ECCF awards Bennett’s Valley Senior Center parking lot grant


Pictured from L to R: ECCF Board members, Fritz Lecker, Treasurer and Denny Bonanno, Vice President; and BVSC officers, Deb Quickel, Treasurer, Dolly Crocco, President, Diane Callari, Secretary

The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) awarded a grant to the Bennett’s Valley Senior Center (BVSC) this past spring to help with the paving of their parking area, a project that is now completed. Recently a few members of the Community Foundation’s Board had the opportunity to visit the Center and meet with some of their leadership.

The Senior Center requested a grant of $7,000 from the Elk County Development Fund, a competitive granting fund held at the Elk County Community Foundation. The ECCF Board approved the grant, provided the Senior Center could raise the full $47,000 it took to do the project.

“The parking lot provides a stable parking and walking surface for the seniors attending the Center, especially those with walkers or canes”, said Deb Quickel, treasurer of the center. By eliminating the uneven surface and ponding during rain or snow events, seniors reduce their risk of falling from hazardous conditions, and enjoy the appearance of the center as they attend the social functions.

ECCF welcomes applications for funding as part of its mission to promote the betterment of Elk County and to enhance the quality of life for all residents. Awards are made primarily to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, and municipalities that provide services within Elk County. Grant applications for programs and projects are accepted throughout the year, as directed by each individual fund.

For detailed information on the granting process and available grants, visit the Foundation’s website at www.elkcountyfoundation.org or contact them at 814.834.2125. The Elk County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that administers over 180 endowed funds that support our communities.

Elk County Community Foundation annual report is available online

The 2020 Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) Annual Report celebrates the 20th anniversary of the non-profit foundation. With the theme of “Counting Our Blessings”, the cover of the publication features a window pane collage with photos of area churches.

From its beginning in 2000, ECCF has been blessed with the support of charitable-minded individuals, organizations, and businesses that have invested in the future of our communities. The 186 funds established by these generous donors have given over six million dollars back to our communities through grants and scholarships. Tom Jesberger, Board President, stated, “We here at the Foundation are grateful for 20 years of loyal donors, dedicated board members, and strong partnerships with our communities and local non-profits”.

The annual report can be found online at www.elkcountyfoundation.org under About/Publications. A free printed copy can be picked up at the foundation office in the Franklin Center located at 32 South St. Marys Street.

Along with a historical timeline, the publication tells the story of donors, different types of funds, and the ways in which these funds have benefited our community through grants to non-profit organizations, schools, and municipalities, as well as through scholarships awarded to hundreds of students.

The Elk County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides the administrative and investment management services that make it easy for donors to accomplish their charitable wishes with their tax deductible donations and to improve the quality of life in our communities. For more information please contact ECCF at 814-834-2125.

inimum of $100 per year. At their annual meeting the membership votes for the projects they want to fund with their annual donations. Since 2009, the organization has given $268,400 back to the community. Membership to WWC is a fun and rewarding way for women to make a real difference in their hometowns.

WWC membership dues for the 2021 granting cycle will be accepted until July 1st.  Any woman interested in becoming a member should contact the Elk County Community Foundation office at 814-834-2125 or the Foundation’s website at elkcountyfoundation.com.

  

Women Who Care holds Denim & Diamonds event

Pictured L to R is Brian LaBlaunc, a Neil Diamond impersonator, and Orma McKeon, one of Women Who Care’s founding members, as well as their oldest member of the organization.

Women Who Care holds Denim & Diamonds event

St. Marys: Women Who Care (WWC), a project of the Elk County Community Foundation, is a philanthropic giving circle of over 225 area women. WWC gathers its members twice each year to socialize, network, and support worthy community projects by awarding grants to non-profit organizations. The women recently enjoyed a “Denim & Diamonds” gathering at The Flying Dove in Ridgway. 

The Flying Dove was a great outdoor space on a beautiful summer evening to celebrate the Women Who Care organization and the generosity of the women who make up its membership. Many members bring a guest to WWC events to introduce their friends to the important work the group does in providing grants for projects that enhance the lives of families in our communities. Membership is open to all area women.

