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Member News- March 10, 2021

Bloomsburg Announces 2021 Grantround

Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg is pleased to announce grant opportunities for local nonprofit organizations serving the greater Bloomsburg area. Grants will be awarded from the Bloomsburg Unrestricted Fund and the Hartman / Robbins / Stroup Fund. Approximately $10,000 is available through this competitive grant round.

Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit and governmental organizations are eligible to apply and 100% of requested funding from the above noted funds must be invested within Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Grant applications must be completed and submitted through a web-based program. Click here to access the grant application and details.

Grant requests must be submitted online by 11:59pm on May 27, 2021.

2021 Grantround Announced for Youth in Philanthropy

Students from Benton, Berwick, Central Columbia, Columbia-Montour Area Vo-Tech, Danville, Midd-West, Millville, Northwest, Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, and Warrior Run High Schools are serving as youth grantmakers through the Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program. More than 130 students participate in the program and each school has the responsibility of granting up to $5,000 to youth-related projects.

Grant applications must be completed and submitted through a web-based program. Each school group has their own service area, funding priority areas, and application. Applicants may apply to more than one school. To access the application process, select “Grant Site Login” here.

Grant requests must be submitted online by 11:59pm on March 25, 2021. For grant-related questions, please contact Christine Orlando, Senior Program Officer, at 570-752-3930 ext. 2 or

Providence Engineering Hires Vaughn Silar as Senior Consultant

Providence Engineering is pleased to announce that Vaughn Silar has joined the firm as a Senior Consultant.

With more than 30 years of experience in the AEC industry, Vaughn has earned a reputation for building successful businesses and delivering exceptional service to many clients throughout the United States. His commitment to the AEC industry, especially in Central PA, has garnered many longstanding relationships.

In his role as Senior Consultant, Vaughn will work closely with the Leadership and Project Management teams at Providence. He will provide high-level strategy as well as guidance on day-to-day operations. Vaughn’s hiring comes as Providence continues to implement its strategic growth plan, while staying focused on client satisfaction and operational simplicity.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join Providence” says Silar.  “This is a great firm that has contributed to many successful projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. I believe we are poised to expand market share and I look forward to helping clarify strategic goals and enhance operational efficiency.”

Established in 1992, Providence Engineering is committed to providing constructible, affordable and timely structural engineering design and analysis services. We also provide many facets of construction compliance and delegated design services to the building industry. Our dependable, innovative solutions have earned the trust of architects, owners, contractors and those we are privileged to call our clients.

Yes, You Can! Be an Influencer in 2021 and Beyond! Learning to Lead at any Level

SHRMA’s March 16 virtual program, features Kim Nash, from Thriv. Kim will be presenting Yes, You Can! Be an Influencer in 2021 and Beyond! Learning to Lead at any Level. Leadership is about influence!  During this engaging presentation we will explore ways to be influencers in our organizations regardless of our position.  For years, HR professionals have strived for a “seat at the table.”  However, if we want to shape our world, we need to do more than have a “seat at the table,” we need to be influencers and take initiatives to lead our organizations boldly into the future.  Let’s step out of our comfort zone and take risks!   Focusing on the SHRM competencies of Leadership & Navigation, Communication, and Consultation we will identify practical ways to be influencers and shape our organizations.

  1. Demonstrate leadership by seeking opportunities to align HR strategy with organizational strategy to advance the organization mission.
  2. Identify practical ways to build credibility and partner with internal and external stakeholders.
  3. Build confidence, be bold, and step out of our comfort zones to bring value to all stakeholders.
  4. Through effective communication, inspire stakeholders at all levels about HR strategies and initiatives.

Shaping our world means we need to be an active participant not a spectator!  As a spectator, we sit in our comfort zone and watch others lead and inspire.  Let’s be bold, have courage and step up to the challenge and make a difference in our organizations and world by being an influencer.

This session has been submitted for recertification credits with HRCI and SHRM.

The presentation slides will be available on the SHRMA website after the session concludes.

***This program is free for SHRMA members. NON-SHRMA members will be charged a $15 per program fee for virtual programs. Another reason to renew your annual membership with our chapter!  Please get your renewal membership submitted right away.***

To register for the March 16, 2021 SHRMA program, please click here.

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