Monday, January 21, 2019

Susquehanna County Township Officials Establish Scholarship

The Susquehanna County Township Officials Association recently established a permanent annual college scholarship administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The scholarship will be available to graduating seniors from the six High Schools in Susquehanna County as well as graduating Home Schooled students. The award will benefit a student who has exhibited community service and who will matriculate at college to major in political science or governmental studies.

Elliot Ross, President of the Susquehanna County Township Officials Association, states: “Recognizing the need for qualified elected officials in all venues of government, and particularly at the local level, it is our pleasure to award local students who have chosen to make a commitment to our area through community service and who show promise for continuing this civic involvement in the years ahead.” Contributions to the Susquehanna County Township Officials Association Scholarship are always welcome to help enhance its value and to continue assisting future generations of Susquehanna County students. Donations may sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.grad caps

Old Forge Forms School District Foundation

old forge logoThe Old Forge School District recently established the Old Forge School District Foundation administered by Commonwealth Charitable Management, headquartered in Montrose which currently administers foundations for seven other school districts in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Old Forge School District Foundation will manage endowments established by friends and benefactors of the district to support special unfunded projects in the schools as well as college scholarships to benefit graduating seniors. Furthermore, since 2003 Commonwealth Charitable Management has administered the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program which provides funding for projects in schools throughout Pennsylvania. Funding is provided by tax credit contributions from corporations. Currently Peoples Security Bank and Trust is providing more than $11,000 to assist deserving Old Forge high school students with Dual Enrollment expenses so they may earn college credit on certain courses offered in the High School.

Those interested in learning more about establishing endowments or participating in the Education Improvement program may contact High School Principal Chris Gatto or Commonwealth Charitable Management at 570-278-3800.

Fairdale Grange Donates to Button-Weller Fund

For the second year in a row the Fairdale Grange recently made a generous $1,000 contribution to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Grange has a tradition of charitable support and with this donation the members wished to have a local impact. This charitable endowment was established in 2017 by the Button and Weller families of New Milford and Montrose to provide financial support to Susquehanna County Interfaith that provides services and assistance to local individuals and families who are being treated for cancer.

This endowment derives from personal experiences with cancer and for a number of years the families have organized a local running race to help raise funding for cancer patients. They intend to continue that event for this permanent endowment that will provide annual assistance for local families for many generations to come. The Button and Weller families extend their appreciation for this donation from the Fairdale Grange and adds that they are pleased to continue their tradition of assistance to cancer patients and looks forward to providing this assistance for many years to come.

Tax deductible donations to help build this fund are always welcome and may be sent to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org.

Button Weller 2018People in Photo Left to Right: Peter Quigg: The Community Foundation, Sandra Bennett: Fairdale Grange, Dave Hibbard: Fairdale Grange, Don Button, Emma Button, Brooklyn Button, Matthew Button

Montrose Lions Club Provides Local Grants

2017 18 presidents logo Lions ClubThe Montrose Lions Club recently provided five grants totaling more than $3,400 for local community and educational support from three of the club’s charitable endowments managed by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Montrose Lions Community Fund has provided the following three grants: $900 to the Montrose Mobile Pantry to purchase nutritious food for its mission to battle hunger in Susquehanna County, $500 to the Montrose Little League to assist with the expenses of constructing a new concession stand and press box, and $275 to Pink Arrow Arts for a children’s art program that will be publicly displayed.

The Montrose Lions Club Montrose Area School District Fund has also provided $500 to help support an 8th grade field trip to Philadelphia to visit the Museum of the American Revolution and also the National Constitution Center. Furthermore, the Montrose Lions Club has provided from the Fred Mack Memorial Fund a grant of $1,260 to Blue Ridge School District to help purchase equipment to teach CPR and Basic Life Support to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students. In addition to these three endowments the Montrose Lions Club also has the Martin Dillon Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation which provides college tuition assistance to graduates of the Montrose Area High School. Additional tax-deductible donations to the Lions Club endowments are always appreciated to help enhance their support of local civic activities and education. Donations may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

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