The evening began with a short presentation explaining the mission and purpose of the Women Who Care organization. A buffet dinner catered by The Royal Inn was followed by the highlight of the night, a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond by “Simply Diamond”, who delighted the group with his special performance. The ladies, decked out in their finest denim and diamonds, enjoyed dessert prepared by Sugar Mamas Bakery!

The next meeting of WWC members will be their Annual Business Meeting in the fall, where grants will be awarded. The grants are made possible by the pooled donations of the members who each contribute a minimum of $100 per year. At their annual meeting the membership votes for the projects they want to fund with their annual donations. Since 2009, the organization has given $268,400 back to the community. Membership to WWC is a fun and rewarding way for women to make a real difference in their hometowns.

WWC membership dues for the 2021 granting cycle will be accepted until July 1st.  Any woman interested in becoming a member should contact the Elk County Community Foundation office at 814-834-2125 or the Foundation’s website at elkcountyfoundation.com.

  

ECCF awards grant to Community Nurses Hospice

Pictured L to R Cheryl Mitchell, BSN, RN Service Line Director of PHCN, Tom Jesberger, ECCF Board President, Sonya & Jeff Marzella, and Kristen Genevro, BSN, RN Operations Manager from PHCN.und and Lois Nedzinski, President, St. Marys Heritage Preservation Group.

ECCF awards grant to Community Nurses hospice

The purpose of the Community Foundation is to connect people who care with causes that matter. The Jeff & Sonya Marzella Fund, a donor-advised fund held at the Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF), awarded a generous grant of $1,500 to Penn Highlands Community Nurses (PHCN) for their hospice program.

Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing an advanced, life-limiting illness. The Marzella grant was used to fund products not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Products were purchased to help the Community Nurses and family members provide compassionate care to help patients live as fully and comfortably as possible in whatever place they call home. The grant made it possible to purchase a cordless alarm with bed and chair sensor pads; video sensor monitoring systems; digital audio monitors, and sympathy cards. Recently, Jeff and Sonya visited the Community Nurses offices, to see and learn more about some of the equipment purchased. 

The Elk County Community Foundation is known for giving scholarships and grants to other non-profits in Elk County and surrounding communities. The heart of the foundation’s business is helping people, families, groups, and businesses be philanthropic or charitable. ECCF provides the administrative and investment management services that make it easy for donors to accomplish their charitable wishes with their tax deductible donations while improving the quality of life in our communities.

The Elk County Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages over 175 endowed funds established by donors to support the causes they care about. For more information, call the ECCF at 814- 834-2125 or visit their website at www.elkcountyfoundation.org.

ECCF open grants available, due July 15

The Elk County Development Fund awarded a $2,000 grant to the Elk County Conservation District for a Hydroponic Garden Systems project. The project provided for a 2-part workshop series, one for Elk County 7th grade classrooms and one for county residents, that would focus on hydroponics, a form of gardening that grows plants without soil.

The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) is accepting grant applications through July 15 from 501c3 organizations who wish to apply for funding from The Harrison and Muriel Dauer Stackpole Family Fund or the Elk County Development Fund. 

The Harrison and Muriel Dauer Stackpole Family Fund awards grants to support worthy projects that provide services for our communities. Given this time in history, the Stackpole family is very concerned about our community’s nonprofit organizations and the effects of the pandemic. For the upcoming grant cycle, they will be inviting applications that focus on projects that address fulfilling/supporting basic human needs emerging from difficulty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including healthcare, safety, and mental health. They are also interested in projects that improve access to education and safe recreation for those who are marginalized and the most vulnerable of our community, specifically children, seniors, and individuals with special needs.

The Elk County Development Fund looks to support community development initiatives that will enhance the economic and community wellbeing of Elk County. Projects should include activities that are innovative and have a plan to sustain themselves.

Area organizations are encouraged to apply for a grant to support their worthy projects that benefit area residents. For instructions on how to apply for a grant call our office at 814-834-2125 or go to the Foundation website at www.elkcountyfoundation.org.

The Elk County Community Foundation is a non-profit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in our geographic area by partnering with philanthropic donors to help them meet their charitable goals. ECCF brings together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support nonprofits in our communities through the establishment of charitable funds.