Stop the Bleed
The initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation (WCCHF), Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Trauma Services. Together these organizations are continuing to train and certify organizations, schools and students in Wyoming County and other parts of the northern tier.
An informational presentation with hands-on training and certifications was provided to all. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives.
Funding for this initiative at Lackawanna Trail was provided by the WCCHF from a modest grant through Peoples Security Charitable Foundation. WCCHF's Executive Director, Shealynn Shave, noted "Providing teachers at the Lackawanna Trail as well as the entire 9th grade student body with the basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. We are thankful to partner with funders such as People's Charitable Foundation so we can not only complete the training today but will also be able to train the entire 9th grade class and equip each classroom of the school with emergency medical packs. We are very fortunate to continually partner with Commonwealth Health Tyler Memorial Hospital and Commonwealth Health Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Trauma Services on this important initiative to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and community."
Wyoming County Community Health Foundation's Golf Tournament
The Wyoming County Community Health Foundation (WCCHF) recently held their annual golf tournament at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort in Tunkhannock. Event sponsors for the tournament included: Cabot Oil & Gas, Tunkhannock Auto Mart, Kintner Modular Homes, Tunkhannock Ford and Claverack REC. Proceeds from the tournament will go directly to community health and wellness programs in Wyoming County. Thank you to all of our golfers, event and hole sponsors, Shadowbrook and community members for making this tournament a success!
Come and stop by our booth at this year's Founders' Day in Tunkhannock from 10am to 4pm! This will be our kickoff event for the Foundation's Annual Raffle! Stop by and see us and make sure to enter yourself in to win some amazing prizes!
Over the course of the 2018 year, committee members have simplified the Foundation's grant application, updated our By-Laws and Operating Plan and has established an Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. Shealynn has attended a Grant Making Forum where she spoke to members of our community about nonprofit grant making opportunities. She also attended the NEPA Healthcare Foundation's Grant Awards Ceremony where the Foundation received a $3,500 grant towards our FoodPlay Program.
This year we reaffirmed relationship status with partners such as the Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater, AllOne Charities in partnership with NTIEC, Tyler Memorial Hospital, and HANDS of Wyoming County. Currently, local residents are benefiting from Chair Yoga at the Dietrich as well as Dual Diagnosis Forums, NTIEC is reaching out to hundreds of local students focusing on healthcare careers, and Tyler will be able to vaccinate residents that are uninsured or underinsured. The Foundation also provided the Bradford & Wyoming Counties Literacy Program a grant towards their Health Literacy for Adult Educators. Also a grant was provided to the Ronald McDonald House for their establishment of a Family Room in the First Hospital. Lastly, the Family Care Physician Recruitment Program has completed its third year. Just last year, the physician started offering a primary care walk-in clinic at Tyler Memorial Hospital. The walk-in feature was added to meet the increasing demand of patients who do not have a primary care physician or who need a checkup but do not have an appointment. Overall for this fiscal year, we have awarded $46,700.00 in total grants to over 9 different organizations!
During the summer, the Foundation collaborated with the Tunkhannock Area School District and Tyler Memorial Hospital on the Stop the Bleed Initiative. In doing so, all of Tunkhannock Area's teachers, aides, administrator, maintenance & custodians, security and all of the 7th grade have been trained in the program as well as certified. The Foundation currently owns the training devices and will continue to work with Tyler Memorial's Staff to train more community members. From grants and donations awarded to the Foundation, we were able to bring back the FoodPlay Program to the Tunkhannock Area and Lackawanna Trail Elementary Schools during November in which 715 students participated in!
During the fall, the Foundation held a Calendar Raffle for the month of November 2018 which consequently will help to fund several of our programs. In total, the Foundation sold 442 raffle tickets, participated in two community events, and was able to raise over $2,800!
Our plans for the foundation in 2019 include strengthening our community relationships, meeting with local organizations and businesses, and focusing strongly on fundraising and grant writing.
Thank you to the Foundation Board Members for all their hard work and we look forward to many more successful years!
It has been an exciting year for the Wyoming County Community Health Foundation according to Raleigh Bloch, board chairperson. At the June meeting of the board of directors, Bloch reported on the activities of the previous year.
Perhaps the most innovative of all the foundation's programs this year was its financial pledge to help recruit a new physician to the community through the Family Care Physician Recruitment Program. Wyoming County needs more family practitioners and this new effort resulted in the successful recruitment of a physician, who will begin practicing in our community this September.
In other awards, the board reaffirmed its relationship with community partners such as H.A.N.D.S. of Wyoming County, the Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium, Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, St. Peter's Peace Camp and Tyler Memorial Hospital.
H.A.N.D.S. was awarded a $6,700.00 grant for their summer FANS program which focuses on providing special needs and at risk children the opportunity to exercise, learn about good nutrition, and to participate in team-building activities.
The Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium received $13,464.00 towards their Health Care Careers initiatives, which includes a Health Care Career Day, Health Care Career Camp and Internships at Tyler Hospital. These programs provide opportunities for students considering a career in health care to meet working professionals spend time in health care facilities and explore variety of opportunities in this growing industry.
The Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen was the recipient of a $30,000 grant towards its capital campaign to purchase and equip a new facility. Seven Loaves provides meals to those in need six days a week. The new facility plans to open in late July. The Peace Camp held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Tunkhannock in early July was funded in the amount of $3,850. The weeklong camp aims to combat bullying, promote tolerance and get children the skills needed to successfully negotiate conflict.
WCCHF again partnered with Tyler Memorial Hospital to sponsor the annual Influenza and Pneumonia Clinic. More than 100 county residents were served through the foundation' $3,850 contribution.
"It has been a very successful year for the foundation,' commented Bloch. We are all looking forward to the year ahead."
WCCHF's Golf Tournament
WCCHF holds their first Golf Tournament at Shadowbrook Inn & Resort on October 3, 2019. All proceeds go directly to grant funding opportunities in our community.
We had such a great time! -- Winners: Bill Colbenson, Fred Storey, Justin Yadlosky and Dan DiMeolo
Recent Grant Awards
Wyoming County EMS Consortium - Covid-19 Assistance for PPE & Foggers for 8 Local Ambulance Associations
AllOne Chairities - Healthcare Career Programmatic Partnership with NTIEC
Commission on Economic Opportunity - CEO/Weinberg Food Bank (Covid-19 Response)
Family Service Association of NEPA - 211 Helpline Funding
Rural Health Corporation - Shingles Vaccination Project
Q & A
What is a foundation?
A foundation is a non-governmental entity that is established as a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to unrelated organizations...