Sunday, August 02, 2015

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

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.



Art Show and Sale to benefit the Wellness Arts Center

WellnessArtsCenterAmong the 185 charitable endowments currently administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is the Wellness Fund intended to provide support for the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center in Montrose.  We are pleased to help spread the word about an upcoming fundraising Art Show and Sale to benefit the Wellness Arts Center. The Opening Reception will be this Friday April 24,  4:00-9:00pm.  The annual art show at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center will feature fine art prints by Clarissa Plank and drawings by Christopher Loomis.  Clarissa graduated from Montrose High School, attended Ithaca College and went on to earn a MFA in printmaking from New Paltz University.  Christopher has an arts degree from Ithaca College and works in pencil, charcoal, pastel and conte media.  Christopher will display his waterfalls series as well as portraiture collection while Clarissa will mainly be offering her unique insect series.  Information about the artists can be found on their websites,  and .   Clarissa and Christopher’s art will be on display until May 16, Friday-Sunday, 12-5; weekdays and other times by appointment at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose, , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 570-278-9256.

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

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

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

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.


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