Sunday, April 19, 2015

Kiwanis Club Forms Community Service Fund

Kiwanis LogoThe Montrose Area Kiwanis Club recently established a Community Service Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The fund is a permanent endowment that will provide grants to the Kiwanis Club each year to assist with the club's various community projects. "The Montrose Area Kiwanis Club has a long tradition of supporting a broad array of local activities, and the new endowment will help the club continue that tradition and possibly expand that support," said Sam Arnold, club president.

The Kiwanis Club organizes and finances an annual Christmas toy collection drive that last year provided toys for hundreds of local children. The club has also established two Bringing Up Grades programs in the Montrose Area Elementary Schools, sponsors four youth clubs in the Montrose Area and Elk Lake schools, and helps finance the GROW program for Elk Lake girls. A Kiwanis parade and party is an annual Halloween event for local children. The club also supports local American Legion baseball and sponsors a Little League team. Other beneficiaries of Kiwanis Club contributions include the county library's Blueberry Festival, Christmas in Montrose, the Montrose Restoration Committee, Interfaith's Bountiful Blessings, and the Women's Resource 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 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 www.community-foundation.org.

Community Update on Susquehanna County Recreation Center

RecThe non-profit organization titled “The Susquehanna County Recreation Center” has been seeking support from community members. Recently, a graduate of the Mountain View School District has donated to the organization in a unique way.

Melinda Bennett (Owens) has a degree in visual arts with a minor in graphic design, and when she heard about the recreation center project, she offered to help in any way she could. She has her own graphic design company, Brilliant Mix. She reached out to the board of directors and asked if they were in need of a logo.

The President of the Board, Ashley Kilmer, commented on the donation and its impact. “Mindy is a talented graphic designer and when she offered to help we were very happy. Having a professional offer to donate his or her services will be an essential part of our organization’s success. The best resource in this county is people and the highlight of this donation is that Mrs. Bennett took what she had to offer and gave it to the Susquehanna County Recreation Center. I hope that other people will do the same and see that a person does not have to have a great deal of money to help. We are searching for people who will just simply give what they have. Nothing more, nothing less.”

The Susquehanna County Recreation Center (SCRC) is excited to see the community’s support continuing to grow. Financial support has been received from the 21 Hoops organization, Ray Wilmarth, Terry Wise, and another anonymous donation. Over $8,000 has been raised so far. This total of financial support has come from over 20 different organizations or individuals many of which are municipalities and school districts.

Another big announcement is that there has also been two different land donations offered. One parcel from the New Milford Borough and one parcel from Cecil Kilmer. These properties are being explored to see if they will be suitable for the recreation center.

Also, the Susquehanna County Recreation Center organization is conducting a survey to evaluate the needs and wants of the county for a recreation facility and they would really appreciate your input. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TW7HVJD

You can find also the link to the survey on some school district websites.

In the next few months the SCRC is looking to raise $15,000 in order to file for their own 501 (c)(3) status, launch a website, get professional drawings of the facility, and also begin their "Jump Start" which will being in the upcoming months.  Donations to benefit the Susquehanna County Recreation Center may be sent to The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or can be made online at www.community-foundation.org.

You can keep up with the progress of the SCRC by “liking” their Facebook page titled “Susquehanna County Recreation Center”. If you are interested in being involved in this project in any way, please contact Ashley Kilmer by email or phone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (570) 280-6263.

Frontier Supports Community Foundation with Pre-K Scholarships for Education

Frontier Pre KFrontier Communications is donating $2,500 to The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains in Pre-Kindergarten scholarship support for children to attend Pre-Schools throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. The scholarship funds are part of Frontier's participation in the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (PA EITC) and will provide an opportunity for eligible children to receive Pre-K tuition assistance.

The PA EITC program offers tax credits to eligible businesses contributing to a state-approved scholarship organization, an educational improvement organization, and/or a pre-kindergarten scholarship organization such as The Community Foundation. The businesses may direct their donations to specific organizations from a list of eligible participants listed on the PA EITC website.

For the 2014-2015 academic year Frontier donated $300,000 overall through the PA EITC program to support scholarships for private education including pre-kindergarten, and educational improvement initiatives approved by the state.

Wyoming County United Way Forms Endowment

WYO United WayThe Wyoming County United Way recently established a sustaining endowment at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.  This permanent endowment will provide annual support to the United Way for its operational and administrative expenses so that more proceeds donated to the United Way may be directly used for its charitable and community activities.  As United Way Executive Director, Kristen Huff points out, “if more of our daily administrative expenses can be supported by this endowment, that means that more of our capital campaign donations can have a direct benefit for our member agencies.”  The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains has administered three similar endowments for the support of the Susquehanna County United Way for more than ten years and in that time substantial financing has been provided for daily administrative expenses.  Community Foundation President, Peter Quigg, adds that “by working together our local charitable organizations can achieve a much greater impact for the quality of life in our region.”

The Wyoming County United Way always welcomes donations to help in its mission of supporting local charities and non-profits.  Now, if a donor chooses to do so, tax-deductible donations may also be sent to The Community Foundation to enhance the value of The Wyoming County United Way Endowment so that daily operating expenses are met.  For more information about The Wyoming County United Way and its member agencies please visit www.wyomingcountyunitedway.org. For more information about The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains visit www.community-foundation.org.

People in Photo Left to Right:

Robert Brown: United Way Board Member

Peter Quigg: Community Foundation President

North Branch Land Trust Endows Howland Preserve

 

 

Peter Quigg, President, The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains,

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The Board of Directors of the North Branch Land Trust recently established the Friends of Howland Preserve Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains.  This permanent endowment will provide annual support for the Land Trust’s Howland Preserve located on the Vosburg Neck of the Susquehanna River near Tunkhannock.  The estate of Mr. Ernest E. Howland bequeathed his family’s 669-acre estate to the North Branch Land Trust in 2003 which has maintained the property and made it accessible to the general public for hiking, picnicking, boating and general passive outdoor recreation.  The property includes two miles of riparian forest along the Susquehanna River as well as mature conifer and mixed forests.  A 100-year-old barn and two pre-1900 homes exist on the property along with remnants of the historic Pennsylvania & New York Railroad and North Branch Canal. The Friends of Howland Preserve has been formed to maintain this valuable and historic property and this new endowment will help provide permanent financial support so that future generations may enjoy the property.

In addition to this new endowment for Howland Preserve, The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains also administers The North Branch Land Trust Endowment which was formed in 2010 to help support the Land Trust’s stewardship expenses of conserved properties in the Endless Mountains region.  Both permanent endowments can receive additional tax-deductible donations to help increase the support they provide to North Branch Land Trust and to the Howland Preserve.  Donations may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.  To learn more about North Branch Land Trust and The Howland preserve please visit www.nblt.org.

People in Photo left to right:

Maureen Whipple, Doug Wilson, Peter Quigg, Paul Lumia, Sarah Carr, Barb Romanansky, Ali Wilson, Lori Bogedin

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