Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Claverack establishes endowment fund for technical education programs


Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative has funded an endowment that will provide annual grants to support career and technical education programs in Bradford and Susquehanna counties.
The cooperative established the endowment, the Claverack Education Fund, through the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains as a means of providing annual financial support to the Northern Tier Career Center in Towanda and the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center in Springville.
“Technical education is an important sector of the local labor market, and one that we rely on here at Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative,” said Claverack President and CEO Bobbi Kilmer. “We are very pleased to support technical education efforts in the region through the creation of this permanent endowment.”
Through the endowment, the Northern Tier Career Center and the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center will each receive a $1,000 grant annually to offset costs associated with participation in SkillsUSA programs.
SkillsUSA is a career and technical education organization offering training programs to high school and college students who are preparing for careers in technical, skilled, service and health occupations. The organization conducts educational programs, events and competitions through which students can develop occupation and leadership skills.
Representatives of the two career centers and the foundation celebrated the establishment of the endowment fund during a visit to Claverack’s Wysox headquarters building Sept. 11. The career centers had each received a check for $1,000 from Claverack earlier in the year.
“Claverack’s generous gift helps school districts at a time when budgets are very tight,” said Dr. Alice Davis, executive director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center. “This is all about giving back to students, and we really appreciate the cooperative’s support.”
Elizabeth Frankhouser, director of the Northern Tier Career Center, also commended Claverack for its commitment to local high school students who are preparing for careers in technical and skilled fields. She noted the grant money will enable additional students to participate in future SkillsUSA events and competitions.
The Claverack Education Fund is being administered by the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a non-profit financial organization that manages funds used to provide assistance to local nonprofit organizations.
“We were pleased to be able to facilitate the creation of the Claverack Education Fund,” said Peter Quigg, Foundation president. “It allows us to continue our partnership with industry and education in northeastern Pennsylvania and to have a role in helping students from throughout the Endless Mountains region who are participating in technical training programs.”
As with all Community Foundation endowments, the Claverack Education Fund can receive additional tax-deductible contributions from the general public to help enhance its annual support of local students and their education. Contributions can be sent to the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains at 270 Lake Ave., Montrose, Pa., 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.
A member-owned, non-profit utility, Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative provides electric service to approximately 18,000 meters in Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Tioga, Lycoming, Sullivan, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
The Northern Tier Career Center provides vocational-technical education to students who attend Athens, Sayre, Towanda, Wyalusing, Northeast Bradford, Canton, Troy and Sullivan County high schools.
The Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center’s career and technical education programs are available to students who attend Blue Ridge, Elk Lake, Lackawanna Trail, Montrose Area, Mountain View, Susquehanna Community and Tunkhannock area high schools.  The career centers also provide occupational training programs to adult learners.

Photo:  Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative officials mark the establishment of the Claverack Education Fund with representatives of the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, Northern Tier Career Center and Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center during a ceremony at the co-op’s Wysox headquarters building Sept. 11. On hand for the celebration are, from left, Bobbi Kilmer, Claverack president & CEO; James Luce, Claverack board of directors chairman; Peter Quigg, president of the Community Foundation; Dr. Alice M. Davis, executive director of the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center; and Elizabeth Frankhouser, director of the Northern Tier Career Center.

Women Helping Women in the Endless Mountains

WHWlogoMARIA2smallWomen Helping Women is a charitable fund that was created when founding member Judy Ventresca decided to dedicate her salary from her final year of employment to address the needs of women in the Endless Mountains.  The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains made it possible for Judy to share her vision and create a fund that will provide perpetual assistance to local women.  Since its inception, 67 individuals and 19 businesses have joined together in this vision.

Members of Women Helping Women are helping us make a lasting difference in our community.  Local women face many obstacles.  Some are unique to the area and some are universal to women across the world.  Each year, Women Helping Women makes grants to local organizations that are working to alleviate those issues locally.  Our annual grants target areas such as health and wellness, education, economic self-sufficiency, personal safety, leadership and professional development.  Every donation helps us provide this valuable assistance.

The Women Helping Women Fund has grown rapidly in value with donations and pledges in recent years. Since 2012, we have raised over $63,000! We are now able to provide more assistance than ever, and the amount we grant will never decrease.  As a fund of the Community Foundation, we will be able to grant five percent of the fund’s value every year and that amount will continue to grow. 

