Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Coronavirus Assistance Fund Established

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A new charitable endowment has been established at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains to help ease difficulties local families are experiencing due to the Coronavirus epidemic. A group of concerned citizens have established the Susquehanna County Coronavirus Assistance Fund that will be able to provide financial assistance to local agencies and non-profits that provide such services as food and fuel assistance, transportation expenses for medical appointments, and assistance with rent and utility expenses. An influx of requests for such assistance is anticipated by local assistance agencies in the coming weeks, and this charitable endowment is intended to help provide financial support to budgets that are stretched thin or have already identified their expected assistance projects for the year. Additional donations to the Susquehanna County Coronavirus Assistance Fund are certainly welcome and can be made here or sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801. The hope is to ease the economic shock to vulnerable local families and all assistance is welcomed very much.

 

VIA to Change Afternoon Schedule to Provide Learn at Home Opportunities for Students

Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, VIA Public Media will change its afternoon television schedule from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to air programs that can provide learn-at-home opportunities for students.

Each program airing during this block will have curriculum and additional resources that parents and educators can use for students in grades 4-12. Prior to 1pm children VIA will continue to air PBS kids programming, which is educationally minded for children pre-kindergarten through grade 3. All resources can be found free of charge at wvia.org. This schedule has been designed to help school districts bridge the digital divide and provide access to learning for all students at home regardless of access to computers or the internet.

Monday’s programming includes the programs NOVA: Look Who’s Driving at 1 p.m., which investigates the self-driving car and its impact on society. Life from Above: Changing Planet at 2 p.m., which views the changing landscape of Earth from space. At 3 p.m. VIA will air Nature: Yosemite, which takes a deep look into how climate change is affecting the national park. The upcoming schedule and curriculum for the first week of programming can currently be found at wvia.org with future weeks’ schedules and resources being posted to the website within the coming days.

“VIA aims to educate and inspire through quality programming and services; we hope that this change can better serve the families and school districts throughout Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley,” said Chris Norton, Senior Vice President of VIA Public Media.

“We want families to know that they are not alone during this time and that time at home can be spent learning together,” said Kirsten Smith, Grants & Education Officer at VIA Public Media. “From Nature and NOVA to insightful documentaries, VIA and PBS have hundreds of hours of learning opportunities for students at all grade levels”.

WVIA-TV can be found on over-the-air antenna on channel 44 and on all major network providers in Northeast Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. WVIA carries PBS Kids programming all day on its second channel 44.2, corresponding educational resources for PBS Kids programming can also be found at wvia.org.

VIA Public Media Mission:
VIA Public Media educates, inspires, entertains and fosters citizenship, diverse cultures, and perspectives to nurture community.

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Women Helping Women Announces Available Grants & Annual Brunch

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The Women Helping Women Fund of The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management, Inc., is now accepting grant applications from local nonprofits that serve women and girls of the Endless Mountains.

Women Helping Women is searching for existing programs that serve one of their funding priorities:
• Promoting economic self-sufficiency
• Education
• Women’s Health
• Serving women and girls in crisis situations
• Leadership

The deadline to submit grant applications is March 13, 2020.
Grant awards will be distributed at our annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:30 to noon, at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.

RSVP by April 15, 2020, if you will be attending the brunch. Suggested donation for the catered brunch is $20. Reservations can be made by calling 570-278-3800 or by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wyoming-Sullivan County Bar Creates Scholarship

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management headquartered in Montrose, is pleased to announce that the Bar Association of Wyoming and Sullivan Counties has established a college scholarship to assist local students. The Wyoming-Sullivan County Bar Association Scholarship is a permanent endowment that will provide college tuition assistance to students who will major in pre-law, criminal justice, or sociology. Students from Elk Lake, Lackawanna Trail, Sullivan County, and Tunkhannock Area High Schools will be eligible to apply for the scholarship. Online applications can be found at The Community Foundation’s web site at www.community-foundation.org. Tunkhannock Attorney Thomas Daniels states that “the Bar Association is very pleased to assist our local students in this fashion as they embark upon their journeys to continue their education.”

M&T Bank Supports Old Forge Education

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management headquartered in Montrose, is pleased to announce that through its Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) M&T Bank recently provided $2,500 to assist Old Forge School District students attending the Finance Park program of Junior Achievement. The Finance Park addresses such topics as budgeting, career choices, wages and taxes, investing, credit and debt, among various topics of financial planning so important to today’s students.

Peter Quigg, President of The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, adds that an affiliated School District Foundation has been established by Old Forge called The Foundry Fund. The intent of this school district foundation is to manage assets to assist special unfunded projects in the Old Forge schools. In the past students have also benefitted from assistance to attend Dual Enrollment classes from Lackawanna College and the University of Scranton which earn them college credit while attending High School. More can be learned about The Community Foundation at www.community-foundation.org.

 

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People in Photo Left to Right:
Peter Quigg, President The Community Foundation
Ryan McGowan, Vice President| Government & Institutional Banking| M&T Bank
Noah Katz, Chairman The Foundry Fund
Megan DiBileo, Secretary The Foundry Fund
Ryan McBride, The Foundry Fund
Erin Keating, Superintendent Old Forge School District

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