Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition Town Hall-May 30, 2018


Join us for our Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition Town Hall Meeting-May 30, 2018 beginning at 7:30am.  The event will be held at the LCBC Church, located at 100 Main Street, Harleysville.

This important event is held every two years and gives us an opportunity to share with the community the goals and accomplishments of the Coalition. Some highlights of this year’s Town Hall include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, After dedicating his professional life to the service and protecting others, Brian Fitzpatrick was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2016 to represent the people of Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District which includes all of Bucks County and a portion of northwestern Montgomery County. His top priorities in Congress are increasing economic opportunity and keeping our nation safe.
  • The 2018 Indian Valley Character Counts! Support Card-The Support Card includes results from recent surveys of young people in the Indian Valley regarding risk and protective factors in their lives, and frequency of drug and alcohol use and abuse.
  • A facilitated conversation with youth from the Indian Valley

Please join us for this exciting event.  Breakfast will be served at 7:30 am prior to the beginning of the event starting at 8:00am.  Please RSVP by e-mailing or by calling the number below by May 21st.

Please note that space is limited to the first 150 responses.

Thank you for all you are presently doing to improve the lives of young people in the Indian Valley!




On April 28, 2018 the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition in Partnership with the Franconia Police Department and Souderton Area School District hosted a Take Back event and Cookies with a Cop at the Franconia Elementary Middle School.

Take Back Notes:  Did you know that it has been documented that over 70% of those that abuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend?  Thank you to those who participated and helped in our efforts to keeping our community safer for our youth.  Close to 100 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medicine were deposited during the Take Back Event.

Cookies with A Cop:  This is the first time we have added this event to our Take Back Day.  Children were greeted by Detective Sergeant George Moyer, Officer Glenn Kranich and Officer Timothy Boyle.  Children enjoyed cookies and lemonade and an opportunity to have a fun and friendly interaction with the officers.  We hope to include Cookies with a Cop at all Take Back Events in the future!  Landis Supermarket was kind enough to provide the cookies for the day of the event!

Special recognition to those who volunteered at this event including members of the Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition, Police Officers from the Franconia Police Department and the Principal of Franconia Elementary School, Laura Heineck.


On April 28, 2018 stop by Franconia Elementary School between 10:00am-2:00pm to dispose of your unwanted and unused prescription medicines. Drive through options are available.  Pull up, drop your medications in the box and drive right through.
This year we will be offering an additional stop for you and your child.  Stop by and say hello to one of local Police Officers with our Cookies with a Cop event.   Cookies and lemonade will be available and have been provided by our friends at Landis Supermarket!

Our partners for this event are listed ON the flyer below.  We hope to see you there!

Click this link for detailed information:  GOT DRUGS 2018 FRANCONIA

SCREENAGERS-Growing Up in the Digital Age

Join us for this program.  Open to the public!

The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition is pleased to partner with the Souderton Area School District and the Souderton Mennonite Church to offer a free screening of the movie Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age. Join us on April 4th to learn more about helping kids navigate the digital world in which they live.


Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Indian Valley Middle School Auditorium
130 Maple Avenue, Harleysville
Admission: FREE



Thank you to everyone who registered for Session II of our Strengthening Families Program.  Due to an overwhelming response, we have closed registration for Session II.  We will run the program again in the Fall of 2018.  If you would like to be added to a list for notification of those dates, please e-mail,


Strengthening Families-SFP 10-14

Registration Form can be found here:  SFP 10-14 Souderton 2018





Session II Class Dates:  February 7,14, 21, 28 and March 7, 14 and 21 from 5:30pm-8:00pm

The Indian Valley Character Counts! Coalition in partnership with the North Penn YMCA, the Souderton Area School District and Family Services will deliver their second session of the internationally recognized Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14.  The program will be offered to families in the Indian Valley for 7 weeks beginning February 7, 2018.  The program will be held at the Indian Crest Middle School, 139 Harleysville Pike, in Souderton.

Parents will build on their strengths in showing love and setting limits.  This impactful family program, developed by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will help our youth develop skills in handling peer pressure and building a positive future.

The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) has been evaluated with many hundreds of families by research institutes at Iowa State University. Analysis of data has shown positive results for both parents and their children.

  • Youth had significantly lower rates of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use compared to youth who were not in the program.
  • Youth had significantly fewer conduct problems in school.
  • Parents improved skills including building a positive relationship with their youth, setting appropriate limits, and following through on consequences.

In addition, research has shown that the skills learned and the parent-child relationships that were strengthened continue to have great influence on youth for years after they have completed the program. Many businesses and organizations in (community name) may have families participate in the SFP 10-14 program sessions, which results in more effective employees, more involved youth and a stronger community.

Do not miss the opportunity to be part of this excellent program that we are offering families in our community.  For more information or to hold a spot for our January session, please contact DonnaLea Pyrz, Program Coordinator at 215-723-3569, ext. 116. 

We are excited to bring this program to the families in our community for a second session.


Take Back Day October 28, 2017

The Take Back Day at Maplewood Estates at Peter Becker was a success!  Here are a few pictures from the event!  Thank you to Dave Springer and Detective Sargeant George Moyer for helping at the event! Our committee did an excellent job getting the flyers out to all our local businesses.  Thank you for all your hard work! We thank our community for disposing of their unwanted and unused medications…helping keep our youth, healthy, safe and drug free!


The Indian valley Character Counts! Coalition an Initiative of the North Penn YMCA assisted by the Franconia Township Police Department will be holding a prescription drug Take Back event on October 28, 2017 at Maplewood Estates, Peter Becker Community, in particpation with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County.  Your chance to get unused/unwanted prescription medicines out of your home and safely disposed of.  Help keep our community a safer place for our youth.

The links below provide the latest local and county information for the Take Back Day scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017.


Indian Valley Take Back Info                                                 Montco Drug Take Back Info


This year Landis Supermarket helped get the information out to our entire community by placing information in grocery bags!  We would like to thank Landis Supermarkets for helping us spread the word about this important event.