Sunday, August 30, 2015

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

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


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