Regional Community Impact
Together with our affiliates, donors and fundholders, the Community Foundation invests more than $2.2 million annually in grants. Several grant outcomes are highlighted below.
Providing Access to Oral Health Services in Our Communities
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
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
Providing Medical Care to the Uninsured
A Community Clinic, Inc.
A Community Clinic provides the uninsured individuals of Northumberland, Snyder, Union and Montour 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.
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.
Reducing the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
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.
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.
Danville Area Community Center (DACC)
Located in Danville, the DACC is a 26,000 square foot facility with an indoor, heated swimming pool, a basketball court, a racquetball court, a CrossFit studio, two fitness equipment rooms, a fitness studio, and a multipurpose room. Their mission is to provide programs and services that promote lifelong learning, wellness, and friendship. Through grants provided by the Danville Area Community Foundation, the DACC is able to provide healthy, recreational activities to members and guests of all ages.
For more information regarding grants, please contact Christine Pangelinan, Program Officer, at 570-752-3930, press 2, or [email protected].