BOO, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit. Our mission is to promote community mindedness, altruism, and volunteerism through fundraising efforts, sponsorship of training and event planning and development. We maintain an active partnership with Child Hunger Outreach Partners, which is also a 501c3. In 2021 we voted to establish a homeless prevention contingency fund to serve individuals and families in Bradford County who would otherwise fall through the cracks because they are ineligible for other grants or housing programs.
BOO, INC. was founded as a spin-off of the Wysox Haunted House, which provided safe, family friendly Halloween fun while serving as a fundraiser for a local EMS agency for over twenty years until that ambulance station closed in 2019. In the last few years of operation, the haunted house developed into a large community event, providing a platform for other non-profits and small independent businesses to connect with the community. In addition, in 2016 it started a special event, Halloween for Hunger, which collected non-perishable food items, bar soap, and toilet paper for distribution to local food pantries. The addition of basket and 50/50 raffles afforded an additional opportunity to support other local non-profits in the community, and traditionally all of the proceeds from the raffles were distributed to a non-profit chosen by the haunted house committee each year. The organization is comprised of over 60 volunteers, including a volunteer executive director who handles the day to day operations in conjunction with a Board of Directors, all of whom are also volunteers.
BOO, INC. volunteers have been working hard on maintaining the existing relationships already established with local businesses through the haunted house. In addition, they will work on developing new partnerships with local businesses (for profit and non-profit) to support growth and sustainability.
Benefits of partnership include, but are not limited to:
Current fully invested partners include the Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) and Wysox Fire Company, two local non-profits whose commitment to the haunted house project has been demonstrated through their ongoing support over the past several years. The Law Firm of Niemic, Smith & Pellinger has offered their legal services at no charge to our organization, Dandy Mini Marts, Inc. continues to sponsor our annual volunteer pizza party, and Fulmer Recovery & Transport, Inc. has once again offered to sponsor staff shirts for our volunteers.
Austin Cook Homeless Prevention Contingency Fund
This newly established fund was started with the permission of the family as a memorial donation given to BOO, Inc. on behalf of Austin Cook, who died of the flu at the young age of just four years old. Austin is the son of Robert & Amber Cook, and the brother of Averie, Eva, and Aza. His family reports that Austin was very special, was always happy, full of life and loved life. His mom states that he was extra special and she knew he was destined to do big things. It is a great honor and privilege to start this fund in his name, and hope that he is cheering us on from above. If you would like to donate in his memory, you may send a check made out to: Building Outreach Opportunities, 5757 Herrickville Rd, Wyalusing, PA 18853. Please note "Austin Cook Fund" in the memo line, or click on the link below and specify Austin Cook Fund in the note section.