Sunday, February 01, 2015

Montrose Lions Club establishes new fund


The Montrose Lions Club recently established the Montrose Lions Club Community Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.  This permanent endowment will assist the Lions Club in supporting various charities, non-profit organizations, and community projects throughout Susquehanna County.  The endowment can also support local government agencies, municipalities, and the public schools provided that the proposed project fits the endowment’s criteria of benefiting the community at large.  Grant applications can be submitted to The Lions Club every year between September 1st and October 31st and funding decisions will be announced by December 15th.  Applications will be available from the Lions Club or from The Community Foundation’s web site at


Tannery Place Open House

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to help spread the word about the upcoming Open House to celebrate the renovations of Tannery Place in downtown Montrose. A number of donors and agencies who have assisted Community Foundation projects or benefited from our grants are involved with this exciting project that will enhance the civic activity of Montrose.

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A Very Charitable Year

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to report that 2014 proved to be a very charitable year.  Thanks to individual, family, and corporate donations The Community Foundation received more than $1,578,000 to provide charitable and education assistance.  17 new charitable endowments were formed in 2014 to provide assistance to such worthy causes as education, land conservation, low-income housing, school districts, libraries, nature centers, public gardens, and other community projects.  The Community Foundation worked for donors from England to Texas and provided charitable grants to organizations reaching from New York City to Grosse Point, Michigan.  Overall, The Community Foundation is now managing more than $10 Million in assets comprising 175 permanent charitable endowments.

We thank our twelve corporate donors that in 2014 collectively contributed more than $865,000 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, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties.  We also helped special projects in the Montrose Area and Susquehanna Community School Districts.

The Community Foundation is pleased to assist our donors with their charitable goals.  On their behalf we are proud of our accomplishments in 2014 and look forward to continued charitable growth in 2015.  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.

NEPA Community Health Care Plans for Future



NEPA Community Health Care continues to plan for its future with the recent launch of two new financial endowments at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.  The NEPA Community Health Care Capital Campaign Fund will provide an opportunity for donors to support the immediate needs of the local health care organization as it continues to expand in response to the needs of the community.  The permanent NEPA Community Health Care Fund will allow donors to contribute to an ever-growing interest bearing account that will provide annual support for the ongoing operating expenses of NEPA Community Health Care.  Contributions to both funds are fully tax-deductible and will provide vital support for affordable health care in Susquehanna County and beyond.

NEPA Community Health Care has been serving the rural safety net population of this region for more than 30 years.  The organization’s mission is to provide exceptionalhealth care to all those who seek it.  Services currently include Primary Care, OB/GYN, Well Child Examinations,

340 B Discounted Prescription Program, and WIC (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program).  Health Centers are currently located in Susquehanna and Hallstead. The centers are poised to launch an integrated behavioral health program on December 1, 2014, providing the county with desperately needed behavioral health services. The community will be further served by a school based health center opening in the Susquehanna Community School District in December 2014.

A new facility is planned to open at Tannery Place in Montrose in 2015.  Health center services will include primary care, behavioral health, and OB/GYN services.  A two-suite birthing center for low risk deliveries will be completed in Phase 2 of the expansion. This facility will be the main provider of obstetric care and the only site for births in Susquehanna County.  The family focus of the health center will be further supported by hosting the central WIC office for the county.

The two new charitable funds administered by The Community Foundation will provide an opportunity for donors to participate in building a stronger health care infrastructure and improve the quality of life in our region.  Contributions will have an immediate benefit for NEPA Community Health Care as well support fiscal stability for years to come.  These two endowments join the current 170 charitable funds managed by The Community Foundation that benefit all aspects of life in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Tax deductible donations to The NEPA Community Health Care Capital Campaign Fund and to The NEPA Community Health Care Fund can be made online at or by mailing donations to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801.  For more information about NEPA Community Health Care please visit


Art Funding Provided to Elk Lake

ArtsMailchimpPhotoThe Elk Lake Visual and Performing Arts Fund administered by The Community Foundation on behalf of the Elk Lake School District Foundation has provided a $200 grant to assist Art Teacher Jeff Kuchak's project of students painting murals in the schools to promote the School Wide Effective Behavior Support program. The motto of the program is Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. The grant will help purchase paint, brushes, drop cloths and other material needed for the project being conducted by students in Seventh through Twelfth Grades. The Elk Lake Visual and Performing Arts Fund was established anonymously this past July by a family who lives in the Elk Lake School District and sends their children to the schools. It is intended to provide assistance to special unfunded projects in the district's Art, Theater, and Music Departments.


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