Tuesday, August 03, 2021

New Endowment Carries On Mary Jo Bayer Legacy

Mary Jo Bayer

The family and friends of the late Mary Jo Bayer of Forest Lake have established a new memorial endowment in her memory at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Mary Jo Bayer Memorial Embrace Inclusion Endowment is intended to help support organizations in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties that work to make jobs and careers accessible for people with disabilities. This continues Mary Jo’s tradition of caring that she exhibited throughout her life. She always strove to achieve social justice and peace in her community and as a special education teacher she worked to draw out the greatest potential in all her students. She was a youth minister in her church and led youth groups and confirmation classes. She was also very proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. In addition, she was also involved in various community food programs in northeastern Pennsylvania. This new endowment will carry on Mary Jo’s legacy of commitment to her community and to serve those individuals who need a little extra support. Contributions in her memory 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.

Food Pantry Establishes Endowment

The Montrose Mobile Food Pantry has recently established an endowment with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains to help with the expenses of providing groceries to local families enduring food insecurity. The endowment is intended to provide financial grants to the Food Pantry when a shortfall of donated food and household items is experienced. The food pantry, currently located at the South Montrose Community Church, has existed since 2016 when its volunteers worked out of the Montrose United Methodist Church and provided food for 75 families. The number of families served has increased dramatically over the years to approximately 250 each month, indicating a strong need for such assistance in our region. The Food Pantry provides its services on the 2nd Friday of every month from 11:30 to 3:00 regardless of weather conditions, and additional volunteers to help with the food distribution are always welcomed.

This new endowment joins the Jo Ann Warner Leonard Montrose Mobile Food Pantry Memorial Endowment at The Community Foundation that also provides assistance to the Food Pantry. Mrs. Leonard was instrumental in establishing and running the Food Pantry in its early days and the endowment in her memory is intended to carry on her legacy of caring and assistance for those in need. Both of these endowments for the Montrose Mobile Food Pantry welcome additional donations at any time to help enhance their value and augment their granting ability so that local families may continue to be less vulnerable to food shortages. Donations can be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

 Food Pantry 1

 Food Pantry volunteers

2021 Lavender Festival in Montrose

2021 LAVENDER FESTIVAL

13th Annual Julie Bush Capwell Golf Tournament

2021 JBC Golf Tournament Poster

Fairdale Grange Donates to Button-Weller Fund

The Fairdale Grange has recently provided yet another 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 local organizations that provide assistance to cancer patients from Susquehanna County.

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.

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 Donation 2021

People in Photo Left to Right: Matthew Button, Emma Button, Jeanne Button, Ben Weller, Jen Weller, Molly Weller, Don Button, Dave Hibbard and Butch Siegfried.

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