Hospice of the Sacred Heart’s Lunch & Learn Program Gets Support

Lunch & Learn Grant 2019

Shown from left are: Kenneth Okrepkie, Scranton Area Community Foundation vice chair; Ellen Burkey, Scranton Area Community Foundation board member; Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart; Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO, Scranton Area Community Foundation, and Christopher DiMattio, Scranton Area Community Foundation board member.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart recently received a grant for $2,000 from the Scranton Area Community Foundation to support the Lunch & Learn program.  The monthly series is a free information session accompanied by lunch and is held at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education in Moosic. The grant was funded in 2018.

Local non-profit organizations are invited to introduce their programs and services to a group of community members. Lunch is served before the program and a question and answer session follows each presentation. This is the second year Hospice of the Sacred Heart has made this program available to area non-profits.

“This is an excellent setting for local non-profit organizations to showcase their programs and services to a cross section of attentive community members. The information is free and so is lunch,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

The 2019 Lunch & Learn schedule is as follows: May 1, Meals on Wheels of NEPA; June 5, Scranton Cultural Center; July 10, Catholic Social Services; Aug. 7, Serving Seniors; Sept. 4, Telespond Senior Services; Oct. 2, United Way; Nov. 6, Friendship House, and Dec. 4, Lackawac Sanctuary.

Previous session included the American Red Cross in January; Arc of NEPA in February; Scranton Tomorrow in March, and Goodwill Industries in April.

The mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart is to provide comfort, care, hope and choice to patients and their families, while guiding them through their end of life journey.


YMCA Receives Support From Feel Good Charities

Feel Good Charities photo

Feel Good Charities recently presented the Greater Scranton YMCA with a $2,200 contribution to support the Y’s Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, Summer Scholars.

The Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program, a national initiative at the Y, supports cognitive, physical and social-emotional growth while focusing on helping children read at grade level.

Shown from left: Trish Fisher, CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA; participants of the 8:30 a.m. Power Cycling Class at the Y, and Frank Ross, Feel Good Motors & Feel Good Charities, owner.

Dunmore Fire Department Awarded SAFER Grant

firefightersU.S. Representative Matt Cartwright has announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded a Staffing for Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant of $809, 621 to Dunmore Fire Department.

The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

SAFER is designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards, and improve the nation’s overall level of preparedness. Grant funds enhance recipients’ ability to attain and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing and to assure communities have adequate protection from fire-related hazards.

“I am pleased to announce FEMA’s award to the Dunmore Fire Department. It will allow them to hire nine more firefighters,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “Our firefighters are the front line of defense in our neighborhoods when an emergency strikes. This funding is essential to ensuring that our citizens have quality service and firefighters have a more favorable working environment.”

FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. The SAFER program provides approximately $340 million in competitive grants to fire departments and statewide or local volunteer firefighters support groups. No less than ten percent (10%) of the funding must be awarded for recruitment and retention activities and no less than ten percent (1o%) must be awarded to volunteer or mostly volunteer fire departments for hiring firefighters.