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.


AllOne Foundation Shows Support for “We Are Y” Program

AllOne Check Presentation

AllOne Foundation presented the Greater Scranton YMCA with a $25,000 grant to benefit the “We Are Y” program. “We Are Y” is a program serving individuals with varying disabilities.

The program is held on Wednesday evenings at the GS YMCA and includes dance, group and family exercise, special events and more. The grant also allowed the Y to purchase inclusive playground equipment. The program is free for participants and their families.

Shown at the check presentation, first row, from left: Trish Fisher, CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA; Judy Graziano, AllOne Foundation board member, and  Jean Simonton, AllOne Foundation executive assistant.

Back row, same order: Jo Akers, We Are Y instructor, Greater Scranton YMCA; Karen Clause, Associate Executive Director, Greater Scranton YMCA; John Menapace, AllOne Foundation board member; Meghan Carnevale, Sr. Director of Mission Advancement & Marketing, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs; Frank Apostolico, AllOne Foundation board member, and John Cosgrove, AllOne Foundation executive director.


PCAA Awards Grant to Cancer Institute

The Prostate Cancer Awareness Alliance (PCAA) of NEPA recently awarded the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute with a $10,000 grant.

This generous investment and partnership with PCAA will help the Cancer Institute provide a multifaceted approach to Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer Education and Awareness.

The Cancer Institute will have the resources to host a range of prostate cancer education and awareness activities throughout the 2017 calendar year.

PCAA 2017 Grant photo

Shown from left to right: Dan Santaniello, PCAA board member; Laura Toole, Vice President of Community & Patient Services at Northeast Regional Cancer Institute; Karen Saunders, President of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and Robert Durkin, PCAA board member. Absent from the photo: PCAA board members Bob Breslin, Brian Beppler, Jerry Musheno and Kevin McDonough, PCAA President.