Mission Statement: The Great Valley Community Organization helps build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.

September Newsletter 2016
What's In This Issue?

Did you know you could put GVCO on your United Way donor form?

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Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to GVCO whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support GVCO every time you shop, at no cost to you. 

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and designate GVCO as your charity.

Are you interested in having your locally owned business highlighted in our "Business Sponsor Spotlight?"  

In each newsletter, we highlight one of our GVCO banner sponsors.  O ur banner advertising campaign is an opportunity for local businesses to have their company name and logo prominently displayed on a banner at the Great Valley Community Organization Community Center on Bacton Hill Road. GVCO is an 100% volunteer organization that hosts over 1,200 children and their families for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, football, clinics, and summer camps. The Great Valley Community Organization is a 501(c)(3) so all donations are tax deductible. The banner rental cost is (3'x5' in size) $250 per year (for 3 years) if you supply the banner or $300 per year if GVBL creates and purchases the banner. It is a tremendous opportunity for your business to gain exposure within the community and assist an all volunteer organization that serves the area. 

For more information
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The GVCO Board of Directors continues to closely monitor all of our programs and has been very pleased with the success of the various activities.  As we approach the end of the GVCO fiscal year on September 30th, the benefits of quarterly board reviews of program revenue and expenses are clear.  GVCO is once again expecting to have a solid financial year, even with the addition of new programming.  Thanks to all of the volunteers who devote countless hours to ensure we can offer the best possible programs to the Great Valley community. 

Like all community organizations, GVCO is always seeking volunteers willing to offer their time and talents to help us better serve the community.  Please contact GVCO  if you can provide volunteer assistance, particularly in these areas of need: 
  • Youth Volleyball - Assistance to help grow access to youth volleyball activities
  • Programming for Adults 55+ - Assist GVCO and Surrey Services to establish programming of interest
  • Communications - Assist GVCO in our effort to deliver our messages more effectively to the community
GVFL Fall Festival

Sunday October 2nd
12:00-3:00 pm.
Bacton Hill Rd.

The Fall Festival, hosted by the Junior Patriots Football and Cheer teams, is a day of good old fashioned fun for the entire family!  All community members are invited to the football practice field located behind GVBL for an afternoon of carnival games, inflatables attractions, relay races and much more!  Special guests include the GVHS varsity football and cheer teams.  The festival has grown into a popular family event...you won't want to miss it!

Wristbands are $15 each and will be available the day of the event.
Registration Now Open:

Competitive Cheer

Winter Basketball


Steps 4 Hope 5K Run
Sunday October 16

Charlestown Day
Saturday October 29

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Foundation Great Valley
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Duane Milne Office
50+ Expo/Winter Clothing Drive
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September 2016 

The Importance of Community Partnerships

The Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO) is constantly seeking out partnerships in the community to create synergies, benefiting both the cooperating groups and the residents in the area.  GVCO is pleased to highlight two of these community partnerships in this issue.

Steps4Hope was established in 2014 in loving memory of Great Valley High School graduate Jonathan Moules.  The non-profit organization has been tremendously effective in providing community access to programs educating our students, families, and community in an effort to prevent and understand substance misuse and the disease of addiction.  In the first few years Steps4Hope has raised over $100,000, used to support community access to relevant educational programs, prevention strategies, and resources.  The Third Annual Steps4Hope 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday October 16th at Ridley Creek State Park.  Part of the proceeds will go support GVCO.  Join us on October 16th to support a great cause.

Charlestown Day 2016 will be held on Saturday October 29th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the newly renovated Charlestown Park.  The Charlestown Township Parks and Recreation invite the community to attend the grand opening of the Charlestown Park with vendors, food trucks, live music, and kids activities.  There are still opportunities for sponsors and vendors to participate, and additional volunteers are welcome.  Proceeds from the event will benefit GVCO.  We look forward to seeing you on October 29th.               

Tom Curran
GVCO Board Member
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Our 2016 season is off to a great start! 

