Come and stop by our booth at this yearís Founderís Day in Tunkhannock from 10am to 4pm! This will be our kickoff event for the Foundationís 1st Annual Raffle! Stop by and see us and make sure to enter yourself in to win some amazing prizes!
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."
Schools around the country are teaming up with FOODPLAY to empower children with the skills they need to take charge of growing up healthy and fit. FOODPLAY, a national award-winning theater show promoting healthy eating and exercise habits, will be bringing its cast of colorful characters, fantastic feats of juggling, motivating messages, music, magic, and fun to Wyoming County thanks to a grant from Wyoming County Community Health Foundation.
FoodPlay will be at two area elementary schools, Tunkhannock and Lackawanna Trail, during the week of September 24th through September 30th of this year. It will be a program during the day for all students in Kindergarten to 5th grade.
Rachel's Challenge Program
Rachel's Challenge Program was held for area schools during the week of September 16th, 2013.
Our students benefitted from having this program! -- Mike Wells, Principal at Wyalusing Valley Elementary
Recent Grant Awards
Healthcare Career Programs - NTIEC
Chair Yoga - Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater
Shingles Vaccination Clinic - Tyler Memorial Hospital
Influenza Vaccinations - Tyler Memorial Hospital
Healthcare Career Programs - The Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium
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...