Food Drive for New Bethany Ministries
Through the month of February, Cera-Met collected non-perishable food items and toiletries to help New Bethany Ministries of Bethlehem PA.
New Bethany Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit agency devoted to providing opportunities for a secure future to the hungry, homeless, poor, and mentally ill of the Lehigh Valley.
In 2017, New Bethany raised sufficient funds to renovate a two-story garage into a new, choice based food pantry that will provide more fresh food to more people more often.
Cera-Met matched donations at 50%, and delivered all items to New Bethany in mid-March, in time for the start of their 2018 Spring Hunger Campaign!
2017 4Q - Adopt a Family
This holiday season Cera-Met Connect has teamed with one of our employees and his family in St. Thomas, to help those there who were affected by the hurricanes earlier this year. Two families were selected for our Adopt A Family program, and in addition to employees buying gifts and donating money towards items, we also collected new and gently used clothing to send to St. Thomas. We appreciated the considerable response and contributions of our employees!
2017 3Q - Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital
Cera-Met Connect has revisited the Lehigh Valley Children’s Hospital as the focus of our 3rd quarter fundraiser.
Last year one of our employees battled prostate cancer. Throughout his
treatment, he saw many children also battling cancer and was moved by the struggles they and their families faced.
We had a wonderful result to our fundraiser last year, and this year we almost DOUBLED the total amount raised through cash donations and the sale of Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars. All of the funds were used to buy items from The Children’s Hospital Wish List. Along with gifts donated by employees, the items were delivered to the hospital on October 27. Cera-Met thanks everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success!
2017 2Q - Drug Abuse Awareness
Cera-Met wants to help bring awareness to the growing problem of drug abuse among teenagers and adults. This fundraiser, we are teaming up with Partners for a New Beginning.
This organization was started a few years ago in Nazareth, PA by a group of parents who have had children affected by drug abuse and addiction, specifically around heroine and opiates. Contributions will be directed toward helping launch a school program to bring awareness to the dangers of these drugs, and alternatives for dealing with pressure and stress in life.
Six years ago, our fellow employee, Kerry Rogers, lost his daughter, Lea, to drug addiction. It is in her memory that we’ve chosen this foundation and cause for our focus, to help the fight against drug abuse.
To help raise funds for this cause we sold 50/50 Cash Raffle Tickets , lids for quarts of water ice from Rita's on Union Blvd, and we held our 2nd Charity Cookout Luncheon where food and drinks were available for a donation amount of choice. It was another wonderful success! A special thanks to Fastenal for donating water bottles for everyone!
2017 1Q - Make Butter Better
Julian (aka "Butter"), an employee's 12 year old son, was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy treatments in Philadelphia. Our 1st quarter fundraiser was to help with costs associated with medical expenses, travel and lost income.
Throughout February we sold t-shirts and bracelets with "Team Butter" and "Make Butter Better" logos, and purple ribbons for Hodgkin Lymphoma. On March 17th we hosted a company cookout where Cera-Met donated food and drinks in exchange for cash donations of any amount employees wanted to contribute!
Employees wore their t-shirts, bracelets and ribbons for a chance to win a gift basket, and all of the proceeds went toward the fundraiser. It was a great success and a good time was enjoyed by all! Special thanks go out to our employees Julio Hernandez for printing the t-shirts and Dave Strunk who donated a signed football and jersey from the Philadelphia Eagles!
2016 4Q - Adopt a Family
Cera-Met Connect once again turned the focus close to home. In past years we’ve worked with local organizations to participate in the Adopt a Family program. This year for our final fundraiser of 2016, we adopted our own Cera-Met families!
Through nominations, 12 children of our employees were adopted and it was a wonderful success! Employees brought gifts and donated funds, then we invited volunteers to come together and have fun helping wrap the presents. Together we helped create Happy Holidays at Cera-Met!
2016 3Q - Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital
For our third quarter, we discussed turning our focus to Prostate Cancer Awareness since one of our own employees battled this disease this year and is gratefully in remission! Throughout his treatment, he witnessed many children also battling cancer and was moved by the struggles they and their families endured. For this reason, our fundraiser was for the Lehigh Valley Children's
Hospital. We still felt it was important to create Prostate Cancer Awareness, so in addition to the fundraiser we created a display of information on early detection, treatment, as well information regarding a free prostate cancer screening taking place in the area that month. For the fundraiser we focused on raising money to buy items on the hospital's Wish List. We teamed up with Gertrude Hawk to sell chocolate bars to help raise funds. Some employees donated needed items directly, which was in addition to the money raised. A team from Cera-Met delivered the purchased items to the hospital.
2016 2Q - Multiple Sclerosis
The focus on Multiple Sclerosis was part of our second quarter fundraiser. We wanted to again be able to help one of our own, as one of our employee's son is afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. In trying to find a locally based organization that he may have ties to, we were left empty. While he is associated with various groups, they are all national.
Cera-Met decided the best way to keep the funds local was to help him directly. We found his ramp for their family van was in need of repair. At his current stage of his struggles with MS, he is in a wheelchair in order to commute, and the repair of the van would greatly help provide assistance. We teamed up with a local popular convenience store to sell vouchers good for hoagies, and with cash donations and a 50¢ on the dollar company match, it was a great success!
2016 1Q - Autism
Our first quarter fundraiser focused on Autism Awareness, as one of our employees has a son with autism. When we approached our employee with an offer to help with whatever needs he may have, he directed us to send the funds to a local organization called Live, Learn and Play that helps children with autism and one that he works with personally. He helped us raise funds by printing the autism puzzle piece design on socks, which were then made available for employees to purchase. All proceeds from the sale were matched 50¢ on the dollar by Cera-Met and many employees simply donated cash outright. Below are photos of our employee, Frank Dealba, wearing the socks to his boxing match he won! A team from Cera-Met delivered funds in person to Live, Learn and Play.