Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock Forms Community Fund

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The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock recently established the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The fund is a permanent endowment that will provide grants to help support the Kiwanis Club’s various community projects. “The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock has a long tradition of supporting a broad array of local activities, and this new endowment will help the club continue that tradition and possibly expand that support,” said Rebecca Corby, club President.

The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock supports such community activities as the Tunkhannock Area School District’s Builder’s Club, reading programs for local Pre-Schools, installing community Christmas lights and providing Christmas trees to needy families, as well as the Wyoming County Safety Cupboard, the Wyoming County Resource Center, and also various youth programs at the Endless Mountains Nature Center.

“This new endowment will provide a reliable and growing base of funding that the club will be able to utilize for many generations to come,” said Peter Quigg, Community Foundation president. To help enhance its value and its granting ability, this new Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund can always receive additional tax-deductible donations, which can be sent to The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; 207 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at

Peoples Security Bank Supports Lackawanna College

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Sharon Byrne, Senior Vice President, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company; Cathy Wechsler, Manager of Corporate, Foundation, & Government Relations, Lackawanna College; Thomas Tulaney, Executive Vice President, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company; Mark Volk, President, Lackawanna College; Peter Quigg, President, The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; Sharon Yanik-Craig, Director, Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center; Kristen Noll, Assistant Vice President, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company recently provided $65,000 in assistance to the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. The donation was administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This assistance will enable Lackawanna College to continue offering environmental education field trips to K-12 students from seventeen school districts in northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2016, thousands of students attended programs at the college’s Environmental Education Center in Covington Township to learn about our natural environment and the habitats and survival skills of animals, diversity in the animal kingdom, as well as energy efficiency and conservation, among other topics.

This assistance continues a tradition of Peoples Security Bank supporting education in northeastern Pennsylvania, and since 2003 the bank has worked with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains in administering and managing its education and charitable priorities in Pennsylvania and New York. Thomas Tulaney, Executive Vice President of Peoples Security Bank, states “the bank is very pleased to assist Lackawanna College in its mission to educate our local students about our environment and how we can respect it.” Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College, points out this assistance from the bank will enable the college to continue its work on behalf of our region’s students.

Community Foundation Announces 2017 College Scholarships

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that for the Class of 2017 high school graduates there are 64 scholarships available that will provide a combined $123,000 in tuition assistance for college and post-secondary degree expenses. Furthermore, if a winner of a Community Foundation scholarship graduates from a high school in Pennsylvania and attends college within Pennsylvania there may be the potential of additional funding provided by the Pennsylvania PATH Program (Partners for Access to Higher Education). The Community Foundation is recognized as a PATH Partner by PHEAA, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

These scholarships are available to students from selected school districts in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. Following the wishes of scholarship sponsors some of The Community Foundation’s scholarships are also available to home-schooled students. To see the availability of Community Foundation scholarships please visit Scholarship applications can be completed online from February 15th until March 27th. Winners will be announced at the various award ceremonies conducted in the spring.

Bob Crimmel Memorial Scholarship Established

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the formation of the Bob Crimmel Memorial Scholarship. This permanent scholarship fund has been established by Mr. Crimmel’s family and friends. It will provide an annual award to a Tunkhannock Area High School graduating Senior who will matriculate at college or another post-secondary degree program, and who writes a winning essay about overcoming personal adversity.

For thirty four years, Mr. Crimmel taught Physical Education and Health in the Tunkhannock Area Middle School. He also coached swimming, football, and baseball. Bob was an integral part of the school district and had a broad impact on many students. With this new scholarship in his honor, the Crimmel family wishes to carry on Bob’s legacy of supporting the young people of the Tunkhannock Area School District for many generations to come.

Donations to honor Bob’s memory, and to support Tunkhannock Area students, may be sent to the Bob Crimmel Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at


Community Foundation Reports a Very Charitable Year in 2016

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to report that 2016 proved to be a very charitable year. The Foundation provided more than $1,856,000 in charitable and educational assistance in six states, with the majority of the assistance being provided in northeastern Pennsylvania. Families, individuals, and organizations established new charitable endowments with The Community Foundation to provide assistance to such worthy causes as the E.L. Rose Conservancy, the Susquehanna County Historical Society, the Elkdale Cemetery Association, NEPA Community Health Care, various Donor Advised Funds, and college scholarships for students in Pennsylvania and Florida. The Community Foundation is currently managing more than $13 Million in charitable assets comprising 216 permanent endowments.

We thank our corporate donors that in 2016 contributed toward our Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program. This helped provide tuition assistance to deserving Pre-K through 12th Grade students attending schools in Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. This program also helped support special unfunded projects in numerous school districts throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. In 2016 we were also pleased to continue our partnership with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association to help provide the EverFi Financial Literacy program in High Schools throughout all of Pennsylvania.

The Community Foundation is pleased to assist our donors with their charitable goals. On their behalf we are proud of our accomplishments in 2016 and look forward to continued charitable growth in 2017. For more information about The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains please feel free to visit our web site at or call us at 570-278-3800. We wish all a very prosperous and charitable New Year.


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