Beth Beans Gilbert, left, presents the first year’s portion of the $100,000 pledge to Kimberly Cambra, executive director of CB Cares.

CB Cares, a local nonprofit that serves as a catalyst among community leaders, agencies, businesses, schools and families to improve the quality of life in Central Bucks, has received the first year’s donation – $50,000 – of a two-year pledge of $100,000 from the Fred Beans Automotive Group to fund programs that enrich the lives of our community’s young people.

The Beans organization was among the state-wide firms who qualify for tax credits in fiscal year 2011-2012 for their contributions to scholarship or educational improvement organizations through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). This is the third time CB Cares has received EITC funding from the automotive group.

CB Cares will put the funds toward programs within the community that are built around the 40 Developmental Assets, the Search Institute’s nationally acclaimed research-based framework.

“The Assets are qualities, attitudes and behaviors essential to raising successful young people,” says Kimberly Cambra, executive director of CB Cares. “They are the foundation to build upon during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.”

CB Cares Asset-building programs include
•    Boomerang Youth Recognition Award program (recognizes students who model the behavior of one of the 40 Assets)
•    The Backpack Newsflash
•    Y2C (Youth to Community Arts Events)
•    Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
•    Prom Partners
•    Parent Connections
•    Safe Driving Contract for new drivers and their parents
•    ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) Prevention
•    Parent Education Workshops

“We believe the strength of a community lies in how we, as parents and responsible adults, raise our children and give them the tools to become caring, thoughtful and responsible in their turn,” says Beth Beans Gilbert, vice president of the automotive organization based in Doylestown. “CB Cares’ programs reflect our values, and we’re pleased to be able to help this local organization’s efforts.”

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