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