Black Belt Community Service Projects


Junior black belt candidate

Isabel rista

To help her community and the world, Isabel Rista is sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross at Mountain Valley Family Martial Arts on Monday, July 30th from 2:00p - 6:30p. You can schedule your blood donation appointment by visiting and using the sponsor code: MVFMA. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Each person who donates receives a chance to experience a New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium!


Junior black belt candidates

chance and tessa deandrea

To help sick children feel a little better while they wait to be seen in a local pediatrician’s office, Chance and Tessa DeAndrea are raising money and supplies to supply Dr. Robert Childs' office with a flat screen television, DVD player, Xbox One, gently used Xbox games, and children's movies on DVD.

Chance and Tessa are hoping our community will assist in this project by either providing a monetary donation or a donation of gently used Xbox games and/or children's DVDs.

Monetary, game, and movie donations can be delivered to the dojo or by calling (570) 233-1069 for pick up.

Here is a sampling of what we, and our students, have achieved together over the years.

Students testing for their black belt are required to design and implement a service project

  • Halloween candy collection for deployed troops and Ronald McDonald House of Danville

  • Collection for Hurricane Harvey victims

  • Collection for Divine Homeless Shelter

  • Taught an Abduction Awareness class to the community

  • Organized a food drive for Catholic Social Services

  • Annually teach self-defense to Camp Cadet & Whispering Willows Park-Recreation camp attendees

  • Donated a submersible body bag for drowning victims to maintain their dignity

  • Organized a book drive for young patients at CHOP

  • Participated in Elia's Annual Stuffies for Santa Drive for Janet Weis Children's Hospital

  • Collection for Northeast PA Pet Fund and Rescue

  • Continuously visit local schools to give bully prevention talks

  • Guitar auction to benefit the Domestic Violence Shelter in Berwick, PA

  • Participation in PA Clean Up

  • Organized a blood drive