Who We Are
T he Bucks-Mont Collaborative is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fostering information and resource sharing, dialogue, and collaborative action that produce results-oriented impact on health and human services issues in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
We partner with our members and community through a range of community services, education and training, advocacy, and strategic initiatives, such as the cross-collaborative Racial Equity Learning Community.
T he Bucks-Mont Collaborative was founded in 1987 as the community’s response to the health, wellness, social and financial concerns of older adults and those in need of long-term care. Incorporated as the North Penn Long Term Care Consortium, volunteer members supported the coordination and communication of services and resources so that those in need knew where to go for help. The Consortium updated its name in 1997 to the North Penn Interagency Consortium, and again in 2003 to the Greater North Penn Collaborative for Health and Human Services, reflecting its expanded work and services, membership, and geographic footprint.
In 2005, the Collaborative received a large, federal grant to help steward the development of a low-income dental clinic for the community, addressing a large service gap. Today, HealthLink is a free dental clinic serving uninsured, low-wage earning adults and military veterans in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and operates as its own 501c3 organization. Soon after, the Collaborative partnered with (then) North Penn United Way to launch VITA, offering this Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to low and moderate-income working families in our region, with millions of dollars of impact. In 2007, the Collaborative began dues-based membership, increasing investment and capacity to undertake new community programs and projects.
In 2014, the Collaborative started its now seven-year-strong Trauma Initiative, partnering with Lakeside Global Institute and funders such as the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Foundations Community Partnership, and the PA Link to build community knowledge of trauma and its behavioral and health impact.
In 2015, the Collaborative became the Bucks-Mont Collaborative to welcome the growing membership of Bucks County, PA in its work. Today, the Bucks-Mont Collaborative is comprised of diverse social sector organizations and community-minded businesses with a shared commitment to advancing dialogue and action around community impact.