Giving back, Oct. 14

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The Univest Corp. of Pennsylvania has donated more than $485,000 so far this year to youth education and wellness initiatives through its Committed to Local giving program. The Souderton company also has launched a financial literacy initiative that will help teach local high school students about important financial concepts through a new media learning platform. The program will be offered at Bensalem High School, Spring-Ford Senior High School and Quakertown Community High School. Giving through the Committed to Local program accounted for about half of the $850,000 total that Univest has donated to charitable causes this year.

Essentials Salon & Day Spa of Doylestown raised more than $800 for Hope Cuts, a beauty industry fundraiser for cancer and HIV/AIDS research and treatment. Employees gave haircuts and manicures in exchange for customer donations.

Customers at Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets donated more than $717,000 to two in-store efforts to fight hunger during September’s Hunger Action Month. Customers were asked to donate $1 at checkout for local food banks, raising $561,883. The stores also raised $155,900 through customer purchases of $10 hunger-relief boxes filled with food items for local pantries. Recipient food banks include Philabundance and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley.

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