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 Foundationís 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 Foundationís 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 Areaís 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 Memorialís 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."
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
AllOne Charities - In programming partnership with NTIEC on Healthcare Careers for Area Students.
Wyoming County Cultural Center - Chair Yoga
H.A.N.D.S. of Wyoming County - F.A.N.S. Summer Camp 2019
Ronald McDonald House - Funding towards Family Room
AllOne Charities - For their programmatic partnership with NTIEC on Healthcare Careers for Disadvantaged Youth Initiative.
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...