CSCF Partners with Local Orgs for Disaster Relief Grantmaking

Press Release

April 7, 2020

Berwick, PA—The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation continues to partner with local organizations to promote sustainability and disaster relief to nonprofits in Columbia, Lower-Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties. Through many generous hearts, the Disaster Relief Fund continues to grow while grant applications are collected via a streamlined process. Grant-making decisions will be led by Foundation staff in collaboration with an experienced committee comprised of representatives from several local organizations.

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  • Eileen Chapman, AGAPE
  • Ayrin Shortlidge, Berwick Area United Way
  • Michelle Pace, Berwick Health & Wellness Fund of CSCF
  • Amanda Stutzman, Berwick Health & Wellness Fund of CSCF
  • Greg Martz, Central Susquehanna Community Foundation
  • John Kurelja, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and CSCF Regional Impact Fund
  • Gale Zalar, Central Susquehanna Opportunities
  • Joanne Troutman, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way
  • Emily Mrusko, Union-Snyder Community Action Agency
  • Adrienne Mael, United Way of Columbia and Montour County

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Through the generosity of current and new partners, CSCF’s Disaster Relief Fund has collected more than $255,000 so far to give back to community nonprofits. Thank you to the individuals, families and organizations that have already donated to the Disaster Relief Fund to support local recovery. In addition to community donors, many other funds at the Foundation have partnered with Disaster Relief efforts to make grant-making dollars in the region go even farther. These funds include the Berwick Health and Wellness Community Response Fund; Berwick Health and Wellness Fund; CSCF’s Regional Impact Fund; Volunteers in Philanthropy Fund; Ben Franklin Trust Fund; and several Donor-Advised Funds.

The need in our community is great, and there is more to be done. You can join the Foundation’s Disaster Relief efforts by making a secure online donation to the Disaster Relief Fund at csgiving.org/disaster-relief. While online donations are preferred—and processed faster—gifts can also be mailed to Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Attn: Disaster Relief Fund, 725 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

Press Release

March 26, 2020

Berwick, PA - The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation has been closely monitoring the effects of COVID-19 over the past several weeks and remain committed to the safety and well-being of its community partners. As local nonprofit organizations experience heightened needs due to the impact and economic consequences of this pandemic, the Foundation has worked closely with community leaders across its 5 1/2-county service area to identify ways to help.

The Foundation will once again use its Disaster Relief Fund to coordinate initiatives and grants that support the region and its front-line nonprofits at a time when it is most critical. The goal is to provide flexible resources where they are needed most through a streamlined grant process. Information on the upcoming grant round will be shared in the coming days.

Banding together in times of unfortunate and unexpected disasters in this region is not new for the Foundation or the dedicated members of this community. The Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2011 to provide support for disaster recovery efforts in Columbia, Lower-Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties.

"The need is great, and we can achieve greater impact for our region when we work together. Thank you to the countless individuals, families, and organizations that make the Central Susquehanna region a strong and resilient community," writes Holly Morrison, D.Ed., Foundation president and CEO.

You can join the Foundation's effort to care for the community by making a secure online donation to the Disaster Relief Fund at csgiving.org/disaster-relief. While online donations are preferred—and processed faster—gifts can also be mailed to Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, Attn: Disaster Relief Fund, 725 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation (CSCF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that develops, manages and distributes funds for charitable purposes in communities across the Central Susquehanna region.

View the Foundation's message on COVID-19 here.