Celebrating Community Giving and Grantee Impact
NORTHWEST AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Berwick Health and Wellness Fund Grant Supports Summer School The Northwest Area School District received a $9,931 grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund for their 2016 Summer School program. Through the grant funding, 20 students in grades 3rd through 6th received 30 hours of targeted instruction in reading and math subjects. As a result of the program, these students are better prepared, both academically and socially, in the areas of reading and math to enter the high school. One student who previously stated that he “ hated writing” declared that he “now loved to write” because he was given assignments that sparked his interest. According to the results from the AIMS Web test, 89% of the students showed improvement in reading, and 79% showed improvement in math. Results from parent surveys indicated that parents were very pleased with the individual attention that their child received. Parents also felt that their children were better prepared to move on to the next grade level because of the Summer School program.
EOS THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER
Berwick Health and Wellness Fund Grant Supports Barn Expansion Project The Eos Therapeutic Riding Center received a $9,500 grant from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation to support the center’s Barn Expansion Project. This grant has increased the number of stalls for Eos horses, added a new roof and gutter system, and enlarged the hay storage area. Eos provides therapeutic riding to people with special needs and veterans from a seven county area.
ROBERT AND CAROLE FOSTER FUND SUPPORTS ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK AT BERWICK AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Through a grant provided by the Robert and Carole Foster Fund, in conjunction with the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund, the Berwick Area School District was able to offer an eight-week read-along of “Friendship According to Humphrey” ahead of the 2016-2017 school year. Third grade students and families from Orange Street Elementary and 14th Street Elementary schools were invited to this collaboration ahead of the opening of the West Berwick Elementary School in Fall 2016. Each week students and their families enjoyed a guest reader along with snacks and an activity around a common theme.
“The generous grant provided by the funds at Central Susquehanna Community Foundation enabled Berwick Area School District families to gather and enjoy literacy-related activities every Wednesday night in February and March 2016. Students and families had a positive and enjoyable experience and inquired about having another One School, One Book initiative for the next school year.”
Julie Klingerman, BASD One School, One Book Coordinator
Providing Medical Care to the Uninsured
Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Inc.
Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Inc. provides free primary medical care to uninsured residents of Columbia, Montour, and lower-Luzerne Counties in a caring compassionate manner. Grants from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund provide operational support for the Clinic’s services. Annually the clinic provides service to more than 620 individuals in the service area.
The Dental Health Clinic, Oral Health Project
The Dental Health Clinic is a non-profit dental practice serving low-income individuals in Columbia, Montour, and lower-Luzerne counties. The Oral Health Project allows The Dental Health Clinic to provide treatment to uninsured and under-insured individuals in the Berwick Health & Wellness service area who cannot afford dental treatment. Approximately 75 patients have been treated annually through financial aid from this grant.
“Each day we have patients come to our office who are suffering from pain and infection. They cannot afford dental care. We meet elderly people on a fixed income who have no extra money to pay for a tooth extraction. We help individuals who have learned to live with pain. We treat single moms, struggling to make ends meet, who have been neglecting their own needs, including their teeth.”
- Dr. Maria Tacelosky, Clinic Director
Reducing the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
S.O.A.R. - Students Overcome and Achieve Through Running
Students Overcome and Achieve through Running is an after-school program of students & mentor-leaders who work together to achieve fitness goals through participation in local races. Although SOAR is about running, it's profoundly about building character and self-esteem. SOAR aims to promote physical health, subjective well-being, and academic success among students in the Berwick Middle School through a structured after-school program that involves running, walking, homework, nutrition lessons, and mentoring. Each student’s health is assessed by measuring their physical fitness, subjective well-being, and academic achievement at the start, mid-point, and end of each academic year over a two-year period. Over 130 students participate in the program annually.
Setebaid Services, Inc. – Camp Setebaid and The HDYC Camperships
Setebaid Services, Inc. provides a diabetes camp that focuses on youth with diabetes. Camp Setebaid focuses on education as a key to improved health. As a result of this program, campers experience improved Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) management skills, independence, opportunity to meet peers and improved overall health. “Camperships” are scholarships for youth-in-need to attend the T1D camp. Through grants from the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund and Sunbury Area Community Foundation over 164 camperships have been provided since 2004.
Pictured above, youth campers participate in group activities at Camp Setebaid.
Ensuring the Health and Wellness of Our Communities
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) Program – Geisinger Clinic
The Nurse-Family Partnership program helps to transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. An evidence-based community health program, NFP ’s outcomes include long-term family improvements in health, education, and economic self-sufficiency. At its heart, the program empowers women to change their families’ lives for the better. The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation supports NFP as the grantee organization to receive funding from the state and federal governments, which is then granted to Geisinger Clinic, the lead implementing agency for the NFP program. As of December 30, 2015, we have served more than 1,200 first time mothers at this site. The RAND Corporation (2005 analysis) found a net benefit to society of $34,148 per high-risk family served, equating to a $5.70 return per dollar invested in Nurse-Family Partnership.
For more information, please contact:
President and CEO
M. Holly Morrison, [email protected]
Director of Donor Relations and Communications
Kara G. Seesholtz, [email protected]