Week of Giving campaign starts today

The Neilltown Church building rehabilitation project will be part of the Week of Giving effort which begins today.

Bridge Builders Community Foundations will launch its Week of Giving campaign today, which will allow donors to support numerous non-profit organizations in Venango, Clarion and Forest counties.

The Neilltown Church building rehabilitation project is part of the fundraising effort as well as the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry and the Mill Creek Coalition.

Neilltown Church

The Neilltown Church building is a simple 1842 two-room former church building located at 2638 Neilltown Road, Pleasantville, in Harmony Township in northwestern Forest County.

Since 2004, it has been owned by the non-profit Oil Region Alliance which has been gradually rehabilitating this historic structure while also hosting summertime Sunday afternoon live musical performances.

Contributions received for the Neilltown Church building rehabilitation through the Week of Giving are being earmarked to add an electric baseboard heating system, interior storm windows, and attic insulation, according to the Oil Region Alliance.

Venango Museum

The Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry will participate in the first Week of Giving event hosted by Bridge Builders Community Foundations.

The Week of Giving event kicks off at 8 a.m. today and runs until 11:59 p.m. Friday. People may make donations online at http://www.bbcfgives.org.

Betsy Kellner, executive director of museum said the museum has set a fundraising goal of $1,500.

The museum has been operating for 56 years and preserving Venango County and Oil Heritage has been its main mission, Kellner said.

Mill Creek Coalition

The Mill Creek Coalition, in conjunction with the Headwaters Charitable Trust, is participating in the Week of Giving hosted by the Bridge Builders Community Foundations on March 20-24.

The coalition has worked for more than 25 years to restore Mill Creek to a viable fishing stream. Many sites in Clarion and Jefferson counties have passive treatment systems in place to alleviate the effects of acid mine drainage. To maintain the work already completed, a fund has been established for continued monitoring of the water quality and for operation and maintenance of the systems.

The goal in the Week of Giving event is $10,000.