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Member News – October 27, 2021

Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg Foundation Awards 2021 Grants

The Community Giving Foundation announced grant awards totaling $12,050 to local charitable nonprofits and government agencies through their recent competitive process. These awards were granted through the Bloomsburg Unrestricted Fund and the Hartman / Robbins / Stroup Fund.

Community Giving Foundation: Bloomsburg administers a total of 9 endowed and pass-through funds investing over $13,000 annually to local nonprofits and students. These funds include scholarship, donor-advised, field of interest, designated, agency, and unrestricted funds. Bloomsburg held a celebratory breakfast on September 8, 2021 at Monty’s at Bloomsburg University to recognize grant and donor stories of community giving. 

2021 Competitive Grant Recipients 

  • AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community—Women in Need, $1,000
  • AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community—Heating and Electric Utility Assistance to Residents of Town of Bloomsburg, $700
  • Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. “A Community Action Agency”—Greater Bloomsburg Area Utility Assistance Program, $1,000
  • Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc.—2021/2022 Preventing Blindness in Our Community Initiative, $500
  • Coalition for Social Equity—Organization Support in Honor of Isabelle Tarr, $1,000
  • Columbia Child Development Program—Preschool Curriculum Studies and Nonfiction Theme Books, $780
  • Columbia County Historical & Genealogical Society—Press Enterprise Digitization of Newspapers, $600
  • Family Service Association of NEPA—PA 211 NE/Help Line, $500
  • Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library—Books for Librarians: Developing a Professional Book Collection, $640
  • Hand in Hand Family Resource Center—Chromebooks, $420
  • HCSC Blood Center dba Miller-Keystone Blood Center—Enhancing the Well-Being of the Bloomsburg Community Through Volunteer Blood Donations, $500
  • Millville Borough—Little Fishing Creek Area Swimming Pool Roof and Operations Project, $500
  • Orangeville Public Library—Summer Reading 2021, $550
  • Ronald McDonald House of Danville—Share-a-Night Program: Giving the Gift of Togetherness, $500
  • Single Mothers Individually Living Empowered, Inc.—PHYS-KIDS, $350
  • The Children’s Museum, Inc.—Bees and Butterflies in Bloom, $610
  • Transitional Housing and Care Center of Columbia and Montour County—Road to Independence, $1,000
  • United Way of Columbia and Montour County—Bloomsburg Area Tutoring Program, $900

The Good Samaritan Mission Holds Grand Opening 

The Chamber helped celebrate the grand opening of The Good Samaritan Mission on Ferry Street in Danville on Saturday, October 23rd, with a ribbon-cutting. With over 100 people coming out to show support, the morning was filled with jam-packed activities including the ribbon-cutting, a tribute to Sandy O’Rourke, basket raffles and tours. The Good Samaritan Mission is the only faith-based, nonprofit mission serving adults and children in the Montour County and surrounding areas. The mission’s foundation was built on with Board of Directors and nearly 100 volunteers who donated countless hours to keep the program running.

“We are so excited about the beauty of this place and the blessing that we have here. We’re really excited about what’s going to happen with this place.” said Carin Wharton, Executive Director.

The Good Samaritan Mission is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Visit


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