The 2016 Great Valley Junior Patriots are off to a great start! We are in our seventh year of offering youth football and cheer programs and the kids are loving it.  This year we are fielding six tackle football teams and three sideline cheer teams as part of the Bert Bell Football League and have over 60 children participating in our in-house flag football and cheer program.  We are lucky enough to have the GVHS field as our home location and it always brings a smile to see our younger players taking the field for the first time in full equipment! The children will play four home games during their eight week season and we invite everyone to come out and cheer them on! Click here for our schedule.

GVFL parents and volunteers will be hosting a fun evening of BBQ, Beer and Bingo on Saturday September 24th. Please consider coming out in support of our programs.

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Caring Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers.

Caring Hands, a student run foundation,  was created for the purpose of raising funds for those persons, families or organizations in our community who have suffered some catastrophic event.
The foundation will be looking for new members at the middle and high school levels soon. If you know a parent or student who would like to get involved in this great program, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Registration is now OPEN for winter basketball league.

Registration is now OPEN for the 2016-2017 GVBL Winter Basketball League, for boys & girls in grades 1 through 8. The fee is $140 for registrations received on or before October 7th, with a $25 late fee for registrations received after that date.  All teams will practice one night per week, and games are typically Friday night through Sunday afternoon during the regular season. A majority of the 3/4 Boys games will be Friday or Saturday nights. Only   online registrations will be accepted.   
Our High School League, for grades 9th-12th, and our Junior Hoopsters Program, for preK-K, will begin registration in late October. More information will be coming soon.

We will once again be offering our t-shirt sponsorship program for local businesses. Look for information coming soon.

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Great Valley Crew opens their season on October 15th.

Taste of GV 2016

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Registration in OPEN for Patriots' Competition Cheer.

Registration is now open for Great Valley's Competitive Cheerleading teams.  Accepting registrations for all athletes 5-16.  These teams presented a very strong showing along the competitive circuit last season and we assure you we will not fall short this season!  We are looking forward to seeing new talent and can't wait to grow these remarkable teams!  If your athlete is interested but still not sure, please register to get on our contact list. Parents and athletes can attend the first meeting and more more about the program before making a committment. 

Our program is aimed to be recreational.  We compete in 6+ local competitions (less than an hour away) and one over-night.

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A sample of Surrey Services programming.

Here is an example of a current Surrey Services program:

Legacy Memoir
Mondays, September 12-26, 1:45pm-3:15pm
How do we preserve the memories and the special stories of our rich and full lives for ourselves, our families and loved ones?  Join Debra Leigh Scott, Founding Director of Hidden River Arts, for this writing workshop which guides a deep exploration of memories and events of your life for the creation of a memory piece for yourself and your family!  
GVCO and Surrey Services look forward to offering vibrant programming for Great Valley 55+ residents in the near future.

  Check Out Surrey's New Website!

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GVVL Camp 2016
Continued success for the Great Valley Volleyball League program

Once again our summer volleyball camps were a huge success, with over 100 players working with Coaches Kassie Bellaver, Samuel Ellis, and Seely Byer.  The Great Valley Volleyball League (GVVL) is looking to expand youth volleyball programs in the community, but this can only happen if there are volunteers willing to help with coaching/instruction and program administration.  If you are interested in helping grow local youth volleyball opportunities please e-mail GVVL.  


The GVVL program has clearly made a significant positive impact on the Great Valley School Direct Girls Volleyball Program.  Come out and support the GVHS Girls Volleyball Team this season! 

GVHS VBall Team 16
2015 GVHS Volleyball Season Highlights:
  • 20-3 Record
  • Ches-Mont American Division Champs
  • 2nd Place District 1
  • Qualified for States
  • 2 GVVL alumna named first team All Ches-Mont 


A special "Thank You" to our business sponsors!

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GVCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Great Valley Community Organization | [email protected] | http://www.gvco.org
19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: (610) 990-6168