This year, we were able to provide grants for agencies that focused on health, wellness and work place preparation. The grant recipients include Care Net, Tigress, Interfaith and Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast PA. Each agency has expressed gratitude to those that have collaborated in their efforts to bring about positive change and transform lives.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2014, we were fortunate to partner with Endless Mountains Health Systems and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation for the Get a Screening Give a Screening project.  In 2015 we want to once again raise awareness and encourage women to get their breast cancer screening.  Screening is vital to early detection, which dramatically increases survival rates of this devastating disease.  For some women, cost can be a barrier to getting the screening that may save her life.  For the month of October women in Susquehanna County can now get that screening thanks to EMHS, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, and our generous donors.  We can sponsor over 60 women this year! 

Get a Screening - Call now to schedule your screening at Endless Mountains Health Systems.  There are no cost or low cost screenings available, but you must make an appointment. First come, first served.  Please call (570)278-3801 ext. 1120 and ask to speak with Valerie Brewer to register for a screening.

Give a Screening – For a tax deductible donation of $200, you can sponsor a woman from Susquehanna County to get a screening. 

The Women Helping Women Leadership Committee invites you to attend our annual Women Helping Women networking brunch. Your contribution and support will make a difference in the lives of many women and young girls in our community. Together we can work to raise awareness of the unique struggles that women face, raise funds to provide them with the opportunity to succeed, and raise hope as we show our support.

This year, our annual event will be held on October 3, at 10:30 A.M. at the Community Foundation.  Please plan to join us and learn about each of our grant recipients.  Your sponsorship is critical in helping women and young girls achieve autonomy, financial security, and wellness. If you have any questions regarding the Fund or brunch, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains at (570) 278-3800.  Donations can be mailed to the Foundation or made online www.community-foundation.org

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AARF To Protect Animals

AARFAARF if you want to protect pets and wildlife. Non-profit organizations that shelter and rehabilitate homeless pets and wildlife can now receive financial support from AARF; the All Animals Rescue Fund established by Melanie and Bob Diehl of Oakland Township and managed by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This permanent endowment can provide assistance to animal shelters and rehabilitation centers throughout the United States, something the Diehls care about deeply. From sheltering abandoned cats and dogs to treating injured wildlife AARF can help defray the expenses of such organizations.

The Diehls have a true concern for animals and this new endowment is their way of providing long-term assistance to organizations whose mission it is to protect animals. Bob and Melanie point out that “our passion is to help the homeless, abandoned, injured, neglected, and abused animals. All of our pets over the years have been rescues and we currently have five cats and two dogs. We have talked about doing something like this endowment fund for many years, and fortunately we are now in a position to be able to create it.” As with all the charitable endowments managed by The Community Foundation, AARF can receive additional tax-deductible donations from those who share the Diehls’ concern. The enhanced value of the endowment will provide greater support to animal rescue shelters. Donations can be sent to AARF at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Community Foundation Congratulates 2015 Graduates

 collegekidsdiplomas500The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains extends congratulations to the seventy-two students who will receive tuition assistance from college scholarships that are administered by The Community Foundation.  More than $85,000 will be provided to graduates from thirteen high schools or career and technology schools in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties.  Furthermore, The Community Foundation’s participation in the Pennsylvania PATH program will allow students who matriculate at Pennsylvania colleges to be nominated for potential matching funding.  The Community Foundation thanks the donors who have established these permanent scholarships and wishes good luck to all the scholarship recipients on the next phase of their education.  For more details about the scholarships and their recipients please visit the Scholarship section of The Community Foundation’s web site at www.community-foundation.org.

Vitale Scholarship for Adult Students Now Accepting Applications

Vitale2College Seniors and graduate school students who will complete their studies during the 2015-2016 academic year are encouraged to apply for The John J. & Ann Vitale Scholarship at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The scholarship is available to alumni from the six school districts in Susquehanna County who are in their final year of college or graduate school and who have incurred student debt. The award for 2015 is $2,000 and if undergraduate students attend college within Pennsylvania they will be nominated for potential matching grants.

Students are encouraged to apply now online.  The deadline for completed online applications is July 1,2015. The scholarship recipient will be chosen during the summer to ensure timely payment directly to the college so that the student may make appropriate financial plans.

John Vitale passed away in March of 2006, after a lifetime of supporting his community and neighbors. This scholarship is one way his family has chosen to honor his memory and continue a tradition of community support.




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