Saturday, April 29, 2017

Montrose Minutemen Receive Generous Bequest

Minutemen LogoThe Montrose Minutemen Ambulance service recently received a generous bequest from the estate of David Mitchell of Franklin Township who passed away in November of 2015. Jim Krupinski, Director of the Minutemen, commented that the ambulance company was surprised and honored to receive this gift. It seemed a strong vote of confidence in the work the ambulance company performs in the local community. Rather than spend all of the donation at once the Board of Directors of the Minutemen elected to transfer the gift to the Montrose Minutemen Fund managed by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Minutemen established this permanent endowment in 2011 with the intention that it would provide assistance for ongoing expenses as well as special projects. In December 2015 a grant of $65,000 was provided to help with the expenses of a new ambulance to serve our area.

The recent gift from Mr. Mitchell’s estate will help enhance the value of the Montrose Minutemen Fund to help retain its long-term benefit. Mr. Mitchell’s gift will benefit our community for many generations to come. David Mitchell was born in Sanford, Maine and was predeceased by his wife Barbara in April of 2015. He had a talent for boat and motor repairs and was a certified and authorized repairman of Johnson and Mercury products as well as Lawn-Boy and Briggs & Stratton engines. His care and concern for the Montrose area is evident in his generosity to the Minutemen Ambulance service. His legacy will carry on for many years. Donations to the Montrose Minutemen Fund are always welcome and can be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients Established

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the formation of the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients. This permanent charitable endowment has been established by the Button and Weller families of New Milford and Montrose to provide financial support to organizations in Susquehanna County that provide 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 new endowment that will provide annual assistance for local families for many generations to come. Dr. Jennifer Button-Weller points out that her family is pleased to continue their tradition of assistance to cancer patients and looks forward to working with local organizations to provide this assistance for many years to come.

Donations to help build this fund to assist local families 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.

Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock Forms Community Fund

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The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock recently established the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The fund is a permanent endowment that will provide grants to help support the Kiwanis Club’s various community projects. “The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock has a long tradition of supporting a broad array of local activities, and this new endowment will help the club continue that tradition and possibly expand that support,” said Rebecca Corby, club President.

The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock supports such community activities as the Tunkhannock Area School District’s Builder’s Club, reading programs for local Pre-Schools, installing community Christmas lights and providing Christmas trees to needy families, as well as the Wyoming County Safety Cupboard, the Wyoming County Resource Center, and also various youth programs at the Endless Mountains Nature 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 Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community 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.

Peoples Security Bank Supports Lackawanna College

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Sharon Byrne, Senior Vice President, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company; Cathy Wechsler, Manager of Corporate, Foundation, & Government Relations, Lackawanna College; Thomas Tulaney, Executive Vice President, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company; Mark Volk, President, Lackawanna College; Peter Quigg, President, The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; Sharon Yanik-Craig, Director, Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center; Kristen Noll, Assistant Vice President, Peoples Security Bank and Trust Company

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Company recently provided $65,000 in assistance to the Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center. The donation was administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This assistance will enable Lackawanna College to continue offering environmental education field trips to K-12 students from seventeen school districts in northeastern Pennsylvania. In 2016, thousands of students attended programs at the college’s Environmental Education Center in Covington Township to learn about our natural environment and the habitats and survival skills of animals, diversity in the animal kingdom, as well as energy efficiency and conservation, among other topics.

This assistance continues a tradition of Peoples Security Bank supporting education in northeastern Pennsylvania, and since 2003 the bank has worked with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains in administering and managing its education and charitable priorities in Pennsylvania and New York. Thomas Tulaney, Executive Vice President of Peoples Security Bank, states “the bank is very pleased to assist Lackawanna College in its mission to educate our local students about our environment and how we can respect it.” Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College, points out this assistance from the bank will enable the college to continue its work on behalf of our region’s students.

Community Foundation Announces 2017 College Scholarships

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that for the Class of 2017 high school graduates there are 64 scholarships available that will provide a combined $123,000 in tuition assistance for college and post-secondary degree expenses. Furthermore, if a winner of a Community Foundation scholarship graduates from a high school in Pennsylvania and attends college within Pennsylvania there may be the potential of additional funding provided by the Pennsylvania PATH Program (Partners for Access to Higher Education). The Community Foundation is recognized as a PATH Partner by PHEAA, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

These scholarships are available to students from selected school districts in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. Following the wishes of scholarship sponsors some of The Community Foundation’s scholarships are also available to home-schooled students. To see the availability of Community Foundation scholarships please visit www.community-foundation.org. Scholarship applications can be completed online from February 15th until March 27th. Winners will be announced at the various award ceremonies conducted in the spring.

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