Celebrating Community Giving and Grantee Impact

Ending Weekend Hunger

Caring for Kids, strives to end weekend hunger in the students at Shikellamy School District. The Ending Weekend Hunger program, led by Caring for Kids, provides nutritional meals to students that would otherwise have little to no food on weekend and holiday breaks from school. Many of the participating students receive either free or reduced meals at school during the week, but are without food to eat on the weekends. With the help of the school nurses, school staff and parents the children are identified as in need of the program. Bags containing food easy to prepare are the assembled by volunteers for the identified students to take home on the weekend so they have food available to eat.

This program is a wonderful example of community. Both the students receiving the food and the volunteers working together to make the program possible create a support system for our local youth. The schools have reported increased attendance, improved grades and a positive impact in behavior for students utilizing the program. School nurses have also reported a decrease in Monday morning nurse visits since the implementation of the program.

“Without the Sunbury Area Community Foundation and Dr. Pagana, the clinic and the great staff this program would struggle to be as successful as it has become. Throughout this grant program I have worked with amazing High School and Middle School students that have volunteered their time to pack bags every week and have witnessed these students learn the importance of community service. The students of our two schools (Beck and Chief Shikellamy) averaged about 170 bags per school/week this year. So there is a need; these two schools being our highest free/reduced schools.”

Matt Mitchell, Committee Member Caring for Kids

Providing Medical Care to the Uninsured

A Community Clinic provides the uninsured individuals of Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties with a primary care physician. Patients are treated for a range of health concerns, from acute care to chronic illnesses. Providing these services aids in reducing emergency room visits and cutting out high medical costs for low income individuals or families. Through grants from the Sunbury Area Community Foundation, over 500 units of service are provided annually to patients living in the Sunbury area.

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.

“Thank you SACF for your support of camperships, allowing us to turn the lives of these youth, from your area, around. You have provided a life-changing program. Together we will change the lives of children living with T1D one-child and one community at a time.”

Mark Moyer, Executive Director, Setebaid Services,® Inc.


Family assistance for diapers, formula and crib mattresses

Birthright of Sunbury’s Family Assistance Program is in support of low-income families. Through grant funds from SACF, Birthright is able to provide free services including diapers, infant formula, crib mattresses, and infant items to those in need on an emergency basis. A bag of diapers containing 15-30 diapers is distributed to a client making a request. A can of powdered formula is given to a parent in need of nutrition for their child. A quality diaper is necessary to promote good health for our client's infants. A can of formula helps the parent to provide an adequate, nutritional meal for the day. Our services are on an emergency basis, and the families are very grateful for this support. Many times we receive donations of unused cans of formula, and packages of diapers from families no longer in need.

“It is a privilege to serve those in need. Our doors have been open since 1983, and we are grateful for the grants, and donations which make it possible to serve. Thousands of requests for diapers, infant formula, crib mattresses, and other infant items have come through our door, and our volunteer staff is anxious and helpful to meet these needs. Increases in requests every year due to the economy have been met through grants such as the SACF grant, and it is our privilege to provide through your grant funding.”

Dolores A. Romine, Director
Birthright of Sunbury, Inc.


Susquehanna River Valley Dental Health Clinic (SRVDHC)

Project Uninsured Community Care

The Susquehanna River Valley Dental Health Clinic cares for patients who have dental coverage through Medical Assistance programs in Pennsylvania. Low-income uninsured individuals are seen for emergency care for a flat fee. Project Uninsured Community Care allows low-income uninsured patients in Snyder, Union, and Northumberland counties to receive the quality dental services they need at a lower cost than the prevailing rates charged in many private practices. Through grants from the Sunbury Area Community Foundation, the clinic continues to service 700-850 children and adults per month. In 2015 they cared for 414 uninsured patients through almost 9,000 kept appointments.

“SRVDHC appreciates the incredible generosity of the Sunbury Area Community Foundation to our clinic. Charitable organizations like SACF and their contributions to our clinic help to improve our community’s oral health.”

– Dr. Sylvia Noteware, SRVDHC Director


Girls on the Run of Greater Susquehanna Valley

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.  Since 2014, grants from the Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation and the Sunbury Area Community Foundation have supported girls who reside in the Selinsgrove Area School District area to apply for teams located at the Selinsgrove Area Middle School and Selinsgrove Intermediate School.


For more information, please contact:

President and CEO
M. Holly Morrison, [email protected]

Director of Donor Relations and Communications
Kara G. Seesholtz, [email protected]