Kiwanis Club Forms Community Service Fund
The 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.