What is For the Cause

For The Cause is a non-profit organization with a mission to make Columbia and Luzerne counties a region of pride; where community members thrive as they live, work and play! We develop opportunities for our region to come together for a common goal through many fun events including the Santa Speedo Run. We are the parent organization of the Weekend Food Program, a weekly food distribution program for the Berwick Area School District, and the Teen Center, located in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

Meet Our Executive Board

Amy Shortlidge – Chairwoman

Damien Scoblink – Vice Chairman

Audra Briggs – Secretary

Kayla Whitmire – Treasurer

Marc Nespoli – Past Chairman (2018)

Ellen Brennan

Jacob Bremmer

Jennifer Hestor

Jessica Brown

Kari Dyer

Rebecca Reimiller Zoshak


Teresa Peters – Director, Teen Center

For the Cause is entering it’s 13-year anniversary and we cannot thank you enough for the support over the years! We have encouraged and sponsored opportunities throughout this time to engage you and yours in the community. We are appreciative of the welcoming response and contributions you have helped us create in this past decade:

  • Raising $37, 000 to support a Berwick child as she recovers from brain cancer
  • Building awareness of local health initiatives through over 20 community events, over 1000 participants, and raising more than $100,000.
  • Distributing over 200,000 meals to local families through food campaigns.
  • Contributing free snacks through our Kids’ Café program to dozens of after school programs and summer camps.

Our newest endeavor is our Teen Center. Since October of 2017, we have been providing programs and a safe space for nearly 300 teens on a monthly basis.