Media Releases

April 2020

Faith-based group feeds hundreds every week |

Organizers and volunteers get together every week to help folks in Columbia and Montour Counties.

August 2015

AGAPE celebrates its 6th Annual Palooza Event

AGAPE takes to the streets in Bloomsburg to celebrate its 6th anniversary. This year the event hosted over 80 craft and food vendors, had live performances by Raven Creek, Randy Fisher, and the Evansville Gang.

Crowd eats up free produce

AGAPE's new Fresh Express giveaway is promoting healthier living in Bloomsburg. AGAPE has partnered with Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to offer fresh produce on a weekly basis to area residents.

May 2015

Another man's treasure

AGAPE volunteer Mark Rusanowsky is a wired, 21st Century techie who works with technological garbage. You know, those outdated computers and servers, printers, keyboards, mice, DVD players, cameras, and phones that we retire to various kitchen drawers and yard sales. And because he sees the value inside each of those now useless items, he wants you to give all that stuff to him. Standing in an area filled with over two dozen plastic bins and cardboard containers, Mark describes a process that starts with a staging area where donations are first evaluated for usefulness. Devices with a future are identified for families in need, resale, or reuse, and everything else heads to the unsorted workspace area where he and other volunteers open them up and "get the good stuff" as Mike describes it. After a few more steps, Mike and his team of salvagers have separated ABS plastics, scrap metal, mother boards, processors, hard drives, fans, motors, CPUs, non-magnetic metals, and wiring into their own bins. And what once required users to pay someone to take away their formally new technology is now a valuable collection ready for a second life. But working inside tight spaces and carefully removing small parts is not easy. Safety is key throughout the various reclamation steps. Gloves, glasses, and even grounding wrist straps are required to protect workers from sharp edges and still dangerous power supplies. Yet when the finished product is weighed by thousands of pounds, finding responsible buyers is a challenge. Add gas or mailing charges to deliver the recyclables, and costs add up. Increased donations would make the difference. Dropping off your devices at AGAPE help the community, give senior citizens and those completing community service hours valued goals, repurpose for those who need, and keep this type of hi-tech junk out of landfills. AGAPE's e-cycling also meets eligibility requirements for Green Grants, which in turn would help expand this fledgling program and let recycling outlets know we have the product and the amount they want. So, Mike is looking for volunteers. Right now, about six men are the recycling team, but that number is growing. Yet, "We still need more hands, the labor," Mike says. And he is offering a generous schedule to those who want to help. "Any day of the week except Wednesdays and any time," generally describes his offer. Those interested can contact Mike at 570.956.9770 or at

December 2014

AGAPE to Provide Warmth and Fellowship

Bloomsburg, PA (December 2014) - AGAPE announces the beginning of Project Frozen: Sharing the Warmth, a project to assist people in need with a place to get warm at the AGAPE Center, 19 E. Seventh St., Bloomsburg, during the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Sunday, beginning Jan. 5 until about March 15. Volunteers will act as hosts and hot coffee, cocoa, tea, soup and other refreshments will be available. The only qualification for those wanting to warm themselves is they must be alcohol- and drug-free. They may stay as long as they wish. Anyone who would like to be a volunteer host is asked to call John Karsher, 570-854-6141 (1) to sign up for a shift: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. and 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.

June 2014

AGAPE receives $15G to help people

AGAPE is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund (BHWF) of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation.

March 2014

Raise the Region helping non-profits

A massive 30-hour online fundraising campaign organized by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Central Pennsylvania supports non-profit groups from Lycoming, Montour, Columbia, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties.

January 2014

Charity offers overnight spot to stay warm

As temperatures continue to stay in the single digits, AGAPE plans to open its headquarters to anyone who needs warmth.

September 2012

Volunteers honored for flood recovery efforts

Bloomsburg was one of the areas hardest hit by the flood of September 2011, with many homes and businesses devastated by flood waters. One year ago, thousands of volunteers came together to help the community.

March 2013

16 Salutes: Eileen Chapman and AGAPE

Newswatch 16 salutes a woman and the non-profit, faith-based program she oversees.

December 2011

AGAPE Center helps families in need

With Christmas just days away, many families are struggling to buy presents to put under the tree.