Saturday, February 06, 2016

Matthew W. Stahl Memorial Health Center Open House and Dedication

The Community Foundation is happy to spread the word about this great local event.  Please plan to attend the dedication and open house for the Matthew W. Stahl Memorial Health Center.  

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Community Foundation Reports a Very Charitable Year

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to report that 2015 proved to be a very charitable year. The Foundation provided more than $1,250,000 in charitable and educational assistance in six states, with the majority of the assistance being provided in northeastern Pennsylvania. Families, individuals, and organizations established fifteen new charitable endowments with The Community Foundation to provide assistance to such worthy causes as assistance to local school districts and student organizations, college scholarships, animal shelters, cemeteries, and other community projects. The Community Foundation is currently managing more than $12 Million in charitable assets comprising 200 permanent endowments.

We thank our corporate donors that in 2015 contributed 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, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. This program also helped special projects in the Blue Ridge, Lackawanna Trail, Montrose Area, Mountain View, and Susquehanna Community School Districts.

In 2015 we were also pleased to begin our partnership with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association to help provide the EverFi Financial Literacy program in High Schools throughout all of Pennsylvania. Furthermore, we were proud to be recognized as the Outstanding Foundation of the Year by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as the Community Advisor of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technology Educators. We will work hard to live up to these honors.

The Community Foundation is pleased to assist our donors with their charitable goals. On their behalf we are proud of our accomplishments in 2015 and look forward to continued charitable growth in 2016. 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.

Breakfast for Life 2016 Featuring Rebecca Kiessling, International Pro-Life Speaker, Attorney

KiesslingA scholarship was established at the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains by the family of Cindi Conaty who passed away on March 29, 2010. Students from Susquehanna County are able to apply for the $1,000 scholarship by writing an essay explaining his or her pro-life stance. Please join us as we remember Cindi Conaty, her life affirming values, and pray for our country to uphold the sanctity of an unborn child’s life. The breakfast is provided at no cost. However, donations will be accepted for the Cindi Conaty Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Rebecca Kiessling, international pro-life speaker and attorney, will present. She was conceived in rape and nearly aborted. Rebecca travels throughout North America and Europe to share her story with churches, youth groups, schools, and Right to Life organizations. She is a committed advocate for the vulnerable, unborn child and has encouraged many pregnant rape victims to choose life for their baby. We invite you to attend our 4th annual Breakfast for Life.
Date: January 30, 2016
Time: 8:30a.m.
Where: Montrose Bible Conference
Lake Ave. Dining Hall, Montrose
RSVP: Contact Martha Cuomo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or contact the Evangelical Free Church of Montrose (570-278-4500)
Provide your contact information and Martha will return your call

• Featured - The Gift of Life with Gov Huckabee
• National spokesperson for Personhood USA
• Adoptee, Mother of five and Pro-life attorney
Rebecca Kiessling has been an international pro-life speaker and adoption speaker since 1995, speaking for various pro-life organizations, including right to life groups, crisis pregnancy center fundraisers, 40 Days for Life events, rallies, churches, high schools, universities, Students for Life, women’s conferences, attorney conferences, adoption events, etc., throughout North America and Europe, speaking about 75 times/year.
Politically influential, she changed the heart of Gov. Rick Perry during his presidential campaign, as well as Newt Gingrich, and many legislators across the U.S., Canada and Europe. She’s helped pregnant rape victims all around the world to choose life for their children.
She’s also an attorney, wife, and mother of 5 (two oldest are adopted,) lost 2 additional babies to miscarriage, and her 33 day old adopted daughter Cassie, who was born with special needs.
Rebecca was interviewed by one of her personal heroes, Dr. James Dobson, on his Family Talk radio program with four other members of Save The 1.
She appeared in the following documentary films: The Citizens United film, “The Gift of Life with Gov. Mike Huckabee,” the “40” film, “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless,” “Except in Cases of Rape? 12 Stories of Survival,” and “Conceived in Rape and Other Exceptions.” Rebecca has appeared on Fox’s Huckabee (which has the clip of Gov. Rick Perry), CNN’s Piers Morgan debating Gloria Allred, CBN’s 700 Club, Catholic TV’s “This is the Day,” ABC’s Good Morning America, EWTN’s Life on the Rock and Defending Life with Fr. Frank Pavone, “Facing Life Head On,” as well as the nationally-syndicated tv program “Extra.” Her story has been featured in Glamour Magazine and Marie Claire Magazine.
Rebecca is the National Spokeswoman for Personhood USA and for National Personhood Alliance.
She’s also the poster child for Feminists for Life’s ad, “Did I Deserve the Death Penalty,” author of the Heritage House ’76 pamphlet “Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope,” and the writer of, and subject of, numerous articles and blogs on LifeNews and Lifesitenews.
Founder and President of Save The 1, and co-founder and Board Member of Hope After Rape Conception.

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
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

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