Berwick Awards Grants and Highlights Community Connections

June 1, 2023

Community Giving Foundation: Berwick announces grant awards totaling $531,620 to local charitable nonprofits and government agencies through their 2023 competitive processes. These awards were funded by the following funds: Berwick Health and Wellness Fund, Conway and Gertrude Dickson Fund, Myers-Seely Fund, Theron T. Klinetob Fund, Bittenbender-Henry Fund, and Ray McBride and Edna McBride Fund.

Berwick held its annual event on May 31, 2023, to highlight the community connections that drive philanthropy in the Berwick area. During the breakfast, held at Rolling Pines, Foundation staff, board members, donors, and grant recipients shared personal stories reflecting the impact of community partnerships and local support. It was an inspiring time to celebrate the history of the Foundation’s philanthropic growth in the Berwick area and honor the nonprofits making a difference in our community every day.

Community Giving Foundation: Berwick administers 56 endowed and pass-through funds, investing over $1,600,000 annually to local nonprofits and students. A complete list of funds and more information about the Foundation can be found at

Speakers during the May 31st breakfast. L to R: Christine Orlando, Foundation Director of Philanthropy; Connie Donlin, Berwick Arts Association; Cindy Lombard, Berwick Board Member; and Kara G. Seesholtz, Foundation President and CEO.

2023 Competitive Grant Awards

  • AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community—Financial Assistance & Daily Bread; Happy Tails; WIN, $35,800
  • Benton Area School District—Kindergarten Kickoff, $6,000
  • Berwick Area Ministerium—Heating Assistance, $7,500
  • Berwick Area School District— BARK (Building Achievement through Reading for Kindergarten); Counseling Services; School-Based Prevention Education Services, $70,215
  • Berwick Area Swimming Pool—Replacing Large Floatables, $6,500
  • Berwick Area United Way—Cradle to Career Literacy Program, $6,000
  • Berwick Police Benevolent Association—Community Give Back Program, $4,500
  • Beyond Violence—Shelter Programs, $32,603
  • Borough of Berwick—Vine Street Park Fitness Court, $15,000
  • Central PA Youth Ministries—The Cliff Youth Center of Berwick, $4,500
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank—Supporting Berwick Area Youth & Families, $5,000
  • Central Susquehanna Sight Services—2023/24 Preventing Blindness in Our Community & Social Service Support, $5,500
  • Child Hunger Outreach Partners—Berwick School District In-School Pantry & Backpack Program $25,000
  • Columbia Child Development Program—Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support for Children & Families, $44,405
  • Columbia County Family Centers—Prevention Programs for Families, $40,000
  • Columbia Montour SWAT Team—Rescue Vehicle Upgrade & Crisis Training, $5,000
  • Family Service Association of NEPA—PA 211 NE, $6,000
  • For the Cause—Education Expansion Development Program, $15,000
  • Geisinger Health Foundation—Camp Courage, $10,000
  • Girls on the Run Mid State PA—Berwick Program Support, $2,000
  • Historical & Preservation Society of the Greater Shickshinny Area—Children’s Library Heat & Air System, $7,750
  • KidsPeace National Centers—Cherished Connections Mentoring Program, $7,250
  • McBride Memorial Library—Children’s Librarian, $19,500
  • Nescopeck Borough—River Area Project, $1,551
  • Nicholas Wolff Foundation—Camp Victory Programs & Services, $20,000
  • Northern Columbia Community & Cultural Center—Summer/Winter Camp Support, $15,000
  • Northwest Area School District—Five AEDs; Project JumpStart, $8,000
  • PA Pets—Program Support, $5,000
  • Resurgent Life—Modern Mental Health Treatment & Assistance, $6,000
  • The Children’s Museum—Generating Positive Outcomes on Youth Mental Health, $5,000
  • The Little Children Development Center—Expansion & Increased Program Quality, $11,500
  • The Salvation Army, Berwick—Door & Window Replacement, $20,000
  • The Women’s Center—Be the Change Prevention Education & On-Site Counseling Services, $6,000
  • Transitional Housing & Care Center of Columbia & Montour County—Housing First; Road to Independence, $15,000
  • Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck—Milk, Egg, Bread & Butter Distribution, $10,000
  • West Branch Arts Consortium—Developing Arts Literacy in Benton SD K-12 Students, $4,545

Community Giving Foundation: Berwick is an affiliate of the Community Giving Foundation, which helps administer grant and scholarship investments. Their mission is to help meet a multitude of charitable needs of the greater Berwick area. Nonprofit organizations that provide programming in the Berwick community and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply during the 2024 competitive grant round. Details will be available January 2024 at

Grant recipients from Berwick’s 2023 competitive grant round gather during breakfast on May 31st.